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NEC 6/12 rule clarification

I understand that you must have an electrical receptacle 6 feet from any obstruction or break in the wall, such as a doorway, and no more than 12 feet from the previous electrical receptacle. Does ...
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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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Am I required to use footings when building a deck or can I just have the posts resting on the ground? (Wisconsin)

I want to build a deck for my house but I don't really want to dig holes and pour concrete for the footings. Can I just build the deck on ground level using something like this to support the posts? ...
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Joining 2 halves of a wall

I'm building a 24' x 8' garage wall in 2 sections of 12' x 8'. What is the best (and up to code) way of joining the 2 halves? Will a bunch of 4' nails suffice or should I drill holes and use bolts &...
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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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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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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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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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Extend Roof for Patio Cover

I have a corner patio area that I want to cover by extending the current roof. The side is 14.5' long and 9.5' wide. The slope is along the 9.5' side. I want to extend the roof line marked with blue ...
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Do I need building control approval to install an external security camera powered by power over ethernet?

In the UK, I understand that to wire in a new external plug socket or light using mains voltage, I either need to get a qualified electrician to do it or have the work inspected by building control. ...
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Planning for a Covered Deck in the UK

Do i need permission to build something like this in the UK? And do i need to follow any building regs? (I am not in a conservation area)
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How can I find out if I can add a bedroom to my home without violating any rules/ordinances?

I think I heard somewhere when I bought my home that we weren't allowed to add any permanent (concrete foundation) fixtures on my property, such as a shed on a concrete foundation. Well, adding a ...
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Is it a legal requirement / building regulation to have a stopcock within a property?

I recently moved into a property (in the UK) - it's a 1930's semi which was renovated about 2 years ago. I am wanting to have a water meter fitted - utilities company came to have a look and couldn't ...
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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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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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Can municipal authorities get warrant to search suspected building site in U.S.? [closed]

Hypothetically, let's say you decide to do some indoor renovations but not get a permit and you know the work requires permit (e.g. electrical, framing, etc). Also, you lower the blinds on all ...
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Basement egress through office

I have a question that is similar, but different, than: Can I have an office in my basement without egress? I want to finish off my basement as such: My question is, by putting the red walls up, am ...
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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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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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Can I install a floor length window on the second floor? [closed]

I live in Hillsborough, North Carolina. I am redoing a bedroom and would like to install a floor length window but I'm not sure if it will meet the regulations. The width is 31.5 inches and the length ...
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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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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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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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Is building regulations approval needed for replacing gas fire with log burner

Currently selling my house and the buyer has come back demanding building regulations approval for some work we did replacing a gas fire with a log burner built into an existing chimney. We did the ...
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Legality of hanging things outside your window?

I have been thinking of hanging something outside my window. It occurred to me though that there are building codes. I am in a private home of my own but wondered to what extent building codes apply. ...
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When re-roofing and doing a tear-off do I have replace the roof deck with plywood?

My home was build in 1920 and uses planks for the roof deck. I was planning on just removing the old asphalt shingles and installing new asphalt shingles. Makes sense to me; until a contractor friend ...
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Can a gas pipe/tube run under floor joists?

I have a flexible gas tube connecting to a gas stove which goes under the floor joists in my basement. Can this area be enclosed with drywall? Does it have to be run through the joists like electrical?...
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UK Building Regulations: which document is regulation 3 in?

From the list of Approved Documents, I downloaded Approved Document F (Ventilation). It has a reference to "regulation 3": 7.21 If any of the work being carried out in the kitchen or bathroom of ...
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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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Can I install a rocket stove inside my house?

After having build a this type of rocket stove(*), I was wondering if you are allowed to build a rocket stove mass heater into your house? Are there any restriction? (*) I don't think it's a rocket ...
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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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How do you weatherproof SIPS panels if you are building next to an existing wall?

I am planning on building a SIPS garden room, and want to build it as close as possible to my existing garden wall. (It will be within UK permitted development rules, so I don't have to leave 1m gap.) ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Decking on a Metal Roof

I can't say for sure that I've ever seen a deck on a metal roof... is it against code? If not, can anyone point me in the right direction for information about building a deck (or a crows nest) on top ...
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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 ...