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  1. #1
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    I am doing a little electrical work on an addition for a friend. My question is probaly simple. What is the number of receptacles you could wire to a 20 amp breaker? Theses are just for bedrooms (lamps etc). What wire size should be used?

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    There are some real wiz kids on here. However, your question would probably be best answered by consulting the latest edition of the NEC (National Electrical Code)
    There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action....Mark Twain

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    I believe 14 is the most

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    Try this

    How many plugs

    [Edited by freezone on 07-22-2004 at 08:29 PM]

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    There is no requirement,in the NEC, for number of receptacles vs. breaker size in residential installation.

    Commercial is calculated at 180 va per receptacle.


    20 amp = #12 wire

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    pretty much what has been said here, you COULD hook up a hundred recetptacles to run lets say a hundred electric clocks in your clock collection and still not be violating the NEC. I generally put each bedroom or addition on one circuit, I just do it that way, if its kitchen, dining room, or sun room or breakfast nook.... the code goes on and on for that it must be 20 amp.other wise general use 15 amp is ok. Just use your judgement. If you are going to put an AC window unit in there, well use a separate circuit.
    there but for the grace of god, go all of us

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