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R302.5.1 Fire Door/Garage

Discussion in 'Residential Fire Codes' started by Cbhillwood, May 16, 2020.

  1. Cbhillwood

    Cbhillwood Registered User

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    We are moving out of our home, and as part of the relocation process, we had to undergo an inspection. It was determined that the door to our garage doesn’t meet code (R302.5.1). We were told that if we can determine when this code was implemented, it may not be applicable to our house (older home). I’ve scoured the internet, but can’t find when this code was adopted, either at the ICC level or state (WV) level. Can anyone help point us to where we can figure out when this code was adopted?

    Many thanks!
     
  2. cda

    cda Sawhorse

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    Welcome

    Not into WV Code

    Are you in a bigger city??

    Or out in a non city

    If bigger city, ask the city for / open records a timeline of what building code and residential code was adopted which years. Than you have to research each of those


    Or call the head building official and ask him the question


    So first thing what year was the house built??


    Or what is the problem with buying a door??? Or is there more to it???
     
  3. cda

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    Not sure how real estate works in WV, But some of those home inspections are “Nice to Haves”

    They really do not hold up a deal, if not done.

    Or reduce your price say $ 250, and politely say buy your own door
     
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  4. Cbhillwood

    Cbhillwood Registered User

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    Thank you. I’m in Charleston, WV. It would be easy enough to buy the door, but they’re out of stock everywhere right now.

    We’ve contacted the city engineer, but he can’t find the date.

    Also, it’s not the buyer who requires it, but our relocation team, so we can’t just knock money off, unfortunately. We have to fix it (which will take quite some time given no doors available currently), or show that the code was adopted after our house was built (1975).
     
  5. cda

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    How soon do you have to close?

    Do an open records request to the city, for both building and residential code

    What they were

    And year.

    Most cities have ten days to reply


    Is it as simple as changing the door out????

    What is the width??

    What is there now?????
     
  6. cda

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    I cannot find a link to WV codes

    But is it the same wording as this ::;


    R302.5.1 Opening Protection

    Openings from a private garage directly into a room used for sleeping purposes shall not be permitted. Other openings between the garage and residence shall be equipped with solid wood doors not less than 13/8 inches (35 mm) in thickness, solid or honeycomb-core steel doors not less than 13/8 inches (35 mm) thick, or 20-minute fire-rated doors, equipped with a self-closing device.
     
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  7. mtlogcabin

    mtlogcabin Registered User

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    Since it was in the most common residential code used in the eastern half of the United States in 1979 and no black bar beside the language that means it said the same thing in 1976. I can't believe you cannot find a solid minimum 1-3/8 inch thick door in West Virginia.

    1979 CABO Code

    BUILDING PLANNING
    Section R-210 - Private Garages
    Openings from a private garage directly into a room used for sleeping
    purposes shall not be permitted. Other openings between the garage
    and residence shall be equipped with solid wood doors not less than one
    and three eighths (1-3/8) inches in thickness or equivalent.
    The garage shall be completely separated from the residence and its
    attic area by means of one-half (112) inch gypsum board or equivalent applied
    to the garage side.
    Garage and carport floor surfaces shall be of approved noncombustible
    material.
    Section R-211 - Exits
    Not less than one exit conforming to this Chapter shall be provided from
    each dwelling unit.
    Every sleeping room shall have at least one operable window or exterior
    door approved for emergency egress or rescue. The units must be operable
    from the inside to a full clear opening without the use of separate tools.
    Where windows are provided as a means of egress or rescue they shall have
    a sill height of not more than forty-four (44) inches above the floor.
    All egress or rescue windows from sleeping rooms must have a minimum
    net clear opening of five and seventenths (5.7) square feet. The minimum
    net clear opening height dimension shall be twenty four (24) inches. The
    minimum net clear opening width dimension shall be twenty (20) inches.
     
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    What is there now?????

    If you can take a couple of pictures

    Convert them to a link

    Post the links
     
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    What exactly does your "inspector" say is wrong with the current door?

    The IRC was first published 1/1/2000 and the section would have been R309.1. Prior to that date, most likely would have been (BOCA) one of the legacy codes, if any.

    Requirement moved from R309.1 to R302.5.1 in 2006.

    Requirement for self-closing device added in 2012.

    R102.7 Existing structures.
    The legal occupancy of any structure existing on the date of adoption of this code shall be permitted to continue without change, except as is
    specifically covered in this code, the International Property Maintenance Code or the International Fire Code, or as is deemed necessary by the
    building official for the general safety and welfare of the occupants and the public.
     
  13. VillageInspector

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    Worse comes to worse I don't know of any reason why you can't just frame the door way in and do away with the door.
     
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    Than you cant get in the house
     
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    In some AHJ's relocation of a home triggers them to meet the same as new. A simple 20 minute door shouldn't be that hard to find at any good hardware or lumber store.
     
  16. VillageInspector

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    I was under the impression this is a door from the garage to the house. I would hope there is a front door to the home but then again maybe I should not be so sure
     
  17. ADAguy

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    Then again you can always order one from HomeDepot.
     
  18. Rick18071

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    It's not hard to make your own 1-3/8" solid wood door out of plywood or OSB.
     
  19. rktect 1

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    Or just buy the door at your big box depot store for $80-$150 and install it yourself.
     

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