04:32PM | 06/30/03
Member Since: 06/29/03
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I have a condo built 30 years ago that has radiant heat in the ceiling. I wanted to put crown molding up but my contractor was afraid that he would damage the wires. Is there a way to identify where the wires are? I also have heard that the wires are generally 5 inches in from the wall, is there a way to confirm that?

plumber Tom

06:05PM | 06/30/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
Very interesting post. The "wires" you are referring to is actually "tubing" It is also under pressure. The tubing may be spaced 5" apart, but no rule of thumb on how close to the wall. If your carpenter determines what thickness the wall is IE: 1/2" drywall, lath and plaster, etc; he can then decide on the size of the fastener to use, and there should be no problems. However make sure he has contractors insurance, should a penetration occur. Radiant gets expensive to fix, and I'm sure you don't want to foot a plumber's bill for someone else's mistake.


01:54AM | 07/01/03
These may actually be 'wires'. Older building did use an aluminum style sheathed electrical cable. Check your breaker panel to see if you have any breakers labeled as such. Either way, there isn't any way to really tell where in the wall they are.

plumber Tom

10:06PM | 07/02/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
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Didn't know that CIWS. Like I said,"Interesting"


07:51AM | 07/15/03
Member Since: 07/14/03
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What about using the kind of crown molding that needs to be glued and then nailing it to the walls only.
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