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RE: Firewalls(for preventing fire propagation)

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Fire walls are of 2 types.  Area separation walls and occupancy separation
walls.  Technically, occupancy separation walls should not have structural
elements passing through them, but this is many times ignored in practice.
Area separation walls can be penetrated by structural steel members and must
be sealed to resist penetration by hot gasses.  

There are any number of products that can provide a resilient rated sealant.

	1.	Hilti
	2.	Firestop Systems, Inc.

Harold Sprague

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	RajSTC(--nospam--at) [SMTP:RajSTC(--nospam--at)]
> Sent:	Wednesday, February 23, 2000 8:18 AM
> To:	seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject:	Firewalls(for preventing fire propogation)
> The National Fire Protection Agency's voluminous books on the subject
> takes 
> quite an effort to comprehend, like any other regulatory document.  A have
> a 
> simple question, for which I have not yet found an answer.  When a
> structural 
> steel member passes through a firewall, is there a requirement to seal the
> gap between the steel member and the block masonry firewall? If yes, what 
> material should be used? Shouldn't the sealant be capable of allowing some
> expansion of the steel member (due to heat by conduction)? The firewall 
> separates an egress stairwell from a process area.
> Raj.