How to Use Plumber's Strapping

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Things You'll Need

  • Plumber’s strapping

  • Marker

  • Snips or scissors

  • Hammer and nail

  • Power drill and screw


Use copper strapping for copper water supply pipe and vinyl or steel strapping for drain, waste and vent pipes.

Plumber's strapping, also called plumber's "tape" or "hanger strap," secures or suspends water supply lines, drain, waste and vent pipes from walls, floors and framing members. There are two common types of plumber's strapping: vinyl strapping and metal strapping. Both types consist of a coiled strip of thin, perforated material; vinyl or metal respectively. All types of plumber's strapping are installed in the same manner; it's easy to learn and requires only common hand and power tools.

Step 1

Pull approximately 1 foot of strapping from the roll. Hold the loose end of the strapping against the fastening surface, such as a wall stud. Loop the strapping around the pipe that it will support and back to the loose end of the roll.

Step 2

Pull the strapping tight around the pipe and align the strapping's fastener holes against the fastening surface. Hold the strapping in place with one hand. Press a marker through the strapping's fastener holes to mark the position of the screw or nail on the fastening surface. While still holding the strapping in place, use the marker to mark the position where you will cut the length of strapping free from the roll.

Step 3

Unloop the strapping from the pipe and remove the strapping from the fastening surface. Cut the strapping to length using snips or scissors. Use snips for metal strapping and scissors for plastic strapping.

Step 4

Loop the cut length of strapping around the pipe, pull the strapping tight and align the strapping's holes with the mark that indicates the position of the nail or screw. Hold the strapping in place with one hand.

Step 5

Use your free hand to pass a nail or screw to the hand holding the strapping. Press the fastener through the strapping's fastener holes and onto the mark that indicates the position of the nail. Let go of the strapping to allow the fastener to hold the strapping in place. Drive the nail into the fastening surface with a hammer or drive the screw into the fastening surface with a power drill.


Shane Grey

Based in Hawaii, Shane Grey began writing professionally in 2004. He draws on his construction experience to write instructional home and garden articles. In addition to freelance work, Grey has held a position as an in-house copywriter for an online retailer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater arts from Humboldt State University.