Duct tape is a must-have in every household. From minor fixes to full-on duct tape creations, this durable and sturdy tape has a myriad of uses. Some of its applications have even been known to save lives. For example, the Apollo 13 mission would have been doomed without duct tape. On the troubled mission, duct tape was used to fix lithium hydroxide canisters that are meant to remove the CO2 emissions from the ship. Now duct tape is a requirement on every mission.
But, let’s get into some practical (earthly) day-to-day uses for duct tape.
This is a hack every pet owner needs. Wrap some duct tape (sticky side up) over a paint roller. Viola! Now you have a home-made lint roller. If you don’t have a paint roller lying around, just get some duct tape, wrap it into a ring and tap it against your clothes to remove hair/fur.
Duct tape is designed to be super durable and completely water resistant. You can literally build an entire boat out of it. With just three 55-yard rolls of duct tape, eight cedar strips and a bottle of gorilla glue you can make your own kayak for less than $20.
Well, this is a temporary fix. But, say you’re out hiking in the wilderness and you get your arm mauled by a grizzly bear, you can keep things together with this duct tape butterfly bandage. Just cut little strips of duct tape and place them across the wound pulling it together.
Breaking in a new pair of shoes can be an excruciatingly painful experience. Duct tape can help, though. If you want to avoid blisters, put some gauze down on your feet where you typically form blisters and then cover it with duct tape. Now there won’t be any friction between skin and shoe.
If you’ve got hours upon hours of free time and are artistically inclined, there’s nothing you can’t create with duct tape. Duct tape prom dresses are all the rage, apparently. I mean, this one is particularly impressive and took about 200 hours to complete. Just look at that detailing around the neck.
This guy made a fully functional chair just using a 2X4 piece of wood, glue and duct tape. It may look a little flimsy, but he insists that it can hold over 225 lbs. This may take a while to complete, but if you consider yourself a handyman, you may want to try your hand at this one.
To keep those books protected from all the times you throw them angrily in your locker, or the school bully dumps them in the trash … there’s duct tape. This is also a good idea if you're reading some unsavory literature and don’t want anybody to know what it is.
Duct tape is a great tool to seal all those caulking products and prevent them from going to waste. I can’t even begin to count how many half-full and useless silicone sealers my dad has scattered over his garage.
If your kid just watched Pirates of the Caribbean for the first time and now obviously wants to become a pirate, duct tape can help. Just cut a sword shape out of cardboard and cover it with duct tape. Now you have an adorable little buccaneer.
We’ve all sprained our arms trying to open impossible pickle jars (I prefer pickles, so we’ll use that). Well, duct tape is an easy fix to that problem and it won’t lose its grip. Just wrap it around the top of the jar and leave some over for you to pull. Then, holding the jar steady with one hand, pull the duct tape to open to lid.