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How Far Can Duct Tape Go?


Today’s guest post is from Liz Nelson, and I’m thrilled with her theme – using Duck Tape® to fix and create things. She explores several diverse possessions where you can test its merits and fix instead of replace. Duck Tape is a versatile tool for salvaging all sorts of things around your home. I have found use repairing damaged furniture with decorative Duck Tape. Especially if you have damaged veneer. It’s easy to cover and even hold down loose veneer, while creating a fab new look for your furniture piece. You can read more about Duck Tape’s use on upcycling furniture in my book, Living Simple, Free & Happy: How to Simplify, Declutter Your Home, and Reduce Stress, Debt & Waste.

How Far Can Duct Tape Go?

Since the inception of duct tape, it has been used for far more reasons than simply holding the heating ducts together. This strong adhesive has been utilized in countless ways to promote its strength, durability, and integrity. While many may scoff at the usage this product has seen, you can’t argue with the success it has provided. If someone has anything that needs to be held together in order to be rendered as “repaired,” duct tape is the first thing on the minds of many. How far can you push the limits of one of the most used tools in the house?

1. Clothing Rips - There are many people in the world that can attest to using duct tape to fix rips in clothing. In most cases, this is a temporary solution that may help you get through the night without causing further damage to the material. However, there have been people who have developed entire articles of clothing out of duct tape. In fact, the brand “Duck Tape” offers an annual contest to high school students regarding who can make the most impressive prom outfit using nothing but the tape itself. Winners receive a scholarship worth a few thousand dollars.

2. Automotive Repair - Duct tape has been used from repairing many items on a motor vehicle from hoses to windshields. Although these repairs should be used as a temporary solution, its commonplace to see a vehicle driving down the road with some fixture held onto the structure by a few strips of the silver wonder. Headlights and taillights are some of the most common fixes, but some have gone to the extent of replacing entire body panels by covering up the damaged areas in a series of duct tape strips.

3. Shoes - Often times, people wear out the soles of their shoes and really can’t afford a new pair. Whether out of necessity or boredom, using duct tape to repair shoes has been a common practice for decades. Rips, tears, holes and more have been banded together by this innovative repair all item.

4. Windows - Windows can be extremely expensive to replace, especially if you don’t have the money in your budget. By applying duct tape to the hole, you not only provide a method in which to keep bugs and such out, but the tape itself will act as a form of sealant further reducing cracks and continued fractures. Again, this should be used more as a temporary solution, but it should give you comfort to know that duct tape can keep your pets from crawling out the window or making the damage worse.

5. Duct Tape Boat - One of the most amazing uses of duct tape is that of the boat created by the team at Myth Busters. Not only did the boat float, but it handled several swells of waves that were much higher than the boat itself. Although it may not be practical to build a boat out of duct tape, it goes to show just how versatile the material is in order to repair a wide range of objects.

Duct tape can handle an impressive amount of repair for a wide range of materials. While you wouldn’t want to make the addition permanent, the repair could last long enough until you devise a solution. This product can be used for a wide scope of purposes and should never be underestimated.

What clever way have you used Duck Tape in your home?

This is a guest post by Liz Nelson from She is a freelance writer and blogger from Houston. Questions and comments can be sent to: liznelson17 @


I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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