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Here’s an interesting new marketing idea for tape that sticks to itself only: sell it as a “disposable clamp.” The manufacturer, QuikFix, claims that their Quick Clamp Wrap leaves no adhesive on either raw of finished wood. While I can’t imagine this actually replacing a real clamp, it might be handy when there’s really no other way to hold two items together.

A clear “barrier tape” separates the tape from itself in the roll, and you discard it as you unroll the tape to apply it. QuikFix says you just press the tape together, and after the glue dries, you just cut it free to remove it. It looks like it might prove useful as tape as well: it’s good from -60 degrees F to 500 degrees F, creates a permanent air and water tight seal, and insulates a bit as well.

The bad news: it’s a bit pricey. Rocker offers it at $6.50 for a 10′ roll.

(Thanks, diken, for the tip!)

X-Treme Tape Quick Clamp Wrap [Corporate Site]
X-Treme Tape Quick Clamp Wrap [Rockler]
Street Pricing [Google Products]

 

5 Responses to A Disposable Silicone “Clamp”

  1. John says:

    I’ve used the saran wrap like roll of strapping material movers/packers use to hold some things together while glue dries. it came in a roll that kind of looked like a lint remover roller. I had a roll around after my move into the house, and it seemed to work ok. not much clamping force, but it held things in the correct position. I’d bought it to wrap around the dresser to keep the drawers from sliding out when it was tipped. The roll can be had from most moving places that sell boxes and tape. I don’t remember how much it cost.

  2. PutnamEco says:

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    I’ve used the saran wrap like roll of strapping material movers/packers use
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    They call it stretch wrap.

    Alternatively for smaller projects shrink wrap works quite well.

  3. chs says:

    *sigh*

    Silicon is the rock-like element that microchips and semiconductors are made of.

    SILICONE (Note the “E” at the end) is what this stuff is made from, and is also the stuff inside fake boobies.

    Get it? Silicone. NOT Silicon.

    They are two VERY DIFFERENT animals.

  4. $10 worth of light nylon cord and learning a half-dozen different knots (clove hitch, half hitch, timber hitch, rolling hitch, tautline hitch, sheet bend) will give you a lifetime of solutions to “how the heck am I going to clamp/secure this?” problems.

  5. Stuey says:

    I kinda think that they have the right idea. I mean, look at the photo of its usage. But the silly thing is that rope, webbing, or any number of alternative devices could probably be used successfully around both legs instead of securing one leg to the center of the base as shown.

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