How to Hang PVC Pipe
PVC pipe is used to create sewer lines in the home. The pipes are joined together with PVC couplings, primer and cement. Horizontal sewer pipes are installed at a gradient to allow for waste to travel gravitationally down the pipe. However, once all the PVC sewer line is installed into place, it needs to be supported with bracing (also known as strapping) to help hold it in place. Bracing is available in metal rolls (plastic also available), with holes along the center to allow for nails and screws to attach the bracing to wall studs or floor/ceiling joists.
- Insert a 1 5/8-inch galvanized screw through one of the holes at the end of the roll of bracing. Screw it into the side of the wooden joist/stud at one side of, or above, the PVC sewer pipe. Install a second screw two or three center holes along the bracing from the first hole.
- Wrap the roll of bracing twice around the PVC sewer pipe and then run it over to the joist/stud on the other side of the pipe. Pull the bracing taut and insert a screw through one of the bracing's central holes, screwing it into the side of the joist/stud.
- Install a second screw through a central bracing hole two or three holes along from the first screw, as before. Cut the installed bracing off its roll six inches along from the screws (use wire cutters). This will allow for room if the bracing has to be removed and reinstalled, in the future. Continue installing bracing on both horizontal and vertically installed pipe (where accessible), every four feet.
Things You Will Need
- Roll of bracing
- 1 5/8-inch galvanized screws
- Screw gun
- Wire cutters
- Though bracing sewer pipe every four feet is advisable, consult the local city building department regarding correct distance between bracing, in your area.
- Be careful when cutting metal bracing, as the cut end will be sharp.