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I'm a homeowner who wants to install a GFIC duplex outlet in

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I'm a homeowner who wants to install a GFIC duplex outlet in my bathroom. According to "Code", can I tie it into an existing circuit or do I need to run a new separate committed Circuit for the outlet.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  ProGrade replied 1 year ago.

Hi Rick, welcome to

According to current code requirements, the outlet should be on a dedicated circuit.

Let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you, Ken

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks Ken. I guess that entails me running a new line to the panel. Hate fishing lines, but I can do it. Meanwhile, I've never really known: Is the Code a "National Thing"? Or does it vary from State to State, or Region to Region?
Expert:  ProGrade replied 1 year ago.

The Code is the National Electric Code but each jurisdiction has the option of adopting it as is or implementing local codes. Generally, the NEC is the minimum, if there are local codes, many times they are more stringent. You can check with your local building department to determine what is used in your area. One final point, the local AHJ (authority having jurisdiction - the chief building official) always has the final word on any interpretations.