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    Default 3 bathrooms, 1 circuit?

    This seems like a lot for a single 20 amp circuit....

    Main level half bathroom - 1 outlet
    Upper level guest bathroom - 2 sinks, one outlet next to each one
    Master bathroom - 2 sinks, one outlet next to each one plus an additional outlet at a make-up 'station' vanity setup.

    I know this has been discussed before but I coudn't find anything recent.

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    Default Re: 3 bathrooms, 1 circuit?

    Meets "minimum" code requirements.

    Might not make "common sense" but there is nothing about using "common sense" in the code.

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    Default Re: 3 bathrooms, 1 circuit?

    Thanks... the people that write the code obviously don't have teenage daughters


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    Default Re: 3 bathrooms, 1 circuit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Fellman View Post
    Thanks... the people that write the code obviously don't have teenage daughters
    Keep in mind the National Electrical Code is a MINIMUM requirement not an installation manual.
    It's not the code making panels place to design the electrical system for a structure.

    The design of the electrical system falls on the builder or the person footing the bill for the construction. Your situation was most likely designed by a builder/ owner who was cheap and wanted code minimum.


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    Default Re: 3 bathrooms, 1 circuit?

    It's not uncommon to find three bathrooms, two exterior receptacles, and a garage receptacle on the same GFCI circuit. All that extra wire too save a few $$ on a few GFCI receptacles.


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    Default Re: 3 bathrooms, 1 circuit?

    Quote Originally Posted by David Argabright View Post
    It's not uncommon to find three bathrooms, two exterior receptacles, and a garage receptacle on the same GFCI circuit.

    If it is a "newer" house, I believe it was the 1996 NEC when that changed, that should be really, really, really rare in finding the bathrooms on a circuit with those other receptacles.

    Prior to that, yeah, they would put all the GFCI receptacles on one circuit and put a GFCI breaker in the panel or GFCI device at the closest receptacle on that circuit and then just wire away to wherever.

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