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House has no plumbing vent — is this a solution?

I've been living in a fixer-upper for a while... I've been fixing a lot that was previously done wrong. I've finally gotten around to ripping out our first floor bathroom (two full bathrooms) and ...
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Can I run my hydronic circulator off an appliance cord in order to use it to purge air?

I have a hydronic heating system with a relatively powerful B & G circulator pump. This pump has a relay that is controlled by the furnace electronics; if there is no power to the furnace, ...
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What code requirements exist for low-sill, upper-floor windows?

I own a house in Texas (USA), built in 1885. I am renovating, enclosing the second floor back porch; it's essentially an addition, with a bathroom, a storage closet, and a hallway. The area will be ...
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Building code requiring rooms to have internal windows?

I am staying at the Radisson in Colorado Springs this evening and I notice that some of the rooms, in an extension built about 15-20 years ago, have large security windows facing into the hallway. The ...
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Can a cord and plug attached to a wallbox be used as a transfer means for fixed wiring downstream of the box?

So, we have a circuit that runs from the panel to junction box A, then to junction box B, and then onwards to a load. Can the fixed Chapter 3 wiring between junction box A and B be replaced by a ...
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What are the rules for making your own conduit KOs in nonmetallic junction boxes?

Some North American electrical boxes (usually nonmetallic ones) lack conduit knockouts, as they are designed solely to clamp NM cable. Unfortunately, some devices (the RIB series of enclosed, UL ...
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How to properly ground a subpanel in detached building?

I Will be installing a subpanel in a detached garage. The subpanel will be 60 amp. The garage is about 30' from the main-panel in-house, and I will of course get an exact length before selecting the ...
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Why are 3-1/2 (16d) nails so hard to find?

So I'm a little confused. It seems like 21 degree fullhead framing nailers are fairly standard. According to the ...
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Should galvanized steel pipe be used as a tub spout?

I have a 90 degree fitting coming down from my shower valve. Also have a screw on tub spout trim. Right now there is a 6" galvanized pipe that connects the 90 to the tub spout trim. Is the ...
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Deck joists and ledger gap

Sorry if my terminology is bad, I tried to pick up some of the terms and do some research in the ICC before posing the question here. I've got a contractor replacing a deck for me and I noticed that ...
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Understanding deck spans for beams.

I've been looking at various span charts for decks and I'm still not quite sure how to calculate it all when you take into account not just the joists, but the beams and posts as well. What we ...
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Do I have to connect the grounding electrode at a detached garage to the grounding electrode at the main structure?

Article 250.32(A) of the National Electrical Code, tells us that we need a grounding electrode at a detached garage. It also says that it has to be "installed in accordance with Part III of Article ...
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In a secondary panel, are grounding and neutral bus bars required on each side of the hot bus bars?

In a secondary panel (not a service panel), the grounded (neutral) bus bar is to be kept isolated from the grounding conductors (250.24(A)(5)). In article 408, the code has this to say... National ...
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Can a white (or other color) wire be remarked to serve as a grounding conductor?

In a question related to plugging in a device with a 6-20P Plug (240V Ground + 2 Hots) into a 10-30R (120/240V Neutral + 2 Hots) receptacle, I suggested replacing the outlet with a 6-20R and using ...
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Testing and proper breakers for a multi wire branch circuit?

How do you determine if an outlet is part of a unidentified multi-wire branch circuit? Also, does code say MWBCs need to be on double throw circuit breakers and is it permissible to link CBs with that ...
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What can happen if someone doesn't get a building permit for a renovation?

What are the possible repercussions if someone doesn't get a building permit when doing a renovation? I have heard many people I know say they never got a building permit to get "x" done and they have ...
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Finished basement outlets, GFCI or AFCI?

I am finishing a basement and I am not sure if I need to install GFCI or AFCI outlets. Is it better to use a GFCI/AFCI breaker instead of the outlets? NOTE: the finished basement will be used as a ...
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NEC 6/12 rule clarification

I understand that you must have an electrical receptacle 6 feet from any obstruction or break in the wall, such as a doorway, and no more than 12 feet from the previous electrical receptacle. Does ...
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Is there anything that forbids an Article 409 industrial control panel within a dwelling unit?

Can an "industrial control panel", complying with NEC Article 409 and constructed with UL 508 listed devices, be used to control loads in a dwelling unit/residential occupancy? It would rely on the ...
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Basement egress through office

I have a question that is similar, but different, than: Can I have an office in my basement without egress? I want to finish off my basement as such: My question is, by putting the red walls up, ...
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Stairs codes for length between last step and door opening?

Hi I want to add a door to the bottom end of my stairs but I want to check the building codes first so that I will not be caught in a house inspection if I am going to sell my house. I could find ...
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Can I move well pipe from under front steps and still satisfy Connecticut code?

I have a problem with my well pipe - it leaks in the spring (when snow melts). As you can see from image below - multiple hack repairs were attempted by previous owners. I was going to excavate the ...
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code requirement for cooktop gas hookup to be in another cabinet?

The manual on my kitchen cooktop states: If a built-in wall oven is to be installed below this cooktop, the grounded outlet and gas supply piping must be located in an adjacent cabinet. Is ...
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What to do with the wires when removing baseboard heaters

I recently put in a forced-air whole house HVAC system in my old house. I'll be yanking the old electrical baseboard heaters from everywhere in the house soon. I'm wondering what all would be ...
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Under what circumstances is 5/8" drywall required?

From what I understand the code usually discusses things like fire rating (not specific thickness) as they relate to required material, and also the fastener pattern and what thickness to use versus ...
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Is there anything in the NEC that would prevent me from attaching MC cable with ground to EMT with a compression coupling?

Is there anything in the NEC that would prevent me from attaching MC cable with ground to EMT with a compression coupling? I will be skinning the MC cable roughly about 10 to 15 feet where it enters ...
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How can I insulate kitchen vent to prevent cold air blowing through all the time?

Building code requires my kitchen to have a 15cmx15cm vent (besides the kitchen cook-top vent). This vent is basically a hole in the wall that reaches to the outside. The vent has grating on both ...
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Is it OK to have a 20 Amp receptacle on a circuit with 12 AWG wiring and a 15 Amp breaker?

I have a hypothetical question: If you have a 15 Amp breaker connected to a 20 Amp T type outlet with (20 Amp) 12 AWG wire, is it within code, below code, or above code, where code means the National ...
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Is a plug adapter considered an “extension cord” under the NEC?

Is an adapter from a plug (say a NEMA 14-50) to a different socket (say a NEMA 6-20 or L14-20, or even a NEMA 6-50 for that matter) considered an extension cord by the 2014 NEC? If it isn't, then what ...
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According to NEC 210.52 can this receptacle be counted as part of the required outlets in a dwelling?

Under NEC code artcile 210.52 Dwelling Unit Receptacle Outlets ...The receptacles required by this section shall be in addition to any receptacle that is: (1) Part of a luminaire or appliance, or ...
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Can one of the (two or more) required 20A circuits for kitchen receptacles also serve a Dishwasher? (California Code)

Does the California Electrical Code allow one of the two required 20A circuits powering the wall / floor receptacles to also power a dishwasher? Bonus question: If not, and the dishwasher requires ...
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Is rodent damage considered “physical damage” under the NEC?

Does the potential for rodents to access/gnaw on a cable under normal circumstances render it subject to "physical damage" in the sense the NEC intends that term to be used?
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NEC Breaker Selection for Motor Loads

In the case of motor loads connected to a long branch circuit, why does NEC Table 430.52 limit selection of an over current protection device (OCPD) to a smaller size than the branch conductor will ...
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Are all of these wirings code-acceptable for 3-way switching overhead lights?

So, i have a single switch by the garage door controlling the overhead lights like so: and i would like to add a switch by the other door (shown) and wire it for 3-way control of the lights. I'm ...
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Should there be waterproofing between the rim joist and ledger on new construction?

My new house is being built with a deck and I noticed that the framer has fastened the ledger directly to the rim joist without any sort of waterproofing between. The sheathing which is Zip system ...
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Is Schedule 80 PVC Conduit Suitable for Short Directional Boring?

I'm running some electrical wire around where I'm building my house. There are two places that I'd rather not dig through: A driveway and a creek. The creek is the most important, because the state ...
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What conduit should I install underground that meets code?

I want to run a conduit under my front yard about 20 feet. I will be trenching to 18 inches deep, but was curious what the easiest conduit is to install that meets code? PVC? EMT? Liquidtight?
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Electrical receptacle inside kitchen cupboard? (California code)

Is an electrical receptacle allowed inside a kitchen cupboard by the California Electrical Code? (i.e. installed so that the receptacle face plate is on the inside back panel of the the cupboard, so ...
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Is there a way to extend electrical wire where the splices can be finished over?

I want to extend some wires to relocate some switches. Normally one might do this by splicing new wires in and covering the junction box with a cover plate. Is there a way to permanently splice wires ...
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Cat6/Low Voltage Termination in a wooden enclosure

I have been bouncing around the idea of running CAT6 thru my older (1970s) house. Single story with an unfinished attic I have identified a bedroom closet as the potential location for the central ...
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How deep are gas lines and electrical lines under ground (to code)?

Before I start, I know I should always call Diggers Hotline (or comparable service depending on where you live) to have them mark all under ground gas & electrical lines. At what depth ...
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Running extension cord and Cat6a through wood closet shelf?

I'm in the process of installing a wireless router on a closet shelf, and I'd like to know the proper procedure for routing the extension cord and Cat6a cable. Per the picture below: The extension ...
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Is it OK that my circuit breaker panel does not latch closed

I plan on doing some work and having it inspected. As part of the work I will be switching some normal breakers to AFCI. Before I get started I notice my panel does not fully latch closed. The latch ...
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Code for elevating water heater in garages?

A gas/propane water heater in a garage is elevated. This is to ensure the open flame (at the bottom) is above a certain height (?) to avoid any combustible fuels in the garage from igniting. This all ...
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Are 2x4 rafters legal in Connecticut? 13 ft runs

so I bought a REO house and about to redo the roof above the garage. I've noticed that I need to replace some rafters. However - I'm seeing that rafter are 2x4... Is that code-legal? p.s. by 13 ft ...
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Add drain line to existing Island fixture vent?

In CA, would code allow for a drain line to be tied into the vent line shown at the location of the red arrow below? Single family home. Happy to draw a picture of where that vent lines goes, if ...
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wiring lights and continuing the circuit to another light circuit

i have 1 switch running the 1st 3 lights then the next switch runs 1 light. I mocked this up with spare wire and it works, but is it ok to do it like this?
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Is an explicit ground wire required through steel conduit?

We just bought a Chicago-area house and found that there's no ground wire in some of the recently re-wired areas. I thought that the national electrical code requires a ground wire for new ...
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How do I properly ground my subpanel that only has one neutral/ground bar?

I am adding a sub panel in an unattached building. My sub panel has the connection for the 2 hot wires coming from the source panel (a 40 amp double breaker) In addition it has one neutral/ground bar ...