Quiet Pipes With Pipe Straps

Simple fix for noisy pipes

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

Add more straps and replace nails

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.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Cat's paw
  • Cordless drill

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 1-1/4-in. drywall screws
  • Pipe strap