OK, so I'm in the middle of re-circuiting my house, breaking up existing
circuits and pulling new homeruns so all appliances work in harmony, etc.
I am thinking I will end up with:
basement: two general 15A lighting/recep ckts (exist.) 1x 20A ckt for
laundry (currently two, one for washer and one for dryer, both also
feeding things elsewhere in the house which will be put on their own
circuits) with GFCI recep. at first location; one 20A ckt. for furnace;
one 20A ckt. for circulation pump for solar water heater panel and also
convenience outlet for ironing (exist.) this one is massive overkill but
it is there so I will leave it alone.
1st floor: one 15A general lighting/recep ckt. (exist) one 15A ckt for
kitchen ceiling fan and light and also stairway landing lights and one
recep. in living room (just split off from washing machine circuit) one
20A circuit for dishwasher, one 20A circuit intended for nonexistent
disposer, now serving as one countertop outlet (GFCI recep already
installed.) One 20A circuit serving dedicated recep for microwave and
toaster oven on rolling cart (just split off from general lighting ckt.)
One 20A ckt. for refrig. currently sharing ckt. with one recep. in
living room (probably for window mounted A/C unit? thinking of splitting
this one off.) Would like to split other countertop outlet (there are
only two) off of general lighting ckt. as the lights dim when
coffeemaker gets going, and I like my coffee, would then put on own 20A
circuit so I would have the now-required two 20A countertop circuits.
Also the gas range is now not wired as it was also on the clothes washer
circuit, should I pull that as a dedicated circuit or could it share
with something on the 1st floor?
2nd floor: now solely on one 15A circuit with the exception of one
single recep. on its own 20A circuit, I assume for another window mount
A/C unit. Would like to pull another 20A ckt. up for bathroom so I can
add a recep. in there and also possibly a through-wall vent fan (don't
want to mess with roof as it is metal.) Maybe if general lighting/recep
ckt. has a natural point at which to break it split that into two as
well and pull another 14AWG home run.
I haven't even started to assess the subpanel in the garage yet...
(another issue for another time.)
My breaker box is starting to look really, really busy with all the
half-height breakers BUT I can already see the benefits with the lack of
dimming lights etc. when certain appliances kick on... Yes, the panel
is rated for what I'm doing and I still have four unused spaces that I'm
trying to keep free should I decide to put a little workshop area in the
basement and want a 240V outlet for a welder or what have you.
Any constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated.
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