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Old 01-26-2007, 05:48 PM   #1
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I had a friend that had a house fire and asked me to help him rebuild. I am not a contractor so i will have questions from time to time and appreciate anyones support.

The house had a basement apartment which we totally gutted. We were told that we had to provide 1 hour fire protection between the basement apartment and the apartment above it.

My question would be if i'm not mistaken is that a one hour fire protection would consist of two sheats of 5/8 drywall. Is this correct or am i forgetting something?

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Old 01-26-2007, 06:17 PM   #2
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My question would be if i'm not mistaken is that a one hour fire protection would consist of two sheats of 5/8 drywall. Is this correct or am i forgetting something?

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Wait for a better answer than I can give you but I doubt that's the optimal/most cost effective way to do it. You might be able to use a certain type of insulation in ceiling, or maybie some sort of foam sheets instead of a second drywall layer.

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I had a friend that had a house fire and asked me to help him rebuild. I am not a contractor so i will have questions from time to time and appreciate anyones support.

The house had a basement apartment which we totally gutted. We were told that we had to provide 1 hour fire protection between the basement apartment and the apartment above it.

My question would be if i'm not mistaken is that a one hour fire protection would consist of two sheats of 5/8 drywall. Is this correct or am i forgetting something?

Thanks,

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Yes, you are correct. 2 layers of fire rated 5/8" Sheetrock. (seams cannot overlay eachother - stagger any seams)
If you have further questions, your local drywall supplier can help you too.

BTW- You can spend more money on fire-rated acoustic ceiling tiles, and other fire rated materials, but the most cost effective way to achieve fire ratings are with fire rated sheetrock.

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When you install the sheetrock you must have air space between the sheets which gives the one hour rating,

don't use fire rated drop in ceiling tile. the tile might be rated for one hour but the metal around isn't rated , also to get a rating it must be smoke proof.

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When you install the sheetrock you must have air space between the sheets which gives the one hour rating,

don't use fire rated drop in ceiling tile. the tile might be rated for one hour but the metal around isn't rated , also to get a rating it must be smoke proof.

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How much space do i need between sheets.

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In most fire resistant assemblies for building codes and UL, air spaces are not a part of the system. Usually they rely on the total thicknes of materials when applied in layers with appropriate joint or seam spacings.
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If you use the International code check residental code section
SRR 321.1 which refers to ASTME 119.
also check with you Bld Insp. you did get a Building Permit for this work didn't you.

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If you use the International code check residental code section
SRR 321.1 which refers to ASTME 119.
also check with you Bld Insp. you did get a Building Permit for this work didn't you.

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Didn't start work yet, just trying to gather information. Permit will be in window prior to construction.
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In most fire resistant assemblies for building codes and UL, air spaces are not a part of the system. Usually they rely on the total thicknes of materials when applied in layers with appropriate joint or seam spacings.

This is correct. There is not a requirement for any air space between the sheet layers.
If there were such a thing, then we have built about a thousand fire partitions improperly...and all those blue prints that we have used from, the architects and engineers, are wrong too.
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