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Yes the door must be fire rated and have self closing hinges. There is no stipulation on how it swings in or out. There must be at least a 4" rise/curb between the garage and the living space
Hi Rick, did you see my question?
just posted my answer when you did
ok got it
one more thing...
I have another door which leads into the laundry room from patio does that need the same specs?
Not if the laundry doesn't lead to the living space. You also need a 1 hour fire separation between the garage and the living space which is typically done by hanging 5/8" fire code sheet rock on common walls
sorry also another door which leads into a storage room where the hot water heater is.
Where does the water heater get air for combustion? through a louvre/vent into what will be the garage?
now the door to the laundry room has a glass window does that matter? well not sure the door is always closed (water heater room)
let me go check if there is a vent of some sort
I don't see a vent, the house was built in '59... Rick I don't see a vent, I assume it is getting the air from under the door
You need a tight door but not necessarily a fire rated door and you need to cut in a combustion air vent to the outside or you can raise the heater 18" off the floor
assuming it's gas not electric
its gas, the windowed door is allowable though?
as long as the door is tight, the idea is to keep gasoline fumes from the garage away from the open flame in the water heater
ok, good enough thank you for your time Rick