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Don't Judge Duct Tape By Its Cover Alone

DON'T JUDGE DUCT TAPE ТАРЕ ΒY ITS COVER ALONE THICKNESS IS ONE, BUT NOT THE ONLY, FACTOR TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING DUCT TAPE. THE MAKEUP OF DUCT TAPE'S THREE LAYERS - FILM, CLOTH, ADHESIVE - AS WELL AS THE TASK AT HAND, DETERMINES A TAPE'S PERFORMANCE. EVALUATING A TAPE USING THESE COMMON PERFORMANCE CRITERIA WILL HELP YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT TAPE FOR EACH JOB. THICKNESS ADHESION TO STEEL Measured in mils, thickness is often thought of as a reflection of a tape's overall strength; however, it is not always indicative of a tape's adhesion or holding power. It's important to evaluate thickness in coordination with other performance measurements when choosing a tape. Measured in ounces/inches, the higher the number the more force it takes to remove once applied. NOTE: Adhesion to steel does not directly correlate to adhesion on other surfaces such as brick or kraft. TENSILE SHEAR Holding power or the ability of the tape to resist slippage. Measured in minutes, shear is particularly important in applications where the tape is holding something in place such as hanging poly on a wall. The amount of force required before tape breaks. Measured in pounds/inches, the higher the number the more stress the tape can endure before breaking. ТАСК ELONGATION The initial affinity a tape's adhesive has for a substrate. Good finger tack, or quick stick, is not always a reflection of strong adhesion or shear. The amount a tape has stretched, lengthwise, just before breaking. Measured in percent, the higher the number the more give the tape has. ADHESION TO BACKING The ability of the tape to adhere to itself. Measured in ounces/inches, adhesion to backing is important in applications where the tape is layered or shingled. Shurtape TRUE TO YOUR WORK

Don't Judge Duct Tape By Its Cover Alone

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Thickness is one, but not the only, factor to consider when buying duct tape. The anatomy of the duct tape, as well as the task at hand, determines a tape's performance. Evaluating a tape using thes...

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