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Dirt Garage Floors, No Drywall On Wall In Garage

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Kathleen Hayes

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Dirt garage floors, no drywall on walls in garage. FHA...does it need to be commented upon?


Thanks!
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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What do you think? Sounds more like a carport than a garage.
 

Meandering

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There isn't any requirement for a garage to be finished space.

There may be a local requirement for an attached or built in garage to have fireproof sheet rocking. But not so of a detached garage.

And here's a hint,

If you put sheet rock on the interior walls of a building that has a dirt floor, they are going to grow mold, lots and lots of mold and sow bugs will start eating the sheet rock, and crickets will make nests behind it.

So start over.

Is this garage attached, detached, built in, or is it a tractor shed in the yard?

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Kathleen Hayes

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attached....thanks...understand all that you are saying...just wondering if Im missing something in the guide....that's all...nothing else....pretty simple...thanks for the reply and trying to be of help
 

Meandering

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No problem,
But check with that fire-rated drywall code in your area.

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bnmappraisal

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Dirt garage floors, no drywall on walls in garage. FHA...does it need to be commented upon?


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pretty much what Marion said ... (my bold) no issue(s) there unless you observe some sort of "issue" as of your effective date
 

EddieB

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Please tell us more about this house with the dirt floored, attached garage.
 

Mark K

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No problem,
But check with that fire-rated drywall code in your area.

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Agree, to a point.

Once you open that can of worms should you then inspect the entire house for code violations? Slippery slope thing.

If I KNOW something is a code/safety problem, I might mention it in the report, depending on the severity. But if I don't know for sure, I don't start researching.

Like zoning, if the house was built prior to the current building codes, its probably grandfathered and not a violation.
 

graindart

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I typically make FHA reports subject to sheetrock firewall barrier on shared wall between garage / house. I don't note it as a code violation, but rather note it as a safety issue. The client can choose to have it installed or not.
 

Don Clark

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I typically make FHA reports subject to sheetrock firewall barrier on shared wall between garage / house. I don't note it as a code violation, but rather note it as a safety issue. The client can choose to have it installed or not.

Careful now. Thinking outside the box can be dangerous.:nono:

Dirt floors? Sounds like fine country living. :rof:
 
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