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UK Building Regulations Concerning Radiator Pipes in Walls

I had a builder install a wall cabinet in a new build. He hit a radiator pipe so I then called a plumber to fix the leak, who did so by disconnecting the relevant radiator from the system . The ...
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Can i use Straight blade connector for garbage disposal under sink

The current garbage disposal is hardwired , I am replacing it with new one which comes with cord . can u use cord connector (Straight blade connector) is it ok to use this setup ans be under building ...
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Is a fire collar for internal pipes required if my house was built before the (UK) regulation?

I've had a surveyor round my property tutting a lot at the fact a fire collar was not fit around an internal soil pipe that runs from the internal garage to the above floors. I understand his concerns ...
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Fire door modification beyond trim allowance

So I bought some fire doors. "The doors comprise cellulosic (flaxboard) cored, timber framed leaves". The Certifire certificate of approval is here: https://www.jeld-wen.co.uk/getmedia/...
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Recessed Lighting in the garage - Fire Rated Products [closed]

I have an unfinished 2-story detached garage (20x24). First story is the garage and the second story is a studio like apartment. I am considering using recessed lighting on the first floor. I ...
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Can the foundation for my garden shed be underground?

We are building a garden studio on a sloped ground. I am totally confused in regards to the concrete base. To have an even base we didn't have to dig out ground at the back on the building but the ...
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Which foundation type for conservatory?

I live in a new property where due to the underlying characteristics of the land, piling was required for the foundations. Due to the additional cost, I'd like to explore what options for extension or ...
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Flood Plain Craziness - Do I really have to listen to the county here?

Question: Preface - I am NOT building in the flood plain. Is the burden of proof on the county to prove i'm not complying with the rules? What is the worst to happen if I simply build a 100% flood ...
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When using a VPA (Variable-Pitch Connector) to connect roof rafters to a top plate, how and where do you install hurricane ties?

When a VPA to attach rafters to a top plate, it seems there isn't room left for your normal hurricane tie to be put in place: The part of the VPA that nails on to the top plate obstructs the ability ...
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Is stacking material under an I-Beam to make it level structurally sound and passing code?

Saw this in my new home construction, I am concerned, wondering if this is common. Thanks!
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What is the minimum safe distance between two induction hobs/Stovetops?

I am building a new kitchen in the UK and I want a 5-6 burner induction hob/stove. However, a 5 or 6 burner induction hob is more than twice a 4 ring one. Given that I am looking at other options. ...
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Does 9'-11" mean any length less than 9 feet and 11 inches?

This post gives a deck joist span table Does 9'-11" mean any length less than 9 feet and 11 inches?
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Is there some regulation/building code/specification to gives such exact dimensions?

It sound like the tutorial is saying most electrical panels in installation are 15 inches, so that they fit tight in between studs ... and showing this illustration The parts pointed out by ...
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Is the part pointed out by red arrow a stud?

Consider the following image. Is the part pointed out by red arrow a stud? What is the blue part called?
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Is hanging beam a type of vertical members?

per wiki A joist is a horizontal structural member used in framing to span an open space, often between beams that subsequently transfer loads to vertical members. What does "vertical member" mean ...
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Is the wood part ceiling joist

per wiki, A joist is a horizontal structural member used in framing to span an open space, often between beams that subsequently transfer loads to vertical members. This tutorial mentions ceiling ...
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Consumer unit location

I can understand the supplier fuse and meter being in a communal area of a block of flats but was there anything in the UK wiring regs in the 1970s that would explain why the consumer unit is also ...
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How can I slope outdoor rounded steps?

I'm having a debate with my contractor about sloping our outdoor stairs. I hope to have 1% slope because we get a lot of rain. But because the steps are rounded, my contractor says the difficulties ...
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Standard measures for buildings in the US?

I've been looking for a reference guide on standard measures for common building elements in the US. That includes: Standard ceiling height Standard wall thickness Standard door dimensions Standard ...
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Part P required? Changing Fixed Oven wiring to 13A FCU (UK)

I can't work out whether or not the following needs an electrician who can provide a Part P certificate under the 2005 Building Regulations (either by installing or approving). I've got a 32A ...
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Minimum length for shower drain?

The shower drain in my fiberglass shower is poking up and slightly off center, which caused a small leak. I had assistance with fixing it, but it gives very little clearance below for me to drywall ...
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Would EVA foam under the carpet (for sound proofing) be a fire risk?

I'd like to put some EVA foam under the carpet (above the floorboards) on the first floor bedroom of my house, to dampen the sound of foot steps. The fire safety building regulations (section B2) say ...
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California building code design requirements for bathrooms

My grandparents have a two bedroom, two bathroom house in El Dorado County that was built in ~1974. One day I noticed something peculiar: while the two bathrooms were connected by a sliding door, you ...
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Can I leave an unused conductor when running wire for an extractor fan?

Whilst wiring a new extractor fan, I’ve ran out of twin and earth but I have some left over three core and earth from the lighting (1mm^2). The fan doesn't have an over-run and only requires 2+e. It ...
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Running wire through sole plate and joist at an angle

I am cutting a new outlet in the wall between my living room and dining room. Below is an unfinished garage with completely accessible joists where I can run wire. There are double joists directly ...
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Don't bore/notch in middle third of a joist… span or member?

Suppose I have a continuous joist supported somewhere in the middle. For ease let's say it's a 24 foot continuous joist, and there's a bearer right in the middle at the 12 foot mark. Here's a picture ...
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How close can garage overhead storage be to fire sprinklers?

I've recently been looking at getting overhead storage racks for my garage which has several standard pendant sprinklers. The racks I am looking at are 4' x 8' and have rigid brackets, vertical posts,...
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How to spec buried wiring to a garden workshop

In the next few weeks, I'm installing a wooden garden workshop, 25 metres from the house at the bottom of the garden. I will need an electricity supply to it, and I'm trying to figure out exactly what ...
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Is it possible to build a balcony without scaffolding or street access? [closed]

I live in a building converted from an old red-brick school, which has double-height rooms which were classrooms, with large windows (1m wide x 3m high) which go down to floor level. I'm on the ...
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Where can I find the AZ county building codes?

I need to look up the building codes for counties in Arizona, specifically Maricopa County and Pinal County. I'm looking to build a custom home out of storage containers and I'd like to first read ...
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Is a conservatory considered living space?

For the purposes of zoning, building and assessment, do towns typically consider conservatories to be living space? (A conservatory is a glass walled enclosure attached to one side of a house with a ...
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Is it legal for a home/condo owner to do any electric work in Chicago? [closed]

As of June 18th, 2018, the City of Chicago Department of Buildings poses the following in their FAQ. Q: Can owners do their own electrical work? A: No. Due to the potential for electric shock ...
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Does FENSA certificate prove that bay window meets structural requirements?

I am in the process of buying a house. One concern raised by the surveyor was that the replacement plastic bay window frames may not be adequate to carry the load of the wall (the original wooden ...
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Could a group of lay volunteers build interior office space to code? [closed]

I work for a small nonprofit. We have a building with a large empty 2nd floor (old warehouse). We'd like to subdivide it into offices, meeting space, etc. but we can't afford to hire a professional. ...
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what type of guard rail is needed on an open part of a 5 tread stair

I am putting a long continuos handrail along the closed wall of my stair but need to know what is required at the bottom where 5 steps are open on the other side?
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Is there a maximum allowed time for a house to be built?

I bought a house built in 2015, but after pulling the permits I find out it was started in 2008. There were stop work orders and failed virtually every inspection. It just scraped by in 2012 for ...
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Maximum toilet pipe width?

It looks like incorporating a wider toilet pipe "system" (everything from the u-shaped tube of the bathroom toilet down to the home pipe that finally connects to the greater "public" sewer system) ...
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Can I keep my outbuilding's 10a classificaton

This question is specific to Victoria, Australia. I have an old (1945) 6m by 7m outbuilding (basically, a small barn) on my property, and I would like to run mains electricity and water down to it so ...
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Are all of these smoke detectors required?

My house has eight smoke detectors; one in the basement, one in an upstairs bonus room, and six on the main floor. The main floor is "T" shaped; the bedroom area forms the top of the "T", and the ...
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Consumer unit (electrical panel) in cloakroom allowed?

Is it OK to have a consumer unit in a downstairs cloakroom off the main entry? The unit is between basin and toilet, at head level, 50-100cm horizontal distance from the basin. This is how the house ...
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Where in the Canadian building or plumbing code is the 15" toilet clearance rule?

I've heard numerous stories occurring throughout British Columbia where, apparently, inspectors enforced a rule that requires 15" of clearance from the centerline of a toilet to an adjacent finished ...
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How do I tell if an electrician is “qualified” in the UK?

(All of this is with regard to living in England, UK). My wife and I bought a house recently, and it clearly needs a bit of work on the electrics and a number of other jobs which would affect ...
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City Regulations

We are looking to finish out basement and one of the guys we brought in said we need to find out if we can get a permit for it, because our house was built in the 1950's the ceiling is 76" vs the ...
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How difficult/costly would it be to extend a 400V 3-phase domestic supply 150m down a garden in the UK?

I do a lot of technology work for a large country house in the UK. We're currently looking at getting electricity 150m up the garden. Despite being a residential property, the electrical supply ...
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What are the factors in determining the cost of a septic system and what can I do to decrease it?

One of the biggest topics around building or homesteading in the country is the potential cost of a septic. Fundamentally I understand why good septic design is important for health and safety. i've ...
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What is the maximum eves height allowed on a log cabin when you have dug down?

We have built a log cabin in our garden, believing it to be "permitted development", and therefore not need planning permission. We have two things that we are not sure about though and are a little ...
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Proper framing on foundation?

I think the foundation crew and the framing crew weren't on the same page. In the plans, this part of the home does not overhang the stick framing underneath. I'm not sure but I think the foundation ...
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Can I route a drain pipe under a gas line?

I want to reroute an outdoor drain pipe (rain water) to a better location but there is a gas line that is in the path that the drain pipe needs to go. Can I route the pipe below the gas line? I'm open ...
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Installing ethernet jacks in garage just below ceiling level

I live in UK in a 2-storey semi-detached house built in 1946. We are in the process of building an extension to the side of it - with garage on the ground floor and a bedroom above the garage. The ...
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Ventilation for Garage below house

We have built a garage into our new build 4 story town house (garage and upper floor plans attached) which sits below the main house in its foot print. The floor above the garage is beam and block ...