Tips To Choosing A Fire Tape

December 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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fire tapeFire Tapes are used on drywalls to create the perfect fire retardant method to keep fires contained within their outbreak area. These can be beneficial for many different reasons including helping to save lives in larger properties. Here are some simple tips when choosing a fire tape to help protect your property and the people that live or work there from fire damage or danger.

Tips When Purchasing Fire Tape

Quick Installation: One of the fire things to look at when purchasing a fire tape for your building project is to choose one that will provide a quick installation. Some fire tapes tend to take a while to install, although ones like the E-Z Self-Adhesive Fire Tape delivers a quick and easy method of taping cracks or sections of walls, floors, or ceilings. This can help to reduce cost and labour time, allowing for your building project to be finished in a quicker manner.

High Adhesive Properties: Choosing one that offers high adhesive properties is also important when it comes to purchasing fire tape. Fire tape needs to be able to stick to the walls for long periods of time to help prevent a breach in the barrier. A low adhesive tape may cause problems with it falling off or becoming loose allowing for flames and smoke to escape into the adjoining rooms.

Multiple Material Use: Generally most fire tapes are designed for drywall installation although finding a fire tape such as the E-Z Self-Adhesive Fire Tape provides the options of working on multiple materials including wood and steel beams. This can provide a versatile method of fire protection for multiple different property types.

High Fire Rating: Fire ratings are designed to protect against the fire that may be spreading throughout your property. When choosing a fire tape it is best to choose one that offers a 2-4 hour or more fire protection rating. This helps to keep the fire contained allowing for people to escape in time.

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BonDuit Conduit Adhesive: Watertight and Outta Sight

November 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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bonduit conduit adhesiveThey say that a conduit run is only as strong as its adhesive. Okay, well, maybe they don’t say that, but it’s true! Pretty much anything out there is only as strong as it’s weakest point, and when it comes to conduit, that would be the joint (or joints) where separate pieces of conduit are spliced together.

I may be getting a little too basic here, but the main point of conduit, its raison d’etre, is to protect cables and wiring. That’s it. Sure, it helps get them from one place to the next, but the real deal is the way it serves as armor against water, chemicals, and sharp things. If the bad stuff finds even one weak spot in the conduit where it can weasel its way in, the whole game’s up. Conduit itself, when not severely abused, is more than up to the task of sealing out water and corrosive agents, but the adhesive and fittings that join conduit runs have to be pretty good to keep up. Here’s one adhesive that can really hold its own.

Meet the cleverly-named BonDuit® Conduit Adhesive by American Polywater. It’s an accomplished multitasker that plays very nicely with PE, PVC, metal and composite conduits, and, when properly applied, creates a completely airtight, watertight joint to keep cables safe. The cured product also has a very high tensile strength, so it can stand up to quite a bit of bad weather and abuse without budging.

I know what you’re thinking: adhesives with those types of super powers usually come in several parts, and are a pain to mix and apply. Yes, BonDuit is made up of two separate components, but they aren’t frustrating or messy to mix, thanks to the special mixing nozzle applicator that automatically does the job for you. You just pull the applicator trigger, and the nozzle will do all the rest for you, mixing the two components in perfect proportion before laying down a bead of the final product. Not bad at all. To almost quote my favorite kid in the world, it’s “easy peasy… ummmm… adhesive squeezy.”

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Cable Tie Mounting Bases: No-Hassle Anchoring for Everyday Cables

September 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Cable Ties, Clips and Grommets 

adhesive-cable-tie-baseI can’t believe that it’s taken me this long to really take notice of adhesive cable tie mounting bases, but it’s finally happened. Driven by desperation to hide the cords that are ruining the view behind a new LCD TV, I’ve been wracking my brain to come up with the right combination of products for my particular predicament. First I was going to stick a piece of raceway down the back of the TV stand, but I needed cables to enter and exit at different points along the way, so that idea was nixed. Then, I thought that stick-on cord clips would make sense, until I realized that, considering how many cables there are, I’d need to use an awful lot of them. Add to that the fact that they’re adhesive-backed, and in the end, I’d just rather not have a whole slew of things glued to the back of my furniture.

And then I came across cable tie bases. I haven’t looked at or even thought about them in a long time, but suddenly, they’re beginning to look like the perfect solution. One pack of these babies and a few black cable ties, and I’ll be ready to rock. I know I said that I was trying to avoid adhesives, but 3 of these (tops) will do the trick, and in the event that I ever decide not to use them anymore, they’re so low-profile that they’ll be practically invisible. That, and they’re super cheap, which will maybe help to offset the… ummmmmmm… flat screen TV purchase.

Here’s how they work: cable tie mounting bases are basically little, almost-flat plastic squares, with spaces through which you can thread a cable tie. On the back, there’s peel-and-stick adhesive. You just peel off the backing, stick the bases wherever they’re needed, and then thread a cable tie through each one. Then just gather a few cords together, cinch them into the cable tie, and the whole bundle is kept in place. Too easy! These may not look too exciting, but they definitely qualify as Good Stuff.

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Self-Adhesive Con-Tact® Paper

September 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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contact-paperHow did we ever get along before Con-Tact® paper? Before that smooth-on-one-side, sticky-on-the-other
vinyl “paper” on a roll appeared, what was covering our kitchen shelves, or lining our utensil drawers? I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, I didn’t exactly have access to a laminating machine, so clear Con-Tact® paper always saved the day whenever I had a particularly stunning art project that needed to be immortalized. Like I said, whatever did we do without it?

Up until a few weeks ago, I never really knew that Con-Tact® Paper came in a wood grain print — did you? It turns out that this less-seen pattern opens up even more possibilities than the regular clear and countryish floral patterns that you normally find at the store. We’ve found that wood grain Con-Tact® paper works particularly well for snazzing up/camouflaging otherwise blah-looking flexible plastic cord covers that are being used on hardwood or laminate flooring.

While there’s nothing wrong with solid-color cord covers per se, the hard truth is that sometimes you just don’t want them standing out against your shiny, cherry-stained flooring. Well, getting them to blend in has just become pretty darn easy. Just cut a strip of Con-Tact® paper that’s wide enough to span the cord cover and wrap a little bit around its edges, peel off the backing, and smooth it into place.

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Loctite® Power Grab®

June 1, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Adhesives 

loctite-power-grabRemember that old Krazy Glue commercial where they glue a contruction worker’s hard hat to a beam and leave him dangling in midair? The first time a saw Loctite’s Power Grab® , I though of that ad – it’s almost that strong. While it isn’t actually glue (it comes on a roll like tape) and can’t quite keep a 200 lb. helmeted man suspended above a construction site, Loctite® Power Grab® is incredibly strong – each 60-inch roll has the power to hold up to 100 lbs of pretty much anything you can dream up.

Power Grab® is waterproof, resistant to UV rays, and works well within a wide range of temperatures (from -40°F to 248°F), so it’s not limited to indoor use. You can use it inside to hang pictures, coat hangers, and other decorative objects to your walls, and then bring it outdoors to adhere street numbers or address plaques to your home or business, or even mount a door-knocker on your front door. But don’t limit yourself – those are just a few basic ideas.

Not too long ago, a few of my coworkers filmed a demonstration video for Power Grab®, and just to show how strong it really is, they used it to mount a tool box to a wall. But it didn’t end there. Immediately after sticking the tool box to the wall, our spokesmodel proceeded to drop (not gently place, but drop) a variety of heavy tools into the box, and that tool box stayed exactly where it was supposed to. And keep in mind that our demonstration team had been forced, in the interest of time, to forgo the recommended curing period that allows the adhesive to fully set and activate. Now that’s a high-performance tape.

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J Channel

February 19, 2009 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Raceway, Duct and Conduit 

j-channel-desk_closeup-sToday’s feature presentation is very much like conduit or surface raceway, but even easier to use. Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to J Channel, the ever-updateable cable routing solution. It might not be the prettiest cord manager in the neighborhood, but you really can’t beat it for convenience – just peel the backing off its pre-applied adhesive, stick it onto your desk or wall, drop in some cables and go.

There are a couple of situations this works especially well in. First of all, if any of you renters out there are looking for a way to hide and route A/V or home computer cables, this is a terrific option that won’t leave nail holes in your walls (always a plus when deposit refund time rolls around). And secondly, J Channel is a great solution for 9-to-5 cubicle dwellers: we have a customer who actually ran some around the base of their cubicle walls so they could stash office cables inside and cut down on clutter and tripping hazards.

Don’t let me typecast the stuff, though – it’s really an all-around great solution. Because of it’s design (with an open slot right along the top) J Channel makes updating cabling incredible easy – instead of having to pry open a snapped-on cover all along its length like you’d have to do with raceway, you just lift out the cables you need to remove, then pop the new ones in. And aside from being economical, it’s also very customizable: just cut it to size with a basic hacksaw.

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