Terry, the tape is installed under tension. This makes it grip the connector
surface very tightly, filling any voids that might be present. Wonderful
stuff and also available from 3M in a linerless version that is even easier to
install. Home Depot carries this version. An over coating with a couple of
layers of cheap vinyl tape takes care of any UV issues.
73, Gerald K5GW
In a message dated 2/18/2008 12:14:57 P.M. Central Standard Time,
I guess I'm a little dense. If this tape "only sticks to itself" how
does this create a waterproof and/or moisture proof package? What's to
stop moisture from migrating up under the tape at the junction with the
substrate (coax, whatever)?
73 de Terry KK6T
Steve Davis -Davis RF Co. wrote:
> Regarding AMP Fusion Tape, I prefer that to any other waterproofing (vs.
moisture proof) tape or adhesive backed (water proof) heat shrink (usually
only 2/1 and 3/1), due to no heat required, no application before soldering or
joining. You can dispense with "marine electrical goop" (which needs
overlaid wrap to avoid cracking from UV ...then the overlay wrap needs to be
resist) or "sealing in mayonnaise jars", etc, etc.
> Descriptive info from Dan Barnes (automotive engr): "Heat-shrink tubing..
is limited to the sizes on hand, and can adjust to a limited range of
diameters. Plus, it takes heat to install, which is not always desirable.
Self-fusing tape achieves the ideal at which self-adhesive electrical tape
> With AMP Fusion self-fusing tape, there is no separate adhesive, so there
can be no shmoo (edit: mess). The tape bonds to itself. My understanding is,
polymer bonds are broken when the material is stretched. When it is wrapped
around itself, it is just as easy to reform those bonds with the material in
the adjacent layer of tape as within the original layer. Thus, the wrapping
becomes a single, homogeneous mass. The result is almost like dipping the
connection in plastic, but the process is dry, free of mess, and happens at
temperature. Removing it, if necessary, is just like removing any other
insulation, since it sticks only to itself. (edit: Use a straight safety
blade, or Exacto knife to cut a line down one side and peel off)." end quote
> Contrary to some of the descrip's that suppliers indicate, this tape is
more than "moisture proof". AMP has assured me that it is "waterproof" (to no
specified immersion depth) and my marine electrical customers use it in
bilges, etc., therein water (two overcoats vs. one, for low voltage DC
applications, but , for liability reasons, WARNING: I must say that a user
obtain from AMP a written spec before submersion for any application and this
from AMP does not exist at present..... bear with me gentlemen......, if I
characterize its waterproof aspect by the marine guys' immersed use, then some
CB'r (ham wannabe of course) monitoring TT will seal his barrel joint from
his RG58 to RG217 with this tape, then lay the cable through his father's
tropical fish pond, turn on the high amp alternators and 10 kW RF, causing a
fry as well as executing the neighbors in their swimming pools). HI
> Easy to use: you just peel off the backing, stretch it and apply....it is
NOT sticky or messy! Simple instructions come with it from us. You can
find this fusion tape, and 3M33+ (flame/U.V. resistant electrical tape) on our
web site at http://www.davisrf.com/coaxseal.php
> Hope this is of some help!
> 73, Steve Davis, K1PEK DAVIS RF Co.
> ~ Davis RF Co., Div. of Orion Wire Co.,Inc.
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