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Pacer 2 12-24-2012 01:15 PM

Attic pull down stairs
 
Inspector requires that the plywood cover to the pull down garage stairs be covered with 5/8 in dry wall...which is 54 in by 25 inch...most likely that this additional weight will prevent cover to close flush to ceiling and may allow a gap or even keep it from closing altogether...Is the spring tension system going to be enough to tack up the slack ?

bbo 12-24-2012 01:32 PM

it might. you may need different springs or a latch.

sublime2 12-24-2012 01:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pacer 2 (Post 1079144)
Inspector requires that the plywood cover to the pull down garage stairs be covered with 5/8 in dry wall...which is 54 in by 25 inch...most likely that this additional weight will prevent cover to close flush to ceiling and may allow a gap or even keep it from closing altogether...Is the spring tension system going to be enough to tack up the slack ?

what inspector?
rarely see pull down attic stairs covered with drywall.
Paint the plywood white or what ever color the ceiling is.

GBrackins 12-24-2012 03:33 PM

are the stairs in the garage?

Fix'n it 12-25-2012 08:46 AM

put the drywall up. when he leaves, take it down.

hand drive 12-26-2012 09:30 AM

^ the do it to make the inspector happy way. been there done that.

how about extra 3/4" foam board on the top side of the door cut to fit in between the steps and tacked to the top side of the plywood door or maybe light weight drywall if you can find it...

Gary in WA 12-26-2012 09:44 PM

Be really easy to check after a fire to see wrong drywall (light-weight vs. Type-X) let the garage fire into your house attic. The attic spaces should be separated; if not at the access. Foamboard may require an ignition barrier, check locally. Keep up on your H.O. Insurance...

Gary

stadry 12-29-2012 06:27 AM

just replaced old rickety wood pull-down steps/folding ladder in garage w/alum pre-built which came faced w/paint ready 1/4" ply - never thought of having this work permitted OR inspected,,, garage ceiling has original 1/2" drywall ceiling - is it a new rqmt to cover stairway ply facing w/drywall 1/2" or 5/8 " ?

Gary in WA 12-31-2012 10:16 PM

I'd check locally. Depends on who in charge is interpreting which code. 5/8 required with living space above ceiling. The attics may/not be connected. Sometimes a garage common truss is backed/drywalled in the attic to limit the amount/cost of drywall required on walls/ceiling with attached garage. Atlanta is under the IBC; http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/...codes/georgia/

A lot harder to find than in the IRC; http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...2009/index.htm

Gary


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