why not use construction adhesive and some brads angled top and bottoms into the Sheetrock to hold till the glue dries, then there's no chance of hitting pipes. Where in nc are you? Also go post in the intro section to introduce yourself.jeffnc said:I'm hanging some baseboard trip up on a wall to be used as a picture rail. I'm using 1 5/8" self tapping trim head screws to attach through 9/16" trim, 1/2" drywall, into steel studs. I'm not sure of the stud gauge right now. Will I know if I try to drill into a nailing plate protecting a cable or pipe that's too close to the stud edge?