Questions tagged [code-compliance]

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Widening a closet opening, what type of header to frame?

I have a standard 30 inch closet door. I want to expand the opening to 48 inches (to install double bifold doors) I am 98% certain this wall (which is on second floor) is not load bearing: There is ...
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US residential stair railing code: What is the requirement for terminating an open railing?

We're trying to pick out railings for our house. Our stairs are going to have an open side and we want to use a modern railing system such as this one: You can find plenty of similar images for ...
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Outlet screwed directly into stud

I was replacing old outlet in my house and came across an outlet that is screwed directly into the studs. Also the stud and the junction box were cut to fit the outlet. The new outlet is too big to ...
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Can I recess electrical panel deeper than usual?

In California, I know that code limits how recessed behind the finished wall the electrical panel can be. I'm interested in improving the acoustic STC of the wall assembly and the easiest way is to ...
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Correct gauge and jacket type for feeder wire to subpanel?

I need to install a 200A panel about 100 feet from the meter base. I have 400A service coming to the building, broken out at the meter base into two 200A exterior disconnects. One disconnect is ...
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Do cables that are not NM type need to be derated when used as NM?

I am a newbie in this forum but have been looking at some of the wiring in my house especially some XHHW-2 wiring used for the electric range. I need to have some clarification of cable terminology. ...
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Is it up to code (anywhere) to have a ground wire poking out the end of a wire nut?

A few days ago there was a hot question about wiring with several pictures, here's one. Ignoring all the other issues with this wiring job, on the right hand side we see a green wire nut with the ...
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French Drain, Cut Off Wall, Overflow to Neighbour…WHY?

It has been a heck of a summer. The excavation of my neighbours allowable (unpermitted) landscape wall, footings encrouch 8" along the length of my property. The total height of this poured wall is ...
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Do I need outlets in a built-in bookshelf?

I know that there is normally an outlet every 6 feet rule for electrical code. However, I am doing a renovation in which an entire wall is a giant bookshelf and cabinet built in which is 17 feet wide....
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Are soldered electrical connections code-compliant?

I was changing a switch in my house when I found a number of connections in the electrical box that were soldered rather than secured with a wire nut. The solder joints look very well done, the ...
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Are “terminal block” style junction boxes allowed in the US?

In the UK it seems pretty common to see junction boxes with built-in screw terminals that are used only for splicing wires from 2 or more cables together. Typical example: (source) Sample wiring ...
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Window Tempering Rules and Interior Doors

Are interior doors included in the discussion of the 24/60 rule? In other words, if I have a pane of glass that is within 24 inches of an interior door, does that mean it must be tempered?
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Can new construction recessed lights be installed in inaccessible ceilings?

In California, does code allow me to install recessed lights in a ceiling which which be inaccessible once closed up? (Such as between floors) I have seen it done many times but I was thinking that ...
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Intl Mechanic Code 309.1 “Space-heating systems” clarification

I am looking at the ICC Intl Mechanical Code, in section 309.1 309.1 Space-heating systems. Interior spaces intended for human occupancy shall be provided with active or passive space-heating ...
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Electrical Question for Receptacles in guest house

Wiring a out door shed that has everything that a home does; bathroom kitchen living room and extra bedroom. Pretty much like a guest home you can say. When I run my wire in the bathroom of it. The ...
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Do vanity lights require a junction box? [duplicate]

We have an electrician at our new home in Utah installing some new lights, after removing some of the installed lights we are noticing that above the vanities there are no junction boxes behind our ...
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Spray foam insulation against metal roofing

The context of this question is new construction for a small (28' x 32') outbuilding that will be used for commercial purposes. All work will be permitted and inspected (governed by these codes). I am ...
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Shed under power lines

I wish to build a shed, but the location I want to use has an overhead power cable running from the utility pole to the neighbor's house. The line has about 12' of clearance from the ground. Is ...
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Can I reuse old electrical wire?

I'm adding new lights to my basement ceiling. I pulled out the old messy tangle of wires and ran new romex, but was missing the 4ft needed to reach the last box. I reused the old wire. Will this ...
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Will I be forced to bring fridge and laundry circuits up to code?

I'm adding new lights and a few receptacles to my basement. I just discovered that my kitchen fridge and laundry washing machine are both on the basement lights circuit (14awg, 15A breaker). I think ...
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R302.7 Under-Stair Protection - does drywall need to be below stringers or just treads and risers?

I am finishing a room in my basement, and a wall will butt up against where the stairs are. I'm planning on making a small door to access the volume below the stairs for a small storage area. The ...
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What are the legalities associated with mounting splicing wire connectors?

There are some situations, such as those involving large junction or pull boxes that serve as central takeoff points for many-plexed homeruns or homerun banks, enclosures that form central splice ...
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What box extender to use for dryer outlet?

I am planning on putting beadboard wainscoting on a laundry room wall. I will need to add an extender to the dryer's 240v outlet to keep it to electrical code and have the outlet sit flush up against ...
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Inner deck guardrail posts and deck framing connectors

I am mounting the deck guard rail posts inside the frame before adding the decking. I have used deck framing connection hardware as suggested in the Simpson Strong-Tie deck connection guide. One ...
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Adding 240v (NEMA 14-50) outlet right behind breaker panel

The breaker panel is on the outside wall, right next to my garage. I want to install a 240v outlet right behind the panel, thru the wall. If i open the panel, there are those round metal covers that ...
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Is there a code-compliant way to label a wire where the conductors are not wired in the expected way?

This might be an X/Y problem, so if there is a better solution, I'm all ears. I have a 3-gang electrical box in my basement that is already overcrowded. It has The wire for the three-way light in the ...
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How critical is it to use the correct wire colors within the same electrical outlet?

I am replacing "razor only" receptacles to GFCI. The outlet contains a LINE cable (black, white, bare copper). The previous receptacle of course did not use three prongs, so the ground was just ...
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grounded outlets and code compliance

I live in a residential unit in Oakland, CA and I am curious what the rules are about grounded outlets. Is grounded power required? My outlets are 3-prong and an outlet tester reads that there is ...
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Do I need to use BX wire in my house?

I live in the Chicago, IL suburbs, and I've been told that I need BX wire to be up to code, both from a worker at Home Depot and from a friend who is an electrician. However, I have only used Romex ...
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Canadian (Alberta) Residential Electrical Code

Is there a homeowners version of the current electrical code for residential wiring in Alberta available at no cost? I’m renovating my kitchen and would be helpful to know the many changes and ...
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Legal requirements for generator installation?

I would like to have a standby generator installed for my house. Based on my own assessment of our electrical needs, along with my desire to have a slower-running generator to reduce noise, and my ...
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Why are shower drains 2“, but tub drains 1.5”?

In the US, code dictates that the drain (p-trap and arm) on a shower use 2" pipe, while on a tub you use 1.5" pipe. I understand that is code, but I am curious as to why it is the way it is. ...
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How to cut hole larger than 1/3 of joist?

I need to run a toilet drain (3”) through three joists (9 1/4”). Code states holes in joists can not exceed 1/3 the size of the joists. Catch is for 3” pipe I need a 3 5/8” hole — which is larger than ...
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Do two circuits on one receptacle require shared trip breakers?

In California I have two separate circuits powering a single a single receptacle (such as for a dishwasher and disposal). This is not a MWBC. Does current code require these circuits to be on shared ...
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Max sill height for windows as an escape and rescue in a group R-3 occupancy?

Don't have a IBC code book available, assuming it's answered in there. Google is giving me some confusing answers
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What are the requirements for a bathtub or steam shower in a bedroom?

We live in a suburb of Minneapolis. Our master bedroom has a decent amount of unused space. My wife really wants a steam shower. Rather than remodeling an existing bathroom, I've started thinking ...
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Q couple questions on the CA Plumbing, Electrical Code RE: keep-out distances between gas, electric

General: Southern California area Residential Experience with HV and high pressure N2/CDA systems from my work, but not flammable high pressure gasses. Question 1: Is there a minimum distance ...
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Can NM cable be installed in a junction box mounted to a floor joist in an unfinished area?

I understand that NM cable can be run along and through floor joists in unfinished areas of basements. However, can the NM cable then be installed in a box mounted on the joist, perhaps for a light ...
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Stair Illumination: Location of light

Before I close this up, is this legit location for light at bottom of stairs? Yes, switch at top and bottom, and light at top as well. Through some quirk of symmetry, this can light (of 12 total), ...
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In conduit with 75C wire, can I use #14 wire for 20A circuits?

I note that with 8 AWG wire... in NM-B (Romex) cable I can only get 40A: I am required to pull from the 60 degree C column of Table 310.15(B)(16). However, in conduit, with 75C wire (THHN) and ...
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Can I place a slide-in gas range up against plywood sheathing?

I'll be putting a slide-in gas range up against a knee wall. However, I planned on bracing the knee wall with 3/4" plywood sheathing from the bottom plate up 30", where it would be completely covered ...
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Fuel gas CSST line allowed in plenum in Texas?

I recently visited a house. The host pointed out something interesting. The furnace AC combo is in an indoor closet and is vertical upflow and sits on top of a filter base that sits on top of the ...
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By how much can I trim back the connectors of 1.5" PVC fittings?

We're installing the drain plumbing for a newly installed tub, and the drain shoe overshoots the tub drain hole. The tub has been mortared in place and can no longer be moved: A joist limits how far ...
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How much weight/many people can my rooftop deck hold? 2“x12”x20' joists, 16“ on center, 2”x4" framing under [closed]

How much weight/ How many people can my rooftop deck hold? The joists are 2"x12" over 20ft, 16" on center The framing under the deck is typical 2"x4" framing (living space), on a concrete ...
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The structural integrity of a backyard structure

I need a shed, but I really don't want to put a standard-looking shed. I would like something that's pleasing to the eye and fits my property. In addition, I thought it would be cool to have a second ...
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ok to run PVC pipe behind gas meter?

I am considering installing a radon mitigation pipe system in my home, but the only area where I could reasonably have the pipe exit my home is crammed with all my other utilities. The best spot I've ...
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Code requirements for adhering wall light to electrical box - does the light need to be attached to the box?

I have a wall light which I'd like to mount on a wood board for decorative purposes. Below are photos of the light from the front and the back, and then a photo of the light on the board. I don't ...
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Can Canadian panels be used in the USA?

Here's a slick Canadian subpanel with a "generator interlock". It is a normal 2-pole panel, just like common USA panels, and it's Square D QO, which is common as dirt in the USA. However for the ...
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Does the ground pigtail to the jbox need to match the largest circuit?

In California, I have a metal jbox and, in it, there is a junction for a 10/2 NM and a 14/2. These have different size ground conductors. Does the code require a specific size ground conductor to ...
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How to protect these NM cables?

I have an old chimney that an electrician used to run cable to the attic, and they protected them with small diameter metal conduit. I have run several more cables. I could run each in it's own tube,...