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Does your HVAC tape measure up?

Does your HVAC tape measure up?

An HVAC tape's performance is directly related to its measurable characteristics, and understanding the impact each quality makes is critical to choosing the right tape for the job. Does your HVAC tape measure up? Looking for an HVAC tape that meets the mark? Find a...

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Why don’t all masking tapes remove cleanly?

Why don’t all masking tapes remove cleanly?

Masking tape is used for many different jobs – painting, color coding or labeling, bundling, or temporary repairs – and each job demands different performance characteristics from the tape to successfully accomplish its task. While paint masking tape almost always...

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How do I apply HVAC tape in tight spaces?

How do I apply HVAC tape in tight spaces?

With no two jobs being the same, HVAC technicians must learn to adapt to the challenges of the jobsite environments – including working efficiently in small spaces. Attics and crawlspaces are often where HVAC maintenance and repair takes place, but with little to no...

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Does tape tab length matter?

Does tape tab length matter?

In both automated and manual carton sealing applications ensuring a reliable case seal, while also limiting tape waste can be a balancing act. One way to achieve both is to determine and apply the proper tape tab length. When we say, “tab length,” we are referring to...

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Do You Have What it Takes?

Do You Have What it Takes?

Shurtape is seeking up to three HVAC students to participate in the fourth year of the Mission: HVAC, Educating for Success program. Selected students for 2018 will have the opportunity to: Participate in HVAC-themed missions to further their knowledge of the industry...

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What is wash-down?

What is wash-down?

In the food and beverage industry, wash-down refers to the process of cleaning manufacturing and processing equipment using a high-pressure spray of water and/or chemicals. This is an important process because it kills bacteria and other contaminants to sanitize the...

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Why are some HVAC tapes printable?

Why are some HVAC tapes printable?

Printability is an important consideration to HVAC tape manufacturers because it allows information to be printed on the tape itself in addition to being on the core of the roll and on the packaging. In HVAC system inspections, inspectors need to be able to quickly...

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How do I protect the walls when painting?

How do I protect the walls when painting?

Protecting surfaces during a paint project can be accomplished by masking them off. It is vital to take your time during this process, to ensure that all your masked-off areas are leak-free. Read on to learn how to protect various surfaces during your next paint...

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What does stucco tape failure look like?

What does stucco tape failure look like?

In stucco applications, tape failure can take a few different forms. The most common is adhesive residue. Residue occurs when the stucco tape’s adhesive coating begins to transfer to the window, door frame, or other surface that it is adhered to because of...

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What is a case sealer?

What is a case sealer?

Primarily used for industrial packaging, a case sealer is a piece of equipment that is used to seal cartons during the packaging process to prepare them for shipment. There are two main types of case sealer technologies: Semi-automatic, which requires human interface...

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Can I apply painter’s tape to wood flooring?

Can I apply painter’s tape to wood flooring?

The short answer? Yes, you can apply painter’s tape to wood flooring. However, you will want to make sure you get a tape that is designed for delicate surfaces. These tapes are often formulated with a lower tack adhesive, which allows them to remove cleanly and...

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What is an over-filled carton?

What is an over-filled carton?

Just as cartons can contain too little filler packaging, they can also contain too much. Using too much void fill in boxes and parcels not only creates waste, but can cause the carton sealing tape to fail prior to palletization, while in storage, or during transit....

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What is an under-filled carton?

What is an under-filled carton?

One of the most common problems in the packaging industry is under-filled cartons. An under-filled carton is any parcel, package, or box that lacks adequate filler packaging to ensure that the item(s) being shipped arrives to its destination damage-free. An...

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How is tape used in stucco work?

How is tape used in stucco work?

You may not be aware that tape is an important tool used in exterior stucco application. Applying stucco involves carefully spreading plaster across an exterior surface with a metal trowel, almost like wide painter’s strokes. Just like with painting, it is important...

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What is indoor air quality?

What is indoor air quality?

Indoor air quality is the quality level of air inside a conditioned home or building. This relates to the health and well-being of the occupants, including comfort level. Your indoor air quality can be compromised if the HVAC system gets contaminated by foreign...

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What is mastic?

What is mastic?

Mastic is a water-based paste that can be applied to seams in an HVAC system in order to help seal the system. It is typically used to fill crevices that an HVAC tape can’t reach, especially because of its peanut butter-like consistency, which allows it to conform to...

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What is wipe-down force and why does it matter in case sealing?

What is wipe-down force and why does it matter in case sealing?

Most packaging tapes are pressure-sensitive, which means they require some type of pressure, or wipe-down force, to bond the tape to the carton surface. The proper amount of pressure will drive the tape’s adhesive into the corrugated surface, allowing the adhesive to entangle itself deep within the fibers of the carton, thereby creating a secure case seal.

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