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Old 08-29-2009, 09:26 PM   #1
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I have a quick question. I was adding some new shelving to my garage using the Rubbermaid Fasttrack setup. To add the Fasttrack rails I needed to screw into four studs and add drywall anchors inbetween each stud. I got into the studs fine, but when I was drilling the guides for the drywall anchors I noticed a round pipe (or something similar) just past the drywall.

Basically, I punched through the drywall and stopped the drill but noticed that I hit something round. I couldn't get a good look at it through the 3/8" guide hole so I'm not sure what it is. I noticed this "pipe" at the two (almost) random heights I used to place the Fasttrack rails. I found it odd that I just happended to choose two heights that this exists (56" and 85"). It's also weird that it seems to run left-right (not up-down) and it exists on both the left and right side of the stud. Anyone have any ideas on what it might be? Thanks in advance for any help.


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Old 08-29-2009, 11:38 PM   #2
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If black cast iron 1-1/4" pipe, possibly your gas supply. Look outside for meter close-by. Maybe running over to go up to the upstairs fireplace? Look in the garage attic access heading over to the house.

Any plumbing nearby, possibly a vent pipe. Or main electrical service to a sub-panel.
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:16 AM   #3
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No gas

My house doesn't use gas (no upstairs fire place), although it is two story. I didn't get a good look at the color of the pipes, but they looked white. There is a 1/2 bathroom and a laundry room on the back side of the garage wall in question. However, I find it hard to believe that the two (almost) randomly picked heights I picked have this "pipes" (again I'm not sure that these are pipes, the thing in question was more solid than the drywall and seemed to be pretty sturdy. I guessed it was a pipe because I could slide the drill bit over the top and under the bottom). I don't know alot about construction, but could it be some bracing inbetween the studs? They seem too high to be electrical or water pipers (one is 86" tall).

Again, I greatly appreciate any feedback. Thanks!

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Old 08-30-2009, 10:56 AM   #4
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You might be an OU fan, but where are you?

Also, how old is the house?

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if you own a studfinder that also senses pipe and or electrical try to trace it, see where it leads or at least the direction it heads
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Thanks for the suggestions

I'm from Oklahoma, but currently live in Alabama. The house is about 4 years old and I've been in it for about 1 year. I have a stud finder (that sucks). I'll try to trace it out this evening to see if that helps. Again, I'm pretty sure I didn't drill into it (I stopped as soon as I felt it). My main concern is that its something that runs through the studs because I put nearly 3" long screws into the studs.
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Open the wall and look at the issue, it's just a sheetrock repair versus puncturing something you shouldn't puncture.
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:04 PM   #8
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Sounds like PVC pipe if it's white. Possibly vent and/or drain lines.....


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