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11 Surprising Uses for Duct Tape

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11 Surprising Uses for Duct Tape


What’s one tool you can always find aboard a space shuttle — that you likely also have in your home? Duct tape! This sturdy, reliable tape, originally called “duck tape” when it was first manufactured in early 20th century, has a number of great uses. We may not be astronauts, but duct tape is just as useful around the house. Click through to check out some great ways to use duct tape.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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7:21PM PDT on Jun 15, 2013

I like duct tape, but gee does it look tacky

11:50PM PDT on May 20, 2013


12:46PM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

This is a great product with so many uses.

12:43PM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

nothing surprises me after seeing mythbusters.

12:38PM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

Thank you! It works well on a vacuum hose. (P, T)

10:38AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

'Duct tape' tends to be short lived; it's excellent for very temporary use but should not actually be use for permanent construction like sealing forced-air ducts. They make foil tape for that. 'Gaffer tape' is a much longer lived cloth back tape, named for its use as makeshift cable protection in music concerts and theatre by 'gaffers', the stage hands responsible for setting up the concert electronics. Gaffer tape is also much more weather resistant than duct tape.

8:13AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013


7:22AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

duct tape is awesome and comes in some pretty cool colors and prints these days...who would have thought lol

5:42AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013


5:17PM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Who doesn't love duct tape :)

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