From: email@example.com (Henry Spencer)
Subject: Re: It's the little details that get ya........
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2001 18:45:28 GMT
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Derek Lyons <email@example.com> wrote:
>>...that duct tape is about the last thing you actually wanna
>>use on air ducts--the temperature cycling will cause the stuff to wear
>It depends on if you get the real deal, or if you get the cheap stuff
>currently marketed under the name 'duct tape'.
I recently saw "duct tape" in some catalog or other, and a close inspection
of the photo revealed that the package carried a "not for use on air ducts"
This is all actually a bit silly, because true duct tape is not what you
want for (e.g.) taping people to the wall on board a spacecraft. What you
use for that is more properly called gaffer's tape. It looks the same,
but the adhesive is different: true duct tape has a permanent adhesive
which is formulated not to come off, ever -- meaning that if you do try to
remove it, you get a sticky mess -- while gaffer's tape has a less
tenacious adhesive that will come off cleanly. 90%+ of what is now sold
as duct tape is really gaffer's tape.
It would appear, alas, that we're seeing a change in the meaning of the
phrase -- the incorrect usage having become quite well established -- and
a new name will have to be found for the stuff which *is* meant for air
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