Originally Posted by In2Photos
You might want to check out this link that Chiahead found. There is lots of info on that thread.
Originally Posted by Chiahead
Anyone else fireblocking? having trouble finding info on it? Those little diagrams they give you at the permit office want to make you pull out your hair?
Check out this link:http://www.diychatroom.com/f98/how-f...framing-37190/
Pics of actual situations and how to fix them. I think it made the little light turn on (yes it is dim, but we all gotta do our part to conserve)
AWESOME! You ROCK! I will read this thread thoroughly.
Originally Posted by 1 Infinite Loop
I hate to say this, but the easiest and best way to fix the fire-blocking problem would be to take the soffits down and drywall the walls up to the ceiling first. Then put the soffits back up. You get the added benefit of better sound isolation as well. You would only need one layer of drywall as a fire block. Put the soffits back up, then add your second layer on the walls. The soffits should come down in one large piece, so no need to rebuild them.
The other issue is that there is a large gap created at the top of the decoupled walls when you furred them out from the existing wall. That gap may need to be filled as well. In my theater I drywalled the ceiling "before" I put up my decoupled walls. That way I had a fire block in place already.
Of course, I would call the inspectors office first before you begin pulling down the soffits just to make sure.
I know the last thing you want to do is create a fire hazard in your new theater. But the way it looks now it would definitely fail an inspection in my area.
Sorry if I am raining on your parade here. But such is the life of a DIY theater build. Lets us know what you find out from the inspector's office.
Pulling the soffits down would not be an option as they are glued in addition to screws. I'll talk to an inspector, however, I don't think there is anything that would burn in the retaining wall considering it is all metal. Now that I think of it, I can use that expandable foam to seal off the back of the wall (per stud) to the outer wall... Sound like a good idea?
I think the easiest way would be to block off the joists where the soffit meets and also block off in the soffit every so often.
Originally Posted by Lukedog17
Great build so far!! This is going to sound a little OT but I was wondering what is going on outside your windows.
Is your basement partially daylight and those a part of a retaining wall? I ask this because I am in the process of building a house and working with a builder. The lot I am looking at does not have enough slope for a true daylight basement so I was looking for any alternatives. If this is the case is there anyway you have an outside pic that shows them? This would help me out a bunch!
Thanks and I will be following your build!!!
Luke, thanks for the compliments!
I can take a picture of the outside when I get home tonight. I'm not exactly sure what you're getting at. Are you trying to get more light in, block it out more, etc?
I planned to put a grate on the top of the windows so the kids don't fall in, but other than that, just some blinds and curtains for when I really want to block out the light.
I do appreciate everyone's input as I want to do this right the first time.