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Old 04-22-2009, 08:36 PM   #1
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Default Why do they call it Jap Wrap?

Does anybody know the story behind this nick name.


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Old 04-22-2009, 08:46 PM   #2
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My guess is because it is imported electrical tape. Most guys I know just use it for pulling wire.

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The Jap Wrap that we used to use was non-stretch black electrical tape and was imported from god knows where. Well let me tell you it would not even stick to wires when it was 50 out let alone 32.

The worst part was my old boss got a great deal on the tape and we had 3 cases in the warehouse, and no other tape around.
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wow, good one for the terms thread.. Cheap black tape was probably made in japan. i know we had some cheap crap and when it got cold, you could pull it out and it would stay there, so we called it "Sword Tape" or otherwise "Jap rap"
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I heard someone call it that too, and all I could think is that some of the best things I've owned were from Japan, so I couldn't make sense of it.
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I heard someone call it that too, and all I could think is that some of the best things I've owned were from Japan, so I couldn't make sense of it.

Things used to be different. Stuff made in Japan was once considered (rightfully so) inferior.
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(best things I've owned were from Japan)


if that was true, i would have a japanese wife
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if that was true, i would have a japanese wife
Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Way to edit out an important key word.

SOME of the best things I've owned were from Japan
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The Jap Wrap that we used to use was non-stretch black electrical tape and was imported from god knows where. Well let me tell you it would not even stick to wires when it was 50 out let alone 32.

The worst part was my old boss got a great deal on the tape and we had 3 cases in the warehouse, and no other tape around.
We always have 3M tape, and below freezing it sucks no matter where its from. and at -20 even the "winter tape" sucks. Not that you can feel your finger enough to get the roll started, but thats beside the point.

I had never heard the term jap rap till this thread, so I dunno.
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We used to call anything that was not 3M either Jap Wrap or Crap Wrap
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We used to call anything that was not 3M either Jap Wrap or Crap Wrap
Or Zap Wrap.
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Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Way to edit out an important key word.

SOME of the best things I've owned were from Japan

hehe
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I have always thought and said there are no savings in cheap tape give me Scotch 33 and 130C.
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Things used to be different. Stuff made in Japan was once considered (rightfully so) inferior.
Knowing that dates you 480. And knowing that it dates you dates me!
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I have always thought and said there are no savings in cheap tape give me Scotch 33 and 130C.
+33 for wire pulling ???!!! brian, you're my hero, BUT ........
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if that was true, i would have a japanese wife

They make excellent wives, but lack two of the most important things for breast men to be impressed.
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They make excellent wives, but lack two of the most important things for breast men to be impressed.
That's why look for a Japanese/American woman. My wife is Japanese/American. Father is retired Navy, Mother is Japanese. You get the best from Japan and the 2 nice things American women bring to the table.

Side note, her mother can tell some interesting stories about Japan. She was a teen living in Hiroshima when we dropped the bomb and survived it.
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What'd you say, sonny?!?! Eh?
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I use mostly Jap wrap when doing resi snaking old work, never had a problem with it.

Only have a problem when its too cold outside and then use some of the secret stash tape.LOL

I get the Jap wrap for .33/roll in black and .39/roll for colors. If I bought the Super 33 for general use I'd be going crazy everytime I see 2-3 rolls hanging off a pouch.LOL

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using 33 or 88 has its purpose but i think its a waste of money if your just gonna cut it off. crap rap will do the same if pulling wire but where atmoshperic conditions is a problem, 33 no doubt. i even use cheap phase tape for marking cable, its just gonna get cut off then maybe 33 for final markings. by the way, waste! i hate it when guys rap the cable for about 2 feet with tape....is that really neccessary? just a few inches is all you need... i hate waste even if its cheap tape.

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