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Gaffer's Tape

Ahh...Gaffer's tape! If only I had the GIFT, I would wax eloquent in extolling it's virtues. As it is, I'll just have to wax verbose! :-)

For those of you who haven't heard about gaffer's tape, this stuff is waterproof, tough, resistant to temperature variations and crud. It is easy to tear by hand, and it fits odd-shapped surfaces like backpacks with stuff in it, tents, etc., etc. I once even fixed a fly rod with it well enough to use for several days 'till our trip was over! You can write on it with just about anything, so it is handy for use as labels. Gaffers tape is used by those of us in the media production field for taping down cables and such to floors, walls, mic stands, trees, and *you name it.*

Here are a couple of sources you might try:

National Audio-Visual Supply Phone: 800-222-0109 1 Madison Street, P.O. Box 422, East Rutherford, NJ 07073-0422

Valiant Universal East coast office: 195 Bonhomme Street Hackensack, NJ 07602 Phone: (201) 487-6340 West coast office: 14068 Firestone Blvd. Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 Phone: (213) 926-8088

Gaffer's tape comes in 2" wide X 60 yard rolls, but I think Valiant also sells it in 10 yard rolls. Buy the 60 yard rolls; you'll find a use for it, and it doesn't go bad. I sometimes even use the same strip over again a few times. You can buy gaffer's tape in white, black, silver and sometimes yellow. The 60 yard rolls run around $14.00 or so, but it is worth every penny.

Gaffer's Tape

Thanks for all the good information. I have a correction to a "tip" about Gaffers Tape. I agree that it is wonderfull versatile stuff, but it is not waterproof. I have been a gaffer for seven years and work with the stuff every day and one of the big dissapointments about gaffer tape is how badly it reacts to moisture. It is also useless when trying to stick it to a cold surface.

Ron Meneses

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