Greetings to all you good folks!
I was walking through a new three story apartment constrution project today and was surprised to find that the 2x4 studs measured 3 3/8", but many measured 3 1/4" or less, by 1 7/16" and a bit less. Several stages of construction are in progress - the site when complete will have 16 buildings housing 24 apartments each.
Of course, many questionable things were seen but I wonder most about the breaker panels - one for each apartment. Before sheetrock is installed, I can see that the back of these panels with have no breathing space. The backside of the panel may be facing into a living room or another bedroom. The user side of the panel is in a bedroom, but not a closet.
Does the backside need to be a fire rated sheetrock? If the studs were 3 5/8 or 3 1/2" the panel back would not be touching the sheetrock. Is this anything to be concerned about? (I am not doing a for-pay inspection, just nosing around to see how things have been done.) What do you think? is it okay and should I stick my nose where it doesn’t belong if it is not okay?