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cambruzzi 12-30-2008 03:01 PM

New Duct Tape... ?
 
I heard on NPR last night that the number one energy saving solution is to re duct tape your heating ducts. What do you guys think???

ratherbefishin' 12-30-2008 08:07 PM

Only if they're leaking......:whistling2:

angus242 12-30-2008 11:29 PM

Although you'd think duct tape would work good on ducts, that's not the case. Heat will dry out regular duct tape. It will become brittle and fall apart. If you want to seal you ducts, use foil tape. And yes, I agree, there can be a lot of air leakage through a forced air duct system.

Wethead 12-31-2008 01:24 AM

Oh yea, not the windows, leaking doors, poorly insulated walls, na

Well you know what they say:

Give me duck tape and a hammer and I can fix anything :laughing:

cambruzzi 12-31-2008 10:42 AM

why dont you see more isulation around the heating ducts??? ie. wrapped around the duct???

angus242 12-31-2008 11:13 AM

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Originally Posted by cambruzzi (Post 204869)
why dont you see more isulation around the heating ducts??? ie. wrapped around the duct???

Cost :glare:

cambruzzi 12-31-2008 11:16 AM

I see. Story of my life.:laughing:

gma2rjc 03-02-2009 05:03 PM

I sealed the seams on all the ducts I could reach in my basement. I haven't gotten to the insulation yet, but even without it, I notice a huge difference in the temp of my laundry room (where most of the exposed ducts are). Before I taped everything, that room was uncomfortably warm, but now it's the same temp as the rest of the basement. Now all that wasted heat goes to the rooms that need it.

It may take a very long time for it to pay off though. While I was taping a seam near a light bulb, I bumped the bulb with my elbow and took out the power in 1/2 of the basement. Had to call an electrician and he finished up about 1:30 a.m. He said the fixture was faulty anyway, he showed me a burn mark in it. So I was all excited about saving money on my gas bill and ended up paying an electrician $150. My husband said if I save us any more money, he's going to go broke :laughing:.

DangerMouse 03-02-2009 05:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gma2rjc (Post 239373)
While I was taping a seam near a light bulb, I bumped the bulb with my elbow and took out the power in 1/2 of the basement. Had to call an electrician and he finished up about 1:30 a.m.

that was obviously before you were a member HERE, right? lol

DM

gma2rjc 03-02-2009 06:34 PM

:laughing:.........:no:........:whistling2:

drtbk4ever 03-03-2009 12:30 PM

I was slowly going through the basement putting the foil tape on the ducts anywhere there was some leakage.

But I can't find that roll of tape anymore. I think the wife used it as shipping tape when mailing Christmas presents out.

gma2rjc 03-03-2009 04:49 PM

The nice, shiney packages probably made everyone feel special. Or, maybe :santa: took it.

Look at it this way, you have a reason to go to the hardware store now :yes:.

Of course, now that you blamed it on her, you'll find it somewhere :laughing:.

drtbk4ever 04-07-2009 01:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gma2rjc (Post 239822)
The nice, shiney packages probably made everyone feel special. Or, maybe :santa: took it.

Look at it this way, you have a reason to go to the hardware store now :yes:.

Of course, now that you blamed it on her, you'll find it somewhere :laughing:.

Just an update to this post. gma2rjc, you are 100% CORRECT. Yesterday, I found the roll of foil tape under the bed in the basement.

So I wrongly accussed my wife and I apologize. :whistling2:

gma2rjc 04-07-2009 02:05 PM

That's funny. If it was under the bed, you might be able to transfer the blame to the cat or dog.

One of these days I'm going to really pay attention to what goes on around here and find out who keeps misplacing my tools. They all have their own little spot in the laundry room. All organized. But there is always just one tool missing.....the one I'm looking for. LOL

A couple weeks ago I was trying to do a 'quick' repair outside on a wooden safety gate at the top of the deck stairs. I spent 15 minutes looking for the silly little bear saw. I looked everywhere. I could have sworn I had seen it within the past day or two. Where was it? On the kitchen countertop under some papers. Who left it there? :whistling2:

wrangler 04-07-2009 02:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by drtbk4ever (Post 256429)
Just an update to this post. gma2rjc, you are 100% CORRECT. Yesterday, I found the roll of foil tape under the bed in the basement.
:whistling2:

I've often wondered where those little rolls of foil tape went to reproduce. Hey, while you were under there did you happen to see a grey tube sock? One of mine came up missing from my dryer. I read some where that they are often magnetically attracted to foil tape if you do not use the proper fabric softener.


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