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Old 09-18-2013, 02:46 PM   #1
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Hey,

I need some advice. I am going to cut a hole in a utility closet and close it back up. I would like to still have the hole somewhat accessible but still meet the fire code. Could I just use the same drywall cutout and place fire tape around it?

A composite sheet would work but those are a bit more expensive then I would like.


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Old 09-18-2013, 03:18 PM   #2
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Actually,

Would it be acceptable to screw in an over sized piece of fire rated drywall on top of the hole? Seal it with some sort of fire rated compound?

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Old 09-18-2013, 06:42 PM   #3
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Where is this that you think you need to meet a fire code?
Only places I can think of is in an attached garage and if there's another dwelling on the other side of the wall.
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:28 AM   #4
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This is in an MDU utility closet/cable closet.
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Why would you worry about fire rating? Are you getting it inspected?
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Maintaining fire rate is important for walls separating units, or between the living space and the garage. It doesn't matter if the work is being inspected or not.
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Just get a piece of regular drywall cut it a little bigger than the hole cover the back with a tube of firebreak caulk and stick it up.
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You can either reinstall the plug you cut out and fire tape it.
Or you can cover the hole with the same thickness of drywall and overlap it. If you overlap, then the patch must be screwed in place and the perimeter sealed with fire caulk. An overlapping patch can be fastened with board to board screws. There should be NO fire caulk between the patch and wall board. Fire caulk cannot be used as an adhesive because when the fire caulk intumesces under a fire condition it will push the patch off of the wall.
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or if you want it to actually look good.

"fire rated drywall access panel"

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