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Old 02-27-2009, 03:45 PM   #1
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Protecting plumbing behind walls


I have a small area in my basement where the plumbing runs through the brick and block and up the side of the wall but is no more than an inch and a half or so from the drywall mounting slats. I want to protect the plumbing from unintentional punctures or damage from an errant screw or nail (maybe someone might not know about the plumbing). What is the best way to achieve this?

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Old 02-27-2009, 05:07 PM   #2
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Anytime your supply or DWV plumbing penetrates a wood plate or stud, it must be protected if it is within 1.5" of the face of the stud. That is accomplished with nail plates. Small plates are ok for use on studs, but top and bottom plate penetrations require plates that project at least 2" above the bottom plate or 2" below the bottom of the top plate.

If your concern is protecting the pipes that are close to the drywall but don't necessarily pass through structural members, you can pretty much do it however you want. In order to be effective, the metal will need to be thick enough to prevent someone from running a screw into it.

If it is really a concern you could always switch to galvanized or cast iron for that section of pipe.

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Anytime your supply or DWV plumbing penetrates a wood plate or stud, it must be protected if it is within 1.5" of the face of the stud. That is accomplished with nail plates. Small plates are ok for use on studs, but top and bottom plate penetrations require plates that project at least 2" above the bottom plate or 2" below the bottom of the top plate.

If your concern is protecting the pipes that are close to the drywall but don't necessarily pass through structural members, you can pretty much do it however you want. In order to be effective, the metal will need to be thick enough to prevent someone from running a screw into it.

If it is really a concern you could always switch to galvanized or cast iron for that section of pipe.
I know about nail plates I am more concerned about plumbing that is just sitting behind the drywall. I know I can do whatever I want, the question is what is best to use? should I buy metal plates and mount them to the back of the drywall? Or maybe some PVC, not really sure what to do or if I should even bother to do anything.
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I can see your concern about protecting your pipes now before you install the drywall. BUT I would not worry about it. Every house including yours has pipes behind the drywall somewhere. Its really nothing to worry about, BOB
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Tripower, for your own information, you could do what a lot of us are doing these days. Take digital photos of everything so that you know where things are. My rapidly aging memory is failing more every day, the photos fix all that.
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