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Duracell “Power Forward” Is On The Ground In Tennessee

As is often the case in natural disasters, this week’s devastating tornadoes in central Tennessee has brought chaos to the power system.

Since 2011, Duracell has operated a fleet of specialty vehicles designed to provide temporary power sources for those in need.

These vehicles provide emergency lighting, power for recharging electrical devices and backup power sources for communication systems.

Perhaps most importantly, they distribute batteries to residences and businesses that need a portable power source to get back up and running.

Duracell continues to grow their fleet of Power Forward vehicles, adapting them to the ever-changing needs being met by new battery technology.

You can learn more about the Power Forward fleet by clicking here.

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Mic Stand Slipping? Try Gaffers Tape

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Over time, microphone stands, particularly inexpensive ones, lose their ability to hold a heavy microphone at a fixed height.

What happens is that the soft bushing that is compressed when the stand clutch is tightened loses its structural integrity and its ability to clamp the upper tube in place.

It can be more than a little embarrassing for a singer to take a spin, only to return to the mic with it pointing to his waist.

You can prevent this with a small strip of gaffers tape.

Once the stand is at the right height and the clutch is tightened, put a strip of tape around the smaller upper tube, directly above the clutch.

This will hold the mic firmly at exactly the height you need with no slipping.

Be sure to remove the tape before collapsing the stand for transport. Forcing a strip of tape into the clutch mechanism can create a sticky mess.

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Gaffers Tape Drum Tuning Explained

Serious percussionists know that gaffers tape can be an invaluable tool when it comes to improving drum sound. Used carefully, and in small increments, cloth gaffers tape can change the tone of individual drums just enough to make a kit sound really cohesive.

Use too much or use it in the wrong places and it can make the drum sound worse and leave a real mess when you try to remove it.

The secret is to use small pieces and to work slowly from the outside edge of the drum head towards the center as you carefully listen to the drum.

Ideally, the tape should be applied in such a way as the drummer will not hit it directly with a stick, as your goal is to change the tone of the drum, not change the impact the stick has when the drum head is struck.

Here’s a link to a really useful video which explains the process in detail.

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Changing Batteries? Do Them All At Once

It is tempting, when changing batteries in something like a flashlight, to just change a single battery, even if the device requires two or more

Not only will not changing all batteries at the same time reduce the performance of the newest battery, it may also damage the device by causing the older batteries to rupture and leak.

Here is the recommendation from Duracell, the maker of ProCell batteries.

To Duracell’s credit, this is not advice intended to sell more batteries. If you replace some of the batteries in a device, you will actually shorten the life of both the new and old batteries, increasing your costs and increasing the likelihood that you may actually have to replace the device itself if the batteries leak.

For longest life in high consumption battery use devices, use ProCell batteries, Duracell’s line of alkaline batteries for professionals.

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Is Procell Intense Really Any Different?

We have just started getting marketing information from Duracell about their new line of Procell Intense Power alkaline batteries. They are being promoted as alkalines for high drain devices, and if, indeed their performance is markedly superior to the performance of regular Procells, it could make a big difference for wireless mic users.

There are few devices that would be considered more “high drain” than wireless mics, but if a user is going to pay for extra capacity and performance but still discard the batteries after a single use, then it will make no sense to pay more.

We have requested some specific details on performance comparisons and will set up some testing ourselves as soon as we can get our hands on some actual product.

Check back here soon. We’ll have more information.

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No Cutting Tools Required

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One of the great features of gaffers tape that regularly gets overlooked is the ability to tear it-No cutting tools required.

Because gaffers tape is made from woven cloth, it will tear in strips, both horizontally and diagonally, to any size you need.

This means that you can carry one less tool and worry less about cutting yourself.  No matter what size piece of tape is required, you can quickly and easily tear off just that amount and get a smooth, clean edge, not something ragged.

Once you tear it, because gaffers tape is 11 mils thick, you can easily find the leading edge again when you need a new piece.

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The Number One Use For Gaffers Tape

The number one use, by far, for gaffers tape is to secure cables temporarily to the floor in order to eliminate tripping hazards.

Whether you are securing audio cables to a stage or using an extension cord on carpet, taping down the cable wherever anyone might be walking is essential to making your environment safe.

Gaffers tape works so well for this application because it has a high quality synthetic adhesive that will lot leave residue on the cable or the floor when it is removed.

The Good Buy Guys have a great video that gives you tips about properly taping down cables.

You can view it by clicking here.

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Chapel Hill, NC 27517
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Gaffers Tape-The Universal Adapter

If you’ve spent much time on a stage or a video set, you know that there is no such thing as “universal” sizing for hardware.

The difference between standard and metric is only the beginning. Trying to make two different manufacturers equipment work together can be a huge headache.

Quite often you have to come up with your own solution for a one time fix.

A good example is the fitting a microphone accessory like a mic clip to a stand that has a different standard thread. If it won’t fit properly, you may have to use tape. You know you need to create a fix that is camera or audience invisible, and that can be a challenge. Instead of taping the clip to the stand, see if you can apply tape to the inside (thread) of the oversized clip so that it can be placed on the stand firmly.

Same for fitting a camera to a tripod. Concentrate on where the camera meets the tripod and see if you can create temporarily compatible sizes.

Since gaffers tape has an adhesive that is designed to remove cleanly, your post show clean up should be quick an simple.

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47 N. Chatham Pkwy.
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
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A Little Good News From UPS

While trying to justify the annual UPS price increase (happens every December) we were pleased to actually get a little good news from UPS.

Starting in 2020, UPS will offer regular ground service to a large number of metropolitan areas. This is long overdue.

In the past, Saturday delivery service was limited to a small number of areas, required paying for expedited shipping and added a Saturday delivery surcharge.

All of that is going away, starting tomorrow.

This is, no doubt, a response to very aggressive delivery services now being offered by the Postal Service and by Amazon Prime. Both of these services not only offer Saturday delivery at no additional cost, but even have limited Sunday delivery as well.

Now, when computing delivery times, a lot of our customers will only need to consider Sunday as a non-business day.

Curious about whether this service is available in your area? Click here and take a look at the list.

Gaff Tape Network-Gaffers Tape On Facebook

We’ve been both amazed and amused by how much interest there is in gaffers tape on Facebook.

One of our favorite groups is is the Gaff Tape Network.

It will almost always give you a laugh and lighten the burden of having to tape down a huge show.

Share your best and worst gaff tape images and tips.

It is a private group, so you’ll need to request membership, but that only takes a minute and you’ll be glad you did.

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Harrison Bros.com
47 N. Chatham Pkwy.
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
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Local   919-968-6651
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Email   sales@harrisonbros.com