I wanted to find out how to patch sections of HVAC insulation where the vapor barrier has torn off. Should I just tape with Flex HVAC tape, get a Radiant barrier, add another layer of insulation w/vapor barrier
Thanks a bunch
Confusing, HVAC lines do not use a vaper barrier.
Got a picture.
The ducts need foil tape.
Most duct insulation I've seen has a foil or other covering on it that could be considered a vapor barrier. Here in NC a duct running through an unconditioned crawlspace the insulation would be soaked in the summer time as the moisture in the air condensed on the duct without this covering.
I'd use foil duct tape, definitely not DUCK Tape, a brand of the cloth tape sometimes referred to as duct tape, though it is really not intended for this purpose.
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@Sparky617: That's exactly it. I have ductwork in the attic (unconditioned space) similar to this and it has areas where the insulation is exposed that I wanted to repair.
There are 1 or 2 larger exposed areas, would getting an aluminum foil (similar to a radiant barrier product) to cover and then taping the edges work. I'm going to be using HVAC foil tape to do so
In most cases, you can simply pull the edges of the tear together and tape with foil tape. If larger areas of insulation is missing, then you can use sections of duct-wrap insulation (fiberglass insulation with a foil skin) to fill the holes. All this is held in with foil tape.
If you only have a few small areas, and since duct-wrap usually comes in larger, full rolls, you can get the same effect by patching with regular fiberglass and covering with foil tape.
Just wanted to follow up that I got rolls of insulation for HVAC and cut them to the appropriate size. For smaller tears I just pulled the edges together and used foil tape to hold it all together.
Thanks again for all the help
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