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Old 10-18-2016, 02:22 PM   #1
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Tear in heating duct

My turn to ask a question! My X20E has a heating duct that runs through my storage compartment. Earlier this summer I put a hole in it when removing one of my fire pit tools. This was on a trip where we did need the heat at night so I put a piece of duct tape in it. I forgot about it.

I'm now cleaning and prepping for putting it to bed for the winter and noticed the duct tape patch was drying out. I removed the tape but now the duct is almost completely severed. What can I do with this? Replacing the entire duct looks painful. I there something other than plain old duct tape that I can wrap it with and rejoin the split ducting?

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Old 10-18-2016, 02:26 PM   #2
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Measure the ID of the hose.


Buy a section of the same size at Home Depot or Lowes along with 2 sets of the correct splicing components. $30 or so in parts. 1 hour to cut away the damaged area and effect a permanent repair.
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If it is the flexible type, you can likely just replace the whole piece or splice it as suggested.
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Old 10-18-2016, 02:40 PM   #4
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Mike I thought about that. It's pretty flimsy stuff though, more like aluminum foil and a lot less like a dryer vent. No doubt to save weight. And I believe it's 4", which seems to be the standard for RVs.

Norty replacing the entire piece looks painful. I think I'd have to remove a section of the dinette to get at it. And part of it is behind a wall because one section of the dinette rolls out as an ottoman.
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Old 10-18-2016, 02:48 PM   #5
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You need to use the following to get a long-lasting seal, 3M Metallized Flexible Duct Tape 3350, great tape, won't dry out like duct tape and fall apart.
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Awesome! And 3m makes great products. Thanks!
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The metalized duct tape is the correct item to use. If you can patch it with that. If not, go to Home Depot and buy a metal spice joint, and two large radiator clamps. Cut the duct the rest of the way apart and then put it back together.

I used the metal duct tape when I was remodeling my house. Worked really nice. Once it sticks it is stuck and will stay permanently. It is not cheap stuff.
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And then build a box or something to protect it.
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the metalized duct tape is the correct item to use. If you can patch it with that. If not, go to home depot and buy a metal spice joint, and two large radiator clamps. Cut the duct the rest of the way apart and then put it back together.

I used the metal duct tape when i was remodeling my house. Worked really nice. Once it sticks it is stuck and will stay permanently. It is not cheap stuff.
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And then build a box or something to protect it.
I was thinking about that. Should be pretty simple.
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