Gorilla Tape

Any good?
Steve
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You actually have a gorilla to tape up?
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You have to tape up the gorilla before you take a blood sample.
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For fun, I actually prefer double face carpet tape. Avoid areas with hair unless you like a lot of screaming. Yer welcome. Have fun.
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Around here in Ft Bragg they tape up the "new guys" as a welcome. That tape is sticky. Probably cost us more than you wanna spend.
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Gorilla tape or double face? I worked conventions for years and years. Double face was available for the taking, and copious amounts were thrown away. Now that I don't work there any more, I am finding out what it really costs.
What I miss most is "gaffer tape." I taped down electrical extensions in my garage that are five years old now, and look new. Don't know what that stuff is, but it is GOOD. Didn't get a lot of it, as the stagehands were pretty picky about the stuff. I can see why. Good shit.
I also miss the copious amounts of 2" clear tape that was left laying around. When we cleared the floor, it was sinful the stuff we just piled up to go to the dumpsters. In the old days, we could take a lot of stuff. At the end, you weren't supposed to take anything that wouldn't fit in your lunch box. If you had some juice, though, you could get some bigger "stuff". Carpet pieces, parts of displays, items exhibitors had sold to you, etc. Like anywhere, it was who you knew.
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On Apr 9, 3:29pm, snipped-for-privacy@invalid.com wrote:

Ya know, people complain when someone suggests Google as an answer to a question. They sarcastically ask "What do we need newsgroups for if Google has the answer to everything?"
I tend to agree, for the most part. A newsgroup offers so much more detail, opinion and real-life experience than a simple Google search would.
But I gotta say, a question like "What is gaffer's tape?" just screams Google at me! I've heard of it all my life, but never knew what it was.
Now I do.
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Since some people are dickheads and won't share their hard-won information from Google, I offer the following from Wikipedia: (and for free, too)
Google does occasionally prove handy.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Gaffer tape, sometimes shortened to gaff tape (especially by theater and photographic professionals), or made possessive, as "gaffer's tape", is a strong, pressure-sensitive, cotton cloth adhesive tape. It is an essential, all-purpose tool on theater, film and television productions as well as live performances and any other kind of stage work.[1]
The most common use for gaffer tape is securing cables to the stage floor or other surface, either for safety or to keep them out of view of the audience or camera. Camera assistants use short strips of different colors to lay blocking markers for actors. Similarly, a narrow version of gaffer tape, called spike tape, is used in theatre productions for floor layout. It is also used whenever a quick ad-hoc fix is required, from temporarily attaching fixtures or props, to salvaging a broken piece of production equipment. In the absence of console tape or artist tape, live sound engineers may use a strip of white gaffer tape along the bottom of a mixing board, to label the channels used for a particular show.
The tape is manufactured in many colors, including fluorescent and custom colors, but the most common variety is matte black or dull grey. A matte finish keeps the tape from reflecting light so the tape blends in with the typical stage floor of a theatre.[2] It is easily torn by hand so no cutting tools are necessary. The adhesive used is a high quality synthetic rubber which leaves little or no residue when removed.[3] It usually comes in 2"-wide rolls, and the cloth composition allows a consistent tear, which means it easily tears into two 1" strips, if needed. Gaffer tape should not be compared to duct tape, a far cheaper product which does not tear cleanly and leaves a residue when removed. [4]
It is likely named for the gaffer, the head of the lighting department on a film crew. When cables are taped down on a stage or other surface, either for safety or to keep them out of view of the audience or camera,[5] they are said to be gaffed or gaffered.
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re: I offer the following from Wikipedia
I offer the following, hard-won from Google.
Sincerely, DH
Wikipedia Banned as a Source The controversy over Wikipedia continues. Now Middlebury College in Vermont has decided to ban Wikipedia as a source for projects and as a study guide because it feels the sites contains misinformation.
USPTO Bans Wikipedia According to the Sept. 4 issue of Business Week, the USPTO has recently banned Wikipedia as an acceptable source of information for determining the patentability of inventions.
Wikipedia banned from UCSC class SANTA CRUZ - UC Santa Cruz professor Dan Wirls adopted a policy banning students in his American government class from citing Wikipedia in research papers.
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re: I offer the following from Wikipedia
I offer the following, hard-won from Google.
Sincerely, DH
Wikipedia Banned as a Source The controversy over Wikipedia continues. Now Middlebury College in Vermont has decided to ban Wikipedia as a source for projects and as a study guide because it feels the sites contains misinformation.
USPTO Bans Wikipedia According to the Sept. 4 issue of Business Week, the USPTO has recently banned Wikipedia as an acceptable source of information for determining the patentability of inventions.
Wikipedia banned from UCSC class SANTA CRUZ - UC Santa Cruz professor Dan Wirls adopted a policy banning students in his American government class from citing Wikipedia in research papers.
I see nothing wrong or controversial in their review of this type of tape. I find it informative and educational. Perhaps that is because I am not educated beyond my capacity and am still learning.
Ever hear of "Big Science"? It might interest you, but I doubt it.
Steve
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If you are still learning, how do you know if the Wiki review of this tape is correct?
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If you are still learning, how do you know if the Wiki review of this tape is correct?
I am not so anal that I question every nit and whisker. What the intent of my post was was to say that gaffer's tape is incredible stuff, and I don't care what it's made of, what it's technical name is, or if it is made on Mars. I taped down some cords (one of the stated uses in Wikipedia) five years ago, and the tape still looks good.
About two weeks ago, I put a piece of red duct tape on a cable to mark it. Today, I took it off. It was frazzled, and I had to use acetone to get the glue off the cable.
I don't need to read about stuff that I already know. Especially when it's against what I know.
Do you recall the coffee controversy? First, it's okay. Next it will kill you. Next, it's good for you.
If you get involved and upset about every current controversy and let the literati and illuminati govern your life, you may as well go into the basement and lay in a few years of Depends, Chunky Campbell's soups (they're delicious), and batteries for your radio.
Steve
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Bought some today and put it on. Seemed just like duct tape to me. Now I'll just see how long it lasts and how good it holds up. I'm using it on a 3" section of welding cable that got shorted and melted the coating.
Time will tell. In the meantime, I'm sure there will be other trials. I took off a piece of red duct tape I put on a cable a couple of weeks ago to mark. The tape had already started to frazzle, and I had to use Goof Off to get the slimy glue off the outside of the cable.
Steve
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For that use, I'd want to go with 2-3 layers of rubber tape covered with 3 layers of Scotch 33 Electricians tape. [and probably somebody who has done serious electrical work in the last 20 years will have some improvements on that]
But I wouldn't trust Gorilla, Gaffers or Duct tape to be electrical insulation.
Jim
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re: I had to use Goof Off to get the slimy glue off the outside of the cable.
Lighter fluid (e.g. Ronsonal ) and/or WD-40 work great for removing the adhesives left behind by labels, tape, etc.
Usually cheaper and certainly gentler to the surrounding surfaces than Goof Off.
Just trying to help.
Sincerely, DH
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May be he is tired of him getting up on things & wants to tape him down not up.
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Put Velcro on the ceiling.on the floor for that.
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Good question. I don't know if Gorilla Tape is any good.
When I have something where I need tape that really, really sticks good and will last a long time, I use the aluminum duct tape that the A/C guys use to tape up ducts. Since the tape goes on the outside of the duct and the air pressure is outward, it has gotta stick good. And it does. I bought a large roll of it for about $12 about ten years ago and I still have a lot left.
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Even the cheap Al tape at WalMart is sticky like that. Just not UL approved for HVAC use.
Once I used it to tape the plastic arm handle on a miter saw together until the new one arrived. Held up good. Maybe I could have made it permanent since...
"Remember. It's only temporary...unless it works."
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SteveB wrote:

For what purpose?
I've never bought any but I'd have no reason to think it any better than any other decent-quality tape of the same general price and purpose. Certainly the Gorilla-brand poly glue is no different despite the name and advertising than any of the others.
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