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Old 05-30-2011, 07:16 PM   #31
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If you accidentally put 1/2" drywall on the wall between the garage and the house you can add a layer of 3/8" to get the needed fire protection rating.
That's not really true. It's not just the thickness the of the drywall that gives it's "Fire Rating" - it's the composition of the material it's made of.

This is why there is 1/2" Regular and 1/2" Fireguard.

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Old 05-30-2011, 07:53 PM   #32
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And how do you avoid it? As soon as you disturb that asbestos ladden product you run the risk of releasing asbestos fibres into the air. My home was built in 1969, there is asbestos in just about everything original in this house. The floor tiles, the linoleum, the drywall, the texture.. I am coming across a bit hard in these posts but that's because the new regulations are there for a reason. I know the risks, I've taken courses on it... and I might very well die from all the years I did things in my industry when I had that "rubbish" mentality. I doubt I'll develop asbestosis but I don't rule out, I've done a lot of renovations as an occupational drywaller without even a simple paper mask (which will NOT protect you from asbestos).

Lead. We all have lead poisoning, everyone. It's a fact, google it. However scraping/sanding old lead bases paint will be very bad for your health. The regulations are there for a reason.

As far as homeowners/churches... I'm not even going to get into that. There's the practicality issue... for the most part the regulations are there to protect those who work with these situations on a daily basis.
So you won't die from asbestos poisoning but you will die from not having Type X drywall??
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:14 PM   #33
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So you won't die from asbestos poisoning but you will die from not having Type X drywall??
WOW, that couldnt be more incorrect then anything!. Yes you can get cancer from asbestos.

Why don't you just use 1/4" drywall? its lighter and not nearly as heavy....

Seriously though, our codes in orlando have changed to were they require 5/8" on the ceilings, unless you use the more expensive 1/2 FAG RESISTANT.. sorry, i meant sag resistant drywall. I am not sure what it is made out of but it says sag resistant on it. its not the cheapest stuff but it is easier to hang for sure.
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So you won't die from asbestos poisoning but you will die from not having Type X drywall??
You're claiming I will die from not having Type X drywall in a single family residence? Do you actually have anything to contribute? Have you taken any courses on Asbestos? Lead? Do you hold any Trade Qualifications in the Drywall industry?

You're a custom home builder good for you, you should be proud of that - however it doesn't imply that you are a master of every craft. You know, Jack of all, Master of none.

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