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06-03-2014 07:15 PM

Code-compliant attic access in garage - 10 replies

The only attic access in my house is a tiny panel in a closet. I want a bigger hole, and I’d very much like it in the garage, which shares the same attic. How do I do that without creating a fire hazard? California code says there has to be sheetrock between the garage and the rest of the house, and it says doors penetrating that bounda...

06-26-2013 11:17 PM

Knob and Tube covered by cellulose insulation - 44 replies

The other day I went up into my attic the first time and discovered a nice surprise: Knob and Tube wiring covered in cellulose blown-in insulation. From what I understand, California is the one place where that is not per se illegal; in other places you’re supposed to keep the insulation away from the K&T. In California, they’ll ...

06-05-2013 04:23 PM

Fixing my unsafe recessed-into-the-wall electrical panel - 58 replies

The previous owner of my house had a sound studio in the garage, leaving me with a wall that, from the studs on in, is (roughly) 1/2” drywall, then 1/2” homasote, then resilient channel, and then another layer of 1/2” drywall. The electrical panel for the house was installed back when the wall was simply 1/2” drywall and ...

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