I am doing the finish electrical work on a new kitchen in my house. I
need to get everything working before an inspector reviews my work, and
there is one thing in the kitchen that I am having trouble figuring
There are two outlet circuits in the kitchen. Call them Appliance #1
and Appliance #2. Appliance #1 begins in a box over the counters and
Appliance #2 starts in the next box a few feet away. In both of these
boxes "line" is clearly labeled so I know this is where to put a gfi.
After the gfi boxes the circuits hit alternating boxes, 3 boxes per
circuit. Appliance #1 terminates in a box that has only one wire in.
Nothing complicated here. I have attached all the receptacles for
Appliance #1 and it works fine.
What is odd is Appliance #2. It does not terminate in a box that has
only one wire in it. Furthermore, there is one switch (in a bank of
switches the others of which are lights) and this one switch has two
blacks. One black is energized when Appliance #2 is energized. So, it
is as if Appliance #2 (or some set of boxes on this circuit) is
interrupted by a two way switch.
Does this make sense? Is there a code that says that an outlet
circuit in a kitchen has to have a switch? And how come Appliance #2
does not terminate in a box that has only one wire in it?