No, this is not an ad, nothing of the kind, nor do I know ANYONE at Gorilla nor their distributors – though I SHOULD.
For many years and like, no doubt, many of my subscribers, I’ve been struggling with mounting USB hubs, cameras and mains extensions on walls and shelves – very frustrating – and these days, for me, even more so as my patience is almost zero. At least in the UK you get two semi-useful mounting holes on mains sockets – in Spain you don’t even get that – and as for USB hubs…
Last week in desperation at the state of cheap, primarily Chinese double sided foam tape and sockets dropping off walls by the sheer weight of their cables alone, I simultaneously went off to B&M – who also sell cheap, Chinese double-sided tape – and picked up some “T-REX Ferociously Strong Tape – Made in the USA” – and off to Ebay for some “Gorilla Heavy Duty Mounting Tape (Double Sided)”. First things first, the former is not double sided (my fault) and it doesn’t seem at all special anyway.
But the GOOD news is: The Gorilla tape (from an Ebay supplier (I use Gorilla glue all the time – a true innovation but I just assumed they’d taken someone elses double sided product and put their name on it – that’s what I get for thinking), despite being obscenely expensive at £6 for 1.5 metres – WORKS. In the past that price alone would have put me off but I was desperate.
A few days ago, I opened the tape reel and mounted a 7-way USB hub on the front face of my shelf, a 6-way mains extension on my plasterboard office wall – and a pair of mains extensions (one 6-way, one 4-way) on the redundant side of my tower PC. And THAT, sad to say, took up the whole roll so I’l taken delivery of more.
ROCK SOLID. There is no way they are ever coming apart – good job I got them straight. I am so excited – another of life’s challenges sorted. I can soon reclaim at least half of my very long desk. Magic.
AND, last week, before all of this, I put a pair of mains extensions on the skirting board in the living room to keep my wife happy (cables in covers) and one almost immediately dropped off – it has been lying there ever since. I hsve to say, I did get ONE mails extension who’s grip to the wall was less than perfect – I’m assuming that was due to a high gloss plastic finish. I’ll sand it a little and try again if it comes off again.
Meanwhile, TESA UK Ltd have kindly sent me samples of THEIR super strong tapes…
“Powerbond Ultra Strong 100Kg/m”, “Powerbond Mirror – Water Resistant”, “Powerbond Indoor – 50Kg/m” and “PowerBond”, the latter designed for outdoors, UV resistant 10KG/m). I’ll test these soon. I know, it isn’t electronics but to relax and do our stuff we need to take certain basics for granted, like sockets staying on the wall for example.