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Fastening pipe insulation, tape or zip ties?

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by welderboyjk, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. welderboyjk

    welderboyjk Member

    Jan 29, 2009
    South West, Michigan
    Now I know either would work but duct tape seems to "dry out" after a few years and the glue turn to dust. Zip ties would hold it in place just fine but since I had to split the insulation it would require a bunch of the to hold it closed well.
    So what do/did you use? Wondering what options there are out there that I've not seen.

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  2. Bob Rohr

    Bob Rohr Minister of Fire

    Jan 9, 2008
    SW Missouri
    Did you get a nice clean cut when you split the insulation? If so get some spray contact glue. Spray both edges, wait a few minutes and squeeze it together. You can also get a liquid contact glue and brush it on, but the spray is less mess. Check that the glue is compatible with the insulation, I haven't tried the spray glue on the foam type, just the rubber based Armaflex.
  3. maple1

    maple1 Minister of Fire

    Sep 15, 2011
    Nova Scotia
    When I need something, I use Tuck Tape (Tyvek tape).

    Haven't had any in service for an extended period of time yet, so not sure how it'll last - but it should be a lot longer than duct tape.
  4. peakbagger

    peakbagger Minister of Fire

    Jul 11, 2008
    Northern NH
    I have used "barge cement" to glue between pipe sections and on mitered cuts. It seems to hold up well. I just spread it on and then temporarilly use a piece of tape to hold it while its sets.It does put out some strong fumes so be careful. 3m super weatherstrip adhesive also works, use it like rubber cement, apply a thin coat to both surfaces and let it get tacky, then push them together.

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