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Old 29-04-2009, 14:52   #1
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Hospital casting tape for emergency repairs?

Hi Oh Knowlegable Ones!

The trawler chandelry had an emergency repair kit for burst hoses that was a lump of epoxy putty and some fiberglass quick setting tape.

It was $50 so I went to the chemist and bought a roll of medical Scotchcast Plus tape --> link 3M™ Scotchcast™ Plus Casting Tapes


A lightweight, strong and durable casting tape that combines the benefits of a fiberglass casting tape with the handling ease of plaster. Available in 13 colors to meet patient preferences.

Scotchcast Plus casting tape consists of a knitted fiberglass fabric impregnated with polyurethane resin. Exposure to moisture or water initiates a chemical reaction which causes the tape to become rigid. Finished casts produced from Scotchcast Plus casting tape are lightweight, strong, radiolucent, and porous. Scotchcast Plus casting tape contains a lubricating agent in the resin to provide a slippery feel when exposed to water.
Water-activated resin lets you control working time according to application needs.
High and early strength allows for weight bearing in 20 minutes and provides a durable cast with less chance of breakdown and the need for costly repairs or replacements.
Lightweight for easy mobility.
Stretches to conform well to contours for a more comfortable, better fitting cast.
Porous weave allows the skin to breathe.
Available in 13 colors to maximize patient satisfaction.
The colours are obviously most important

Has anyone used this for emergency hose repair? How effective is it likely to be?

By the way, this falls into products we like: Dual Use. Repairs and I can plaster Nic's mouth shut


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Old 29-04-2009, 15:42   #2
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Finished casts produced from Scotchcast Plus casting tape are lightweight, strong, radiolucent, and porous.
Maybe not the thing for repairing hoses, Mark.

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Mark, I used to keep a few packages of Syntho-glass on board for emergency repairs. (resin impregnated fiberglass) Still sold, about $23.00 us, Landfall Navigation... probably other similar products out there $15-20 range.
After about 6+ years on board, I figured must be outdated...opened a pack
it was outdated. I never replaced it but I will now...thanks for the reminder.
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It seems a roll of the self sticking (basically rubber that bonds to rubber-no adhesive) Electrical tape would be great for that. I have seen it 2" or more wide. You simply stretch it as you wrap it around and it bonds to itself. It is impossible to get off except by cutting and is pretty much like cutting a hose. By the way, it makes superb rigging tape also and is a lot cheaper than the "marinzed" version in the marine stores....
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