07:54AM | 12/24/02
Member Since: 12/23/02
32 lifetime posts
my basement is all open rite now, i want to start dividing it up in to a rec room, work room etc.... does anyone know how much space is required between a furnace and a wall that is to be constructed? if anyone can help i would appreciate it..thanks


11:25AM | 12/24/02
Mr_Me, If your basement is wide open now look at the needs of your furnace. Is it gas, oil or electric? Gas and Oil need air for combustion, so if you build a room around the furnace you will need a way to supply that air, either louvered doors, or solid doors and an outside air source. The outside air source would be my choice. I would build the room with what ever clearance the furnace manufacture recommends. I would also use double doors (4' to 6' opening) on the room to make the unit easy to service or replace.


03:29PM | 12/26/02
Member Since: 11/16/02
64 lifetime posts
Greetings Mr_Me,

Sounds to me that you need to talk to your local Building Inspector.

There are codes that come into play for the work you are going to undertake.

I know, permits, we don't need no stinking permits, right. Wrong!

You will need to have inspections done to make sure that you do have enough make-up air for the furnace and that you have a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. A louver door may work if you do not make a bedroom down there adjacent to it.

I would ask the inspector to guide you as to what they will require and I'd lean on a seperate mechanical room with outside make up air. you could suffacate yourself by having the furnace and you trying to use the same oxigen.

If you decide to make a work room down there, what are you going top do to control the sawdust?

Even if you do not make any bedrooms down there, you should, for your families safety, though not required, provide the proper egess to get out in the event of a fire.

Good luck,



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