Asked on Dec 11, 2013

Have to build out wall and drywall will rest on baseboard radiator

by G
I have a bathroom that was built from within a garage. It was created at the back of the garage and has it's own floor. The floor/room was not attached to the foundation and after some 40 years, the foundation settled. This shifted the entire bathroom floor and pipes off. We demolished the bathroom and have had the floor and pipes re leveled. We had a new shower basin installed and plumbing replaced. Because the foundation goes around the bathroom, we had to build out the wall to attach the shower walls to. There is baseboard heat in there and after the build out, it looks like the bottom of the wall will rest directly on the top of the baseboard heat. These are plumbed pipes that run from a boiler so not easy to move.
Was wondering if there was any harm in having the wall rest on the baseboard heater. Was there something I could put above the heater/between the wall base and the heater to help keep it from resting directly on top of it?
I am worried about the heater damaging the wall or moisture getting up behind the wall from the heater.
  3 answers
  • Euroshake Euroshake on Dec 12, 2013
    Consider cutting ceramic tile and lying it on the baseboard heater and then letting drywall rest on tile as a heat and moisture barrier.
  • Higgins const. Higgins const. on Dec 12, 2013
    put a small header above it, making a small box and line w/ tile,to send heat in to room
  • Teresa A Teresa A on Dec 12, 2013
    Hi G, If you look at an old style radiator, there is a pipe feeding into the radiator and one returning on the other end. The same is true with baseboard hot water heat, it is usually a continuous loop of pipe through an area of the house. If you remove the front cover of the baseboard heat run, you will see a copper pipe coming in, perhaps a 90 degree copper fitting, the copper pipe with aluminum fins and a fitting to return. Can the back piece against the wall be removed from the old portion of the wall (it is usually just screwed on), the new dry wall be put up and the back piece be reinstalled? If the feed and return pipes come in too close, is it possible to de-solder those connections and turn them, solder in another fitting to get it out from the old wall and compensate for the new dry wall? This is not a conventional idea to turn and add fittings....the system would need drained. I would't do it in the winter.