The subject of this article is an electrical tape, which is also known as electrolytic tape or electrical adhesive tape. Let’s talk about how to install the electrical tape, what are the advantages and disadvantages and what the standard says about the use of this electrical adhesive tape, come on guys.
This tape has been drawing the attention of more and more people and for many, it is one of the greatest modernities in civil construction. The main attraction of the electrolyte is the possibility of connecting a new outlet without the need to break the wall.
Electrical tape, what is it?
Electrical tapes are high-tech electrical conductors that are manufactured in the form of adhesive tape. This electronic can be installed on walls, ceilings, partitions, drywall, slabs and even on the floor, all in a very quick and practical way. This electrical adhesive tape can literally be glued on any of the mentioned surfaces, eliminating any need for drilling so that the conduits can be installed.
Electrical tape, when is it used?
We know that it is very common to change your opinion about the position of furniture in the house and, therefore, appliances and electronics also need to change places, but what to do when the new location does not have a nearby outlet point to power these appliances?
In this case, the first solution that comes to everyone’s mind is to use line filters or plug rulers to extend the range of the plug point, but we know that if you consider the security aspect, this solution must be discarded immediately. Just as it is not feasible to call masons to break the wall every time you change the layout of the components of the house, and that is precisely why the electrical tape has been so successful!
Electrical tape, how to install?
We know that every electrical installation will sooner or later need maintenance and in the case of electrical tape, how can this installation and maintenance be done? The main precautions before installing the tape are:
- Avoid bending or crushing the electrolyte, because this way you can preserve its good state of conservation and maintain the life of the tape.
- The storage location should preferably be dry and ventilated. And when storing the electrolyte, the indication is that it should be in rolls with a minimum internal diameter of 30 centimeters, precisely to avoid its deformation
In addition to pre-use care, the proper preparation of the surface on which the electrolyte will be installed is important to ensure optimal functioning. The main tips are:
- Rough surfaces – For these cases, it is essential to sand with fine sandpaper, to remove lumps and tips from the surface.
- Porous surfaces – For cases where the tape will be installed in ceramics or putty, the indication is that you apply a layer of waterproof varnish or paint to form a base.
- Smooth surfaces – For these cases, it is important to make sure that the surface that will receive the tape is completely dry, without any kind of dirt and sealed.
- Rough surfaces – For cases where the tape will be installed in blocks, bricks or roughcast walls, it is essential to apply a spatula to remove the protruding points from the surface and then apply an acrylic mass and electrolyte simultaneously.
Electrical tape, what are the risks?
The standard NBR 5410 does not prohibit the use of this tape, because they did not even exist when there was the last update of the standard. But if we look at the conditions of electrical installations mentioned in the standard and relate to the characteristics of the tape, the use of this adhesive electric tape can be quite questioned.
Despite all the practicality in installing the tape, its use can offer great risks that are not always informed in its sale, and it is this important part that we are going to talk about now.
The first observation is about the protection against mechanical shock, especially when the installation is done on the wall. As much as the websites and manufacturers inform that the tape has an excellent resistance, there is no definition of how effective this protection is. The second observation is regarding the humidity in the wall, that is, in case of infiltration, energy leakage may occur due to the change in the wall resistance.
Another problem is when there is a need to do some maintenance! You measured it there and found that the problem is in the phase or in the neutral for example, when installing with cables you would only need to change this problem cable. In the case of the electroframe, you will need to change the entire tape. With that, we can highlight another disadvantage that would be to dismantle and redo the entire finish on the wall where the tape passes, and depending on the finish it can be a very high value.
As we always say, in the market the advertisements will always be positive, after all they want to sell the product! It is up to the trained professional to seek all the detailed information to present the customers with all the positive and negative points of each installation. Because in the event of an accident or future problem, the customer will certainly question why that was not previously informed. Here in the Electric World we always talk about the installations that follow the standards and how important it is to follow them!
If you have doubts about the installation of the electrofit, in this video below we show the professional of the World of Electrical the entire installation process and details of the tape, it is very worth watching and getting more information!
As much as there is unfair competition in many places, you should always look for a differential, and nowadays guaranteeing a quality and safe service is undoubtedly a great positive point. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments and we will answer them, who knows, maybe your question is not due to an upcoming article from the World of Electrical.v