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Do setbacks generally apply to basements?

Question is as in the title: do property setbacks apply to basements? I'm leaning towards "probably not" because all the setbacks I can find specify things like "construction more than ...
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What are the maximum dimensions of a joist regarding building fire safety codes

Due to a conflict with a newly-appointed fire inspector citing previously unnoticed violations of safety margins of a chimney construction in a house in Germany/Brandenburg, I had the pleasure to ...
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Building Fence Adjacent to Neighbors (Lewis County WA) [closed]

We have been having trouble with our neighbors with noxious weeds and property line disputes. They want to move their fence a foot after having the line resurveyed to the property line, which we don't ...
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In what way is getting a "bygglov" (building permit) in Sweden apparently such a big deal?

I'm a Swede living in Sweden. I've really tried my very best over a long time now trying to figure out what exactly makes getting a "bygglov" (building permit) such a big deal. Because ...
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Smoke/CO Detector Location Within A Bedroom

This question concerns smoke/CO detector placement within a bedroom (the code is pretty clear regarding outside-of-bathroom & distance-from-kitchen-appliances). Given a 12x10ft bedroom, with the ...
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I think my gas boiler flue looks off

We had a gas boiler installed. The registered installer did not highlight any issues with fitting the boiler before fitting it. I was away when the job was done and now there is a "snorkel" ...
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Setbacks meaning

We are building/renovating our detached garage that is behind our house. I’m trying to understand the setback rules. I just excerpted what is relevant… SIDEYARD (interior): One-Story: Total of 10% of ...
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What to do about a solid wall?

A little over a year ago I had a first floor extension added to my house (London, UK), and I have since discovered a number of problems - for example, no insulation at all in the loft. I am now having ...
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Old owner completed house addition with expired permit

Just bought new home in California. We are planning to do some remodeling so was looking at the issued permits on the property. In my research, it seems as though the old owner added 995 sq ft to the ...
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Why are "Attefallshus" (Attefall houses) in Sweden not allowed to be on a land without a big house already on it? [closed]

Since 2014, house owners are allowed to have this kind of "mini house" built on their property. It's treated as a "real house", with its own address and somebody can live there and ...
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Wiring in false chimney breast

I am installing a wood burner with a false chimney breast around a double skinned flue. The chimney breast will be metal stud (or do you only call it a stud if it's wood?) with fire board as per regs ...
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Help modifying window opening. American Concrete Institute standards? Building code?

I'm remodeling my kitchen and part of the work that I want to do involves modifying my window rough openings. Currently, the windows in my kitchen are lower than the countertop backsplash and I want ...
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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 ...