Random.... What are the many uses of Duct Tape?

@minx267 (14580)
Hartford, Connecticut
January 28, 2010 3:29am CST
As I was "Fixing" my black leather couch with my all too handy Black Duct Tape today after the dogs decide to put yet another hole in it while I was in the other room. I reflected on the story I had just heard the morning before on my local morning radio show. They were giving tips on what duct tape can be used for. From things like "repairing your car" Hehe. That's what all quality auto repair men use you know? To using it while camping to string between two trees to make a clothes line. I personally know my POPS "repaired" his RED pickup truck with some really coo red duct tape! You could hardly tell.. NOT. So anyway I was hoping to hear some interesting and maybe funny stories on what all you mylotters have ingeniously used duct tape for. You may have all seen that photograph on the web of the baby duct taped to the wall- duct tape as a baby sitter.. The radio station did a fake ad of this following their story - HILARIOUS.. Maybe you can make some uses up.. I am need of a good laugh. So what have you or maybe would you ... if it were legal.. use Duct tape for?
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@nocturn98 (956)
• Venezuela
28 Jan 10
There was one time when the side mirror of my car fell off. I was still a college student then so I didn't have money to have it fixed. I just wrapped it with duct tape to keep it in place. The only problem is it gets loose again when it rains.
@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
28 Jan 10
yep, I have seen that fix before! I have seen duct tape holding up car windows too when they have come off the track. :-)
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@celticeagle (119388)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Jan 10
Duct tape, huh? I used to have an online pic of what my daughter keeps telling her son she is going to do to him with duct tape. It was pretty cute. Someone had taped their toddler to the wall using the duct tape. Funny!! Do watch or have you heard of the The Red and Green Show? Funny. It is about two goofey guys and they are members of a logde up in some mountainous spot. The one guy does a skit about doing deranged repairs and modeling different things into his idea of cool stuff. It is so funny!! It is on our PBS station here. If you haven't caught it yet you otta check around for it. It might be on Netflix or Blockbuster too.
@BarBaraPrz (20567)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
28 Jan 10
Red Green has a website: http://www.redgreen.com/ He (aka Steve Smith) lives in Hamilton, same as me.
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@celticeagle (119388)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Jan 10
Yes, I am aware. Interesting you both live in the same town.
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@celticeagle (119388)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Jan 10
Ya, the show is pretty silly. I think their site is www.redgreen.com or something to that effect. Pretty looney bunch.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
28 Jan 10
a friend once duct taped her bumper (fender) on until she could get to the body shop
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@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
28 Jan 10
Now, That's some strong Duct tape.. it is a wonderful invention!
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@sconibear (8010)
• United States
28 Jan 10
Duct tape is VERY strong, check out this video of The Mythbusters lifting a car with duct tape. It holds until one of the duct tape straps fail and then it's a domino effect and all the straps fail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMcOtNwqqxQ
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@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
28 Jan 10
That's incredible Sconi _ I hadn't seen that episode.. Wow!
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@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
28 Jan 10
Hey minx..a very belated Happy new Year! Believe it or not, I saw this on Dr. Muhammet Oz...just last week, can't remember the day! BUT the MOST successful way of ridding yourself (if you have them) of WARTS...is DUCT tape! Freezing them, lasering them, removing them surgically..was NOT as successful as keeping them covered tightly with DUCT tape for a minimum of 5 days. Interesting...and I will give it a try, as I have a small one on the heel of my hand! Cheers!
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• United States
28 Jan 10
yes, I saw this too. I've used it to keep air from coming in around the edges of a leaking window. I also used it when constructing a shelter for a stray cat we're taking care of. I'm sure there are other things I've used it for but cant' think of them right now. It's such a versatile repair tool.
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@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
28 Jan 10
LOL. that was one of the other tips that they gave on the radio show.. I knew I wouldn't remember them all. thanks for reminding me.. it is very interesting!
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@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
28 Jan 10
Yes, Wildcats,, It is I think I have seen it holding tools together when the handles fall off.. I think everyone should definitely keep some handy!
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@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
29 Jan 10
That baby duct taped to the wall is a classic isn't it? LOL! I love duct tape myself. The last time I used some of the stuff was when I was trying to put up a small blanket and use it as a curtain. I didn't have any curtain rods so I decided to use duct tape to keep the blanket in place. I found a place on the web where you can buy PURPLE duct tape!!! I'm a purple freak! I really do LOVE purple and I won't use anymore duct tape until I can get a good supply of purple duct tape. Wouldn't it be sooooooo cute if they had duct tape with baby ducklings on the unsticky side of the tape? That would be really cute! Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
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@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
31 Jan 10
LOL. My roommate is a purple nut too. I like purple.. it's my birthstone.. but she goes overboard too.. clothes, hats, gloves, jacket.. she will buy stuff she doesn't need just because she finds it in purple.. for instance a car window scraper.. she bought it...SHE DOESN'T HAVE A CAR... that's just going a little too far. :-)
• United States
1 Feb 10
Now THAT is crazy! LOL!!! So many times when I'm in a store (it doesn't matter the type of store) I would pass by something purple and say something like: "If I had a million dollars I would buy EVERYTHING purple!" LOL! Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
28 Jan 10
Duct tape is a wonderful tool for restraining kidnap victims. Also a miracle cure for that nagging wife/husband.
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@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
28 Jan 10
You know it really is I have tried it once or twice.. Very handy to keep in your trunk for those unruly.. significant others.. :-)
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
28 Jan 10
I saw that mythbusters on TV
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
28 Jan 10
Well, I've used it to stick together a vacuum cleaner hose, and likewise with the washing machine outlet hose. I've got a new vacuum cleaner now, but the duct taped washing machine hose is still doing sterling service. I'd actually like to duct tape shut the mouths of some politicians - I'm sure that the hot air that they produce is a major cause of global warming!
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@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
29 Jan 10
LOL, I am sure there are Many who would love to see duct tape and politicians together!
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
28 Jan 10
Have seen duct tape used as a material for a small raft/boat in Myth Buster series over Discovery Channel. Except for the frame of the boat, they made all the materials out of duct tape. And it float and usable. Another hilarious usage I've seen is that one of my friend uses it to patch-up a hope on his cars radiator and fuel hose. It may not be the right material but it works.
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@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
29 Jan 10
wow, the whole boat huh? very cool. I didn't know it would be safe with the radiator.. amazing!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Feb 10
My nephew has a friend who is really good at making things, such as wallets, from duct tape. They look quite nice, actually...
@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
3 Feb 10
That's strange... That's the second wallet from duct tape story.. I never would have thought about that.. It would be interesting to see what one of these looks like- I can't even picture it. :-) I bet they are pretty durable though, huh?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Feb 10
It sure looked durable...
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Feb 10
I did that and there are pictures and instructions on making them and other craft ideas too! Everything's on the internet! :-)
@savypat (20246)
• United States
29 Jan 10
I've used it on warts, splinters and just today to patch a hole in a rubber boot. I even brought some bright colored duct tape, just for fun, we use a lot of it around the ranch.
@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
31 Jan 10
Splinters?! does it really work on splinters.. I never thought of that.. I hate when I get splinters and cant get them out.. I have got to remember to try that... thanks :-)
@savypat (20246)
• United States
31 Jan 10
It won't take out the deep ones, but the little ones you can hardly see will come right out. Blessings
@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
3 Feb 10
Oh, Great! those are the ones I get all the time.. The dogs bring these burrs in on their coats and I am constantly picking them off.. then those fine little buggars stick to my fingers and it drives me nuts for hours -sometimes days!
@BarBaraPrz (20567)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
28 Jan 10
Aah... where's Red Green when ya need him? Currently, I have duct-taped a split in the hose of my vacuum cleaner, and a friend has duct-taped the handle of her upright vac... And does anyone remember punker Wendy O. Williams? She used to dress in electrical tape.
@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
28 Jan 10
I have a vague recollection.. lol. Do I have to tell my age here..? I tried to tape my recliner back together used 2 rolls because the dogs ripped almost the whole side of it off.. and after an hour -I will say it looked damn good- you could barely tell it was duct tape.. And then the dog's ripped it off again..I gave up.. LOL
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28 Jan 10
I thought that I had a problem with the cats ripping up the furniture...
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@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
29 Jan 10
Nope, I got you beat.. Hopefully, If I ever get a replacement- they will now be bored and leave it alone.. . darn dogs!
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
29 Jan 10
Hi Minx, well, my daughter decorated her room with colored duct tape spelling out her and her boyfriends names. It actually looks pretty cool because the colors match all her other accessories. I know a man who has a wallet that his kids made him out of duct tape years ago. It's quite tattered but not that bad considering how old it is. He refuses to get a new one because "they made it".
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
29 Jan 10
Oh and did you know that if you put duct tape over your callouses that it softens them and soon you will be callous free? IT does work. I've tried it.
@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
31 Jan 10
Wow, I never thought to be that creative with duct tape.. but that's a great Idea -now that it comes in so many colors. Kudos to your daughter for a great idea. and re: the callouses.. I heard the same for warts.. very interesting.
• United States
9 Feb 10
My favorite way to use duct tape is more practical than funny. I keep a roll in my kitchen drawer as I use it for labels to freeze leftovers or extra food. It's easy to write on and can be read easily after being in the freezer for months. I live alone so when I cook I almost always have more food than I can eat at a meal. So I use that duct tape a lot!
@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
9 Feb 10
That's good.. I should do that with my food. I tend to just eat the same thing for days until it's gone.. LOL:)
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
30 Jan 10
I sure wish that I had some creative ways that we have used duct tape, but I really can't think of one right off the top of my head. I do know that when we were tearing out our bathroom after we'd first bought our house we discovered that one of the sink drains had been "repaired" with duct tape and I thought that was fairly odd because I thought there was something called plumber's tape that can be used to fix pipes.
@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
31 Jan 10
LOL. I guess Duct tape is the POOR MAN'S Plumbers tape.. hehe.. and the POOR MAN'S car repair kit, and the are apparently good at keeping up curtains, pants, and just about everything.. And I guess the new thing is decorating. now that they come in lots of pretty colors..
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Jan 10
Tape someones Mouth shut when they talk to much Hold together Gissi's Lead when it snapped Gets stuck on Gissi because he rolled on it then had to get it of him without hurting him Tape the Christmas tree if it breaks while putting it up I could think of more lol but my mind has gone blank
@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
31 Jan 10
LOL.. I can think of a few mouths I wouldn't mind taping shut.. LOL Taping Christmas trees huh? It certainly is handy to have around.