General Rules for strapping gas and water pipes

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General Rules for strapping gas and water pipes

Are there any general rules about strapping gas and water pipes? I'm wondering about strap material and distance between straps. Also, does it matter that the copper water lines are not level?
 
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Usually code states different strap distances. 4ft or 6ft is common... when in doubt strap ever 4 ft...

Material if metal straps are used should be the same material as the pipe. Copper straps for copper pipe...etc...

Copper lines if used for water that are not level will not have any effect on performance....
 
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Old 01-01-14, 06:49 PM
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Thanks. Is it essential that copper lines be level? I heard this once, but it seems so impractical to level the water lines for no benefit whatsoever.
 
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As Mike said, no issue with non-level supply pipes.

They generally look more professionally installed when straight and level. Also if they need to be drained to winterize a house, level pipes will drain better. But for most cases, it doesn't matter one bit.

Copper is most susceptible to corrosion due to dis-similar materials, so be sure to use copper (or plastic) straps with copper piping.
 
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Thanks guys. Appreciate it.
 
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