I am in the process of finishing my basement, and because the joists
are pretty low, I was thinking about sheetrocking the ceiling instead
of installing a dropped ceiling. However, would it be a code violation
to sheetrock over the gas and water lines? We can put in access panels
for the valves, and we can make diagrams of all the pipes etc for
future repairs. But I worry that some future home owner might try to
hang up a plant or something and drill into one of the gas or water
lines (the lines are all copper and run directly below and
perpendicular to the joists) I was also thinking that perhaps there was
a way to "protect" the lines by installing a steel plate or something
under them before putting up the sheet rock?
I just went through some of the same decisions and decided to put up
furring strips and 1' tile. We don't have immediate access to the
pipes, but we can access valves. If a water pipe should leak, it will
be a simple matter to replace the tiles. Most importantly, we only lost
1.5 inch of headroom.
It was slightly more expensive than drywall, even taking into account
the rental of a drywall lift, but worth it in my opinion, mainly
because I'm tired of drywalling. Good luck, whatever you decide to do.
Jim in PA
I don't see a problem, just mark out where your pipes are so you don't
drill in them.
Another issue is you may want to insulate the cold water pipe because
it could sweat in the summertime dripping on the sheetrock.
To answer your question. You add furring strips to the joists and yes you
can buy 3-4" metal plates to "protect" the pipes. You can not cover an
electrical junction box nor would I cover any cut off valves.
Your plan to map the lines is a good one.
The poster who suggested pipe insulation for the cold water line also made a
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