Uncle Bob Strikes again, the "Duct Tape saga" continues.

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Home Inspector with Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections 10072923

Uncle Bob Strikes again, the "Duct Tape saga" continues.

At Desert Sun Home Inspections in Carlsbad New Mexico, we get to see a lot of homes that have been altered and modified by the use of duct tape. It seems it's the "creative choice of many owners, builders and even contractors who install everything in and on a home.

Many times the Duct tape application will work if the area the Duct Tape was used is very well protected from the outside elements like the sun wind and rain.

But in this case on a home built in 2009, it's not the best use of the duct tape.

A reminder to all contractors. "If you don't have the proper fasteners like caps and zip ties, then go get some. Don't use duct tape as a fix all. It will not work in the long haul".

This is my humble opinion when it comes to using duct tape as an "outside fastener".

Here we have a A/C line insulator that was installe the correct way. But then it was not fastened in place with the proper zip ties.

Duct tape falling off insulator.

This was not Uncle Bob that did this repair. It was installed by the A/C contractor.

In the next picture you can see that Duct Tape was used for the ends of the pipes for a solar system that was never installed on the home.

Duct tape used for the pipe on the roof.

I have to shake my head when i see this. the duct tape was never intended to be used in these cases.

Have a great day everyone.

 


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Clint  McKie

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Amanda Christiansen
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This is how Uncle Bob (aka my Dad!) fixed everything for us growing up.  Thanks for the laugh out loud moment.  :)        

Dec 02, 2012 10:08 PM #46
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I am an avid fan on duct taping and even supported it more when I learned they took it to the moon too just in case. Now every layman knows when it comes to plumbing, extra duct tape is needed....lol...good post. I once used so much duct tape that I had trouble taking it off...

Dec 02, 2012 10:33 PM #47
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Excellent information I will forward it if that is ok? thank you!!!

Dec 02, 2012 11:08 PM #48
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And you would think that they would at LEAST use the zebra striped one to make a fashion statement! ;)

Dec 03, 2012 12:41 AM #49
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Wow I belive in duct tape and its ability to fix most things but it is scary that people are taking that to the extreme they are! Thank you for the information about this. 

Dec 03, 2012 02:25 AM #50
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   Good advice, Clint, but I don't let my HVAC guy ever use zip ties only on outside installations.  They decompose from the UV and I still haven't found ties that are UV-resistant enough to approve.  I'd even rather see wire, but foil tape seems to be the way to go, and you can always zip tie around those areas if you're still so inclined.  I have my guys wrap the entire length of exposed foam pipe insulation with foil tape because it (the foam) also decomposes in the sunlight.

 

Dec 03, 2012 08:12 AM #51
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Hi Kathy,

And there are a lot of them out there. LOl

Thanks for the comment. Have a good night.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 03, 2012 10:32 AM #52
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Hi Adrian,

You are so right. You would think this would be the case. But as we can see. it's not.

Sad but true. Have a good evening in Seattle.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 03, 2012 10:33 AM #53
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Hi Belinda,

At least they did'nt use the red colored Duct Tape.

But they could have. :-)

Have a good night and thanks for the comment.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 03, 2012 10:36 AM #54
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Hi Joel,

Many , too many home buyers get duped by the builders every day.

It's sad, but this is why we inspect homes.

Have a great evening my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 03, 2012 10:38 AM #55
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Hi Mike.

Boy have the ways of using duct tape has changed and a lot.

Now it's used for everything.

Have a good night and thanks for the comment.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 03, 2012 10:41 AM #56
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Good evening Clint.

Another great example that shows, what  a  skillful home inspector you are.

Dec 03, 2012 10:41 AM #57
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My bride makes fun of me as I count on duct tape for most everything but what you have shown is well beyond the power of my beloved duct tape... LOL... Congrats on the golden star!  Hope you have a great day and restful evening my friend.

Dec 03, 2012 12:54 PM #58
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Hi Robert,

This is true, even outside the tape will only last for a while. Have a great day.

Hello Paula,

This happens all the time. I don't think they think it would ever get inspected. Thanks for the comment.

Hi Tanya,

There are a lot of creative ways to use duct tape. But there are too many who use it in the wrong way as well.

Have a wonderful day.

Hello Charles,

Are they using duct tape to hold on the climbing grips? Yikes!!!!

Hi Rob,

This is what makes inspecting really a challenging job. Never know what you might find.

Have a great day in Reno.

Hi Jon,

It is isn't it. Too sad. Thanks for commenting.

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 03, 2012 07:47 PM #59
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Clint, the different colors are merely stuck "pointing" at each climbing hold to designate which holds are included in a particular route.  That way many routes can be installed in the same area.

Dec 03, 2012 11:25 PM #60
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Hi Charles,

I was kidding of course. I knew they were for something but not quite sure.

Have a great evening my friend in the Greater Seattle area.

BTW did you get the roof fixed?

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 04, 2012 11:34 AM #61
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Hi Clint,

Congrats on the gold star..certainly well deserved!!! Uncle Bob needs to go on vacation..a long one!!

Dec 07, 2012 10:49 AM #62
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Love that duct tape! It's good for what ails you!!
Dec 07, 2012 11:09 AM #63
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Hi Dorie,

I agree with you. Uncle Bob needs to retire and find a good home in Warner Robins. :-)

Have a great weekend.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 07, 2012 09:14 PM #64
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Hi Jeanne and Ralph,

This is true in many cases. But in some isolated cases like the ones in the pictures, it needs a different application other than duct tape.

Have a great day and sell some homes. 

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 07, 2012 09:17 PM #65
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