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smashing_m

09:55AM | 04/10/03
Member Since: 04/09/03
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We recently had a building inspection on an apartment we are renovating, and were instructed to "draft stop" where the ceiling joists meet the wall studs with drywall. All of the studs have fire-stops, and we just aren't sure what the inspector meant. Any help?

Lawrence

09:54AM | 04/12/03
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
He might have just meant spraying expandable foam or some other sort of insulation/stop-gap in some places where drafts blow in from the outside. It affects your cooling/heating efficiency.

Altereagle

12:29PM | 04/12/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
Call the local building dept. they'll direct you to staff on call so you will get the right answer.
It could be anything from accoustical caulk at the vapour barrier to foam in the electrical runs etc. dependent on the local codes and requirements.
Here is a bsmt firestop detail that he may be refering to as "draft stopping" as well...
Basement firestopping detail on AE forum
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