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Gaff has failed me.

Discussion in 'Safety' started by gafftapegreenia, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. gafftapegreenia

    gafftapegreenia CBMod CB Mods

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    Had a gaff incident monday. I do shows outside where I work, and each week we tape a number of cables to cement sidewalks. The good part is gaff works beautifully on concrete, however, that is where the good times end. After being beaten on by the sun all day, the gaff was then rained upon. As I pulled up the gaff holding down the cable, the adhesive stayed on the cable, where as the fabric came off in my hand. This was Apollo brand tape, no less!
     
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    Gaff aint perfect, and it will leave residue if treated to a large amount of heat.
     
  3. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    I've never had great success using gaffer's tape outdoors, particularly trying to tape cables to asphalt or concrete. I suggest you invest in Yellow Jackets, BumbleBees, or other cable protectors named after a stinging insect. I've seen theatres manufacture their own from 2x4s and 3/4" plywood. Good project for learning to use a dado blade and proper beveling techniques on a table saw.

    Bottom line: You screwed up, and are blaming the poor, defenseless, gaffer's tape for your mistake. Enjoy your time with WD-40, Goof-Off, Goo-Gone, or naphtha (lighter fluid). Be sure to wear the proper PPE.
     
  4. gafftaper

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    Have to agree that all bets are off using the sacred Gaff outside, especially when it gets wet. I hate to say it Gaffbrother but I don't think the gaff failed you... I think you failed the gaff. :cry:

    Since it was Apollo Gaff, maybe Keith will have pity on you and send you some gum to chew while removing that goo.
     
  5. gafftapegreenia

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    :cry:

    Alas, I see how it is.
     
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    Washing up liquid, sponge and good old fashioned hard work, is a sure fire way to remove gaffa juice - and teach you the folly of your ways.
     
  7. Hughesie

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    If it ain't named after a stinging insect it ain't worth your time :twisted:

    thats what work experience kids are good for, reward them for their fantastic shop sweeping work but letting em play with cables :p
     
  8. Kelite

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    So sorry to hear of your misfortune, gafftapegreenia. The Kryptonite was disguised as harsh sunlight follwed by rain. :( If the gaffer tape was black, that would intensify the heating of the virgin latex adhesive compound. You see, the rubber within the adhesive itself has been 'calendared' at the manufacturing plant by being squished between two heated rollers to 'warm it up' prior to its introduction to the PVC coated cotton cloth.

    What brought them together has sadly torn them apart....

    (sound familiar?)
     
  9. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    /off topic Keith, Control Booth is supposed to be a child-friendly forum. I don't think you should be using the oxymoronic term "virgin latex." (Depends on what your definition of "is" is). Greenia is young, innocent, and impressionable. Now get me a cut of Fatherless Amber for that Leko, and ALWAYS use truss condoms.

    The other day I was watching the movie 10 Things I hate About You and noticed in one scene Heath Ledger was singing into a mic with a butt plug, six years before that other movie. I thought only ENG crews used those. /topic on
     
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    I really don't know what to say....
     
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    Some days its best to ignore...and walk away.
     
  12. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    "Its" is possessive. "It's" is the contraction of "it is". I think I need a separate post count for corrections of grammatical errors!

    BTW, Greedy Apostrophe, A Cautionary Tale, by Jan Carr, Holiday House, 2007, was NOT worth the money. (But [user]Grog12[/user], if you PM me your snail mail address, I'll send it to you. [user]STEVETERRY[/user] has taught me well.:lol:)
     
  13. gafftapegreenia

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    Sometimes....sometimes...



    Oh, and I'm corrupt as the rest of you.
     
  14. lieperjp

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    And that would be why I got it from the library. Seriously, who pays that much for a children's book???

    And anyway, It's is not really a greedy apostrophe.
     
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    Van, looks at himself, looks at Derek, Looks at Gafftaper, looks at Gafftapegreenia, shakes his head and says, "No. No, you're not.", then walks away.

    :mrgreen::twisted::mrgreen:
     
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  16. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    [user]Gafftaper[/user] is a teacher--an honorable profession, so he's out of the running. I'd have to guess it's a toss up between [user]Van[/user] and myself as to which of us have prostituted ourselves more. Although he used to do soul-sucking corporate shows, now he does legit theatre, so I think I have the edge. I've designed/run lights for <female impersonator> shows (can you guess what they use gaffer's tape for?), raves, <gentlemen's clubs>, and worst of all, a pharmaceutical product launch that was later proved to cause, rather than cure, cancer; so I think I "win", in the lack of scruples department. Oh, and a (very) brief stint as LD/SM/SoundOp for a live, improv, audience participation, version of Dungeons and Dragons, $15/performance, three nights a week.

    "Scruples. I don't know what they are, but if you've got 'em, I bet they belong to someone else."
     
  17. gafftapegreenia

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    Well if we are talking scruples as to what we work on, then I guess you win, but in other areas of life...meh.

    And Van, the kids these days know more than you think.
     
  18. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    You don't know Jack ____. In fact, "You're no Jack Kennedy." Can't even tell me what that's from, can you?
     
  19. gafftapegreenia

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    Didn't say we knew everything or more than you, almighty Derek, king of the perverse, just that we know more than you might assume.
     
  20. gafftaper

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    The rumor here in Seattle is that when JFK visited, the chief of police personally escorted the hookers to his room. Just a rumor, no proof... but that's a whole other level of scruples my friends.

    Oh and these days I teach in a college so that means corruption is a way of life now. It's great to be back in a shop where if a student tells a dirty joke I don't have to send them to the principal.

    I would sure like to have seen that D&D live show. :rolleyes:
     
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