Installing and Using Pipe Hangers

What You'll Need
Drill bits
Wood screws
Electric screwdriver
Pipe hangers

When you're placing plumbing in an attic, basement or other floor you may find that you need to use pipe hangers. The pipes need to be raised to the ceiling and have to be able to stay there without shaking as the water flows through them. They also need to stay put. Pipe hangers act as little cradles for the pipe as they cradle them in sections to help relieve the stress put on them. Hanging pipe hangers is not a difficult job and can be done by anyone who wants to save money. The article that follows will show you how to install pipe hangers for your plumbing job regardless of its size.

Step 1 – Determine Pipe Hangers Needed

When you're hanging any type of pipe in the basement and using pipe hangers you need to know how many you will need for the job. Keep in mind that when installing pipe in an area where the space is minimum you need to use the rafters to get the pipe in place. This means the pipe has to run within those confines using pipe hangers to support them. Place one pipe hanger every two feet for smaller pipes but every one foot for large pipes. If you are concerned of the weight of the pipe when it is full of water then you may use more pipe hangers. The more you have the more stable the pipe will be which will limit the clanging of pipes.

Step 2 – Mark the Locations

Using pipe hangers is relatively easy but you need to know where they are going to go. You have already estimated how many you will need. Use one of the pipe hangers and place it over the installed pipe. Use the holes in the hanger as a guide and use the marker to mark through the hole. Do this for every pipe hanger you plan to install as discussed in Step 1.

Step 3 – Pilot Holes

The beams in the home are often too thick for conventional screwdrivers. Pilot holes allow you to mark where a screw or bolt is to be installed as well as gives the screw or bolt a starting point. To make pilot holes for pipe hangers you will need to have the pipe installed already and the correct size of pipe hangers. Since the spacing has been marked in Step 2 this is much easier. Choose a drill bit that is smaller in diameter than the screw you are planning to use. Make a hole through the guide you made in Step 2 to a 1/8-inch depth.

Step 4 – Install the Pipe Hangers

Take the first pipe hanger and slide it over the pipe where you made the pilot holes. It should fit just right as you have tested the fit previously. Line the pipe hanger up with the holes and insert the first screw. Use the electric screwdriver to set it and repeat with all of the pipe hangers.