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    So my Uth is coming off the bottom is there something I can use to stick it back on? Or could I just use like duct tape to adhere it? I don't know what's flammable and what's not
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    So my Uth is coming off the bottom is there something I can use to stick it back on? Or could I just use like duct tape to adhere it? I don't know what's flammable and what's not
    Uhh, not sure. IF anything, i would use Electrical tape, but do your research for sure.

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    neither. I use something like this

    you can get single rolls at most any hardware store, if you tell them you want heat-resistant aluminum tape. electrical tape and duct tape both will melt and/or get icky.

    I don't use UTHs, but I do use this type of tape for heat mats in hatchling racks, etc.
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    Ok sounds good ill head over an grab some of that tape thank you!
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    Bottomline is that Zoo Med strongly advises NOT to reuse an UTH.

    #43---Aluminum Electricians' Tape: Don't use to attach/reattach UTHs to base of tank
    Updated info from Zoo Med on 19 Feb 2013:

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Ashley Rademacher
    To: Elizabeth Freer
    Sent: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 8:31 am
    Subject: RE: ZM/ar 18 Feb 2013......

    Hi Elizabeth,

    "The Under Tank Heater should be stuck to a tank using the adhesive side of the heater. It is NOT meant to be removed and re-applied. If the heater is ever removed from a tank, is should be discarded and not used again. The process of peeling the heater off of the tank can cause damage to the wiring inside the heater which can lead to hot spots and further damage in the future. With this in mind, there should be no need to use any additional adhesive product to stick the heater to a tank. It is important to read and follow ALL of the instructions for application and use of this heater. If there are any questions, customer service at Zoo Med Labs should be contacted for assistance. Please e-mail zoomed@zoomed.com, view the FAQ’s on the product web page at Zoo Med Laboratories | #1 Reptile Products Worldwide -- Welcome to Zoo Med, or call 805.542.9988 with any questions."

    Best regards,
    Ashley Rademacher
    Animal Care and Education Coordinator
    Zoo Med Labs, Inc.
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    Received this caution from Zoo Med on 11 Feb 2013:

    "Aluminum electricians tape (has been) recommended to attach the heater to the tank – I would not suggest doing this.......It is very important to use the adhesive part of the heater to stick the heater to the tank. What this does is provide a bond with no air in between to allow the heat to be transferred through the glass and into the terrarium. Failure to stick the heater to the tank will likely cause the heater to overheat, shrink, and eventually short out. This end result may occur after the heater has become deformed and discolored. This heater relies on the bond to the glass to move heat away from the heater, so this step should not be overlooked or modified. Again, I can’t guarantee that it won’t work if used outside of the directions, but we can’t guarantee that it will either. You can forward this information along as well."

    Best regards,
    Ashley Rademacher
    Animal Care and Education Coordinator
    Zoo Med Labs, Inc.
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