Tape Varieties and Uses
When using adhesive tape, it's important to choose a product that's appropriate for the job at hand. This guide will make choosing the right tape for any job an easy task.
Packing tape is good for sealing cardboard boxes. A tape gun eliminates the frustration of trying to find the end of the roll, and its teeth help cut the tape with ease.
Double-stick tape (also called carpet tape) has adhesive on both sides and is useful for laying carpet or constructing jigs. To use double-stick tape, apply the sticky side to the work piece. Remove the protective top layer from the tape, and place the second work piece on top of the tape.
Masking tape is good for small jobs, but it often leaves a messy residue on the surface and can damage it when removed. To protect the surface, use painters' tape instead of masking tape. Painter's tape is more durable and leaves no residue, and it won't peel paint from a surface when it's removed.
Electrical/vinyl tape comes in various colors, which are handy for color-coding wires. It does not conduct electricity. When using this type of tape to repair or join wires, pull the tape tightly around the wires to seal the gap.
Tips on Using Wood Glue
Different types of wood require different kinds of glue. Here's a brief guide to choosing and using the right wood glue for any project.
Tips on Choosing Adhesives
Adhesives, or glues, work in different ways and each is suited to specific surfaces. Use this guide to choose the best adhesive for any project.
Tips on Choosing and Using Casters
Host David Thiel offers a few tips on choosing the right style of casters for your next project-on-wheels.
Tips on Choosing and Using Filler Compounds
Choosing a filler compound depends on what type of surface needs to be filled. Use this guide to filler compounds to pick the best one for the job.
Tips on Choosing and Using a Generator
Not all generators are suitable for all jobs. Our DIY experts discuss how to pick the right generator for different tasks.
Tips on Choosing and Using Caulk Guns
Our DIY experts offer tips on a variety of caulk guns and a foam dispenser, making it easy to choose the right tool for any job.
A Look at Different Types of Lighting
There are many types of lighting that can be used in various rooms of the home or office.
Types of Wall Scrapers
Painting and wallpapering often require scraping off what's already there. Dozens of scrapers are available, and your choice should be determined by the task.
How to Choose an Arch or Pergola Kit
Not everyone is handy with a set of tools and a few building supplies. Here's how to choose an arch or pergola kit that will suit your home garden needs.
Cordless vs. Corded Tools
There are good reasons to have both corded and cordless tools in a shop. Host David Thiel explains when to go cordless and when to stay plugged in.
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