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Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« on: September 20, 2023, 09:19:41 AM »
The History Guy deep-dives into the history of Duck(t) tape.

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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2023, 09:29:48 AM »
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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2023, 09:31:59 AM »
Duct tape is lousy duct tape.
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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2023, 10:02:48 AM »
Oh, this poor English language, where February is almost universally pronounced  Febyewary and Wednesday is universally pronounced Wensday and duct is pronounced duck.

And then there's pneumonia.

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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2023, 10:05:13 AM »

And then there's pneumonia.

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I kept getting ribbed for pronouncing the P as a kid

Them: The P is silent
Me: Then WTF is it doing there?

Teachers hated me sometimes.
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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2023, 03:36:11 PM »
. . . Teachers hated me sometimes.
I can relate. Some of my teachers were nuns.
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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2023, 03:52:33 PM »
I kept getting ribbed for pronouncing the P as a kid

Them: The P is silent
Me: Then WTF is it doing there?

Teachers hated me sometimes.

I still do.  But then, I'm in my fifth or sixth childhood... I lost count.  I love to pronounce all the letters in words like Baseline Road in Boulder I used to call "bah-se-lee-nee row-ad."
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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2023, 04:12:24 PM »
I can relate. Some of my teachers were nuns.

Imagine the "fun" I had as a teenager taking those catechism classes and asking lots of questions. 
They just kept telling me to "take it on faith".  Problem was that I was like "doubting Thomas".
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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2023, 05:47:48 PM »
^^^^We were always told "It's a mystery" by the Sisters of Mercy Who Had No Mercy Whatsoever.
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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2023, 06:36:22 PM »
Iowa we say duct with a t for duct tape and furnace ducts.

Ducks are things we shoot at.
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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2023, 08:40:33 PM »
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Them: The P is silent
Me: Then WTF is it doing there?'

Obviously, the answer is "The same thing the 'C' in 'WTF' is doing."

Or maybe you intended that.

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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2023, 08:41:26 PM »
Double post.  Bad me.
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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2023, 08:07:52 AM »
I made the mistake of thinking that rolls of tape branded Duct Tape would be good for sealing the exposed duct joints in my basement.

Within a year the adhesive dried out and it fell off the joints.

Got a roll of the metal tape and tried again. Nearly 30 years later it's still there.
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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2023, 08:21:54 AM »
I made the mistake of thinking that rolls of tape branded Duct Tape would be good for sealing the exposed duct joints in my basement.

Within a year the adhesive dried out and it fell off the joints.

Got a roll of the metal tape and tried again. Nearly 30 years later it's still there.

Why I said duct tape is lousy duct tape. It can't take the heat.
For ducts aluminum tape is what you want.
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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2023, 12:32:51 PM »
Duct tape is lousy duct tape.

No, "duct" tape (the shiny foil stuff) is excellent duct tape. "Duck" tape is lousy duct tape.
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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2023, 04:48:00 PM »
The roll I bought was labeled duct tape. False advertising?

Before I bought my house I had no concept of ducts. This place was the first I ever lived in that had forced air heating and cooling.

House I grew up in had steam heat, the house my parents moved to had hot water. Neither place had central air. Neither of my apartments had central air. First place had electric heat, the apartment in DC had steam heat.
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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2023, 05:35:45 PM »
Is "Duck" just a cute brand name for duct tape, or is it a reference to duck cloth? (a type of heavy canvas) 

Cloth tape should be fine for ductwork, but it's not because they use the wrong adhesive.  I would go to an HVAC supply store and buy whatever they recommend for ducts.  Cloth or aluminum should work equally well.  If you go to Home Depot or Lowes to get your tape, buy the aluminum tape.
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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2023, 07:44:28 PM »
As someone with a long history of having to rig stuff duct tape or duck tape sucks ass, just like electrical tape which is also absolute *expletive deleted*it.



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Re: Duck or Duct: The Dilemma
« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2023, 02:12:51 PM »
I made the mistake of thinking that rolls of tape branded Duct Tape would be good for sealing the exposed duct joints in my basement.

Within a year the adhesive dried out and it fell off the joints.

Got a roll of the metal tape and tried again. Nearly 30 years later it's still there.

Imagine crawling through a crawl space less than 30" from dirt to underside of the floor (less under the joists).
That's what I did about 16 years ago to wrap my joints with the foil tape.  Later, I went back and wrapped the ducts with the foil & fiberglass wrap to help insulate them.
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