electrial for new disposal hookup

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by tony norton, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. tony norton

    tony norton New Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    I have a new install for a disposal. There is no exixting wiring underneath the sink for the unit. The dishwasher is to the right of the sink area but cannot pull it out for the drain hose is too short. I guess it may have been installed before the countertop was put on. My question is, I have a lot of receptacles over my countertop. Can I take one either on the left or right of the sink, put in a combination switch receptacle and break the tab to make the switch separate from the receptacle plug in side, run a wire down and put in a box to wire the disposal to. I did have someone tell me I shouldnt put it on a gfi and someone else said it would be no problem to put it on a gfi line.
  2. codeone

    codeone Code Enforcement

    Sep 5, 2008
    Code Enforcement, Instructor
    North Carolina
    No What you are talking about doing would not be code compliant!
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  4. Jim Port

    Jim Port Electrical Contractor

    Aug 22, 2009
    Electrical Contractor
    To expand on the answer above the required small appliance circuits for the countertops are prohibited by code from having other loads like lighting or hardwired appliances on them. The disposal needs its own circuit.
  5. Jeff1

    Jeff1 New Member

    May 24, 2006
    So Cal
    Does that requirement apply to all circuits above the countertop or only to the minimum required 2 circuits?
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