In this video we provide a couple tips on fast ways to tape down your cable when you’re forced to run cable across door ways or away from walls.

Once your event is completely setup, it’s common to have paths of cable running between the audio, lighting and video consoles and the equipment at the stage or around the room. 

This cable will often run across doorways and other high traffic areas and can be a safety issue at events. 

To solve this issue, event technicians use gaff tape to hold the cable down safely in a way that guests can walk over the cable. Gaff tape is the industry standard tape for securing objects on set, onstage, and around the room at events. 

In this article we just want to give you some tips and best practices for how to safely use gaff tape to safely secure cable at your events. 

What is Gaffer (Gaff) Tape?

Gaff tape is a type of tape that is designed with the durability of tough cotton cloth and the adhesive properties of duct tape. That being said, gaff tape doesn’t leave behind as much residue (or any).  

A “gaffer” is the head electrician on a film set, and once the tape became popular with these crew members, the nickname turned into the common name. 

Gaff Tape Sizes & Colour

Gaff tape comes in a variety of widths. All the way from 1/2″ up to 4″ wide. 

It’s also available in almost any colour that you can imagine. 

  • Black
  • White
  • Brown
  • Purple
  • Blue
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Fluorescent (Green, yellow, orange, yellow, etc.)
  • etc.

Most commonly, we recommend using 3″ wide black gaff tape for keeping cable runs safe. We have not had great success using 2″ wide tape to safely secure cable. 

What is Gaff Tape Used For?

Most commonly, gaff tape is used to secure cable so people don’t trip when they walk over it. When you tape cables down at an event, in a music venue or film location, they are “gaffed”. 

There are plenty of other applications for gaff tape as well. The next most common application is to mark locations on floors or stages with fluorescent versions of the tape.

How To Gaff Tape Cable

Time needed: 5 minutes.

Follow these steps to safely apply gaff tape at your upcoming event.

  1. Lay the cable down.

    In a straight line while you’re setting up.

  2. Gather the cable together and lay it as flat as possible

  3. Place a small piece of tape on one end of your cable run

  4. Pull the cable tight

  5. Place a small piece of tape on the opposite end of step 3

  6. Run a full length of tape along the length of your cable.

  7. Walk over the cable or apply pressure to ensure that the tape has stuck to the desired surface.

Gaff Tape Pricing

How To Gaff Tape Chapters:

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 0:27 How to tape down cable correctly
  • 1:30 3″ Gaff Tape
  • 1:55 The wrong way to tape down cable
  • 3:07 Tape Residue
  • 3:32 Making your cable run visible
  • 4:40 Final Thoughts

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Jordan Kettner

I consider myself to be half entrepreneur and half A/V geek. I am never content to settle for what is expected or determined by others to be the “industry standard”. Instead, I work extremely hard to break new ground and deliver value to whoever I meet.

My passion for the audio visual industry drives me to create content that will help others learn the best tools and techniques to learn how to setup their home studio.

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