I am rewiring a circuit. This circuit is a mix of knob and tube and older Romex. It only has a hot and neutral, so no dedicated ground. However, the outlets are three-pronged. There is no GFCI on the circuit. I want to fix all that by running everything new from the breaker box.
Location of outlets. This is an old house with lath and plaster. There is a large (12") baseboard and the outlets are in it (so maybe 4" above the floor). Can I replace the wiring on these without relocating the outlets? If I want to add additional outlets, can I also place them at the same low level to the ground?
Circuit routing. Circuits typically daisy-chain their outlets with line going in and load going out for all but the last outlet. However, I have easy access in the basement. Instead, I am considering in the basement, at every outlet, add a box. This box would take in the line and have two loads...one up to the specific outlet and the other to the rest of the circuit. Is there any reason not to do this? It seems it makes the install easier and if another leg were to be added in the future (no plans to do so), then it would make that easier also. Downside would be some additional cost of materials.
GFCIs. What is best practice? Should I prefer a breaker with GFCI built in, a GFCI on the first outlet, or a GFCI on every outlet. I'm curious what is "good" and what is "best" to do.
The spacing between outlets is quite wide. Because I'm rewiring the circuit, do I need to add additional outlets to pass inspection?
Thank you for your advice.