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Tape Answered

There seems to be a lot of types of tape. The most famous, Duct Tape, but there have been variations on it. Gorilla tape, a stronger and stickier version, Marine Reflective Tape, X-Treme Tape, and gaffer tape.
What's your favorite type of tape and uses for it?


obviously they work in an office where there is no extreme needs for duct tape

I doubt that's enough to give some one cancer

its strong enough to take an x ray of someones finger and that wasn't peeling very fast

The best tape ive used is probably the Duck brand duct tape I like it because its strong not to plasicy like some cheap knockoffs and comes in many colors

Copper tape. As part of our living-room redecorating, I covered the brass cap and base on my wife's heirloom lamp with 2" copper tape, to match the rest of the Arts & Craft inspired theme.


You didn't happen to make it into a touch controlled lamp, did you? :-) It is quite gorgeous as is though.

Augh, I hate those things...my dad has several in his house. I did put a "remote" switch (an extension cord with a switch at the far end) so my wife could reach it. Thanks for the complement! We really enjoyed that project, thought it became far larger than we had originally intended.

Yes I know what you mean about the touch lamps, still it was interesting for me to construct my first one (and leaning the hard way to make sure it is electrically isolated from the main line :-) To be honest, I have a lot of "not so useful" things I have built just for the understanding of how they worked (like a phone off-hook light, most phones have them, but now I have an extra one LOL). .

Too much trouble (yes, I did think about it when I did the slideshow I linked above). However, you can look at my Web page documenting the whole project.

Yay! It works. Wow-that looks really good. And what a nice job of documenting! It's like you were born an ibler. ;)

Thank you for the compliment! Except for the cabinets, nearly all the credit belongs to my wife (especially the colors, she and our designer had to drag me kicking an screaming into brown walls).

That Web page, as well as the similar one about our front yard, actually started out as my own "internal notes" keeping track of what needed to be done, where to buy different stuff, and only later did I turn it into a project description.

I've been using "the Web" for so long (since ~1990), and all of my work directories are automatically available via SLAC's Web server (many are password-protected). Creating an .html file to document something is just the lowest cost path for me.

Heh. What color were you for?

Wow. I wasn't even alive in 1990!

Y'know, that's a cool way to do it-you never usually don't lose your notes, it's easy to share, and it saves paper!

It was someone at CERN who gave birth, so to speak, to the internet, right? Oh, wait, I forgot, it was Al Gore... :O

Well, I thought the off-white we bought the house with was just fine. Easy to "match," non-controversial. I was wrong -- the room turned out gorgeous, and I'm really proud of it. In the 1980's, the Internet consisted of e-mail servers and clients (including Usenet, for you oldsters), and a couple of major file-transfer systems, FTP and Gopher. The latter two required that you contact a server and specify the path to the file you wanted. Once you had the file saved on your local machine, you could read it, execute it, or do whatever was appropriate. But everything was done file-by-file. Tim Berners-Lee, then with CERN's Network Division, came up with both a communications protocol and a "markup system" (special strings in text files), which could be used to automatically download and present files on remote servers, and to directly trigger downloading of additional files based on the content of the one you were viewing. This was originally intended as a way for the high-energy physicists in dispersed international collaborations to exchange data and documentation. The combination of HTTP and HTML turned out to be very easy to implement, and the (original, no longer!) text-based design was hightly efficient over slow connections. It very quickly became adopted on PCs as well as as the high-end Unix workstations used in HEP, and the World-wide Web grew exponentially in just a few years.

. I was teaching an Internet for educators class at the local juco when the Web went graphical. We were using dumb text terminals and the CompSci guys set up a few PCs in the lab for us to play with. . I told my students not to get too excited about it because it was too bandwidth intensive. LOL

Yes, indeed! For many years, I was rabid about keeping my browers set to "do not load images" -- the information content shouldn't depend on pretty pictures, after all. Well, I've kind of given up on that, since on many sites the only content is the graphics. Sigh...

Classic duct tape, masking tape, the white paper type.

Aluminum tape! I use it for some of my electrical projects...

i have some olive drab duct tape that I am fond of

My favorite is classic duct tape, but I use aluminum tape and camo tape too. Duct tape just seems more versatile. Scotch tape just won't hold my boots together!

Yeah, better versions of Duct tape are hard to find and expensive.


9 years ago

Barricade tape, Camouflage tape, carton sealing tape (many kinds) chart & map tape, color coding tape, metallic tapes, metal tapes, masking tape (many kinds), adhesive-only tape, double-sided tapes, foam tapes...

Try here: http://www.identi-tape.com/

Also a wide ranges of Specialty electronics tapes

I think I especially like the metal tapes and the adhesive-only tapes, though I don't actually USE them very often...

I forgot about electrical tape!