Mineral Tack is like stick tack. For all I know, it might be EXACTLY like the stick tack I remember from grade school. I was mesmerized by the way the teacher carefully tore off a pea-sized wad and placed it on the reverse of an illustration before she mounted it to the blackboard.
Mineral tack is used to secure a specimen to its mount, usually a clear acrylic specimen box. I won’t bore you with the history of the gunk, or how it comes in different colours and consistencies and different capacities to retain suppleness and stickiness. Nor will I debate the appropriateness of using mineral tack when shooting photos. In some photography circles it is considered a cardinal sin if even the tiniest scrap of the glop appears in the image.
Nope, none of that. What I do want to tell you is this: I’ve slept soundly for two nights and am feeling better for it. Thanks to the fact that mineral tack is a great way to block the speaker port of an out-of-order smoke detector.
Note: Don’t get alarmed (!) or alert the Fire Marshall. This is a temporary fix until the man of the house, he who has the electronic know-how to switch out detectors, returns home later this week. Thank you.
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