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Old 07-05-2012, 11:24 PM   #1
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I'm building a closet for my water heater (new location outside).

My understanding is that it has to have 5/8's drywall on the sides next to the house.

Ok...not an issue....but do I also have to cover the 2x4 studs that make up part of the frame?

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I'm building a closet for my water heater (new location outside).

My understanding is that it has to have 5/8's drywall on the sides next to the house.

Ok...not an issue....but do I also have to cover the 2x4 studs that make up part of the frame?
probably a local code issue....if gas fired, then you almost certainly have to fire rate ALL exposed wood (ie drywall it).

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probably a local code issue....if gas fired, then you almost certainly have to fire rate ALL exposed wood (ie drywall it).
That is sort of what I suspected.

I have access to sheet metal and a nice long break. Is metal over wood considered fire proof?
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drop a dime to the local inspector, after all he is the one that must bless your work. what an inspector in one area allows is not the same in another location.

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Drywall would be a whole lot easyer to work with and cheaper per square foot.
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