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Do Not Cry For Duct Tape

March 8, 2010
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Some recent research about energy-saving tips for homes yielded the usual stuff: Clean the filters, use a programmable stat, and my favorite - seal leaky ducts. The first two I can do; sealing leaky ducts is not my strong suit. The research reminded me to “Seal leaky ducts with mastic, metal-backed tape or aerosol sealant. This will reduce heat loss when your furnace is on and may last longer than duct tape.”

However, I have a lot of duct tape stashed around my house, and if I were to seal my leaky ducts, it seems that is what I would use for the project. But, unfortunately for most duct tape manufacturers, almost nobody recommends using duct tape to seal ducts because eventually the adhesive dries out and the tape begins to peel.

So what good is duct tape if you can’t use it on your ducts?

At www.ducttapefashion.com you will find a myriad of uses for the much maligned tape: Duct tape wallets, duct tape baseball caps, duct tape roses (great for Valentines’ Day), duct tape bracelets, duct tape purses, etc. There is actually a Duck® Tape Club for fans to share a nearly endless amount of uses. Of course, the clever folks at Duck® Tape will happily remind you at the fan site that their brand also comes in more than 20 colors.

My favorite application was sighted in Carrollton, Texas, while driving to work one morning. An injured traffic light, swaying in the wind, was held together with an amazing amount of the silver stuff. Lovely.

What’s your favorite application for duct tape? And, please don’t tell me it’s for ducts.
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Duct Tape

March 8, 2010
Years ago that was all we had, but as time and newer products came along so did the change of codes and material. Now local codes do NOT allow duct tape as the industry has found that the adhesive on the tape turns loose at temps.125*F. So most attic's where duct systems are get hot and after maybe a year it get brittle and falls off. Mastic or duct sealer DM-40 works really good if you have a paint brush, gloves and silver foil back tape. Take the time to clean surface with damp rag, then when dry apply foil tape and use a squeggy to flatten down any wrinkles. Then apply duct sealer; and you will save allot of money in heating and cooling of your home once it's sealed.



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