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    Default Kitchen Outlets

    I am wiring a new kitchen and have my locations marked in the GFCI zone. I know I have the two options: 20A t-slots or 15A split receptacles. Can I do 1 20A t-slot and 2 15A splits? The kitchen is small but I always find that you run out of outlets....I am in the Toronto, Ontario area.

    Thanks for any assistance.

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    You can do any combination you like. There is no maximum amount of receptacles. As long as you meet the minimum, you can have more if you want.
    All 20 amps is fine. All split 15s is fine. Only the ones within 1.5 m of the sink need to be GFCI. 20 amp non split is cheaper to GFCI since you can use receptacles. That is why they are normally used near the sink. The split wired would need a double pole GFCI breaker, which is much more expensive.
    Here is a quote from the ESA FAQ page.

    Question
    Must a separate circuit be installed to each receptacle located on either side of the kitchen sink?
    Answer

    The answer depends on number of receptacles installed on the kitchen counter to satisfy Rule 26-712(d)(iii):
    - One receptacle, then only one branch circuit is required;
    - Two receptacles, then two branch circuits are required and each receptacle shall be on a seperate circuit;
    - More than two receptacles, then at least two branch circuits shall be provided and no more than two receptacles to be connected to a branch circuit.

    In all above situations, no other outlets shall be connected to these circuits supplying kitchen counter receptacles..

    Rule 26-722.

    Ontario Electrical Safety Code 25th Edition/2012.
    Also in case weren't aware the fridge must be on its own dedicated circuit.
    Operation Overlord.

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    Default Kitchen outlet clarification

    Thanks. Currently, I wired one 20A t-slot back to its own cct and I wired two 15A splits to a double pole. Both are within 1.5m of sink. I have not run them into EP as of yet so I have time to change it out if I got it wrong or if there is a better way of doing things. Yes- I also ran a separate cct for the fridge, thanks.....





    Quote Originally Posted by chrisb View Post
    You can do any combination you like. There is no maximum amount of receptacles. As long as you meet the minimum, you can have more if you want.
    All 20 amps is fine. All split 15s is fine. Only the ones within 1.5 m of the sink need to be GFCI. 20 amp non split is cheaper to GFCI since you can use receptacles. That is why they are normally used near the sink. The split wired would need a double pole GFCI breaker, which is much more expensive.
    Here is a quote from the ESA FAQ page.



    Also in case weren't aware the fridge must be on its own dedicated circuit.

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    The 15 split within 1.5 m of sink needs to be GFCI. Either change it to 20 amp or move it more than 1.5m away and add a second receptacle to the first 20 amp circuit. As long as you have at least two circuits you can have two receptacles on one circuit. You can use the LOAD terminals and just get regular T slot.

    Otherwise you will need a double pole 15amp GFCI breaker. I think when you look up the price of the breaker you will change to 20 amp.
    Operation Overlord.

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    Just did the math.....while my install is correct, it's $150 more for the install than it need be...so I'll rewire for 20A t-slots and save myself the money. Thanks for the advice.....

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