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?
Talk to the fire marshal. He has the final say on whatever you do
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.
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
Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong.
- David Fasold
Check with your local electrical supply house. They should be able to provide a
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.
New Eagle, PA
on 3/4/2005 3:44 PM firstname.lastname@example.org 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>
On Fri, 4 Mar 2005 14:44:12 -0700, email@example.com 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...
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.
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