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Are 15A receptacles acceptable on a 20A circuit? [duplicate]

I have a 20 amp breaker for my dedicated man cave home theater. It's a rental unit. Recently I had a few loose-fitting plugs on some of the receptacles so I just went downstairs and found the breaker ...
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Why is it safe to use 15 A receptacles on a 20 A circuit?

OK, the one answer I got was way off target, and another commenter couldn't figure out what I was asking, so I'm restating the question... Are 15A 3-prong grounded outlets actually rated to 20A, ...
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Can I share the neutral in 12/3 cable between two GFI circuits with different current ratings?

I think I know the answer to this question however I have been known to be wrong before! I am using GFI breakers to protect multi outlet circuits. One is 15 amp and the other is 20 amp. I realized ...
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20 amp Circuit, 15 amp switch that controls receptacles ok?

I have a 20 amp circuit in my home (the breaker is 20 amps). On that circuit there is a light switch rated for 15 amps that controls three 15 amp receptacles. Is the 15 amp switch ok, or should it be ...
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How can I find my bathroom's GFCI?

I have a half-bath on the main floor of our house that is small and has only 3 electrical items in it: Light above the sink (and corresponding light switch) Fart fan (and corresponding light switch) ...
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Why are there multiple receptacles by amperage?

I could imagine the various receptacle shapes being a tool to protect you from making a mistake about what you plug in. Consider a 15A breaker with 14ga wiring to NEMA 5-15R receptacles. The circuit ...
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GFCI outlet shape for 20 amp vs 15 amp circuit - what does the little line on the outlet mean?

My contractor recently added a 20-Amp circuit to my kitchen while he was remodeling it. He explained that the circuit was 20-Amp, and the non-GFCI outlets he installed all have the little horizontal ...
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Safe to use a 16 amp motor on a 20 amp circuit with a 15 amp outlet?

I have a 1.5 hp table saw motor rated at 115v/16amp. My garage has all 20 amp breakers but all outlets are 15 amp. Does the 15 amp outlet present a hazard if the wiring and circuit are all rated at 20 ...
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Can I have a 15 amp outlet on a 20 amp circuit with a 20 amp GFCI

I'm installing a few new outlets in my unfinished basement and what I have currently is a 20 amp circuit and I have a 20 amp GFCI outlet hooked on to that. I'm looking to add another standard 15 amp ...
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20 Amp Circuit with 15 Amp outlets

I added an outlet to a bathroom. When I pulled the outlet, which was a 15A, that I was going to tie into it was wired with a #12. I checked the circuit and it is a 20 AMP circuit. It was part of a ...
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Do receptacles require a 20 ampere breaker?

I thought wall receptacles required a 20 amp breaker. Am I wrong?
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Can I do two 220V on a single line?

I am in the process of adding subpanel. This question is a continuation from my previous question. Can I do two 220V receptacles on a single 20A line? The equipments will be drawing max 3A and 13A. ...
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Will a 15A receptacle on a 20A circuit fail if I draw over 15A combined from each outlet?

OR: is the rating for the entire receptacle or each outlet individually? A common 15A receptacle has two outlets. If such a receptacle is attached to a 20A circuit, an 8A draw from each outlet will ...
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20 amp wires into 15 amp outlet

I'm replacing a hall way outlet that only runs the hall light. I have the 15 amp outlet and the wires coming out of wall are too big to fit in holes. Guessing 20 amp? Is it ok to just wrap them around ...
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Use of 20 Amp Breaker and 12/2 Cable for Circuit Containing 15 Amp Duplex Receptacles

What is the rationale behind using a 20 amp circuit breaker with 12/2 cable for a circuit that only contains 15 amp duplex receptacles? I understand the rationale behind using 12/2 cable instead of 14/...

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