Duct tape was invented for the US military back in 1942, right during the middle of WWII. American soldiers used “duck tape” because of its versatility and adhesiveness to repair windows and use them as temporary bandages. It became duct tape later with its general use by the public.
Over the past several decade’s, people have come to use duct tape to fix almost anything. How many of you when growing up strapped your little brother or sister to a chair with it? It’s tough stuff!
Mark and I have a good doctor friend who has always placed great value to having and using duct tape. I think he often gives it as a wedding gift since he thinks “every young couple should have a supply of duct tape available to fix things around their apartment or home!”
Whether you’re a prepper or not, duct tape is one item that you should have a decent supply of because it is one of those emergency items that will disappear first when SHTF. Here’s why you need to have a healthy supply of duct tape tucked away in your home.
Duct tape should not only be used for packaging up boxes or holding something together. There are hundreds of uses for duct tape that clever people have discovered over the years. Keep in mind, most uses of duct tape on a DIY basis are for short-term/temporary repairs and NOT a long-term solution. Also, many of the uses of duct tape listed are at a time you are away from home hunting, camping, at a sporting event, etc.
Listed below are several ways to use duct tape that you may have never heard about before:
Repair Leaking Water and Drain Pipes
Have you ever had a crack in your drain pipes, along with the constant drip that follows? Duct tape is your answer. First, make sure that the surface of the pipe is dry at the time you apply the tape. It will hold, but not if the surface is wet. You’ll probably want to make a more permanent repair by filling in the hole, or making a new connection when time allows.
Most water lines have a fair amount of water pressure so the flow stays consistent. If you have a metal or PVC water pipe that springs a leak, you can use duct tape as a temporary repair tool until you can do a more permanent job yourself or hire a plumber. You’ll need to shut the water off and make sure the pipe is dry before applying the duct tape. It may take a number of wraps to totally seal off the leak, but it should get you by until a permanent fix can be applied.
Some other home repairs where duct tape can prove to be a Godsend would be to cover holes in the roof, siding, garden hose, screens, and even your glasses.
Keeps your Feet Warm
Are your boots or tennis shoes not holding enough warmth for your feet during the winter season? Take the soles of your shoes or boots and apply duct tape around them. You can also try putting some duct tape inside the boot or shoe with the shiny side up. The adhesive should hold it in place pretty well, and the tape acts as insulation to help keep your feet warm. You’ll be surprised how much warmer your insulated shoes keep your feet.
You might have heard the rumors that duct tape can remove warts. It’s true! Keeping the tape over the wart for several days removes any oxygen that the wart needs. Don’t allow air or water to get on the wart by covering the area with plastic wrap when taking a bath or shower. Within a week or so you could be wart-free!
Use Duct Tape to Repair Broken Windows
Until you can get your window replaced, a few inches of duct tape can keep your window from breaking any further. It can also keep you safe from any more pieces of glass breaking off when you go to repair it. This solution should be a real help in extreme weather, hot or cold, so the air doesn’t escape your home until the window glass can be replaced.
Catch Flies or Other Insects
At some point during the year, you may come across flies or other insects in your home. Strands of duct tape hanging in strategic locations in your home can become like a magnet for them. Duct tape can help you catch those annoying crickets and other crawling things in your garage or basement too. Place some duct tape along the floor next to the wall where the critters usually travel.
Prevents Scuff Marks On Wooden Floors
Do you have wooden floors at home that get scuffed easily? It’s aggravating when you see long scratches and scuffs all across your floor. You can apply small amounts of duct tape to the end of the legs on chairs and bases on other furniture pieces to keep them from scratching your wood floors in your home ever again. It can also make it easier to move heavy pieces when they need to be relocated in your house since they will slide more easily.
You can create a shelter that keeps you from being exposed to the elements by simply having duct tape and trash bags present. While it might not be as ideal as having a tent, these two together can be a lifesaver. You’ll need some branches or poles to create the frame, but the duct tape can also be used to hold those together.
Brace Cracked Ribs and Other Medical Uses
Until you can get medical attention, using several inches of it to create a brace for cracked ribs will do the trick. Make sure that you’re wearing a smaller shirt so you can apply the duct tape around your torso tightly. You may want to wrap the duct tape over the clothes until you can get proper medical attention since it could prove to be painful when it comes time to pull the tape off if applied directly to your skin, just like it often is when you pull a bandage off.
You can use duct tape to hold a brace in place if you sprain or break an arm, leg, finger, etc. The strength of the duct tape should help provide the stability you need to hold the affected area in place until professional help is available.
This also applies to your ankle or wrist that may be injured and need to be stabilized for a short period. Remember to always seek professional help when you can get it.
Using duct tape as a bandage was one of the original purposes of duct tape out on the battlefield. It can be used as a temporary bandage. Simply apply cotton, tissue, or paper towel to your wound, and hold it in place with the tape.
You can also use duct tape to make a sling if your arm or shoulder are injured. Make a large loop with the tape based on the size needed to hold the arm in place and not flop around causing more damage.
If you get blisters on your feet when out hiking or camping consider using duct tape to hold the tissue or gauze in place. Don’t ever put the tape next to the blister itself since you may end up tearing the skin. Note that the tape can also act as an insulator or cushion until you can get home and take care of the blister.
It would be great if we all knew how to put stitches in a wound. The stitches hold the wound together so the body’s natural healing process can take place while keeping dirt and germs out of the open sore. Here is where duct tape can truly come in handy. The adhesive makeup of duct tape can help hold the wound shut until you have access to your doctor or a clinic where true stitches can be put in place.
The tape also covers the wound so unwanted materials and germs can’t get inside. Coupled with an antiseptic ointment you should always have handy, you have the best of both worlds.
Duct Tape Can Repair a Tent
If you have a rip, tear or hole in your tent, a few inches of it will fix the problem. Being out in the weather makes it hard for the tape adhesive to last very long, but duct tape can certainly tide you over for a few nights if necessary.
Often tent poles get broken in transport to your favorite camping spot or when setting up the tent. Duct tape can provide a temporary solution until the pole(s) can be replaced. If you can find a piece of wood or tree branch to help brace the pole before applying the tape you’ll have a more successful result.
Mark told me of a time his fishing pole was broken in a hail storm while on a Scout trip in Idaho. He wishes he’d had some duct tape to repair the fishing pole. He and his dad always took duct tape with them after that experience.
Repair or Temporarily Hem Clothing
If you have a rip or tear in your clothing you can apply a few inches of duct tape on the inside of your shirt or pants with the sticky side against your clothes. When you put the two pieces together, it should be hardly noticeable.
You can also hem your pants temporarily by folding the fabric underneath and using duct tape to hold it.
Duct Tape Removes Lint
Isn’t it great when you’re in a hurry to make it somewhere and your white button-down shirt is covered in lint, while the lint roller is nowhere to be found?
Great news! Simply use a piece of duct tape to get remove the lint. It will also remove pet hair from your clothing or furniture if you have a cat or dog that sheds heavily.
Needing to blend in with the fall foliage? Create a camouflage covering using only duct tape, trash bags, and leaves. Your presence may go totally unnoticed this way.
Handcuff an Intruder
Heaven forbid if someone were to ever break in your home, but you need to have some way to subdue them. You can use a few inches of the tape to create temporary handcuffs and tape them to a chair for extra protection until the police get there.
Fix a Hole in Your Boat
If you have a minor hole in your boat, duct tape can help temporarily solve that problem too. Place a piece of it over the hole on the outside surface of the boat. Again, this is a temporary solution to the leaking issue.
If you’re at home when you discover the leak, take a hairdryer to heat it up so that the stickiness melts enough to then attach securely onto your boat. Make sure that you press down firmly all over it so that it sets properly.
Leaking Air Ducts and Other Repairs Around Your Home
It goes without saying, it can be used to repair the air ducts in your home that may have developed leaks. Note that over time it may get too hot for extended periods and lose its adhesion. Plan on a more permanent solution so you don’t have to get up in your attic every year to perform new repairs.
Storing Duct Tape
It’s very important that you store it in a proper place or it will last no more than one year. That’s because when it’s left in hot surroundings the adhesiveness wears out.
Sunlight also can tamper with the life of your stored duct tape.
Your best bet is storing it in a dark, cool and dry place, the cooler the better. Some people even put their stash of it in storage bags and tuck them away in the freezer.
Are you surprised by how many tasks duct tape can accomplish? Which of these surprised you the most?
If you’ve found a number of other reasons and uses for this awesome product, let us know what you’ve discovered by leaving a comment below. May God bless this world, Linda