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[OP]
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Feb 7, 2004
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Townhouse and adjoining/common walls

Does anyone know if there are rules about making modifications to a common wall in townhouses.
I basically want to put LAN cables into each room and terminate them as wall jacks.
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Deal Fanatic
May 29, 2006
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if its like my old duplex, it was a double wall between. So you could do whatever you want to it.
Deal Addict
Mar 21, 2006
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Burlington, Ontario
During construction we are required to use fully enclosed metal boxes for all wall jacks located on all party walls in order to pass municipal inspections.

A metal box will prevent (or reduce) fire travel between units.
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[OP]
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Feb 7, 2004
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Thanks

I guess I need to get a permit/inspector when doing these things then?
Deal Addict
Mar 21, 2006
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Burlington, Ontario
Not really. Just understand the risks in case of fire. The walls will be double drywalled on each side in order to provide at least a 1 hour fire time (varies per municipality). Putting a hole in this drywall can open you to risks of fire spreading from one unit to the next.
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