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Tape Suppliers Begin Shipping 55 Yard Gaffers Tape Rolls

Tape Suppliers Begin Shipping 55 Yard Gaffers Tape Rolls

Following an announcement by major tape converter Pro Tapes and Specialties  that they would downsize the standard length of a roll of gaffers tape from 60 yards to 55 yards, tape distributors began shipping 55 yard rolls this week. Read more about this significant change here. Allabouttape.com is your source for information about the adhesive […]

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Duct Tape Saves On Healthcare Costs-Can It Be That Simple?

Duct Tape Saves On Healthcare Costs-Can It Be That Simple?

A Midwestern Health Systems hospital is using red duct tape to create a “safe zone” for allowing hospital staff to communicate with isolated patients without having to don gloves and masks. It appears that taping a three foot square just inside a patients door and having health care providers occupy the square when communicating with […]

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3M Offers Alternative To Conventional Duct Tape

3M Offers Alternative To Conventional Duct Tape

3M 3903 vinyl duct tape is an all vinyl (no cloth reinforcing fibers) alternative to what is normally considered duct tape.  The 3M product is an embossed vinyl film offered in seven colors. It uses the same adhesive (natural rubber) as standard duct tape and can be hand torn. It is considered an economy grade […]

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No Wonder The Cost of Duct Tape Is Up!

No Wonder The Cost of Duct Tape Is Up!

We’re always on the look out for ways to increase our knowledge about tape manufacturing, particularly when it comes to the raw materials that are used to make the different products we sell. Duct tape gets its “stickiness” (known in the industry as adhesion) from an adhesive made from natural rubber, the material that is […]

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How To “Talk Tape”

How To “Talk Tape”

Any serious discussion of adhesive-backed tape pretty quickly requires that you have a “tape vocabulary”.  There are lots of terms that have one meaning in general discussions and quite another when the subject matter is tape. Here are a few to get you started: Backing. Backing refers to the primary component of tape upon which […]

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“Printable Kraft Paper Tape” By Any Other Name ……………

“Printable Kraft Paper Tape” By Any Other Name ……………

Those that sell tape products know that there are opportunities both for sales and for confusion by applying multiple names to the same product.  A perfect example of this is a product we sell that is known by its generic name “printable kraft paper tape“. This product is made from kraft paper (“kraft” refers to […]

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All You Ever Wanted To Know About Duct  Tape

All You Ever Wanted To Know About Duct Tape

Here’s a great article about duct tape. Entries include history, design, raw materials and the manufacturing process. Thank you, Madehow.com, for separating myth from fact. Allabouttape.com is your source for information about the adhesive tape industry.  All the news about gaffers tape, safety tapes, duct tape, vinyl tapes and new developments in tape technology.  Share […]

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Surgical Tape-Here’s What Makes It Work

Surgical Tape-Here’s What Makes It Work

Surgical adhesive tapes may appear similar to other cloth tapes, but there are subtle differences in their manufacturing process that make them appropriate for a very delicate job. Use of rayon, silk or some other non-irritating (hypoallergenic) fiber for the tape backing is necessary to minimize skin irritation. The material also needs to be able […]

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Yes, Duct Tape Does Remove Warts

Yes, Duct Tape Does Remove Warts

The urban legend that duct tape will remove warts has been confirmed by no less an authority than CBS News Healthwatch. Research reported in the the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that use of duct tape for wart removal was more effective and less painful than using liquid nitrogen, the process that freezes […]

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Silicone Sealing Tape-Does It Work?

Silicone Sealing Tape-Does It Work?

I’ve been fascinated by a product called silicone sealing tape since I first came across it several years ago at a boat show. It is branded under lots of names including “Atomic Tape”, “Rescue Tape”, “Tommy Tape”, “Stretch & Seal” and lots of others. In theory, it creates a bond not with adhesive, but simply […]

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