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Old 10-10-2013, 08:19 PM   #1
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Can't find this for some reason. Does drywall in a garage have to be taped? It was always my understanding it does, but maybe I've been watching too much Holmes Inspection operating in Canada. I always thought the joints along any interior habitable wall should be taped (embedded tape) to prevent exhaust fumes from entering. This could also be fire code.

The space I'm looking at is a well finished garage, but it has a little closet, and the closet is drywalled but not taped. They are getting bugs into the bonus room above it, that's why I went and looked. It doesn't seem being a closet would make any difference. I would think it would have to be taped for exhaust fumes, fire rating, or both.

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Old 10-10-2013, 08:24 PM   #2
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If it's an attached garage it was supposed to air sealed before the rock went up, 5/8 fire rated sheetrock and taped.
If the walls were over 8' tall there was also supposed to be fire blocking in the walls.

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Old 10-10-2013, 09:29 PM   #3
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If it's an attached garage it was supposed to air sealed before the rock went up
What do you mean "air sealed before the rock went up"?

When you say "supposed to", are you referring to some building code?
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Check with local Inspector. If under the new air-sealing rules; pp.10- separation from garage; http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...lzksNDu25_jAZg

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Old 10-11-2013, 05:40 AM   #5
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Simple put any holes where wires or plumbing ECT. were run needed to be sealed up with special fire rated caulking or spray foam depending on the size of the hole.
Fire blocking in the wall is just a block sitting horizontal to block the air flow in a fire so the stud bay does not act like a chimney.
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:06 AM   #6
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Some areas any wall to living spaces must be doubled thickness (2 sheets haven't had coffee yet) the joints staggered you don't need to tape joints. But each area has different codes so best to check local.
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The code in my area is 5/8 sheet rock, fire taped that is it and yes all penetrations must be caulked with apoved fire caulk or foam.
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you'd have to verify with your local inspector what your code requirements are, from the 2009 International Residential Code (your's may differ)

http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic...?bu2=undefined
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Gary, that is exactly the same as posted in #4 above, my link for his own State Code. R-302.6, pp.10, lol.

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Gary,

sorry, did not click on the link

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