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Old 07-25-2010, 08:33 PM   #1
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The "Best Tape" Advice thread

Hi guys,

I figure this would be a question for the vintage specialists, so here it is.

I need to replace the existing tape I had holding some siding closer to the body, but now that i removed the old tape and I need to buy new tape, I am not sure which tape will do the jog.

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Any tape recommendation?

Thanks in advance,

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Old 07-25-2010, 09:06 PM   #2
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Gorilla brand duct tape will probably be the best . Home Depot carries it and it comes is different colors. Believe I would try to anchor a wood strip under the ends of the siding and run some pan head screws thru the siding into the wood prior to retaping.
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Gorilla brand duct tape will probably be the best . Home Depot carries it and it comes is different colors.
Thanks for the tape recommendation. I will check it out next visit to home depot!


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Believe I would try to anchor a wood strip under the ends of the siding and run some pan head screws thru the siding into the wood prior to retaping.
I take your suggestion very seriously, but I am not sure how to actually do it. Two questions that maybe you could help me:

- what size would are we talking about? I assume the length will be adjusted in the field, but how about the cross section?

- I am not fully visualizing this: if I place a piece of wood behind the panel and I screw the panel to it, the panel and the wood will still be loosen up from the body. I am sure I am missing something here.. I know.. I know.. maybe it is something very silly but I havent seen or done it, could you please explain again?


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Old 07-27-2010, 11:37 PM   #4
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presuming that there is sufficent room under the siding for a wood strip that the panels can be fasten to then the strip could be fastened to corner upright of the frame inside the wall under the siding panels. This could be done by either removing enough siding panels to allow you to anchor the wood piece with screws to the framing or if that is not possible then fit the wood anchor piece and prior to installing it coat the edge with a high quality quick setting builders adhesive (exterior type) and allow to dry achoring it to the framing. The siding panels could be anchored to the wood piece in the same manner but believe would still consider some screws
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Having done extensive repair of siding, in such a manner as yours, I would suggest peeling the siding back to expose the framing underneath. It's quite possible that you've got some dry rot or mold/mildew under there.

Once you've peeled the siding back, you can inspect the wood, and replace as necessary. I can't see much in the picture, but I'm willing to bet that the bottom-most framing is no longer intact, and would require replacement.

Using a couple 1"x2"s for framing and some 1/4" plywood for sheathing, you can replace any broken or rotted wood, and fasten the existing sheet metal down with project adhesive, and caulk with a good quality (DAP 3.0) Silicone caulk.
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Old 07-31-2010, 05:12 PM   #6
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If you really only want to tape it, there is a silver tape made for semi-trailers, used to seal the odd hole or cut. You will need to clean the area very thoroughly, then apply the tape, preferably in hot weather. Call a trailer repair shop in your area for some idea where to get it. It will last a number of years.

http://www.tapecoat.com/tc_pdf/TC_Aluminum_Tape.pdf
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I just heard about this stuff today and I've been checking it out. Sounds like good stuff. I heard it from a buddie who has had a roof leak issue for years. He put this thing on his class c camper on all the seams and he loves it...


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Eterna bond tape is good but think the "silver" tape referred to is actually a metalic tape used by air conditioning mechanic's and duct installers. It is available thru AC wholesale stores and also Home Depot and probably other hardware stores
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Eterna bond tape is good but think the "silver" tape referred to is actually a metalic tape used by air conditioning mechanic's and duct installers. It is available thru AC wholesale stores and also Home Depot and probably other hardware stores
Actually, the a/c stuff you can get (at any big hardware store) is a dim imitation of the stuff I was talking about. It's closer to eternabond than to duct tape, but it's specifically made for this kind of job.
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http://www.eternabond.com/AlumiBond-p/rv-as.htm

this stuff?
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