Hints and tips that some may not have heard of. #4: Easy(er) way to use double sided tape.

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Boys and Girls,
 
Hands up all those people that haven’t used double sided tape… hmmm, as I look around in my office, I just don’t see any hands up.
 
Hands up those that have had issues with trying to peel off the backing of double sided tape… hmmm, don’t see any hands up so I will post this here as a reminder for myself.
 
Another plagiarised tip I posted at LJ on 18th. June 2019, and the couple of viewers of my video, egged me on to indoctrinate those that may not surf the net for useless information.
 
Unfortunately, this is more a visual hint than a verbal one and against my will, the original blog directed readers to the video…

You can either view the video direct,



or labour through the drivel below to get to the same video.

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Boys and Girls,

I normally poo-poo authors that say a few words and then direct their audience to a YouTube video or to a different forum/WEB, however, this is another one of those tips that make workshop practices so much easier that I thought I'd break my own rules (this time).

OK, I folded, and had to make my voice be read.

When using double sided tape, a lot of people (me inclusive) cut off strips of tape with scissors, apply it to the timber and then swear like a trooper when you can't peel off the backing tape.
If you are guilty, read on, otherwise waste your time on a better article than this one.

This is a link to the tape I currently use,
now I'm not spruiking the supplier, however, if you browse the link you can extract the specs to find your own supplier. The Titebond was included in the picture to create a size reference… it is NOT there to suggest you need glue to hold the tape (DOH!). 
You may notice, and the rest may not notice, and a lot just couldn't give a damn, however, there is 33m of the tape in each roll.
 
The tape is paper backed and micro thin and is not subject to distortions and compressions if you apply excessive downward force with the router (tool).
 
The secret is to not cut the backing with the scissors, but rather leave some trailing paper backing
which is best achieved by tearing the tape off (remember its thin… very thin compared to the 3M and such offerings) leaving the backing intact. You may need to add an extra strip, however, the time to do that is a helluva shorter than trying to peel off the backing. If your muscles are lacking, you may cheat and lift the backing and cut the sticky with a blade... but leave that bloody backing alone.
You need to look closely to where the sticky starts, or just tap it with a finger, then push down applying pressure to the back of the tape... etc.
 
All further crap aside, I made this quick video for Rob on an easy way to use double sided tape…

Fortunately after posting the video on YouTube, a chap/chapette with the moniker of Kriss, identified the phantom author (which prompted me to make this blog official) and I thoroughly recommend it's viewing and professional presentation… sorry for those that viewed my offering before reading this.

While we both (us 2 movie starts) are demonstrating with the use of paper tape, I believe the same method could be used for heavy duty (carpet) tape for all you power hungry skeptics. I use the word believe, as I have only tested this on the paper tape and was to tight to go and purchase some heavy duty just for a demo.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Like other things that once you get them "going" it's easier to keep them going.

FWIW for stateside users I find the brand sold by Taylor Tools is Fastcap brand and it has magical properties. IOW, it works like magic. That said some of the brand X double sided stuff sold for really LOW low lo prices at Amazoo, and HF do not possess these magical properties. So like a lot of things ya gets what ya pays for.

I have found that by buying 50 bux of any product at Tay Tools you often get a roll of the Fastcap tape as a freebie. Not saying you should shop there, but if you do sometimes freebies follow your order home. :-)
It's not the brand I'm flogging GW, but the method. 

Maybe my bad but I'm sure many others do the same as me.  No matter what brand I use I often find that if I cut a piece of tape off with the backing and apply it, I find it hard to get a fingernail under the backing to lift it off... and if I used a blade, I often pick up the 2 layers. Maybe better i's than u may make it a tad easier for me.  

Even the cheapest tape has sufficient holding power against lateral movement (like routing templates). The better the tape, the harder it is to remove, unless you want to use it multiple time... then it's usually on the last multiple use that it becomes easy to remove.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

This is a DuckTip I'll adapt. Even after 4 minutes of watching some bloke in an animal nighty put tape on wood, I'm going to do this, really! 

 I'm a big DS tape user, mainly masonite templates for pattern routing. I've become fairly deft at getting the backer lifted with the tip of an Exacto knife I always have handy, just like I keep my 6" rules handy (i.e. meaning lost somewhere on the table top).

Same type of tape, super thin wax paper-esque backer. Sucks to peel. You may have given me back 100 hours of the rest of my life otherwise spent picking at DS tape backing 8^)
I'm a big user too Splinter... though SWMBO insists the big is from too much vino.

Unfortunately here in Australia, our choice of supplies is a tad limited and far too often me (and associates) have used this thick tape,

It's a bugga to use as it's nearly 2mm thick which permits lateral "sway" and bloody hard to remove... though easy to peel.

When I graduated to the thin tape I cussed my cusses trying to peel it.  After I discovered this method, I thought it'd be a sin not to share it... and being a great sinner, it had to be confessed or I couldn't drink vino on a Sunday morning.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Nope I got the hint fine Duck. I have been using that rolling open trick for a long time, was just adding on, getting good tape is half the rest of the battle for me. I find a very sharply finished straight bladed screwdriver will pop up the tightly held down tape when it's new, or has a strong hold.