Tuesday 6 January 2015

Tear Packing Tapes without Scissors

If you're in the process of moving, you know how important packing tape can be. With this technique, you can tear it quickly with your hands, without using scissors or your teeth, making the whole of packing a lot quicker and easier.

Grab the edge or side of the tape with your fingers very close together (index fingers and thumbs.) If they're not close together, the tape will stretch and become tougher, making it very difficult to tear.

Twist the tape (rotating one or both of your hands,) and it will come apart. Don't try to pull it apart. Just twist it. If your fingers are close enough together, it will tear very easily. If they're too far apart, the tape will stretch.

Easy Tips to handle the tearing of your packing box

  • An alternate way to tear the tape is to fold the sticky side of the tape back on itself, press it together (i.e. with your palms or the part underneath your thumbs, bringing your hands together,) and then pull it apart quickly. That will often tear regular packing tape. It's easy too, but more messy than the first method.
  • If you stretch the tape instead of tearing it, it's best to try the other side of the tape, or pull the tape out some more and try it again in a different place.
  • Basically the tearing of the tape occurs between the fingernail of the right thumb and the side of the left forefinger, working like scissors. The smaller the distance between the thumb fingernail and the left forefinger side, the easier it will be to tear or cut the tape.
  • Don't cut the fingernail on your right thumb too short. If it is too short, the tape will always be pressing the skin of the thumb against the fingernail, and after a long day of packing or wrapping, that would make it sore or raw.
  • When you're not taping, you can keep or wear the tape on your wrist usually.
  • For increased speed, learn how to tear the tape with your left and right thumbs. That way you can tear the tape more easily no matter where it is.  If it's on the left side of a mirror carton, it may be easier to use your left thumbnail instead of your right.


Don't forget where you put the tape if you set it down. It's easy to forget about where you put it, and to have to spend 10+ seconds looking for it. So set it down in a good location, or keep it on your wrist.

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