Originally Posted By: Joe Funderburk
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How would you document a manufactured fireplace (ventless with gas logs) without a hearth extension? The best I could determine in the IRC R1004.2, hearth extensions are to be determined by the manufacturer. I’ve seen this before, but not sure if it’s correct. Your comments are appreciated.
The way I worded the report is, I referenced the code and said: "While the lack of a hearth may not be a construction defect, it is unusual and warrants an inquiry with the manufacturer of the fireplace. It is recommended that the client obtain the manufacturers installation instructions and assure that the fireplace has been appropriately installed. Install a hearth for safety reasons if one is required by the manufacturer."
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