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Heat Tape and Copper Pipes

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Posted by Peanut on October 04, 2004 at 10:40:16 from (

I am looking for some advice on the do's and don'ts with heat tape and copper water lines. I have hot and cold water lines (about 110 feet) exposed inside a barn. I really want to keep my water on this winter but I have never used heat tape before. Is it economical to run? Is it safe? Do I need to put foam insulation around a heat-wrapped pipe? It seems like it will be rather expensive for me to wrap 110 feet of copper lines. I poked around on the internet and can by the tape in bulk to save a few bucks. Those kits even have automatic thermometers that turn the tape on and off depending on the outside air temp. Any advice is welcome. Thanks.

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