Crawl into position with a roll of plastic insulation tape and either scissors or a tradesman's knife. The tape itself looks much like household adhesive tape, though it is not see-through. This will be applied to all bends in the pipe--where angled couplings have been fitted to change the pipe's direction.
Roll the tape--sticky side down--around the pipe 3 inches away from the bend. Roll it down in a spiral fashion toward the bend, then cover the bend and finish 3 inches past the bend on the other straight pipe. Foam insulation tubes generally don't fit well around pipe bends, so the tape offers good insulation protection. Cover all remaining pipe bends in the same fashion.
Measure the first straight piece of pipe in the area that you want to insulate--this will be from one bend to the next--using the tape measure. Add 1 inch to that length to make it a tight fit. Cut a piece of foam insulation tube to that length, using the tradesman's knife or scissors. The foam has a slit the entire length on one side and is hollow in the middle, so push the pipe past the slit and into the middle of the tube.
Pull away the plastic strips protecting the glue on each side of the slit and squeeze the two sides of the slit together with your hands. Continue in like fashion with all the other straight sections of pipe.
Things You Will Need
- Insulation tape
- Foam insulation tubes
- Tradesman's knife/scissors
- Tape measure
- Foam insulation tubes come in different thicknesses. Check with your permit office for the required thickness for your area.