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How to protect wall where steam pipe enters

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Thanks in advance for any recommendations how how to solve this issue. We have steam heat with some pipes that are visible outside the walls (which is normal).

In one location a pipe takes a turn too close to the wall to allow for a flange to fit over it, or at least any that I have been able to find. The plaster that was put around the pipe slowly cracks over the course of a season and ends up looking weird. I assume it cracks because the pipe gets very hot.

Any recommendations on how to properly protect the wall at the top part of the pipe in a way that is visually acceptable?


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  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,505
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    Make something decorative.

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    ethicalpaul
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,313
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    Make something decorative.

    Make your own flat flange. Get creative.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    ethicalpaul
  • bostondan
    bostondan Member Posts: 19
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    What material should the flange be made of? Is some type of thin-cut wood okay?
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,505
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    Sure. You could make a box, paint it to match the wall, or put something on it, like a clock, picture, etc.
    Here's a horrible drawing...lol

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    EdTheHeaterManluketheplumberCLamb
  • bostondan
    bostondan Member Posts: 19
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    I'll give it a shot! Hopefully I can make something that doesn't look ridiculous.
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,660
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    Or just use a good, flexible caulk between the pipe and plaster.
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 7,842
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    I think you should keep it simple.

    Just make that pipe look like a signpost... by hanging a sign on it!


    Edward F Young. Retired HVAC ContractorSpecialized in Residential Oil Burner and Hydronics
    luketheplumberPrecaud
  • dopey27177
    dopey27177 Member Posts: 887
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    To protect the wall Using a hammer and chisel chop away some of the wall around the pipe, large enough to put some pipe insulation (store bought) and plaster or cement the open space around the outside of the insulation.

    This would cost no more $20.00

    Jake
  • bostondan
    bostondan Member Posts: 19
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    Thanks for all the suggestions!