December 8, 2010

Duo-Fast Jet-Tac Tack Strip Epoxy

DF_Jet_Tac.jpgWe're pretty sure that if Hell has carpeting, it's not really carpeting at all, but wall-to-wall tack strips. We can't think of a more insidious building product than the tack strip (possibly Ice & Water Shield on a hot day). These terrible pieces of nail embedded wood, which are used to hold carpeting in place, are better suited as torture devices or as Christmas presents to disobedient children. They destroy gloves, rip clothing, and turn any trash bag into a piece of shredded plastic.

So we're not sure how to take the news that Duo-Fast has just released a new high-powered, two-part epoxy to adhere these horrible strips down. We think it comes down to a net positive for the consumer and a net negative for the DIYer who doesn't like wall to wall carpeting.

When we detach ourselves and think of things from the consumer/installer angle there is a lot to be said for the new adhesive. First, it comes in a 10oz tube that fits a standard caulking gun. Second, it sets up in 5-7 minutes and does a complete cure in 2 hours. Third, because it's so powerful, you'll only need to dab it on in a few places, meaning less product lasting longer.

But as for ripping the strips up. That's probably another story...and one that we'd rather not think about right now.

Press release with more details after the jump

New Duo-Fast® Jet-Tac™ Tack Strip Epoxy For Installation On Concrete Or Wood

Saves Installers Time & Money

VERNON HILLS, IL (October 2010) - Duo-Fast® Floor Fastening Systems (, a leader in carpet and flooring installation tools for more than 40 years, is introducing Jet-Tac™ Tack Strip Epoxy, a quick-set epoxy that is ideal for tack strip installation on concrete or wood.

"We've done our homework and listened to what carpet installers are looking for in fastening tack strip to concrete," said Rita Bockrath, Marketing Manager for Duo-Fast Floor Fastening Systems. "Jet-Tac™ has a number of features never before seen in this industry that are sure to save carpet installers time and money."

Jet-Tac™ is the first two-part epoxy that comes in a uniquely designed 10 oz. (250 ml) cartridge with nozzle that can be used in a standard caulk gun.* The specially designed nozzle allows the two-part epoxy to be fully mixed by the time it reaches the end of the nozzle; thus, no mixing by hand, and no special tools are needed.

Unlike hot-melt glues, Jet-Tac™ sets up in 5 to 7 minutes, allowing enough time for the installer to apply the adhesive and position in place full strips for additional savings.

It also features a superior holding power formulation and a cure time of just two hours. Carpet installers will appreciate this because it allows power stretching on the tack strip after just two hours; they no longer have to come back much later in the day or the next day to complete the installation.

Due to its superior holding power formulation, installers can apply Jet-Tac™ in dabs rather than a continuous bead, meaning they need to use less than competitive adhesives to obtain superior results. In addition to using less Jet-Tac™ adhesive per installation, the cartridge can be opened and resealed without the epoxy setting up inside the cartridge. Users can leave the nozzle on the cartridge and replace it when ready to use again, or reseal the cartridge with the included nut and cap. Jet-Tac™ Nozzle Kits, with three replaceable nozzles per pack, are also available (part no. 650650).

Duo-Fast® Jet-Tac™ Tack Strip Epoxy - Page Two

Jet-Tac™ is very stable; it can withstand temperature ranges from -40 F to 160 F without changing composition. Once it is fully cured and set, water will not affect the adhesion strength of Jet-Tac™.

Jet-Tac™ is ideal for tack strip installation on concrete, but works well in many other applications, including cove moulding, carpet shims, transitions, ceramic, and metal bonding to concrete or wood.

Duo-Fast Jet-Tac™ Tack Strip Epoxy (part no. 650651) will be available in early 2011 at flooring products distributors throughout the U.S. For more information, go to or call, toll free, 888-DUOFAST.

*Jet-Tac can be used with any standard caulk gun. However, Duo-Fast recommends using a caulk gun that features a four-fingered trigger.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at December 8, 2010 9:00 AM
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wow you hit paydirt,thats what I was hoping for, me ,after ripping up 2 layers of carpet,foam cushioning, 1 layer underlayment I got Doug Fir. I was just happy for the most part that it was in good shape, very rustic looking nothing ballroom looking about it.

Posted by: Kevin at December 9, 2010 10:34 AM

Kevin, I'm with you. As soon as we moved into our current house (100 yr old farm house), I ripped up the wall to wall in one of the bedrooms...gorgeous heart pine flooring underneath. Totally insane. Same thing happened at my last house. I'm all about the red or honey colored pine and a nice beat up old oriental rug.

Posted by: Tool Snob at December 8, 2010 6:40 PM

maybe I'm a floor snob, but the sight of wall to wall carpet makes me ill.

Posted by: Kevin at December 8, 2010 6:28 PM
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