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Should You Install 15amp or 20amp Receptacles, Grounding Ungrounded Receptacles, Circuits for AC Units and Lengthening the Wiring in a Chandelier

April 26, 2010

Question Don Kispert asks:
I am installing GFI receptacles in my bathroom and kitchen. Should I use a receptacle rated at 15 amps or 20 amps?

Answer:
You are permitted to use 15 amp rated receptacles in the kitchen and bathroom.

 

Hotmail1 asks:
So I cannot put a three prong outlet in place of the two prong,and run a ground to a nearby heating duct? I am only doing this to keep a recently purchased UPS quiet when it detects a “building wiring fault”.
thanks!

Answer:
No! If there is a fault on the line your ground wire will carry the current. This means that all of your duct work will be live including the metal grates in each room. I wrote a post a while ago about this. Click on the link below to read this article.

Grounding Your Ungrounded Electrical Receptacles

 

Mario asks:
My question is aim going to install 2 wall unit a/c units one in bedroom and the 2 one in the living room can use 30 amp breaker for for both units or dedicate a 20 amp for each unit?

Answer:
I would install a dedicated 20 amp circuit for each unit. You may only need a 15 amp circuit. Look at the unit to determine what the load is. The manufacturer should also have instructions and electrical requirements for each unit.

 

Pam asks:
Can I lengthen wiring in a chandelier if I’ve cut it too short?

Answer:
Yes you may. I wrote an article about this subject which includes step-by-step instructions. Please click on the link below to read this article.

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2 Responses to “Should You Install 15amp or 20amp Receptacles, Grounding Ungrounded Receptacles, Circuits for AC Units and Lengthening the Wiring in a Chandelier”

  1. Bruce Tunis on March 8th, 2011 11:41 am

    How many outlets may be on one circut when in a living, dining room and other rooms for regular lighting. Most may not be used all the time or for just pluging in the vacumn .

  2. Dave G. on May 26th, 2011 7:29 am

    I am wiring my garage. I am installing a GFCI with 3 three recepticals to follow. I am also using 12/3 with ground on a 20 amp circuit. Can I install 15 amp recepticals on the 20 amp circuit.

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