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ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Internetmeme » Mon May 04, 2009 1:10 am UTC

That's right. Duct Tape-invented in WWII, it is possible the most useful substance known to man.

I have made two different things with it:
A guitar strap for my 1980's Peavey Patriot, which works awesome (referring to the strap)
A holder for my remote, which I have tacked onto a wall shelf

So, does anyone else do cool things with duct tape?
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Mr Jack » Mon May 04, 2009 1:19 am UTC

You could use it as a totally excessive alternative to sellotape.

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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Simbera » Mon May 04, 2009 1:27 am UTC

Off the top of my head, I have used it to make a wallet (which apparently is pretty common) to dampen the sound of my kick-drum on my old drum kit, and to repair my shoes.

The shoe-repair did not go well.

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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Internetmeme » Mon May 04, 2009 1:39 am UTC

Instead of repairing your shoes, why not make a moccasin kind of thing?

And while you're at it, make a shirt and pants out of duct tape...

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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Orca » Mon May 04, 2009 1:41 am UTC

I tried to use duct tape to convert a skateboard into a hoverboard.
I also use it to repair chairs.
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby tetracontakaidigon » Mon May 04, 2009 1:43 am UTC

I made a dress out of duct tape in eighth grade! (I think there was a thread about it) I also have a bag made of duct tape which I use when I need a purse for things. And a strap for my Frets on Fire keyboard. And some gauntlets. And I started to make an aluminum-foil-and-duct-tape Faraday case for my laptop but never finished it...
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Internetmeme » Mon May 04, 2009 2:11 am UTC

Hmm....
Maybe I could use duct tape and some tin foil to make a parabola to refloc wi-fi into my laptop!

Last time I did that with foil it improved the connection by about 3x, so maybe it would work on my thinkpad with an antenna inside the screen half.
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Mous » Mon May 04, 2009 2:42 am UTC

I have a duct tape wallet. Money sometimes sticks inside it, which is convenient if you're trying not to spend too much.
I use gaff tape in theatre. It's expensive but nice because it's not all disgusting when you pull it off and it's not shiny like duct tape.

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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby asad137 » Mon May 04, 2009 5:34 am UTC

My personal favorite duct tape is Nashua 357 white duct tape. It's super strong, plus it's certified by NASA to use on high-altitude balloon payloads. Probably one of the few duct tapes out there with measured optical-absorptance-to-infrared-emittance ratios.

EDIT: In case it wasn't clear, we make SCIENCE with it.

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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby J the Ninja » Mon May 04, 2009 5:53 am UTC

Gaff tape is way, way better than duct tape. Not only does it come up cleanly, it's much easier to tear off the roll, and it doesn't feel all weird and waxy on your fingers.

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Oh yeah.....it's expensive. As in, like $15-$25 for a 60yd roll.
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby abitha » Mon May 04, 2009 8:32 am UTC

I fixed my favourite shoes with it.

And made a sword for a pirate costume out of it.

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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Gentlelady » Mon May 04, 2009 8:50 am UTC

Before I got the car I drive now, I fixed everything my old 99 Jetta with it. At one point I had my bumper taped up with it. It was a junker of a car but duct tape made it drivable until I could get it fixed.
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby guyy » Mon May 04, 2009 11:44 am UTC

Mandatory (and educational!).

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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Nemphael » Mon May 04, 2009 11:51 am UTC

... is this the tape the Romans used to build their water transportation systems?

Anyway, I need to get a roll. Or two. Or many. Barrel o' rolls!

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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby hack124x768 » Mon May 04, 2009 1:53 pm UTC

I used it to repair a coolant leak while off-roading. Surprisingly, it lasted over 200 miles before I went ahead and expoxy'd the hole. Stupid closed cooling system with a pressure bottle...
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby abitha » Mon May 04, 2009 10:27 pm UTC

Oh, i also fixed our washing machine with it.

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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby It Should Be Real » Mon May 04, 2009 10:32 pm UTC

Haha, how? What was wrong with it? (other than it not having enough duct tape) :roll:

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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby d33p » Mon May 04, 2009 10:33 pm UTC

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Also, I hear it's good for connecting pipe ducts.
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby abitha » Mon May 04, 2009 10:51 pm UTC

It Should Be Real wrote:Haha, how? What was wrong with it? (other than it not having enough duct tape) :roll:


I assume that was at me?

Ok, i didn't exactly "fix the washing machine". The waste pipe from the machine comes out and connects to a pipe under the sink in our kitchen, and one time when my housemate's washing was halfway done, the two pipes parted company and started spraying dirty water all over the inside of the cupboard. Rather irritating. Duct tape is what now prevents them from doing so again. :)

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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby It Should Be Real » Mon May 04, 2009 11:02 pm UTC

Yes, that was you. :) A similar thing happened to us, only we didn't have any duct tape to hand and ended up with a rapidly growing puddle until the water was switched off at the mains so things could be fixed. It was an interesting day, to say the least.
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby invisibl » Mon May 04, 2009 11:25 pm UTC

According to olde lore

Duct tape is one half of a repair Kit:

The saying goes
If it moves and it shouldnt then Duct Tape
If it Doesnt move and it should then WD40

Perhaps this refers to Gaffer Tape which is possibly even more awesome but I am sure in a pinch that the use of Duct would be acceptable!

I have also heard of gaffer tape being refered to as the Force.

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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby suffer-cait » Mon May 04, 2009 11:36 pm UTC

gaff tape is also more resistant to water.
once, when i sliced my hand open at the theatre, i gaffed my hand instead of going and getting stitches (which i really needed)
it healed fine. though i have a scar that may have been otherwise less prominent.
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Mous » Mon May 04, 2009 11:56 pm UTC

suffer-cait wrote:gaff tape is also more resistant to water.
once, when i sliced my hand open at the theatre, i gaffed my hand instead of going and getting stitches (which i really needed)
it healed fine. though i have a scar that may have been otherwise less prominent.

I've done that. I also broke my finger and used a pencil and gaff tape to splint it.
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Dimetrodon » Tue May 05, 2009 12:57 am UTC

DUCT TAAAAAPE
To date I have made:
-Too many wallets to count
-Bookmarks
-Bike Panniers
-Shoes (with cardboard soles and heels, though, but amazingly comfortable. I wear them to school sometimes.)
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Simbera » Tue May 05, 2009 4:17 am UTC

Internetmeme wrote:Instead of repairing your shoes, why not make a moccasin kind of thing?

And while you're at it, make a shirt and pants out of duct tape...

...I know what I'm doing this summer!


Because what I did was, there were holes in the soles of my shoes and water kept getting in, so I used duct tape to seal them up again. This sealed it perfectly and worked well...for about an hour. Then the constant friction of walking wore the tape away to nothing and I was left soggy-toed again.

So I'd hate to think what would happen to a pair of shoes made entirely of the stuff. I'd be barefoot in well under a day.

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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Zeroignite » Tue May 05, 2009 4:33 am UTC

Dimetrodon wrote:DUCT TAAAAAPE
To date I have made:
-Too many wallets to count
-Bookmarks
-Bike Panniers
-Shoes (with cardboard soles and heels, though, but amazingly comfortable. I wear them to school sometimes.)
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Dimetrodon » Tue May 05, 2009 4:56 am UTC

I'm a girl and I don't live around there, but he sounds cool.
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Mmmm, Pi » Tue May 05, 2009 10:38 am UTC

I've used it to fix quite a number of broken tent poles, I've splinted somebody's leg with it and an umbrella, I've made a pair of gloves with it for a stage costume for a friend, I've used lots of rolls of gaffa when teching and many other things I can't be bothered to write down.
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Internetmeme » Wed May 06, 2009 8:18 pm UTC

Yeah, in Scouts when I was earning my First Aid badge a few years ago, they taught us that if you have duct tape, use it instead of rope when splinting a wound.

Then last summer I was wrapped up in a cocoon of duct tape, in a non-sexual way.
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Feer » Wed May 06, 2009 8:55 pm UTC

I fixed a rip in my air bed thingy using duct tape. It worked quite nice at first but the pressure seems to be too much for this lil piece of tape to hold in the pressure when I move around on the bed. It's quite handy stuff, I just need to get more of it.
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby abitha » Thu May 07, 2009 12:48 am UTC

Internetmeme wrote:Then last summer I was wrapped up in a cocoon of duct tape, in a non-sexual way.


I don't believe you.

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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Mous » Thu May 07, 2009 2:48 am UTC

Just today I made a hammock out of duct tape, which hangs some 23 (I think) feet above the ground.
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby abitha » Thu May 07, 2009 3:51 pm UTC

23 feet? That's a long way up! Where does it hang from?

But duct-tape hammock is clearly made of win.

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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Quadropus » Thu May 07, 2009 4:09 pm UTC

abitha wrote:23 feet? That's a long way up! Where does it hang from?

But duct-tape hammock is clearly made of win.


Duct tape is now defined as pure win :D

I have made numerous wallets, for me and various other people.
Fixed pretty much everything I own that has broken at some point.
Used it as decoration on my bubble wrap suit.
Made an ipod case.
Used as grip for a skateboard, the shiney side is a shit load grippier than varnished wood...
Bound a book with the stuff.

And various other small bits and pieces.

I do rather like the shoe idea though... I might have to mutilate my flip-flops for the sole and make a pair :p
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby MrPopinjay » Thu May 07, 2009 5:02 pm UTC

I think we should all pool our various duct tape related designs and make a database on how to make stuff with duct tape.

I've made a sheaf for a knife, a lamp shade and it's the only reason my battered phone still works. :D
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Quadropus » Thu May 07, 2009 9:07 pm UTC

MrPopinjay wrote:I think we should all pool our various duct tape related deigns and make a database on how to make stuff with duct tape.

I've made a sheaf for a knife, a lamp shade and it's the only reason my battered phone still works. :D

Oh yes, I forgot about fixing my phone...

The battery used to be dodgy and come out all the time, duct tape solved the problem - as per usual!

The same goes for my calculator. Someone suggested that it was there purely to look snazzy (yes, that as well...) but it is making it work!
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby rath358 » Sun May 10, 2009 9:35 pm UTC

oh, yeah, thats nothing:
yes, that is an airplane wing.
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Quadropus » Sun May 10, 2009 9:38 pm UTC

rath358 wrote:oh, yeah, thats nothing:
yes, that is an airplane wing.

I am sure I speak for most here when I say that I am suitably impressed.
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Zer088 » Mon May 11, 2009 3:23 pm UTC

rath358 wrote:oh, yeah, thats nothing:
yes, that is an airplane wing.


that is actually aluminum foil tape, alot more sticky and kinda stronger, but easier to tear with your hands. I've seen it on a few of the general aviation airplanes i fly.
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Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Postby Internetmeme » Tue May 12, 2009 10:31 pm UTC

That's...actually quite scary.
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