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!
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.
These are several ways to use it that you may have never heard about before.
Repair Leaking 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.
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’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 it, and within 6 days you could be wart-free!
Use Duct Tape to Repair Broken Windows
Until you can get your window replaced, a few inches of it 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.
Catch Flies or Other Insects
At some point during the year, you may come across flies or insects in your home. Strands of it hanging throughout your home will become like a magnet for them. Duct tape can help you catch those annoying crickets in your garage or basement too.
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 duct tape to the legs on chairs and bases on other furniture pieces to keep them from being a problem on wood floors in your home ever again. It can also make it easier to move the heavy pieces.
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.
Brace Cracked Ribs
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.
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.
Repair or Temporarily Hem Clothing
If you have a rip or tear in your clothing you can apply a few inches of it 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 it to get the lint out. It will also remove pet hair off your clothing 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.
Make a Bandage
This 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.
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 it 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 and make sure that no air bubbles are present.
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 In 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.
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. May God bless this world, Linda