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This tape is excellent for bodging stuff together or taping up rust or broken parts on a car. For me, it's the first of those two, I tape up stuff as a temporary fix the deal with it later. I've used it to tape up the rabbit hutch door, cover gaps around the shed windows, and many other DIY jobs. I use this stuff religiously as a quick fix.
The tape is rugged, it's built to last and sticky as superglue. It's best use i've found, is on smooth metal, say around metal poles and frames. This is best stuck to smooth objects but can be used for rough things too. Car paintwork is not a great idea unless you want to strip the paint off or leave a glue mark, but will suffice for holding bits together.
The tape has a slightly bumpy texture on the outside but it's not "rough" as I would describe it.
As far as glue goes this stuff tops the whole competition, forget fragile tape, parcel tape or otherwise, this is super sticky and holds together extremely well. It can take weight and strain when in place and the glue won't go off too quickly. It has been on the gaps around the shed windows for months and even outside it's still holding.
This is excellent for use outside, the dampness of the shed and the freezing temperatures we've been having lately are not a problem for the tape since it's not come off or in anyway broken or peeled or even shrivelled up.
Without getting damp this works for just as long, simple use around the house for example is perfect for this but it's not like it will just fall to pieces after a couple weeks. It lasts long outside and in and so far due to bad weather it's working over time out in the shed (since winter 2012) so it's built to last and I can confirm it will hold no matter what you do with it.
Overall this is good quality stuff, it's designed for people like me who bodge things then wait months for the weather to warm up till they fix it properly. Why? It's strong, lasts months, sticks to almost anything and so I will award 5 stars.
We always have a reel of Duct tape in the house. It's one of those things that has so many uses that it is handy to have in at all times and we tend to use it as a general 'fix it' for lots of things. Up until recently, we had not purchased a roll for a while but we are currently in the process of moving house so we have been using this to tape up boxes so we have purchased two rolls in as many weeks. The rolls of this can vary in price and colour. Different widths and lengths are available and it is most commonly found in black or grey.
We have purchased a couple of grey rolls from both supermarkets and DIY chains (it is widely available). Price does vary though and we have seen rolls priced from £2.50 - £6, usually opting for something somewhere in the middle. Duct tape is stronger than standard tape as it is a cloth based tape with adhesive backing. It is very sticky and very strong - you definitely need scissors to cut, teeth are of no use!
One thing that I definitely find easier than cellotape about this is that I can always find the end of the tape on the roll! It is easy to unwind from the roll and apply directly to whatever you are sticking/fixing. As I say, we are using this on the underside of boxes when making them up for packing as it holds them together better than brown tape so offers added support to prevent the bottoms falling through when moving. In the past we have also used for fixing things temporarily and it has always held things in place for as long as we have needed it to. It is also pretty water resistant so it can hold things outside too (e.g. the felt on our shed roof!) and stand up well to the elements.
The tape can be applied easily although it is quite wide so applying with precision can be difficult. I have tried to cut it down in size for smaller jobs previously but it is sticky that I found it stuck to the scissors when cutting to the size I wanted and became pretty useless. So, this is definitely best for larger jobs. Once in place, it is difficult to move if you apply it incorrectly because it is so sticky. Removing it will usually render that bit of tape useless and probably mark/damage the surface it was applied to (taking the top layer of cardboard off the box in our case). It is, however, easy to flatten once applied to eliminate air bubbles.
So far, this tape has not let us down. Just one layer of tape is enough to hold the bottom of the boxes securely - whereas we had been using several layers of brown tape and this still didn't feel secure. We do get through a roll pretty quickly but that is because of the amount of sticking we are doing rather than any reflection on the quality of the tape - which is really very good. This is definitely a tape for hardcore jobs.
I'm ashamed to say that until a couple of years ago I'd never even heard of this stuff. That was until I had a leak under the sink and although I'd removed all the pvc pipe and u bend there was still a small drip, drip etc.
So off I went to B&Q and came across this stuff. It is really heavy duty and waterproof and is ideal for many jobs around the home. It worked a treat with my pvc pipe and I have since used it on copper pipes and other materials in and outside the home. Just bear in mind that it is so strong that once it is on, it will be very hard to get off. If you do it will likely leave a residue.
My tape which is about 2" wide and 25 metres long was grey (as above) and could withstand temperatures from -5°C to 60°C and only cost £8.00
Although there are very similar types to the Duck brand, they are only imitations. You may get lucky and find one of similar quality, but to buy Duck, will mean you will have quality with 20 years of experience behind them.
Although I bought mine from B&Q, this product is available in most DIY and many hardware stores and is a must to have around the home. It can be used for many kinds of things, not just DIY and is available in many different colours. Duck Tape is 'heavy-duty, strong, tough, waterproof, mounts, seals, reinforces, bundles and protects. This cloth tape is perfect for fixing, binding, & repairing' and according to their cover is ideal for thousands of kinds of jobs.
I would highly recommend this product to have around the house. Whether it is to fix a leak or bind some wood.plastic together, this is the one.
Copyright stebiz 2012 - also on ciao.co.uk
We always have a roll of duct tape in our house and I think it is one of those things that just about every house has. Until this spring time I had never actually had reason to use it however it came in handy when growing my peas.
I bought the tape when I was doing my weekly shopping, it is not hard to find and supermarkets stock it along with hardware style stores and of course discount stores although their version doesn't seem as strong as the branded version. The roll I have is made by Unibond and cost about £3 for the roll so it isn't exactly cheap but it is worth it.
The tape is very thick grey tape about 2 inches across and is made of lots of little compacted fibres along with plastic making it very strong and durable as well as being nearly 100% waterproof.
My husband is generally the one who uses this tape but like I say this spring I came to need it. I was growing peas in tubs outside my back door and they came to the point where I needed to heighten the netting they were growing up. I didn't have sticks long enough for the job so I took two sticks threaded them through the netting and taped them to the brick wall with duct tape one above the other.
I found that the tape was impossible to tear off the roll and nearly impossible to bite through and it tastes awful too therefore when using the tape you need to use scissors. The tape stuck to the brick wall very well and remained there even when it rained, it took a few weeks of quite bad weather before the tape began to peel from the wall and once it started to peel and continued getting wet it didn't take long to peel off.
The tape is a decent price for what you get, it's strength is second to none and it is a very versatile tape to have in the house just don't try and bite it as it certainly doesn't taste good and the taste lingers in your mouth too.
Duck/Duct tape is a thick and strong adhesive tape which is useful when other more normal weaker clear tapes will no longer suffice. More often than not you will find this in a dark grey colour but there are others available including one I have used in the past which was opaque. As well as being a thick substance anyway the tape seems to be strengthened further by a criss cross pattern of fibres which you can see when you cut pieces off of the roll. I have only ever been able to cut this with a knife or a clean pair of scissors as it just that strong, I really don't think you could tear this with your teeth, I don't think I could anyway.
I use this type of product in my workplace and it is mainly something I reach for when I need something tough, durable and strong. I work as a printer and so there are particular tasks I think this kind of thing is perfect for, for example this has been used a lot in the past to make sure graphics we have printed are secured really well to exhibitions stands. My colleague produces stretch canvas frames and he sometimes finishes these nicely on the reverse by sticking a length of this on the back and it looks professional.
This tape is bulky looking and is something you would use because of its strength and not because of the way that it looks. I have seen folks use this when they are camping and caravanning and at a lot of concerts where bands and their roadies use this thick tape to stick down wires and leads to the stage so they are out of the way and not so much of a hazard. There are different brands, colours and sizes but you can currently purchase a 25m roll of the Duck version with Amazon for £3.29.
Every home should have a roll of this. I'm a big fan and I use it on innumerable occasions for a whole variety of different tasks when you want an industrial strength tape that will actually stick.
It is important to use a tape that is appropriate for the task and we keep in stock a wide range of tapes so that we don't end up being all frustrated through trying to wrestle with a tape that is inappropriate for the sticking task. It perhaps says something about this tape that it lives in the garage and not in the kitchen drawer with the other tapes - all of which is girly tape of which my wife has custody.
It comes in a grey colour and in contrast to that thin brown parcel tape, this stuff gives every indication that it is actually material based. It is certainly more substantial and offers many advantages over so many other tapes in general use.
- You can actually easily find the end of it and don't break any nails trying to locate and free it up.
- You can easily tear it and therefore don't have to hunt around for a pair of scissors
- It doesn't stick to your fingers and itself and become unusable
- You can take it off and re-site it, if you have put it in the wrong place.
Also, it's very sticky!
Given all of the above, I really don't mind paying extra for this, for it is rather more expensive than many other tapes.
I hate to pack. I really, really hate it. The duct tape didn't really change my mind on that but it did work like a charm so get a few rolls when you know its time to move!
First off, i bought mine from Ryman's and it cost 3.29 so all you students out there, use your 10% discount. Its expensive but it does the job well and in the end when your box gets to your new abode in one piece with all your things INSIDE, you'll be glad you went with the grey wonder !
Its strong, durable and you don't have to use a lot of it to reinforce the vulnerable areas on the boxes. You can make more of the roll this way. Forget the scissors, all it needs is just a little rip and you're good to go. Nothing like masking tape or sellotape that just sticks to everything when you're trying to cut it off the roll !
Finally, there are lots of other uses for duct tape but by far, my favourite use is when i have to do the dreaded packing !
The first thing I should say about this tape is that I love the name! Everybody always called duct tape 'duck' tape anyway, and along with the cute little duck logo I always pick this brand now.
This tape is incredibly useful to have around the house. I bought it at Tesco and I recommend dropping it in your trolley next time you shop even if you don't think you need it, as you never know when you will!
General Purpose Duck Tape (you can get other varieties but I've only tried this one) is a heavy duty, thick, strong and durable duct tape. Mine is grey in colour, but other colours are available if you want to match it to something in your house. It is made of a mixture of plastic and cotton fibres which seems to give it a lot of strength, its extremely difficult to rip or damage this tape and you need quite strong scissors to cut through it.
The adhesiveness is good. I've been using this tape for a few years now and as far as I'm aware none that I've used has come unstuck. I've used it on cardboard, wood, plastic, electrical wiring, and even straight onto painted walls. Its very reliable.
I bought a 45 yard tape, which is just under 2 inches wide. I think the width is perfect as you can easily cut it into narrower strips if you need to. Because its so sticky and so strong and tough, you don't need to use as much duck tape as if you were using say, cellotape or brown parcel tape. Because of its higher effectiveness, a roll lasts a lot longer than these other tapes. You won't feel the need to double up, or put on 'just a little more for safety'.
Even though this tape is very strongly adhesive, when you do need to remove it, it comes off surprisingly easily unless what its stuck to is itself! I'm not sure what the explanation for that is. If you stick it to a painted surface, be aware that some of the paint may peel away when you remove the tape, it doesn't usually but it can happen.
Overall, I think this is a brilliant product, well worth what I paid for it. I'm afraid I can't remember exactly how much that was, but unless it was over £20, which seems unlikely, then I stand by my comment!