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January 25, 2013, 07:42:26 PM on

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Electricians use it for waterproof joints, most DIY outlets sell it.  It is a layer of stretchy rubbery tape with a plastic film on one side.  You peel off the plastic and stretch the tape as you wind it on.  The stretching activates a chemical in the tape which causes it to weld itself to itself.  It sticks on contact and after a few minutes forms a bonded layer that you can't separate.  It's really good stuff and has lots of uses :hat10
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Handy stuff to know about  :notworthy

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I first discovered it years ago when working outdoors with an electrician.  First time I used it myself was to waterproof the F connectors on my satellite dish.  I use it a lot on ancilliary electrics on the bikes, as well as heatshrink tube, although heatshrink doesn't have the same waterproofing qualities unless you get the stuff with a hot glue coating inside.

There are variants on the market now that can even make a temporary repair to rubber cooling hoses!!
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the tape works well as rim tape on spoked wheels, you can go round a few times to get a nice thick buffer between tube and spoke ends.
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We should start a 1001 uses for amalgamating tape thread in the General Discussion area :hat10

Edit: I just did..... :hat10
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I first used this stuff in the mid 70's when I was a Post Office(Before BT) Telephone Engineer, we used it to seal cable joints on the old copper cables in the ground. Good kit :thumbsup
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I did a joint repair on a submersible many years back that operated to a depth of 80m. Was doing it as a favour to the client as they couldn't get a new cable or a technician with the recommended epoxy potting kit in time for a big job.

Wrapped about four layers then slipped an adhesive lined heatshrink sleeve over it, did the job nicely. I bumped into the ROV pilot a year or so later.He told me when he decommissioned the spread at the end of the 6 month job he was curious as to how well it had worked. He ended up having to use a cutting disc to open it and found it bone dry without any corrosion and the soldered joints were still shiney  :thumbsup
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