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Is it safe to put a microwave in a walk-in closet?

My spouse and I like to sleep with rice bags in the winter, which we microwave to heat up. To avoid having to go back down to the kitchen, we’re considering adding an outlet in our closet and plugging ...
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Am I allowed to place a light in my small closet per NEC 2023?

I've been redoing all the electric in my house (because I'm pretty sure it's asbestos-wrapped aluminum cable everywhere, and I don't trust it at all), bringing it up to the 2023 NEC (which my ...
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Help me retrofit a closet in this room [closed]

Here is the floorplan of our master bedroom: Being a 1940s house, the closet [lower left] is woefully small at 3' x 2'. I'm thinking about a way to expand it. The obvious answer is to build it out ...
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Closet system to be installed - boards in the way

I am new to DIY/home improvement, and I want to update my closet. There is a 2x4 going across the width of the back wall. It doesn't seem essential. Do builders usually add support beams across the ...
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How do I determine rough opening sizes for common closet door sizes?

At the hardware store I see bifold closet doors listed in sizes like 36x80, 48x80, 72x80. I'm not sure if these are nominal sizes or exactly which parts they're measuring from. How would I determine ...
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Realistically, could you build a useful built in closet in a space that is 77.5in x 9.4in?

I have a part of a wall in a room that is deeper than the rest of that wall and measures exactly 77.5 inches across and 9.4 inches deep (196.9 cm x 23.9 cm). I would like to make that space a built ...
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What is the standard distance a closet rod should be from the back wall?

Is there a standard distance that a closet rod should be from the back wall of the closet? Is there also a minimum? If so, will all standard closet rod brackets conform to this depth?
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Ideas for rigging a light switch to a double bifold door?

This has me stumped. There are lots of light switches actuated by closet doors. But I have a closet with a double bifold door (two bifolds that close towards the middle). I can't think of, or find, ...
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How do I stabilize a knob on a hollow-core bifold door?

The knobs on all my bifold closet doors are loose and spin around. The knob is mounted in an aesthetically pleasing position in the middle of the door. The problem is that the door is hollow at this ...
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Can I create two or three more cutouts in my 6' Load Bearing Knee wall to build a closet System

I have a 1927 Tudor. The second floor owners bedroom has a 17 foot long knee wall that is clearly load bearing (holds up the rafters). It has two doors in it currently that open into the pretty large ...
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How do I remove this round metal insert in an old wardrobe?

It's some kind of screw/insert of an old wardrobe/closet.
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How can double swinging closet doors be installed?

I have a coat closet that long ago had double sliding doors and now has no doors at all. I would like it to have double swinging doors, like french doors but without glass. I found a couple of ...
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Are four brackets adequate for an 8-foot wire laundry shelf?

I am purchasing wire shelving for an 8 foot wide concrete wall laundry. I will hang two 8 foot by 16 inches. Are 4 vertical wall brackets enough to support it? I understand I should space them every ...
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Closet door has light switch in it that needs repair/replacement. How should i go about repairing it?

In one of the condos that I manage has a closet door in one of the bedrooms that needs its light switch repaired/replaced. It's basically a door activated light switch that when the door opens the ...
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Load bearing or non load bearing wall

I want to get rid of a closet wall. It's odd shaped, so figured we open the room up. It's on the 2nd floor, no basement. The 1st floor doesn't have a wall under it. How can I tell whether this wall is ...
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What are switches activated by a closet door called?

My father-in-law set up all of his closet lights to turn on and off when the door opens. He used a switch that was apparently designed for that purpose, with a largish contact switch that turned on ...
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Please help determine if section of wall is load bearing

I have 2 closets in the bathroom that I want to combine into 1 large open space for make up counter and some built in storage/cabinets. Between the 2 closets is the wall and there is a post (2x4) that'...
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How do I vent metal doors?

I need to vent our metal utility closet doors. 1 3/4 inch thick metal doors. Need to supply ventilation so the heat exchange water heaters will work more efficiently. Now the closets become freezing ...
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How do I install a Rubbermaid closet organizer in a paneled mobile home?

I have a Rubbermaid Configurations closet organizer and have no confidence in the enclosed hardware. I have a mobile home and the walls are all paneled - the studs very difficult to find as well as ...
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How to get proper support for a closet system from a firewall?

I am installing a closet system which is supported from a single track. The wall I am attaching this track to isn't a standard wall but a firewall between my townhouse and the next. The cinderblock ...
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How can I remove a closet shelf & keep it intact?

How do I remove a closet shelf that is flush against the closet wall with just a brace in the middle? The brace is not a problem, but the shelf looks like it's glued in. It has a 2 X 1(maybe) X 72 (...
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What should I do with a shallow closet?

My guest bedroom has an extra shallow closet (15 inches deep). This is too narrow for a hanger, so clothes hung on the rod end up being angled, rubbing against the back wall and the door, etc. What ...
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How to remove dryer from top of stacked washer/dryer in small closet?

I have a washer and dryer stacked on top of each other in a fairly tight closet, see picture below. Due to a couple electrical boxes on one side of the closet, I am unable to slide the units to the ...
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Is it okay to have exposed framing on one side of a wall?

We are adding a new closet by cannibalizing space from our rather large lower-level storage room / utility space. I am trying to understand if there are any stipulations around drywalling both sides ...
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Are there any safety or code concerns with my closet design?

Continuing off this thread, I've made adjustments. I am now planning to build three walls to enclose a walk in closet and would like to know if anything sticks out to the experienced DIYer as areas to ...
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Are the walls of my garage closet load-bearing?

I am planning to remove this garage closet to make more room for our car. From looking at the framing it doesn't appear to be load bearing - which would obviously be very surprising considering it ...
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Using Patch Panel for CAT6a wiring from attic to closet

We have run CAT6a cable throughout our house and will be placing the network switches in a closet. The wiring will enter the closet from a wall backing to the attic space (we aren't coming down from ...
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Is it a bad idea to drill a hole through this door frame to pass wires?

I want to pass my ethernet, speaker and sub wires into my newly built media/bar cabinet, but I hate having to pass them under the door, so I'd like to drill a hole as shown by the green circle in the ...
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How to attach a top plate to a plaster and lath ceiling for a closet?

I'm looking to add a closet to a room in my house. I took down the walls (and have since had drywall put back up) so I know where the studs are in the walls, but I don't know where the ceiling joists ...
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Patching drywall between two corners

I have an existing floor-to-ceiling narrow deep closet (11" wide opening, straight in). I want to cover the bottom 5" with drywall, so it'll eventually look like this: (source: hyarros.com)...
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What is this ledge on the closet floor?

Some but not all of the closets in my home have this ledge taking up approximately half of the floor. It's about 4 3/8" high. Does it serve a function? The house is circa 1956.
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How to narrow a closet door opening?

I have a closet opening that has never had a door on it (has had a curtan on a rod for 30+ years). I'd like to install a bi-fold or similar closet door. The problem is that the door opening is 44 ...
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Remove closet center support beam?

I have a bump-out closet in an addition. It had two sets of bi-fold doors, separated by a beam in the middle. The beam seems to bare very little load, and I'd like to remove it for one continuous ...
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Which to install first...closet doors or carpet?

We are redecorating my son's bedroom. This includes converting the large bi-fold closet doors to sliding doors. We have also pulled up the carpet and are installing new carpet and padding. My question ...
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How can I install closet doors for a very long closet opening?

I have a very long closet opening (about 120" wide and 80" tall) and I'm struggling to find a set of doors for it. Any suggestions for how to add doors to such a long closet opening? All I can find ...
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Can I put a receptacle in a closet?

I want to install a receptacle in a closet or two, but I've heard that receptacles are not allowed to be located in closets. I cannot find a concrete reference for that claim, though - it always seems ...
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Can this sliding door hardware support solid wood doors?

I have 138F Johnson Sliding Bypass Door Hardware. I bought two 30 inch solid wood doors, and they are top mount and comes with 4 #12 1-1/4 long screws per door. The door feels like it weighs around ...
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How can I mount a shelf above a closet door?

I would like to mount a wall shelf above a closet door in a small bedroom. I was thinking about using the Ikea Ekby shelf, which is 59" long (exactly the length of the sliding doors of the closet). I ...
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Can I install junction boxes in a closet, and if so, what kind of box?

We are designing circuit runs for a ground floor of a house flooded by a hurricane and it is best to use a few junction boxes to run the circuit branches. One reason for the junction boxes is to keep ...
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Sliding door replacements for “non standard” sizes

I have a 1962 home with a 72 inch wide x 80 inch tall closet doors as shown in the pics. I am not sure if the sizes are standard. These doors are worn out and I was looking for replacements in IKEA ...
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What Hinge Should I Use For Heavy Swinging Shoe Cupboard?

I am doing up my really tiny apartment, in which we have had to make many compromises to deal with limited space. One of these is a shoe cupboard which will double up as a door between two rooms. I've ...
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How do I wire this Leviton switch?

I have a new Leviton Decora Switch with built in pilot light (Catalog # 5618-2W). I want to replace a switch currently connected to two black wires. Three sets of wires come into the box. Each set ...
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Closet dome light, is the tinfoil necessary?

In taking the cover off my closet dome light to change a lightbulb, I noticed that behind the lightbulb there is peeling tinfoil which is revealing something that looks like insulation. The lightbulbs ...
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Load bearing or not?

This closet didn’t seem to match the beam in the attic so I didn’t think it was load bearing. However it has this huge header pictured. Any advice on how to remove this closet or is it better not to ...
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How to remove these nails (no access to head)?

Installing closet doors. Had to knock these guys out of the way (first image). Realized after doing that the magical hidden nails are sticking out. Didn't expect that. Thoughts on how to get rid of ...
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Does a hallway to a walk-in closet need to meet width requirements?

I am putting up two new walls (highlighted in green below) to make room for a walk in closet. The hallway established for access to this closet is not going to be a minimum of 36" wide. Do I need ...
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How can I come up with a sliding door slab wide enough for my closet opening? [closed]

I am looking at a sliding door with the hidden track door system. The closet opening is 47" across, but as one edge of the closet is so close to the corner of the wall, the door can only slide ...
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Lengthening header for closet

I recently posted asking whether my closet wall was load-bearing... but I've since determined it is. Prior to wall demo, had I checked the attic and crawl space and the wall appeared to be non-load ...
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Closet light off of doorbell junction box

Good morning, Needed a closet light and had a doorbell transformer in the closet so I run a light off of that junction, finding out covering the transformer is not up to code. Problem is exposed 115 ...
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What's the right pull force for a magnetic door catch?

I want to install magnetic catches on a pair of closet doors. They are 90"x24" each, solid wood. They close easily but nothing is holding them closed and the clothing inside the closet ...
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