There comes a time when something around home needs to get repaired, maintained, installed or reinstalled but what happens when you aren’t that skilled with using a set of tools? Well, unless you want to spend money on a professional handyman, more so if you’re with a tight budget, you’d resort to creativity to guide you through and what better way to do so than by using the help of tape.
Mind you, not just any tape, 3m dual lock tape specifically because it’s designed to provide fastening same as you’d expect to get from bolts, screws, rivets and the like, meaning it can easily replace them in your projects. Depending on what it is you need it for, you can choose the black colour or clear option, as well as types differing in the number of stems per square inch so you get a variation of thickness in the joints.
Moreover, it’s ideal for indoor and outdoor use equally, and apart from its affordability, it’s also so convenient it allows you to fasten different types of materials, from glass and plastics such as ABS, acrylic and polycarbonate, to various metals like stainless steel and aluminium, varnish wood and composite materials to name some.
Though similar with Velcro, the 3m dual lock tape isn’t to be confused because it’s much more advanced and provides a much firmer grip, four times that of Velcro to be exact, another difference being there are also no hooks and loops in the design. What makes for the firm grip is the design based on “mushroom” plastic interlock stems accompanied by a snapping sound when locked, plus the adhesive backing applied on the surfaces.
The durability equally goes for smooth and irregular surfaces alike as for the conditions, it’s great even for intense temperature applications so you won’t have to worry whether harsh weather or heat and moisture at home are going to affect the tape, having in mind it’s both resistant to solvents and flame.
Quick and easy to apply, you have to take the necessary preparations to count on a secure result and by preparations I mean thorough cleaning of the surfaces where you intend to apply it, preferably with isopropyl alcohol and water and then wipe them dry to guarantee the fastening is firm.
When you want to remove the tape it’s advisable to warm it up first using a hairdryer so it would come off easily and not leave any residue behind. Ready for DIY with your favourite-to-be tape?