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Old 08-06-2010, 02:33 PM   #1
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35 Years in the business and I need help. I am about to design a two story residential building "adjacent" to a preexisting building. The new building will have a "new" exterior wall that is up against the existing wall and two stories high. How is this done? I am thinking someone is going to send me one of these "smilies" characters as an answer.
Of course a tilt up pre-finished wall would do the trick but is that the only way?
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Old 08-06-2010, 03:17 PM   #2
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Don't know where you are located, but out here there would be a tremendous amount of firewall involved. Your engineering, code & design will probably dictate to you how the walls will be built. You seem to be doing just fine on the forum. Good Luck

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Not quite "zero," huh?
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Masonry is your answer.
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To those of you have replied to my inquiry - Thank You. It seems that all say- Masonry wall for zero clearance wall. Makes sense but expensive. By the way SantaFeSam is from "would you believe" Santa Fe, New Mexico. Come see us you will love it.
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Went though Santa Fe last month. A different sort of beautiful in an eastern sort of way Lots of brown though.
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Round here all 0 clearance is concrete filled cinderblock
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To those of you have replied to my inquiry - Thank You. It seems that all say- Masonry wall for zero clearance wall. Makes sense but expensive. By the way SantaFeSam is from "would you believe" Santa Fe, New Mexico. Come see us you will love it.

In your application, what else would you expect? Concrete, CMU, or even an ICF wall is about the only way.
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Concrete block all the way up would be good but then you'd be cutting it to match the roof pitch at the attic. is the roof pitched or flat? assuming it's pitched with residential.

What surface are you butting up against? If the roofs are being connected, then no weather should be getting there. Find out your fire wall codes in your area and maybe the existing has to be covered with a few layers of 5/8 rock then framed against, then connect the roofing and there will be no reason to access that area and maintain it, because it's not exposed.
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pretty standard townhouse construction.

Must first assume that the existing building was constructed for this, with a rated exterior wall. If so, leave a 1" gap between buildings, frame and sheathe the outside of the wall with 5/8 before standing up. If you use platform construction, you must also rock the band with 5/8. Oftentimes the common wall is balloon framed, rocked, fire-taped, then stood up.

At the top, you will need a parapet with a common cap flashing.

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