The Tape Stretcher facilitates quick and easy installation of straight line tapes by one person. The use of a leather pad and support strap give a stable low base, allowing the ratchet to pull the tape straight and taut just above the surface so it can be nailed securely. The tape stretcher will improve the straightness of your tape as well as decrease your installation time. It is especially helpful with old tapes. The ratchet has a 2" wide slot to insert tape end and a quick release for easy removal of tape.