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I was cutting out a window on my mobo tray so I could have access to the retention brackets. Is ducttape at all conductive?
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I doubt it but do a few searches to see if you can find what it's made of. I'm pretty sure it's some sort of woven fiber with a plastic top and glue on the bottom...
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post #3 of 14
Normal duct tape is a pretty good insulator.
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Duct Tape is not conductive; the Aluminum tape (now typically used for ducts and sometimes also called duct tape) is conductive.
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Duct Tape is not conductive; the Aluminum tape (now typically used for ducts and sometimes also called duct tape) is conductive.
Great point of clarification!

I was wondering the same thing about the 3m Doublesided tape. I figured it would be non-conductive. Found a datasheet full of info (under product documentation on the right there) on 3m tapes (this is 4910) but now I'm confused with dielectric constants and ASTM D257 ratings. All in all, from looking at that extremely large number of ohms (its 10 to the 16, big! ) under surface and resistivity, I think I'm good, but can someone confirm that for me?

They have specialty tapes designed to conduct electricity, of course, which I might use for other applications, but I just want to make sure I'm not going to short or melt anything if I were to tape the PSU Input circuit board in the below pic (with 110v AC going through it), to a layer of plexi. Right now its just on some thin packaging plastic, and no problems, but I want to permanently and safely mount it.


(Sorry for the thread hijack, but I figured we only needed 1 thread on tape conductivity at the moment.)
Edited by ModMinded - 7/4/09 at 9:00pm
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Don't mind at all, already drank the poison and put the ducttape on.

I am also very well educated on aluminum tape, thats actually part of my ddr pad build for the switches.
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Cool, then I got an off topic questin for you? Would copper tape better than alum for making touch contacts (carrying only enough current and amps for a few LEDS?)

and, curious... what are you using the duct tape for on the cutout for your retention bracket? (pics?)
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Cool, then I got an off topic questin for you? Would copper tape better than alum for making touch contacts (carrying only enough current and amps for a few LEDS?)

and, curious... what are you using the duct tape for on the cutout for your retention bracket? (pics?)
I cant find my camera, but:

I got a dremel kit, but I used up all the reinforced cutoff wheels (2), and i trid a normal one and it shattered after 30 seconds. I did 3 of the 4 sides, so I took a drill, drilled a line of holes, and bent it back and forth. I had a rough nasty serrated edge, so I covered it with duct tape. I also did the rest of the edges for a safe edge to work with.

Also, I don't think it matters with LEDs really, aluminum is conductive enough. Get whatever is cheapest... but you can't solder to aluminum tape, a electric glue/epoxy (such thing) might be better.
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Also, I don't think it matters with LEDs really, aluminum is conductive enough. Get whatever is cheapest... but you can't solder to aluminum tape, a electric glue/epoxy (such thing) might be better.
Cool, good tip. I should have no such problem with the copper tape, right?
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Cool, good tip. I should have no such problem with the copper tape, right?
Copper is better since it is more conductive and you can solder to it. But since it is just LEDs and not something sensitive, aluminum will do you fine. Copper is better but more expensive, so unless you need to solder, i'd pick aluminum, it is cheaper.

Its probably the difference between 1000mb ram and 1024mb ram
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