Before you start taping right away, there are a couple of little tricks you need to know to make the job easier, neater and longer lasting. First, use a high-quality vinyl electrical tape. (Don’t scrimp and buy the cheap stuff — it won’t stick properly and will come unraveled.) Next, split the roll of tape in half with a sharp knife or razor blade. This lets the tape wrap tighter around a smaller radius without kinking or wrinkling. I like to start at the center of the bend and wrap toward the eye, slightly overlapping each wrap. This lays the tape down like shingles on a roof, allowing the water to flow over the tape and not against it. Pull the tape fairly tight, stretching it out a little as you wrap. When you reach the hook eye, don’t pull the tape as tight. Make a couple of wraps — leaving enough for about three more wraps — and then cut the tape with a knife. Make the last three wraps without pulling the tape at all, pushing down hard on the tape to help lock it down.