07:16AM | 05/28/03
Member Since: 05/27/03
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I recently purchased a home. The inspector said I need to install fireblocking for chimney and heater. The house was built in 1983. If they didn't install it then, how important is it REALLY? Could anyone provide me with info on the basic process and the materials I'll need to complete it?


Jay J

07:56AM | 05/28/03
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi handydan,

Sorry, but you're 'situation' isn't grandfathered since you're a NEW owner to the home.

What you're experiencing is not new. Usually, a home needs to be 'updated' (code wise) when ownership is transfered. That's what you're experiencing. As long as the 'last owner' owned the home, it's normal that they don't have to update the house. BUT, when a home is placed for sale, it's usually subjected to a Municipal Inspection. Depending, the 'update' that's being noted may be needed for 1) Condition of Sale, or 2) Occupancy Permit.

Long story short - If your Municipality requires the Fire Block, you're out of luck. (You'll need to check w/a local Municipal Inspector to see under what 'conditions' a Fire Block is required in an attic. If your Home Inspector is saying you need a Fire Block, ... well, he/she's looking after your safety.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!



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