101 uses for Gaffer Tape

Here is a bit of fun for you to have a laugh at. If you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments!

I made a fake cactus painted it green and added fake pricks‘ – Set Decorator

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I use Gaffer Tape to attach my spare picks to my guitar‘ – Musician

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‘I use Gaffer Tape to repair an underwire bra if the wire pokes out ! ‘ – Dresser

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Use Gaffer Tape to stick drama students to their chairs so they’ll pay attention’ – Teacher

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‘The temporary fixing of my partners private parts’ – Ventriloquist

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 ‘Fixing the wing mirror back on my black car with black gaffer’ – Black car driver

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‘Outlining those pesky dead bodies we find backstage during tech week’ – Backstage Crew

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‘Making a fake axe blade’ – Props Department

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‘Use to making leading on windows – tear gaffer tape into strips lengthwise, you can’t tell the difference under light and it doesn’t peel off glass like electrical tape’ – Set Director

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‘Holding lyric sheets to monitors for bands that are so drunk they’ve forgotten the words (and I’ve really had to do that!)’ – Backstage Crew

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‘Providing black rims to tables and sets etc’ – Set Decorator

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‘Holding Band Stands together, not to be confused with bandstands, but hey anything’s possible with Gods tape! ‘ – Exceptional Roadie

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‘I used gaffer tape for an instant rescue when the prop doorknob fell off’ – Assistant Stage Director

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‘Writing on floor, directions for thick cast!’ – Anonymous Director

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‘Making reflectors for a infrared receiver on a TV set.  Actor was stationed at an acute angle to receiver, reflector bounced the signal right in !’ – Knowledgeable Techie

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‘Taping actors to statues and wheeling them around the stage, (don’t ask why!)’ – Touring Stage Manager

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 ‘Taping Rubber Chickens to lighting pipes so that chickens hang on stage’ – Props and Poultry

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‘Fixed pieces of rostra together to prevent band kicking them apart’ – Clever Roadie

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‘Repaired holes in black curtains, placing gaffer patch each side of hole and pressing together’ – Resourceful Assistant Stage Manager

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‘On the set of South Pacific I got an urgent call to look stage right. I saw the whole side of the set was about to fall down, so I got some gaffer tape, climbed onto a fly bar and taped it up to the front valence rod.  It didn’t fall … luckily neither did I !’ – Another resourceful Stage Manager

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‘Make a stained glass window out of cellophane and gaffer tape’ – Property Glazing Department

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‘When asked to hang a very expensive light to the bottom of an air vent, 25 feet in the air, ask for and use a FULL roll of GOD’S tape‘ – Cautious Lighting Techie

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‘Hung up my boss close to the truss, as a reward for good sound check’ – Daring Techie

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‘Sculpt used tape into a football shape, then use an empty stage as a pitch, a pair of manfrottos with a scaffold bar between as goal posts, then use white gaffer on the floor to provide the lines. Finally you need to make gaffer people to play against!’ – Assistant Stage Manager

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‘While focusing, use gaffer to cover the contacts so that you don’t have to keep taking the outriggers out every time you want to move’ – Clever Techie

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‘Made glass/bottle holders, by taping them to the microphone stands. Keeps the liquid away from Marshalls and Pedals’ – Ingenious Roadie

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‘Repaired a hole in the pit wall, caused by my foot while resetting pit cover, so that the Technical Director doesn’t notice’ Nervous Assistant Stage Manager

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‘Sticking to rollers on the bottom of office chairs and then it can be used as a keyboard seat, as the gaffer tape provides some safety and security (despite excessive stage performance)’ – Resourceful Assistant Stage Manager

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‘Taping a garden gnome to a light (you really don’t want to know!)’ – Stage Gardener

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‘Made an emergency guitar strap at an outdoor festival. Just put a few layers face to face with some plastic reinforcement. Tightwads probably still using it!’ – Roadie Supreme

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‘Scaffolding reflecting light, we can’t paint it as its not ours, so pass the gaffer tape!’ – Happy Assistant Stage Manager

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‘Use white gaffer tape on the edge of the stage, then if an actor falls in a blackout we can say there was a noticeable mark to show the edge ….. so you can’t sue!’ – Elfin Safety Stage Manager

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‘Writing B*llocks on my amp at corporate sponsored gigs’ – ‘Graffiti’ George – Sound

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‘Make big arrows with white gaffer tape to direct a rather ‘too inquisitive’ audience around the black drapes’ –Assistant Stage Manager in charge of traffic

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‘Use for holding staging together for when we lose (or can’t be bothered with) the bolts and clamps that should be used’ – Attentive Stage Manager

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‘Weren’t allowed to sew up holes made by somebody else in the blacks (curtains).  So made a patch fashioned out of gaffer tape for an L-shaped hole about a foot long on each side.  Sticky side upstage to cover the open part of the hole, sticky side down to attach the patch – voila’ – French Assistant Stage Manager

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‘For thirty years as set builders, we have drilled into stages and ripped the entire thing up at the end of each show.  Now there’s a patchwork of gaffer lines so instead of a wooden floor we have a gaffer floor’ – Stage Manager in a hole

‘When my old trombone slide snapped in half at a gig, I had to finish the last set with it gaffer taped together’ – Muso blowing his own trumpet

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‘Having forgot my watch, I made a fake one out of gaffer tape and made the time two minutes to curtain up’ – Resourceful Actor

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‘Used gaffer tape to make a blast shield for flash pot/pyrotechnic device’ – Non-Lighting Crew

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‘Used gaffer tape to muffle the clumping noise of dancers shoes on stage’ – Director with a headache

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‘Used gaffer tape to fix props to shelves on stage set that gets regularly moved’ – Stage Security

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‘Although usually ignored, gaffer tape can be used to mark the centre point on the stage’ – Middle Management

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‘Used gaffer tape to lay lino/hardboard flooring’ – Crew Member with a backache

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‘Our keyboard player forgot his costume shoes for a gig and only had a pair of sandals, so we transformed them into some shiny gaffered shoes. The audience were none the wiser’ – MD in footlights

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‘Used gaffer tape to hold the beater on a bass drums kick pedal.’ – Resourceful Drummer

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‘Used gaffer tape to stick on the soles of shoes, to prevent them from slipping on a smooth stage floor’ – Non-Skid Sid

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‘Used gaffer tape to restrain the director from messing with the lighting rig’ – Action Leccie

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‘Used gaffer tape to hold actors ears back when attempting to get into a nun’s habit and veil for a part’ – Scared Props

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‘Used to tape actors mouths shut when they ask, “What actually is Gaffa tape? … Is it the same as Duct Tape?”‘ – Proper Gaffer

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‘Used gaffer tape to tape Stage Managers to Crucifixes’ – Anon

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‘When no other materials were available I used gaffer tape as an emergency personal hygiene replacement. The result was OK but could prove to be unpopular with hairy people’ – Desperate Roadie

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‘Used for taping annoying LX people to their rig when they keep asking for more lights up there! I mean, how many moving lights does a designer need!!’ – Fitter having a fit

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‘Used gaffer tape to tape a demonic baby doll to the wall behind the sound shells. Trespassers backstage got the fright of their lives!’ – Chuckie the Roadie

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‘Used gaffer tape for taping the radio mic transmitters to actors/actresses backs when they don’t have pockets.’ – Pocket Picking ASM

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‘Fashioned a long pole out of gaffer tape to fish a Frisbee out of the river, lost by an over-enthusiastic cast’ – Captain Hook

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‘Note that ‘Heavy Duty Red Gaffer’ is not ideal as tit-tape. The colour is too strong and the threads stick out. It is however, very dependable!’ – Front of house manager
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‘Used gaffer tape to mummify the Stage Manager before rolling him across the stage during the last performance climax’ – Out of work Assistant Stage Manager

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‘To prevent props from being found broken two hours before opening night- tape them together using gaffer tape’ – Voice of experience

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‘Gaffer tape may do everything but you can’t have sex with it’ – Disappointed Roadie

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‘Made a bow tie…as nowhere to buy…(looks OK …from 8ft away)’ – Rhyming Simon

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‘Used gaffer tape to tape our director to the truss on press night’ – Firm but effective SM

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‘Used gaffer tape to stop my watch band from breaking and to hold my wallet together’ – Skint Stage Hand

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‘Used to hold up stockings when the garter belt snaps’ – ASM – Assistant Stocking Mender

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‘Used gaffer tape to plug up holes in backpack to prevent any more lost scripts’ – Sealed with a kiss actor

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‘Used for holding motorcycle boots and leathers together. Old and worn is best.’ – Biker Director

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‘Stick a piece of Gaffer each side of a hole in jeans before their monthly wash’ – Scruff in Wings

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‘Used gaffer tape to stick my sisters dress to her back to prevent exposing a tattoo of her exes’ name’ – Brother Professional

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‘Used Gaffer as an instant wonder bra to prevent bruising the chests of large Irish tap dancers! It was great fun reclaiming the tape to be used again!’ – Titillated ASM

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‘Used to hold up a recent mothers skirt when the elastic broke – ‘Does my Mum look big in this?’ – Costume Department

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‘Used gaffer tape to stick my favourite T shirt back together after the Ambo’s had to cut it off!‘ – Ex Bare-Chested Roadie

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‘Used gaffer tape to repair a hole made in jeans, after sitting on- and sliding over a screw’ – Scabby Bum on Sound

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‘Use gaffer wherever safety-pins fail’ – Nappy Changing SM

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‘Used to tape over a stroppy ‘stars’ name on a poster after they walked out.’ ‘Who needs you’ – Director

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‘Used to tape crows onto Scarecrows shoulder’ – Best in my field Roadie

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‘Used as instant facial hair for a junior school production’ – Moustache-Less Teacher

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‘Used gaffer tape to blackout slide on a follow spot – Simples!’ – Compare the lighting.com

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‘Used gaffer tape to cover Taps on Tap shoes when they aren’t needed’ – Ex Plumber

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‘Used gaffer tape to hem trouser legs. It lasts around 3 months even with heavy washing! It also means you have a reserve of small bits of gaffer to get you by in case of emergency.’ – Costume dept with tight budget

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‘Gaffer tape can be used to gag old people on crew who moan about the volume when you’re on your smoke break.’
– I know it’s bad for me-Roadie

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‘Used to remove annoying eyebrows from sleeping drunken actors which have overdone Botox’ – Crew Driver

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‘Used gaffer tape to tape seashells onto the chests of actors’ – Castaway ASM

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‘Used gaffer tape to attach wigs to the heads of gullible actors’ – Stage Manager in charge of matting

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‘Used gaffer to stick on false ears. I should have sold the idea to The News of the World’ – Costume and lobing dept

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‘Used to rescue your lead when he tears a hole in the jacket of his main costume just minutes before curtain up’ – Hero among stage hands

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‘Used gaffer tape to stop pantyhose from laddering’ – Helpful Hero at Stage Side

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‘Used gaffer tape to stick over the obscene comments that other techs have written- in permanent marker- on your gaff pants’ – Techie With A Moral Conscience

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‘Used gaffer tape to stick over the corporate logo on the Gore-Tex jacket your ex-employer gave to you’ – Waste Not Want Not Roadie

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‘Used to tape up holes in pockets – using two pieces – stick 1 inside the pocket and 1 out. Less lost money but … no more pocket billiards…’ – Ex Fiddler on the Roof Crew

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‘Had to use blue gaffer tape to hold my thong together when it snapped at the back.’ – Thong Hung Blue. Everybody knows one.

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‘Used gaffer strips strategically around the face for a definitive Liam Gallagher or Groucho Marx look’ – Moustachioed Make Up Artist

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‘Gaffer tape can be used to remove lint and animal hair from clothing. Wrap a length of inside-out Gaffer tape onto a roll, and then roll it over clothes.’ – Dresser without a brush

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‘Used gaffer tape for taping up the lead roles black tuxedo pants he’d managed to rip in the last number. His orange underwear was glowing like traffic lights!’ – Now you see me now you don’t ASM

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‘Used gaffer tape for taping shoes together so that the soles don’t fall off when you return to the mosh pit’
– Underpaid Techie

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‘Used silver gaffer on my Hooch bananas to hold together the rips.’ – Stylish Soundman

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‘Used gaffer when the tab rips off the last nappy whilst putting the kids to bed’ – Never in the brown stuff with gaffer Roadie

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‘Used gaffer tape for tacking down those scratchy clothing tags. It also survives the washing if you forget it’s there.’  – Comfortable Actress

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‘Got one of the crewmen to repair my broken glasses using gaffer- (I couldn’t see to do it) – ASM- A Seeing Manager

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‘So today you’re climbing up a truss tower, you’re going commando, and your pants rip! Luckily the gaff roll is wrapped around your arm … pride still intact!’ – Unexposed Roadie

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‘I have a pair of black, dirty, old, broken sneakers that I’m famous for. They’re taped together with silver gaffer tape. People often ask me if they should buy me some new shoes, or if there’s even any actual shoe left under the tape. I tell them: These aren’t shoes these are contemporary stage art’ – Roadie With A Soul

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‘Now we hear this true as she mentioned it during an interview for the Star Wars 20th Anniversary. – Gaffer tape was used to strap down Carrie Fishers’ chest during Star Wars, She added “I seriously considered running a sweep to see who gets to take the tape off at the end of shooting.”‘ – Carrie Fisher [Allegedly]

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And there you have it… 101 ways to use Gaffer Tape!

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