Skip to comments.25 Survival Uses For Duct Tape
Posted on 04/02/2013 7:08:27 PM PDT by Kartographer
1. Repairing a cracked water bottle or a pierced hydration bladder. A little strip of DT is the next best thing to a bandage for an ailing water vessel. Just dry the surface before you try to tape your patch in place, most forms of duct tape dont stick to wet surfaces.
2. Survival arrow fletching. Tear off a few 5-inch pieces, and a long edge of one piece to the arrow shaft, fold the tape lengthwise, and stick the other long edge of that piece to the arrow. Repeat this process one or two more times; trim the vanes to shape with your knife; and you will have a serviceable arrow fletching. 3. Butterfly bandage strips. Cut two small strips of DT, and add a smaller strip across their centers (sticky side to sticky side) to create a makeshift butterfly suture. 4. Make cordage. Twist one or several lengths of duct tape into a cord or rope.
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I’ll probably be the only one here to say this, but I don’t like the stuff, and have regretted using it in the past as it leaves it’s sticky residue and only delays things or makes them worse.
I don’t even carry it on my work truck, as a repairman, I have never found it useful and eventually quit even keeping it at all.
I can see having some and carrying a little in a survival kit, but I think people should in general avoid it around the house.
I used it to patch a hole in an old kayak that was starting to break down. That bugger held up for a long time, til the kayak was just plain junk and thrown out. :o)
I remember a NASCAR race from years ago, everyone was getting banged up and taping the bodies together left and right. The race was nicknamed The Duct Tape 500.
Works great to hold your heat ducts together.
I could say the same thing about at least one ex-wife.
Ain’t exactly prepper but when you move your cactus to the patio this spring and get spines in your hands, duct tape applied adhesive side down to spines on your hands and pulled off quickly will make short work of them.
I use it as Moleskin.
Sticks to my foot or toes and ankles on the one side and slips against the shoe or boot on the other.
Can’t tell you how many knew and Kewel shoes I’ve bought and instantly had problems with. I currently have on a pair of Vans that rub my middle, on my right foot raw. I forget they do this but, once I feel it I slap a piece of tape over it and no problemohs
Only 23? I guess they never watched “The Red Green Show”.
Emergency candle or firestarter.
Duct tape and a stick can fix a broken hiking pole
Duct tape and the end of a foam sleeping pad can help a too large backpack lap belt fit a too skinny Boy Scout better
Duct tape, the handyman’s secret weapon
When all else fails, switch to power tools.
I’m a man, I can change, if I have to, I guess.
If women don’t find you handsome, at least they can find you handy.
All Red Green quotes
I miss Red, Harold and the gang at Possum Lodge
Here is an airplane taped back together after a bear tore it up.
Ill probably be the only one here to say this, but I dont like the stuff, and have regretted using it in the past as it leaves its sticky residue and only delays things or makes them worse.
Really? I’m thinking of 5-6 things around my house that are duct taped. Perhaps I could have taken more time and repaired it correctly. But it was either DT it or throw it away.
I did buy a new garden hose to replace the one I duct taped. But I haven’t opened it yet. The DT hose works ok.
Gorilla tape is what duct tape wants to be when it grows up. Like Gorilla glue on a roll.
I have a duct tape wallet. The chicks dig it. Until they find out it’s empty.
At my daughter’s wedding, the Best Man rented a tux and the pants legs were too long, so we hemmed them with duct tape.
Ummm... Which part? The residue, the delay, or the worsening?
Or is it a three-fer?
I just had a sick vision of taping someone’s head like a turban, that would hurt on removal.
The Obnoxious Teenage Daughter:
THE ASPIRING SUPER-HERO:
Duct Tape is OK, but EB Green is meaner than cat ****!!
I used it to fix rain coats temporarily. That’s about all it’s good for.
The sticky residue cleans off quickly and easily with a spray of WD40. The solvent nature of that product softens and dissolves glues, like the labels attached to glass jars which you want to reuse.
I used it to get a deflated truck tire back on a rim at 2AM. Pushed tire in to seal along inner rim, used duct tape to temporarily close the gap between tire and outer rim. Add air from *big* commercial compressor (able to deliver a lot of air fast) and viola...
200 mph tape!
Hey! Great idea!.....I admit I’m a duck tape user. Works great positioning pictures you’re hanging. Also putting together a temporary kitty shelter.....and the list goes on.
Thanks for hint!
Gorilla tape is pricey, but it is what duct tape wanted to be when it grew up!
Holy carp! GMTA!
I posted before I read your comment.
Just never use it on an actual duct....
Anything for you, m’Lady. Finished the move yet?
I prefer ‘De-solv-it’ for household use, although I am not a fan of WD-40, I do use it for cleaning things around the truck when I am out and about, including my hands sometimes.
By the way, for those single guys who are mystified and annoyed by the residue from badly peeled labels and such, they should know that your trick with WD-40, or a label removing product that costs 3 dollars and lasts forever, will change their life.
While duct tape has its uses, there is something else that has great versitility...the various construction adhesives, such as Liquid Nails and competitive products. This family of products will work wonders in patching, sealing, and bonding. Water storage containers can be sealed permanently with these. Some allow wet, treated lumber to be bonded. And they are cost effective for repairs/projects that need to last.
Have you noticed how many glass bottle/jarred foods have a rubber ring inside the metal lid? ... Yes, they do reseal once cleaned properly and ‘cooked’ in a pressure cooker or canner. I have a few jars of something my son brewed up last Christmas that still have the ‘dimple’ in the lid from sealing. Opened one a week ago and it was just like the day it was canned up.
Oh gosh no....fell through entirely! The landlord finally got the woman out of the rental property but not til Jan. .....so I scraped the idea altogether. It’s still empty but he’s going to remodel it or connect it to his current business. He’ll let me know which way it goes once he decides, but I’m not holding my breath on it.
At any rate...am still here in my cozy place...and that’s just fine for now. Thanks for asking though. Trust you are well and cats too?
Now THAT is funny! lol