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Old 01-12-2013, 10:06 AM   #1
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We are looking into adding a small closet near the door coming in from the garage and I have a couple of questions.

1. The footer. I'm assuming I need to cut out the laminate flooring and get down to the subfloor, am I right? Whats the best way to do this?

2. The header. Same question... Do I need to remove the drywall and nail directly to the joist?

3. There would be an outlet that would end up in the closet. I cant think of a reason why this could be a problem but wanted to bring it up in case of a potential code issue or anything like that.

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We are looking into adding a small closet near the door coming in from the garage and I have a couple of questions.

1. The footer. I'm assuming I need to cut out the laminate flooring and get down to the subfloor, am I right? Whats the best way to do this?

2. The header. Same question... Do I need to remove the drywall and nail directly to the joist?

3. There would be an outlet that would end up in the closet. I cant think of a reason why this could be a problem but wanted to bring it up in case of a potential code issue or anything like that.

Thanks in advance.
It's called a bottom plate, footers are what's used in a foundation.
Yes the laminite has to go, Bottom plate needs to be sitting on the subflooring.
I'd use my ciruler saw and an ossilating saw to remove it.
The top piece is a top plate where it touches the ceiling, a header is what you need to have over the door opening.
If you add blocking in the attic you can get away with not cutting the sheetrock in the ceiling.
But to attach the walls your going to have to open up the wall to attach some blocking.
Not suppost to have an outlet in a closet but I will not tell.
http://www.hometips.com/diy-how-to/c...ing-build.html

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It would be a code violation to have a garage entry into a bedroom if indeed, this is what the room with the new closet will be.

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Andy, friends of ours got away with the entry from the garage into a bedroom, due to no doors on the closet, and calle it a home office. This is in Iowa, and was told that it an be that way, as long as it is not used as a bedroom, but they do use it for that.

The door has to be fire rated and have the sealing gasket to prevent fumes into the room.
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It's not for a bedroom. We just use it more than our front door and want a spot to toss coats and shoes. It's part of a kitchen/dining area.
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It's called a bottom plate, footers are what's used in a foundation.
Yes the laminite has to go, Bottom plate needs to be sitting on the subflooring.
I'd use my ciruler saw and an ossilating saw to remove it.
The top piece is a top plate where it touches the ceiling, a header is what you need to have over the door opening.
If you add blocking in the attic you can get away with not cutting the sheetrock in the ceiling.
But to attach the walls your going to have to open up the wall to attach some blocking.
Not suppost to have an outlet in a closet but I will not tell.
http://www.hometips.com/diy-how-to/c...ing-build.html
Thanks for the link.

Regarding the top plate. You mean I would want to just add some bracing between the joists in order to attach the top plate. Like a stud/sheetrock/topplate sandwich? Just something I can nail to, right?
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Sort of, I use 3" screws in predrilled holes in the top plate so the sheetrock does not get damaged with the banging unless you happen to have a nail gun.
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I know that it's not what you asked, but you might consider building a free standing closet. I have always liked them, probably because I remember some of my early lessons in carpentry from helping my dad build them for people who lived in older houses that didn't have closets, or at least not enough of them, but that aside, you can make them as elogant or as simple as you want, so that they look like they belong. Basically a large box, but we outfitted them with conventional, sliding, or bifold doors, whatever they wanted, and some were basically boxes, while some had scrollwork or other details incorporated.
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INot suppost to have an outlet in a closet but I will not tell.
I disagree. I talked to an electrician about adding one to my closet to power some computer hardware. He said that would be fine, he often puts them in for people to run shoe buffers and clothes irons (I guess for a really BIG closet) and stuff like that.

I even pulled a permit to do the job myself, and my AHJ didn't hassle me. (I never actually got around to doing it, though.)

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