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    Tape on insulation install...

    The techs used a foil faced reinforced tape. It is a Nashua brand and looks like 3" and 4" widths.

    The insulation is a radiant barrier (foil faced) R-8. It was installed over metal ducting. The tape looks exactly like the insulations radiant barrier.

    Will this tape stand the test of time? Any idea how long?

    TIA

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    Tape is tape....if it wears out, get more put on.

    It will last but only in perfect conditions.

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    Could it be Hardcast tape, or the stuff that looks like it has fiberglass under it? Either one is good to go.So I guess it could pass your test of time.

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    Sounds like "FSK" tape. I think you will be just fine buddy.
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    It is FSK tape.

    I have witnessed tape literally falling off of ducts after years in an attic environment. Granted, most of the time it was not application specific like this apparently is. I just asked that it be as good an attatchment as possible. Access to this will be very tough if needing future attention.

    Any need for a redundant banding?

    Thanks for the replies!

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    Not if it was stapled first.

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    FSK tape is generally garbage, but if it was only used on the seams in the insulation vapor barrier, and it is stapled down, it should be ok.
    If it isn't stapled, it isn't installed correctly, and will most likely start coming loose at some point.

    To often I see FSK tape used for sealing duct connections. This would be an incorrect use of the tape, as it is not a UL181 approved duct connection method, was never intended for sealing duct connections, and virtually always comes loose.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iraqveteran View Post
    Tape is tape....if it wears out, get more put on.

    It will last but only in perfect conditions.
    This is not a good attitude, IMO. Duct tape is junk, pure and simple. Should NEVER be used on ducts. Each type of tape has its own characteristics and should be used accordingly. Treating them all as equals is a dire mistake and could be a reason an installer would be viewed as a 'hack' when someone esle sees the job after a year and it looks like a forest of stalactites hangin down from the ducts.
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    Skipped is right, duct tape is worthless. Were not even supposed to use it anymore.

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    Duct tape is good for just about everything BUT duct.
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    Soo...should I have them staple through the FSK tape as well?

    I had originally asked about stapling and the techs were unable to find to a reverse cinch stapler. Weak, I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlo1 View Post
    Soo...should I have them staple through the FSK tape as well?

    I had originally asked about stapling and the techs were unable to find to a reverse cinch stapler. Weak, I know.

    The FSK is fine.

    You're wasting too much energy worrying about this.
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    Thanks Gunnery Guy!
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