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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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How much weight/many people can my rooftop deck hold? 2“x12”x20' joists, 16“ on center, 2”x4" framing under

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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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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What are the rules for making your own conduit KOs in nonmetallic junction boxes?

Some North American electrical boxes (usually nonmetallic ones) lack conduit knockouts, as they are designed solely to clamp NM cable. Unfortunately, some devices (the RIB series of enclosed, UL ...
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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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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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Can I install lights on a 20 amp circuit that has receptacles already wired?

I have never been able to ask the following question and get a simple straight answer and would like to know why there is a controversy, and what the answer really is. The question: Can a 20 amp 12 ...
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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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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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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,...
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Are switch screws sufficient for load grounds?

In California, in a metal gang box with the line ground attached to the box with a ground screw, I understand that I don't need to attach a ground wire to a switch (screwed tight, captive washers ...
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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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Is there a specific NEC code specifying the distance between water heaters and electrical panels?

I have a condo in a large building with many identical units. Several times other owners have mentioned that the original layout of the utility room isn't up to code due to the proximity of the water ...
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Remove switch that controls thermostat

I recently bought a condominium in a large building, built in 2005. It has a single thermostat, and the thermostat works fine. But right next to the thermostat, there is a switch. It looks like an ...
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Is Drywall needed on exterior wall of garage on concrete block, 2-story house in Florida

We have a home inspector (selling house) stating they want us to put up drywall on an exterior wall in the garage. I know it's code for ceilings and the abutting walls to the interior, but do exterior ...
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Is there minimum clearance from gas stove to door?

I know there is a minimum clearance to hood and cabinets above, but I can't find a side-clearance to a doorway. My concern is someone coming through the door and not seeing the hot stove around the ...
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Electrical pipe heated by heating pipe - against the code?

Please see the picture below. The three pipes in the front are electrical (conduit). The big black pipe in the back is the heating pipe. I guess something went wrong when building the building and ...
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How do I meet the 7 feet high ceiling requirement after finishing the basement?

My basement ceiling joists are exactly 7 feet above the concrete slab. The requirement for finished living space is 7 ft from the finished floor to the finished ceiling. Since I'll loose a couple of ...
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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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Is it Code to support Class 2 (thermostat) wires using a gas line?

Related to this question. Our gas furnace, while quite functional, has some quirks in its installation. One of them is that the installers cut off the old (original to the house) thermostat wires at ...
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Test gauge plug on domestic gas system

I am in the U.S. I know that it is a good idea to have a capped or plugged nipple outlet somewhere on your interior gas pipe system where you can mount a test gauge that can be pumpted to a certain ...
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Deck Footing capacity with BigFoot base

I'm planning a new deck (completely replacing and enlarging an existing deck). The deck will be 25'x15' w/25 ft being attached to the house. I'm trying to determine what footings are required. ...
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Why are U.S. residential circuit breaker service panels so poorly designed?

I find as a knowledgeable home DIYer, that my Siemens 200 amp circuit breaker panel to be a pain in the butt to use. It is less than 25 years old, and yet it seems to have been intentionally designed ...
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Derating 6 current-carrying conductors?

I'm having a hard time understanding 310.15(B)(2)(a). Here's the boat I'm in: I hooking up a tankless water heater that calls for 3 40 amp breakers (it's a 24 kw Ecosmart). So I put in a sub panel in ...
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Do GFCI protected devices need to be labeled as such, if they are protected from another location?

I'm doing a fairly substantial rewire of about half my house. In many places, like kitchen, bath, and outside/garage, I've replaced circuit breakers in my box with GFCI or dual function breakers. ...
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Per IRC, are flexible PVC couplings ever allowed to be used above ground for PVC to PVC connections?

It is my understanding that flexible PVC couplings (e.g. Fernco) meet the definition of Mechanical Joint in the international residential code. The 2015 IRC prohibits the use of Mechanical Joints on ...
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Can you heat an entire house with wall-mounted gas heaters?

My house currently is heated by a hot-water boiler, with radiators in the main rooms. The bedrooms have no radiators (it's an old house and I guess when it was built they figured the central radiators ...
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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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Bring portable generator in through automatic transfer switch

I currently have a portable generator, an inlet, and an interlock on the main panel to backfeed the panel. I am moving over to an automatic transfer switch with a standby generator. However, as a ...
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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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Is “14 AWG” NM-B allowed by the newest NEC for new residential construction?

Is "14 AWG" NM-B allowed by the newest NEC for new residential construction? My concern is what the NEC says concerning 14 AWG NM-B for new residential construction. I have been told that the "NEC ...
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Can a loadcenter main breaker be greater than the busbar ampacity?

Related to this question (Can a sub-panel have a larger main breaker than the feeder breaker in the main panel?) on having a larger "main" breaker in a subpanel than in the panel feeding it, my ...
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Is a grounded (neutral) conductor required at a switch location that controls a switched receptacle used for lighting?

The National Electrical Code requires that all habitable rooms and bathrooms, have a switch controlled light (210.70(A)(1)). It also allows a switched receptacle to be used, instead of a lighting ...
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What is the most common stair tread depth and stair nosing length?

I am having my stairs rebuilt and was wondering what the most common stair nosing length is. I have seen code requires nosing overhang be no more than 1.25". Is 1.25" common? Or is 1" more common? ...
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Space requirements for first subpanel and wiring preference

I would like to install two subpanels and my main panel is full of breakers. Would it be better to feed both subpanels directly from main or have 1st subpanel off main and 2nd subpanel off 1st ...
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Can I use leaded glass for tall window in stairwell?

I'm in California. My house, built in 79, has a tall 3x9 stained glass window in a stairwell, starting 10" from the floor. I had a window contractor out to bid replacement windows and he told me that ...
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Wire ratings in very hot attics, e.g. Phoenix where they go to 180F?

Someone asked a question about wire damage in an attic in Phoenix, Arizona. Links on the web confirm attic temperatures go above 180 degrees F, or 85 degrees C. Most wires have a 75C or 90C thermal ...
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Finishing an attic, building codes, layout possibilities

Our attic is entirely unfinished - exposed floor and wall studs. It has windows and is wired for a single light fixture. There is a fixed staircase up to the attic from the second floor where 19.5 is ...
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Are there restrictions on having all the lights on one floor on a single circuit breaker?

I'm rewiring my house to eliminate knob and tube wiring on my second story. The panel only has 20 spaces, so I'm trying to be economical. My upstairs floor plan is a 70 sqft bathroom and 3 bedrooms, ...
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Electrical power to a detached shop, 60 amp panel, 80 feet of wire, what size wire do I need?

I am running power through a conduit to a detached shop, 80 feet of wire, a 60 amp panel. What size and type of wire do I need?
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What are the minimum insulation code requirements for a steel arch building (Quonset hut) used as a residence?

I'm interested in building a steel Quonset hut home in central Texas. I've done a fair amount of research on what's involved, but I'm stuck on insulation. The IECC defines minimum insulation ...
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Would running a new subpanel in parallel meet NEC requirements? If not, what should I do?

Background U.S.A. Voltages/power present. My house has a 125A Power Mains breaker at the street. A buried line runs from the street breaker to my main panel on exterior wall outside of house. The ...
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“Reportable” electrical issues in commonwealth countries

I have a friend in New Zealand who said he hired an electrician to come and do some minor work and while at this he found an unused electrical installation that he said was "reportable" and had to be ...
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What is electrical code for number of wires in a breaker?

US, Georgia I am adding some new ciruits to add some additional outlets. The closest place is to run a wire to the main panel box. My question is, can I connect more than one wire to a breaker and ...
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What does NEC require for strapping down conduit and wire here?

Below is a picture of the current conduit and wire setup for my new underground service into my house with generator automatic transfer switch and manual transfer switch to allow me to switch to an ...
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How can I mount an 12V transformer for LED lighting inside a wall?

The stairs to my basement has one light fixture at the bottom, and that casts a shadow on the rest of the stairs. I want to run a strip of LED lights up the crown molding or on top of the upstairs ...
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OK to attach a metal electric junction box and armored cable (MC) to underside of subfloor in basement?

Is it OK to attach a metal electric junction box and armored cable (MC) to underside of the subfloor in a basement with an exposed ceiling? Or does it have to be attached to the side of the joists in ...
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What gauge wire do I need for my dryer?

I want to add a washer & dryer to my garage, but breaker box is on the wrong side of house. No matter which way I run the wire, its 110 feet of wire required. Will 8-3 with ground work? Or is ...
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How to interpret UL listing for NM Clamps stating diameter?

Most NM electrical clamps specifically list the wire combinations they allow, but others such as halex 90515 simply list a bundle diameter range (.835"-1.520") Does that mean that I can use as many ...