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My son is doing some work on a condo in Las Vegas. The fact
that it's a condo in a condo complex may be a clue as to how
the ceiling was constructed. (commercial codes vs. residential,
perhaps.)

The current task is to replace an old florescent fixture in the
kitchen with a much heavier hanging fixture. He removed the
old fixture to see what kind of box was used and didn't see one.
The cloth covered cable was coming right through the drywall.
He cut a hole in the drywall to see what was under it and found
this:

https://i.imgur.com/Xhwixdh.jpg

Some details, according to how my son explained the situation to
me:

The plastic tube on the cable is a piece of the old fixture, so ignore it.

He doesn't know exactly when the condo was built (he could probably
find out) but based on the use of cloth covered cable, we're thinking
maybe early 60's.

The condo complex is only one level, i.e. no living space above him.
As far as he knows there is a crawl space above the ceiling, but he
has not been able to find a way to access it so that he can see the
top of the ceiling.

The grayish paper seen on the left is not part of the drywall. It appears
to be a separate sheet of thick paper, sandwiched between the drywall
and the reddish-brown material. He said it's not stuck to the material
above it.

The reddish-brown surface is hard. When he plunged into the drywall
with his oscillating tool, it stopped plunging when it hit the material
above the drywall.

If you zoom in on the picture, it sort of looks like there may be a
round junction box buried beneath the red material, but he doesn't
want to dig any further until he has an idea of what's going on.

If the material above the drywall is some kind of fire block/retardant,
he wants to make sure that he hasn't compromised the protection - or
at least recreates it - once he figures out how to hang the new fixture.

Any ideas as to how he should proceed would be appreciated.
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On 5/1/2021 12:23 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:
My son is doing some work on a condo in Las Vegas. The fact
that it's a condo in a condo complex may be a clue as to how
the ceiling was constructed. (commercial codes vs. residential,
perhaps.)

The current task is to replace an old florescent fixture in the
kitchen with a much heavier hanging fixture. He removed the
old fixture to see what kind of box was used and didn't see one.
The cloth covered cable was coming right through the drywall.
He cut a hole in the drywall to see what was under it and found
this:

https://i.imgur.com/Xhwixdh.jpg

Some details, according to how my son explained the situation to
me:

The plastic tube on the cable is a piece of the old fixture, so ignore it.

He doesn't know exactly when the condo was built (he could probably
find out) but based on the use of cloth covered cable, we're thinking
maybe early 60's.

The condo complex is only one level, i.e. no living space above him.
As far as he knows there is a crawl space above the ceiling, but he
has not been able to find a way to access it so that he can see the
top of the ceiling.

The grayish paper seen on the left is not part of the drywall. It appears
to be a separate sheet of thick paper, sandwiched between the drywall
and the reddish-brown material. He said it's not stuck to the material
above it.

The reddish-brown surface is hard. When he plunged into the drywall
with his oscillating tool, it stopped plunging when it hit the material
above the drywall.

If you zoom in on the picture, it sort of looks like there may be a
round junction box buried beneath the red material, but he doesn't
want to dig any further until he has an idea of what's going on.

If the material above the drywall is some kind of fire block/retardant,
he wants to make sure that he hasn't compromised the protection - or
at least recreates it - once he figures out how to hang the new fixture.

Any ideas as to how he should proceed would be appreciated.


The Red Material is commercial grade Fire Block Retardant.
Used for the described application.

As for what to do, it might be best to contact the local Code Official
or a Commercial Electrician.

Good Luck!!

Les
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On Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 2:28:10 PM UTC-4, ABLE1 wrote:
On 5/1/2021 12:23 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:
My son is doing some work on a condo in Las Vegas. The fact
that it's a condo in a condo complex may be a clue as to how
the ceiling was constructed. (commercial codes vs. residential,
perhaps.)

The current task is to replace an old florescent fixture in the
kitchen with a much heavier hanging fixture. He removed the
old fixture to see what kind of box was used and didn't see one.
The cloth covered cable was coming right through the drywall.
He cut a hole in the drywall to see what was under it and found
this:

https://i.imgur.com/Xhwixdh.jpg

Some details, according to how my son explained the situation to
me:

The plastic tube on the cable is a piece of the old fixture, so ignore it.

He doesn't know exactly when the condo was built (he could probably
find out) but based on the use of cloth covered cable, we're thinking
maybe early 60's.

The condo complex is only one level, i.e. no living space above him.
As far as he knows there is a crawl space above the ceiling, but he
has not been able to find a way to access it so that he can see the
top of the ceiling.

The grayish paper seen on the left is not part of the drywall. It appears
to be a separate sheet of thick paper, sandwiched between the drywall
and the reddish-brown material. He said it's not stuck to the material
above it.

The reddish-brown surface is hard. When he plunged into the drywall
with his oscillating tool, it stopped plunging when it hit the material
above the drywall.

If you zoom in on the picture, it sort of looks like there may be a
round junction box buried beneath the red material, but he doesn't
want to dig any further until he has an idea of what's going on.

If the material above the drywall is some kind of fire block/retardant,
he wants to make sure that he hasn't compromised the protection - or
at least recreates it - once he figures out how to hang the new fixture.

Any ideas as to how he should proceed would be appreciated.

The Red Material is commercial grade Fire Block Retardant.
Used for the described application.

As for what to do, it might be best to contact the local Code Official
or a Commercial Electrician.

Good Luck!!

Les


Thanks. Thought so.

Seems to me that if the electrical box is installed in whatever
material is coated with the fire retardant and was then covered
by the finished drywall with just the cable coming through, that
amounts to a concealed junction box.

I don't know of any code version that would have allowed that.
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On 5/1/2021 3:02 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:
On Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 2:28:10 PM UTC-4, ABLE1 wrote:
On 5/1/2021 12:23 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:
My son is doing some work on a condo in Las Vegas. The fact
that it's a condo in a condo complex may be a clue as to how
the ceiling was constructed. (commercial codes vs. residential,
perhaps.)

The current task is to replace an old florescent fixture in the
kitchen with a much heavier hanging fixture. He removed the
old fixture to see what kind of box was used and didn't see one.
The cloth covered cable was coming right through the drywall.
He cut a hole in the drywall to see what was under it and found
this:

https://i.imgur.com/Xhwixdh.jpg

Some details, according to how my son explained the situation to
me:

The plastic tube on the cable is a piece of the old fixture, so ignore it.

He doesn't know exactly when the condo was built (he could probably
find out) but based on the use of cloth covered cable, we're thinking
maybe early 60's.

The condo complex is only one level, i.e. no living space above him.
As far as he knows there is a crawl space above the ceiling, but he
has not been able to find a way to access it so that he can see the
top of the ceiling.

The grayish paper seen on the left is not part of the drywall. It appears
to be a separate sheet of thick paper, sandwiched between the drywall
and the reddish-brown material. He said it's not stuck to the material
above it.

The reddish-brown surface is hard. When he plunged into the drywall
with his oscillating tool, it stopped plunging when it hit the material
above the drywall.

If you zoom in on the picture, it sort of looks like there may be a
round junction box buried beneath the red material, but he doesn't
want to dig any further until he has an idea of what's going on.

If the material above the drywall is some kind of fire block/retardant,
he wants to make sure that he hasn't compromised the protection - or
at least recreates it - once he figures out how to hang the new fixture.

Any ideas as to how he should proceed would be appreciated.

The Red Material is commercial grade Fire Block Retardant.
Used for the described application.

As for what to do, it might be best to contact the local Code Official
or a Commercial Electrician.

Good Luck!!

Les


Thanks. Thought so.

Seems to me that if the electrical box is installed in whatever
material is coated with the fire retardant and was then covered
by the finished drywall with just the cable coming through, that
amounts to a concealed junction box.

I don't know of any code version that would have allowed that.


I don't know either. Just like nobody knows what was going through
the mind of the guy that installed it in the first place.
That is why it would be best to try and get the opinion of the
Local Code Official so that in another 50 or 60 years somebody
doesn't start asking the same question about your son.
But, then again if it last for 50 or 60 years who cares.

Surely not you or me!!! :-)

Les


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On Sat, 1 May 2021 12:02:16 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
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On Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 2:28:10 PM UTC-4, ABLE1 wrote:
On 5/1/2021 12:23 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:
My son is doing some work on a condo in Las Vegas. The fact
that it's a condo in a condo complex may be a clue as to how
the ceiling was constructed. (commercial codes vs. residential,
perhaps.)

The current task is to replace an old florescent fixture in the
kitchen with a much heavier hanging fixture. He removed the
old fixture to see what kind of box was used and didn't see one.
The cloth covered cable was coming right through the drywall.
He cut a hole in the drywall to see what was under it and found
this:

https://i.imgur.com/Xhwixdh.jpg

Some details, according to how my son explained the situation to
me:

The plastic tube on the cable is a piece of the old fixture, so ignore it.

He doesn't know exactly when the condo was built (he could probably
find out) but based on the use of cloth covered cable, we're thinking
maybe early 60's.

The condo complex is only one level, i.e. no living space above him.
As far as he knows there is a crawl space above the ceiling, but he
has not been able to find a way to access it so that he can see the
top of the ceiling.

The grayish paper seen on the left is not part of the drywall. It appears
to be a separate sheet of thick paper, sandwiched between the drywall
and the reddish-brown material. He said it's not stuck to the material
above it.

The reddish-brown surface is hard. When he plunged into the drywall
with his oscillating tool, it stopped plunging when it hit the material
above the drywall.

If you zoom in on the picture, it sort of looks like there may be a
round junction box buried beneath the red material, but he doesn't
want to dig any further until he has an idea of what's going on.

If the material above the drywall is some kind of fire block/retardant,
he wants to make sure that he hasn't compromised the protection - or
at least recreates it - once he figures out how to hang the new fixture.

Any ideas as to how he should proceed would be appreciated.

The Red Material is commercial grade Fire Block Retardant.
Used for the described application.

As for what to do, it might be best to contact the local Code Official
or a Commercial Electrician.

Good Luck!!

Les


Thanks. Thought so.

Seems to me that if the electrical box is installed in whatever
material is coated with the fire retardant and was then covered
by the finished drywall with just the cable coming through, that
amounts to a concealed junction box.

I don't know of any code version that would have allowed that.



Perhaps a second layer of drywall was added by an owner
long after original construction ? Renovation / repair / cover-up
of water damage ; smoke / fire damage ..
John T.



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On Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:18:24 PM UTC-4, wrote:
On Sat, 1 May 2021 12:02:16 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
wrote:

On Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 2:28:10 PM UTC-4, ABLE1 wrote:
On 5/1/2021 12:23 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:
My son is doing some work on a condo in Las Vegas. The fact
that it's a condo in a condo complex may be a clue as to how
the ceiling was constructed. (commercial codes vs. residential,
perhaps.)

The current task is to replace an old florescent fixture in the
kitchen with a much heavier hanging fixture. He removed the
old fixture to see what kind of box was used and didn't see one.
The cloth covered cable was coming right through the drywall.
He cut a hole in the drywall to see what was under it and found
this:

https://i.imgur.com/Xhwixdh.jpg

Some details, according to how my son explained the situation to
me:

The plastic tube on the cable is a piece of the old fixture, so ignore it.

He doesn't know exactly when the condo was built (he could probably
find out) but based on the use of cloth covered cable, we're thinking
maybe early 60's.

The condo complex is only one level, i.e. no living space above him.
As far as he knows there is a crawl space above the ceiling, but he
has not been able to find a way to access it so that he can see the
top of the ceiling.

The grayish paper seen on the left is not part of the drywall. It appears
to be a separate sheet of thick paper, sandwiched between the drywall
and the reddish-brown material. He said it's not stuck to the material
above it.

The reddish-brown surface is hard. When he plunged into the drywall
with his oscillating tool, it stopped plunging when it hit the material
above the drywall.

If you zoom in on the picture, it sort of looks like there may be a
round junction box buried beneath the red material, but he doesn't
want to dig any further until he has an idea of what's going on.

If the material above the drywall is some kind of fire block/retardant,
he wants to make sure that he hasn't compromised the protection - or
at least recreates it - once he figures out how to hang the new fixture.

Any ideas as to how he should proceed would be appreciated.

The Red Material is commercial grade Fire Block Retardant.
Used for the described application.

As for what to do, it might be best to contact the local Code Official
or a Commercial Electrician.

Good Luck!!

Les


Thanks. Thought so.

Seems to me that if the electrical box is installed in whatever
material is coated with the fire retardant and was then covered
by the finished drywall with just the cable coming through, that
amounts to a concealed junction box.

I don't know of any code version that would have allowed that.

Perhaps a second layer of drywall was added by an owner
long after original construction ? Renovation / repair / cover-up
of water damage ; smoke / fire damage ..
John T.


That wouldn't explain the fire retardant coating, unless that was also
added prior to hanging the second layer. Seems unlikely, unless the
condo was originally built incorrectly and they were forced to add the
retardant later and then hide it with the drywall. I guess it's possible.
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