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Steam Pipe touching wood making noise

Hello guys

One of the pipes that goes from the main line to the radiator is touching the wood. It is very difficult to
get closer to that spot, specially to cut the wood.

See picture:

Any idea how to fix that? Should I put something in between the pipe and wood to avoid that ?


  • AdmiralYoda
    AdmiralYoda Member Posts: 454
    Unfortunately the nature of the beast. Probably strapped to that joist also so it will be difficult to cut around it. And it looks like who-knows-what type of insulation is hanging out in there. (maybe asbestos).

    How much noise is it making and how bad does it bother you? My house makes plenty of noise due to pipes expanding and its just part of the character of the house.

    Can you access it from the bottom?
    HVACNUT Member Posts: 4,594
    Heard it here before. Try wedging a piece of plastic milk carton between.
  • Hap_Hazzard
    Hap_Hazzard Member Posts: 2,756
    Graphite or talcum powder can reduce the rubbing noise. If you have a puffer bottle of graphite that works pretty well. If you want to ease the opening, try using a multi-tool with a narrow plunge-cut blade. You can usually get the blade to slide in right alongside the pipe.
    Just another DIYer | King of Prussia, PA
    1983(?) Peerless G-561-W-S | 3" drop header, CG400-1090, VXT-24