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Old 03-02-2021, 05:29 PM   #15
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Scotch 33+ is the standard tape.

I won't use the cheap chinese crap from Harbor Freight or the house brand at Home Depot for anything that has to stay stuck, has to last, or anything important.

The two way radio industry uses Scotch 88 for antenna tower work. It's a little thicker, stickier and a lot more sunlight-durable.

One trick that is common when wrapping the antenna connections at the top of a radio tower is to put the first layer (Scotch 88) on with the sticky side of the tape outwards and for an inch each side of the connector. Then once that is in place we put a layer of mastic tape over that for an extra half inch each side. Then a layer of self-vulcanizing tape over that for extra half inch each side. Then a final layer of Scotch 88 over that with the sticky side in for an extra half inch each side. This way each layer covers the ends of the previous one.

The final result is that if you have to swap the antenna 15-20 years later (some better ones last 30 years) you just cut the splice lengthwide and peel it off... the inner layer having the tape outwards means that there is no tape residue on the antenna connections. It makes it so much easier to do the job 50 or 100+ feet up in the air in a 30mph breeze...

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Scotch 33 by the cases for almost 40 years in my business. Scotch 88 for connectors on coax cables on towers. I have removed it after twenty years and it was still soft and supple after the first couple of wraps. It is a lot more expensive.

Scotch 33 is absolutely the gold standard for me.

Don't forget to leave a booger when you tear off a piece. Ok, not what you thinks. Always give the end of the tape a small twist. This uses about an inch or less of tape but the next time you try to find the end it is right there.

Never hand me a roll of tape without a booger on the end. Grrrrr. Sometimes I only have one hand free at 150 feet in the air and need to get that tape started.
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As a mechanic by day, I absolutely hate electrical tape!!! If leaves a sticky nasty residue on everything and if it gets any oil or other chemicals on it, it makes it even worse to deal with.
If something I am doing requires tape, I use silicone self vulcanizing tape. And once you get use to using it you can make a water tight wrap with it and it holds up very well.

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...rescuetape.php

This! Rescue Tape is rated to meet or exceed military specifications and in fact was created for the military.
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