Better Than Duct Tape

Whenever you get a bunch of guys together to build, fix or mess with something, duct tape seems to be a universal tool. Sometimes though, one of The Guys chimes in with the comment about “well, duct tape is OK but gaffer tape is much better.”  See the Wikipedia entry for Gaffer Tape.

gaffers tape

Well, I finally listened to those guys and bought some gaffer tape on I used this at a recent ham radio event to secure cables, support various masts and lash things together. You know, basic duct tape stuff.

I have to admit that this gaffer tape is really, really good. It is more cloth and less vinyl than duct tape and the adhesive does not leave a residue. Yes, it is more expensive than duct tape. Funny, how that always seems to be the case for higher quality products.

-  73, Bob K0NR

Bob Witte, KØNR, is a regular contributor to and writes from Colorado, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

One Response to “Better Than Duct Tape”

  • Chad:

    i have been a fan of gaffers tape since i started at my current career ( broadcast video sales ) i never looked back at quack tape!!! i have a rool in my tool bad my tool box and in my truck — of course at my office cuz i sell it!!!

    only down size to it is the physical size — there are some one in tape called ( mixer tape ) used to label mixers for audio input – most of it is white and 1/2″ wide — same type of tape

    need to figure out a way to cut it and respool it to an electrical tape roll size!!

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