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What can I use as a bowl for a DIY fire bowl/pit?

I'm looking at creating my own fire bowl, as I would find it more fun and satisfying instead of just buying one and plonking it down. I haven't decided if I want it standing or sunk, but that doesn't ...
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Why do I have Insulation in internal wall between two rooms?

I have been carrying out a bit of DIY in my bathroom, in a new wall which was put up with my loft conversion which happened of the winter. Inside this new wall, I've found a significant quantity of ...
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How do I know if my subfloor is fire retardant or preservative-treated?

I'm getting ready to install COREtec Pro Plus LVP over a wooden subfloor in my 1985 second floor condo. The installation instructions state that "Resilient flooring is not recommended directly ...
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How one is supposed to "plug" a conduit running from basement to attic?

I'm going to install a 2" conduit from my unfinished basement into the attic, through the first and second floor. It will be used primarily for getting Cat6 cables into upstairs bedrooms. 2" diameter ...
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Using fire rated drywall/sheetrock in a partially finished basement

Background: We have a full basement and I have recently completed about half of it as a hang out spot for my teenage boys and their friends. The other side I use as a workshop and a place to store "...
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How can I fireproof a room?

I have a need to build a room that is resonably fire resistant. I have played around the thought of adding fire resistant panels underneath the dry wall, but if they heat up too much, they themselves ...
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How can I create low-cost, fire resistant, hidden in-wall storage?

I've taken all the sheetrock off of an interior wall for some renovations we're doing. What I would like to do is use a section of that wall to create a fire resistant hidden storage compartment. It's ...
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Fire door modification beyond trim allowance

So I bought some fire doors. "The doors comprise cellulosic (flaxboard) cored, timber framed leaves". The Certifire certificate of approval is here: https://www.jeld-wen.co.uk/getmedia/...
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How do I install fire blocking while finishing a basement?

In Colorado, the building code asks for a fire block when finishing a basement. I know this goes against the out walls (foundation). I've seen 2x4 and OSB used: which is better? And how does the OSB ...
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Reducing Attic Fire Risk

When I had my house built, it got cold and so we called the local power co-op energy savings expert to give us advice. One of the things he said was that we had the wrong kind of insulation in the ...
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How should I go about fire proofing my garage?

I am working on an old house that has a garage that needs some updating. The shared wall with the garage has the old house siding (when presumably there was no attached garage). There is a partial ...
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How do I build a firewall around my furnace/water heater?

I'm in the planning stage of finishing my basement. I'd like to section off the furnace and water heater, and am assuming that I should fireproof that section of the build. What's the best way to go ...
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What "equivalent" to drywall can I use to finish a garage ceiling with habitable space above?

My house is a fairly typical US split-level from the mid-50s. It has a two-car garage with the master bedroom and bathroom above. The garage ceiling is simply open floor joists, with some fiberglass ...
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How do I add fire protection to a common (shared) wall?

I own a condo, built in 1961. I've started remodeling and in tearing out my kitchen I discovered the wall between me and my neighbors is only that: a wall. No fire protection just drywall, regular (...
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How to make a second story floor fire proof?

I have a few bench burners on my second story house. While the dry wall has been replaced with a double layer of Type X 5/8 drywall with off-set sockets I worry the floor. Due to the layout of the ...
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How to fireproof steel beam in existing (45 year old) house

My living room ceilings were a mess, so I ordered new 2.4m x 1.2m panels and tore it the old stuff down a few hours ahead of delivery. What fun! Not fun was finding that the steel beam in the ceiling/...
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How should I use intumescents when passing pex through fire wall?

I'd like to bring pex lines into my garage for a utility sink and washer. They will pass through a fire wall with type x drywall. How should I properly penetrate this wall for pex? Should I get an ...
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Fire proofing walls with Aluminum Foil Tape

I am currently trying to fire proof my reptile room which consists of racks that are ran with heat cable. I'm worried that a rodent may chew through the heat cable and cause a fire. I'm looking to ...
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R302.7 Under-Stair Protection - does drywall need to be below stringers or just treads and risers?

I am finishing a room in my basement, and a wall will butt up against where the stairs are. I'm planning on making a small door to access the volume below the stairs for a small storage area. The ...
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Why are fire sprinklers and extinguishing systems failing? [closed]

I just looked at some photos of property destruction from fire in Santa Rosa, CA and I was appalled and deeply saddened at the loss of life. This photo is the charred remains of the Hilton hotel in ...
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Fire Separation Wall - what should I use to seal small exposed openings?

From recent home inspection: FIRE SEPARATION WALL: Recommend sealing the small exposed openings at the low voltage wire penetrations at the garage ceiling above the garage door openers to maintain the ...
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full size wood mantlet (5 in+) 12 inches away from the fireplace openings top? US - TX fire code

TLDR, can I have a full size wood mantlet (5 in+) 12 inches away from the fireplace openings top? I am reading the fire codes Exposed combustible mantels or trim may be placed directly on the masonry ...
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Does a self-adhesive membrane roof need a fire-proof layer?

I've received quotes from two different roofers for the installation of an elastomer membrane on a low-slope roof. The first roofer is installing a fire-proof netting, followed by a membrane that is ...
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Firewall / Hearth thickness - Building Fireplace for Gel Fuel

I am planning on building a "faux" fireplace in my basement that I can burn gel fuel canisters. I was looking at buying an electric heater, or pre-made gel fireplace, but I like the idea of a real ...
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Fire safety with polystyrene

I would like to use foil-faced expanded polystyrene boards to insulate my window at night.* That window is located a foot or two above my electric baseboard heater.** To me it seems like this could ...
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fireproof corner in basement?

My hillside house's outside walls are made of fireproof rastra and there is an occasional possibility of wildfire in the area. There is a crawlspace with dirt floor. We would like to build under the ...
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What is the fire resistance on a corrugated iron wall?

I have a timber stud frame extension with external corrugated iron cladding. Can anyone give me any information about the fire resistance? The construction is : - Corrugated iron (pe-painted about ...
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Exterior Fire-rated Wall Assembly?

I am renovating a 100+ year-old house that sits less than 5 feet from the property line on two sides. The renovation involves re-sheathing and residing the whole house. In order to bring it up to ...
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What do I need to fire proof a room added onto a mobile home?

I have a mobile home. I poured a concrete pad to put an addition on it. I have wood studded walls, metal roof and siding. I'm putting a wood furnace in this addition. My insurance company says it has ...
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What are my options for a fire rated door for a 32" x 36" rough opening?

The original floor plan of our split level home had the crawl space door in the garage. The previous owners converted half of the garage to a laundry room and put up wainscoting and a matching wood ...
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Mounting a Starglo SG6 NG fired ceramic infrared heater under my porch roof -- using cement board attached to rafters

I've been using a succession of pedestal NG heaters for years (they wear out). I'd like to mount a Sunstar ceramic radiant heater (twin burner - 65,000 btu) beneath the roof (12 pitch, 20' floor to ...
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Can a 1 hour fire wall be used as a finish wall?

I am building what is referred to as an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit), and will be required to install a 1-hour firewall which I understand to be a 2x4 wall with 5/8" gypsum on both sides. It ...
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Fire retardant spray on cedar fence

I have a cedar fence stained with ready seal, an oil based stain. The end posts go pretty close to the house as expected. I am putting a shed up, to store flamables and such, and I have an ...
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How to check if painted plasterboard is fire rated?

UK answers in particular please ... The underside of the staircase and main escape route in my new house is in my kitchen, and has my fridge immediately underneath. Is there an easy way to check ...
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Will isolating a clothes dryer make it safer if fire occurs?

i have installed my electric dryer in the basement about 2 feet from cinderblock wall. It is on tile and nothing else is close by except the washer a foot away and sewer pipe about 8 inches behind. If ...