Certain areas require there own circuits and have special rules:
- Laundry.The laundry room or area requires a dedicated 20 amp circuit for the washer. This circuit can also be used to feed other general use recepticle outlet(s) in the laundry room, but can not feed any lights or other equipment, and can not leave the laundry room/area.
Bathroom.A 20 amp dedicated circuit is required for the bathroom receptacles. There are two ways to handle these circuits, each with their own specific rules.
- Option 1:As a general rule, this is how I wire pretty much all houses. A dedicated circuit is run just for the bathroom receptacles only. This circuit may feed the receptacles in multiple bathrooms, but may not feed any other equipment, lights, or anything outside of the bathrooms. You may have more than one dedicated bathroom receptacle circuit (for example, one for the master bath and one for the main and powder baths), but they all must comply with this rule.
- Option 2:There may be times it is convenient to use this option. With this option, you can use a dedicated 20 amp circuit to feed everything (lights, plugs, fan, whatever) in one, and only one, bathroom. The circuit can only feed that bathroom, and cannot extend to anything outside of it.
- Kitchen.The kitchen requires a minimum of two dedicated 20 amp circuits for general use receptacles. All general use kitchen receptacle outlets must be fed from one of these circuits. With the exception of the refrigerator and/or gas range igniter, these circuits can feed no other equipment or lighting. These circuits can be used to feed general use receptacle outlets in the dinning room/nook, but no other areas.
- Dinning/Nook.If you are not feeding the receptacles in the dinning/nook from the kitchen receptacle circuits, they need to be on their own dedicated 20 amp circuit. This circuit can feed no other lighting or equipment, and no other areas.