Author: Lisa Zierfuss

How are duct tapes used in abatement?

One of the most versatile types of tape, duct tape is often used in abatement and restoration jobs that involve rugged surfaces and tougher climates. It can be used to hang poly sheeting for building barriers and adheres well to rough surfaces, unpainted wood, and metal. It can also be useful for general purpose bundling and repairs. Some of the advantages to duct tape is that it is easy to tear by hand yet also durable enough to withstand some pulling and stretching, making it a good fit when building containments for abatement jobs when clean removal is not...

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How are packaging tape and strapping tape used in abatement jobs?

Packaging and strapping tapes are great additions to the toolbox for restoration and abatement jobs. They are useful for: General purpose bundling and holding applications Sealing boxes of belongings that are packed up and removed from the jobsite before the crew comes in to start the restoration or abatement work There are many different grades of these tapes, ranging from light to heavy duty, so it is important to consider the weight of the boxes when...

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What is the difference between abatement and restoration?

While often lumped together as one category, abatement and restoration projects actually have some key differences, which might help determine the best tools, including tape, for the job. Restoration refers to a situation where an interior area is being contained to keep dust, dirt or debris in one area, with the end goal of restoring that area to better than its original state. Restoration projects require a tape that will not damage the surfaces to which it’s adhered, while having a strong enough hold to mask areas off and hold up the poly-sheeting that it used to create those barriers. Abatement,...

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How is foil tape used in abatement jobs?

While typically thought of for use in HVAC jobs, foil tapes are also useful for abatement and restoration applications involving metal and sheet metal repair, such as sealing up ductwork after a hole has been cut into it to check for water damage after a fire or flood. UL Listing (code compliance) is the most important factor to consider when choosing a foil tape because not using the right tape for the job could lead to failure during an inspection, causing lost time, extra costs, and lots of headaches. Other things to consider are the tape’s performance in a...

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How are painter’s tape and masking tape used in abatement?

Painter’s tapes and masking tapes are useful for more than just masking surfaces before painting. They are also quite handy in abatement and restoration projects for building containments, labeling, hanging temporary signs, and bundling. Important factors to consider when selecting a painter’s or masking tape for abatement purposes are quick stick, multi-surface performance, and easy unwind. Clean removability is a benefit for restoration jobs more so than abatement jobs, but it’s always a good idea to double-check to see if the original surface is supposed to remain after the job is done, or if that surface will be knocked...

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