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What you described is perfectly fine, it is referred to as "split circuit"
Thta is where 2 circuits on opposite phases share the same neutral
Two things that must take place to do so: 1. The breakers MUST be on the same side of the panel, one directly above the other, and they have the handles joined together so that they both turn off at the same time.
Typically best to use a double pole breaker for this situation
Mark in the panel also on the directory that they are split or shared circuits, that keeps someone later from thinking it is a 240 circuit to something.
I currently have two empty breakers (15 AMP) in the box, should I put in a double pole breaker instead of using the existing ones? Or is it just good practice to put split circuits on double pole breakers & mark them accordingly?
Best to use a double pole because it already has both sides connected with the bar on the handles. Otherwise you have to one to add on 2 single poles.
best practice to use the double, not required. But joining the handles is required.
I'm not sure what you mean by the "handles'.
what you use to turn the breakers off and on with
that is its hadle
look at a double pole breaker and you will see it is just 2 single pole breakers joined together at their handles
Oops. I didn't see the whole answer on yours from the previous questions, explaining how the must be on the same side of the box, with handles joined so they turn off together. It makes perfect sense.
Understand, no problem
Thanks for your help, Mike. i hadn't thought about the double breaker at the box; so glad I asked.
yes, it is a lot easier, you are most welcome, glad to assist