InterNACHI member Steve Beverlin brought to our attention typo in our “25 Standards” course, which we have corrected, but after Ben and Nick looked up the details in the 2009 IRC, we’re somewhat perplexed and need your input. We could be looking at an IRC typo, for which I’m pretty sure you don’t get any free books…
Here’s the confusing section in Chapter 13 (p.447):
Section M1305: Appliance Access
M1305.1.3. Attics containing appliances shall be provided with an opening and a clear and unobstructed passageway large enough to allow removal of the largest appliance, but not less than 30 inches high and 22 inches wide, and not more than 20 feet long measured along the centerline of the passageway from the opening to the appliance. The passageway shall have continuous solid flooring in accordance with Chapter 5 not less than 24 inches wide. A level service space at least 30 inches deep and 30 inches wide shall be present along all sides of the appliance where access is required. The clear access opening dimensions shall be a minimum of 20 inches by 30 inches, and large enough to allow removal of the largest appliance.
We’ve decided to throw the debate open to our members. Do you think the IRC’s description is a typo? Do the two bolded passages contradict each other?
Thanks for playing our game! \:D/