Fire Break\Box

I am in need of some info. I am trying to place a flat computer into a wall at a business. The fire marshal mentioned that if I cut into the wall between the studs that I should use a fire box. I guess this would be something like a medicine cabinet. I question is, are there any companies that provide a metal cabinet that would fit between two studs that would be exclusively used for a fire box?
Thanks Bob
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BeeFarmer wrote:

anyway, and by asking his opinion you might get some brownie points (always a good thing with inspectors).
You might be able to just line the opening with 5/8" drywall and that will be good enough. Think of it as just changing the plane of the wall "a little" - but keeping continuous drywall thickness through-out.
Good luck!
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Thu, Mar 3, 2005, 3:48pm (EST-1) snipped-for-privacy@Oelke.com (Dan Oelke) says: Talk to the fire marshal. <snip>
Exactly. I would have asked him what he meant right then and there.
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wrote:

NEMA 12 box that would fit between the studs. What you are looking for is similar to the shell for a circuit breaker panel, but without any holes.
Ask the inspector if that would satisfy his code. Bill Waller New Eagle, PA
snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net
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Thanks Bill, interesting you're from PA. That's the state we are working looking at putting in a device!

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Bob, you should also check to make sure you have enough cooling space for the computer to keep it from overheating in a confined space.
Jerry

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Yes, that is true. These units are KIOSK type units with touch screen and having some space around them is important.
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On Thu, 3 Mar 2005 14:30:54 -0700, BeeFarmer wrote

I'd think that a medicine box should already meet the specifications (check for sure!) Usually they are sized to nest between two interior studs (14.5" wide)

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I've never seen a fire rated medicine cabinet....
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on 3/4/2005 3:44 PM snipped-for-privacy@all.costs said the following:

Could he have meant a fire STOP? You know, 2x4 or 2x6, placed horizontally between the studs to prevent a chimney effect?
I side with the poster who suggested calling the fire marshall and asking him point blank. Back on the few occasions when I was involved in writing/applying for grants, that was a favored technique. Ask the individuals who would wind up approving the grant exactly what they were looking for and giving it to them. When they see exactly what they are looking for in your application, they tend to approve them<g>
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On Fri, 4 Mar 2005 14:44:12 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@all.costs wrote

I'm sure the fire code is addressing a breeched fire barrier (the drywall). I figured that since medicine cabinets do that anyway they'd be also rated. Of course commercial vs. residential is a whole different ball of wax...
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except that medicine cabinets don't generally have electrical components inside of them. lights on the outside, yes.
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Home Depot sells some products for in house wiring. One is a wiring cabinet that can be surface or flush mounted. Check over in the area where they have the low voltage (phone, TV and A/V) wiring accessories.
BTW I installed the wiring system in my house for phones 4 lines 8 phones, internet and TV. It helps make a really neat installation.
Dustmaker

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Roger that! Thanks
Bob

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