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Old 01-08-2012, 06:23 PM   #1
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I just opened up one of my garage walls to run some new circuits. I was greeted with this nice little surprise:



It looks like someone ran the gas pipe over the existing studs, using pipe straps on every stud. Then later on, someone slapped notched 2x2s to support the drywall. The photos don't show it all that well, but the 2x2s haven't discolored with age like the studs (then again the studs may not be fir).

I know at a minimum the 2x2s need nail plates to protect the pipe. I think the previous owner, and myself, were lucky that nail didn't go into the pipe.

This doesn't feel like the right way to run pipe to me. The pipe only comes into the garage for a 10 foot run before going into the crawlspace under the house. It makes more sense to me to just run the 10 feet along the wall outside, next to a garden. That way you better protect the pipe from things in the garage. At the same time I recognize that I'm new to this sort of stuff. So I ask out of curiosity, is this a normal way of running pipe? Or am I correct in my assumption that it would be better to run this pipe outside?

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Old 01-08-2012, 06:47 PM   #2
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It looks like someone ran the gas pipe over the existing studs, using pipe straps on every stud. Then later on, someone slapped notched 2x2s to support the drywall.
I'd call it a good idea and well executed
(well, except for the nail plates)

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This doesn't feel like the right way to run pipe to me.
Who's to say? At the time it was originally done... the space had other priorities. Outside and above grade... might have more risk.

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Old 01-08-2012, 06:51 PM   #3
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whenever I have the opportunity to lay pipe, I just go ahead and finish the job like there is no tomorrow.
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:58 PM   #4
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Is that metal pipe? i don't think the drywall nail will pierce the pipe, however I would still have used shields. I would be more concerned about the flex conduit laying on the floor. Was that originally fastened to the inside of the wall/ If so, that would be much more dangerous.
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Did that gas line run over to where it looks like a dryer hose is laying on the ground?
Replace that plastic dryer hose with a metal one if there's still going to be a dryer there.
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That's schedule 40 pipe--nails aren't likely to poke a hole---but a screw might--so add some nail plates for good luck before you button up the wall---
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Put some nail plates on it and bury it. Nothing wrong with that.
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Thanks for all the input. Like I said, I'm new to these areas. So things that don't look right to me, could be perfectly fine.

As for the armored cable laying on the ground. That had been securely attached to the drywall on top of the pipe until I started tearing up the wall. Part of the project is to get that wire in the wall (since two others need to go in the wall) and up to the correct gauge. The previous owner liked putting 14 gauge on 20 amp breakers.

Thanks again.
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Nail plates/blocks are cheap......I use them if there is any chance that I might put a nail or screw where is should't be. Cheap insurance.

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