2 20 amp breakers 1 wire?

dtromsOctober 3, 2011

hi, i recently bought a house (built in 1965) & while i was doing some electrical work in my kitchen i noticed that one wire with 2 hot legs (red & black) was being used, but each leg was connected to a different 20 amp breaker. is that normal? i would think a double-pole breaker should've been used, no? also, would i be able to take one leg and use it for a refrigerator and 2 outlets and the other leg for a dishwasher, 2 outlets, light w/ switch? thanks

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Ron Natalie

It may have been a multiwire branch circuit (and in most cases that does not require a tie between the two "handles" of the breaker). If you're upgrading the kitchen, you probably want to comply with the new codes which require two 20A small appliance circuits (at least) which have no other outlets (any consumer of electricity is an outlet, the things you are referring to are RECEPTACLES) and nothing else. The countertop receptacles must be protected by GFCI.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2011 at 7:20PM
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dtroms

thanks for your advice. do you think it would be that big of an issue having each appliance on the same circuit as a couple of receptacles, and maybe a light switch? if so, i'll have to figure out something else.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2011 at 10:37PM
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Ron Natalie

You can not have lights on the small appliance circuits.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2011 at 12:34PM
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dtroms

got it, thanks

    Bookmark   October 4, 2011 at 3:48PM
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