A tape gun has a gun like a grip that has a certain structure to hold the roll of tape that is threaded upon the serrated edge at one end to cut the tape. Every time we need to move things or ship them, we need to pack up things and seal it in the carton; the tape gun can save some pain regarding this task.
For a smooth experience here some instructions are provided on how to load the tape gun. But once you learn the trickeries.it is the most comfortable experience of taping. How to load a tape gun properly, so that the tape is stronghold at its place so that it does not unwind too easily, or you don’t end up straining your wrist because of excess tension.here is some instructions to help you walk through how to load the tape gun:
Before Lock and Loading Your Tape Gun
Buy the Proper Tape
Just get a tape that goes with the tape gun you bought, the radius is usually mentioned by the company in the measure of inches. The tape is placed so that the roll of tape runs counterclockwise with the sticky side facing down
You need a tape that has the inner core that fits well in the wheel of the tape gun. So check well, if it is a tape with a flap over the tape gun, then you also need to check the width of the tape.
Usually, the spindle has a three ant wheel roller, some of the best tape guns provide you with an adjustable crew to control the tension of the tape when pulling. If it is too loose for you-you won’t feel any tension and may waste some tape, just tighten the screw enough until you have the right amount of tension so not to strain your hand for durable use.
How to Lock and Load a Tape Gun
Before loading the tape in the tape gun you’ll just need to feel the tip of the tape first, better chance if you search for it with a fingernail. If you have just bought a brand new roll of tape, it should be clearly marked. Pull a quarter of an inch (more would not cause a trouble) of the tape from the roll and fold it back on itself first so that you could easily use it, then continue as follows:
1. Find a stable, Sturdy surface
Lay the tape gun down on a flat, stable strong-hold area (for example, on a table or a bench, not oscillating and can handle a little pressure
2. Opening the flap
There is usually a flap over the wheel you need to install the tape on, it usually plastic, don’t force anything, simple flip it over.
3. Roll on the wheel
Push roll onto tape wheel on that flat stable surface
4. Align Correctly
Press the tape onto the pivot, with the end of the tape that you just folded should face the sharp edge and the non-adhesive side facing up. Align it correctly to the body of the tape gun’s structure, if it fits properly the flap should be easy to flip downs
5. Set the Tape
After pushing the tape on the rim you have to unfold the previously folded portion and pull it through the narrow end of the roller and the flat plastic rim.
On the best tape guns, this portion can be flipped back and forth so that it is easy to put the tape on again, and then flipped back again when the tape is threaded through.
6. Thread the Tape
Pull the tape long enough so that it gets over the cutting edge (carefully so you do not cut yourself). Pull 5/6 inch of tape off (or whatever length suits your particular tape gun).
In the better versions of a tape gun, the upper portion can be removed so as to make it easier for the tape to pull to the cutting edge. Cut off the excess tape.
7. Adjust the Tension
Adjust the knob/screw on the axis that you pushed through your roll of tape. The rim/flange that is plastic or metallic keeps a pressure on the tape so that you can to pull it according to your required length.
If it is too tight you would have to pull with too much pressure, so adjust it. Most tape guns got a screw with it to adjust the restriction of it in the rim. Adjust it with the “Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey” rule (tighten clockwise, loosen counter-clockwise)
8. Tighten or Loosen
Tighten the screw for increased tension over the tape if it unwinds in a sloppy way. To tighten it up turns the screw clockwise.
Using the Tape Gun Effectively
- Pick the tape tab off the roll preferably with your off-hand so that you may use your dominant hand to handle the tape gun for one smooth swing,
- Hold and press the tape (sticky side down, of course) on the side of the box that is opposite from you and pulls it with one smooth handling towards you.
- Let the tape stay on the box and continue to pull until the entire surface to be sealed is taped well.
- Now bend the tape gun upwards until the tape is tightened enough over the serrated edge so that the edge of the blade cuts the tape away from the tape gun.
- Firmly press the tape on the box, especially since some tapes are pressure activated.
- Repeat the above-mentioned points several times to bulge up the taped portion for safety, especially if it is for sealing a carton for shipping and moving
The tape gun usually has a very sharp serrated edge, so leaving it lying around the house is a big no, especially if you have kids. Nowadays there is a cap over the blade, so just flip it down when you are not using.
When you are putting the tape on the box be careful not to cut your hand when you pull your hand back in.
Using the tape gun for long duration could lead to a twitchy hand if the handle is too big or too small for your palm So take care of that bit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does different brand of tape gun require different tapes?
Ans. Yes sometimes they do, the core size of the tape required is usually mentioned, so do check before you buy whether it meets your need,
Q. Is loading tape gun for 2’ and 3’ tape roll same?
Ans. They are fairly the same, but different tape guns require different tape sizes sometimes, if, by the measurement you mean inner diameter of the tape check for the core size as said before, the tape width is usually flexible especially with the ones not having a flap over the tape.
For sealing the carton, bundling, shipping, and all the heavy duty work as such needs a strong taping and for a safe, intense taping experience you need to know how to load the tape gun properly. Happy Swiping tapes to you.