time sink 42

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Thu Feb 16 22:04:49 UTC 2012

On Thu, 2012-02-16 at 13:08 -0800, Randy Bush wrote:
> an horrifyingly large
> amount of my time was spent trying to peel apart labels made on my
> portable brother label tape maker
> [...]
> is there a trick?

Some tapes have a split backing; bend the tape along the long axis and
you can peel off both halves very easily.

If you can't find such tape for your model of label maker, you will need
fingernails and either a very good sense of touch or good eyesight.

Fold one of the corners of the label, just a tiny corner, back towards
the backing paper, then forward. The backing paper will come off that
tiny corner. Use the aforementioned fingernails to get under the label
at that point. It's usually easier to grip the label than the backing
paper, because the label is a little sticky underneath.

Some people say you should fold forward then back. Some people use a
penknife instead of a fingernail.

Another technique, that I've never been able to master: Hold the label,
backing towards you, about a centimetre from the cut end, place the cut
end at right angles against and across the underside of your right
forefinger, pressing very lightly, and drag your finger down. Done
right, the backing peels off and curls down your finger.

Both techniques rely on the label being slightly stiffer than the
backing paper, and thus bending less.

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au)

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