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Thread: Is Duct Tape Computer Safe?




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    i was just wondering if duct tape was ok to use inside a computer. i have no intentions of putting it on anything, but was running a cold air intake to the HSF, using some duct tape (for now to see how it works)

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    it should be fine as long as you dont use it on any visable cirucits, moving parts, etc...

    I'm assuming from your post that the duct tape is just going to be on the intake tubing?
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    yes the tape will just be used to hold the tubing together untill i can go get some other stuff. i didnt want to toss the tape in there and find out the hard way that i shouldnt have (been there too many times...:flames:

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    it should be fine then...but it can cause some ESD when it is removed, so just don't rip it off when it's too close to your components :thumb:
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    thanks for the tip :cool:

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    it really depends on where you are using it. I used some once on the outside of my power supply to keep the cords from getting eaten by my cpu fan and the heat from the psu made it let go. so just make sure you dont use it on hot spots or spots that havnt been cleaned of dust first.

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    One added note:
    Duct tape is electrically conductive! Didn't you wonder why it's silver? Yeah, there's a metallic element to duct tape, and, IMHO, I'd never use it inside a computer, or for electrical work....or for anything other than ducts. If you've seen it unravel, and if that happened inside your case (quite likely with the temperature fluctuations inherent), it could be disastrous.....besides, duct tape is SO ghetto....:rolleyes:
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    It's not all Silver, I've seen Red, black, blue and green! As far as I know, as long as you get the duct tape that is also known as "100 mile and hour tape" from general retailers, it's not conductive but hey, I could definately be wrong there.....Please feel free to contradict me if i'm wrong. I've just used what is classified as "duct tape" in many situations, including ones where it would need to be electrically non-conductive and I've never had a problem. Anyway, i'm open to contradiction so please feel free to shoot my pathetic little post down in flames if i'm wrong.

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    Hey they even make camo

    And I don't think it's conductive, just cuz the chrome plastic trim on your car is silver, does that mean it's conductive?:hammer:
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    OK, let me clarify here......silver duct tape is conductive....ANY duct tape is crap.....capiche?
    I apologize to you homeowners out there that this may offend, but as a professional builder, this is my opinion. Duct tape was conceived as, and is to this day a temporary measure, at best. Just leave the duct tape in the drawer, walk away slowly, and take a step toward craftsmanship. It's really not even good for ducts, as corrosive elements....like air and heat, for instance, break it down.
    As for you Riker....yeah, you've been lucky. Even if the particular type of duct tape that you've used isn't conductive, it is still a poor material for electrical work. Electrical tape, although also a band-aid fix, is at least constrictive....in other words, it draws tighter as you stretch it, putting pressure on an electrical connection, as well as insulating, whereas duct tape does not.
    Relgarding computer wiring....I solder and shrink-tube all of my work. It's a positive and permanent connection, and it lasts.
    Finally, yeah, if all you're doing is temporarily tacking a duct in place for testing purposes, duct tape is fine.....just don't leave it there permanently. It's a potential hazard.:cheers:
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