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Re: Condensation collecting on AC hoses in condo attic
I'm Harvey the Master Plumber
Your question is can you use foam ****-tubing to cover these hoses to absorb drips? Now, wrapped with black tape
YES! The tubing doesn't absorb drips, it insullates the pipes against the humidity. I'm surprised it was not insullated to begin with as that is required for this very reason! When insullating don't leave any gaps and you'll be fine.
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Yes, you can use heat tape on pipes UNLESS they are plastic or PEX. Copper lines - no problem.Heat tape is used to keep lines from freezing, and generally they do a good job at it, IF you get it wrapped around the part that usually freezes. BUT please understand the design purpose of heat tape before using! For example: My kitchen has an overhang that extends about four heet from the foundation that the water lines run through. In -30 F weather, my water lines will freeze up. I initially wrapped heat tape on the lines below the sink and still had freeze up. So I relocated the heat tape to the crawl space and wrapped the pipe as close to the foundation as I could. That solved the problem.
well I don't know what type fitting yuor dealing with if it is a compression fitting just tighten it if it is a threaded fitting you can try tighting it but you should take it apart and re-dope the treads.
1st You must know that you can attach the heat tape by spiral wrapping, or by straight run (in- line with the pipe); held temporarily with a few pieces of tape. Of course you will need to apply an insulating wrap (in either case).
The straight run gives the least heat per foot but covers more pipe. The tighter (closer) the spiral wrap of the heat tape loops, the more heat per foot but the shorter the coverage. If the pipe is 1/2" or 3/4" DIAM. then a straight run is sufficient. If 1" to 1 1/4" then a very wide spiral. If 1 1/2 to 2" then a closer loop spiral. In no case should the loops touch each other nor be closer than 3/4" to each other. And avoid having the heat tape cross itself at valves, elbows, etc. PLease note that this is all based on winter temps of 0 degree F. or above and using normal 1" THICK WRAP INSULATION. If you have temps down to -30 or so, then give minimum 2" thick insulation.
Good Luck Macgivor.
This is a natural occurance do to atmospheric conditions. As the heat from the gas burner warms the inside lining of the cold metal flue vent, the humidity in the room air creates condensation. In some cases, enough to drip down on the burner assembly. It is nothing to worrying about, unless it does not stop dripping after the burner has shut off.
Fire chaulk is designed just seal and not allow air in by pipes and or wiring to prevent fires from getting air to start and spread.
If you are hearing a constant drip they may have a leaking toilet or faucet just dripping a little causing this. If everything is right sound proofing when installed like cast iron stack between walls to limit noise.
But you may ask them to make sure nothing is dripping .
You will have to bust out the ceiling where the dripping is occuring to get to the pipes. Before doing so, check and see if your house was built with an access door for the valves. (Look on the other side of the wall where the valves are.) I have the very same problem and am going through ceiling replacement after repairing the pipes. It is a mess. Good luck.
no the coating cannot be repaired, because the coating is heat resistant and anything u put on will not adhere or be heat resistant enough, a silicon auto sealant may last for while but not likely to last long, u cannot solder as to high a heat will ruin core, had a though there is a cold copper solder solvent for fusing copper pipes if u wrapped with this copper tubing and cold soldered it might work it works on hot water copper pipes. If u try this and it works please keep me posted on this my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
If it is your drain line frozen there must be a clog in the line somewhere because drain lines should never hold water. If it is a trap or goose neck under your house or trailer, you can carefully thaw them with a propane torch very slowly, or a Heat Gun very slowly, or even a Blow Dryer. After the trap or gooseneck is thawed out, run some hot water until your drain works as it used to. Then you can put Heat Tape on the trap so it does not happen again. Use the proper heat tape rated for metal or PVC plasic pipe according to instructions. Disconnect the electrical supply for the Heat Tape in the Spring as weather permits.....Joe