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Old 02-11-2011, 02:37 PM   #1
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What's up everyone. I have a 2 car internal garage and right now it doesnt have a ceiling. I was thinking a drop ceiling might be better for this situation b/c if I did drywall I'd be putting in quite a few access panels for J-boxes and valves (gas and water). I also know that you need a fire rated ceiling b/t the garage and living space (at least I think so).

Would a drop ceiling satisfy this requirement or should I use the drywall?

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When or house was built in 96 the contractor used fire core drywall between the house and the garage. When I finished the room upstairs I used same fire core drywall on the ceiling, can't see how a dropped ceiling would fill the bill. I was told that even the I beam spanning the garage required boxing in by today's standard. Suggest you call local building inspector, have found them to be most helpful.

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I agree with ran134 above, pp.4; http://www.codecheck.com/cc/images/CC5thEdSample.pdf

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If all you intend to do is to make the garage look better then a drop ceiling will do the trick. I don't think you will need a permit for that but better check of course.

If you want added fire protection and to bring it to code that is a different story. I don't think there is a such a thing as a fire rated suspended ceiling but I might be wrong on that.

Or just add 5/8" type "X" fire rated GWB to the joists, fire tape and mud.

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You should use drywall not just for the fire protection but also for fumes. There is noway a drop ceiling will beable to stop exhaust or gas fumes from entering your upper floors.
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