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  • #661011
    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    We have a lot of homes around here with 1” pvc main water lines. When I was with the water dept with the city the guys who knew what’s up would groan every time we unearthered one. I had the same experience when I knicked my in-laws’ main line and had to repair it last summer. It’s nerve wracking knowing it could splinter at any point with the wrong amount of vibration. But that flexible pipe (not Pex, whatever they use for the supply lines) seems a lot better. But I don’t know how it holds up over time.

    Well the PVC is easy to repair. Here only the sprinkler systems are PVC and the main lines coming in are 1″ copper.

    #661023
    cmeyer25
    Pro
    Bellingham, WA

    We have a lot of homes around here with 1” pvc main water lines. When I was with the water dept with the city the guys who knew what’s up would groan every time we unearthered one. I had the same experience when I knicked my in-laws’ main line and had to repair it last summer. It’s nerve wracking knowing it could splinter at any point with the wrong amount of vibration. But that flexible pipe (not Pex, whatever they use for the supply lines) seems a lot better. But I don’t know how it holds up over time.

    Well the PVC is easy to repair. Here only the sprinkler systems are PVC and the main lines coming in are 1″ copper.

    Easy enoug when the break is right there where you’re already working – the guys I talked to told horror stories of chasing breaks further up the line and having to dig up old pipe trying to fix another break just to have it splinter somewhere else and have to chase it again and again around a homeowner’s property. Sounded like a nightmare. I was lucky enough to never face that, but that had to be because everyone put the fear of God into me about it, lol! 1” copper is the way to go for sure.

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    #661110
    GTokley
    Pro
    Belleville, ON

    Funny, I avoid plastic of any kind for supply lines.

    Same here. This was convinced to me in speaking to my plumber buddy years ago when I was first doing my own plumbing. Copper/metal will typically last the lifetime of the structure if done correctly according to him, PEX and whatnot will not.

    Copper is the most widely used over here. Plastic is just for the very cheap builds.

    We have a lot of homes around here with 1” pvc main water lines. When I was with the water dept with the city the guys who knew what’s up would groan every time we unearthered one. I had the same experience when I knicked my in-laws’ main line and had to repair it last summer. It’s nerve wracking knowing it could splinter at any point with the wrong amount of vibration. But that flexible pipe (not Pex, whatever they use for the supply lines) seems a lot better. But I don’t know how it holds up over time.

    I am surprised there hasn’t been some water break in my town with all this cold weather. There was water line broke last year by my neighbors driveway. But it took the town 3 days to fix. They first dug in about 50ft away from where the leak was found. They dug in my yard as there was water coming on a parking lot for apt building.

    Greg
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    #720002
    cmeyer25
    Pro
    Bellingham, WA

    Just thought I’d share – anyone else find studs with a magnet? This IKEA kitchen magnet works so well – and it’s almost exactly 16” so it does double duty if I feel confident a house is actually laid out 16” OC.

    I just don’t trust stud finders, even on drywalled homes (obvious for lath and plaster this trick doesn’t work either), but I’ve never been let down by this method – if I find a screw, almost guaranteed it’s into a stud.

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    #720004
    Sorpa
    Pro
    Pierrefonds, Qc

    I use that method. I misplaced my stud finder and I use magnets.
    I have some very strong neodymium magnets that I used for a project years back and that’s what I use. The point is to find a screw and I start measuring 16″ after that.

    #720008
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    Just thought I’d share – anyone else find studs with a magnet? This IKEA kitchen magnet works so well – and it’s almost exactly 16” so it does double duty if I feel confident a house is actually laid out 16” OC.

    I just don’t trust stud finders, even on drywalled homes (obvious for lath and plaster this trick doesn’t work either), but I’ve never been let down by this method – if I find a screw, almost guaranteed it’s into a stud.

    Good trick for sure. I have had good luck using a compass. The needle is usually sensitive enough to find the nails holding plaster lath to the studs.

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    #720009
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    his IKEA kitchen magnet works so well – and it’s almost exactly 16” so it does double duty

    Looks really handy. Thank you for posting.

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    Fayetteville, NC

    #720018

    Just thought I’d share – anyone else find studs with a magnet? This IKEA kitchen magnet works so well – and it’s almost exactly 16” so it does double duty if I feel confident a house is actually laid out 16” OC.

    I just don’t trust stud finders, even on drywalled homes (obvious for lath and plaster this trick doesn’t work either), but I’ve never been let down by this method – if I find a screw, almost guaranteed it’s into a stud.

    Good idea , I have the Bosch stud finder , it’s been pretty good , not perfect but no method is

    That’s a good trick Charlie
    When I can or if possible I’ll find the nearest outlet and also measure from that

    Thanks for the tip.

    #720019
    RonW
    Moderator
    Holladay, Tn

    When I can or if possible I’ll find the nearest outlet and also measure from that

    That’s the fastest way to get a starting point.

    Ron

    A Working Pro since 1994!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

    #720086
    GTokley
    Pro
    Belleville, ON

    Just thought I’d share – anyone else find studs with a magnet? This IKEA kitchen magnet works so well – and it’s almost exactly 16” so it does double duty if I feel confident a house is actually laid out 16” OC.

    I just don’t trust stud finders, even on drywalled homes (obvious for lath and plaster this trick doesn’t work either), but I’ve never been let down by this method – if I find a screw, almost guaranteed it’s into a stud.

    That is a nice tip for sure. Thanks for sharing.

    When I can or if possible I’ll find the nearest outlet and also measure from that

    That is good tip too.

    Greg
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    #720099
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    The magnet never fails. Also a good one is a bit of piano wire wrapped around a bit of something for a handle and a straight bit sticking out to poke in the drywall to fine the center. The wire is so small you san’t see the holes.

    #720106
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    Also a good one is a bit of piano wire wrapped around a bit of something for a handle and a straight bit sticking out to poke in the drywall

    That would work really nice for sure.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #720119
    GTokley
    Pro
    Belleville, ON

    The magnet never fails. Also a good one is a bit of piano wire wrapped around a bit of something for a handle and a straight bit sticking out to poke in the drywall to fine the center. The wire is so small you san’t see the holes.

    That is another nice tip. Where do you get piano wire? I guess a music shop!

    Greg
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    #720146
    Sprokitz
    Pro
    Eastern shore of, Pa

    In older homes with plaster/lath where stud spacing can be all over the place, I have always looked at the baseboards. You can usually find the filled nail set holes and they are always on the studs. Even with multiple layers of paint you have shoe, base and cap to locate nails.

    #720147
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    In older homes with plaster/lath where stud spacing can be all over the place, I have always looked at the baseboards. You can usually find the filled nail set holes and they are always on the studs. Even with multiple layers of paint you have shoe, base and cap to locate nails.

    Absolutely right! I like that idea, thank you.

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    #720156
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    The magnet never fails. Also a good one is a bit of piano wire wrapped around a bit of something for a handle and a straight bit sticking out to poke in the drywall to fine the center. The wire is so small you san’t see the holes.

    That is another nice tip. Where do you get piano wire? I guess a music shop!

    I get it when I see old junk pianos sitting on the road side for pickup.

    #720170
    GTokley
    Pro
    Belleville, ON

    I get it when I see old junk pianos sitting on the road side for pickup.

    Really!! I can’t say I have every seen a piano sitting along side the road.

    Greg
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    #720217
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    A piano by the side of the road is just not something you see everyday LOL

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    Fayetteville, NC

    #720241
    Doobie
    Moderator

    A piano by the side of the road is just not something you see everyday LOL

    I can’t recall ever seeing that.

    #720251
    GTokley
    Pro
    Belleville, ON

    A piano by the side of the road is just not something you see everyday LOL

    I can’t recall ever seeing that.

    Also a good one is a bit of piano wire wrapped around a bit of something for a handle and a straight bit sticking out to poke in the drywall to fine the center. The wire is so small you san’t see the holes.

    I just remember my Dad had some piano wire years ago. I remember it hung on nail in the garage. I don’t remember where he got. Not sure if he has still got it.

    Greg
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