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Subject: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 09:17 PM

Let's face it...duct tape is great stuff. You can do all kinds of neat things with it. So, let's get it off the Bushwhacked thread and give it a thread of its own, I say!

I challenge the Mudcat to come up with 99 excellent uses for duct tape, starting with the next post...

Go to it.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: CarolC
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 09:22 PM

What can't you do with duct tape, is what I'd like to know!

(Love duct tape)


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: John Hardly
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 09:36 PM

I have and use different colors of duct tape and have used it to:
decorate a cake,
make a ukelele strap,
fix a soccer cleat,
make a greeting card,
frame a picture,
mark dog agility obstacles,

I also have a neice in the duct tape supply biz (makes her my favorite) and she feeds my habit.


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Matt_R
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 09:37 PM

Reminds me of Joe from News Radio! Homemade duct tape.


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: catspaw49
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 09:41 PM

Well, first off, you can sing and talk about it as we did on this thread. Or you can visit Ol' Red hisself and order up some of his "Duct It Yourself" tapes and do some projects, like making a satellite dish out of an old patio umbrella, empty chip bags, and, of couse, duct tape.

Those will put you well over a hundred and if they only hit 99, wrap yourself up in it and do a half gainer into a McGill crapper.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Justa Picker
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 09:43 PM

- attitude enhancer (for younger children)
- chastity maintenance (and contraception) - unsightly hair removal (for Cletus, Paw and the Reg Boys)


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 09:47 PM

"A half gainer"??? What's that? You should know that we never do anthing by halves in Orillia...

I should think you could use it to contain an unwanted attack of flatulence...for a while, that is. Even duct tape has its breaking point.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: CarolC
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 09:49 PM

wrap yourself up in it and do a half gainer into a McGill crapper.

You mean like this guy did?


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Matt_R
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 09:49 PM

Michael Feldman, on NPR's Whaddya Know? said that duct tape was good for re-attaching severed iguana tails.


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 10:00 PM

Carol - That guy is about to do a half gainer into the parking lot, not the McGill.

Matt - is the iguana tail supposed to reattach itself and stay alive? Doesn't sound too likely to me...

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 10:01 PM

Well, my mailbox was leaning over very badly. Then the ground froze, so it was OK for the winter. Then it snowed and a plow knocked off the box and the wood bits holding it onto the main post. I couldn't get the nails out, and couldn't shove them back in the holes. It's duct taped up there now, and is very solid. This is much better than the "bucket stuck on a snowbank" method that some guy on my street used.


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: catspaw49
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 10:04 PM

Almost Carol, but in a half-gainer you'd be head first and facing the rear.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: KT
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 10:10 PM

Repair an eight inch hole in a canoe that got a little too close to the campfire on a five day wilderness trek. Did the trick, saved miles on the bailing arm, and got the paddlers back to civilization in two days!!!


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 10:11 PM

No, Spaw - she'd be head first facing the front, unless you add a half twist in.


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 10:23 PM

Jeri's post is the best use so far.

For all aspiring luthiers, using duct tape is the simplest way to glue up a bookmatched guitar top. Lay the two halves side by side and stretch strips of duct tape across them. Then open them up and apply the glue. Then fold them back again, and place a weight on top, just enough to keep from springimg up. The duct tape will provide just the right amount of clamping pressure.

btw, the stuff you buy in hardware stores nowadays is crap. You can still get "real" duct tape from specialist suppliers, like Veritas and Woodcraft.

Murray


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: MMario
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 10:37 PM

whwen the seams in our travel trailer sprung open crossing the mojave desert back in '63 Dad pieced it together with duct tape.

And in ren-faire circles duct tape is used to make patterns for both bodices and tights.


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: sophocleese
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 10:42 PM

Repairing plastic swords
Attaching a trailing cord to the wall
Keeping a diaper on a toddler
Neatening up old instrument cases....lots of things it can be used for.


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Sorcha
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 10:58 PM

repairing SCA armor
building SCA armor
tent repair
putting a reading light on a bed headboard
taping car doors shut when the latch is broken
wrapping presents--cover the sucker completely, har har
taping mic lines, etc. to the floor during a gig
wrist brace when you forget yours......carpal tunnel, ya know
and, not least, as an Elizabethan "breast binder"--OVER an ace bandage, mind you!!!


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Matt_R
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 11:03 PM

We had some natty Camoflaged duct tape in Okinawa...we used it to cover a hole in our van's muffler!


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Bill D
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 11:15 PM

patched tears in my shop-vac's 4" hose...kept a pin in place on a spinning chuck on my lathe...sealed leaky doors in winter...held powers cords down across an aisle at a craft show....and 47 other uses..

AND....back in college, I worked for the Building & Grounds dept. as a student flunky...and I actually helped the Air conditioning crew...*SEAL DUCTS!*..yep...I taped ducts!.....


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Matt_R
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 11:19 PM

I used some in a CA project dealing with a visual analysis of type & image variations...and got an A for it!


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Naemanson
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 11:21 PM

Contrary to Joel Mabus' song you CAN'T use it to patch a broken heart.

But I have used it for most of the above uses. Except as a breast binder. I wouldn't like to see any breast bound!


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Matt_R
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 11:24 PM

Breasts Unbound! What a great name for an all-female bawdy song group!


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Sorcha
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 11:24 PM

Forgot one--use it at the roller rink to tape hairy male calves together (as a prank) Said hairy legged male whipped out his handy Spyderco pocket knife and whacked it right off......also whacked his calf 6" long and nearly to the bone........43 stitches. It's a Bubba Luke thing........he laughed all the way to ER, while they stitched up his leg,all night until the REAL PAIN set in the next day............bubbas are nutso!


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Bill D
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 11:29 PM

and all around the world...headband

and Prarie Home Companion

and!...perhaps the ultimate site...art...or what passes for art in some places


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Sorcha
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 11:31 PM

Well, Bill, I think that just about says it all.......


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: rangeroger
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 12:03 AM

Back when I was racing, we were at Phoenix Raceway where my team mate, Bobbie Cooper threw a rod in her G production MG Midget during practice.She was racing for National points,so it was important that she run in the race.We went out on the track and picked up the pieces of the engine block that were knocked out by the rod, took them back to the pits, and put the engine back together with duct tape.

We had pulled the damaged rod pieces and piston out of the engine,pulled the push rods to the affected cylinder so the valves wouldn't operate and pullled the spark plug wire off.We then cleaned the block parts thoroughly and placed them in their respective positions like a jigsaw puzzle. and then put a lot of duct on the block.

We had an amazed audience of tech inspectors,various track officials,and assorted other racers and mechanics all telling us it would never work and the engine would never run.

All were extremely surprised when not only did the engine fire and run,Bobbie actually made three laps in the race before bringing it in.

The vibration was so great with only 3 of the 4 reciprocating pieces going that the car was pretty much undriveable.

rr


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Mountain Dog
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 12:18 AM

Sorry I can't supply attribution where it is due, but someone once hit the nail on the head with the observation that "Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup is the duct tape of home cooking"!


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: GUEST,Larry
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 01:30 AM

When my brother went to college all he wanted was duct tape. According to him "If it cant be fixed with duct tape, it aint worth fixin'"


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Sorcha
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 01:35 AM

Larry, your brother forgot baling wire.....aka "balin' whar" and binder twine........I'll bet, with them three thangs, Paw and the Boyz really could fix anything! (A little coffee don't hurt, neither.....)


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Iguanaguy
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 07:38 AM

Okay, heer goze:

Duct Tape is like The Force...it has a light side, and a dark side...and holds the Universe together!

...Couldn't resist...

Mark V. 8:)


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 08:00 AM

Now is "duct tape" the same as "masking tape", which is basically tough waterproof paper, and which is useful for every purpose under heaven? Or is it that plasticised stuff that I can't manage to use without tearing my teeth out and destroying my fingernails?


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: GUEST,Matt_R
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 08:03 AM

McGrath, it's the tough, thick, extremely stick silver-metallic tape with the fibers running through it.


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 08:13 AM

My friend swears she used it to provide uplifting bra-less support when wearing a strapless formal dress. You run the tape from one side of the breasts underneath to the other side so it squishes them together and pushes them up. Apparently it's a supermodel technique. Cheaper than a wonderbra.


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: RichM
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 08:15 AM

my bandmate has a favorite pair of comfortable slippers--held together with-you guessed it: duct tape!
I had thought of buying him a new pair as a gift. But then I decided it's more appropriate to simply gift him a new roll of duct tape...

Rich


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 08:21 AM

Fibula... I too have a friend who uses tape in that way... Though she used parcel tape... silly thing didn't think as far as having to take the stuff off again.... But she swears by it. ouch!

Hey... Fibula... arn't you in Bristol.....? Well I'm just on the other side of the Severn Bridge.... perhaps, nah... can't be a co-incidence... nah...hmm

I use duct tape to attach my mic to my boom stand, as I have lost the little gadget bit that should be used to attach my mic to the stand... hmmm Ella


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Micca
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 09:07 AM

kevin Duct tape in American= Gaffer tape in UK and is a force to be reckoned with, We Repaired a Giant( 12 feet tall figure) in a procession and it held all the way with no ptob, and we have repaired giants clothing too


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 09:28 AM

Yeah, I'm in Bristol, Ella, but my friend's back in Belfast. That'd would've made a nice co-incidence though. Evidently the duct-tape-bosom-lifting practice is more widespread than I imagined!


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 09:33 AM

It is... though personally I have never tried it...

There's not much call for halter neck tops, strapless gowns or similar clothing to be worn at the sessions I tend to go to... So don't feel the need.

Ella


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: GUEST,Matt_R
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 10:05 AM

All this talk about Fib & Ella's breasts is starting to make me think I need a cold shower!


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 10:07 AM

awww Bless Matt... you poor thing, go and have a cold shower...

Lol

Calm down matey


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: MMario
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 10:10 AM

it also works well in making 3D maps or dioramas.

It can be substituted for flypaper.


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 10:17 AM

heh heh heh Matt - I haven't tried it yet. I never have occasion to wear the only strapless dress I own, and when I do, I'll need the duct tape to hold the damn thing up.


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: mousethief
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 11:16 AM

If you're putting your instrument cases on the airplane through the luggage check, wrap around the whole case and cover all the latches with at least 2 layers of tape. This will make them less likely to pop open and get torn off in handling.

As soon as you touch down and reclaim your instrument, unwind it and throw it away (the tape, I mean) -- less likely to leave marks on the case the shorter a time it's on there.

Alex


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Kim C
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 11:39 AM

We have used it to temporarily repair reenacting clothes. One night as we were walking out the door to something, my hoop skirt popped and I used duct tape to fix it. That same night, Mister used it to hem his trousers as he had not yet finished sewing them. :-)


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 01:35 PM

I thought that might be it. Masking tape is the stuff for me - putting up notices, cleaning surfaces, holding any kind of temporary repair together (for example while the Araldite sets), and a million other uses. And you can take it off as soon as you want without any hassle. And it doesn't leave any marks or damage normally, so you can use it on guitars holding the cheat sheet on etc.


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: MMario
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 01:41 PM

ah! I'd forgotten about that! temporary repairs to breeches seams during a play - had about 30 seconds to repair a major split on an actor...


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: enkd
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 02:26 PM

  • Once, while babysitting, I used little strips of duct tape to fasten a disposable diaper when the little adhesive strips didn't work. (parents were surprised, but as Vermonters, they appreciated the resourcefulness)
  • Many, many repairs to canvas Converse Chuck Taylors
  • Repaired MAJOR holes in a ski bag which has survived several plane trips since
  • Made DOZENS of ski ties (to hold a pair of skis together, base-to-base... one loop with the sticky side out covered with another loop, sticky side in)
  • And my favorite...last Halloween, I constructed a scale-mail shirt entirely out of old CD-ROMs and duct tape...


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Amergin
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 02:37 PM

A couple of years back, my little brother made a wallet soley out of duct tape.....he had it until some bastard stole it from his gym locker at school, a couple of weeks ago....


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Subject: RE: BS - 99 great uses for Duct Tape!!!
From: Bill D
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 03:10 PM

now in the USA, "duct tape" and "gaffers tape" are different products...similar, but use different adhesive and fiber. Stage hands and roadies would not DREAM of using duct tape to fasten cables to pillars or floors..etc...it leaves residue and does not tear the same way..Gaffers tape is not usually an off-the-shelf item in stores, and is more expensive.

also, McGrath..there's another UK/American difference in terminology..... 'Araldite' is unknown here...we say 'epoxy'....Araldite seems to be both a brand name and a general class of adhesives called "epoxy resins"...but in the UK, it has become synonomous with one company's products.


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