> I'm renovating my basement and have a pretty
> fundamental question about the Romex cable I'll be
> running throughout the space for lights and wall
> I'm having my old Federal Pacific breaker panel
> (150 amps) replaced with a new Cutler Hammer 200
> amp box. Have hired an electrician to do that work
> for me. But I wondered why I'd bother with 15 amp
> circuits (14-2 Romex). Is there a reason not to
> simply make all three of the circuits I'll be
> creating for the new basement 20 amp circuits,
> using 12-2 Romex?
I concur with the others. I would, and have, used
12-2 Romex 20A circuits on my circuits.
(Well, possibly with the exception of the lighting
circuits which will most likely be low current.)
> Or is there a fire/shock hazard caused by using
> the higher amperage circuit breakers on those
> standard circuits.
> Also, does on GFI protect the entire circuit on
> which it is located or do I need to install more?
Yes, the circuit breaker types do protect the entire
circuit. As do the receptacle types if wired that way.
> My basement, like so many, sometimes gets wet when
> the outside drains are blocked.
All the better to use GFIs.
1. Install larger boxes than the minimum standard
code recommends. They are roomier and easier to
2. Install double or triple the number of outlets
per wall than the minimum standard code
recommends. You can thank me in the future.
3. Use the $1.50 or $2.00 receptacles instead of the
cheap $.49 types. They are much better built and
4. Don't use the simple push in terminals on the
receptacles, use the old fashion screw terminals.
The contact resistance is lower, I have measured
this. OK, they do pass the UL code, but lower
resistance has to be better.
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