Duct tape has thousands of uses. Duct tape is probably most noticeable in holly wood films when people are abducted or bombs are made.
Often people ask is it Duct or Duck tape? Let me explain briefly. The first name for Duct Tape was DUCK. During World War II the U.S. Military needed a waterproof tape to keep the moisture out of ammunition cases. So, they enlisted the Johnson and Johnson Permacel Division to manufacture the tape. Because it was waterproof, everyone referred to it as “duck” tape (like water off a duck’s back). Military personnel discovered that the tape was good for lots more than keeping out water. They used it for Jeep repair, fixing stuff on their guns, strapping equipment to their clothing... the list is endless.
After the War, the housing industry was booming and someone discovered that the tape was great for joining the heating and air conditioning duct work. So, the color was changed from army green to the silvery color we are familiar with today and people started to refer to it as “duct tape*.” Therefore, either name is appropriate.
Let looks at 23 of the most popular or the downright unsual but clever uses uses for duct tape
Temporarily hem your pants
You’ve found a terrific pair of jeans, but the length isn’t right. You expect a little shrinkage anyway, so why spend time hemming? Besides, thick denim jeans are difficult to sew through. A bet-you-never-thought-of-it idea: Fake the hem with duct tape. The new hem will last through a few washes too.
Remove lint on clothing
You’re all set to go out for the night and suddenly you notice pet hairs on your outfit. Wrap your hand with a length of duct tape, sticky side out. Then roll the sticky tape against your clothing in a rocking motion until every last hair has been picked up.
Make a bandage in a pinch
You’ve gotten a bad scrape. Here’s one idea for protecting it until you get a proper bandage. Fold tissue paper or paper towel to cover the wound and cover this with duct tape. It may not be attractive, but it works in a jam.
Reseal bags of chips
Tired of stale potato chips? To keep a half-finished bag fresh, fold up the top and seal it tight with a piece of duct tape.
Keep a secret car key
You’ll never get locked out of your car again if you affix an extra key to the undercarriage with duct tape.
Catch pesky flies
You’ve just checked into a rustic cabin on the lake and you’re ready to start your vacation. Everything would be perfect if only the flying insects were not part of the deal. Grab your roll of duct tape and roll off a few foot-long strips. Hang them from the rafters as flypaper. Those bugs will have no idea what hit them — and after they’re caught, you can roll up the used tape to toss it in the trash.
Repair a vacuum hose
Has your vacuum hose cracked and developed a leak? It doesn’t spell the end of your vacuum. Repair the broken hose with duct tape. Your vacuum will last until the motor gives out.
Reinforce book binding
Duct tape is the perfect idea for repairing a broken book binding. Using a nice-colored tape, run the tape down the length of the spine and cut shorter pieces to run perpendicular to that if you need extra reinforcement.
Cover a book
Use duct tape in an interesting color to create a durable book cover for a school textbook or a paperback that you carry to the beach. For this fun project, make a pattern for the cover on a sheet of newspaper; fit the pattern to your book, then cover the pattern, one row at a time, with duct tape, overlapping the rows. The resulting removable cover will be waterproof and sturdy.
Repair a photo frame
Sometimes the foldout leg that holds a frame upright pulls away from the back of the frame and your photo won’t stand up properly. Don’t despair! Just use duct tape to reattach the broken leg to the frame back.
Hang Christmas lights
Festive holiday lights are fun in season, but a real chore when it’s time for them to come down. Use duct tape to hang your lights; the idea here is that removal will be much easier. Tear duct tape into thin strips. At intervals, wrap strips around the wire and then tape the strand to the gutter or wherever you hang your lights.
Wrap holiday presents
Here’s a novel, crafty way to wrap a special gift. Don’t bother with the paper. Go straight for the tape. Press duct tape directly on the gift box. Make designs or cover in stripes and then add decorative touches by cutting shapes, letters, and motifs from tape to attach to the “wrapped” surface.
Craft Halloween costumes
Want to be the Tin Man for Halloween? How about a robot? These are just two craft ideas that work naturally with the classic silver duct tape. Make a basic costume from brown paper grocery bags, with openings in the back so the child can easily put on and take off the costume.