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What Are the Applications of Duct Foil Tape

2016-09-09

Modern duct foil tape is manufactured using a layer of any one of a variety of fabrics, known as “fill yarn,” to provide strength. These threads may be polyester, cotton, fiberglass, rayon, or nylon. During the manufacturing process, this thin layer of fabric is then laminated to a low-density polyethylene backing, typically gray in color due to the use of powdered aluminum in the polyethylene.

The most common commercially available duct foil tape width is 1.9 inches (48mm), although 2 inch (51mm) duct foil tape is also a popular choice. Rolls of duct foil tape are usually sold in lengths of 55 meters (approx. 60 yards).

Generally, duct foil tape does not carry any safety certifications such as a UL, this means that the performance of duct foil tape can exhibit signs of inconsistency in certain environments or with certain uses. Duct foil tape can also pose as an environmental hazard when burned, as it may give off toxic smoke when incinerated.

In our daily life, duct foil tape is used in a wide variety of applications. The auto racing industry has long used duct foil tape as a means to perform makeshift repairs to fiberglass bodywork, as well as other “on-the-fly” jobs.

Besides, duct foil tape has been a “crew member” of every NASA space shuttle mission since 1965, and on one Apollo 13 mission in 1970, duct foil tape was used to help repair some broken on-board carbon dioxide filters, subsequently saving the lives of three astronauts. Other reported uses have ranged from treating warts to repairing helicopter blades to providing temporary fixes.

Duct foil tape has proven to be an excellent multi-purpose utility for all types of repair and construction projects. With the extensive variety of imaginative uses that duct foil tape can inspire, there is no doubt that why duct foil tape is becoming more and more popular these days.