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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:31 am    Post subject: Self Fusing Electrical tape Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I brought this up in a thread about repairing an electrical cord. Note: All precautions for proper use of electrical equipment should be observed. I suggested self fusing electrical tape. I acquired some for a specific project that I had and found that it is nearly miraculous in how it works. It is silicone based, and once you stretch it over itself it is fused and you can't pull it off. Provided that you are able to get it securely bonded to the surface that you are applying it to it is going to be as waterproof as is possible. Note: this is not intended to apply to the repair of equipment that is used by OSHA regulated employees.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:24 am    Post subject: Re: Self Fusing Electrical tape Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Where do you buy Self Fusing Electrical tape?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:33 am    Post subject: Re: Self Fusing Electrical tape Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sounds like some stuff I got at Rural King. I think they called it rescue tape ? I could not buy new boots for the tie rods on my JD5105 so I wrapped them up with that self sealing tape. Has been holding up well.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:59 am    Post subject: Re: Self Fusing Electrical tape Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Amazon, Home Depot, Ebay for a few. It seems to be a mainstream product available at a number of outlets.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:12 am    Post subject: Re: Self Fusing Electrical tape Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Showcrop, that was me posting about the cord. I had never
hear of it, so I learned something. I also appreciate your
posting about your experience with it. I found some at both
NAPA and ACE.

I hope to try it later today. I also refreshed my can of Liquid
Electrical Tape and got a larger diameter Heat Shrink.

Thanks.

Paul
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:17 am    Post subject: Re: Self Fusing Electrical tape Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am planning to lay down a layer of liquid tape in the cut and covering with either Self-Fusing tape or Heat Shrink.

Paul
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:28 am    Post subject: Re: Self Fusing Electrical tape Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Geo-TH,In wrote:
(quoted from post at 12:24:57 10/09/19) Where do you buy Self Fusing Electrical tape?

I've learned something today, and have an application that's been bothering me for a while.
Walmart sells a small roll for under six bucks. Duck brand.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:47 am    Post subject: Re: Self Fusing Electrical tape Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I bought some about 15 years ago for a specific project. Didn't really work for that, but it works remarkably well for projects where you don't need the tape to adhere to the object.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Self Fusing Electrical tape Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Amazon thinks a lot of their self fusing tape.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Self Fusing Electrical tape Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Search for "self amalgamating tape"
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Self Fusing Electrical tape Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It also works to make a temp repair on a
radiator hose.


Had a customer's truck blow a special,
molded, S shaped, line on his dump truck,
leaving him stranded on the interstate.
Nobody had a line in stock, and he was
looking at a sizable tow bill. I wrapped
the hose end to end, and put it back on.
He left the cap loose so it didn't build
any pressure, but he was able to drive it
nearly 60 miles to get it home, without
any problems.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Self Fusing Electrical tape Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have limited experience with self-fusing tape. First roll I ever got was made in USA and cost a fortune - this was probably 15+ years ago. About 2 years ago, I ordered a 12-pack of 1" x 36' from Amazon. This stuff was made in China.

With the older (USA) tape, it literally worked like magic. This newer stuff is OK. It works well sometimes, but not so well other times. Have to keep all of it clean. If you get it oily or dirty, it hurts adhesion.

With either of these, the main thing is to stretch the tape in order to achieve maximum adhesion. As the rubber tries to retract while gripping the layer underneath, it somehow activates and makes the strongest bond it can.

MJMJ made a good point - this tape doesn't normally stick to anything but itself. If you're applying to a rubber or soft plastic, then you might get lucky and the tape will make a mild bond with the repair, but normally only bonds to itself.

If you need to ensure that the tape makes the best bond possible, and if you won't crush anything you shouldn't, you can also take pliers and squeeze the tape once applied. That will also help the layers bond together. Be careful that the teeth on your pliers don't cut through the top layer of fusible tape.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:20 am    Post subject: Re: Self Fusing Electrical tape Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The 3M number escapes me but it is called self-vulcanizing tape.It is a thicker tape used to build up stress cones.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:37 am    Post subject: Re: Self Fusing Electrical tape Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I used it on my old car to cover the wiring harness to make it look new.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Self Fusing Electrical tape Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The 3M number is 130C . All wraps fuse together to make one thick tape.
 
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