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Duct & electrical tape aren't the same? Stupid Q i know...(11 posts)

Duct & electrical tape aren't the same? Stupid Q i know...SGrouts
May 20, 2003 12:46 AM
a pic would help me find and buy some duct tape.
re: Duct & electrical tape aren't the same? Stupid Q i know...Akirasho
May 20, 2003 2:07 AM

... Duck tape (Duct tape) has a fabric type mesh integrated into it's strata for strength and for sealing, among other things... ducts...

... Electrical tape is fundamentally, a thin polymer film electrical insulator with an adhesive backing... used to insulate... electricals...

Electrical tape is good for covering electrical connections and finishing off a good bar wrap... Duck tape does everything else.

Be the bike.
May 20, 2003 4:28 AM
Thanks for the info... Ride strongSGrouts
May 20, 2003 4:36 AM
Addendum to Akirasho-san's postAlexx
May 21, 2003 3:35 AM
Don't forget "old" electrical tape-the black, sticky fabric tape now usually referred to as "friction tape". Pre-war, this stuff was the stuff electricians used (just ask anybody who owns an old house).
Friction tape has many uses on bikes: wrap it around tubes and stays underneath any clamp-keeps the tube unscratched, and helps the clamp hold, too.
I usually wrap my bars first with friction tape. The stickiness from the pitch (or whatever it is) keeps the cork tape from slipping, making it easier to wrap the tape a bit looser and cover more length (important for those who use bigger bars).
Wow, just go to a hardware storeNMtronracer
May 20, 2003 5:05 AM
re: Duct & electrical tape aren't the same? Stupid Q i know...Humma Hah
May 20, 2003 6:00 AM
Duct tape: Usually silver in color and about 2" wide, fabric-reinforced tape used to seal up ductwork. It is what heating/air-conditioning contractors use to get their ducts in a row. It was used by the Apollo 13 astronauts to jury-rig a CO2 scrubber after their service module blew up. MTBers sometimes carry a little of this for emergency repairs, but it is not routinely used for bike maintenance as it is kinda ugly.

Electrical tape: most commonly black and 3/4" wide or narrower, an un-reinforced vinyl tape, somewhat stretchy, used to insulate or mark wires. Also can be used to tape down handlebar tape ends. Available in various bright colors, it can be used for accent stripes and other decorative touches.
The ironic thing isMel Erickson
May 20, 2003 6:02 AM
It's not really advised to use duct tape to seal ducts! Heat from the ducts causes the tape to loosen and pull away over time. Duct tape is a wonderful invention but so is electrical tape. A family friend worked for the local electric company years ago. He used to bring electrical tape home by the caseload (liberated, you know, a kind of "fringe benefit") and use it to fix everything. It was a running joke in the neighborhood. This was before duct tape became popular. Now, duct tape is the end all and be all tape to fix anything, except ducts.
Correctly Named 'Duck' tapeMisJG
May 20, 2003 10:27 AM
After years of correcting everyone that the name is 'Duct' tape, I recently saw a short story on the history channel or somewhere about the true origins of this miracle product. Seems it was invented during WWII, can't remember the true purpose, and was included in standard tool kits. Soldiers began using it to repair small holes (think bullet) in boats because it kept water out so well and nick named it 'Duck' tape for that reason. Look through the duct work in your house. I doubt you'll find duck-tape holding your air ducts together for the reasons above. So now you know. . .
Everything you always wanted to know but knew you shouldn't askMel Erickson
May 20, 2003 12:41 PM
about "duct tape"
Yes, the army guys started calling it "duck" tape but it was changed to "duct" shortly after the war and now, in some areas, to "duck" again. It's certainly easier to say duck without that pesky "t" on the end. Call it what you will, just don't use it on your "ducts".
Are you serious? nmRJF
May 20, 2003 6:58 AM