we are thinking about the best way to rewire our kitchen. It had 2 circuits when we moved in. We managed to add 2 circuits using an existing 3/4'' conduit that goes from the basement to our third floor apartment in the back hallway (see pictures below). However, we want to remodel the kitchen next year and our goal is to have at least 6 circuits in a kitchen with gas appliances. What are our best options and how much work do they require? We thought about three possibilities.
- Stick with the EMT conduit and use multi-wire branch circuits to maximize the circuits we can get out of it. This is based on a previous suggestion from this forum.
- Install 60A sub-panel in the 3rd floor using the EMT conduit with 3x #6 wires plus #8 wire for ground. Run 6/3 mc cable from basement junction box to main panel. A sub panel seems much more future proof. How do people feel about the #6 wires for 60A sub-panel. I read different things about that.
- Install 60A sub-panel in the 3rd floor by replacing the EMT conduit with 4/3 mc cable that goes directly from main panel to sub-panel. We would remove the EMT and use the same holes for the mc cable. Maybe I am wrong but it seems relatively easy to run this cable.
In general, I like a sub-panel because it's more future proof and because it avoids the MWBC
The 3/4'' EMT conduit goes from the basement to a third floor junction box in the back hallway (about 30') and currently includes wires for 4 circuits (2 for kitchen, 2 for the living area).