Installing Workshop Receptacles
How to Install Electrical Wiring for Workshop Outlets: Wiring Workshop or Garage Receptacles with GFCI Protection, The number of GFI outlets for a workshop, circuit amperage, how many outlets.
Guide to Workshop or Garage Receptacle Outlets
Electrical Question: How many receptacles can I put down stream after a GFCI?
- I am running a 15amp circuit in my new workshop with 12-2 wire.
This electrical question came from: Bruce, a Handyman from La Mesa, California.
Additional Comments: Nice source of info-thank you for your time & effort.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Bruce.
How to Install Electrical Wiring for Workshop Outlets
Application: Wiring Workshop Receptacles
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be replaced.
Precaution: When adding to an existing outlet circuit identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional GFCI Outlet wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Wiring Workshop or Garage Receptacles with GFCI Protection
- The number of GFI outlets for a workshop application it will really depend on what the receptacles will be used for or what will be plugged into the receptacles.
- The other consideration is how many of these tools or devices will be operated at the same time.
- If the receptacles are for general purpose and conveniently located and the circuit load will be low then you can place as many as you wish, 10 or may be 12.
- The point is that you will be limited by the amperage of the circuit, not how many receptacles you actually have.
- I guess the easiest way to explain this is that just because you have 10 receptacles does not mean that there is a load on the circuit, that only happens once tools or equipment is plugged in and is being used.
- By the way, if 12-2 wire is being installed then the circuit breaker may be sized at 20 amps, not 15 amps.
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