Pipe blocking drywall placement


Not sure how to install fire block? I'm your huckleberry. I know that's a movie quote from somewhere but I can't remember where. I think it means I'm your man or something southern macho like that.

If you're reading about fire blocking then I know you must be either:

1. Someone who plans way ahead (kudos to you!)


2. Someone who is presently freaking out. Perhaps because you missed a major step in your basement finishing project.

Either way, I know I can help you. During my basement finishing project I was the latter. The guy freaking out.

I remember, it was a Monday. I mentioned to my friend Tom that I was done framing my basement walls and had scheduled my framing inspection for Thursday. He goes, "Cool. You are really doing it." then casually mentions as he walked away. "Don't forget fire blocking - they'll fail you for sure."

WHAT!!! What the hell is fire blocking? Can I do it in 3 days?

The purpose of fire...

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Basement drywall creates a clean and professional look. Many do-it-yourselfers install their own basement drywall, and you can be among them. The problem that most often confounds people is dealing with pipes, as basements are typically the area where all the pipes and ductwork terminate.

When you set out to finish a basement with drywall, you may have to deal with obstructions like pipes. Doing so can be easy, but it can also be difficult, depending on pipe placement and size of the pipes. The article below will explain how to cut the basement drywall to fit around the pipes.

Step 1 - Measuring for the Pipes

The pipes in your basement can in various sizes, which makes fitting basement drywall a little more complicated. Determine which pipes you can unhook and which pipes have to stay connected. Never disconnect gas lines. Standard water pipes can be disassembled so that the drywall can be slipped over the pipe.

Use the tape measure to determine the...

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To simplify, this is a situation where a NamedPipe SERVER is waiting for a NamedPipe CLIENT to write to the pipe (using WriteFile())

The Windows API that is blocking is ReadFile()

The Server has created the synchronous pipe (no overlapped I/O) with blocking enabled

The client has connected, and now the server is waiting for some data.

In the normal flow of things, the client sends some data and the server processes it and then returns to ReadFile() to wait for the next chunk of data.

Meanwhile an event occurs (user input for example) and the NamedPipe SERVER must now execute some other code, which it cannot do while the ReadFile() is blocking.

At this point I need to mention that the NamedPipe Client is not my application, so I have no control over it. I cannot make it send a few bytes to unblock the server. It is just going to sit there and send no data. Since I do not have control of the Client implementation I cannot change anything on...

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A leak in a copper pipe behind the wall is not a matter to take lightly; water dripping or spraying on the framing can cause considerable damage in a short time. Small leaks don't always affect water pressure, and your only indication of a leak may be a spongy floor or damp or moldy drywall. Once you're aware of the existence of a leak, the repair isn't very difficult, but first you have to pinpoint it. There's no easy way around the fact that you have to cut into the wall to do this.

Run your hand over the wall and the floor around the affected area to find moisture. Push on the wall to detect sponginess or deteriorating drywall and note any black mold. All these are indications that a leak is nearby.

Locate all the visible pipes in the vicinity of the leak. They will help you map out the paths of the hidden ones and give you a better idea of where to look.

Choose a place in the wall to excavate for the leak. Locate the studs in that part of the wall with a...

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You know, you can make a self sustaining bathroom right? No need for a wastepool or pump.

place 2 lavatories and a shower on one floor. connect the pipes together, have outflow pipe go upstairs to a water filtration system then run the clean water pipe back down and to the inlet pipes of the toilets and shower. then run a pipe to a pump. throw a battery next to the filter and a hamster wheel next to the battery. get one your dupes to run on the wheel to pump water into the systems. let it cycle after a few showers and toilet uses, to get build up of water in your pipes. once thats done disconnect the pipe to the pump. now the water will be flushed or drained to your filter and then come right back out as clean water. just keep the battery and hamster wheel. once battery gets low for filter have a dupe charge it up. very nice once its going. no more polluted air or pumping water in or...

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Step 23 - Interior Rough-in Plumbing

Putting Pipes Inside

The next phase for the interior of the house is the rough-in of the initial plumbing. The bathtubs and showers are set in place and the water and sewer pipes are run throughout the house in preparation for the toilets, faucets, tubs and sinks the will make up your indoor plumbing. Our home features a newer type of plumbing called PEX. PEX is a polymer tubing used for water lines that is easy to install since it is flexible, and connects to fixtures using pressure fittings and ring clamps. PEX has several advantages over copper or PVC in addition to the flexibility. There are fewer joints when using PEX as the pipe is virtually continuous from the source to the fixture, this ensures less leaks from faulty or worn joints. Another advantage of PEX is the resistance to freezing, as PEX will slightly expand, preventing pipe bursts like PVC or copper. Ryland's contractor ran red colored lines for hot...

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Egg cartons, corrugated foam, Sonnex, and other such products are simply methods of controlling internal acoustics that all fall under the term of "Reflections".

Diffusion and absorption of reflections in a well designed and installed space will give the user a room free of flutter echo, nodes and anti-nodes, and distracting secondary reflections.

These methods of acoustic control do little or nothing in respect to isolation of noise, and materials like egg crates, both in paper and foam are a deadly fire hazard!

Typical floor construction when design of the existing structure will allow would be something such as this...

2x6 Joist 16" O.C. with 2x2 inch squares of 3/4" thick 70 durometer neoprene rubber at every intersect, and every 16", cats are placed as you would in any standard layup.

Wiring chases are set below this structure if possible in 4" and 6" EMT pipe and cabling is installed prior to floor installation with numerous pulls (rope to...

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