So when I was growing up one of my favorite TV series was called MacGyver. MacGyver was a former Special Forces operator who seemed to solve just about any problem he encountered with duct tape or all-purpose tape. Occasionally he’d throw in a little bit of bubble gum or baling wire, but the number one tool of choice was always duct tape. Anyway, many of you have asked me to test duct tape to see if there is a name-brand… …that’s better than the rest. What’s interesting about this to me, though, is in the past we’ve tested threadlocker as well as some epoxies we’ve discovered some of the lesser-known name brands came out on top- so, today, will it be an underdog that comes out on top regarding the strength and the quality of these various types of all-purpose tapes? Anyway let’s go and get this project underway and find out which one of these, if any, is the best. The first test we’ll be doing today is [to] determine how well these tapes will stick to a surface. The surface I’ve chosen is an artificial laminate–This is an old table. But this surface is very good as far as- different adhesive products sticking to it So this seems to make good sense. Also the temperature in the room of between 70 and 75 degrees today I do have heat in the shop, so that’s one factor that makes a big difference when it comes to how well a tape will stick. So to make this a fair test I want to make sure that the– each tape has a fair chance to stick to the surface In order to do that I need to somehow apply an equal amount of force on each tape. So I’m going to use this appliance dolly– these wheels. I [went ahead] and cut this up for the purpose of this test but what I’m going to do is flip this over… And apply 25 pounds of downward force directly on top of this set of wheels. Now what I’m going to do is roll this across the tape several times to make sure that every tape has the same amount of downward force applied to it So to measure how well these tapes stick what I’ve decided to do is… take this container, add a funnel to it. Gradually fill this with water, until the tape lets go. Then we’ll weigh how much this container weighs to see how well these products stack up against each other I added a total of 4.7 ounces, and you can see that’s when it started to give So Gorilla Tape weighed over 5 pounds before it started to slide Okay so the T-Rex held… just in wrenches alone over five pounds I’m holding a couple of clamps in my hand because the max on this scale is five pounds, so I get an error message when I go over so that’s over five pounds. I’ll weigh these in a minute So that’s four pounds 15.6 ounces And we add these two clamps in we get another 3 ounces or 3.2 ounces And right at 5 pounds of water so all totalled, T-Rex held over 10 pounds Up next we’re going to measure the tensile strength of each of these tapes This device that I put together includes two pipes and a hinge. This moves freely so what I’m going to do is apply a layer– a solid layer of tape all around both pipes… and then we’re going to apply weight on the first red line which is six inches out from the pivot point. And we’re going to keep applying weight- until the tape breaks. and this will give us a fairly accurate tensile strength measurement. So we want to know how much downward force this system is going to apply. So what I’ll do is, measure how much downward force takes place As you can see it already has weight on it just from the weight of the bar, and there’s quite a bit of force that’s being applied at this point here And so what I’m going to do is just take the 25 pound plate measure the amount of downward force right at the base and then each one of these pieces of tape all the way out to the end to see how much total force we get. So far in our testing. We’ve measured the ability of these all-purpose tapes to stick as well as how much strength they have- lengthwise now we’re going to measure the strength width wise. So what I’m going to do is use this little gadget here that I’ve put together… to… apply this tape and then I’m gonna apply a downward force and we’re going to measure how much force it takes to rip the tape at this gap I really learned a lot during this video I had no idea that brand made a big difference. What we saw here, though, was varying levels of elasticity, tackiness, and strength with each of these brands. Now a lot of you guys have asked me to provide my opinion on these different products and I really don’t want to do that. I really want you guys to decide for yourself which products you would buy. Um… one of the reasons for that is I’m not trying to influence a purchase I am not sponsored by any of these companies, so if you choose to buy these products, that’s fine It doesn’t help me financially if you choose not to Again, it doesn’t hurt me financially. What I’m trying to do is though just to provide you with information to help you make a brand choice or make a purchase choice. Another thing that I’m interested in doing with these videos though, is to put a little pressure on the underperforming brands to improve the quality of your products. To me, a lot of consumers go in and they buy a product, and because they don’t have the time or the resources to- compare qualities, they–they continue to stick with a certain brand even though it may be a terrible product. So videos like this expose the weakness of these products and force manufacturers either to improve their game, or to lose market share. Anyway, thank you so much for watching the video. I hope you’ll like, share and subscribe. Please take care, and I look forward to seeing you next time.