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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Three Reasons to Insulate Pipes, Metal Framing Materials

Thought for Today: "Confidence is the feeling you sometimes have before you fully understand the situation."   ~   Author Unknown

Three Good Reasons to Insulate Water Pipes

There are at least three very good reasons to insulate water pipes.  Insulation stops cold water pipes from sweating when moisture in the air condenses on their cold surfaces and drips in problem areas.  It prevents hot water from losing its heat as it flows through the pipes from the water heater to upstairs bathrooms and laundry areas.   Lastly, insulation ensures that pipes running through unheated crawl spaces do not freeze and burst in winter's chill.  The local hardware store or home improvement center offers several methods and materials.

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Why Choose Metal Framing Materials Over Wood?

Metal framing materials compare favorably with wood and, in fact, have some advantages.  Steel studs are lightweight, strong and uniformly straight and true.  Metal framed walls use a track or channel at the top and bottom to hold the studs in place, but the basic wall frame construction is the same.  Working with them requires only two tools: a power drill and a pair of snips.  Here’s a quick, to-the-point primer on how to work with these materials.

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