Drywall firestop problem2



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Description This is code violation waiting to happen. The drywall is required to have a fire-resistance rating. The plumber is there before the drywaller. He follows a firestop specification by the mechanical engineer and hangs a steel sleeve in place, thus creating a round hole for the pipe (penetrant) to traverse. This is utterly wrong. The sleeve is but another penetrant. In this case, it is also a considerable heatsink, which will carry more heat through to the unexposed side. To avoid the problem, a Section 07840 Firestop specification could have been used, to regulate the forming of openings to enable proper bounding, whereby one speciality firestop sub-contractor seals all through-penetrations and building joints in one sub-contract to the general contractor. As it is, this opening shown here is very difficult to fix, especially the tight spaces between the drywall and the sleeve itself.
Date 27 May 2007(2007-05-27)
Source Own work
Author Achim Hering


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