Terms of the Trade: Pipe Strap Terms of the Trade: Pipe Strap
Pipe straps perform the simple task of holding gas lines, conduit, or tubing to walls, studs, and other structures. There are inexpensive, are available in a variety of materials and are typically secured to the surface using screws. However, straps can loosen over time as pipes contract and expand due to changing water temperatures. Not only does this compromise their security, but loose pipes can create a an annoying groaning or creaking sound as they rub against the surrounding area. Here’s a tip: add more pipe straps and make sure the ones already installed are secured with screws, which will hold tighter than nails.