How many boxes are on that circuit.? Outlet boxes that hold the outlets? Or lightbulb? The ceiling bulb uses 1 metal or plastic wiring box. The outlets use a single box. So, find out how many boxes are in that circuit by shutting off the breaker and checking the outlets with a light or radio and see which boxes are dead. Also check the room lighting...(though they are not suppose to be on an outlet circuit, sometimes somebody did take power from an outlet to the ceiling light.) Count how many boxes are dead. 10 boxes is allowed per breaker(by electrical code). An electrician knows this so probably fudge 12 boxes on that circuit.
Meaning You want to add 5 more boxes to the circuit...making it 17. Better if you pull a wire from a new breaker directly from the breaker box and fish it into the areas you want to go. Using small gauge wiring is not advisable because chances are you want the outlets for heaters(which draw a lot of amps and copper wire glows red hot and burns inside the walls...starting a house fire. The fire insurance investigator people are immediately on site to check over the wiring which stays intact and they can see if it was wired to CODE or not. You are not allowed on the property yet, not until the investigation is complete. Not wired to code? No fire insurance money for you. Tinsel (smaller gauge) used for wiring than required by specs...not covered. Multiple electrical heaters plugged in may also not be covered by insurance. Not signed off on the wiring job by a certified electrician...also not covered. Insurance does not want to pay out.
But if everything is within the Code, then they have to pay out.
10 gauge is thick. More like industrial applications. Standard house wire is 14/2. However the 10 box rule still applies (I believe) because of the breakers. They will overheat and trip on you.
Really, get a certified qualified up to date electrician to do this just to cover your butt skin.
You can't do the"I didn't know" thing with the insurance companies. They do not have a heart. YOU Lose.
· 10 months ago