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Best Tape Flags 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated December 1, 2018
Best Tape Flags of 2018
I have taken the initiative to educate you on the top three best tape flags that you can buy this year. Not all tape flags are created equal though. I am going to specify each good-to-buy feature as much as possible for your references. I make the search easier for you, by reviewing the best tape flags on the market.
Test Results and Ratings
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Why did this tape flags win the first place?
I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
№2 – Post-it Flags
Why did this tape flags come in second place?
I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice.
Why did this tape flags take third place?
It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
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Why you should trust me
But it’s not just my own expertise you should trust. In addition to talking to several at-home labelers, I also interviewed Elizabeth Halen, owner of Flying Monkey Bakery in Philadelphia to get an idea of what small businesses could need from a labeler; as well as Amanda Sims, home editor of Food52; and Certified Professional Organizers Amy Trager, Ellen Delap, and Helene Segura.
Brother laminate labels were far superior to the Epson labels, which resisted removal and reapplication and failed the dishwasher test miserably.
The coated Brother labels performed well in our handling and durability tests. It was easy enough to lift up a corner and remove the label, and labels were still sticky enough to reattach. They suffered a bit during their time in the dishwasher, but if allowed to be left in place, they re-adhered as they dried. In this regard, Brother laminate labels were far superior to the Epson labels, which resisted removal and reapplication and failed the dishwasher test miserably: The Epson labels slipped off during the dishwasher test and one became stuck to the bottom of a plate. It took a razor blade to remove all remnants of the label.
The Brother PT-D2is easy to maintain. To access the tape and battery compartment, you push a clearly marked button on the top edge of the unit to release the latch. The back panel swings open, allowing easy access, while also remaining attached to the unit along the bottom edge. Once you’ve inserted the tape or batteries, it closes smoothly and with a satisfyingly sturdy click. The Gadgeteer review of the PT-D2has a good photographic rundown of how to do this if the manual isn’t enough.
An unanticipated, but welcome, side effect of having the tape on the back is the fact that the PT-D2doesn’t produce any noticeable fumes while printing. The same couldn’t be said of the Brother PT-D400 and D600 label makers, which have a separate tape compartment on the front of the machine. As a result of the tape compartment’s more prominent location, you get a faint odor of permanent marker when using it. This can be a huge turn off for those with sensitive noses.
Who else likes our pick
There aren’t a ton of editorial reviews of label makers in this day and age, but Dennis Moore recently reviewed the PT2at Gadgeteer and liked it a lot. He writes: “most people don’t scream woo-hoo at the thought of using a label maker to get organized. However, with the various frames, templates, and symbols at your disposal, the Brother PT-D2can make organizing a bit more fun.”
Flaws but not dealbreakers
Our biggest complaint about the PT2is that it prints more margin on each label than is necessary. This means you burn through tape a bit faster than you should. It is possible to set the margins to narrow, but that only shortens the right side of the label. Because of the way the interior was engineered, the machine can’t reduce the amount of label on the left side. Instead, it prints a cutting guide on the left side, so that you snip off a bit to make the label even on both sides. It’s a nice touch, but nicer still would have been a way to waste less label tape.
Another frustration is that the LCD screen doesn’t offer any kind of illumination; there were times I found myself wishing that it were backlit. I might not have even registered the issue, though, if I hadn’t been testing against other, higher-priced models.
Being limited to tapes no wider than a half-inch shouldn’t be a problem for most at-home labeling needs, but if you anticipate needing more space for whatever reason, you should read about our upgrade pick for business use.
Long-term test notes
The Brother PT-D2remains our top pick. The battery life is excellent, the finished tapes are durable, and we continue to appreciate how intuitive the device is to use, even after a prolonged labeling hiatus. Sourcing replacement tape is easy, and a set of third-party rechargeable batteries has solved the power issue for us.
If you’re planning on giving your label maker heavy use, or want one for a busy office environment, consider upgrading to the Brother PT-D400AD instead. It does everything the PT-D2does and has the same easy-to-use keyboard layout, but it adds the ability to print barcodes. It also accepts tape up to ¾ of an inch and can print up to seven lines of text per label instead of the PT-D210’s two lines. It also comes with an AC adapter, which helps offset its higher sticker price.
The PT-D400 (right) is significantly larger than the PT-D2(left). It’s more at home on a desk than in your hands. But the two have similarly intuitive keyboard layouts.
The PT-D400 is bigger and heavier than the PT-D210—like a fat iPad Mini—and designed for desktop as opposed to handheld use, which isn’t ideal for home users. But it would feel right at home in a mailroom or at an admin desk. It also comes with a quick startup guide that could be laminated and posted next to the unit, allowing it to become a labeling station that would be easy for the whole office to use.
For the labeling power user, a PT-D600 might be the right fit. It does all that the PT-D400AD can do, but adds the ability to connect to a PC for label layout and design. It can also accept tapes up to one inch wide and has an even easier to read, backlit color display. It’s a mighty machine (with a bit steeper learning curve) than the average home user needs but would be right at home in a professional setting.
While the Brother PT-D2remains our preferred label maker, I do want to give a shout-out to the Epson LW-400 for crafters and sewists. The Epson interface isn’t as intuitive as Brother’s, but Epson makes an array of labels made from ribbon and fabric, which allow you to print iron-on name tape for your kids’ clothes and make customized ribbons for scrapbooks and gift wrap. (Brother also makes an iron-on tape for labeling clothes, but it has more user reviews complaining that the labels fall off after just a few washes.) The LW-400’s slimmer form factor gave it superior ergonomics for handheld use when compared to the squatter shapes of the older Epson LW-300 and our Brother picks. Like the Brother PT-D210, it uses half-inch tape, but unlike the PT-D210, it can do barcodes—a feature only available on the higher-end Brother label makers.
The LW-400 (left) is more comfortable to hold than the LW-300 (right).
However, learning and navigating the Epson interface was a real slog. During testing, I could not change the font size without direct consultation with the manual, and it is frustratingly easy to accidentally wipe out the all the label formatting you’ve scrolled through menu after menu to construct.
Also worth noting, Epson tapes tend to sell for about 47¢ per foot compared to the roughly 37¢ per foot the other brands’ tape sells for. The Brother may be more limited in its abilities, but it is better at the things most people would use most of the time.
Athletics Equipment Maintenance Recommendations
At Stadia Sports, we adopt a pro-active approach towards safety. Safety has always been a key element in our product design; indeed many products in the Stadia Sports range have been certified by the IAAF. Part of safety is ensuring that your equipment is appropriately inspected and maintained. By following the recommendations and guidelines in this document, you will: (a) help to ensure the safety of the users of your equipment; and (b) help prolong the life expectancy of your equipment.
Stadia Sports recommends that prior to each season, a competent and trained person should check all equipment to ensure that it complies with the necessary IAAF or UK athletics current specification. This document details some useful tips to help you maintain your equipment as part of an on-going maintenance process.
Top boards should be inspected to ensure that they are straight and are free of any sign of splintering. Please note that this applies to both PVC and wooden top boards.
Spring clips on the height adjustment should be examined and replaced if necessary.
The toppling force weights should be checked to ensure that they move freely and are capable of adjusting easily to the recommended toppling weight(s).
Examine the locking device on the toppling force weights for wear and damage.
Moving parts, such as the height tubes and toppling weights, can be lubricated using a non-sticky lubricant such as PTFE spray or Silicone spray, if necessary.
Please note that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ORDINARY OIL BE APPLIED TO HURDLES, as oil attracts dirt and causes more problems than it cures.
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All securing nuts and bolts should be checked regularly for tightness.
Slider band guide wheels should be adjusted to eliminate excessive movement irregularities.
Winch side plates should be examined for wear, as this indicates misalignment of the tape.
Base runway castings and slider bands should be inspected for damage and replaced as necessary.
To assist the uprights movement on the base runway, PTFE or Silicone Spray can be applied. Oil should not be used under any circumstances.
Track curbing lengths should be interconnected securely and fitted to the ground firmly.
The curbing should be examined for sharp edges. If any are found, they should be attended to by a capable engineer.
Shot should be cleaned and inspected regularly for damage.
Shot should be weighed to ensure that they are accurate.
Discus should be examined for damage to the rim / side plates.
Discus should be weighed to ensure that they are within tolerance levels.
The discus centre bolt should be checked regularly for tightness.
However, please ensure that the bolt is not over tightened.
Long Jump & Triple Jump
Take off and blanking boards should be stable and level with the runway to prevent any trip hazard.
No jump indicators or “dummy” replacements should be stable and fitted in place without distortion.
Long/triple jump pits should be dug over regularly, checking for any stray foreign bodies such as glass, dog waste and so on.
Only correct grade sand should be used for top ups. Sand levels should be checked and subsequently maintained.
Adjusters should be regularly lubricated to ensure correct alignment of the boards.
Examine the plasticine in the no jump indicators before use; replace as necessary.
Ensure that the ends are securely fitted.
Ensure steps are sound, especially those of the wooden variety.
Ensure that you have sufficient supplies of each length of tape available.
Check all number units for wear and damage; replace as necessary.
Mount the flash
Seat your flashgun in your camera’s hot shoe. Turn the flash on first, then the camera. Position yourself next to a white wall, large window or clean white ceiling. Then, using the tilt and swivel functions on your flash, point it towards your chosen surface.
Avoid coloured walls
If you want accurate colours, try to avoid bouncing the light off coloured surfaces, as it will pick up the colour and produce a colour cast in your image. If you want to add colour it’s easier to control this with gels fixed over the flash than to rely on these kinds of surfaces.
Angle the light
Where you position yourself will affect where the light falls on your subject. The angle of incidence (the angle of the light from flash to surface) equals the angle of reflection (the angle from surface to subject). Ensure the light bounces at the optimum angle to light your model’s face.
Set your flash to the manual mode
For full control, you need to use manual mode. Increase the flash intensity in steps until the light is noticeably directional. We started at 1/power and went up until the light made our model stand out against the background and had soft shadows on the opposite side of his face.
Flag the light
Take your foam and cut out a square about six inches across. Use a rubber band to fasten it over the end of the flash. Adjust your foam around the flashgun to block the direct light between your flash and the subject, ensuring that the only light that reaches them is the bounced light.
Using windows or glass to bounce light works well, too, as glass is colourless but still reflective. The bigger the piece of glass, the more diffusion you can get. The effect also depends on your distance from the window and the power of the flash. If the flash isn’t powerful enough, the light will have faded before it reaches your subject.
The NYPD said no arrests were made at the address.
The Confederate flags, joined by Israeli and American flags, have been hanging in the windows for more than a year, but recent violence in Virginia has brought new meaning to the symbols, neighbors said.
The Lower East Side apartment sports a colonial flag, an Israeli flag and — most upsettingly for one neighbor in particular — a Confederate flag. (Sam Costanza/for New York Daily News)
Schweinsberg said he hoped that the cops can convince the tenant to take down the flags — for the sake of the neighborhood. “The cops went up there, there was absolutely no response to repeated knocks on the door,” he added. “So the idea now is that they’re going to reach out to the landlord and ask for something to be hung from the roof to cover it up. That way hopefully he will communicate.”
Longtime residents described the Dixie fan as a neatly-dressed man in his early 30s.
Another neighbor, Paul Bakija, 53, the guitar player for the seminal New York hardcore band Reagan Youth, said he’s been seeing the flags since last year. “This is good that we’re all here complaining, because I live in the sixth floor and I see it every night,” he said.
Bakija’s band was known for their satirical album covers mocking the Ku Klux Klan and their anarchist political leanings.
A furious man objecting to the Confederate imagery tries to hurl an object at the window where it is displayed. (Courtesy Janette Brown) “I’ve seen him open the window, open up the screen, and yell N-word, S-word,” Bakija said. “When Trump came, he put the halogen lights and blared it.”
The musician decided to quote one of his band’s own songs to sum up his feelings on the situation. “I just hate hate,” Bakija said.
A patrol car will stay in the area and monitor the situation, cops said.
But one law enforcement source said that cops’ hand were tied regarding the flags. “They can’t knock the guys door down and say, ‘hey, don’t fly that flag.’ It’s not Nazi Germany,” the source said.
Give it a name
Strava is social and the people who follow you do so because they’re interested in what you do on a bike, so give them something interesting. Even if your latest upload was a commute, change the default ‘Morning Ride’ title for one of your own that tells people something about your ride or gives them a laugh.
Use the description panel, too. Tell people how your race or training session went or about a great road you discovered.
Whether it’s your new shoes, the cake you had at the cafe or an incredible view, adding photos to your ride makes them more interesting to your followers and also feeds a great collage in your profile.
Plot where you ride with a heatmap, discover somewhere new
The Strava Heatmap application is a great way of plotting where you do most of your riding. It layers up your entire Strava history and allows you to quickly see your favourite routes and rides.
Handily, the Heatmap also allows you to see where other Strava users are active, which is great for finding out other potential riding locations a little further afield.
Strava Heatmap allows you see clusters of ride info and identify areas yet to be explored
Set up a privacy zone
While it’s great to be able to record your ride and share it with friends, one thing you don’t want to do is let potential thieves know that there’s a rather fine bicycle at a certain address — your home — at a certain time.
Luckily it’s easy to sort this one out. Go to the privacy settings and set up a ‘privacy zone’ around your house. Any ride that starts or finishes in this area won’t have the full route mapped and shown online, but will still record all the other relevant data.
Keep it personal or just among friends
If you don’t really want to share your rides with the whole world or only want a select few of your cycling friends to see them, you need to change your privacy settings.
Again, all you need to do is go to Privacy Settings, then turn on the ‘enhanced privacy mode’.
Organic Seed Tapes: Precision Planting with No Waste, No Thinning
Seed Tapes are the easiest, no-waste way to plant. Each strip of biodegradable paper is embedded with perfectly spaced seeds; simply unroll into a planting furrow and cover. Planting is precise, there’s little or no thinning needed, and the germination rate is outstanding. Seed tapes are also ideal for mid-season succession planting between rows. Each seed tape is 15′ long.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Tape Flags wisely! Good luck!
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