Duct or duck tape? Duct tape is a cloth-backed and pressure sensitive tape often sealed with polyethylene. Duct tape is a standard 1 7/8 inches in width , and generally gray or black, though available in other colors. It was developed in World War 2 by Permacel, formerly a division of Johnson and Johnson. It was originally rubber backed adhesive tape with durable fabric backing that resisted water for use as a sealing tape for ammunition boxes. As a result, it was also used to repair military equipment quickly.
Today’s duct tape has a longer lasting adhesive, and more resistant to weathering. Gaffer tape is a more specialized version that does not leave a sticky residue. It is more easily torn into thinner strips for easier application. On the other hand, duct tape has been used in motorsports for more than forty years to repair fiberglass bodywork. Duct tape is NOT intended for sealing ductwork. Building codes require a fireproof product, usually something with a metal or foil backing.
Can you believe NASA engineers and astronauts have used duct tape for emergency repairs in space. It was used back in 1970 when the square carbon filters on Apollo 13’s command module. The workaround used duct tape, saving the lives of three astronauts on board. Duct tape was also used on Apollo 17 to repair a damaged fender on the lunar rover.
Duck Products, the manufacturer of Duck brand duct tape, sponsors a competition that offers a college scholarship to the person who creates the most stylish prom formal wear made of Duck tape. A study back in 2002 reportedly proved duct tape to be an effective treatment in wart removal. A further, more controlled study proved duct tape no better than a placebo. Duct tape has been used as a temporary bandage to control bleeding. It has also become Apple iPhone 4’s most effective fix to their dropped call issue.
The Duct Tape Guys, Jim Berg, and Tim Nyberg, have written seven books about duct tape. The have sold over 1.5 million copies. Among the myths they uncovered: duct tape cannot be used to seal windows from breaking during a hurricane. It will not seal up a room from a biological attack.
I’ve got to give credit where credit is due, and the first place I can trace duct tape’s rise as a fashion trend is directly to Snooki. She flaunted her DIY skills on Twitter back in October, using a product called Duck Tape (no, not a misspelling) to leopard-ize her handbag, and now mini-Martha Stewarts everywhere are hopping on the same train…
The design movement is apparently so big it’s made it all the way to The New York Times, where today’s report says, “In an odd trend, duct tape has become the material of choice for creating fashions that showcase the wearer’s originality and ingenuity.” As evidence of the trend’s legit-ness, they cite Etsy stores that sell duct tape handbags, an increasing variety of patterns and colors available in stores, and a major spike in the adhesive’s online sales. Oh, and the reigning Miss America, a big time DIY-er, says it’s the only thing she’d take with her to a desert island.
Hemming pants or slacks
Breast enhancement (creates cleavage)
Warts (not true)
Wounds (very temporary)
Little Dutch Boy’s finger in dike
Seat belt (not street legal, definitely an after market item)
Tire tube patch
Two Buck Chuck Cover (this is its best use!)
Dehair a cat
I am certain you can think of other uses!!!!