HICKORY, N.C., June 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In electrical insulating and phasing applications, electrical tape can be the difference between a safe splice and an accident waiting to happen.
Prep for success on your next job with these 5 things to consider when choosing an electrical tape:
1. Tape Grade: Electrical tape backings can be either monomeric or polymeric in construction. Lower grade monomeric tapes are made using short-chain plasticizers, which degrade over time, but are an economical choice for general purpose jobs. Polymeric electrical tapes have long-chain plasticizers, which are more durable, provide tighter seals, and protect against corrosion.
2. Color: Using the right color of electrical tape in phasing tasks ensures safety by indicating the wire's voltage and phase for electricians.
3. Tape Stretch: Elongation is used to describe a tape's ability to stretch before breaking. Higher elongation means that the tape is strong enough to be stretched further without breaking. Lower grades of tape tend to keep their stretched-out shape rather than returning to form and holding tight to the wire, To properly insulate a wire using electrical tape, tape must be stretched while wrapped around the wire, and return to form after application, resulting in a tighter hold.
4. Ease of Use: Don't forget to choose a tape that is easy to handle! Look for an electrical tape that is hand-tearable, easy to wrap around wires, and unwinds easily.
5. Code Compliance: Tapes that are UL Listed or CSA Approved have been rigorously tested to ensure they will deliver the performance qualities needed for the application.
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