My BFF, Nancy Brown, gave me this great tape gun from The Tape Depot for Christmas...only one problem, neither of us could figure out how to correctly load the thing. We tried everything, but just when we thought we had it figured out the tape would become all messed up and for the most part, we just gave up trying. Then the other day Nancy and I sat down to try to determine just exactly what we were doing wrong. We loaded and reloaded. We looked online for a tutorial without any real success. We quickly discovered that other people who had purchased this particular tape gun were having similar problems...so we set out to solve the mystery and then share it with all of you.
Here's a tutorial on how to load your AGT-50 tape dispenser from The Tape Depot. Remember, you can click on any image with your mouse and the image will enlarge. We definitely aren't experts on this, so we take no responsibility for any damage which may occur while loading your tape gun.
Here is a step-by-step photo tutorial. I hope to have a video tutorial soon!
First, use the latch at the bottom of the gun to open the casing.
Lay the gun on a flat surface and open the hinged cover.
Load the tape onto the larger front mechanism in a clockwise motion.
Here's the IMPORTANT PART:
Make sure the the tape roll is pressed down as close to the gear mechanism as possible, being careful not to break anything. You may need to turn the tape roll in order to get it to go all the way down. You shouldn't need to force it!
Hold the trigger down and gently pull the tape over the larger roller and then down under the smaller smooth roller and back over the top of the tape. Make sure there isn't any slack in the tape.
At this point you can release the trigger. Make sure to give yourself a little extra tape to work with. Continue to roll the tape under the second "take up" mechanism in a counter clockwise motion by weaving the end of the tape in and back out of the the grooves. You can turn the smaller black take-up wheel if necessary. Trim any excess tape.
Use the inner silver tension wheel to adjust the tension if necessary by turning it either clockwise (to tighten) or counter clockwise (to loosen). The factory settings are probably correct, but just in case, this is how you do it.
Here is a picture of what your correctly loaded tape gun should look like. Carefully snap the cover shut and you are ready for all those paper crafting projects!
I hope this tutorial has been helpful!