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Electrical Wiring in the Home/new wiring in unfinshed portion of basement


I am wiring 3 rooms in a previously unfinished portion of my basement. I am using 12/2 wire with 20 amp circuits. One circuit will be 10-12 outlets with 2 lights. One will be 8 lights with LED's. As I understand it the bathroom must be two additional circuits, one for lights and fan and one for GFCI?  Does this meet the IBC code? Also how high off of the floor should the bottom of the outlet boxes be?  Existing ones are 12in but someone at Home Depot told me they had to be 14in.


Try not to mix receptacles with lights. Keep them separate. Its not a code requirement but it greatly simplifies wiring and keeps it organized. You will know that yellow jacket cable is receptacles and white is lights. Also makes trouble shooting a little easier.

14 gauge wire is easier to terminate  switches and dimmers with and easier to put away in the box. Use the deepest boxes 3-1/2" and you won't go wrong.

The bath room GFI must be on its own 20 amp circuit with nothing else except another GFI receptacle in another bath room.

12 inches is fine. 1 inch would be fine too. Older homes from the late 1800's and early 1900's that were retrofitted with electric power typically had the receptacles mounted in the baseboard about 2 inches off the floor. This can still be done today.

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