X-Treme Tape

This article is and will always be about providing information on “do-it-yourself” products. Maybe it’s a product that is a temporary fix until you can get a professional in, or maybe it’s a permanent fix that you were easily able to do yourself. I was helping a customer yesterday who had a small leak under the sink in the kitchen. She did not want to call a plumber because of the expense involved and wanted to see if she could tackle it herself.

I took her to the tape aisle and showed her X-Treme Tape. X-Treme Tape is a tape that was developed for the military and gives an air- and water-tight seal when wrapped securely. It can handle temperatures up to 500 degrees, insulates up to 400 volts, and has a tinsel strength of up to 600 PSI. What all that means for us laymen, is that it can be a permanent. But it can be removed by just slicing down the middle of the tape with a box cutter or knife. There will be no sticky residue because X-Treme tape just adheres to itself, not what you wrap it around. And for my customer, this fix will be permanent. She saved money on a plumber and feels confident about her project. X-Treme Tape comes in a 10-foot length but stretches to thirty feet.

When you are repairing plumbing with X-Treme tape, start by wrapping the tape around the pipe while pulling and wrapping at the same time. Start wrapping an inch before the leak and follow through until your wrap is an inch beyond the leak. Overlap the tape a quarter of inch each time. It’s the wrapping and pulling that creates a bond. You can use it on a hose on the car, sprinkler pipe in the yard, garden hoses, handles on tools, and even use it like a zip tie on electrical bundles. If it can be wrapped, then X-Treme tape can be used. It’s a great temporary clamp for odd-shaped projects. Throw a roll in the car, the RV, and keep one in the tool box.

Use coupon code XT0501-7 to receive 20% off your purchase of X-Treme Tape.

Now to the email…..

Question: I just had a sewer service come out and clean out the roots in the lines of my sewer system. Is there any DIY way that I can stay on top of this so I don’t have to call him again?
Answer: There are products that are 99% copper sulfate that will remove small roots in sewer and leach lines. Root Kill is the product that we carry, and it comes in a two-pound container for you to use on two consecutive nights. Put half the container in the toilet at night and flush. Repeat the next night. You don’t have to use Root Kill, just anything that is 99% copper sulfate.

Question: I have 2 toilets that whistle when flushed. Can you tell me what has to be done to stop this whistle?
Answer: You need to change to a Fluidmaster 400A toilet fill valve. It’s easy to install. Turn off the water to the toilet, flush, and then install. The height on the valve is adjustable, and it has a five-year warranty. If someone is going to whistle at you…it shouldn’t be the toilet.

Question: We just purchased a home in which they had carpet on the concrete outside. We have pulled up the carpet but there is a residue of white stuff still left over. We have tried paint thinner, goo gone, and nothing gets it up. We want to clean it up so we can stain it. Do you know what can remove the residue?
Answer: There is a mastic remover called Bean E Doo that works on all types of mastic. It will remove latex or oil-based product. It’s the sister product to Soy Gel paint remover, and both products are made from soy beans. It’s very safe and is low in odor. Just apply the Bean E Doo in one 1/8-inch-thick layer and let it work. In about an hour, check and make sure that all the adhesive has released from the concrete by rubbing your finger down though the Bean E Doo. If you see clean concrete, it has released. Then just rinse it off. It won’t hurt your grass.