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Everyone talks about duct tape and how awesome it is and you can fix everything blah blah blah....if i need something fixed i am going electrical tape.  It is easier to handle, doesn't get all messed up over time, they use it for holding alligator mouth's shut on TV and it is the perfect size to use in a pitch for stitches....

 

Bottom line is electrical tape is way better and should be given more consideration when tape is being discussed....

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You've never used gorilla tape then. I used it to patch an aluminum boat had to scrape it off with a razor blade before we could get it welded

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Electrical tape leaves a black, sticky residue on whatever you stick it to. If that is not going to be an issue later when you remove the tape, go fot it.

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Electrical tape leaves a black, sticky residue on whatever you stick it to. If that is not going to be an issue later when you remove the tape, go fot it.

The hell kinda electrical tape are you using? The cheap Chinese garbage?

Yes 3M Super 33+ does. But that's splicing tape. Its usually used as a top wrap for cable splices. Such as over the mastic tape, silicone tape, and rubber tape on a 13kv splice. 3M 1700C tape doesn't leave a black residue. Its primarily used for phasing terminations. Most all of the lesser 3M tapes don't leave a residue either.

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33+ is a miracle bandage. Put it on a cut. Leave it for a few hours. Then air the cut out. Reapply as needed. Whatever is in the chemical compound of the glue, heals cuts fast as all get out too. I have extensive experience with that. Plus I ain't got to pay 12 dollars a roll like all y'all do. :grin:

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The hell kinda electrical tape are you using? The cheap Chinese garbage?

Yes 3M Super 33+ does. But that's splicing tape. Its usually used as a top wrap for cable splices. Such as over the mastic tape, silicone tape, and rubber tape on a 13kv splice. 3M 1700C tape doesn't leave a black residue. Its primarily used for phasing terminations. Most all of the lesser 3M tapes don't leave a residue either.

 I've been using Super 33 for 35 years. I didn't know there was another electrical tape. I'm not a connoisseur of tape. Good to know there are other options.

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Last time I went to the ER to get sewed up the doc was impressed I wrapped a paper towel around the cut before I wrapped it in electrical tape. I guess most tradesmen just use tape. I must be getting soft. 

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I've been using Super 33 for 35 years. I didn't know there was another electrical tape. I'm not a connoisseur of tape. Good to know there are other options.

Yeah 33+ makes a dang mess. Takes forever to get the residue off too. I ain't a connoisseur. Just a not very humble electrician.

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Last time I went to the ER to get sewed up the doc was impressed I wrapped a paper towel around the cut before I wrapped it in electrical tape. I guess most tradesmen just use tape. I must be getting soft.

Yeah you are.

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Electrical tape makes a great pressure bandage, as long as you don't stretch it too much and turn the bandage into a tourniquet. 

 

Electrical tape is great for stopping leaks that occur when a pinhole in copper tubing results from minerals in the water.  Fold the electrical tape into a square patch about a sixteenth of an inch thick.  Using an appropriate size hose clamp, put the "patch" over the hole and tighten the hose clamp until the leak stops.

 

Works like a charm.

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Last time I went to the ER to get sewed up the doc was impressed I wrapped a paper towel around the cut before I wrapped it in electrical tape. I guess most tradesmen just use tape. I must be getting soft. 

You are not the only one. Duct tape, electrical tape, and paper towels are first aid for me. Last year I cut my arm while running the lathe. I mean it looked like I got attacked by a wild animal. All I did was wash it out. Then duct taped paper towels on my arm. Went right back to work. Band aids are worthless to me. As my blood doesn't clot like a lot of peoples.

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You've never used gorilla tape then. I used it to patch an aluminum boat had to scrape it off with a razor blade before we could get it welded

GORILLA TAPE IS AWESOME!

I always keep some electrical tape too

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GORILLA TAPE IS AWESOME!

I always keep some electrical tape too

Gorilla tape is awesome until you stick it on yourself.

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33+ is a miracle bandage. Put it on a cut. Leave it for a few hours. Then air the cut out. Reapply as needed. Whatever is in the chemical compound of the glue, heals cuts fast as all get out too. I have extensive experience with that. Plus I ain't got to pay 12 dollars a roll like all y'all do. :grin:

 

http://www.amazon.com/s/190-9479090-6536458?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=3M%201700C&index=blended&link_code=qs&sourceid=Mozilla-search&tag=mozilla-20

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Super glue/crazy glue also works well on cuts, and split or torn fingernails.  It might sting a bit, but it works very well to keep the wound closed.

 

By the way, "airing" a wound to dry it out lengthens the healing time, contrary to what some think.

 

"THE FACTS Most parents and school nurses have a time-honored approach to treating a small wound: clean it up, stop the bleeding and then let it get some air.

Leif Parsons

 

The point of this approach, as described in medical texts, is to lower the odds of infection and to speed the healing process. But over the years, researchers have found that what many people know about treating small cuts and scrapes is wrong.

 

Exposing a wound to the air so it can breathe is a terrible mistake, experts say, because it creates a dry environment that promotes cell death.

 

A handful of studies have found that when wounds are kept moist and covered, blood vessels regenerate faster and the number of cells that cause inflammation drop more rapidly than they do in wounds allowed to air out. It is best to keep a wound moist and covered for at least five days."

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/01/health/01real.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1394982178-x8riPjfLfRvDMEuLkqDzIw

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I've never seen duct tape not leave a residue.

It is available in wider widths and stays on much better than run of the mill electrical tape.

I've got a piece holding my glove box shut as we speak.

Electrical tape didn't do the job.

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Just looking around the room I'm in... there's a pair of dumbbells, the handles of which are too small in diameter so I wrapped them with an old washcloth and then electrical tape, hit 'em with a hairdryer.  Much more comfortable grip and no sticky/messy edge. Also a packing tube with a light muskie rod in it, the end caps are secured with Gorilla tape. (All other duct tape is garbage.) I wouldn't trust electrical tape to do the job.

 

Each has its time and place to shine, fellas. And watch out, reusable cable ties are quietly gaining a significant share of this market.

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Now if they could only make Gorilla Tape UV proof.

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Nothing is UV proof, but you can get paint and other coatings which contain UV inhibitors.  Armor All has some products which contain UV inhibitors.  An application of any such product from time to time will prolong the life of your Gorilla Tape.

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