WHY bother???So I can pull the breaker and replace it with a 15 amp? Now some of the wire that comes in from the panes would still be 12 guage. Can I use that still as my main source? Run that to a junction box and run the receptacles and lights from there?
Well, this would have been good to know right from the start. All this confusion as to your motives would have been eliminated.Because I have 300 ft of it. To run a new wire to the breaker in the garage would take alot of fishing to get to the breaker and possibly opening walls to run it. So If half of my basement is a laundry room on 1 20 amp breaker and the other is a room that I am finishing and it had 12 guage wire running thru on a seperate 20 amp breaker. I took all the wiring out and now I have the main lead that comes from the breaker which is 20amp and a lead of 12 g wire. I want to use what I have or it will get even more expensive. So my question is can I change the breaker so I can use what I have or should I just spend more money and buy 12g. I want to run 2 lights and 4 outlets.
I have seen it recommended by others that you put a short 14ga pigtail in the panel to go between the 12ga wire and the 15A breaker. The idea is this will signal to future users that the breaker should not be replaced with a 20A.Thank you all you have brightened my day!