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Where Do You Buy Your Gaffa Tape

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The cost at B&Q and the other outlets foor gaffa tape is horrendous;

so where do you buy yours?

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Pound shops normally have it, not the best stuff but does the job.

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Some brands of 'gaffa' type tape belong in the crayola scissors catagory of useless impliments :).......
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I had no problems with http://www.tapes-direct.co.uk/ when I needed some coloured duct tape for polo boats. They had many varieties including fluorescent which is used in the film industry. Rechecking the link, I see they now do tape approved for the Nuclear Industry, presumably for patching up Homer Simpson's mistakes. It's a little more expensive, but if it's rated to prevent Chernobyl-style melt-downs, it should be okay holding your Burn together until the take out.

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Tavistock Market,even have a choice of colours.

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All over, but probably Fynepax these days.

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tape approved for the Nuclear Industry
The main thing is it has no PVC in it. Chlorides of all kinds can initiate corrosion in 304 grade stainless steel which is one of the main construction materials. (Marine grade 316 isn't so fussy, fortunately). Even if not used on stainless it's common to avoid PVC tape to avoid the risk of somebody borrowing the wrong stuff.

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I tend to get mine from guitar shops. They normally flog big rolls for about £3 for taping amp leads down etc.

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I get mine from a small car part and accessory shop.
My local one stocks them in different "grades" , you don't need the highest spec one which is reinforced with carbon fibre (a devil to cut) which they use to repair competition cars' bodywork and is almost structural once it has set. The "middle spec" is normally the one I use , at about £3 for a very large roll . It does me for a whole season of keeping a polo team fully bumpered plus sundry other repairs to white water boats , not to mention those diy household jobs.
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Chris Bolton wrote:
tape approved for the Nuclear Industry
The main thing is it has no PVC in it. Chlorides of all kinds can initiate corrosion in 304 grade stainless steel which is one of the main construction materials. (Marine grade 316 isn't so fussy, fortunately). Even if not used on stainless it's common to avoid PVC tape to avoid the risk of somebody borrowing the wrong stuff.

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That's worth remembering, I mainly use 304 for stuff I make because it's easier to work than 316.

One would hope that 'Marine' grade 316 is resistant to at least one chloride, sodium chloride.....
304 seems to last pretty well in an environment with sodium chloride, I guess my corrosion requirements are not as critical as the nuclear industry's though.
Presumably any coolant containing sodium chloride is in the secondary systems rather than primary (and probably in 316 pipework)?

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Across the land, reactors scram....

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Malcolm wrote:Where Do You Buy Your Gaffa Tape?
B&Q.

I didn't think £4 for 50 meters was that bad.

http://nextday.diy.com/app/jsp/product/ ... ctId=12334

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Chris Bolton wrote:
tape approved for the Nuclear Industry
Am I wrong to worry that they are holding nuclear reactors together with Gaffa tape?
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DaveBland wrote:
Chris Bolton wrote:
tape approved for the Nuclear Industry
Am I wrong to worry that they are holding nuclear reactors together with Gaffa tape?
You may joke, but it is commonly known as 'Reactor Tape'. As Chris says above, its all about not having any chlorides in it.

Jim wrote:Presumably any coolant containing sodium chloride is in the secondary systems rather than primary (and probably in 316 pipework)?
In Magnox/AGR the primary coolant is CO2, so no sodium chloride there and the PWR's use demin water. Sorry not sure what grade stainless is used in the secondary loops, or even if any stainless is used at all.

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Thanks for all the advice - some interesting ideas, however in the interim I have been offered a free roll of tape - result or what!

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Toolstation, of course.

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