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Old 01-15-2012, 02:47 PM   #1
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Plumbing runs on basement outside wall


I want to run hot and cold PEX lines down a 2x4(wood) batt insulated "outside" basement wall to where my builder has roughed in a sink drain. I know that running plumbing in exterior walls above grade is usually not allowed but does this apply to the basement? If I'm allowed, what precautions do I need to take?

I live in a winter climate that gets very warm in the summer to sometimes arctic cold in the winter.

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Old 01-15-2012, 03:05 PM   #2
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Very bad idea, They should be if at all possible run down the center of the crawlspace and in your area I'd also insulate them with foam tubes.

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Sorry when I said outside wall I didn't actually mean outside. It's on the interior of the house foundation walls.
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Where are yu most likly to get air leaks in a crawl space?
Any cracks, gaps under the foundation plate, any vents. Moving cold air is what's going to freeze those pipes.
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When you drop into the wall, stay to the warm side of the insulation- against the drywall. Be sure the rim joist is insulated well.
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When you drop into the wall, stay to the warm side of the insulation- against the drywall. Be sure the rim joist is insulated well.
Here's a pic of what I'm working with:



Should the pipes be behind the vapor barrier or in front?
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Now that you've seen a picture - were we talking about two different scenarios?
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Local authority says in front of the vapor barrier but behind the drywall. Not sure how you clamp it down like this but hey.

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