Integral garage - plasterboard ceiling access hatch

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Hi,

My bathroom is directly above an integral garage. I recently completely refitted the bathroom and removed the plasterboard ceiling in the garage to complete all of the plumbing and drainage from below (which I had to do to gain access to the drains etc). I now intend to refit the garage ceiling using double thickness plasterboard for fire regs etc. However, I need to fit a small access hatch for the shower trap (as I fitted a low profile tray directly onto the floor) and was wondering how best to do this to comply with the relevant regs? Do I need to buy a fire rated panel (which are pretty expensive), or can I just make a double thickness plasterboard panel fixed on with plasterboard screws?

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Graham
 
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Yes, but you need to sort out how to seal or cover the joint around the hatch/cover
 
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Would an intumescent strip like you sometimes see set into the edge of fire doors do the trick?
 
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If the hatch and strip were set in a subframe like a normal door arrangement, can't see why that wouldn't work.
 
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Yes door int.strip swill do, but its the installation as a whole which matters, so it's the actual hatch, the frame and the seal. And the hatch must be suitably fixed, not just plonked into the frame.
 
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I've just fitted the same type of shower base, it does look so much better than a raised one doesn't it !

I bought a top access waste to save the hassle of having to fit an access door. It was only a couple of £ more than a standard type. Compared to the cost of buying or making a fire retardant hatch it is well worth it I think. :D
 
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No worries, I wasn't offended just going along with it with my response. Thought his quick reply of such an elaborate post very funny actually
I did fell a bit daft responding to such an old thread anyway ! :LOL:
 
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I think that was excellent BAS - I have saved that image for later use myself. :LOL:
 

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