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Electrical code basics and highly recommended practices for kitchen renovation:

GFCI-Protected Small Appliance Circuits


At least two 20-amp, 120-volt circuits to supply power to GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) receptacles for countertop and eating areas.

Basic Lighting Circuit


One 15-amp, 120-volt circuit feeding ceiling fixture, recessed lights, and any undercabinet lights. Should not be GFCI.

Distance Between GFCIs Over Countertops


Allow no more than 24 inches between countertop receptacles.

Countertop Sections More Than 12 Inches Wide Require GFCI


Countertop sections more than 12 inches wide are considered a "wall" and must have a receptacle (GFCI).

Dishwasher Circuit


One 15-amp, 120-volt dedicated circuit wired with 14/2 cable. Should not be GFCI.

Garbage Disposal Circuit


One 15-amp, 120-volt dedicated circuit wired with 14/2 cable. Should not be GFCI.

Microwave Circuit


One 20-amp, 120-volt dedicated circuit wired with 12/2 cable. Should not be GFCI.

Electric Range Circuit


One 50-amp, 120/240-volt dedicated circuit wired with 6/3 cable. Should not be GFCI.
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