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Old 09-22-2011, 11:11 AM   #1
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Protecting plumbing parallel to studs

Hey all, I'm looking for some suggestions. I've reframed a wall that has plumbing running parallel along a wood stud. I'd like to save myself a lot of heartache and be able to place some type of a metal plate over the plumbing before putting up drywall so someone doesn't come along and put a nail/screw in the wall (and subsequently through the pipe). The run I need to cover is about 36-40" in length and runs right along a wood stud. I was going to use the same metal plates that we used for protecting electrical that is run through the studs, but the longest I can find are only 5" in length and but they are only 1 1/2" wide; not quite enough cover of the plumbing when it's tacked to the stud. I have some ideas of my own but I thought, with the expertise here, maybe someone has another approach. Thanks in advance!


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Old 09-22-2011, 05:53 PM   #2
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angle iron?


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Generally there's no reason to protect these pipes as long as you're careful with the wall sheeting.
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:13 PM   #4
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Call your local sheet metal shop and have them cut you some 16 gauge galvanized 1" X 14.5" X 1" channels to fit between your studs.

Have them punch a few holes in the 1" legs so you can shoot some drywall screws in to fasten the panels between your studs. I make stuff like this on a daily basis for our plumbers.
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just make sire your drywaller is not blind and it will be fine
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:44 PM   #6
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how big is the pipe, via code all small pipes and wires must be kept 1 1/2" back from the edge of all studs so to reduce the chance of being punctured with a fastener


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