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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 ...
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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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How do I find out if Air Admittance Valves (AAVs) are allowed in my municipality? [closed]

I saw Richard Trethewey of Ask This Old House install an AAV as part of a kitchen island sink system. I thought I might be able to use one for the water line for my washing machine. I'd like to ...
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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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How should I run stripped cable through conduits?

I have a 6/3 NM-B cable that is to be run through a Southwire Ultratite conduit to an external outlet for a generator. I plan to strip the cable prior to threading through the conduit: 1. for ease of ...
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Does anyone have experience with insulating with waste-wool from shearing?

Does anyone have experience with insulating with waste wool from sheep-shearing. I am interested in washing and deodorizing techniques and also in the packing-density requirements. Plan is to use ...
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Framing interior non-bearing wall with 24" on center for sound proofing

I'd like to sound proof a few interior walls in my house using the techniques for the 52 STC here (http://www.soundproofingcompany.com/soundproofing-solutions/soundproofing-walls/) which is basically ...
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Can I connect the generator neutral to my mains neutral permanently?

I have a 3 phase 15KW generator with four wires. I want to use it as a standby generator for my house. My house uses 1 phase 220 volts on two wires (no ground as the house is quite old). I have a 3 ...
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What NEC requirements apply to installing receptacle next to a tree?

I will install a receptacle next to a tree. I know it must be protected by a GFCI and weatherproof. But my concern is about how to support it and how high it should be from the ground. Where in ...
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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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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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Independent circuits on a common trip CB

Is it permissible under the 2014 NEC to feed two independent 120VAC branch circuits from a common trip (aka double pole) circuit breaker? The circuits do not share a neutral wire, and are ordinary ...
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Coast 3-way — does this conform with Code?

For those who aren't familiar, the California or Coast 3-way switching arrangement is a method of wiring a three-way switch circuit that is used when both a switched and an unswitched hot are desired ...
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Does this count as a material alteration or repair for code purposes

Ontario Building Code, 2012 Except as provided in Section 3.17. of Division B, Section 9.40. of Division B and Part 11 of Division B, if an existing building is extended or is subject to ...
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When there are multiple circuits in a junction box do all grounds get connected

If I have a junction box where there are splices from several circuits, do I connect all ground wires from all circuits together in one bundle or do I do that for each circuit within the junction box? ...
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When did fire-rated Type X drywall become code? [closed]

I have 1/2" drywall in my attached garage. There is living space above it so current code would say to use 5/8" Type X fire-rated drywall. My house was built in 1977 so I was wondering when the ...
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Can a water heater be installed overhead?

Sorry for the long preamble: I'm doing a remodel which involves building a new attached garage. At the same time, I'm replacing the water heater because it is ancient. I have considered a ...
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Can I attach a metal box for a vanity light to a wood cross?

I am redoing a new bathroom. I have a metal electrical box that I want to replace (because it is an odd size from the 50s). The current one is simply screwed to a wood cross (2x4) running ...
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Where can we recycle washing machine and kitchen sink drain water?

I would like to know the best place or method to recycle drain water from the kitchen and washing machine. Can we use it for gardening (as it contains soap and oil)? Or it can be added to a Biogas ...
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How do you plug an unused hole as per the NEC for a liquid tight enclosure?

I have been looking for a way to seal a liquid tight product using Listed blanking plugs / Cap-offs or similar to comply with the NEC (US National Electrical Code). We wanted to use Conduit Entry ...
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How can I confirm the building code limitations for adding a small cabin/cottage/office in my county? [closed]

Aptos, CA (Santa Cruz County - California - US). Hi all, I'm considering building an outdoor shed primarily for a multi-purpose home office. I'd like to know to what codes I'll come up against but ...
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Are electrical subpanels safe in the bedroom?

If not, how do you correct it, or can it be moved without making too much 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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2-wire switch loop controlling 2 outlets - replacing with 3-wire to fix?

I am in nearly this exact situation: Can I use a switch loop to power a ceiling fan? We are trying to install a fan, but instead of having a single duplex outlet on the same wall as the switch, we ...
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Add new outlet in pantry to one of the two existing 20 amp small appliance branch circuits

I am doing some remodeling in my kitchen. I currently have the required two 20-amp small appliance branch circuits powering the kitchen counter outlets. I have a small pantry/closet directly off 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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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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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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What name could be used in building code for “interior drain tiles”?

I'm searching Chicago building codes for anything about drain tiles to be installed inside a home. http://dev.chicagocode.org/ is the site I'm using. They have a ton of material about the sump pumps, ...
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Is it okay to drill a ground rod through pavement?

All the sides of my house are paved, and I need to drive a new ground rod for an antenna. Would it be against code (NEC) to drill a hole in the concrete to pound in a ground rod? Bonus question: How ...
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How do I wire a door bell?

Can anyone make an educated guess on how to wire so the door bell rings? The flat used to have door phone entry system, but it doesn't work anymore. So it is used as normal bell. In flat we had a ...
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According to NEC 2008 can you use non-metallic boxes in framing that transports environment air?

In the Home Owner's electrical test, the term "environmental air" is used. What does this term mean, and where is it defined? and can you use a non-metallic box? Also when reading the question do ...
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Is Black & Decker's “Codes for Homeowners” (3rd edition, 2015) a useful resource?

Is the Black & Decker "Codes for Homeowners" worth buying as a home improvement reference work?
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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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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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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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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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What codes are invovled in running an overhead subpanel feeder to a detached garage?

This subfeeder will be going to a detached garage about 30ft away, and powering a 100amp subpanel. I'm not sure what codes are involved in this feat. I'd like to know the codes involved for ...
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New residential toilets all so tall?

Are all new toilets high off the ground? Our existing toilets (one 20-year-old Toto and one ancient 5 GPF monster that I am shopping to replace) are around 14.5" from the floor to the rim of the ...
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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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Replacing drywall above boiler… to Code? Inspection?

I own a mid-1800's house in New England, with a fieldstone foundation and dirt floor basement. I now have a mold problem in the basement. There is lone sheet of drywall above the boiler & water ...
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Residential electrical installation, at what voltage is a licensed contractor required?

I'm trying to figure out regulatory requirements for residential electrical installations. Specifically, when is a licensed electrician required by code to perform an installation? Obviously you don't ...