Flex-Duct, Duct Tape and Clothes Hangers

Reblogger Steven L. Smith
Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

This blog from Jack might seem like it is made in fun...well maybe partially so but we inspectors see much of this kind of work. Hence, a reblog.

Original content by Jack Gilleland

When I was younger I had an Uncle that thought that a clothes hanger was the ultimate tool, the answer to everything that was broken.  Later on that Uncle discovered duct tape and this took the load off my aunts supply of clothes hangers.  Even later in life he discovered flex-duct and the world was a happy place.  He could use clothes hangers and duct tape to install flex-duct.  In minutes he could run duct work throughout an entire house.  I have seen some of his work and it is, well...... creative, to say the least.  He passed away not too long ago, but I believe that I underestimated him.  It seems that during his lifetime he taught thousands of homeowners and tradesmen the use of his favorite solutions to repair anything.

roll of duct tapeThis is duct tape.  It has a specific purpose.  It is not for hanging water lines, caulking windows (no matter what colors it comes in), covering hole in gas lines, or any number of non-duct uses.

 This is a clothes hanger.  It has a specific purpose.  It is not for hanging water lines, coupling round duct, welding beams, supporting duct, or any number of non-clothes hanging purposes.

 This is flex-duct.  It has a specific purpose.  It is not for exhaust vents, venting hot combustable gases of any kind (no matter what the appliance), or any number of other non-duct work purposes. 

I tried really hard when my uncle was still here to convince him that most things have a purpose, but to no avail.  His perfect hardware store would consist of these three items in different sizes.  Oh, also two screwdrivers (straight edge and phillips) and assorted pliers. 

The right materials for a job usually makes for a job done right (my grandfater said that).

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