Most of us have a roll of duct tape somewhere at home; hidden in a drawer or cabinet. Although we tend to use it for specific things, the truth is that duct tape can be used hundreds of different ways. Let’s take a look at some of the most common:
It is hard to run microphones and audio-visual equipment without having all that loose wiring threatening the safety of everyone around. Consequently, at the Chamber of Commerce, we used duct tape to tape wires down flat against the floor to prevent our customers from tripping.
My husband puts duct tape on the sole of some of his shoes that are particularly slippery in nature. That little trick helps keep him from taking a header of the porch steps in rainy or icy weather.
If you roll a piece of duct tape up against itself, sticky side out, it becomes a two-sided tape that can be used to secure lightweight items to a wall or any surface.
My son uses duct tape to tape a spare set of keys to his house in a secret location. Because you can’t easily feel the key surface, most burglars don’t think to look beneath the tape. This even works for taping extra car keys somewhere inside or outside of the car.
I’ve been known to use duct tape like a lint roller. By curling a piece of the tape around my hand with the sticky side out, I can draw lint and large pieces of dirt and debris off of almost any surface.
My son-in-law uses duct tape to strengthen bent or loose tool handles so that he doesn’t have to replace them right away. That handy dandy trick has helped him breath new life into tools that might otherwise have been discarded way before their time.
I don’t know how many cars I have witnessed over the year that are apparently held together by duct tape. It is used to patch seat covers; hold handles or knobs securely in place; keep windows from splintering; patch hoses and to hold car parts in place.
My father always had a roll of duct tape on hand. He often ripped his clothing while working on cars and the tape helped him perform minor repairs until my mother could get to the real ones.
My grandfather used duct tape in his greenhouse to patch water hoses that sprung a lead as well as to hold black cloths in place when his flowerbeds needed to be protected from the harsh sun.
My grandson, at age 7, thought he was the first person to ever use duct tape to keep his potato chips fresh and moisture free. He was convinced he’d invented something unique and useful. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that people have been employing that technique for decades.
Back in the day when canister vacuums were a hot item, my mother hated them because it seemed the hose was always splitting and preventing proper suction. She often used duct tape to repair the damage. I remember one vacuum in particular was held completely together by the tape but it kept on working until the motor finally burnt out.
On television, you often view duct tape being used to cover the mouth of kidnap victims. Sometimes it is also used to bind hands and feet together to keep them from escaping.
Duct tape is perfect for repairing splits or cracks in luggage. Of course, these days, it might be removed for inspection, so always carry spare tape just in case.
Some people use duct tape to plug up holes in windows and doorways during the cold weather. It helps keep the cold air out and the warm air in.
Duct tape was used in the past to secure bathing suits to the bare behinds of beauty contestants. It helped prevent extra jiggling in places where it wasn’t welcome. It also made sure skimpy suits didn’t show more than the judges wanted.
None of the above deals with creative craft uses for duct take, which are many. If you have other ideas you would like to share, please do so in the comment section below.
My own knowledge and experiences
Trips and tricks used by my family