The one thing duct tape won't fix


Come on, you must have seen this one coming! :-)
http://ducts.lbl.gov/ducttape /
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Not disputing their findings regarding lack of longevity on duct tape adhesive, I had observed that in my previous shop with the dust collection ductwork. But, it is rather interesting that they have a "cutting edge" technique for sealing ducs that just happens to have been developed in those same labs.
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Mark & Juanita wrote:

?? That's what government labs are for - to find problems and fix them.
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I know, was just having a little fun with that. ... and they also indicated that almost any other type of tape for that application worked better than duct tape (I'm assuming they were referring to things like aluminum tape)
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YABUT: That's hundred-mile-an-hour tape, so, duhh, certainly it won't work for residential air ducts: The air ain't moving fast enough!! ;-}
Grins,
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: >> wrote: : >> : >> >Come on, you must have seen this one coming! :-) : >> > : >> >http://ducts.lbl.gov/ducttape / : >> : >> Not disputing their findings regarding lack of longevity on duct tape : >> adhesive, I had observed that in my previous shop with the dust collection : >> ductwork. But, it is rather interesting that they have a "cutting edge" : >> technique for sealing ducs that just happens to have been developed in : >> those same labs. : > : >?? That's what government labs are for - to find problems and fix them. : : I know, was just having a little fun with that. ... and they also : indicated that almost any other type of tape for that application worked : better than duct tape (I'm assuming they were referring to things like : aluminum tape) : : : : +--------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ : : If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough : : +--------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
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Once again, it wasn't made to be "duct" tape, it was made to be "duck" tape. Misuse and misnomer can be a deadly duo.
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Correct. IIRC the government wanted a tape that would shed water like the feathers on a Duck, hence Duck tape was invented.
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The base material for duck tape is a fabric called "cotton duck". Cotton duck is a light canvas product and often used by artists for painting by stretching the fabric over a frame.
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http://www.ducktapeclub.com/university/history.asp
The "Duck" came from the way water slid off of it.
Waterproof seals on ammo cans was the original intent, AFAIK. http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/ducttape.htm
It's not made of cotton duck any more.
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So when all is said and done, what's it good for? Binding ducks together? Is that how it got it's name? ;)
(Hey, it's a joke - relax)
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