Double-stick tape can be a third hand when you’re doing assembly projects. While it holds the pieces, you can work on creating a permanent attachment. 3M’s VHB tapes comes in a variety of double stick flavors, and they can help you out as a third hand — what makes ’em cool, though, is the bond is so strong on VHB tapes, you may not need anything else
VHB stands for “Very High Bond.” You use it in applications where other attachment methods could distort or damage surfaces, and it’s especially suited for attaching to metal and glass. For instance, people stick on their car tags and rearview mirrors with VHB tape. It can create a strong bond in a small area without using hardware. VHB also holds things together in the construction of outdoor signs, appliances, and windows.
I first worked with VHB when I was applying metal plaques to the walls of a museum. A piece of VHB got stuck to the top of my ladder, and I couldn’t get that piece off without actually damaging the surface of the ladder. After that experience, VHB became the secret weapon in my installation bag. It can help out with so many different applications, especially if you use the type of VHB that’s suited to your needs. I was a fan of the thin, transparent tape, but you can also get it in black, white, or foam.
The only downside to this incredibly strong tape is its incredibly high price. A single roll of 72 yards of 1/2″ transparent tape can cost $68. But it’s so strong, you may only need to use a little at a time.