Ed Del Grande, host of the DIY -- Do It Yourself Network program "I Did It With Duct Tape," shares some facts and some tips:
Duct tape was originally called "duck" tape. During World War II, soldiers needed a tough, waterproof tape with which they could fix their equipment and keep their ammo boxes dry. Duct tape was invented in 1942 and called "duck" tape because water rolled off it just like a duck's back.
After the war, it was used to seal heating ducts and the color changed from Army green to silver and the spelling was changed to "duct."
Duct tape has many uses -- it's just cloth backed by a resilient plastic coating and a good rubberized adhesive. It's durable, unlike regular tape that tears and breaks. It's versatile and the right tool for many temporary fixes. It sticks to everything, and you can use it for all sorts of things.
Use duct tape to fix a torn bicycle seat.
Put some colorful duct tape on your black suitcase so it will be easy to spot at the airport.
It's even good for warts. The duct tape will irritate and soften the tissue of the wart, which encourages your immune system to get rid of it.
Use it for a temporary plumbing fix. Under the sink, if the column nut on your pipe has split, remove it and then squeeze some plumber's putty into and around the joint. Do not use silicone or glue. The putty will make a temporary seal on the pipe until you fix it properly.
Next, remove all the excess putty and water from around the pipe. Starting from the bottom, get a long piece of duct tape and pull up as you twist it around the pipe and give it a good squeeze.
Using duct tape on pressurized water lines is not a permanent fix, but it is OK for a temporary fix on a non-pressurized drain line.