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#920106 - 07/31/17 03:48 PM Is there a tool/detector to detect water pipes
Rits Offline
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Registered: 07/31/17
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Hello All,

I would like to check if there are any tools / detectors to detect water pipes behind bathroom ceramic tile clad wall. I need to drill holes for fitting shower curtain rod on ceramic tile and hence would like to check and make sure no water / drain pipes are running behind the bathroom wall. Apartment is old from 1990's and tenant is not sure what type of water pipe - metal / pvc water pipes ? behind the tiles.

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#920109 - 07/31/17 03:59 PM Re: Is there a tool/detector to detect water pipes [Re: Rits]
code_ceis Online   content
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Registered: 04/29/09
Posts: 11017
Loc: muttonville,ny
If it is a 1990s building the plans would still be on file at the local building dept.

We have to keep plans since the 80s for a year after the building is gone.

That would have a plumbing plan with it.

Water pipes are normally in the middle of the faucet end of the tub.
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#920166 - 08/01/17 06:09 PM Re: Is there a tool/detector to detect water pipes [Re: Rits]
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I can't imagine a water pipe being where you would mount a shower curtain rod.

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#920682 - 08/08/17 03:16 PM Re: Is there a tool/detector to detect water pipes [Re: Rits]
Able_Dog Offline
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Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 52531
Loc: So. Florida
As Bob said, highly unlikely for supply lines or drains to be there, but play it safe, stop drilling as soon as you're thru the ceramic tile, then change bit, add 1/2 inch to the tile thickness
then wrap a piece of masking tape around your bit and drill to the masking tape for the drywall (assuming it's drywall).

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#920701 - 08/08/17 06:38 PM Re: Is there a tool/detector to detect water pipes [Re: Rits]
Just_Bill Offline
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Registered: 01/27/02
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Loc: Wilmington, Delaware
As suggested above, there should be no pipes in that area. Shower rod mounting usually(hopefully) falls on a stud at the edge of the tub/shower enclosure.

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#920810 - 08/11/17 04:12 AM Re: Is there a tool/detector to detect water pipes [Re: Rits]
CabinConnection Offline
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Loc: The Indianhead's Left Nostril....
Saw an ad for "Walabot" and remembered this thread. You might want to look into it. Be sure to Google reviews also.

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#920856 - 08/11/17 09:50 PM Re: Is there a tool/detector to detect water pipes [Re: Rits]
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Registered: 04/29/09
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Loc: muttonville,ny
Saw a guy do just what you are looking for today.

A very simple thermal imaging camera for his smart phone.

Never thought about that use.
Cameras start about $200 and up.

Run the hot and cold water then scan the wall with thermal imaging camera.

pipes will be hotter and colder than rest of wall.


Edited by code_ceis (08/11/17 09:53 PM)
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