That happens to be what I have, but not by any great design planning.
When I moved in, there weren't enough receptacles in the kitchen for
my setup (coffee maker, toaster oven, unobstructed receptacles for the
coffee grinder or blender, etc.)
It just so happened that adding an "every other receptacle" worked out
great. I put them on their own circuit because it was easier to just
run all new Romex and I had the space in the panel.
No, they are not color coded and yes, each run is protected with a
GFCI as the first receptacle in the chain.
I think doing it the Canadian way combined with our codes would require
expensive double pole GFCI breakers, or messy, crowded boxes using
12-2-2 wiring. I'm not sure what their receptacle spacing is, but in the
US. Having a receptacle at every slice of counter 12" and wider, and one
every four feet, certainly give you enough locations to plug in. As long
as the electrician installs ample circuits for the size of the kitchen,
and it's usage, there shouldn't be any problems. I do prefer running at
least one 12/3 loop to all counter outlets, so I at least have both
circuits at each location, so I can change the outlets depending upon usage.
My father wired our house that way when it was built in '59 (one
color, though). I doing the same to my basement so I can plug in a
power tool and a shop vac on separate circuits and work anywhere.
There was only one outlet in eight rooms (>2000ft^2).
The one I remember was blowing fuses, maybe one of 2 fuses, in a
kitchen. There were split wired receptacles and one of the
break-off-tabs was not removed (coulda been original or replacement). I
think someone noticed a fuse was blown. All the receptacles would work
with the blown fuse.
That's funny, no one would have known what the blown fuse was going to,
because everything worked.
I typically get the service call where the homeowner changed all the
outlets in the bedroom or living room, and now the switch doesn't work
than one breaker. It's not impossible that the red and black wires are on
separate circuits. They shouldn't be, but still could be.
Quite possibly - but code "in Canada" is 20 amp split circuits in the
Kitchen Counter area - and therefore #12 copper as well.
You can also use 20 amp cicuits for everthing in a single bathroom, or
receptacles only in multiple bathrooms - but bathroom circuits can
ONLY supply bathroom loads. If you have bathroom receptacles in
multiple bathrooms on a single 20 amp circuit, the lighting needs to
be on another separate circuit supplying only bathroom lighting - a 15
Some other situations can also use 20 amp circuits - and long run 15
amp circuits can also use #12 copper.. 15 amp circuits on aluminum
also require #12. - but the OP stated he's got #12 copper.
one breaker. It's not impossible that the red and black wires are on separate
circuits. They shouldn't be, but still could be.
Other than a split receptacle or a 220 circuit, the ONLY place you
should find a red wire is as a "traveller" in a 3 way or 4 way switch
On 04/02/2013 05:44 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I'd also say a switch leg for a ceiling fan/light combo where the
electrician was thoughtful and decided to allow you to have the option
of having a wall switch for the fan when he roughed in.
Or, now that we have the new code, could be a switch leg for anything -
as you're now required to have a neutral even at those locations. but
neither one of those situations are what the OP is seeing.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Code in Canada requires "splits" on kitchen countertops One circuit on
the top, one on the bottom - so you can plug in the toaster and the
tea kettle without blowing a fuse.. Say "split" to any Canadian
electrician and they know exactly what you are talking about. By
googling "split receptacle" I'm guessing every Yankee electrician
would also know what you meant.
It's been pointed out to you before -- more than once -- that you make the
assuming that what is Code in Canada is Code everywhere. Yet you continue to
same mistake, over and over and over.
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote in wrote in news:b8kml85uvd9odrjtku42n51mr4kld4itm8@
No, you don't "ALWAYS state" that -- for instance, in the comment I objected to
Fact is, you usually DON'T state that. Which is why it's been pointed out to you
-- more than
once -- that you make the mistake of assuming that what's Code in Canada is Code
everywhere. It's not.
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