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

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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  1. Adam Savage’s Tested

    Adam Savage’s Tested

    7 dagen geleden

    Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks, like asking Adam a question: nlcameras.info/plus/iDJtJKMICpb9B1qf7qjEOA.htmljoin Nashua aluminum tape: amzn.to/3xHAX9W Nashua duct tape: amzn.to/3xQ4RJo Rosco gaffer tape: amzn.to/2PHnMVx Gorilla duct tape: amzn.to/3vrUo4O Disclaimer: Tested may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through the links here.

    • Damian Thielemier

      Damian Thielemier

      2 dagen geleden

      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.

    • russell zauner

      russell zauner

      3 dagen geleden

      Do a segment on JCX Expendables if you have been shopping there for decades...

    • Sam Miller

      Sam Miller

      3 dagen geleden

      @Marvin De Bot Even the duct tape made out of cotton duck fabric (duck tape)?

    • Marvin De Bot

      Marvin De Bot

      3 dagen geleden

      Mate I think half the issue that folk refer to gaff as duct tape and as we both know those are two different products. For instance, Gorilla is gaff, it's woven cloth not plastic and duct tape is plastic.

    • Sam Miller

      Sam Miller

      3 dagen geleden

      @Just IgnoreMe I thought Gaffa was a non-US brand name for gaffer's tape like how Duck Tape is a brand name for duct tape.

  2. rickysmyth


    4 minuten geleden

    I didn't know there was all sorts of similar but better tape

  3. Sam Schellhase

    Sam Schellhase

    Uur geleden

    I think I just found a father's day idea, all the types of tape that are better than duct tape

  4. Sam Schellhase

    Sam Schellhase

    Uur geleden

    Is it useful because it's just a good-enough-for-most-tasks item? like, there are definitely better tapes for specific tasks, but it's like a jack-of-all-trades? And pure speculation, duct tape is easier to find and likely less expensive?

  5. Man Baster

    Man Baster

    Uur geleden


  6. Kiki Corleone

    Kiki Corleone

    Uur geleden

    I have a bookshelf with a broken leg that held up for over a year with duct tape so far. Surprised it didn't collapse on me yet

  7. AnnikaOakinnA


    Uur geleden

    "I know how it got the name, but I don't know how it stuck!" Of course it stuck -- duct tape is very sticky; it sticks to everything ;)

  8. Stephan Melise

    Stephan Melise

    2 uur geleden

    Ayyyyyy, you get a brand new Bridgeport back there? Looks pretty sweet!

  9. Riverfuture 7751

    Riverfuture 7751

    3 uur geleden

    Jack of all trades and master of none, is still better off than a master of one!

  10. PigmyWurm


    3 uur geleden

    My Dad worked for Nashua back in the 90's/early 2000's so we got a bunch of free duck tape (in many different colors) and I will say that at the time it seemed like a miracle product when compared to what regular people had and were using (masking tape, packing tape, electrical tape). We did also notice a change in quality when Nashua sold the brand to another company but we had a backlog of the original stuff for a very long time (might still have the end of a roll of some of the green tape we got at my parents house).

  11. Ben


    3 uur geleden

    Duct Tape - for when "good enough" will do.

  12. ajeoae


    4 uur geleden

    Yes Gaffer tape! Swear by it, although it's crazy most hardware shops don't stock it

  13. Fox Fit

    Fox Fit

    5 uur geleden

    I knew I wasn't alone. Duct tape=trash

  14. WJCTechyman


    5 uur geleden

    It would have been the Handyman's Secret Weapon (Red Green) and a quick fix, but I would rather go for my Gorilla tape roll (even though I have a roll or two of duct tape) there are instances where duct tape fits the bill for temporary adhesion. There are a lot of related cloth/mesh adhesive tapes out there, and Gaffer's tape being one, duct tape, medical/first aid tape, hockey stick tape, book binding tape (that stuff was like Gorilla and duct tape together but coming in different colours and even transparent) etc. You're right, duct tape isn't really for ducts, that's what the aluminum foil tape is for. I am not sure if you ever heard of this but one of the engineering and shop contests we had in high school was building a boat out of two 4 x 8' sheets of double corrugated box board, a limited measure of duct tape, string and rubber cement. The boats were exposed to a number of tests, including to see if the rated capacity was correct, and racing the boats up and down a swimming pool. It was an interesting look on how to build something with a set amount of materials and tools. It was part of a Skills Canada initiative and I could remember in my eleventh grade year going to Windsor at St Clair College's athletics complex where they had a swimming pool competing with a handful of other schools in the region.

  15. Sherman Cater

    Sherman Cater

    5 uur geleden

    Is this video sponsored by Duck brand tape for anyone else? There was, no joke, an ad for Duck tape right before the video and a little ad for their Nano Grab (tm) product next to the video.

  16. A Wingless Monkey

    A Wingless Monkey

    5 uur geleden

    the last time i used duck/t tape, i super-glued it on; wanted to see if that actually held longer

  17. Odell Parker

    Odell Parker

    5 uur geleden

    headlights on

  18. Susan Williams

    Susan Williams

    5 uur geleden

    My go to, always in my bag, tape is actually a fabric medical tape. It has the added bonus of being both emergency in general, and first aid. You can use it for first aid, it;s really versatile, from making a butterfly dressing to temporarily take the place of stitches, through to strapping up a sprain, or even, if it came to it, securing a makeshift splint. But it's also light and strong, with a good adhesive. If you're hardcore you'll probs want some gaff tape too, also for cost reasons. But the med stuff is amazing, it sticks really well to skin, fabric, and soft surfaces. And tolerably well to hard ones, better than duct tape. Humidity, heat (within reason), and water (though not submersion) all actually improve the adhesion. It also sticks fantastically to itself.It lasts well, and removes well. I have fixed so many things with it on the fly that it just isn;t funny. It isn't cheep, but its a great option to add to your bag for if you are desperate. Also, it is tolerably good at fixing ducks

  19. Susan Williams

    Susan Williams

    6 uur geleden

    you want a safe, easy to remove medical tape, or depending on the area, a self-adhesive bandage. And obviously keep the duck dry, away from water sources larger than a small bowl, and as still and calm as possible. Add some straw to the area, and provide a heat source to help combat shock.

  20. Barrett Lewis

    Barrett Lewis

    6 uur geleden

    Duct tape is a meme. I first heard of gaffer tape from photographers using it to lock down lens focus, and got a small roll to try that out. Since then I never bought duct tape again. Sticks better, leaves almost no residue (hence on cameras), tears more easily and always straight, easy to split down the middle. To top it off, it looks nicer and has a better tactile feeling, like cloth bandaids vs plastic ones. Gaffer tape really is the jack of all trades that people mistakenly think duct tape is.

  21. Paul Kerr

    Paul Kerr

    6 uur geleden

    Try this axiom Adam "Duct tape is not a good solution to anything, but A solution to Everything."

  22. obnoxiouspriest


    7 uur geleden

    It may be the handyman's secret weapon but it's truly mediocre at best pretty much everywhere. Probably why it's so popular.

  23. Alex S

    Alex S

    7 uur geleden

    "Gaffer tape is like duct tape went to college and learned how to do its job" - Adam Savage 2021 ...fuckin legend. i died

  24. scourge34


    8 uur geleden

    I've always looked at it as a tool that can get you out of just about any bind, not as any kind of serious solution.

  25. peccantis


    8 uur geleden

    It's not great for anything but it's usable for a whole lot of stuff. And it's got that cultural position where "duct-tape" is practically a verb and a synonym for jury-rigging.

  26. DuctTapers Anonymous

    DuctTapers Anonymous

    9 uur geleden


  27. Peter Badger

    Peter Badger

    10 uur geleden

    I've always thought of Duct Tape as a jack of all trades, but master of none. As a result, it's pretty much terrible for most jobs. Sure, you can 'fix' things with Duct Tape, but that 'thing' is never truly going to be fixed by using it. They should rename it Botch Tape, because any time you use it, you're doing a botched job!

  28. In Name Alone

    In Name Alone

    10 uur geleden

    I'm so glad you brought up gaff tape. I work in a theater and people who rent our stage often bring in their own rolls of duct tape. We confiscate every single roll we find. I've ripped up entire 50ft lines that bands have come in with just to replace the duct tape with gaff. It is just so much better in every reasonable way.

  29. moosefarms


    11 uur geleden

    LOVE gaffers tape

  30. DannyWarlegs


    11 uur geleden

    Duct tape is the Dane Cook of tapes. Gaff tape is the Keanu Reeves of tape.

  31. Terminarch


    11 uur geleden

    Only you could say this without massive backlash. Goes to show what MASSIVE respect you've earned. Cheers!

  32. your mom

    your mom

    12 uur geleden

    T-rex tape. Because the adhesive is stupid strong. If you ever wanted to peel the paint off a car it would be great

  33. Andrew Ender Frost

    Andrew Ender Frost

    13 uur geleden

    A jack of all trades is useful if you only have limited supplies and no time to run to the store

  34. seven


    13 uur geleden

    On the subject of Gaffer tape vs duct tape: here in germany gaffer tape is sold as, used synonymously and exclusively as... Drumroll... Duct tape. Or to rephrase: What kind of Duct tape do you buy? I'd have to answer: Is there more than one kind?

  35. onetrue s3

    onetrue s3

    13 uur geleden

    I feel exactly the same way. I hate that the stringy flakey gluey residue ruins whatever it touches.

  36. Adam Webster

    Adam Webster

    14 uur geleden

    Gaffers tape is great :) and comes in a nice selection of colours... my big rolls are black, white, and orange!

  37. Adam Webster

    Adam Webster

    14 uur geleden

    "Duct Tape" was originally called "Duck Tape" as it sheds water like a duck's back! I wish they would go back to the original name! I agree it's not good on ducts, but it wasn't designed for it!

  38. DoctorX17


    15 uur geleden

    I like duct tape because it's generally cheaper than gaff tape and Gorilla tape, but yeah, it's not great, lol. Gorilla for strength, gaff for low residue temporary use, masking for low residue low strength... I mostly use duct tape for like, cardboard prototypes that don't need to be super strong or last for long, things I usually plan to toss after getting an initial concept out of my head. Anything past that will get a better tape or glue or be 3D printed or something

  39. SirWill007


    15 uur geleden

    Duct/Duck tape is for when you don't have the right tool for the job. It is a wonderful short-term repair material that will last you until you can properly repair the issue.

  40. Bikes & Blades

    Bikes & Blades

    15 uur geleden

    Duct tape is to gaffer tape as JB Weld is to epoxy.

  41. Bikes & Blades

    Bikes & Blades

    15 uur geleden

    Duct tape is so goopy. It just slips and loosens and leaves stickum on everything it touches.

  42. Cole Gamet

    Cole Gamet

    16 uur geleden

    When are we going to see more on the velociraptor costume?

  43. MatthewLe458


    17 uur geleden

    If gaffer tape is duct tape that went to college then chemtape is duct tape that's been hitting the gym. Designed to protect against chemical warfare, it's literally a life saver but also holds together most of the pharmaceutical pilot plant I work on.

  44. ChronicBongitis420


    17 uur geleden

    You should try this: deckorators dck joist tape. It is made from butyl rubber.

  45. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni

    17 uur geleden

    this is prime material for the "Top Ten Anime Betrayals" meme category, either that or that Captain America screenshot everyone hates

  46. GaleightheRogue


    17 uur geleden

    As a Janitor, fuck duct tape.

    • Ailsa Ni

      Ailsa Ni

      17 uur geleden

      Auction off your authentic adam savage duct tape for charity

  47. Chris Dale

    Chris Dale

    18 uur geleden

    lol yes! Gaff Tape! That's what I rely on when I want something more durable than Duck Tape and other duct tapes.

  48. Snoopy


    19 uur geleden

    Paa Ezzz

  49. djnemesisuk


    19 uur geleden

    Ive never thought it was ever used permanently. Its usefully for temp use. Like using it to cover the end of home made rocket motors while i bash the clay in. Then it gets pulled off. Cudnt ever imagine it used for a permanent solution 😆

  50. Michael Welch

    Michael Welch

    19 uur geleden

    How much attention does this guy need

  51. JonnesTT


    20 uur geleden

    I was expecting this to be another "There are two kinds of people, those who love [any convenient material] and those who have both a workshop and time to lose." but this is a much more fun answer. Also, I watched Mythbusters as a kid so I might have not been wary to this, but for me ducktape was more an overarching word for all those types of sticky tape. Oh yea and my favourite tape: The stuff with checkerboarded strings in it. I fixed a training sword (Just a sword-shaped weight, not one for fighting. Don't even think about it!) with that shit when I was 16 and it held up till 21! :D I was never planning on removing that stuff thou.

  52. Zachary Foley

    Zachary Foley

    20 uur geleden

    That’s fare.

  53. Dave Webster

    Dave Webster

    22 uur geleden

    Best thing to seal ducks up with is super glue just fyi..

  54. Owen Sheetz

    Owen Sheetz

    Dag geleden


  55. Kars Noordhuis

    Kars Noordhuis

    Dag geleden

    It is an awful awful packing tape. Seriously USE PACKING TAPE TO CLOSE PACKAGES!! Thanks in advance. (I handle return packages at a webshop)

  56. אε0


    Dag geleden

    with each passing video, you can tell his mind is failing him more and more.

  57. Capn Clawhammer

    Capn Clawhammer

    Dag geleden

    Gorilla's like gaff or library (bookbinder's?)tape (not the same as duct tape). LOVE gaff(er) tape. HATE duct tape. Nasty cra-! Er, stuff.

  58. Toxic water 36

    Toxic water 36

    Dag geleden

    Overall electrical tape is more useful than duct tape it’s a weird and rubbery not a permenant solution still but overall more useful change my mind

  59. Baron Lio

    Baron Lio

    Dag geleden

    I always felt duck-tape was for emergencies or quick temporary repairs.

  60. Quezlark


    Dag geleden

    As an hvac tech I truly appreciate the rant on duct tape on ducting 😂

  61. Lugbor G

    Lugbor G

    Dag geleden

    Duct tape is a generalist. It’s not particularly amazing at anything, but it can be used for just about everything. It’s much easier to carry a roll of duct tape with you than it is to have 5 rolls of specialist tapes for different things.

  62. Mike K

    Mike K

    Dag geleden

    Auction off your authentic adam savage duct tape for charity

  63. Alex Sennert

    Alex Sennert

    Dag geleden

    Foil Tape or Silver tape as it is commonly named in the HVAC industry, is allowed for ducts, but not the stuff you showed here. If you used that to seal ducts in San Francisco you would fail the city inspection. It has to be the foil tape with the writing printed on it. Flex tape is also suitable. but never duct tape.

  64. Alex Besogonov

    Alex Besogonov

    Dag geleden

    Blasphemy! Burn the heretic!

  65. Ellis Landers

    Ellis Landers

    Dag geleden

    Gaff tape is a life saver. I use it for all of the theater uses at school.

  66. MissGimpsAlot


    Dag geleden

    All hail ProGaff!



    Dag geleden

    There are better solutions without using duct tape but it is something that everyone has readily available so it becomes the next best thing.

  68. Dan Koehler

    Dan Koehler

    Dag geleden

    Does he think gorilla tape is still not as gaffer's tape?

  69. Gary The Cycling Nerd

    Gary The Cycling Nerd

    Dag geleden

    It makes perfect sense that you don't use duct tape. You usually make finished products/props, which should not have tape as a fastener. I would never make a final product held together with duct tape. But it is useful for temporary things of all sorts.

  70. Scott Nunnemaker

    Scott Nunnemaker

    Dag geleden

    Eh it’s just a matter of what your doing and your funds. I’m not gonna buy $20 gaffer tape when I can buy $6 duct tape and do pretty much the exact same thing.

  71. Mark Thomas

    Mark Thomas

    Dag geleden

    ONE HUNDRED PERCENT AGREE! Duct tape is horrible to work with. My lord the residue. Gaff tape is far superior. No, it's not as sticky as duct tape but still. And the music industry runs on gaff tape as well.

  72. Kyle Stubblefield

    Kyle Stubblefield

    Dag geleden

    We call duct tape "go fast tape" in my family. It is regularly used in motor sports to reattach/patch/repair body panels after minor collisions. I think the beauty of duct tape is not that it is "the best solution" for a problem, but that that it is an adequate solution for so many problems.

  73. sty0pa


    Dag geleden

    Duct tape's universality has to do with its general utility when it was invented what, 70 years ago? Sure, a host of specialized, objectively better-for-purpose tapes have evolved in the 2 generations since....so yeah, there are better tapes today for most things. Now.

  74. Michael Platson

    Michael Platson

    Dag geleden

    Confused by the argument. Duct Tape is a brand, there are many brands that produce a cloth- or scrim-backed pressure-sensitive tape. Gaffer tape isn't better, it uses a cloth mesh instead of vinyl making it water-permeable. IIRC the episode there were many instances were they tried to construct water vessels which would have been impossible with Gaffer tape. I would agree that for the purpose of being a long-term solution Duct Tape is not ideal and as a short-term solution Gaffer tape is preferable specifically because Gaffer tape is designed to be removed without leaving a residue.

  75. ThisChaoticKnight


    Dag geleden

    Having worked in the stage/film industry myself, then yes. Gaffer tape is the go to, every day of the week. Never silver, almost always black. Sometimes red/yellow/green/pink/other colourful colour to park specific spots on stage etc. Where I have worked I often used a less sticky type because it doesn't rip the paint off of walls/floors/cases and doesn't leave as much sticky residue on cables. Plus everything else it quick fixes when needed XD

  76. mrkthmn


    Dag geleden

    Yeah, I agree for the reasons you state at @3:12. I live in a very hot desert as well so everything but the adhesives turns to dust in hyper speed and the gunk left behind ruins whatever you've put it on. I would *never* choose duct tape for anything.

  77. SAU


    Dag geleden

    Wait it's called duct tape not duck tape......I'm 33 and i have been calling it duck tape my whole life!

  78. Paul Robuck

    Paul Robuck

    Dag geleden

    FYI.... DUCK TAPE is a name brand on the east coast.

  79. Davis Tuck

    Davis Tuck

    Dag geleden

    Legit gaff tape is where its at man

  80. Davis Tuck

    Davis Tuck

    Dag geleden

    So fun fact, the first iteration of duct tape was made to patch uniforms in the united states military during the second world war

  81. James Stock

    James Stock

    Dag geleden

    Gorilla tape IS vastly different than regular duct tape. It has survived 6-7 Minnesota winters wrapped around my roof rack.

  82. Tatu Ollanketo

    Tatu Ollanketo

    Dag geleden

    oh man... MacGyver is going to be soooo mad

  83. redneck chainsaw

    redneck chainsaw

    Dag geleden

    one has to wonder if the variety of duct tape we have today was in MacGyver back in the 80's.

  84. Johan Biilmann

    Johan Biilmann

    Dag geleden

    I had no idea there was a difference between duct tape and gaffer. Now I have to find out what duct tape is, just so I can avoid it.

  85. RandomImpluses


    Dag geleden

    Adam, I feel like I've been lied to my whole life. This is worse than finding out that Santa Clause doesn't exist. Throughout my entire life, I have always had a roll of duct tape around because of Mythbusters and the Red Green Show. I even kept a roll in my backpack where ever I went.. This is the video that has made me question my reverence for you. I truly do not know how to feel. Do I switch to gaffers tape now? I didn't need this today

  86. Adrian Groth

    Adrian Groth

    Dag geleden

    3:08 *inserts dial up sound*

  87. DoughyInTheMiddle


    Dag geleden

    Adam, you converted me to the church of aluminum tape. My father in law passed away in 2017, and I inherited all of his tools. So many things going back even into the 60s (in original packaging!), and among them was this pretty, shiny roll of tape. When you were working on the Swiss Army Knife display, I saw you use it. Then, I got a 3D printer, and it is the BEST thing for shimming up an uneven spot under the build plate. That stuff has AMAZING adhesion. I use it a lot...just not when there are electrical contacts. lol

  88. warc8us


    Dag geleden

    sounds like i gotta get me some gaffer tape

  89. Master Rafferty

    Master Rafferty

    Dag geleden

    *gasp* Blasphemy! Okay let's hear him out.

  90. BlaydeX15


    Dag geleden

    I used a few pieces of Gorrila "duct tape" to hold the bumper onto my car to drive home after hitting a deer. Stuff is definitely in a different weight class than regular duct tape. Lol.

  91. Jonathan lauser

    Jonathan lauser

    Dag geleden

    "Duck" brand "duct' tape", is not for "ducts" it's the brand name that stuck hence the confusion.

  92. Ryan Mueller

    Ryan Mueller

    Dag geleden

    Please don't make apocalypse jokes...

  93. Animusreptor


    Dag geleden

    the only gaff tape i've got experience with was hot garbage. it legitimately refused to actually stick to anything except itself.

  94. Bernard Herman

    Bernard Herman

    Dag geleden

    Duct tape is ubiquitous, Gaffer tape not so much. Of course with online shopping, all things are available, in a day or so. However, when you need to make that zombie net now and you just used the last of your gaffer tape roll on tour in Muncie, Indiana, you're more than likely to find duct tape and a local store. If McGyver taught me anything, it was work with what you have available, not what would be best in any given situation.

  95. SharienGaming


    Dag geleden

    interesting - i actually thought that duct/duck-tape, gaffatape and panzertape are just different "slang" terms for the same thing - turns out its acutally all different stuff with different properties you never stop learning =)

  96. N94able


    Dag geleden

    People say finding out Jaimie and Adam weren't besties ruined childhoods. But this is worse.

  97. froggie488


    Dag geleden

    IIRC it's actual name is duck tape due to it's quacking noise of the roll and duct tape is a misnomer given to it from confusion over the actual aluminum duct tape.

  98. Pomerasian


    Dag geleden

    How about flex tape?

  99. Jacob cronshey

    Jacob cronshey

    Dag geleden

    Yeah... Gorilla Tape has so much adhesive it's like a glue tape hybrid... I love it... especially the electric tape.

  100. Paul McGee

    Paul McGee

    2 dagen geleden

    and ... Adam refers to 99 different versions of what *everyone* universally calls *duct tape* 🙂