Hi everyone. When we built our house I had the electrician run a wire
down to the basement so we could tap into it to finish the basement.
We finished the basement, but ran a new line. So now in the storage
area I have a 12/2 wire hooked into a 20 amp breaker not being used.
My question - can I simply wire an outlet to this wire?
Doesn't need to be 20A (according to the NEC, not sure about the CEC).
As long as you have at least two receptacles you can use 15A
receptacles, and a standard duplex outlet qualifies as two.
As for GFCI, that may depend on the area. It's certainly not required
Finished or unfinished, it's probably a good idea. Actually, finished
basements attract floods the way trailer parks attract tornadoes. I think
it's an adjunct of Murphy's Law or something. So, if you might want to use a
shop vac to scoop up the water, a GFCI is a pretty good idea.
Yes, but a standard household outlet is actually a *duplex* receptacle,
so it counts as two receptacles for the purpose of that rule. Thus, a
single 15A duplex receptacle can be put on a 20A circuit.
If you were putting a single receptacle outlet (which is fairly rare in
a residential scenario) then yes, it would make sense to use a 20A one.
> If it's in an unfinished basement storage area, it needs
That depends on the area. GFCI is not required here in Canada for
basements in general...only for receptacles within a certain distance of
I'm not saying its a bad idea. (In fact, under the circumstances I
probably would use a 20A dual receptacle.) I'm saying that it's not
required by code.
There's a small but (to me at least) significant difference.
What do you mean NO benefit? What if someday he wants to plug in a 20
This is apparently the only receptacle on the whole 12 guage wire, so
there isn't even a question of added load from other items.
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