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Old 04-14-2011, 07:59 AM   #1
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Can someone please link me to the code that deals with sheetrock/fire protection above a boiler in a single story dwelling?


Is there any restrictions as to what can be "above" the boiler? I want to move the boiler to the new addition, but the spot it would go (corner end of home) is under a bathroom. With toilet, traps and PVC pipes I'm curious if that location will be a no-go.

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Old 04-14-2011, 09:28 PM   #2
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We have to know where you are before we can link any local code. Here in WA there has to be a double layer of sheet rock in the garage or mechanical area. A sheet rocker should be able to work around the plumbing and it should be a fine location.

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Don't have my IMC book infront of me. Locals codes may also have more restrictions, and your local code department will be able to tell you what their requirements are.
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Hi,

I'm in New Hampshire. We go by the IRC and I couldn't find any mention there. I didn't check the international plumbing code yet but I assume there is a specific fire code regarding this?

I see a lot of posts about 5/8" sheet rock, 3' around the boiler but I can't seem to find the source.

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Here, in a single residence home. We don't have to provide any fire protection above the boiler. In a multi residence we do though.
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Not sure about codes, but do consider the ease of access should the plumbing ever spring a leak or otherwise require some maintenance.
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Any state or municipality can over-ride model code like the IBC or IRC (with stricter requirements), but cannot go below the typical minimum standard, which is the worst you can do and stay out of jail or be fined for.

Check with the local building code authority for suggestion and variations.

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