Ask Adam Savage: "Why I Actually Hate Duct Tape"

2. mai. 2021
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Tested member Aurelio Paez asks, "We all love duct tape. What's the best duct tape brand for you?" Here's Adam's perhaps surprising (well, to MythBusters fans, anyway) answer. Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks, like asking Adam a question:
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  • Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks, like asking Adam a question: Nashua aluminum tape: Nashua duct tape: Rosco gaffer tape: Gorilla duct tape: Disclaimer: Tested may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through the links here.

    Adam Savage’s TestedAdam Savage’s Tested13 dager siden
    • @Sam Miller Yep. It wasn't until after ww2 when having duct work in your house was more common that it began to be called duct tape.

      olstar18olstar18Time siden
    • @olstar18 Are you sure that's not reversed?

      Sam MillerSam Miller6 timer siden
    • The thing is it is duck tape. The name duct tape came later.

      olstar18olstar186 timer siden
    • Ah, crap, I suck at master licenses. I like Nashua aluminum for permanent gas vents. But IPC is the best temporary “duct” tape I’ve found, as long as you don’t use it for ducts, pipe, or tubing. But on the weekend, for the band I work for, when we do live full band shows, nearly any brand of gaffer is the absolute best option. Tape is fascinating, and no tape is universal. I hate and love all tapes simultaneously, just for my own darn opinion.

      Damian ThielemierDamian Thielemier8 dager siden
    • Do a segment on JCX Expendables if you have been shopping there for decades...

      russell zaunerrussell zauner9 dager siden
  • Do i hear.....HERESY

    Matman824Matman8244 timer siden
  • I feel like duct tape was intended to be more of a "temporary solution" material. It's supposed to hold something together until you can properly fix it. On another note: Is that a giant motorized Swiss Army knife in the background?

    The Emerald WeirdoThe Emerald Weirdo7 timer siden
  • Yeah gaffer tape is like duct tape went to college, because it requires student loans to afford.

    Frank BrightFrank Bright9 timer siden
  • Duct tape works for everything. Just not very well or for very long.

    Jexorz86Jexorz8611 timer siden
  • What's the price difference?

    Ben KendrickBen Kendrick12 timer siden
  • Duct tape is not good at any 1 thing, it’s good at being there for you as a temporary fix for many things

    Stormy EffectsStormy Effects12 timer siden
  • Duct tape, because every fix is temporary.

    Nathaniel KiddNathaniel Kidd14 timer siden
  • Gaff for the win

    Here Goes NothingHere Goes Nothing15 timer siden
  • "And that's for my old gaffer!" -Adam Savage, probably

    Jon SJon S17 timer siden
  • Finally someone else who doesn't love duct(duck) tape. But I do love it for one thing - a cheap materiel to fasten garbage together to put out by the curb. ...saves me from using some useful plastic bags.

    ThePeacemaker848ThePeacemaker84818 timer siden
  • Everything that Adam said X2....BUT there is a "clear" Duct Tape (duct tape is a misnomer...40 years in the construction industry and I have never seen anyone use DUCT Tape on a metal duct...foil Tape only!) The Clear Duct Tape I carry on our sailboat for emergency sail has pretty good UV resistance and sticks like shit to a wool blanket! But regular Grey duct Tape...I probably have a half roll in my work shop or work truck and that is it!!! Good episode Mr Savage! Mike 🇨🇦

    Michael LippmannMichael Lippmann18 timer siden
  • Fun fact: Duct tape is not the original name. It was called DUCK tape, cause it's water repellent. I'm not joking. Look it up

    ShikogoShikogo22 timer siden
  • Sort of like Crescent style adjustable wrenches... they are the WORST tool for any situation. But they're a tool that will work in almost ANY situation, so it's the first to come out :P

    Richard ConnorRichard Connor22 timer siden
  • In the same way that a Swiss Army knife is never the right tool for the job, duct tape is never the right tape. Given nothing else, I’d be thankful to have it around. For EDC, it is a perfect all0around utility tape. But sitting in Adam’s workshop, I’m not surprised this is his opinion, because he has a perfectly curated set of tools for just about any occasion.

    David BockDavid Bock22 timer siden
  • I think I lot of people refer to any kind of tape that has both cloth and plastic in it as "duct tape" even though it doesn't always apply.

    TonkarzOfSolSystemTonkarzOfSolSystemDag siden
  • I hate duct tape, WD-40, and self-tapping screws.

    Tim RamichTim RamichDag siden
  • The truth is, when most people say "Duct Tape", they mean "The type of sticky cloth tape I think of as duct tape." I personally * do * use it for everything, but only the cheapest, nastiest stuff I can buy because it is always for something I am going to cut apart in a few hours.

    jmackmcneilljmackmcneillDag siden
  • Gorilla tape is pretty good. It's def that or gaff. Standard duct tape is pretty far down on my temp fix solutions.

    zetsumeinaitozetsumeinaitoDag siden
  • Hmm... I think the problem here is one of distinction: you say you hate "duct tape" then say you love "gaffer tape"; you say "Gorilla tape" isn't even comparable to "duct tape"; and even better, that "duct tape" isn't really "duct tape" "this is duct tape"... :-D I completely agree and completely disagree at the same time, simply because we're talking about different things. Where I'm from "duct tape" and "gaffer tape" are the same thing, Duck and Gorilla are just different brand flavours, and if you need to tape up a duct you can be sure we'd be using the "real duct tape" ;-) There's an old saying: "If it moves when it shouldn't, wrap it in duct tape; if it should move but it doesn't, spray it with WD40."

    SquinoogleSquinoogleDag siden
  • I feel like duck tape is kind of like Hot glue. It can do almost anything, but it's never the best glue for the job unless it is for something fast/built to be janky/temporary. I say this as a dude that uses both ducktape and hot glue like crazy. lol

    Retro HipsterRetro HipsterDag siden
  • 3:08 Adam's brain shut down for a moment

    Roy CorvetteRoy CorvetteDag siden
  • I couldn't agree more!

    JustElvinJustElvinDag siden
  • Reject duct tape. Embrace flex tape.

    Flint 25Flint 25Dag siden
  • The name was actually originally duck tape because it's waterproof and it morphed over time.

    Tom FitzgeraldTom FitzgeraldDag siden
  • Duct tape is great at being ''fine" for everything but there is a better option than duct tape for everything. I have 3 tapes in my tool bag. Alfa Flex - airtight builders tape that can flex and be slightly malleable also lasts for years Black gaffer tape - for all the mentioned reasons. Painters tape/thick masking tape - great for quick temporary fixes and leaves no residue at all.

    Viktor Hierta GustafssonViktor Hierta GustafssonDag siden
  • CC: "The thing it's the worst at is literally its name Ducks it is horrendous on ducks don't ever use it for ducks... You want to seal up a duck?..." *runs away*

    CoerciveutopianCoerciveutopian2 dager siden
  • So in other words, duct tape isn't all it's quacked up to be? (Pun intended!)

    BVLC VideoBVLC Video2 dager siden
  • I actually waited to make this comment and now I do not know why. You wanna know what duct/duck tape is good for and why I always have it around? Probably not.....but will tell you anyways. It may not be the right choice for any job - but when you only have once choice, it is the best choice to do any job. We can't carry around every type of tape out there at arms reach. I have taped up boots - and pants - in the field long enough to get out of the field. I taped up a vacuum to throttle body pipe/duct on a 1980 Landcrusier in the middle of no-where and gotten two weeks of driving from it while I waited on a part. I taped a radiator hose and got the 10 miles I needed without needing a tow. I've used it as double stick on wood while I was cutting it. I have fixed reference books with it that I still have and use. Was it the best choice? Yes....because it was the only choice. It is the worst choice for any job and the one tape you should always have handy. EDIT: I have gaffer tape (useful) - but it is not as versatile. It's not as sticky and isn't as water/dirt proof - the surface has to be dry and clean. Of course, I buy my gaffer tape at a contractor store - Adam may have a higher quality source. EDIT 2: NEVER use duct tape to tape up electrical splices - or anything electrical. One job it can't do. Trust me on that one - lol.

    ChristopherCobraChristopherCobra2 dager siden
  • Duct tape is the perfect temporary clamp while you're putting on real clamps, but that's all duct tape should ever be. Temporary.

    CoolAsFreyaCoolAsFreya2 dager siden
  • Who else wants to see the zombie net made with duct tape?

    Benjamin LehmannBenjamin Lehmann2 dager siden
  • 2:23 HOW DID HE KNOW

    mizuhonovamizuhonova2 dager siden
  • I am partial to the military riggers tape. The stuff I used sounds more like gaffers tape than the duct tape I buy at the local Hardware store

    Sailing It'll DoSailing It'll Do2 dager siden
  • Duct tape can do anything except be good at it's job

    Matt PaulsonMatt Paulson2 dager siden
  • Duct tape really is a jack of all trades, master of none sort of product. If somebody could only have 1 tape, duct tape would be a decent choice as it will almost always work in a pinch. It'll never be the perfect solution, but it won't be the worst one either.

    Connor TremblayConnor Tremblay2 dager siden
  • It dosn't do anything amazingly, but it can do a huge span of things ok. So if you can't justify having a bunch of kinds of tape, its a good thing to have on hand.

    Team CYBR ReactionsTeam CYBR Reactions2 dager siden
  • I'm also not the biggest fan of duct tape. The one brand I actually use is basically on the border of being Gaffer's tape. It's called T-Rex tape and it's some of the hardiest tape I've ever dealt with.

    Asher PfankuAsher Pfanku2 dager siden
  • In my country, there is no duct tape at all, and all the engineering jokes with fixing something are about insulating tape... So it was very confusing for me first, to grasp what this tape really is😆

    Armchair CriticArmchair Critic2 dager siden
  • "giving multiple people the same material and watching them solve the same problem" So... when are we getting this show?

    Memo RoblesMemo Robles2 dager siden
  • I've always seen duct tape as a sort of adjustable spanner. An adjustable spanner(talking about the Swedish style one) is a bad tool. But, because of it's versatility and it's size, it's the perfect thing to bring with you in your car to solve general problems. Would I rather have a large spanner set? Yeah, totally. Every day of the week. But just like you can't bring your entire cupboard of different tapes, you can't bring an entire set of spanners everywhere. Duct tape is basically the adjustable spanner of tapes. It works well enough for most things. "Jack of all trades, master of none" after all!

    Alien Tree GuyAlien Tree Guy2 dager siden
  • I thought Gaffertape and ducttape were the same thing and it simply was called different things in different countries. Learned something new. I am not sure I know what ducttape is, but I have used Gaffertape regularly.

    Søren Hougaard RasmussenSøren Hougaard Rasmussen2 dager siden
  • Flex Seal’s tape (the as seen on Tv stuff) is easily the best tape for sealing purposes. Not sure if it’s good on actual ducts, but I’ve seen many contractors and maintenance guys use it as quick fixes that end up lasting longer than was ever intended.

    ratnickratnick2 dager siden
  • Truth is, MythBusters was a show. Adam & Jaime played idealized characters of themselves.

    NGMonocromNGMonocrom3 dager siden
  • I love how the dude was probably expecting a "oh yeah 'Mr.Nasa' guy, i love it too, your clearly in the know and totally a pro too" and got the absolute opposite.

    CoAndCoLaptopAccountCoAndCoLaptopAccount3 dager siden
  • Counterpoint: duct tape is great for taping down your ducks

    TheEnoEtileTheEnoEtile3 dager siden
  • Someone transcript this and put it on a tshirt

    Paige EdwardsPaige Edwards3 dager siden
  • pro gaff rules i literally love it.

    Evan JerredEvan Jerred3 dager siden
  • I love how I just willingly listened to a seven minute long video of someone talking about duct tape...

    Dash 7 StudiosDash 7 Studios3 dager siden
  • This hits harder than an apology video

    fool be-erfool be-er3 dager siden
  • 7:01 lil jiggly

    Nippopani FungoliNippopani Fungoli3 dager siden
  • Not me about to rewatch all the myth busters duct tape episodes😂

    Dima GassDima Gass3 dager siden
  • Steve Smith must be SO disappointed......

    Angella HansonAngella Hanson3 dager siden
  • I really don't like tape. I've never had gaffer's tape actually work, either. Then again, I've never bought a roll; only observed others' use of it and watched it effortlessly unstick from the floor it was supposed to be sticking electrical/audio cords to.

    Andrew NealAndrew Neal3 dager siden
  • I carry gaffers tape in my EDC and got a free hotel stay because of it. Hotel shower was broke. No maintenance man and no other rooms. Gaffers tape to the rescue. Hotel staff was apologetic and gave me enough hotel points for another one night stay.

    Brian SmithBrian Smith3 dager siden
  • Adam is a man of permanence, not temporary solutions.

    Adam HaasAdam Haas3 dager siden
  • It's funny to hear Adam talk about the cultural cachet of duct tape and how Mythbusters used it, when for me growing up those episodes of Mythbusters WERE my cultural experience with the stuff. As a kid who swore by the stuff, I touted Mythbusters as the "proof that duct tape can do anything". Now as an adult and engineer, who has also realized that gaffer tape is much more useful, it's really fun to have Adam reaffirm my new stances while also giving me a new lens to remember those episodes through.

    Logan JensenLogan Jensen3 dager siden
  • "Gaffer tape is like duct tape went to college and learned how to do it's job properly." I have never agreed more with a statement. Gaff tape for the win!!

    KipOfTheMany *KipOfTheMany *3 dager siden
  • Bottom Line: Don't use Duct Tape. If you really must, use Gorilla brand.

    Tefen CaTefen Ca3 dager siden
  • I've used more aluminum tape in the last decade than I have used duct tape in my lifetime

    Wing WalkerWing Walker3 dager siden
  • Duct tape is the new spit and baling wire.

    LanceOmikronLanceOmikron3 dager siden
  • I've found electrical tape very useful.

    Jay SandersJay Sanders3 dager siden
  • Here's to finding out that the English language differentiates between gaff tape and duck tape

    Sofie M. MarskarSofie M. Marskar3 dager siden
  • 5:25 huh, I always pronounced it as rhyming with "sludge" (and spelled it "kludge") because the implied onomatopoeia was more satisfying to me

    4of920004of920003 dager siden
  • Duct tape...the ultimate failure for what it was intended for. WD40 almost followed suit with 39 previous failures. Don't even get me started on Formula 409. 408 failures !!!!! Really ????? LOL

    Icehso140Icehso1403 dager siden
  • I always thought duct tape & gaffa tape were the same thing.

    londontradalondontrada3 dager siden
  • Duct tape is to men what wine is to w- *Adam*: Ahem Uhhhhhhh

    diarykeeperdiarykeeper3 dager siden
  • It’s best at trussing up a kidnap victim.

    Super FlySuper Fly3 dager siden
  • Honestly the only time I use duct tape is when I need to fix my jeans or a jacket in 2 minutes for some shop work

    Andres LastiriAndres Lastiri3 dager siden
  • Not good for taping ducts but lovely to build bridges with

    NagizaH8NagizaH83 dager siden
  • This feels like a safe space for me to admit I hate saying the word duct tape.

    xBMPRxBMPR3 dager siden
  • Red Green fanboy here. "Handyman Corner" is the only legit use for duct tape that I can conceive.

    Bill McDonaldBill McDonald3 dager siden
  • Seems like we are talking abou two different things. Don't listen to what they call themselves and stop confusing them. One is the silvery stuff, sort of plasticy, with a little fiber in it that you can get for a buck a roll. It calls itself "duct tape". But, of course, it is useless. The other is a sturdy backing material with a good ahesive on it. Gorilla Tape is the best i know of. Gaffers tape seems good too. Throw away the first one, use the second. A good portion of my family has worked at Electric Boat in Groton, CT. They make Submarines for the Navy. They have their own tape they use to seal ventilation ducts. It is called "EB Green" and everyone uses it for everything. The closest thing you can get outside the area is Gorilla Tape.

    Scott WilcoxsonScott Wilcoxson3 dager siden
  • It is not "duct" tape; it is "DUCK" tape! I think originally designed to seal ammunition boxes to keep out moisture.

    George SamGeorge Sam3 dager siden
  • Blasphemer

    youtertyoutert3 dager siden
  • The name of this video is the definition of heresy

    Doctor SammyDoctor Sammy3 dager siden
  • A "kluge" solution? If it's a german expression like so many words that ended up being used in the US, than it's just a smart solition - which isn't wrong. It translates 1:1 to "smart" and if you'd want to pronounce it like a german does: The "klu" sounds like "clue", while the "ge" sounds like the "ga" from "gap".

    ListoricListoric3 dager siden
  • i didnt know duct tape and gaffer tape were different things. thanks!

    Orrin de KockOrrin de Kock4 dager siden
  • TIL duct tape is not American for gaffer tape. I’d always assumed they were the same thing. What is it, then?

    Morgan HarrisMorgan Harris4 dager siden
  • The only thing, in my experience, that duct tape actually works better than anything else is for outdoor bandages - it sticks to skin as well as other tapes, is actually water PROOF unlike 3M Transpore or other "waterproof" tapes that just don't come OFF in water but also don't seal water OUT, the adhesive isn't itchy like a lot of the cotton medical tapes AND the 3M brand is apparently reasonably antimicrobial, and it's an application where none of its shortcomings come into play. I keep it around cause it's a jack-of-all-trades master-of-none, it's good enough in a pinch to get you home and come up with a proper solution - it's not a solution on its own. Other than that, there's a damn good reason I have PVC electrical tape, cotton friction/electrical tape, self-fusing silicone tape, hockey tape, aluminum HVAC tape, copper conductive-adhesive shielding tape, gaffer tape, Transpore and standard cotton medical tapes, heatsink tape, Kapton tape...

    Len 'KusovLen 'Kusov4 dager siden
  • Some poking around on Amazon and i get the impression that duct tape is about half as expensive as gaffers tape. So even if gaffers tape is always superior i can see reason to choose duct tape.

    FiraroFiraro4 dager siden
  • Duct tape is a horrible name for it. As an aussie, I call it construction tape.. its everywhere on site

    Alan PortesAlan Portes4 dager siden
  • YES! Exactly! Thank you Adam!

    Barrett DentBarrett Dent4 dager siden
  • Gaffer tape is kinda like masking tape or painter tape, but thicker. It's a lot better than that sounds though.

    Derrill GuilbertDerrill Guilbert4 dager siden
  • Sigh. Gaffer Tape is the dark arts. It does everything Duct Tape claims, better than you can imagine. I knew someone who gaffer-taped their car's side-view mirror back on and it lasted for YEARS and was STRONGER than the mechanical linkage, and MATCHED the color of the car.

    Casey KoonsCasey Koons4 dager siden
  • that whole time I was like "wait till he discovers gaff" and lo and behold... btw, progaff/pro tapes is my favorite brand. pick it up on sweetwater or amazon.

    DJ ConnorockerDJ Connorocker4 dager siden
  • Baling wire and can keep a lot of stuff working.

    Gary OnnenGary Onnen4 dager siden
  • Athletic cloth tape > duct tape

    Greg SheaGreg Shea4 dager siden
  • In defensive duct tape it is never meant to be the right and absolute fix, it is more specifically utilised in a pinch or emergency to fulfil a need that could result a huge problem and/or potentially even avert or solve a life-or-death situation. What makes duct tape good at this is that it may not be best at any of the things it does, but it can do a lot of things well enough to administer a temporary solution to the problem. Ps. T-rex tape is what I use, only because it's cheaper then, but yet comparable to gorilla tape. However there are many good brands. John 3:16

    Lava 321Lava 3214 dager siden
  • Duct tape seems to be famous because it is versatile. Adam himself is a generalist rather than a specialist and understands the value of versatility. Many of the Mythbuster's duct tape episodes focused on the versatility. A generalist or jack of all trades is rarely a true expert at any one thing, and duct tape fits that mold. It is rarely (if ever) the best solution for any one thing. Most people don't have a full maker workshop and tons of specialized materials on hand for every potential need. But duct tape will get you by for a while for a variety of needs when you need it in a pinch. If you only have room in your junk drawer for one roll of tape there is perhaps some argument for gaffer tape over duct tape, but duct tape works fairly well in being that multitasker.

    T. J. BrumfieldT. J. Brumfield4 dager siden
  • Duct tape, bailing wire, and chewing gum.

    Travis OwenTravis Owen4 dager siden
  • It was the residue that started me feeling the same way.

    Brandon AveryBrandon Avery4 dager siden
  • I went to college but I didn't learn to do my job. Where am I on the Duct Tape Spectrum?

    Someone On The InternetSomeone On The Internet4 dager siden
  • Duct tape is one of those items that is an utility item. It's good at many things, but a master of none. It's like many things, if you have time to think about and plan a proper solution then you would probably land on another tool. It's also readily available. I've lived in multiple states and I don't think I've ever seen gaffer tape.

    Rodimus PrimeXRodimus PrimeX4 dager siden
  • I totally agree with you. I also have absolutely no use for electrical tape for automotive work. I cringe when I'm dealing with a car stereo or under hood wiring & I see this sticky gummy wad. If the application stays in conditioned air & out of direct sun light it's not so bad. I've seen duct tape used in place of electrical tape grrrrr.

    kicknsystmkicknsystm4 dager siden
  • Its amazing this guy has taught me stuff ever since I can remember

    Jacob SeifertJacob Seifert4 dager siden
  • Adam is correct. Gaffa tape is far far superious to Duct tape. I've put many stage carpets together with it... and it's currently the bodge for the join between my living room and kitchen flooring... I do like to pun of "Duck Tape TM" though - and it's not a bad tape to use either...

    Nikola HowardNikola Howard4 dager siden
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      Adam SavageAdam Savage3 dager siden
  • I may be victim to the sensationalised NOtown videos about it, but surely Flex Tape is the best tape for every job!?

    Craig JonesCraig Jones5 dager siden
  • Right tool for the right job :-)

    Timmyd LXTimmyd LX5 dager siden
  • Bro, you’re Adam from myth busters

    myhousehaswheelsmyhousehaswheels5 dager siden
  • I love Gaffer tape

    Ethan ShearerEthan Shearer5 dager siden