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Can a yurt be a dwelling?

Yurts are beautiful, charming, quirky, easy to build, portable, and cheap. I bought a 30' yurt from Pacific Yurts. It includes the insulation kit. Can I use it as a dwelling?
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Is it OK to have a gas water heater in a bedroom closet?

I have a laundry room with a gas water heater in the closet. I was thinking about taking out the washer and dryer and renting the laundry room as a bedroom because there is a bathroom next to the ...
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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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Is it allowed to connect 14 awg ground wire to 12 awg ground

I have a 20 amp circuit and a 15 amp circuit coming together in a 2-gang box. I have to connect all the ground wires together. Is it ok that I am connecting 14 gauge wire to 12 gauge wire for the ...
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Is it acceptable to splice a circuit in two opposite directions for outdoor recepts/lighting?

Per the 2011 NEC, is it acceptable to... Splice a circuit (using a junction box indoors) as long as I leave it exposed, use the correct wire connectors, and have it covered? Use this run one side ...
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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 there multiple receptacles by amperage?

I could imagine the various receptacle shapes being a tool to protect you from making a mistake about what you plug in. Consider a 15A breaker with 14ga wiring to NEMA 5-15R receptacles. The circuit ...
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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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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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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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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 type of wiring should bedroom overhead lighting have?

On the phone with a friend in Cali this morning. He said that some municipalities are requiring /4 (12-3 or 14-3 romex) wiring for all new construction or rewiring for overhead lighting components. ...
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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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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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Is it against code to create a romex to thhn junction inside a conduit body?

I'm installing a 60A subpanel in my detached garage. I'll be running 2GA conductors, to leave the possibility of upgrading to 100A service in the future open. The Breaker I'll be using on the main ...
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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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What is the maximum number of connections to pipes?

Does anyone have a table of the maximum number of connections that drain/vent pipes can have for a given size?
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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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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 is code for installing a dishwasher in the U.S.?

I will be replacing my dishwasher and I am curious what is the current code for the wiring of the dishwasher.
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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...