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Old 06-21-2010, 06:48 PM   #1
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what is the florida code for the thickness of drywall in a commercial building. with studs at 16 inches on center

can I use 1/2 " or 5/8" ?
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:59 PM   #2
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I don't know Florida code--Illinois,Wisc. and Indiana--5/8 inch--For some uses and towns--Double 5/8.

You can find local codes in the internet--That's fine for planning--However visit the local juristiction and ask the folks who will be checking before going to far in your plans..

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It depends what it will be used for. Listen to Mike and go to your local inspectors office and find out what they want there.
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do they have a free internet site withe right answers?
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Most towns or counties have a code site. The permit office will give you free info ,too.

Most permit offices have helpful people, good to start in a place like this,so you don't sound completely clueless when you do go there.

Also, If you are thinking about working without a permit in a commercial building---Bad plan--They seldom take the forgiving attitude with commercial---Usually, it's just a red tagged door and a 5 day notice to comply.

If you have more questions after you do your home work--
We will ( I will) be glad to help )---Mike--
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If it's a free-standing office type building, you might get by with 1/2". If the wall you're referring to adjoins another lease space, warehouse space, kitchen/food prep area, you'll likely need at least one layer of 5/8". As advised above, check with your local building inspector and more importantly the fire marshall. HE hsa the final say.....
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