This is probably something you don’t think about every day…Duct Tape. Yep, this stuff is magical and can be used for so many household chores and quick fixes. I did an article back in November titled A World without Glues, Epoxies and Adhesives and I talked about exactly what the title says.
We took a trip down imagination lane to discover what the world would be like without any glues, epoxies or adhesives. It was quickly discovered that the world would be a sad place without these magnificent bonding agents.
So in this article we’re going to ponder that same thought, but let’s think about duct tape instead. This may not be something everyone uses all the time, but it should be. Have you ever watched the show McGyver? Well, let me tell you, duct tape was his best friend. With a piece of chewing gum, a tooth pick and a roll of duct tape, McGyver could quickly create a torpedo in a matter of seconds. LOL, well that may be an exaggeration, but he did use it for just about everything!
Positive Properties of Duct Tape
Duct tape can be used in the household for anything from keeping the wooden handle of an old shovel from getting splinters in your hand, to fixing a leaky garden hose. You could even mend a rubber boot or put a patch on that old muffler that’s making too much noise, so you can pass inspection.
This miracle product is arguably the most versatile stuff ever introduced to man. Anything that would require a patch, seam, seal, joint, hinge, wrap or grip can be done with duct tape. Not to mention how cheap this stuff is. It’s also super easy to cut and work with and it’s extremely sticky. But if all these great attributes weren’t enough, then we may mention the strength of this stuff. Duct tape is super strong, flexible, water resistant and it will stick to just about anything. If it’s wood, plastic, leather, fabric, metal, fiberglass or asphalt, then duct tape will adhere!
So now that we’ve thoroughly covered all the positive aspects of this amazing product, let’s go to our 10 Marvelous Uses for Duct Tape.
10 Marvelous Uses for Duct Tape
- Keep a roll of this magical tape in your utility draw and use it for patching tents, tarps and screen doors or hemming those favorite curtains. You may even be able to use it for making a hinge on your wooden toy chest, fixing the palm of your favorite work gloves or even patching a pillow so the feathers don’t fly out.
- Gather up a bunch of old carpet samples and use duct tape to fasten them all together from the back side and make a rug out of it.
- Use this powerful tape to hold a splint together or use it for an athletic tape.
- Having a race? Use it for marking the start/finish line or even make a hopscotch course for the kiddos.
- Use it for holding those stubborn cabinet doors shut as well as the hood on your car or truck. You may even choose to use it for holding mirrors and pictures in their frames or to tape up a package you intend to mail.
- This may be a common product in a seamstresses kit. It will hold seams, pleats, tucks, linings and zippers in place to ensure a perfect stitch. It will also stiffen collars and cuffs for that sharp look.
- If your windshield gets hit by a flying rock, duct tape will hold it tight until repairs can be made.
- Some even use duct tape for wrapping bicycle handlebars, steering wheels or tool handles, or maybe you need to secure the ends of a rope for a jump rope.
- Are you trapped in a web of electrical cords? Use this tape for securing them in bundles or possibly to stiffen the ends of your shoelaces.
- If the battery door to your electronic device is missing or broken, use duct tape to hold the batteries in their place.
So you see, duct tape is an all-in-one fix it product that no household or toolbox should be without. It costs you next to nothing and will repair or secure almost any material. You may even be able to find it in many designer colors and design patterns. So if you don’t have any, then you better rush down to your grocery or hardware store and get you a roll. You just never know when something might break, and who wants to buy new stuff all the time anyway!
If you have any other great ideas for fix all products, let us know in the comments below.