Carpentry Pieces and Parts
A Stagehand's Common Tools
- Remember that a stagehand's world is based on all things temporary: It should be as easy to take apart as it was to put together.
- As stated before, a stagehand is expected to bring a crescent wrench and gloves. These items can be useful in a variety of situations.
- Common types of tape found in our industry are electrical tape [useful for color coding and binding cables], masking or labeling tape [for making labels on surfaces or consoles], and most important, Gaffer's (Gaff) tape. Gaff tape can be in thin strips for making Spike Marks on the stage [spike tape], or thick strips used for securing cables or object to the stage or binding cables together (looming).
- Remember to never un-tape a cable connection or loom unless specifically instructed to. If a cable connection is taped, it usually means it stays connected always.
DUCT TAPE SHOULD NEVER BE USED IN A THEATER
- It leaves behind a heavy, sticky residue and should never be used for temporary purposes.