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/ventilation/air-conditioning (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.
During World War II, Revolite, then a division of Johnson & Johnson 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 some ammunition cases during that period.
Avon, Ohio calls itself the “Duct Tape Capital of the World”, as the product is manufactered there.
Traditionally the Annual Duck Tape Festival is staged in Avon on Father’s Day weekend (this weekend – verify before going). The three-day events annually attracts more than 60,000. The first 500 each day receive a free roll of Duck Tape.
For those attending there is free parking. Free Admission. Free Entertainment. Featuring everything Duck Tape from fashions and sculptures to a crafting tent. Duck Tape Parade Saturday June 20th 10 a.m. This year there is a “Tropical Theme”.
By the way, the product of honor created as “duct tape” was renamed “Duck Tape” in 1985 by the Manco Company in 1985.
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