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Super Strength Tape
Duck General Purpose Duct Tape
Member Name: kat1234
Duck General Purpose Duct Tape
Advantages: very sticky, very strong
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.
Summary: multi purpose