The duc tape they sell today is crap. So, I was wondering, after the
failure downstairs on the dryer, ... has anyone use machine screws to
connect light AL exhaust ducting? The only down side could see
would be perhaps the lint gathering on the screw inside the duct and
causing a problem.
(Yes, I know the old rubberized stuff is still available on line. I
used to repair my
down jackets with it :-)
Don't use screws, the points collect lint. It is a fire hazard.
Don't use duct tape, use the special aluminum skinned tape made for
ducts. Duct take is NOT made for that use. The right take will cost more
and will have a peel off paper over the adhesive.
?? "Duck Tape" is Henkel's (parent company of Lepages and Loctite among
others) brand name for their industrial tape products. 3M also makes a
range of fabric tapes as do others. It's sold because (a) it meets various
specifications and (b) because it is very useful stuff to have around.
Well yes, but it is a specific duct tape and now what most people mean
or think of when the term duct tape is used.
I don't know if the link will work, but if it does the second and thirdtape is
the stuff to use. I have not seen the special variety for flex duct.
Interesting.>>> Duct take is NOT made for that use. The right take will cost
more>> and will have a peel off paper over the adhesive.>> You are getting duct
and "duc" tape mixed up. The grey cloth stuff is> "duc" tape and not used on
ducts.--Joseph MeehanDia duit
The gray cloth stuff is duct insulators tape or duct tape for short.
Its original use was to hold the cloth coverings over fiber insulation
in place while they were sewn. It was cloth tape so you could sew right
"This alternating current stuff is just a fad. It is much too dangerous
Member, Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department wrote:
Its _original_ use was to seal ammunition cans in WWII. It came into use to
seal ductwork later.
The Home Depot stuff is crap by the way, to understand duct tape you really
need to get hold of some of the military issue variety.
You are not supposed to use screws for the reason you mentioned. Duct
tape isn't used for ducts - it doesn't last. Buy a roll of the
aluminum foil tape - it's stronger, has better adhesive and it lasts.
The big box store carries the stuff as will most hardware stores.
Use the round clamps they sell. Note that the Whirlpool dryers and Kenmores
made by whirpool have a very short snout to attach the clamp to but it is
possible to do it securely if you locate the locking screw mechanism to the
bottom of the duct. Why whirlpool uses such a short pipe is beyond me.
Maytag gives you several inches to attach the duct to.
Trying to line up a
pipe behind the dryer with the one in the was is difficult.
I don't see why someone can't invent another method.
I've seen some dryers where you can move the output to the side instead of
the rear. Still not the best method, but easier to hook up.
Reading your post reminded me that I had come across a product that
purports to solve this problem:
I haven't tried it myself.
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