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What Duct Tape Has Been Used For

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Duct tape has to be one of the greatest inventions of the past 100 years.  It seems that you can do almost anything with duct tape.  I was curious about what duct tape had been used for that might surprise even the most die-hard users of the adhesive tape and here is what I found.

Patch A Spacecraft - The Apollo 13 crew used it in 1970 to retrofit square carbon dioxide filters into round lunar module receptacles. The down-to-the-wire duct tape solution saved three astronauts’ lives.

Patch An Airplane - Legend has it that after a bear destroyed a fisherman’s plane in the Alaska bush, the pilot radioed a buddy to fly him two tires, sheet plastic, and three cases of duct tape. Using these items, the pilot fixed the plane and flew it home.  I remember watching the episode of where they really did make a plane out of duct tape. 

Patch  A Wound - I'm sure duct tape has been used for medical measures many of times but I still wanted to include this one.

Prevent Frostbite - Alaskan snowmobilers apply duct tape to their faces to keep them from freezing during the February Iron Dog.  Peeling that off has got to be hell.

Make A Server - This case was made entirely of duct tape.

Make Shoes - This is pretty cool and probably took some time given all the curves and turns of shoes.

Make Pants - Not sure how you wash these but maybe you just wipe them down.

Crack Cover - No kidding.

Make A Boat That Almost Worked - It still counts.

Diaper - Again, taking this off could not have been fun.  Hopefully the beer can was a joke.

Poor Man's Hammock - It looks like it works though I wonder for how long.

Car Lifter/Crane - I think this one is my favorite.

erick99 posted Oct 31, 2012

I never knew there where so many useful things you could do with duct tape If i am to ever find myself in outer space needing to repair a spacecraft i will know just what to use lol btw some of the images are not loading correctly

nimase85 (rep: 16.2k) posted Oct 31, 2012


I feel terrible for that baby who has a duct tape diaper. Imagine taking that off? Its like waxing your body with duct tape...and not to mention the beer can!

Florida2Texas (rep: 15.2k) posted Nov 01, 2012


Lol at the duct take underwear I must try that!

marcemusza (rep: 1) posted Dec 07, 2012


So many uses,I have to admit I've used my share of duct tale too.

xptrish (rep: 102k) posted Dec 27, 2012


mythbusters did a whole "survival show" using duct tape so it doesn't surprise me - use it as far as your imagination can take you, i guess. ;)

omegafemale (rep: 214k) posted Dec 28, 2012


Here's 252 duct tape uses.

Hanging posters.
Decorative book cover.
Fix broken tail light on vehicle.
Twist a long piece into rope (thousands more uses).
Tape wires down on floor or out of the way.
Tape wires back together after splicing (much wider than electricians' tape).
Reattach rear view mirror.
Repair cracked windshield/window.
Patch ripped clothing.
Hide unsightly wallpaper seams.
Repair broken hoses.
Repair broken fan belt.
Use as art medium.
Fix broken book binding.
Band-Aid for really big cuts.
Attach leg splint to broken leg.
Wallpaper your house (may be slightly expensive, but well worth it for the resulting sophisticated look).
Reinforce pages in 3 ring binder.
Cover up empty drive bays.
Fold in half and use as bookmark.
Disk labels.
Rappelling harness.
Toilet paper.
Hinge on cabinet door.
Repairing leak in tire/inner tube.
Taping annoying people to walls, floor, ceiling, or bed.
Holding together computer cases.
Hold up exhaust pipe (doesn't last very long).
Repair upholstery.
Make lawn furniture.
Make lawn decorations.
Fix racquetball racquets.
Roll into a ball for hockey practice.
Mark lines on a sporting event field.
Clothing � all sorts.
Can be use to wrap duct work, but doesn't seal or hold up ducts very well.
Use to pull unsightly hair.
Keeps pledges in their place (also applies to siblings).
Patches holes in vinyl siding.
An entire roll can be used in place of a bedroom door to keep someone in for hours.
Twisted correctly, can be used as a billy-club.
Wrapped around newspaper to make a dog chew toy.
Holding on book covers.
Reflective lettering.
Mute function for humans.
Contraceptive device.
Climbing rope.
Cover old pocket folders -- lasts forever!
Shoe designs.
Sealing envelopes (in case you hate the taste of envelope glue).
Replacement for airplane glue.
For store owners: great way to keep the wigs on mannequins.
Seat belts that'll REALLY keep the kids still.
Closing chip bags.
Make the stapler obsolete!
Putting up Christmas lights (easy removal).
Why bother with waxing...
Add several layers to your car's bumpers for a much safer ride.
Fix vacuum cleaner hose.
Tape ski boot to your ski when the binding breaks.
Repair seams of ski gloves.
Wrap around your waist when your zipper splits in a one piece ski suit.
Lift and separate when you don't want to wear a bra or can't have straps showing.
Hold temple onto eye glasses.
Fix printer.
Make a wallet out of it.
Hold car hood shut.
Patch hole in canoe.
Fixing sets for the school play.
Making props look more realistic.
Make letter for letter jacket.
Hold your letter to your letter jacket.
Re-enforce the phone cord.
Hold batteries in remote control.
Play a CD (reflect a laser beam onto a CD to play it).
Stick pictures up in your locker.
Fix holes in your Airwalks.
Use instead of nail polish.
Hold pens together.
Wrap your ankle for sports.
Can be used in place of handcuffs.
Hold file cabinet together.
Hold shoe laces together.
Can replace shoe laces.
Can be used in place of Velcro.
Write term paper on it.
Graduation present.
Can be used to put back together a shredded term paper.
Stop your jeans from fraying.
Hair ties.
Hold spikes to your cleats.
Make a book shelf.
Note cards.
Remove lint from clothes.
Makes great bumper stickers with a sharpie!
Cook a baked potato in it.
Hold car door shut.
Tape plastic over broken rear window in car.
Tape down ripped carpet.
Tape sole of ratty sneaker to body of sneaker.
Hold speaker wire to the back of speaker.
Use it as a Biore strip.
Practical joke toilet paper replacement.
Makes a good bib.
Put it on your lawn and paint it green. Say good-bye to mowing.
Mouse trap.
Fly paper.
Tape your little brothers' mouths shut.
Use as vinyl flooring.
Cover rust holes in your car.
Roofing shingles.
Make a clothes line.
Window coverings.
Use a roof rack on your car for carrying luggage and other items.
Fix a broken plate.
Patch a hole in your swimming pool.
Make a swing for your kids.
Make a tent for camping.
For the annoying mother-in-law.
Lock people into their house, school, office, etc.
Hold your car's bumper in place.
Seat covers in your car.
Fix holes in your sock.
Fix the hole in your favorite coffee cup.
Make a coffee cup.
Retread your tennis shoes.
Repair work gloves.
Make work gloves.
Home security system - tape up doors and windows.
Watch band.
CD case.
Wrap a soda can or bottle in duct tape to keep it cold.
Makes stylish notebook decorations.
Use it to fix old instruments.
Use it as a dog/cat/rabbit/frog/lizard/etc. leash.
Hold on toupees.
Duct tape annoying, rambunctious students to their seats.
Reupholster the roof on a '83 Mustang convertible (or any vehicle for that matter).
Attach it to the end of a yard stick (sticky side out) as a way to get pennies out from behind the couch.
Surgical bandage.
Fix a cigarette that is broken at the filter.
A clothesline when you're out in the middle of nowhere. (Peace Corps favorite.)
Use it as a substitute for Bondo.
Makes excellent streamers for bicycle handlebars.
Toilet seat cover.
Replace broken screen in your screen doors to create an excellent storm door for those cold winter nights.
Makes great posters with the aid of magic markers.
Make a sheet for your bed.
Wrap freshmen up in it.
Use to make the lines in the middle of the road.
Make a space suit out of it so you can walk on the moon.
Use as a musical instrument.
Make a hat.
Make a wallet chain out of it.
Stare at it and try to find new uses for it.
Make a boat out of it.
Throw it at people.
Write on it and stick to someone's back.
Put a few rolls on their side and roll them to have a duct tape race!
Tape a hedge trimmer or chain saw to a long pole in order to trim or cut tall trees.
Use it as hockey tape.
Tape Tupperware containers together in a way that you can stack them on top of each other for more storage space.
Use to keep the cover of an old ice cream maker securely attached.
Cut a hole in a piece of cardboard, wrap duct tape around it and get a really inexpensive original looking picture frame.
Tape Nerf basketball hoop to the back of a door because they just don't stay on their own.
Make a pouch and attach it to a door so you can hold stuff.
Repair smashed pumpkin.
Waterproof sun screen for bald men.
Snowmobile/motorcycle seat cover.
Hold broken U-joints together on truck so you can make it home.
Makes a good replacement for chrome.
Patch holes in convertibles or soft top jeeps.
Resurface your trampoline.
Artificial lighting.
Use it to tape 10 year olds with sugar highs to trees during boyscout trips.
Can be made to fashion weapons in a pinch.
Emergency limb replacements.
Make fantastic puppets and other toys.
Can be used to clean the floor when no vacuum is available.
S & M.
Make a ball.
Repair trim on cars.
Patch up fish tank.
Halloween costume.
Waterproof footwear.
Make a makeup case.
Repair leak in pilot gas line.
Gagging device.
Pin striping.
Wrapping Christmas presents.
Patch seams in carpeting.
Patch a hole in a tent.
No need for lunch box - just tape all your food together!
Use to keep President Clinton's pants up.
Cute plant holder.
Keep hair in place.
Make a tie out of it.
Chastity belt.
Blister repair.
Censor speech on softball uniforms.
Repair pantyhose.
Roll it over a pool and make a trampoline.
Keeping guitar strap on your guitar.
Taping mic to mic stand (or a hockey stick).
Taping mic stand to amp.
Hold a float together.
Fix mini blinds.
Get rid of plantars warts.
Hold telephone together.
Hold computer mouse together.
Write on vehicles.
Make a Halloween mask.
Decorate guard rifles.
Make really cool underwear.
Make a mummy costume for Halloween.
When you get in a really boring conversation pull it out and ask the other person if they can name 101 uses for it (plus or minus 70 or 80).
Attach underwater flashlight to underwater strobe for night dives.
Hold a car battery in.
Attach glow-in-the-dark bugs to people's houses.
Fixing the toilet seat.
Window shade.
Hair extensions.
Seat covering for a 1963 Vespa GS 160 (or any other vehicle for that matter).
Wrap around cardboard tube to make fake swords for the kids.
Waterproof apron.
Beverage holders.
Pet rain gear.
Toilet paper roll cover.
Cell phone holder.
Tool belt.
Shower curtain.
Repair speaker cones.
Poor man's Viagra - two Popsicle sticks and duct tape.
Hold the plastic (or Mylar) on your car where the window should be.
Wrap a "365 Uses For Duct Tape" calendar for Christmas.
Hold up worn out socks.
Tape keys to bottom of car so you never lose them.

bbattag (rep: 7k) posted Dec 28, 2012


They make it in all sorts of cool colors and designs now. I have made wallets, credit card holders and discreet holders for feminine hygiene to carry in a purse.

LindaKNor (rep: 22.8k) posted Jan 16, 2013


S & M? 8-|

Lemme tell ya a little story. When I was separating from the Air Force, the guys I worked with caught me and duct taped my happy butt to a chair wearing nothing but shorts and a t-shirt. Then they put me on display outside of the shop for anybody passing by to see. Then they dumped all kindsa crap on me while the base cops drove by and offered them their milk shakes to dump on me. I'm talking everything from cooler water to mustard and ketchup. The worst part about it? Pulling the frillin duct tape off of my hairy legs. Anybody who uses this stuff for satisfaction needs counseling. :-)

nthsll (rep: 12.5k) posted Jan 16, 2013