A Sticky Situation: When DUCK tape won’t cut it.

A Sticky Situation: When DUCK tape won’t cut it.

Walk into any discount dollar store and you’ll soon be dumbstruck at how many colors, designs, lengths and widths of DUCKTM tape there are.

People go through dozens of rolls to create some pretty far out dresses, wallets and other crafts.

Found in every junk drawer across the nation got its rap from the value of it in the world of HVAC technology. So much so that misinformation can lead to some disastrous fixes. As a former firefighter’s standpoint alone, I URGE everyone to accept the differences and if you see a missing or damaged piece of tape from your home heating or cooling vent, don’t just slap a piece of DUCKTM tape on it thinking it has solved the issue. That tape is NOT what HVAC technicians use for repairs. Duct tape is designed specifically for HVAC cooling and heating efficiency. It maintains temperature, secures compound metals to surfaces and is a mainstay for all HVAC service. Available in two varieties, mastic and foil, each has their own quality. The foil tape is what it sounds like it is. Shiny foil that is remarkably pliable and easily used to wrap entire ductwork joints together, work in tight furnace spaces but is permeable which can lead to disintegration and replacement is more often required than it’s counterpart; mastic tape. Constructed to withstand temperatures between 250 to minus 20 degree range, mastic duct tape can be applied to wet surfaces inside or out, comes in a liquid form, seals immediately and looks better than the gummy liquid form. Both HVAC tapes conform to UL standards and follow the HVAC IMC code. While the dollar store DUCKTM is out there, don’t expect to find it on your HVAC service Bill. It’s not all quacked up to what you think it should be.
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