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Old 03-03-2012, 05:39 PM   #1
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Can I have my furnace here in the garage?


I am trying to increase the depth of my basement garage so we can fit a car inside. Today it is only 15' deep.
I have a long closet on the other side of the garage wall and it has our basement furnance in it.
Can I simply tear out the wall between the garage and this long closet area? It would give me about 3 additional feet which is deep enough for a car to be parked in it.


Do I need to raise the furnance off the ground by 18"
Or should I try and build a closet around the unit after the wall is removed to isolate it from the garage?
Or should I just leave it on the floor?

I was going to get rid of the drop ceiling in the garage and replace with spray foam, roll insulation and then sheet rock.

Any chance i get get the job done for $2k?

The garage now is 15' x 17'
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:01 PM   #2
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I'm not a HVAC guy--so take this with a grain of salt----

Your house furnace can not be in the garage any where I have worked in the USA---fumes from a running car could be pulled into the house.

An HVAC pro will correct me if I am wrong---

As to cost--If that is a load bearing wall--maybe---if it's just a partition--sure--

Drywall in the new area must be upgraded to 5/8" fire stop---Floor level must be lower than house level to meet todays code--

If the furnace need to be moved to the attic?----

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Old 03-03-2012, 06:05 PM   #3
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the wall is definitinely load bearing. The floor in the garage is the same level as all the flooring in the basement.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:14 PM   #4
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You may have trouble with that idea--a beam strong enough to hold that up and still leave enough head room--?? steel beam will be needed--that and the other costs involved will blow the budget.

Even if you do all the work yourself---Just simple engineering plans will be at least $400-maybe more--

Temporary supports--beam--footings or columns inside the existing exterior walls--

I'm sure the furnace inside a garage is not going to be acceptable--
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that grill is the return with the doors closed the louvered is the house return you would have to bring the return out to the hallway..if that garage door is left open it will suck garage air...
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Ever consider moving the face of the garage out further toward the street?
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Maybe it depends on type of furnace. Our furnace-oil/hot water baseboard-was in garage in AK in more than one house. I just sold last house about 5 years ago and it passed inspection.
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That's a boiler and can not suck fumes into the house like a furnace--so that would be acceptable--
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That is a load bearing wall, that can not be removed.
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So it seems like I shouldnt leave the furnace open in the garage. I could built a closet around it with an opening on the other side of the wall for fresh air to be pulled in.
It would also have a air tight door on the garage side in case I needed to access that side of the unit.

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if that hallway is common to all the conditioned rooms then the kitchen becomes the return route....consider that.that comment on load bearing wall might ace the deal.options if it isn't and comes down...you could remove that grill return and duct the return to the louvered hallway area just throwing out ideas...
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That might be possible--You will need to get someone on sight to look this over---

Your local code must be followed . You don't want to create a nonconforming structure.

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