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Duct Tape Tips for Halloween Costumes and Other Things Around the House

Updated on September 4, 2015

Don't Leave Home Without Your Duct Tape

Duct tape, or Duck Tape, which ever you prefer, is a versatile adhesive that fixes just about anything. Duct tape is a poplular North American favorite temporary fix it. Repair a leak, tape a hose in the engine, fix a toilet seat, shower, rain gutter, skylight, water hose, broken window, the list goes on and on.

Tim the Toolman Taylor uses the catch phrase, "If you can't fix it, 'duck it'". You hear stories told from all over America about how they used duct tape in their travels fixing items on their cars, boats, trailers, R.V.'s, inside the home, outside the home, on vacations, cross country trips, school books, on the job, first aid, prom fashion, and anywhere that needed a quick fix.

Duct Tape Bird Costume - Photo from pleasantmorningbuzz.com

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Make Your Halloween Costume out of Duct Tape

These days you need to be creative. Cool costumes can be made from duct tape. Try going to Micahels Craft Store, were you'll find multiple styles and colors of Halloween Duct Tape. They even have a Free tear off sheet with Duct Tape ideas for Halloween Costumes.

Royal Duct Tape Costumes - Photo from : http://space-academy.grc.nasa.gov/files/y2005/pictures.htm

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Batman Homemade Duct Tape Costume

The TV Screen in the Shower Fix it. DuctTape.com submission by James K. of New Jersey

The TV Screen in the Shower Fix it. DuctTape.com submission by James K. of New Jersey
The TV Screen in the Shower Fix it. DuctTape.com submission by James K. of New Jersey

Duct Tape Uses Around the Home - Always have a roll of duct tape handy.

  • Use duct tape as a temporary fix for most plumbing needs, especially in the shower or the toilet seat. It water proof and lasts a long time.
  • Fix a broken window until a new one can be purchsed.
  • Repair a vacuum hose with duct tape to keep the carpet clean.
  • Repair a garden hose.
  • Hold the roof together, especially in rough winds such as a tropical storm.
  • Garbage disposal leak.
  • Great fix for swimming pool liner.
  • Pet door trim. Allows the pooch to come in and out and keeps the draft out.
  • Seal an old rusty mailbox.
  • Seal cracks between the wood in the floor. In the winter and summer months save on your utility bill.

Duct Tape Uses on Road Trips

Don't leave home without it.

When planning any type of trip whether by car, boat, plane, or any other mode of transportation, plan on packing the duct tape. You never know when an incident or situation may arise and a quick fix is needed to keep you on your way.

Remember MacGyver?

MacGyver used to carry a flat piece of duct tape in his back pocket at all times.

May the Force Be With You

In a Star Wars reference, duct tape was likened to the Force, in that it "has a light side and a dark side, and it binds the Galaxy together".

Fix all kinds of Crack Repairs with Duck Tape

Go Green on Prom Night - Duck Products annual Prom Formal Wear Competition

Every year Duck Products holds a competition to see who can come up with the best prom fashion wear for prom night. Unique fashion designs are created completely out of colored duct tape. The students get pretty creative and if they win the competition they get a college scholarship. Going green in more ways than one.

Houston, We Have a Problem

NASA uses duct tape to get out of a tight situation.

In 1970, the square carbon dioxide filters from Apollo 13's failed command module had to be modified to fit round receptacles in the lunar module. The lunar module was being used as a lifeboat after an explosion en route to the moon. A workaround was made using duct tape and other items on board Apollo 13, with the ground crew relaying directions to the spacecraft and its crew. The lunar module CO2 scrubbers started working again, saving the lives of the three astronauts on board.

Keith Canfield, who designed the scrubber modification in just two days, said later that he knew the problem was solvable when it was confirmed that duct tape was on the spacecraft: "I felt like we were home free" he said in 2005. "One thing a Southern boy will never say is, 'I don't think duct tape will fix it.'"

Source: Wikipedia

Camouflage Duct Tape - Got Game?

This camouflage tape is perfect for fishing or hunting trips into the great outdoors. Make repairs on hunting and fishing items. It also looks really cool on just about anything. Add a little color to your repair.

Transparent Duct Tape - Hide your repairs - only you and your pipes will know for sure.

3M claims their transparent tape lasts longer than regular duct tape. It's also clear and will hide your repairs.

Is it Duct Tape or Duck Tape?

The origin of the name and whether we should call the adhesive duct tape or duck tape seems to still be a mystery. Some say that the first adhesive was made out of cotton duck and the term was coined by the soldiers in WWII because their tents and ponchos and other field items were made from cotton duck. Others say it is named duck tape because it has the same properties of a duck's plumage as being water tight.

Others say that the original term was duct tape and that the sound of duck tape and duct tape became intermixed and that there is no backing to the WWII story. There is also a company named Duck Products.

Who knows, all we do know is that it temporary fixes many things. Duct tape gets most people out of a bad situation. It usually does the trick on almost any instance whered two or more items need to come together. Duct tape also saves the day as a temporary fix for any type of leak. The next time that comfy, old armchair gets a tear, don't throw it out, just use duct tape.

Creative Uses for Duct Tape

The American popularity of the duct tape is showing through in the business world. Retailers are selling designer duct tape handbags, purses, belts and wallets through on-line retailers and some regular stores.

Duct Tape Wallets - Make your own.

Stores are selling them. Create your own for yourself or to give as a gift or to sell.

What's your craziest use of duct tape?

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Duct tape is a very useful thing. What would we do without it?