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Old 08-03-2018, 04:21 PM   #1
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I am wiring my new man cave. What size wire do I need. I am not running anything larger than a refrigerator in it.


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Old 08-03-2018, 04:22 PM   #2
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following.. needing to wire my small shed outside my house.
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Old 08-03-2018, 04:26 PM   #3
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12-2 w ground. 14 for lights if you wanna save a little.
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Old 08-03-2018, 04:35 PM   #4
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12-2 w ground. 14 for lights if you wanna save a little.
This but I would just run all 12/2 w/ground. I don't know how big your man cave is but if you are buying 500ft or more I would just go ahead and buy a 1000' yard spool. Much easier to pull the wire coming off the spool than it is in the smaller packages.
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Old 08-03-2018, 04:43 PM   #5
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I would go with 12/2 so you can have a 20 amp circuit for the room. If you decide to run 14/2 for lighting as said above that’s fine, but put it on a separate circuit from the receptacles. I don’t know how big the room is, so you may be planning to break it up already.
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Old 08-03-2018, 04:55 PM   #6
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Depends on many things and how many receptacles you plan to install.


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Old 08-03-2018, 06:24 PM   #7
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It is 1200 square foot. 9 lights and 10 plugs but plan on using 5 different circuits


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Old 08-03-2018, 06:48 PM   #8
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Circuit size is up to you (15 or 20A). If it were mine the fridge receptacle would be a 20A dedicated circuit.

The rest I would just do typical 15A circuits.

12/2 Romex for the 20A and 14/2 Romex for the 15A ones.


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Old 08-03-2018, 10:21 PM   #9
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Thanks for the info guys


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Old 08-03-2018, 10:26 PM   #10
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I agree with Mike. With the info you gave I would run a dedicated 20 amp circuit for the fridge,, split the remaining receptacles into 2 15 amp circuits, and I would have one 15 amp for the lights because they would all be LED anyway.
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Old 08-12-2018, 07:11 AM   #11
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Most all refrigerators pull less than 500W/3.3A. Dedicating a circuit for that would be a waste of money.
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Old 08-12-2018, 09:59 AM   #12
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No A.C.?

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Old 08-12-2018, 08:21 PM   #13
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Most all refrigerators pull less than 500W/3.3A. Dedicating a circuit for that would be a waste of money.


I always try to put them on dedicated circuits to make sure nothing else trips the breaker and kills the power to the fridge or deep freezer.


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Old 08-17-2018, 02:22 PM   #14
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I always try to put them on dedicated circuits to make sure nothing else trips the breaker and kills the power to the fridge or deep freezer.


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AND DON'T USE A GROUND FAULT PLUG ON FRIDGE PLEASE! They're too sensitive and not necessary.....and it's a stinky mess when it does!
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Old 08-17-2018, 02:27 PM   #15
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AND DON'T USE A GROUND FAULT PLUG ON FRIDGE PLEASE! They're too sensitive and not necessary.....and it's a stinky mess when it does!


I lost 2 whole deer that way in a deep freeze a couple days after I got them back from the processor. Hard lesson to learn that day!


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Old 08-17-2018, 02:39 PM   #16
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no one has mentioned the distance. 12 AWG wire will carry 20 amps but only to a distance of 50'. beyond that the amp loss requires a 10AWG wire.

one way distance always is part of the calculation. there are calculators on the WWW to help you.
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I always try to put them on dedicated circuits to make sure nothing else trips the breaker and kills the power to the fridge or deep freezer.


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Old 08-17-2018, 03:28 PM   #18
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12/2 Romex yellow with bare copper ground and never look back. You can safely run 1800 watts on a 20a circuit and 12/2 Romex NM-B. Am assuming you are not running in conduit.
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:23 PM   #19
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Circuit size is up to you (15 or 20A). If it were mine the fridge receptacle would be a 20A dedicated circuit.

The rest I would just do typical 15A circuits.

12/2 Romex for the 20A and 14/2 Romex for the 15A ones.


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^^^^^ Yep this is what I would do.
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