A lot of times when I use some kind of tape roll, I just fold it and then when I want to use it again, I spend some agonizing moments trying to find the beginning of it.

What can I do to find the end of the tape more easily?


Fold the tape back on itself. One fold works great, and you don't need a lot. One to two centimeters is enough.

Doing it a couple of time will give you more to hold on to making it easier to peal, but will waste more tape the more you fold.

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  • This works once you have found the end, but not to find the end if it is stuck back on the roll without being folded. – Willeke Jan 15 '18 at 19:47

I have found two solutions to this problem:

  1. Putting a small piece of paper at the end of the tape when I last use it, or
  2. Putting a small paperclip at the end of the tape.
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    You could also fold some tape back on itself. – QuyNguyen2013 Dec 9 '14 at 22:54
  • @QuyNguyen2013 add that as an answer – Shevliaskovic Dec 9 '14 at 22:55

Folding it over is definitely the best idea. For when you've forgotten to do that, run your fingernail along the corner of the tape for the full circumference of the roll. Your nail will catch on the corner of the tape end. If it doesn't then run your fingernail in the opposite direction.

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If someone was careless enough to not employ one of the preventive methods above to make finding the end easy next time, then you can try:

  • scrape around the tape roll with your fingernail, feeling for the slight rise
  • lightly trace a stick of chalk around the tape to make the end easier to see
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I have an easy solution. Bend the tape backwards so that it will not stick back to the roll by itself. Then next time when you use again, it is still sticking out. I made a video showing how: https://youtu.be/QeGyVtNXf7w

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  • That answer has already been given. – Chenmunka Jan 15 '18 at 11:01
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    I think the already given answer you mean is fold the tape end inward, so that it stick to itself. Mine is different, you don't need to waste that part of tape. – Zone Thin Jan 16 '18 at 12:52

If somehow I forgot to fold back the end of the tape I slide the blade of a snap off knive aroound the roll of tape until I meet the end.

Then I carefully lift the end of the tape with the blade.

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Put it in a tape dispenser (available in various sizes from tiny up to and including hand held parcel-tape "guns") - it sticks to the blade so the whole question does not even arise.

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Take a razor blade or utility knife and slice through the first layer of tape. Then peel it off from wherever you sliced it; you can use the blade to lift the tape as well. One way or the other, you'll find the end.

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    This doesn't find the end it makes one :[ – Vogel612 Dec 9 '14 at 23:17
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    It can also cut through several layers of tape, and thusly make the end you find only a short length – holroy Mar 17 '15 at 16:05

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