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I use it a lot for hinges, finding a lot of variability. Reviews I have seen push the gorilla tape brand. Anybody have better ideas?
 

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Gorilla is the thickest I've found. Haven't used it as a hinge.
 

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All I can say is Duck Brand duct tape is terrible stuff. I wouldn't even use it for what it's for, sealing ductwork... :p
 

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"duck" tape got its name, not for sealing ducts, but for the cotton duck cloth was made from. "Duct Tape" is a mis-pronunciation.

Tape used to seal ducts are usually metallic.
 

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All I can say is Duck Brand duct tape is terrible stuff. I wouldn't even use it for what it's for, sealing ductwork... :p
I read somewhere that said duct tape is good for a lot of things; however, one of the worst is sealing ducts. Personal experience confirms this; awful choice for that application. Plus, when you pull old stuff off the stench is awful. The glue from old duct tape smells awful after it has been on a duct for 10 or more years. It has a very sickly sweet smell that you won't forget for a long time no matter how hard you try.

As KarlS says, they now use metallic tapes for ductwork as that is what is in my new house.
 

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Gorilla is both tough/thick and has the best glue. I like Duck brand for the funky patterns that work well on oddrocs :)

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Just FYI, from Gorilla's website, they call it "Duct Tape".

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Timely thread.

I ran out of this general kind of tape this weekend and bought some new tape at Lowes. Based on this thread I bought the Gorilla brand duct tape, and while I was at it I also bought some 3M branded stuff to see how they compare.
 

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I got duct work sealed with the Nashua foil tape, that still seal perfect and look perfect even after 15 years.

For taping stuff down that I want to stay taped down, I use the Gorilla tape.

Have not had a roll of that common cheap duct tape anywhere near my house for a long time.
 

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Thanks guys. Gorilla tape on my list for next Wally World shopping trip
 

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Gorilla also comes in 1 inch wide rolls that are super handy. I keep one in my camera bag. Duck brand tape is useful for different reasons. I find it is one of the thinnest "duct tapes" out there and is really good where conformability, weight, and thinness are factors.

Sheer grab-strength goes to mil-spec 100mph (Polyken 231) tape... That stuff is STICKY, though.
 

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Gorilla also comes in 1 inch wide rolls that are super handy. I keep one in my camera bag. Duck brand tape is useful for different reasons. I find it is one of the thinnest "duct tapes" out there and is really good where conformability, weight, and thinness are factors.

Sheer grab-strength goes to mil-spec 100mph (Polyken 231) tape... That stuff is STICKY, though.
I didn't know about the thin rolls, will have find one. I am always ripping sections of the wide tape in half.
 

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Yeah. Gaffer tape is usually matte in color, vinyl coated instead of plastic, and easier to remove. Gaffer tape is great for A/V work and general purpose temporary holding.
 

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Gaffer's sticks ok, but generally peels up very easy, not cheap, at least for the good stuff.
 
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