Room Outlet Installations

Room Outlets: 12 1/2 inches above the floor and 6 feet apart from each other. The code states that no matter where in the room you are you should be no more than 6 feet away from an outlet. I just placed outlets 6 feet apart for each other all the way around the room starting where I thought each outlet would actually satisfy something placed near it (nightstand, desk, etc.) rather than randomly placing them. Also, each room was supplied by its own electrical circuit (either 15 or 20 AMP). Since I connected these with 12 gauge wire — I can run either size circuit. Lastly, I used 12/3 to connect all outlets in the room. 12/3 pulls easier through the walls (used a 1 inch drill bit to allow for additional wires). 12/3 also allows you to run wire from the last outlet to the switch for the room. By doing this, you can selectively wire each outlet in the room to be either a traditional outlet (always on) or a switched outlet (that is turned on/off using a switch). Note a 15 AMP circuit should supply power for either 8 outlets or 16 lights. 20 AMP circuits can supply power for up to 16 outlets or 32 lights.

Bathroom Outlets: Each bathroom outlet must be Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) type and this house wired each bathroom to its own circuit. The code states that all GFI outlets must be connected together and not be part of any other circuit. I wired each bathroom to its own 09circuit. In this way, anything connected in one bathroom does not impact anything running in another bathroom. I considered worst case — my daughter running a curling iron and hair dryer in one bathroom and my wife doing something similar in another. This would trip any circuit that connected all these bathrooms together.  This would all be handled by a Florida estate management professional.

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