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Old 03-24-2009, 06:53 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I have a short piece of PEX plumbing that runs to the toilet under the house and I want to protect it from freezing. I live in Oregon. Here are the specs:

The under side of the joist bays are covered with plywood (it's a very steep slope so you can actually stand under the house. There is some insulation in the joist bays.

My question is this: If I use the heat tape and wrap a piece of pipe insulation (the black stuff with the slit in it), can I also put the regular batt insulation back in the joist bay? Or does that risk overheating? I'm planning on using the self regulating heat tape with built in thermostat.

any tips are helpful. I'm pretty handy but don't have any experience with heat tape. Thanks!

Justin

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Hi all,

I have a short piece of PEX plumbing that runs to the toilet under the house and I want to protect it from freezing. I live in Oregon. Here are the specs:

The under side of the joist bays are covered with plywood (it's a very steep slope so you can actually stand under the house. There is some insulation in the joist bays.

My question is this: If I use the heat tape and wrap a piece of pipe insulation (the black stuff with the slit in it), can I also put the regular batt insulation back in the joist bay? Or does that risk overheating? I'm planning on using the self regulating heat tape with built in thermostat.

any tips are helpful. I'm pretty handy but don't have any experience with heat tape. Thanks!

Justin
You shouldn't have to worry about overheating. If it is cold enough for the heat tape to kick on, it is unlikely that the tape will get so hot to cause a problem.

Do yourself a favor and don't buy the cheap stuff from the big box stores. I have used it and it only last four or five years if you are lucky. Unfortunately when you find out it went bad it is usually not a nice warm day when you can fix it. You find out in the middle of the night when you get up for a glass of water or to use the bathroom when the temp is twenty below zero.

I purchased some from my local well guy and that is still going strong.

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thanks for the info. i was going to get the Easy Heat which seems solid. Do you remember the brand that went belly up?
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