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Old 12-03-2010, 10:01 AM   #1
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Drywalling Garage, what to do about vents?


Ok so I have a detached garage. I am preparing to insulate and drywall the sucker. I have already worked out the soffit vent and whirlybird vent in the "attic" of the garage, but now I'm not sure what (if anything) I am supposed to do about the actual room.

1) It will not be used for living space. It will be a workshop/game room.
2) There are currently two standard air vents low to the ground. (photo attached)

So, Do I seal them up and Drywall over them? Do I cut around and leave them? Should I install a vent elsewhere in lieu of these low vents?

I should mention that I'm not "super" concerned about the code, as there are a few things in the garage already (when I bought it) that were not permitted. However, I still would like to do the "right" thing for the situation, I just don't know what that is.
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If they are not venting a crawlspace ( does not appear that they are ) you are fine.

Not sure why they were installed in the first place. If space was acting as Garage, maybe to vent for "heavy vapors" gasoline etc.
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No crawlspace, just concrete slab. As far as I know, pretty much every Garage here in Southern CA has some sort of vent like that in it. I do believe it is for Vapor/Fumes ... or perhaps Carbon Monoxide (car running?). But as I won't be having a car/ or things that cause fumes I was hoping it's not a big deal.
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Yep, not a big deal. Cover them
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Unless California has some special code requiring them I'd cover them up. Never seen them around here.
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thanks guys, I'm covering them.
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They are suicide vents. They make it difficult to commit suicide by leaving the car engine running with the door closed. They are not mandated by the building code.
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Check with your local Building Department before converting it from a garage. There may be certain conditions that need to be met such as replacement parking, driveway closed or removed, a variance required, and possible historic review if older than 45years. Example: http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...4k2ThhSDu4Hk9A

Your H.O. Insurance carrier will want to be notified also, for any future claims following the permit and paper trail you get from your County.


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