What do MacGyver, astronauts, and outsidemom.com writers have in common?
We all keep rolls of duct tape in our backpacks, our cars, our boats, our spaceships, and our homes.
Ah, the sticky stuff. That super-adhesive, water-repellant, ultra-durable, handyman-staple: Duct tape. I love the sound it makes coming off the role. The slightly synthetic smell. But mostly I love the many ways it can be used. Is there anything in the universe more versatile? I imagine aliens in every galaxy find it as useful as we do…
Today, we celebrate duct tape and its many uses. Here’s just a handful of the ways this substance can improve your life. Did we miss one? Tell us about it at the end!
1. You can use duct tape to patch darn near anything!
- Backpacks, tents, shoes, hats, or any other leaky piece of equipment. Duct tape sticks to itself as well as it sticks to anything else. Put a piece on the inside of the hole, and another on the outside, and stick the pieces together through the hole! Problem solved.
- Also, ski pants. I fall a lot on my skis. I use duct tape at the hems to patch up the rips caused by my edges cutting into the sides of my ski pants every time I tumble.
- Bathtub leaking? My aunt’s tub has a crack in the floor. She just taped it over with a strip o the sticky stuff. That tube probably has another ten years of good use now. (more…)