[time-nuts] GPS antenna installation problem

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Wed Mar 4 22:34:33 UTC 2009

In message <49AEF43D.3010103 at verizon.net>, Stan W1LE writes:

>Actually it is "duct"  tape.

No it is not.

Duct tape is made to stay stuck and tight on ventilation ducts in
a wide range of temperatures and humidities, it is not meant to
come off again, ever, and if you try, it will leave a sticky band
of adhesive on the substrate.  Secondary characteristics is that
it is nonedible for any insect or rodent and I belive: non-flammable.

Gaffer's tape is meant to stay in comparatively benign environmentals,
but only until you want it to come off again, at which time a gentle
but firm pull at the right angle will make it peel off, taking with
it all the adhesive material.  Gaffers tape will generally not work
near or below the freezing point, som variants are tolerant of high
temperatures (for spot-lights etc).

If you hold down cables with duct tape during a production in a
building which is a national heritage site, you will never be
allowed through the door again.

If you use gaffer's tape, they will have no reason for complaint.

And yes, it's much more expensive.


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