Why does the city use red Tuck Tape on the poster pole wraps?

If it’s supposed to make poster poles look nice it isn’t working. The red tape is really ugly. Why don’t they use clear tape????

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stickymcgee

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  1. cp · March 26, 2009

    Clear tape once it gets wet will just fall off and slowly become unstuck. Tuck tape is super sticky and very resistant to water once applied. This is the same reason it’s the only tape to be used when taping vapor seal in home construction. If you use clear tape, over time the moisture build up on the other side of the vapor seal will cause clear tape to loosen and come off. Tuck tape doesn’t have this issue.

    Also it smells like raspberries.

  2. People · March 26, 2009

    And its about $15 a roll.

  3. Emma · March 26, 2009

    *cue dozens of Scope readers smelling the poles*

    …as if we weren’t weird enough already

  4. homeInMyShoes · March 26, 2009

    I have to say it looks odd. I just noticed it today. Probably because all of the poles were re-wrapped recently. I have to say it looked odd. Odd. Odd. Odd is all I can say.

  5. Elling Lien · March 26, 2009

    I saw this question again today and thought it’d be interesting to have an official answer. And so, a quick email later…

    “Hi Elling,

    The Tyvec building paper and red Tuck Tape are used to wrap the poster poles downtown because it is a readily available material which is weather resistant and easily removable for replacement. The red Tuck Tape is the tape used on the joints of the Tyvek when it is used in building construction.

    Regards,

    Paul Mackey, P. Eng.,
    Deputy City Manager / Director of Public Works & Parks
    City of St. John’s”