06:02PM | 05/11/04
Member Since: 05/10/04
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i was looking for a way make a closet by walling in an area around a chimney on the second floor of my cape cod. The building permit said that I could do it, but I can't put the wall right on the chimney.

The way its set up though. There is no way to do any closet without walling the chimney. Is there any way to do a wall on the chimney and still have it be to code?


07:23PM | 05/11/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
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Your building code will likley allow your to enclose the chimney and insulate the framing as along as the framework and insulation retain a minimum set distance from the chimney itself.

What that distance is and under what circumstances can only be determined by the type of chimney and your local building code.

'Walling up' a chimney is rarely forbidden so long as it is done according to prevailing

building and fire codes...


07:49PM | 05/11/04
Member Since: 05/10/04
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I have put the plan up at

According the the building permit the wall must be 4 inches from the long side, and 2 from the short sides. Unfortunately, there is no way to do that as the staircase only leaves 4".

How would I frame it since the studs would be within 4" of the chimney.

Oddly I got an idea from watching Monster House last night. They put on heat resistant paint, then tar paper, and then wonderboard. Does that sound like an option?


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