The original product was called 'Duct tape', and while it was great for
many uses, with a metalized cloth backing, and a rather thick adhesive,
it was tested on actual ductwork, and found severely lacking for this
use because the adhesive becomes hard when exposed to heat, and the tape
turns loose. However, it has MANY other great uses, and the astronauts
on Apollo 13 wouldn't have survived had they not had it along.
It can be a valuable asset around the house, as long as you don't try to
use it on heating ducts.
The product known as 'Duck tape' is simply a cheap knock-off of the
original product, and is, in my experience, vastly inferior.
And what is worse is that the stuff commonly called "duct tape" - fabric
tape with a silvery but non-metallic coating is actually a very bad choice
for sealing ducts. There are varieties of tape that are made for sealing
ducts but the common "duct" tape is not one of them.
I am surprised that no one has mentioned gaffers tape.
John wrote on Sun, 21 Oct 2007 13:05:09 -0700:
JM> Robert Haar wrote:
??>> On 10/21/07 3:01 PM, "William Sommerwerck"
??>>>> Where in world did you come up with duck? One doesn't
??>>>> tape ducks; one tapes ducts. Except it isn't very good
??>>>> for that...
??>>> So why the latter?
??>>> It might originally have been called duck tape. See the
??>>> Etymology section of the Wikipedia article.
??>>> The issue is confusing, because it wasn't used for ducts
??>>> until long after it was invented.
??>> And what is worse is that the stuff commonly called "duct
??>> tape" - fabric tape with a silvery but non-metallic
??>> coating is actually a very bad choice for sealing ducts.
??>> There are varieties of tape that are made for
??>> sealing ducts but the common "duct" tape is not one of
??>> I am surprised that no one has mentioned gaffers tape.
JM> Gaffer's tape is mentioned in the Wiki article, and it's
JM> mentioned in the first line that duct tape ain't so good
JM> for ducts.
Despite Wikipedia, I think we should stick to photography :-)
I'm not sure whether we are talking about the same thing!
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Kinda like "Can peas" or "Tin peas" in a sense. I'm sure many call it so
without the possessive, but if it's used mostly by gaffers, it should be
in the form I put it. Unless there is a widely used verb (by those in
the Biz.) "to gaff".
The 'gaffer' is the charge hand electrician on a film etc crew. And only
really one per unit. With a large crew on a big rig he is more likely to
delegate the jobs needed to be done than do them himself - like any good
crew chief. Organise the work among his crew to prevent two doing the same
job - or the lazy ones doing nothing.
Perhaps the primary use of gaffer tape these days is fixing filters to
window frames etc. But I dunno if that was the original intended use -
although old I'm not *that* old. ;-)
But the same tape is equally used by other crafts within the trade - even
although others also have their own tape, like camera tape, fairly
similar to gaffer in construction in that it's fabric reinforced but 1"
wide and white and originally used to seal film tins.
*I started out with nothing... and I still have most of it.
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
John wrote on Sun, 21 Oct 2007 10:25:15 -0700:
??>> Then you don't know the proper way to use duck (duct)
??>> tape. In a case like this, you use the tape to hold
??>> something against the door, so it CAN'T move.
JM> Where in world did you come up with duck?? One doesn't tape
JM> ducks; one tapes ducts. except it isn't very good for
I see the name is much discussed later but I would debate
whether it is not useful for ducts. It's doing very well in my
house and is good for a lot of other things!
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