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New homes are inspected by local authorities to comply with local building requlations. As Mike says, give them a call. The National Electrical Code (NEC) are standardized guidelines for electrical construction created by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The NEC are guidelines, not laws. The NEC is adopted into law by states and local ...


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Foundation's task is not just to support gravity loads, it should resist lateral loads, wind and earthquake, as well. Wind loads are dependent on the geometry of the building and seismic loads are dependent on the mass distribution throughout the buliding. For example of you will show access to the roof of your third floor container for its use as a deck, ...


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Gas is odorized ( mercaptans ) which can be detected at a ppb level. The great majority of people notice the smell and take some corrective action. On the otherhand ,whenever you make something fool proof , a bigger fool comes along ; so there are occasional fires caused by gas leaks. Driving a car is a higher risk that having gas in a home or apartment ...


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Simply said, no. These are tie refers and they carry the tension load of the attic framing. By looking at the ceiling insulation one can tell that the ceiling rafters are perpendicular to these tie rafters, so they couldn't help either. If you desperately need the space and only for lightweight storage (because eventually, you are planning of using a 10lbs/...


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Ever since 1975 use of at least one GFCI outlet and preferably more is mandatory in bathrooms or anywhere where there is the likelihood of moisture being near the outlet by NEC (National Electric Code). If you have only one GFCI in any bathroom, all other outlets in that bathroom must be downstream to that GFCI and controlled by it. You can ask your local ...


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The reason counter weights are not used anymore is due to a couple factors. The limited space like they mentioned in the above comments but the main reason for smaller residential garages the added weight of having heavy weights hanging on the side of the door header does nightmares to the structure over the years. I'm dealing with a job right now where the ...


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It’s total square footage not per floor square footage. Btw, the AIA has established EXACTLY how to calculate square footage of a building. That is to say, overhangs, canopies, balconies, pipe chases, open terrace, etc. is considered 1/2 square footage. So, if there is a 200 square foot entry canopy, it’s considered 100 square feet in the calculations. (You ...


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As an engineer (with partner also an engineer) who designed a 4 bed house to exceed the energy requirements of the building regs, and by a huge amount that some new builds are just beginning to match its performance some 15years later I have to point out that a good engineer or two, and a good architect are all that is needed. So, had to brush up on some ...


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A house or a development is the result of coordination between the architect and the civil engineer. But let's make no mistakes, civil engineering (the main study of the civil engineers) umbrellas many sub-disciplines that each carries the weight and contributes to the success of the said projects, whether a single residential house or multi-unit development....


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I have designed cement block beams and lintels, nothing wrong with that. As long as you use limited masonry stresses and longer embedment required for bonding and follow the code. But this is not that. It seems the cells are not filled and most likely the exposed rebars are badly rusted and split from cement inside the voids. I would add a proper lintel or ...


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In the US, electrical installations are primarily governed by the National Electrical Code, also known as NEC or NFPA 70 (It's official designation.) You can read the code for free (with an account) on NFPA's website. Section 250.104(C) of the 2017 code defines the requirements for bonding of "Structural Metal." It requires bonding of exposed ...


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Kamran is much more experienced, so I would go for his opinion (I also upvoted his answer). Especially given the circumstances (i.e. level 1 hurricane). However if you are that desperate to use the space, one compromise which might be useful to you and maybe structurally sound at the same time (kamran might have something to say about that). You could try ...


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I would imagine that the idols would be placed on pedestals that could be rotated manually and then place them at the center of the room (or at least not along a wall). Seems a lot more practical. Even if you have to build the building such that there are multiple main entrances, all this is still easier than rotating the entire building or room. This is ...


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