Other Electrical Considerations
Please take the following requirements into consideration when doing residential electrical work:
- New electrical work and parts of existing systems affected by new work or alterations shall be inspected by the building inspector to ensure compliance with the requirements of this code.
- Electrical meter base shall be installed on the side of the building toward the front in direct line of sight to the transformer.
- Contractor is to supply meter base.
- Meter base height from ground level must be between 5 and 6 ½ feet.
- Any building with more than one meter shall have address permanently marked on meter base before permanent power will be hooked up.
- Receptacles in kitchen and bathrooms within 6 feet of sink or water supply shall be GFCI protected.
- All outside receptacles and receptacles located in garages (including garage door operator receptacles), crawl spaces and wet locations shall be GFCI protected 20-amp circuits.
- Dryers, stoves, electric furnaces, etc. shall be connected with appropriately sized 3-conductor wire with insulated ground.
- One 20-amp (12-2 wire) branch circuit shall be provided to supply the laundry circuit. This circuit shall have no other outlet.
- A 20-amp circuit shall supply each bathroom.
- Two or more 20-amp small appliance branch circuits shall serve all receptacle outlets, including refrigeration equipment in the kitchen, pantry, breakfast room, dining room or similar area of a dwelling unit. Such circuits shall have no other outlets.
- All metal frames of electric ranges, wall mounted ovens, counter mounted cooking units, clothes dryers and outlet or junction boxes that are part of the circuit for these appliances shall be grounded.
- When portable appliances will be used on a circuit, the limit for any one portable appliance is 80% of the branch circuit rating.
- Receptacles are to be computed at a load of 1.5 amps each and limited to 80% of the rating. Example: 15 amps at 80% = 12 amps (1,440 W) 12/1.5= 8 receptacles.