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Chad D
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How would you write up all walls in a mechanical room not having drywall installed leaving insulation fully exposed. Also one shared wall is the kitchen sink with a couple appliance with cords going through the wall to be plugged into receptacles facing towards the mechanical room?

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FYI, The picture is for the microwave cord which is above the water heater. I know it doesn't show the wall penetration or any of the mechanicals. Here's a better picture to show everything
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Troy Pappas
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What is your concern with the insulation?

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My concern is with it being open faced batts with a furnace in there. Pretty much a fire hazard, right?

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From the pic it looks like unfaced batt insulation which would not be a concern.

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I have read that some where else, can you explain why it's not a problem so I can understand this a little better. Thanks.

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Fiberglass is not a combustible material. The paper facing is the combustible material.

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That makes sense. I appreciate the clarification. I will change my write up as I am finishing my report now. Thank you again.

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It should be noted that a flexible cord assembly is not permitted as a substitute for the fixed wiring of the structure; Where run through holes in walls ceilings or floors; Where run through doorways, windows or similar openings; Where attached to building surfaces; Where concealed behind building walls, ceilings, or floors; and was the smoke detector resting on the top of the equipment a spare, or was it removed from its outlet above? One more, the receptacle plate was missing too.

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I just looked at the picture.

Wow! That mw receptacle is roughed in the wrong way, leading to that cord fixed to the wave to be permanently encased in the wall, if someone ever gets around to finishing the room properly, which is kinda unlikely now that all that stuff is in the way!

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I believe the paper is what is not allowed to be exposed in there and I don't see any.

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