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Securing PVC fitting cover inserts
I'm insulating my home hot water (not steam) heating black pipes in my unfinished basement. When I put a PVC fitting cover over an elbow or a T or any other fitting, I first position, tuck and fold the fiberglass insulation insert around the elbow/T/etc. prior to putting the cover on. Once on, I secure the cover with Z-tape. The problem is that sometimes part of the insert starts coming away from the pipe before I put the cover on. Even if I do get the cover on before the insert starts coming off, I'm concerned that it's not secured well enough under there. What do people here recommend to secure the insert onto the pipe before putting the cover on? I didn't think that using plastic cable ties would be a good idea due to the heat. I was thinking a single wrap of some sort of thin bare wire, but what? Stainless steel? Galvanized? Or is there something better? Thanks.
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