GFCI Slave Circuit

BonebagDecember 8, 2013

Ok..I can't seem to find any info on this. I have an unfinished basement and am wiring a kitchen. I plan on two circuits for my outlets (20amp). I would run one 12/2 to the first outlet and then run the load out and down to a 4" deep metal junction box in the basement mounted on the joist wall. From there I would tie the outgoing wires together that would travel to the slave outlets. Is this ok? I don't see any difference in the actual circuitry...just not having to run two wires one in and one out of every single outlet, not to mention the drilling and routing of all those wires. One wire is easier... I would rather not drill and run two wires to every outlet and have a cramped box and it would be easier to do it this way. Thank you.

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Ron Natalie

You've lost me. I don't see two circuits in your description.

If you're asking, can you run all your receptacles back to some common point rather than daisy chaining them along, the answer is yes. However, you need to make sure you don't overfill the box capacity of the box you're using as the source point (talk about cramped boxes).

    Bookmark   December 9, 2013 at 7:38AM
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Ron Natalie

Note, the kitchen needs 2 20A circuits for its receptacles and this can not be shared with other outlets (such as the basement). Only the kitchen COUNTERTOP receptacles require GFCI by the way (as do the receptacles in the unfinished basement).

    Bookmark   December 9, 2013 at 7:39AM
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