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jcpress

07:27AM | 01/21/02
Member Since: 12/25/01
26 lifetime posts
I recently had asbestos insulation removed from the steam pipes that run from my boiler to the radiators in my house. Now I'm wondering what kind of insulation I should use on the pipes. What type is recommended?

Iceman

11:46AM | 01/21/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear JC,
I've had good luck using Armaflex insulation on hot water lines in the past. I think they're okay for steam. Either way, do NOT use Duct tape to seal the openings. There is a metallic tape that works quite well for this purpose.
Len

jcpress

04:30PM | 01/24/02
Member Since: 12/25/01
26 lifetime posts
Thanks, Iceman. One question - where can I find the insulation you mention? Is it fiberglass? I saw a post on another bulletin board where the person responding said that you can't use fiberglass insulation on steam pipes and that the insulation you need for steam pipes is not something that you would find at Home Depot.

Iceman

08:07PM | 01/24/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear JC,
You can find the insulation at any Home Depot, plumbing supply, heating suply, or most hardware stores. Ask for Armaflex rubber. The idiots they employ will "maybe" understand that.
Len

jcpress

04:24PM | 12/09/02
Member Since: 12/25/01
26 lifetime posts
This is a follow-up on an old post, but I recently found a solution to my problem. After getting poor advice from the good folks at ***** and buying some 1/4" foam and foil insulation, I found Owens Corning SSLII fiberglass pipe insulation. I think it's actually made for commercial uses, but it works beautifully for me. It comes in 3 foot sections, and seals itself, so installation is incredibly fast. And, best of all, it cost me less than buying all of that foil junk that didn't work and that took me so long to put on (and even longer to take off). Hope this helps someone else.

TC

01:00PM | 12/18/02
Member Since: 12/10/02
18 lifetime posts
Now that you have insulated your pipes, do you need moisture in your rooms, if so I make ceramic humidifier for the old radiators, email me if you are interested. Tullula1@aol.com.


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