It’s Duct Tape Season

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Whether you’re a handyman (handy-person?) a survivalist or a prepper, the end of August is duct tape buying season if you live in an area with freezing winter temperatures.

Duct tape deteriorates after it has frozen and thawed. It loses its adhesion, and although it will stick somewhat, it will gradually come apart.

When you buy duct tape in winter or spring, it will likely have been transported to the store in an unheated tractor-trailer which means it was frozen. Purchasing duct tape at the end of summer ensures that even though it may have been in inventory for a couple of months, it’s unlikely to have been frozen during its journey to store shelves.

I couldn’t live without duct tape, so I avoid buying it if it was likely frozen.


August 29, 2018

About gerold

I have a bit of financial experience having invested in stocks in the 1960s & 70s, commodities in the 80s & commercial real estate in the 90s (I sold in 2005.) I'm back in stocks. I am appalled at our rapidly deteriorating global condition so I've written articles for family, friends & colleagues since 2007; warning them and doing my best to explain what's happening, what we can expect in the future and what you can do to prepare and mitigate the worst of the economic, social, political and nuclear fallout. As a public service in 2010 I decided to create a blog accessible to a larger number of people because I believe that knowledge not shared is wasted.
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2 Responses to It’s Duct Tape Season

  1. Mike Deckert says:

    Gerold: Honestly, I have never really thought about it. Although I now totally agree with your thinking. I hope all is well? Heading off to the hardware store right now to buy some duct tape. Thanks Mike

    • gerold says:

      Hey, Mike. One of our Field Service techs told me after I complained about new tape not sticking. They’d know because in winter their tape freezes in their trucks.

      – Gerold

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