My rule of thumb is just not sufficient. the finish ratings go all over the chart, depending on the manufacturer and the product. Examples: American Gypsum Co. 5/8 inch Gypsum board Types AGX-1,2&3 have 23 minute finish ratings. AGX-5 has a 26 minute finish rating. US Gypsum Co. 1/2 inch Gypsum Wallboard (GWB) Types AR, FRX-G, SCX, SHX or WRX all have a 29 minute finish rating. There are hundreds more. But, the lowest rating I could find for 1/2 inch GWB was 20 minutes. The rating for some 3/8 inch GWB was 8 minutes, so watch out! The assembly also required paper tape over the joints, and usually a minimum of 2 coats of joint finishing compound.
Sounds like, to make your installation code compliant, you need to add 1/2 GWB over the walls of the barn where you have run the romex.
Re: Horse Barn Wiring Methods#93742 06/09/0504:12 PM06/09/0504:12 PM