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clayfb

09:27AM | 01/07/05
Member Since: 04/13/04
9 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I know you are supposed to use plastic or copper clamps to secure copper pipes, but what about the screws you use in the copper clamps? Do they have to be copper also or can you use galvanized? I have the clamps screwed into wood with gal screws.

LonnythePlumber

01:39PM | 01/07/05
The copper straps usually come with copper nails. The Galvanized on copper will eat on the copper. Using plastic clamps the material of the fastener does not matter.

But. Fastening tight to joists and studs causes the sound of moving water to be transmitted and heard throughout the structure. It is better to use copper hooks wond around the pipe and nailed into the joist. This leaves an airgrap. Through studs drill a bigger hole and use pipe insulation.

Timbear

05:18PM | 01/08/05
Member Since: 11/07/04
83 lifetime posts
The big discount places sell those copper pipe clamps in bulk packages but without the copper nails. You got the same pack I did! :)

I used galvanized screws to hold 'em in place. Now from reading Lonny's answer I can see a pack of copper screws or nails is a wise choice.
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