Is this material really so new that nobody on this forum has run across it yet?
Earlydean, this stuff is a fire proof insulation type covering that is sprayed onto the steel, overhead beams. It was installed at varying depths even on the same beam. Some areas of a beam might have less that 1/4-inch while two feet away it is 2-1/2 inches. Obviously the "professionals" that installed it do not know its proper depth. Also, like I stated previously, the health care building inspector has no idea. The minimum depth could be 1/8 inch for all he knows but is leaving it up to me to track down the answers. The previous EC foreman on this job asked these questions of the inspector before me and then proceeded to pass on the information (as he understood it) to me. Apparently there was a miscommunication somewhere along the way.
The boxes cannot simply "float" in the air Earlydean no matter what the building code says. I wasn't scrapping off the insulation but instead was using a hammer to force the beam clamps into position. I can only assume you have never had any experience with this material since you don't seem to understand my situation.
How do you know that I have "compromised" the fire barrier? Not even the inspector that looked at the situation with his own eyes knew for sure if there was a problem. If there is something you know about this material that you have not told me yet then please pass it on. If you actually know NOTHING about it then why have you gone off on a rant? Why are you assuming that I am in the habit of doing whatever I want on a jobsite without regards to rules or fellow contractors? I am probably one of the most code/rule compliant people you could have the “pleasure” to work with (and, in fact, I get allot of ribbing from friends and fellow workers for being such a stickler).
Hopefully, Earlydean, you are just having a bad day. If you normally fly off the handle and make assumptions based on next to no information then I'd hate to be a coworker/neighbor/friend of yours.