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Saturday? Duct Tape!

Yesterday I did something I have never, ever – not once in my whole life – done. Yes, I done did it. I used duct tape on a .. you may want to hold on to something .. heating duct.

I have used duct tape since I was knee high to a grasshopper (and thought it was “duck tape”) to repair various items. When I came of age, I learned to carry a roll in my car (along with a flashlight, and fuses, and flares). I inherited the farmer’s life philosopher, in my DNA, of “bubble gum or bailing wire – fix it!” Bubble gum and bailing wire was replaced by duct tape.

In my years, I have duct-taped-back-together, or otherwise improvised (aka “repaired”):
pillows
pet’s food bowls
fishing rods
fishing boxes
eyeglasses
tents
antennas
telephone handsets
telephone directories
furniture
boats
window panes
flashlights
flower vases (that didn’t work too well…)
wallets
knife handles..
.. and, yes, computers (cases! computer cases! I had a faceplate that ..)
and countless other things.. but never a duct.

But I have to say, it took going to ThereIFixedIt.com (a sub-site of the notorious Fail Blog, it appears) to really see some duct-taping genius. Here’s a mild sample.. to tempt your tastebuds.

tifi-windshielddefroster

So..

What’s the most amazing thing you’ve done with duct tape?
(I have already seen the Alaska bush pilot photos.. .)

(and be sure to visit ThereIFixedIt.com. [Über Geeks into case modding will want to look at pg 4.])

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November 20, 2010 - Posted by | how to

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  1. Thank you for that. I am still lol!

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    Comment by Susan B | November 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. Paul, it’s 2010 and Gorilla duct tape is here ! I threaten quite often to use it on
    my wife’s mouth .. every time I show a picture from ‘There I Fixed It’ she says:
    “I bet you’ve done that before”.

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    Comment by MikeyK | November 20, 2010 | Reply

    • MikeyK,
      I confess, I hadn’t heard of that.. is that from the makers of my favorite glue?

      (And you didn’t answer the question.. what is your most spectacular/noteworthy duct tapeage?)(I think mine was tape-as-a-tow-rope..)

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      Comment by techpaul | November 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. I don’t have an answer for your question but this article sure does remind me of MacGyver. I’m almost afraid to see some of those fixit projects on that list of yours!

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    Comment by timmyjohnboy | November 20, 2010 | Reply

    • timmyjohnboy,
      I would rate myself as an “average” duct taper. Some of my early experiments in DT-ing were sloppy, and others miserable failure due to my over-estimated its adhesion and underestimating the time+gravity effect.. a few of the things pictured on ThereIFixedIt, I have done (flashlight as bicycle’s headlight, etc.)
      DT-ing takes practice.

      The reason I don’t consider myself an “advanced” DT-er (certainly no McGiver) is I have seen some artifacts created out of nothing but duct tape that were.. well, one could say, ‘works of art’ — a jacket (yes, fully wearable and washable), a necktie, a wallet..
      Hey, it just came to me, there’s probably some DTProjects.com out there nowadays..

      Anyway.. just some fun for the weekend, and a plug for the website.

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      Comment by techpaul | November 20, 2010 | Reply

  4. This from the Fail Blog.. Title = “Stair Ride Fail”

    An “epic fail” (how many did you count? Faceplant is one..)

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    Comment by techpaul | November 20, 2010 | Reply

  5. TechPaul,

    Duct Tape was one of the greatest innovations in the 20th Century. I’ve seen that Gorilla Tape… How strong is Gorilla Tape?

    Rick

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    Comment by Ramblinrick | November 21, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I have to agree with your assessment. Though, certainly not on the same plane as, say, radio, or fission, (or the ‘internal combustion engine’) I think some of Man’s inventions are just as important — yet “unsung” — concrete; vulcanized rubber; plexiglass/fiberglass .. and, yes, adhesives.
      (for a look ahead see, The Next ‘New Big Thing’? Reader Asks Me To Guess The Future — NBD)

      .. going to have to look into this ‘gorilla tape’..

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      Comment by techpaul | November 21, 2010 | Reply

  6. Put it like this, make sure your aim is good when you place it on something. I think they have used a lot of duct tape on the space shuttles but don’t make the claim. I have to say that microwave popcorn was the biggest innovations in the 20th Century and the microwave it’s self was the ‘top-gun’ of all, wonder how many Americans don’t own one ? A tip on Gorilla glue, buy it in the smallest amount you can, when you go to re-use it you will probually find out it is “FUBAR” ..

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    Comment by MikeyK | November 21, 2010 | Reply

    • MikeyK,
      You have earned a silver star as the first person to use my favorite (military) acronym. (See, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fubar.)

      I’m afraid I have to disagree with you a little bit.. as I place the microwave oven as great, yes. Life changing, yes. But it ranks farther down on my list… below satellites and the integrated circuit..
      I agree with the person who said, (I paraphrase) “the three “events” that changed life as we know it in the 20th Century were the bomb, the pill, and TV.” (Though it’s clear they were thinking “second half of”, or you would have to include the internal combustion engine.. which gave us manned flight, etc.)

      Thanks for your input, and response!

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      Comment by techpaul | November 21, 2010 | Reply

  7. this i use

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    Comment by stacy | November 21, 2010 | Reply

  8. Thank You, Thank You Very Much !

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    Comment by MikeyK | November 21, 2010 | Reply


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