Originally Posted by Marc Hanson
I did it...I know that's the correct spelling...
See you out there and a safe one to you as well John!
There are two names for that type of scrim tape: duck and duct.
True duct tape is best suited for sealing joints in heating and ventilation ducts because it is designed to stand up the relatively high heat of the. "True" duct tape is more expensive than "duck" tape.
Duck tape was invented during WWII to patch up bullet holes in airplane fuselage's and wings to get the craft back in the air more quickly and efficiently than any other method. Duck (from Dutch doek
) canvas was the scrim, or supporting structure for the adhesive and gave the tape a lot of strength. The original color was "army" green but, after the war was changed to the more familiar light gray.
Duck tape is also a brand of this type of tape, but somewhere along the line the two names became interchangeable. Just as acetylsalicylic acid is now known simply as aspirin, the only real difference is how you say it or spell it.
The tape seen in the photos is may or may not be Duck brand, but it can be spelled duck or duct.
Way more than you wanted to know, right?