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Old 05-24-2014, 12:27 PM   #1
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Moving into a basement apartment soon. The owner wants to put up chipboard walls to "finish" it before I move in. There is already one wall, I'm attaching a rough photo but everyone knows what chipboard looks like. I think it looks terrible!! Is there an alternative that isn't as expensive as gyprock but looks better than chipboard?

Any tips would be helpful, she is willing to change plans but just not willing to pay much more && isn't willing to wait until I can afford to chip in for the good stuff.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!! Sorry the photo is super blurry but you can see how they attached the sheets of chipboard together (I find it looks like a barn!)
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Old 05-24-2014, 12:34 PM   #2
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Is wooden chip-board used for wall cladding legal according to local fir codes? Better ask the Building Department or the Fire Department first. May also require a permit to do so from the correct local government office before preceding.

Does the apartment have a suitable egress window in the event there is a fire?

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I'm not sure about the legal codes. I almost hope it isn't lol. And yes there are three exits.

The walls would be going on foam insulation panels that surround the entire basement. Forgot to mention that. And the room that I took the photo of is currently used for storage, it will be cleared out when I move in. Just wanted to show how they attached the pieces of chipboard.
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I give up, what's "chip board".
OSB?
I'd be looking for another place if there just trying to get by and cheap out before you even move in.
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I give up, what's "chip board".
OSB?
I'd be looking for another place if there just trying to get by and cheap out before you even move in.
YUP I suppose, that's what I took it to be. Kinda just like the "gyprock" thing. I took that to mean drywall.
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Drywall itself is less expensive than osb so not sure what the issue is. Unless the landlord just wants to nail something up and let it go unfinished. Ron
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Don't foam insulation panels need to be covered with a flame resistant wall board (eg. drywall) in a living area?
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Don't foam insulation panels need to be covered with a flame resistant wall board (eg. drywall) in a living area?
I know they do in many areas but I suppose it depends on the local code requirements. Since we don't know where the OP is from we don't know the exact code requirements for that area. That being said, it certainly isn't someplace I would be interested in living.

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