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How can I install screens on my double-hung windows? [duplicate]

I have a few rental properties that have windows with no window screen tracks (older wooden windows). Since they are rental properties, they will have to pass city inspection and most likely need ...
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Do Foundation Walls Cracked on Old Home Need Help? [closed]

I bought my first house 3 years ago. The unfinished basement had cracks down the walls, some stepping down the bricks, others horizontal. The home inspector (used realtor's inspector) at the time said ...
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What should I do with old switch wires?

I am redoing all my electric (some details here: Is my new electric/subpanel plan correct?) - all of the cables currently in the house will be eventually disconnected, but (due to staples in hard-to-...
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Who has legal responsibility for uninspected changes?

I've been involved in some siding work on a home I bought recently that included replacing the sheathing. This exposed some electrical and plumbing work done during prior renovations that I don't ...
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Subcontractor asking to be paid to perform (many years) late final inspection

I recently sold my home (November 2023). In due diligence, the buyer found an open permit from 2015. It was a sheet metal permit from a kitchen hood install. The sheet metal subcontractor pulled the ...
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Is my new electric/subpanel plan correct?

I currently have 100A service and I want to upgrade to 200A. At the same time, most of the wiring in my house is old and I don't trust it. Finally, the current main panel is in a bad place in the ...
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Weather Head Re-attachment

Live in Sandy Springs, GA. Just bought an older home and electrical is not up to current code. I had a big branch fall on overhead service line and pull weather head out from attic. Power is still on ...
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Updating old 2 prong outlets to GFCI

I recently purchased an older home in New Jersey and am trying to pass a certificate of occupancy inspection. Part of the requirements is to update all outlets in bathrooms/kitchen/basement to GFCI. ...
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HVAC ducts with water under basement floor

My wife and I are under contract to purchase a home built in 1999. During the inspection last week, we noticed this odd hole in the basement floor, next to the water heater. It was partially covered ...
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How to prepare old work for an electrical inspection?

I am performing all electrical work for a new room addition and I uncovered this old work in my house. All of these mechanicals serve a second floor laundry room. Will this pass inspection? I ...
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Home Electric Rework

Just bought a new house, first time homeowner. Familiar with electric (studied electrical/computer engineering) which helps but doesn't directly translate to AC stuff. Currently making plans for ...
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What kind of a test plug to use for DWV inspection

I'm an owner-builder, getting ready for a close-in inspection which includes plugging and testing the DWV system for a new bathroom. I have a standard 3" test ball that I have used as a test plug ...
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Implications of lots of non-permitted work in a house purchase/sale [closed]

Looking at houses, we have found one that has been completely redone (footings to rafters in many places) but without permits for the most part. The original house was from 1908, it was redone and ...
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Dwelling code imposition on landscape stairs

I just had a retaining wall and patio installed in my back yard. There is a stairway set in the retaining wall with nine steps. We just had what was supposed to be the final sign-off, and got a ...
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Hole/Notch in Floor joist

I have a floor joist that is notched about 7 inches away from the bottom plate. The joist is a 2x8 (7 1/4) The hole is about 2.25 inches so I added a sister joist and the hole in that is probably 1.8 ...
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How can I monitor my roof to detect roof leaks before they cause damage?

A lot of questions have been asked about how to locate a leak in a roof, but you can only locate a leak that you know exists, and the first noticeable sign that there is anything wrong might be ...
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Mystery irritant at home [closed]

There is something in the house in which I live that gives me and my partner itchy eyes, aching joints and extreme fatigue. Extensive medical examination excluded allergic reactions to dust, pollen, ...
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What if my door handle height too low?

One of the door handles in my basement is less than 34" above the floor. It is actually 33". This door is the entrance to a bathroom and is positioned beneath a bulkhead. Will this be an ...
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How do I properly secure electrical conduit in a garage?

I failed an electrical inspection (State: NJ) the other day. The inspector said that because my shed could accommodate a car, the electrical conduit had to be secured better in case a car hit it. The ...
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NEC Online Access?

I was wondering if there are any free sources to read the current NEC code online? If there is not a free resource, is there a "go to" that electricians subscribe to? I'm not an electrician, ...
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Is a permit required to add a non-load bearing wall in a bedroom?

I am looking to add a non-load bearing wall to a pass-through bedroom in my house to convert it to a standard bedroom (8'x10'), and use the remaining space (3'x10') as a hallway. Would I need a permit ...
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Slab Foundation with Cracks and Uplift in Floors, Driveways and Back Patio

I am buying house for the first time and the home inspection report came back saying there may be potential foundation issues. I have attached screenshots from the report below. This is an 1976, one ...
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How do I meet the 7 foot ceiling requirements in my basement when the bottom of my joists are only 81 inches above the floor (3 inches too much)?

As mentioned, local codes state that the ceiling has to be a minimum of 7 feet above the floor (or 84 inches) in at least 50% of each habitable room. My basement ceilings are only 81 inches tall from ...
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Can I energize a circuit before it's inspected?

I live in Washington state, and state law requires electrical permits and inspections for locations without a municipal inspector to go through the state Labor and Industries (LNI) department. ...
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Can I put an electrical panel in a closet in a closet?

That's not a typo in the subject line. I am finishing part of my basement to put in a new master bedroom, bathroom, and closet. I was planning on putting the panel in the walk-in closet but enclosing ...
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OK to start a house circuit wire with a plug, to plug into circuit panel outlet or generator breakout box?

Eventually I plan to put in a subpanel and transfer switch or circuit-breaker interlock for several house circuits to run from my generator, with all permitting and inspections. But as a temporary ...
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Inspector told me to match breaker size to appliance

questioning what an electrical inspector told me and hoping for a bit more detail. Back story: I installed a hot tub in my backyard (NYC, NY) and hired an electrician to run a 208V circuit out to it. ...
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How can I test a radiant heated driveway in warm weather?

I'm buying a house which has a radiant heated driveway (for snow and ice abatement) How can I go about testing it in warm weather?
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Can I backfill without inspections using sight tubes?

What code section is it where you can use sight tubes in the trench to determine the depth of your installed conduit so we can backfill without inspection??
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Are GFCIs now required in all unfinished portion of a house?

I was really surprised that a city inspection did not pass based on regular outlets in an unfinished room in the basement. They are correctly jacketed and all of that stuff. They are simply ...
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Why would an inspection company flag two NM 12 gauge wires going through the same joist hole?

How many cables are you allowed to run through a single hole in a wooden floor joist? We have a question and good answers for the NEC guidelines. Why would an inspection company flag this and note ...
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Can an inspector enforce issues with existing plumbing outside the scope of a permit?

We have a contractor working a plumbing job for us in a bathroom. The inspection passed, however as he was walking out, he asked about where our washing machine drained to. I said it was to a dry well ...
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Inspection on new work in house with unpermitted work

My house's basement was previously partially 'finished' with no permits and poor code compliance. In the interim, I've done some repair work down there. Now I want to do a significant rework and do it ...
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Main Breaker Panel in Garage w/o Garage Doors

We have a recent second floor & garage addition, and the main panel was moved to the garage from its old location. Due to COVID and our general contractor's procrastination (we have since fired ...
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Is this degree of lifting/rippling normal for a newly installed roof?

Had a roof replacement done recently including new underlayment, architectural shingles, and flashing. I'm noticing a number of red flags such as visible/exposed keyways between shingles. However, one ...
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What are the pros and cons of getting a radon inspection before buying a home?

Discussion I have had with some of my partners. We understand what radon is, what causes it, how to mitigate it and the health effects it imposes. These are givens and a different question. My ...
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New house concrete slab foundation cracks - TX

I'm asking about advise\idea\help. I'm new home buyer in Austin area TX. I bought a new home in the foundation stage. Now it's in the framing stage. Yesterday I found that I have 3-4 cracks on the ...
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Is there a missing ground wire in my pedestal service circuit?

I just had a electrical inspection stated 2 hot 1 neutral and one ground needed. I thought all of that was there. Here are the inspection forms. I have no clue what is wrong or what is correct.
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Running conduit for future electrical work

We had to pull a section of drywall in our garage due to water damage, and since everything is exposed at the moment I'm wondering if we can do some work for the future. I'd like to add an electrical ...
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Breaker Box Replacement/Upgrade

I was planning to get our box upgraded from a old 100 amp Zinsco box to a newer possibly 200 amp box. I have been talking to a couple of companies and they have been wanting a arm and a leg, and also ...
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Will these DIY steel plates for post to beam connections work as well as the commercially available ones?

My soon to be constructed deck will have beams made from three 2x12s sandwiching ½" plywood, sitting on 6x6 posts. This gives both the beams and the posts a width of 5½ inches. To ensure the ...
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Double Grounding Sub-Panel

Non-electrician here - I have a small detached garage 25ish feet from the main service on the back of my house. In consulting with an electrician he said the simplest way to get power out would be ...
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Order of operations for getting electrical service turned on in Philadelphia

Let me start by saying I appreciate any information. Hopefully, Philly is not all that different from anywhere else, but Ideally Philadelphia specific info would be preferred. I'm remodeling a ...
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Typical requirements for electrical final inspection?

I am doing the electrical work for an addition to our house. I am at a point where all receptacles are installed, and all rooms have lights, but we do not have all light fixtures picked out / bought ...
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What happens if I let my building permit expire?

TLDR: I pulled a permit for my house, now the inspectors are looking for more things wrong with my house than the permit pertains to. I want them out. What are the repercussions to letting the permit ...
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How to handle branch circuits cleanly when there are lots of branches

I'm planning the circuits for a house right now. I've only done this a couple of times and would like to improve. All of the lighting will be LED recessed lighting so I would like to use one 10A ...
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What steps should I take to prepare for using a thermal camera?

I plan on renting a thermal camera to detect heat loss (e.g., missing insulation, leaks in HVAC) and water damage. Outside temperatures are getting down to freezing at night but are mid-40s during the ...
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UK Sewage connection - is an external rodding point mandatory

I have a house extension built circa 1997. Inside there is a three-port shallow inspection chamber where a shower and toilet join to a single 110mm waste outlet heading out of the house. Outside the ...
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How to inspect/test old capped off drain pipe

I have a roughed-in bathroom in the basement of my 1969 home. There is a 1.5" metal drain pipe coming through the slab. It is capped with a metal cap. I am looking to install a bathtub and use this ...
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My contractor wants to install a different brand of solar panel from what was approved in their permit

I am having solar panels installed on my house. My contractor told me that they are installing 20 Canadian Solar CS3k-325-MS panels. I just got a copy of the plants they sent to the city for their ...
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