Archive for Sunday, April 25, 2004

Duct tape rules the world!

April 25, 2004


Use duct tape to keep a bag of chips closed or to tape up the bag inside a box of cereal or crackers that rips down the side when you try to open it at the top.

You can temporarily tape the hem on a pair of pants or a skirt.

Save your picnic on a windy day with a few well-placed strips of tape. Just fold back the tablecloth, place the tape on the inside of the tablecloth and wrap the tape around the edge and underneath the table in several places.

Label books and boxes with duct tape. Use a permanent waterproof marker and the label will last.

Use duct tape to hold an electrical plug or a baby's diaper in place.

Baby- or puppy-proof the electrical cords in your home.

You can even tape the cracked shell of a turtle with duct tape.

Make a bandage out of duct tape by cutting a strip about the size of a Band-Aid and turn it over to the sticky side. Cut a small piece and place it in the center, face to face, and you have a bandage.

On a job site at the end of the day, duct tapes makes great sticky notes to remind you what needs to be done the next morning.

If you jam your finger, you can make a temporary splint by wrapping a piece of duct tape around a couple of fingers.

If you're working with sharp metal edges and don't have gloves with you, make duct tape gloves. Just take a piece of tape about an inch wide and wrap it up one side of the finger and down the other side. Take a small piece of tape and wrap it around the base of your knuckle. It gives you mobility and protects your fingers from sharp edges.

No matter how careful you are with insulation, you'll end up itching. Little pieces of fiberglass can get under your skin -- even washing doesn't remove it all. Duct tape can help. Wrap a wide piece of duct tape backwards around your hand and then go to the itch and push very hard, and you will get the pieces of fiberglass out.

Wrap a piece of duct tape backwards around your hand and use it to remove lint and pet hair from your clothes.

To remove a broken window, completely cover each side of the window with duct tape and overlap about a quarter of an inch. Frame all four sides of the window with straight pieces of tape. Put on gloves and safety glasses and tap each side of the window with a hammer. (Place a piece of plastic underneath the window first to catch the shattered glass.) Cut the tape around the edges with a utility knife. The window will peel right down. Carefully wrap up and dispose of the broken glass.

If you have a leaking garden hose, wipe it off with a rag until it's good and dry. Pull the break together with one piece of tape, and then start another piece at an angle and double-wrap the hose.

When the webbing breaks on your lawn chair, fix it with duct tape. You can use colored tape to match the color of your chair. Cut off three long pieces about twice the length of the width of the chair and stick them down on a smooth surface.

For three colors, you can overlap two of the colors and then place the third color right down the middle on top of the other two.

Peel up the long strip and flip it over. Measure a piece of tape the length of the chair and place it right in the middle of the long strip, sticky side against sticky side. Weave it through the chair and over the framing on both sides. Flip the chair over and attach the tape to itself (sticky-to-sticky really holds). Add another piece across the middle for extra security.

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