Pipe straps can loosen over time, allowing pipes to creak and groan as water temperature changes, but you can stop this annoying chatter from the plumbing with a few screws.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:May 2009
Replace pipe strap nails with
Usually the hot water pipes do most
of the “talking” because they expand
and contract as the water temperature
changes inside them. That
movement eventually loosens the
nails at some pipe straps. The pipes
then rub against the floor joists, making
that annoying creaking sound.
The best way to solve the problem
permanently is to add more pipe
straps (they’re cheap, so add one per
joist) and replace all the existing
nails with screws.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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