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

There should be no problem assuming that you leave adequate clearance around the unit. Any appliance becomes a fire risk if there's flammable junk piled against it. Also be diligent about vacuuming ...
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Closet system to be installed - boards in the way

Those 2x4's are almost certainly the remnants of a previous shelf support and are certainly not structural elements. You can safely remove them.
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What is this bendable thing found in a closet?

It's a tripod for cameras (see pic):
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Closet door has light switch in it that needs repair/replacement. How should i go about repairing it?

I speculate from the fact that you refer to the occupancy as a condo that you're in a North American location, as that terminology does not seem to be in widespread use elsewhere, where they get ...
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Can I create two or three more cutouts in my 6' Load Bearing Knee wall to build a closet System

Your knee wall is not clearly load bearing. It may or may not be load bearing. It may also not have been there when the house was first built, added later so the attic could be finished, and has ...
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Closet door has light switch in it that needs repair/replacement. How should i go about repairing it?

Are you looking for one of these? https://www.amazon.com/Gardner-Bender-GSW-SK-Electrical-Normally/dp/B00004WLKL/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=automatic%2Bcloset%2Blight%2Bswitch&qid=1703964777&sr=8-5&...
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Am I allowed to place a light in my small closet per NEC 2023?

You can't put a lampholder in there (like you have right now) - not nearly enough clearance. But you can put in an LED. From 410.16: 150 mm (6 in.) for recessed incandescent or LED luminaires with a ...
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Are the walls of my garage closet load-bearing?

I don't believe that it's load bearing for these reasons. I can't provide 100% certainty, however. There's no indication in the attic that the walls transfer load to the roof framing. You have a very ...
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How do I remove this round metal insert in an old wardrobe?

It's a camlock. Standard knockdown/flatpack furniture fastener (Ikea, et al) though of a slightly different design than many. It pulls straight out at you in this picture, which may be a little ...
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Am I allowed to place a light in my small closet per NEC 2023?

You might have missed 410.16(D) exception [ formerly 410.16(C)(5) ] Surface-mounted fluorescent or LED luminaires shall be permitted to be installed within the clothes closet storage space where ...
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Load bearing or non load bearing wall

Steel studs are almost never load-bearing in residential and light commercial construction. The header is not sized for load-bearing. Corner closets are an extremely odd place for load-bearing framing....
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Are there any safety or code concerns with my closet design?

Given that there's no load and no active door support is needed, you don't have much to worry about. Some tips: Attaching bottom wall plates to just subfloor is completely acceptable. That's how it's ...
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Cleaning up home network wiring closet

It's called a structured media enclosure and it does actually look decent. Granted, it's only half-assembled -- the second half of the project is the part that costs $$. If you wanted to hire a pro ...
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Ideas for rigging a light switch to a double bifold door?

I think you have already worked out the solution in your own mind. Good for you! 😆 If you're looking for an opinion on your conclusion, I would say that low voltage magnetic reed switch is your best ...
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Is it okay to have exposed framing on one side of a wall?

Unless you're required to create a firewall, and unless it's a stressed load-bearing wall that requires doubled sheathing for shear, it doesn't matter at all. Zillions of basements have walls that are ...
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Load bearing or non load bearing wall

You cannot tell just from a photo like this. You need to check above and below and see if there is any load on this wall. If in doubt, you should consult an engineer or architect. That being said, ...
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Recommendations for my plans for a corner broom closet

Some comments to think about... Walls are rarely perfectly straight so it is unlikely that you can make pre-cut pieces that will fit as tight as you think. The back corner of the cabinet may need to ...
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Safe to remove wall separation between two closets?

In a residential situation with no floors above this one, you're probably safe. The location of the wall and its short length indicate a simple partition. Open the drywall on one side and have a look. ...
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How to provide power to laptop in unused ceiling access panel?

Besides having chosen possibly the most hostile environment to run a laptop, you have an advantage in using a laptop...it probably has a wall wart transformer and some lower voltage lead that actually ...
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Additional support for closet rod

One simple thing to try that would not be too much work would be to re-mount the plastic bracket in nearly the same place on the center divider panel as before. Instead of the short screws use some ...
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Is it a bad idea to drill a hole through this door frame to pass wires?

Not a bad idea what so ever. However, let me clarify on the posted answer... A hole saw can be used to cut clean perfect holes, but are limited in cut depth. You'll most likely need to use the hole ...
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Using Patch Panel for CAT6a wiring from attic to closet

My standard procedure: Put a big piece of plywood on the wall - in this case, the wall shared between the closet and the attic. Make sure you get screws through the plywood into two studs. Mount ...
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Using Patch Panel for CAT6a wiring from attic to closet

In my experience with a small inexpensive patch panel (something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Dshot-network-Mount-Surface-Patch/dp/B00NUXCHE6/), there wasn't really space to bring the cables into ...
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Closet light off of doorbell junction box

There are a few problems: Transformer shouldn't be covered up. Low voltage wiring of transformer output can't be in the same box as the high voltage wiring of transformer input (and of the lights). ...
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Is it okay to have exposed framing on one side of a wall?

That should not be a problem at all. Even with electrical, there would not be a problem. The main place this is an issue is with garages or other places where a firewall is needed. That typically ...
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What is this ledge on the closet floor?

Ledges like these could be covering pipes and conduits. Sometimes it's not possible to integrate these into the floors or walls (or they've been applied after the house was built), and this is a ...
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Please help determine if section of wall is load bearing

You do NOT want to remove that double 2x4 post. It is very clearly load bearing as per the blue arrow that I added. The red downward pointing arrow shows the obvious sloping roof section overhead that ...
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Lengthening header for closet

Engineers are always useful, but in this case, the IRC says 2 jacks and 3 kings at each end. IRC 2018 table Admittedly, the 3 king studs sounds like a lot (it's mostly for deflection, which probably ...
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Ways to attach a coat-hanger between two closets (heavy load)

You basically want to run a bar between two outside cabinet walls. That should be easy, even with particle board. Use a couple of these per bar: https://www.amazon.com/Creatyi-Stainless-Brackets-...
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How to remove these nails (no access to head)?

Grab them with a locking plier and bend them back and forth a few times. They'll fatigue and snap off. Or use a rotary tool with a cutoff wheel. Then use a nail set to drive them below flush.
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