08:28AM | 03/20/02
Member Since: 03/11/02
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I am replacing my galvanised pipe (insurance requirement) with 1/4" copper pipe in my basement ceiling (90 year old house) and I want to conserve as much headroom as possible. Is it feasible to notch out the joist, run the pipe through these notches with noise reduction material, and a metal protector plate to cover the pipe to keep nails and screws from puncturing the pipe as opposed to strapping the pipe and then furring the joists so I can install a ceiling.


12:51PM | 03/20/02
Member Since: 06/03/01
324 lifetime posts
Never notch out a joist since the top & bottom are stress points. Instead, consider drilling holes thru the middle area Later can seal around holes/pipr with expanding foam.


01:05PM | 03/20/02
LDoyle is correct. Never notch a joist. Drill an oversized hole in the middle of the joist and run the line through there. 1/4" copper is easy to work with and you can bend it slightly, but take care not to kink it.


07:22PM | 04/20/02
Member Since: 08/18/01
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1/4 water lines in my opinion are greatly undersized. I have used pex piping wich is a plasic line, very flexible, super easy to install and easy to make connections.

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