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How do I determine how many circuits to use in a finished basement, excluding the bathroom, kitchen, and bar area? Circuit Planning for Basement Electrical Wiring.

Basement Electrical Wiring


Electrical Question: How do I determine how many circuits to use in a finished basement, excluding the bathroom, kitchen, and bar area?

This electrical question came from: Dan, a Handyman from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Dan.

Basement Electrical Wiring

Application: Electrical Wiring for a Basement.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools for Rough-In Wiring, Electric Drill and Auger Bits, Extension Cords, and a Ladder as needed.
Estimated Time: Depends on the extent of the basement wiring project and available access to the project area.
Precaution: Any existing wiring in the immediate area that may interfere with the new wiring should be identified, turned OFF and Tagged.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring in the basement should always be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Circuit Planning for Basement Electrical Wiring

Dan, all of the intended uses for the basement area should be thought out as well as any future plans. A list of all the connected loads is essential. Once this information is identified the the circuit schedule and design may be established. This is what is referred to as start with the end in mind because once the walls are closed up,  it will cost a lot more to add any additional wiring or circuits later on.

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