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From a roll of duct tape, “Geo Eye (Victoria Peak)” by artist Takahiro Iwasaki, in the October 2012 issue of Abitare magazine.

Duct tape, or duck tape, is cloth- or scrim-backed pressure sensitive tape often coated with polyethylene. There are a variety of constructions using different backings and adhesives. One variation is gaffer tape designed to be cleanly removed, while duct tape is not.




Another variation is heat-resistant duct tape useful for sealing heating and ventilation (HVAC) ducts, produced because standard duct tape fails quickly when used on heating ducts. Duct tape is generally gray or black but also available in other colors.

Here’s something Gareth Morgan will approve of. (Duct tape cat: US teen arrested on animal cruelty charges)


In 1942 Revolite, then a division of Johnson & Johnson, originally developed an adhesive tape made from a rubber-based adhesive applied to a durable duck cloth backing. This tape resisted water and was used as sealing tape on ammunition cases during World War II.


Different meaning in Australia and New Zealand:  The term duct tape can lead to confusion between people more familiar with the North American usage of the term and those from regions such as Australia and New Zealand, where a different type of tape is often sold asduct tape: a PVC tape without a fabric backing.




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