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    Residential NEC Requirements for Garage

    I just got "nailed" by an inspector. I ran a 12/3 Romex to a Washing machine outlet in a laundry room from the panel. I then took a 12/2 to the garage GFCI outlet. Red takes care of the Washer....Black takes care of the Garage. I was written up..."Garage Must Have Designated Circuit". Perhaps I am wrong in assuming that the shared neutral violates the "designated circuit" rule......a rule I can't even find in the codebook. My questions are: Does the NEC require a designated circuit for the garage and does the shared neutral violate a "Designated Circuit description?

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    I am probably wrong, but I think it can be considered a individual circuit.

    210.4 Multiwire Branch Circuits.
    (A) General. Branch circuits recognized by this article
    shall be permitted as multiwire circuits. A multiwire circuit
    shall be permitted to be considered as multiple circuits.
    "Electricity is really just organized lightning." George Carlin


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    Resi garages are not required anywhere in the NEC to have dedicated circuits. Ask the inspector for a Code reference. Unless it's a local amendment, you won't get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guypowerup View Post
    I just got "nailed" by an inspector. I ran a 12/3 Romex to a Washing machine outlet in a laundry room from the panel. I then took a 12/2 to the garage GFCI outlet. Red takes care of the Washer....Black takes care of the Garage. I was written up..."Garage Must Have Designated Circuit". Perhaps I am wrong in assuming that the shared neutral violates the "designated circuit" rule......a rule I can't even find in the codebook. My questions are: Does the NEC require a designated circuit for the garage and does the shared neutral violate a "Designated Circuit description?
    Say what!

    1 No requirement in the NEC. Local?
    2 What about doing this elsewhere? Kitchens?
    3 You have two circuits.
    4 He must give you the code section.
    Inspector Mike
    ESI

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    I gotta go with the others, nothing in 210.11 and 210.52(G) just says:

    (G) Basements and Garages. For a one-family dwelling,
    the following provisions shall apply:
    (1) At least one receptacle outlet, in addition to those for
    specific equipment, shall be installed in each basement,
    in each attached garage, and in each detached garage
    with electric power.
    "Electricity is really just organized lightning." George Carlin


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    Welcome to the forum.

    As the others have already stated, the inspector must cite a code reference for the "Violation". Ask the inspector to show you where that requirement is in the code.

    The NEC does not require the garage to have a "designated" circuit, I think the inspector is confused and is enforcing "What I Like To See" codes.

    Chris

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    As an electrical inspector myself, in my opinion, if you GFCI the garage recptacles, handle tie the breakers of the MWBCs, properly label at the panel, you are good to go. Inspectors need to read and understand the code and make calls that can be justied by citing a code section. He is probably a rookie and probably never heard of Mike Holt.

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    I'm assuming that by "designated" he means dedicated. You already have a dedicated circuit according to your description, tell him and move on.
    Be careful out there, that's why I'm in here.

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    Hey Everybody....Thank you very much for your input. I appreciate your ideas/comments. It is tough nowadays to make a living out there and if you are doing it right why do it over? Again ....thank you all!

    P.S. This is a GREAT Website!

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    I think the shared neutral has the inspector confused

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