Is a suspended ceiling allowed below the joists with no drywall or
other fire protection in a single family residential home? Are bare
joists allowed with no drywall or suspended ceiling tiles?
On 5 Sep 2006 05:50:10 -0700, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
International Residential Code. That is the basis for the Florida
Building Code that I deal with. You are looking at fire rated
In R3 construction you need a 1 hour fire rated ceiling above a
On 4 Sep 2006 13:55:34 -0700, " email@example.com"
I can't answer your question, but the situation you describe was the
prime reason for suspended ceilings. At least in basements, and in
office buildings where there was a cement ceiling but cluttered with
ugly things underneath.
That doesn't mean it's legal in all states and towns in all
situations. That's still for you to find out.
In commercial buildings, there is a restriction about sprinklers. The
sprinkler heads must be below hte ceiling, or the ceiling tiles must be
"drop out" tiles that will melt from the heat of a fire. Most often, the
are made from foam board that has a fire retardant in it.
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