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canuk
Re: Uses for 14/2

The majority of general 15 amp circuits are still 14/2 --- it's not as common for 12/2 being used for general 15 amp circuits -- mainly because of the cost difference between the two gages of copper wire.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Uses for 14/2

Most people will recommend using 12/2 to DIYers because the circuit can easily be upgraded to 20 amp. Often the circuit contain lights and receptacles and DIYers usually don't know how to do load calculations..

Jack

sparky1
Re: Uses for 14/2

my general rule is, 12/2 for outlets and 14/2 for lights.. Im thinking you might want to use a 14/3 (not a 14/2) for your smokes though. they typically have a third wire that will interconnect all the devices. And a 14 guage wire is exactly what i would use, its SO much easier to work with!!!

Re: Uses for 14/2

To interconnect smoke or carbon monoxide detectors you must use either 12-3 or 14-3, depending on the breaker size.

Call me crazy but I've been carrying a roll of 14-2 & 14-3 around in my truck for 7 years and haven't used more than half of it, for repair work.

Now that expensive AFCI's are required just about everywhere it just makes sense to use #12 wire to allow more outlets on the AFCI.

Also, 12-4 w/G will begin to be used for 3 way (and 4 way) circuits since a neutral is now required at all switch locations, even if not needed at the time of the installation, with few exceptions.

Good Luck from Columbiana, Alabama
Maurice Turgeon, http://thesemiretiredelectrician.com

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Uses for 14/2

In my fair city, 14/2 is allowed for your regular 20amp outlets. Scary I know.

dj1
Re: Uses for 14/2

Sometimes I use this wire to bundle stuff, such as wrenches, sockets and other tools. :D

Seriously, I use it from switches to the light fixtures.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Uses for 14/2
HoustonRemodeler wrote:

In my fair city, 14/2 is allowed for your regular 20amp outlets. Scary I know.

Well actually you can use 14/2 on a 30 amp outlet, but it has to be protected by a 15 amp breaker.
Jack

dcalabro
Re: Uses for 14/2

Well i have 250ft and I want to use as much as possible in my upcoming projects so it's not wasted.

I plan on creating the following new circuits using it:
1. 15amp - Dedicated feed to garbage disposal.
2. 15amp - Lighting for 4 dimmable recessed fixtures plus an attached exterior fixture
3. 15 amp - Dining room light(400watts), 3x 120watt light fixtures for hallways(360 watts)

Does this sound ok or a little too underutilized as i'm way under the 80% mark for 15amp. Other recommendations are welcome.

Re: Uses for 14/2

1. 15amp - Dedicated feed to garbage disposal.
Sounds fine

2. 15amp - Lighting for 4 dimmable recessed fixtures plus an attached exterior fixture
Sounds fine from the switch to the lights

3. 15 amp - Dining room light(400watts), 3x 120watt light fixtures for hallways(360 watts)
Ok for the feed to the hall lights

Feed from the switch to a light that may some day be converted to a fan & light must now be 3 wire w/g

Good Luck from Columbiana, Alabama
Maurice Turgeon, http://thesemiretiredelectrician.com

dcalabro
Re: Uses for 14/2

That works out pretty good because i have to get some 14/3 for the smoke detectors. Thanks for that extra note!!

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