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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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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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Legal water heater replacement

I'm looking to replace my water heater. I currently have a 15 year old 40 gallon gas water heater, and it's time to go. I had several quotes from local plumbers, and choked at the prices. I'm going to ...
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What are the code regulations for stairs off an exterior french door?

Do the stairs off my french doors need to be the width of both doors or can they be just the width of the most used side? How big does the landing have to be at the top and bottom? Can I just ...
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Any problem with installing two identical circuit breakers in series?

Suppose I want to reduce risk of a circuit breaker malfunctioning and failing to disconnect a shorted circuit. What if I install two identical breakers sequentially (one after another) so that if one ...
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Is it safe/compliant for one circuit to supply grounded wall outlets in both a kitchen and a living room?

On one side of my wall (in kitchen, not the refrigerator or stove plug) is a three prong grounded outlet. Would it work without overloading a circuit to put a new outlet on the other side of the wall ...
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What are the codes for electrical wiring in attics?

What is the typical code for wiring in attics? I understand these vary but what's best practice? Can you just have electrical wires exposed with all the junctions, in junction boxes, provided all the ...
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What is the purpose of a double pole breaker for separate 15A circuits?

My new house is done being built and I am going to come in and install my new gas range and dishwasher, both 120V 15A appliances. I got thoroughly confused looking at the breaker box because gas ...
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How should I protect a gas line in a closet?

What is the best way to protect and hide a gas line that runs along the side wall of an open (no door) closet? It sits about 2” off the ground and is 1” away from the wall. Since it’s an open closet I ...
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What does the Plumbing Code say about securing a bathtub faucet to the studs?

My son is renting an apartment. It looks as if the bathtub faucet (spout and valvehandle) are only secured by the grout of the tile and haven't been properly secured at all to the studs. I know that ...
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Can PEX be used for the trunk

Currently I have a length of galvanized steel pipe (3/4") from the water meter, which is feeding the main trunk (3/4" copper). The water pressure in the house is very low, and I suspect it is due to ...
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How do I install fire blocking while finishing a basement?

In Colorado, the building code asks for a fire block when finishing a basement. I know this goes against the out walls (foundation). I've seen 2x4 and OSB used: which is better? And how does the OSB ...
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Is it code to have a concrete floor in a bedroom? [closed]

For some reason I recall that it is Ohio Building code that a bedroom must have a floor finish material other than subfloor. So if you are in a Slab on Grade (SOG) condo, does the code require you to ...
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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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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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How high of a structure can I build for growing hops

I would like to grow hops for home brewing and can't find any information on how high of an agricultural structure I can build without a permit, the people I am getting the rhizomes from say ...
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How to reroute a circuit that goes through a return air plenum

Old house, need to replace a wire where the insulation has been stripped off from when the original installer pulled it through a joist. Normally I'd just follow the original path of the old wire, ...
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What are the code requirements for installing a ceiling fan alongside a fire sprinkler?

I have a fire sprinkler in my bedroom ceiling which is right in the middle. I want to install a ceiling fan. What are code requirements to follow?
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What do I need to know before taking the home owner's electrical test?

Inspector came over and checked out my basement today. He suggested that I take the `local home owner's electrical test to sign off on that part of the permit. They give you the NEC 2008 handbook, ...
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Can I run an unrelated electrical cable under a bathtub?

I have an older house with a mixture of grounded and ungrounded outlets. Every room has at least one grounded outlet in it, except one. I've long wanted to run a new cable to that room and at least ...
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What is the difference between MSS SP-80 Type 1 and Type 2?

I have a bronze gate valve whose spec sheet says it conforms to MSS SP-80 Type 2. However, the project standards specify that the gate valve must be MSS SP-80 Type 1. What is the difference between ...
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Can I extend the ground/bus bar in a main service to accomodate subpanel equipment ground?

I am about to replace the main service breaker panel in my house. The old panel (a 200amp Siemens 40-circuit) had bus bars that extended the entire vertical length of the box. The new panel I would ...
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Is Kitchen cooktop venting required?

I'm replacing an electric cooktop with downdraft ventilation. Does building code require that I keep this ventilation, or can it be removed?
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Is it ok by code to enclose a residentail breaker box in a finished basement as long as there is an access door and what are the requirements? [duplicate]

I am finishing a basement and want to enclose the 200a service box and wiring with a framed cabinet of some sort. Is there any requirements for clearances and what you can enclose it with? I am in ...
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Can I mix 12 gauge and 14 gauge wire in the same 15 amp circuit?

I have 12/3 wire from a switch to 3 light fixtures; can I feed the switch with 14/2 wire from a 15 amp breaker?
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Do I need to install carbon monoxide detectors to be up to code?

My home was constructed in 2003 and has a natural gas furnace. Do I need to install carbon monoxide detectors to be up to code? It seems confusing since the first code IRC 315.1 is only for new ...
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How do I determine the fill rating of a conduit?

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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Do smoke detectors have to be hard wired in New Jersey?

I'm rebuilding after a fire, and I need to know if the new smoke/co detectors need to be hard wired.
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Does the NEC limit the maximum size of junction boxes?

In this question, the OP has constructed a large junction box out of several extension boxes attached to a "regular" junction box: Is there any upper limit on the size of a junction box (either ...
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Can I drill a 3 1/2" hole through 5 joists?

I need to move a toilet to the other side of room approx. 6 ft I will have to drill a 3.5 in hole for the waste line in 5 floor joist on the second floor. Can I double them and still drill the 3.5 in ...
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For planning interior walls, should I get an architect or interior designer or someone else?

I am thinking of adding interior walls to divide up a large space (a walk-up basement). But I am clueless regarding building codes and I don't know where I can and cannot put walls. I've read a ...
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gas line location for natural gas clothes dryer

In the US, what are the usual code requirements governing where you can put a gas clothes dryer relative to the gas line, and governing length and clearance for the flexible gas line between wall and ...
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Is there a required spacing between where high and low voltage lines attach to a house?

If both the high and low voltage lines are strung from the pole to the house, is there a minimum spacing required between where they anchor to the structure? The AC lines enter through the ...
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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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would a bathroom without a gfci outlet be a violation in a rented appartment

Would a bathroom without a GFCI outlet in a rented appartment be a violation? I have section 8 and my apartment failed inspection because of this.
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Can you wire a 30A 2P standard circuit breaker “downstream” from a 60A GFCI 2p circuit breaker?

Will this still provide GFCI protection? Is this against code? Does this represent a hazard? I have a subpanel with a 60A GFCI circuit breaker, that I want to use that to feed to 2 30a 240v ...
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Are licensed electricians required to perform code-compliant repairs?

A California licensed electrician replaced a circuit breaker for a friend. He removed the living room AFCI breaker and replaced it with a used non-AFCI breaker. When I heard this I was upset enough ...
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Is a plywood backer required for all breaker panels?

I read online that a plywood backer may or may not be required behind a breaker panel, and that it must be painted black. What are the rules for this? And why must it be painted black? I'm in MI, USA ...
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Is it code to have electrical wire going no where?

I have a wall open in the center of my house. I am going to run some 14-2 up it and and to about 5 feet from my panel, leaving plenty of extra wire to hook up in a few months. On the other end I am ...
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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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Will roof work done by unlicensed volunteers pass code? [closed]

I go to a church in Chicago that needs a new roof for one of their facilities. For my own home, I can sign a Certificate of Responsibility where it is my job to insure that all the work is up to code, ...
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Concrete Footing or Concrete Blocks For Footings

I'm thinking of building a new deck at my new home that I just moved into. It's going to be a two level one. The highest level will be about 3 feet high. I'm not worried about code because its not ...
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Code compliance for outdoor 20 amp receptacle?

Looking to add a 20 amp receptacle on the outside of my house, on a separate circuit. I don't know what NEC codes to look out for. It will be on the outside wall of the house, if that helps. The code ...
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Testing and proper breakers for a multi wire branch circit?

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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Do I need a permit to renovate a porch in NYC?

I want to renovate my 2nd floor porch, but I don't know if NYC requires a permit. My house was built in 1901, and I believe a CO is not needed because of the grandfather clause. But if I make any ...
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Am I required to have a doorknob lock on my exterior door?

I have both a deadbolt and a doorknob lock on my door (actually, all three of my doors). I've noticed that this is a consistent pattern at most houses and apartments that I've visited in my area (I ...
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How to determine what type and gauge of wire should used for underground wiring to a detached subpanel?

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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What's the proper procedure for replacing ungrounded circuits?

I have a house that has several ungrounded circuits that uses the older 2 wire romex (pvc insulation, black woven jacket). I'd love to have AFCI protected circuits for the bedrooms, and grounded ...
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Is an electrical blank (or anything you have to screw off) an acceptable access panel?

Never installed an access panel that wasn't a lid or door. If we have to screw it off is it code for an access panel? See other question for example: What can I use for a very small access panel?
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Can I use these post brackets to attach railing posts on top of decking?

I found a Simpson strong tie product (BC40Z) 4x4 half post base, and it states its intended use is for attaching a 4x4 railing post securely on top of wooden decking. The following picture ...