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Electrical Question: I am Installing Some Electrical Wiring Myself, Am I Doing it Right?

Here is my project:
I am finishing my basement project. I am doing the electrical wiring myself, but I will have an electrician hook up the circuit breaker box.

I was going to split the breakers as follows:

  1. Half of great room with 4 can lights and 6 plugs.
  2. Half of great room with 6 can lights and 5 plugs.
  3. Bedroom with 5 can lights and 6 plugs.
  4. Bathroom with 5 can lights, 4 plugs, and a vent fan.
  5. Laundry room and storage room with 4 can lights (2 in each room) and 5 plugs. *the washer and dryer will use their existing breakers from upstairs.
  6. Office with 6 can lights and 6 plugs.

Will the 6 (20 amp) breakers suffice for these rooms?
Thanks in advance,

This electrical wiring question came from: Wayne, a Homeowner from Shepherdsville, Kentucky.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Wayne.

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2 Responses to “Are You Doing Your Electrical Wiring Project Right?”
  1. Nelson says:

    Dave, you are absolutely right. Personally I think he has over did the wiring since he did not mention the size of the basement. Also I’m thinking he has too many drops per circuit.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Thank You Nelson,

      I think this was one example where his intentions were correct but the method and understanding was lacking. The electrician should have been consulted first to discuss the project, plan everything out, get the permit and then proceed.

      I think this is known as putting the cart before the horse.

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