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Questions tagged [code-compliance]

For questions relating to compliance with laws and ordinances of federal, state/province and local jurisdictions. Questions should also be tagged with the specific area of construction involved.

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Must a flush-mount panel actually be flush?

I'm in California. I have a flush mount electrical panel. I'm looking to install a second layer of drywall over the existing for acoustic reasons. This will result in the panel being inset by 5/8-...
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Considerations for hardwiring electronics project in wall

What things will I need to consider for hardwiring a planned electronics project into the wall? The plan is a DIY smart thermostat. An LCD touchscreen panel will be flush with the wall. Attached to ...
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48AMP kiln on 60 AMP breaker *must be* direct wired in Canada?

I am trying to find out what part of the Canadian electrical code requires that the 48AMP kiln, on a 60AMP breaker requires that it must be direct wired, instead of using the NEMA 6-50 receptacle ...
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Is CSST piping and water piping in an inaccessible crawl space against code?

The CSST line that feeds our upstairs dryer with gas, the water pipes for the washing machine and some electrical wires run through an inaccessible crawlspace in the basement. When I went to turn the ...
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What NEC section, if any, covers an owner wiring their own home?

A question answered by Karl Katzke said: you are allowed to pull an electrical permit on your OWN residence Can anyone tell me if there is language in the NEC to this effect and if so what is the ...
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Double earth on metal case light fitting Qld?

Good morning, We have purchased a recently renovated home, and all of the pendant lights have metal casings around where the actual bulb goes in. The electrician we are using to rewire the house has ...
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Are Sonoff smart switches actually UL listed?

Sonoff is a system that comes up often on this stack. However, I notice it seems to be of unusually low cost, not available in retail shops, sold widely in the "dodgy side of the internet" (eBay, ...
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Does a ground need to be install in a 2' x 4' outside junction box?

i have a bunch of outdoors 2' x 4' open bottom concrete junction boxes. the question is, does each box need to have a ground rod installed and bonded to the ground wire? if so can someone please point ...
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How do by-room electrical code requirements work for a house with open plan or nontraditional rooms?

The electrical code imposes a variety of requirements for different rooms of the house, in a way that implies that the house is divided up into non-overlapping, specific-purpose rooms at construction/...
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How can I properly remove (not cover) an unused receptacle?

First of all, if this is a duplicate question please point me in the right direction as I couldn't find one with my specific situation. I am relocating a bathroom shower to the opposite side of the ...
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Why can't I (or: shouldn't I) run a power cord through a wall?

I would like to wall-mount my TV and have the wall be as clean as possible. I found this box and my idea was to mount this on the back side of that same wall , then run the power cable (and other ...
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Is it code-legal to backfeed both legs of a 240V panel from a 120V portable generator?

My question is very similar to this one (Can I plug a 120 volt generator into a 240 transfer switch with a modified cord/connector?), but I'd like to know whether DDS's answer is code-legal under the ...
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Can I install a device transformer in a junction box to keep it behind the wall surface?

I'm in Oregon, USA, and trying to figure out a code-compliant way of hiding a wall wart (AC/DC transformer) behind a small device (about 3"x3"; if it matters, the specific device is a smart garage ...
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Is this wiring safe and is it according to code?

A single 12-3 cable was run to a double switch to control individual lights. The white is used as a hot, is this wiring correct/per NEC code?
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How can I frame around a service panel in the corner of the room and maintain clearance?

I'm refinishing my basement (1952 CMU masonry duplex) and need help figuring out how to frame around the electrical box that was replaced before the we put up the insulation. Unfortunately, the panel'...
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Can I fish Romex cable through concealed part of basement ceiling in Canada?

I am running two 2-wire and one 3-wire Romex cables from the panel in the basement to another part of the basement. For most of the run I have access to the ceiling joists, but I need to cross a 2.5 ...
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Relabeling 6-AWG Wire

I'm pulling 2 hots, 1 neutral and 1 ground through conduit to a subpanel and I was wondering if it's possible to use the same color wire and just relabel the endings. I was thinking of using 6 AWG ...
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unique ? about venting tankless water header

I am installing a tankless water heater at the house. My question is unique because I can not find a reference anywhere in the code and the installation manual about where to place my exhaust vent. I ...
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At what height should underground electrical conduit enter the structure?

When installing an underground electrical line from the house to the garage,how high up off the ground do the access holes that go into the house & garage need to be? The purpose of this ...
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Do the quick connectors in my new bathroom fan need to be in a junction box?

I recently replaced a bathroom extractor fan. The new model uses "quick connect" electrical connectors, where I stick the house wiring into this little plastic device, and apparently that's all! The ...
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Can I install a new dishwasher or are there code changes

I’m getting a new dishwasher with the intention of directly replacing my existing one from 15+ years ago. However I’m seeing conflicting descriptions of what is up to code, so I’m hoping someone can ...
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What kind of roof flashing is this and is it up to code?

This is in NJ. Roof was recently done and I've never seen this anywhere else. Looks like aluminum screwed in on both sides and the front. It's a very steep pitch. Either 10/12 or 12/12. Any idea what ...
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I'm wondering if these two things were allowed by the electrical Code in 1981 in California

My wife an I bought a house built in 1981 located in Lake County California. I've been switching out receptacles and switches and found some "interesting" wiring. Now, these all look like "as built" ...
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Garage remodel: can I leave garage door in and put an insulated wall in front?

doing a garage remodel and wondering how best to keep the garage door on facade and still be able to have A/C in the garage? I live in hot and humid south Texas. Is this a ridiculous solution to ...
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Can I put in a vented bathroom fan in my condo

I just purchased a condo in Myrtle Beach, SC - it is the first time I have owned a condo versus a house. While exploring, I found that the bathroom fans don't vent outside, they just circulate the air ...
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What needs to be done to protect existing 12/2 cable in a stud wall being converted to a mass wall?

I'm working on plans to convert three bays of a 2x4 stud wall with drywall into a mass wall by adding material to the cavity. The material will be something like sand/clay/gravel (to be determined ...
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Run conduit from exterior sconce

We have a sconce on the outside of our brick house on a covered patio currently. I would like to run conduit from it to allow us to place an exterior fan on the same covered porch. My questions: 1) ...
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Are these bends in the tub drain going to be an issue?

Im getting ready to run the drain for my basement bathroom but I'm concerned that I have too many turns in the tub drain. I had to start in the wrong direction in order to pick up a wall for a vent. ...
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What is required clearance from mechanical exhaust to garage door?

I'm looking to add a new tankless water heater, which allows for pvc exhaust. In California, USA, I think clearance requirements for a door is four feet horizontally or one foot vertically. Does this ...
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Some odd wiring in my breaker box. Is this up to code?

I'm poking around in my breaker box and I notice a white wire screwed into the ground bus. Tracing it back, both bare and white are on the ground bus and the black is screwed into a breaker. Is this ...
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Is there a building code for shower tile? (CA)

The folks at Lowe's told me not to place tile on top of tile, but it seems like the shower in the home I just bought has 2 layers of tiles. Is there a code for that? Or just a "suggestion" not to have ...
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What is the stainless steel baseboard in a walk-in cooler/freezer? [closed]

Trying to identify this base molding that I want to match in a walk-in cooler at a supermarket. It is missing from a few sections of the cooler and needs to be installed. Is this anything special, ...
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How can I mount a one gang box to a pipe?

I would like to mount a single gang box to a pipe and stay code compliant. I have a 1-1/2" pipe (but that can be changed), and I would like to have an outlet on the side of the pipe for mounting a ...
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NEC 210.70 and old wall sconces

I'm planning a diy rewiring of my 1914 2 story. All the upstairs bedrooms (3) have wall sconces with small switches in the fixtures. These sconces are the only light fixtures in the room. The ...
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Staying electric code compliant while cleaning up in-wall network box

Below is a pic of the in-wall network box in my new home - it is a 42" On-Q metal box, with an existing power outlet inside. Not shown are the bundle of cat5e cables and network and phone switches I ...
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Code: How can a transfer switch not switch neutrals?

I'm looking at this Reliance Controls transfer switch. I certainly won't buy it and don't recommend one, but the huge hank of wires going from switch to panel only has one neutral wire in it. How ...
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Are louvered bedroom doors allowed by code?

I'd like to build new rail and stile type interior bedroom doors with slats installed in the panel openings. This would be for improved air flow. This story on ABC ("Closing your bedroom door at night ...
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Ganged Circuit Breaker has strange ganging configuration. 40-[30-30]-40

I have a scenario where the Circuit Breakers for a Dryer and a Range are intertwined in the CB panel. In the picture below 17 and 20 are ganged together with that wild ganging clip. 18 and 19 both ...
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Required protection for copper gas line passing through metal opening in fireplace casing (Alberta, Canada)

Background context: As executor, I'm in the process of selling my late father's house. I have an offer pending; following the home inspection, the prospective buyers have submitted a list of ...
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Waterproofing outdoor wire splices and receptacles

It seems that the NEC requires wire splices to be UL486D listed when used in outdoor (generally damp or wet) locations, similar to the requirement for THWN or other wet-rated wiring. Why are special ...
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Is it within code to run ent conduit into a junction box on the exterior of the home?

I am in the construction process for a new home. I asked the Low Voltage Contractor to run conduit to about 13 places inside the house. In addition to that I asked for a run to the exterior of the ...
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Diagonal Bracing Requirements

I'm currently designing a deck to replace an existing deck on my home. The new deck is subject to different codes than when the original was built. The city provides a link to a design guide which I ...
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Do I need to protect all wiring in an attic when adding a permanent ladder?

I am wanting to add a permanent attic ladder to create storage space in a big attic. There is already exposed wiring in a few places in the attic. If I add a permanent ladder, does that then mean that ...
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If I replace my main panel, will I need to fit AFCIs?

Code is NEC 2017. My existing main panel has plenty of ampacity but few spaces, and thus, is totally full. I have several potential paths for an upgrade. One involves fitting a subpanel and ...
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Can I splice the common wire of two different circuits in the same junction?

I have a single 4way run that shares a 2 gang box with another circuit. Both circuits run off of the same sub-panel. Is phase an issue here? I can't seem to find anything that indicates whether or ...
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Is any depth change allowed on electrical panel wall?

I know the NEC requires clear space in front of a breaker panel. What depth of wall change would violate this? My basement, where the panel is, has a 6" jut where the block wall becomes timber. So ...
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Are these joists to code?

I am resurfacing my deck and have applied for a county permit to do the work (therefore it will be inspected). I have a protrusion at my house to support a chimney. The size of the protrusion is ...
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Am I allowed to put a wall standard within 18" of a fire sprinkler?

From my understanding, in San Francisco, CA, there is a code requirement that you cannot obstruct an area within 18 inches of a fire sprinkler. What is meant by obstruction? Say, you installed one of ...
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Does the NEC regulate data cable bury depth?

Technically my jurisdiction follows the 2016 California Electric Code, but it's mostly just the 2016 NEC. Table 300.5 lists bury depths for various areas and wiring methods. Do these apply to data ...
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How do I couple IMC underground?

The title, more or less, sums it up. I plan to bury some THHN/THWN-2 feeders, and my jurisdiction allows a 6" bury depth if I use IMC or RMC. I plan to use IMC, which comes with both a male and female ...