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Old 10-04-2019, 03:56 PM   #1
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Anyone do heating wire around water pipes under a permanent mobile home? If it's just a plug in an outlet and safe sure I'll do it but I'm wondering if I should take the job or tell the customer to call an electrician.

On second thought I saw a video a house burned down because of that. Not worth the risk.
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Anyone do heating wire around water pipes under a permanent mobile home? If it's just a plug in an outlet and safe sure I'll do it but I'm wondering if I should take the job or tell the customer to call an electrician.



On second thought I saw a video a house burned down because of that. Not worth the risk.
Never seen that before

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Anyone do heating wire around water pipes under a permanent mobile home? If it's just a plug in an outlet and safe sure I'll do it but I'm wondering if I should take the job or tell the customer to call an electrician.

On second thought I saw a video a house burned down because of that. Not worth the risk.



yes I have a rental mobile home upstate and it has heat tape wrapped around the water lines...and plugged in with a thermostat that turns it on when it gets close to freezing..use a quality product( if you can find one nowadays) and every electrical device has the potential for fire...
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I've done it a few times. As long as you do the job correctly there should be no more of a fire risk than installing any other electrical device. Don't cheap out on the product and follow the directions. It would be like not doing water heater replacements because houses have blown up from incorrect installations.
I get my heat tape from Ferguson where they sell it by the foot. I forget what brand it and the thermostat are but I haven't had an issue yet.
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I have done it a few times in early 2000's In Washington State,
No losses that I know of, what else are you going to do in freezing weather
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I have done it a few times in early 2000's In Washington State,
No losses that I know of, what else are you going to do in freezing weather
Get the electrician to put it on, he can take the blame if it catches on fire. I have a soap opera life. I better not do it.

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When you have just finished running a new water service, you don't tell
a customer that they have to wait a couple days without water till can
get a electrician to wire in a heat tape,
The only reason I would wait is if they did not have a good electric plug
for the heat tape
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I have always used Raychem self regulating heat cable. Brilliant design and bulletproof. I do the install and let an electrician make the connection.
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I just told the customer some plumbers did but I wasn't doing it. Maybe it would be a good idea to have an electrician check the outlets and check the existing heating wire. That mobile home was a flip and I fixed a frozen pipe that wasn't repaired.
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On the bigger jobs I've done Raychem was always spec'd. We did all the wire wrap then handed the "Controller" to the sparky and they took it from there.
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