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Hi,

I'm currently in the process of renovating my kitchen. I will need to cut a few holes behind the range to run electrical up to install an hood fan. Currently the existing drywall looks like there is a layer of white sandy material behind it with specks of possible vermiculite, my best guess, being used for fire protection.

My question is, can I patch up the holes with polyfilla? Is polyfilla fire rated? or do I need to cut out a section of the drywall the size of the range and replace it with another type of fire-rated material? if so what type of material? I rather not cut out the existing to limit the chance of exposure to asbestos in case it has it. Also, there's wood panelling on the other side of the wall.

What's the best way to go about this or is there not enough heat generated from a range to worry about this?

Thanks!
 

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If it were my house, I would mix up batch of dura bond 20 a bit stiff and fill the holes to just a fraction below the surface in the morning. Then coffee and a bagel. Then mix another small batch and embed mesh tape in it to cover the holes and feather it out with a steel float. Then after lunch, hit the area with a good quality primer. Then paint at your leisure any time after the next morning.
 

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I'm going to put up a removable backsplash behind my range, tile. Removable so if I change the wallpaper I can easily replace the backsplash.
Also rather handy for cleaning gunk off of it, lay it down on the counter. Spaghetti sauce splash collector I call them.
 

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Upon the removal of some old tiles behind my electric range, an entire piece of drywall came off the wall with the plaster of the old backing. There is an entire open wall space with a little bit of wire mesh and some pipes exposed. Is there a certain type of drywall that I need to use that is to code behind an electric range?! Thanks!!
 

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Not sure where you live....but where I am the special requirement for an electric range is.......whatever you have other than uncovered paper face insulation or flammable plastic. Same as the requirement for your dishwasher, fridge, etc. ron
 

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I guess a good drywall will seal the deal. If i know correctly, drywall is a fire resistant wall covering and acceptable for ranges. You better consult with a seller when buying one of these. Also, an unpainted steel sheet will fit but it wont look as good. Some fire wrap for a good measure to cover those exposed wires and pipes and you`re good to go
 

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I guess a good drywall will seal the deal. If i know correctly, drywall is a fire resistant wall covering and acceptable for ranges. You better consult with a seller when buying one of these. Also, an unpainted steel sheet will fit but it wont look as good. Some fire wrap for a good measure to cover those exposed wires and pipes and you`re good to go
Consult seller before buying one of what? And why would he be wrapping the wire mesh from the old plaster to fireproof it?
 

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I am talking about drywall. When buying, it`s better to ask about sizes and fireproof. I would for a good measure but i guess it`s not so necessary (or even not needed at all)
 

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Thread has gotten way off target. Initial question is fire rated drywall required behind electric stove. The answer is no. Done and done. Ron
 
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