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Thread: Raising or re-routing pipes in basement ceiling

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    Default Raising or re-routing pipes in basement ceiling

    I have a question about basement ceiling pipes, I would like to try to do this myself. If anyone thinks I shouldn't as an amateur please let me know!

    In the basement ceiling now I have cold and hot supply line and one hot supply for baseboard heat. There is also a gas line for the dryer which I would like to re-route because I am moving the laundry room.

    My question is, should I drill through the joists to run the lines or should I run them around the perimeter because I am going to be building walls a few in ches from the foundation and there will be space there.

    I will have a professional move the hot water pipe for the heat as I know there is a delicate balance there but I would like to tackle the moving of the pipes.

    I also have 2 shut off valves...1 is for a toe kick heater in the kitchen and the other is a supply line for an ice maker. There are pretty low in the ceiling, should I move them or would it be better to box them in with a door to access after remodel.

    If all of these questions can't be answered without seeing the area then I apologize and maybe I should attach some pics.


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    Plunger/TurdPuncher kingsotall's Avatar
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    If you're using PEX then through the joists will work but there is a lot to consider when drilling joists and it would be wise to do thorough research before penetrating the joist membranes.

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    Master Plumber Redwood's Avatar
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    And then there is Gas which would be very wise if you had a pro do that as well.

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    You just can not hack into floor joists any way that you want to. If you drill holes in a joist and use copper pipe, how do you get the pipe through the holes?

    Why not just use a suspended ceiling in the basement?


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