Matte Finish Is One Of Gaffers Tape’s Best Features

Pro Gaffer Gaffers Tape From TheTapeworks.comGaffers tape is woven cloth tape, made from cotton thread, it is not shiny like duct tape (reinforced vinyl), and thus does not reflect light.

Set designers and stagehands rely on this  finish because it means that they can make repairs, secure cables, and hide things the audience shouldn’t see, simply by applying a strip of tape.  It is almost invisible in most performance environments.

A tape that does not draw attention to itself and doesn’t reflect bright lighting has countless uses.

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Chapel Hill, NC 27517

I Thought Engineers Drove Trains

Toy TrainIt is always amusing to me me how the live events business has allowed such practices as referring to sound persons as “engineers“. This is a good example of how the special events production industry has evolved outside of the mainstream.  Real engineers have college degrees. They face rigorous testing and must be licensed before they ply their trade.  All a sound “engineer” needs is a Sharpie and some gaffers tape!

I’ve Been There and I’m No Engineer

We were in the outdoor staging business for many years, and I must disclose, upfront, of being guiulty of more than one questionable decision. We are all deeply committed to the concept that “the show must go on“.  I am now amazed that over a period of more than 20 years no one ever asked me who designed this roof, who built this stage, and what are their qualifications?  The ability to buy imported trussing and lifts makes things even worse.

Somewhere along the way, our commitment to hard work and quick thinking manage to allow us to escape the scrutiny (government and otherwise) that similar industries must submit to every day.  Those days will end.

Can “Fly By Night” Be A Good Thing?

We  joke that building stages was like having a construction job without a lunch break.  The joke should  also include “and without a permit“. The building of temporary structures puts performers and audience members at the same sort of risk they would be exposed to when shows are in permanent buildings.  The fly-by-night nature (I don’t mean this in a derogatory manner, since we literally do “fly-by-night)  of what we do allows the work to escape the inspection and permitting process.

The evolution of stage roofs  a tent over a flat bed truck to massive structures like that ones in use today happened in rapid fashion.  The notion that an unlicensed contractor can hang thousands of pounds of equipment over the heads of audience members and performers without being subjected to formal training, licensing and inspection now must come to an end.

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Gaffers Tape-It’s All About The Specs

I spend a lot of my time on the phone with new customers.

Having a great crew to take care of shipping orders, purchasing from vendors, managing web sites and taking care of administrative duties means that I get to talk with people who use our products.  Above all, it is the best part of my job.

Today we have posted a number of spec sheets about gaffers tape. Prospective customers want to know about the differences in the gaffers tapes we sell. These spec sheets hopefully will provide some of the information they are seeking.

Until you have used a number of different products, it is hard to understand how something as seemingly insignificant as one mil (1/1000 of an inch) in tape thickness can make a difference.

You’d be amazed at how much easier it is to handle a 12 mil tape than a 10 mil tape. Often prospective customers want to know why the gaffers tape we sell is more expensive than some others that they have heard of.

The specs tell the tale.

When comparing tapes, here are the three most important specs to check out:

  1. Thickness-Gaffers tape is offered in thickness as thin as 10 mils. Choose a tape of at least 11.5 mils (12 mils is better). It won’t c-u-r-l back and stick to itself, and, above all, it is stronger and tears more cleanly.
  2.  Adhesion-“Adhesion to steel” is the quantifiable spec for determining how sticky a tape is. For instance, look for an adhesion number of at least 60 oz. per inch to insure that the tape will hold properly.
  3.  Adhesive composition-The best gaffers tape uses a synthetic rubber adhesive. Less expensive products use an acrylic adhesive which is not as strong and which will not stand up to tough environments. Our comparison page includes both products we sell and others that are offered by our competitors.  In conclusion, we hope you find it useful.

Harrison Bros. Inc.
TheTapeworks.com
Voice 866-386-8335
Fax 800-327-6651
Email sales@harrisonbros.com

Harrison Bros. Inc.
47 North Chatham Pkwy.
Chapel Hill, NC 27517