Vent Tape

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

When HVAC duct insulation breaks, or you are trying to tape together two pieces to create one nice long tube you can use in new construction ***, it is best practice to use Vent Tape.

Yes, Vent Tape is the perfect product for such an application.  It is MADE to tape vents together.

Be sure you use the right thing for the right job, and you will never go wrong!

This was the first time I have seen Vent Tape used, and...

Oh, wait a minute.

Now that I read it closely it isn't Vent Tape at all.

It's Venture Tape.

Gee, here I was thinking they were actually using Vent Tape.

Sorry.

My bad.

Well, it was a good try.

Maybe next time I can put out something that instructs on the proper way to do something.

 

***  Obviously I am kidding.  THIS IS NOT BEST PRACTICE!  IT IS STUPID PRACTICE!  DUCT WORK SHOULD NEVER BE TAPED TOGETHER!!  EVEN WITH THE INFAMOUS DUCT TAPE!!  And unfortunately it is typical of what I see on so many pre-drywall inspections.  If you ever see something like this on a pre-drywall inspection, just look at the supervisor, point at the VENT TAPE, laugh and walk away. 

YOU WON'T HAVE TO SAY A WORD...

Excuse me.  I need to go put some ice on my headache.

 

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Liz and Bill Spear
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So not knowing any better will ask the question.  What would be the proper way for them to be joined?

April 22, 2011 07:26 AM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Bliz - run a completely intact tube from A to B and use these shorter pieces elsewhere, if they fit.

April 22, 2011 07:43 AM
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Robert Butler
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
Aspect Inspection

The insulation on theses prefab flex ducts is so minimal, they're designed to prevent condensation (on the exterior of the duct) in heated zones. From the framing I can see in this picture this is in an attic outside the conditioned area. This interior of this horizontal run of duct will be a condensation zone and in cooler months be conducive to mold growth. Although such applications are common they are still building defects.

And Jay is right. There should be no joints no matter what type of tape is used. Such joints have no insulation at all.

April 22, 2011 08:07 AM
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Liz and Bill Spear
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I thought that might be the answer :)

April 22, 2011 08:15 AM
Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT

LOL, Jay.  Love it.  You are so funny and sarcastic.

April 22, 2011 08:27 AM
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Dan Edward Phillips
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Good Morning Jay and interesting photo and excellent input.

April 22, 2011 08:50 AM
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Mike Jaquish
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate
Realty Arts

Jay,

Are you certain it is not "Adventure Tape?"  As in "Adventures in HVAC?"

April 22, 2011 09:28 AM
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Andrea Swiedler
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties

Jay, you have ruined my day, my week, my month even. I have always been under the impression you can fix anything in one of 2 ways. Baling wire and rubber or duct tape. If this is not true, I am going to pull the blankets up over my head and give up. I am ...

Depressed... and desponant in CT.

April 22, 2011 11:51 AM
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
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Robert - yes, this was found on a pre-drywall inspection in what will be an expensive house!  And another problem with the tape is that eventually it will blow out!

Bliz - you thought right!

Debbie - sometimes you just have to have some fun with it.

 

April 22, 2011 05:46 PM
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
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Thanks Dan.  And same to you!

Mike - some real adventures going on here!  Isn't this ridiculous?

Sorry D & D in CT.  Now, for rust on the car or a split porcelain bath tub, duct tape works great!  So don't worry, there is a lot you can still do with it.  Doesn't the rubber and baling wire get chalk art off the driveway?

April 22, 2011 05:48 PM
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Andrea Swiedler
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties

Rubber, or should I say... old inner tubing and baling wire is a fantastic plumbers helper. Works for almost everything that leaks....

And duct tape, wow, how could you say these things about duct tape? Heck, it works on blackhead removal... on a personal level, to almost anything else you can think of....

I am still... D&D in CT.... I'm calling Nutsy....

April 22, 2011 08:46 PM
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Laura Sargent
Carolina One Real Estate

boo hoo... you know agents want solutions to all the problems... OK - The right answer, done the correct way, is the way to go!!!!!  I like putting my head down and sleeping like a baby

April 22, 2011 09:37 PM
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Tish Lloyd
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
BlueCoast Realty Corporation

Funny in the post -- not so funny in the house!!  As usual really sage advice; thank you.

April 22, 2011 10:08 PM
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections

Good advice for any builder, but most don't adhere to the way to "do things right".

Clint

April 22, 2011 11:26 PM
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Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors

Another great reason for a new construction drywall inspection. Thanks, Jay

April 23, 2011 02:46 AM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
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Andrea - As a kid, I used to use inner tubing to repair my inner tubing!  But don't be so D & D!  You can use it all for anything you want!

Laura - obviously the right answer is a continuous tube from point A to B.  Repairing a break in it, or taping two pieces together is definitively NOT the right answer!  You already know that...

It isn't funny, Tish.  Which is why it was so easy to get the supervisor to repair it.

Clint - stuff like this is so common it is ridiculous.

Anne - thanks.  They are a hugely important inspection.  I wish more people got them.

April 23, 2011 04:12 AM
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Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Jay, I trust you so much I was thinking... "Vent tape"? I have never heard of that... now Duct tape... yes... thanks for letting us know the rest of the story ;-)

April 23, 2011 02:24 PM
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Jay Markanich
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I had to drag some in for a while Chris.  Too fun not to!  Maybe Billy Jays should get on that Vent Tape!  Hmmm.....

April 23, 2011 08:43 PM
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