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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Why is it OK to put multiple ground wires in the same bus hole in an electrical panel?

It's not clear to me why ground wires aren't subject to the same rules as neutral wires (one per bus bar hole). What's the reasoning here?
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How close to beam edge can I put light fixture nails?

I removed a 10-15 lb light from my ceiling. Beneath, the electrical box was at an odd angle: So I pulled that off as well, which revealed this hole. Those nail holes which were holding in the ...
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Is Black & Decker's “Codes for Homeowners” (3rd edition, 2015) a useful resource? [closed]

Is the Black & Decker "Codes for Homeowners" worth buying as a home improvement reference work?
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Adding ground to an existing conduit

Continuing my basement shop brainstorming... As I said in another question, the good news is that I've got a 30-amp 240V circuit more or less in the right place and available, and easily accessible ...
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Another code question: can I take a 110V outlet off one leg of a 220V circuit?

Wiring the workshop, it'd be simplest to use the 220V circuit to also supply the shop's 110V outlets. I know some machines/appliances do that internally; can I expose it on the wall? (I'm never sure ...
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Can a 220V US circuit have more than one 220V outlet, by code?

When I move the laundry, I'm considering switching to a gas drier -- but even so it'd be nice to have the 220V drop there for future-proofing. However, if I'm not using it for the drier, I'd like to ...
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does this look like an up to code support beam?

we had an entry way widened a bit which required them to install a longer support beam. I'm absolutely not a professional. But the 2x4's supporting the larger beam don't seem very substantial to me. ...
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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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How many ceiling fans and switches can I put on one breaker [duplicate]

I have a person that wants to wire in four light boxes and four ceiling fans with switches and I need to know if I can run all four of them safely from one breaker and if so what kind of breaker? This ...
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basement bathtub straddling a crater

we got this house recently. i was working on paint and finishing our basement bathroom.. trying to remove the baseboard trim surrounding the the bathroom shower, i noticed that it came out ...
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Running LV conduit through attic - what do I need to know?

I want to run 1" LV conduit (Carlon Resi-gard) through the attic. Basically, I am using the attic for the "horizontal" run from one room to another. I will be sealing the hole with some caulking, ...
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Does conduit terminated in backless gang boxes defeat the purpose of fireblocking?

My understanding for an ENT conduit (other than for future flexibility) was that it was fire-rated, to reduce the spread of fire/air-flow between floors. If the conduit went through fire-blocks or ...
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Can I add an air gap to an existing drain pipe?

I am installing a water softener in my garage. There is already a place to connect into the water line (after the existing sediment filter), and there is an existing drain pipe (2 inch PVC that runs ...
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Can I make my bulkhead stairs steeper and still be up to code?

The bottom few steps of my bulkhead stairs go beyond the wall of the basement. The problem is I would like to put a door in my basement at the bottom of the stairs. To do this I would either have to ...
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Using fire retardant sealant for low-voltage cables through walls

I plan to wire my house with CAT6 cables, running inside the walls (drywall, wood). I would have to drill through the floor and probably through fire blocks in between the studs. Lot of guides advise ...
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When do galvanized pipes in NYC residential water delivery pipes need to be upgraded?

It was suggested that I ask here. Some residential properties in New York City still have galvanized pipes for the inlet water line. Since heavy metals from the galvanization can leach into the ...
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Help with fire code in a condo building

We had a "contractor" come out to bid our project and told me I needed to cut the drywall off one side of our living room wall. (We live on the 15th floor of a condo building in Minneapolis MN.) I did ...
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How bad is it to attach a gas water heater to a gas furnace electrical circuit?

I'm looking to replace my existing water heater with a more efficient model. One of the things that makes better models more efficient is the replacement of the thermocouple / pilot control system ...
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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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Super-Insulating a Crawlspace

I am getting ready to have a contractor insulate my crawlspace. The exterior facing walls of my crawlspace are about 2" above grade, with the remaining 2 ft 6 in - 2 ft 10 in below grade. One of the ...
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Is a dryer vent tube being compressed like this up to code?

There's a 4" dryer pipe in my wall that is smashed slightly in order to get it to fit into the wall made with 2v4s. Is this OK?
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What is “code” and what should a DIYer know about it?

I've heard people who work in construction and here on this site discuss "code", and when this happens someone sites a specific document such as the National Electrical Code or International Plumbing ...
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Can I terminate my dryer vent next to my gas meter?

Background I want to move my electric dryer. This involves moving the exhaust vent. This question is about where I can safely terminate the vent duct on the exterior of my home. I already understand ...
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Does a contract to build a deck need an occupancy clause?

I am replacing an exterior deck. I've had several contractors out to give quotes, accepted an estimate from one, and am now in the position of signing (or not) a contract for the work. It's a lump sum ...
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Is this a compliant way to control three circuits with two switches?

I'm planning to replace two dimmer switches -- but I found the following clever wiring when opening up the junction box. Three circuits where the neutral lines are spliced together, one live line ...
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Electrical Code Clarification

I'd liked to get some insights into how others interpret the code regarding AFCI and the NEC 2015 code. Here's a hypothetical: Arc fault protection is omitted for outlets outdoors, garages and crawl ...
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Deck diagonal bracing alternatives

The IRC prescriptive deck guide calls for decks taller than 6' to have diagonal bracing placed parallel (planar) to the beam from post to beam. My deck, which is built with a beam on one side and a ...
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Does the junction between two horizontal spaces need to be fireblocked?

This question is in regard to interpretation of IRC:2012 R302.11 for a single family dwelling. It is clear that junctions between vertical and horizontal framing need to be fireblocked (e.g. between ...
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Proper wiring for dishwasher and GFCI

Can I connect a dishwasher to a GFCI outlet that is part of a 20amp circuit that has a total of 2 GFCI outlets?
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Deck Footing capacity with BigFoot base

I'm planning a new deck (completely replacing and enlarging an existing deck). The deck will be 25'x15' w/25 ft being attached to the house. I'm trying to determine what footings are required. ...
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Convert a switched receptacle to a non switched receptacle

This is a code question and I live in the US. Some background. My house originally had no overhead lights except for the bathrooms, kitchen and hallways. The rest of the rooms had just one switched ...
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dyeing grey water, standerds for how much dye to use

I am looking into grey water systems for a future house. In the course of researching, I learned that in states that have adopted the International Plumbing Code, you can use the water for flushing ...
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What's the difference between “physical damage” and “severe physical damage” in the NEC?

The 2014 NEC uses "physical damage" at various points to refer to well, hard knocks, if you know what I mean. However, certain passages in the NEC, such as 358.12 point 1 on EMT: Where, during ...
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When does a sleeve become a conduit, and how much can I fit in a sleeve?

According to National Electrical Code, the conduit percentage fill table does not apply to sections of conduit used to provide protection from physical damage (sleeve). National Electrical Code ...
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Locating buried electrical cable/conduit in yard

Our house, which we purchased about a year ago, has a shed in the back of the yard which has electricity and is roughly 100 ft away from the main house. From what I can tell the previous owner had ...
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Are there any restrictions on using crimped connections to electrical devices (receptacles, switches)?

As the title states, are there any code restrictions in general on using crimped spade and ring terminal connectors when wiring household electrical circuits? I've actually been doing this for a ...