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Scotch® Duct Tape has always been a secret weapon. Long before Red Green dubbed it the “Handyman’s Secret Weapon,” duct tape was used as a tear-by-hand mending material to keep moisture out of World War II ammunition boxes. Duct tape got its official name in the 1950s when it was commonly used to secure duct work for forced furnaces. Since then, its versatility and your creativity have made it the cure-all for lots of everyday problems. Check out some of the creative uses we've seen for duct tape!

  • An Edmonton man duct taped his entire car

  • Apollo 13 astronauts used it for repairs and the Apollo 17 astronauts to keep dust off the lunar rover’s fenders; it is now policy to have a roll on every space shuttle mission

  • Used on windows in Florida and Texas to keep the glass from shattering during hurricanes

  • Replace worn webbing on lawn furniture with regular or coloured duct tape

  • Patch a leaky canoe until you get back to the shore

  • Wrap pieces around your fingers to protect your skin when working with interlocking brick or stone

  • Make fashion statements: wallet, purse, belt, tie, hat, umbrella with a matching raincoat

  • Temporarily seal leaky rad hoses in your car until you can get to a mechanic

  • Patch leaky eavestroughs until you can get them replaced

  • Skip the body filler, use duct tape

  • Secure wires as gaffer’s tape

  • Secure items for transportation home from your local building centre

In the words of Red Green, who uses it instead of nuts, bolts, glue, staples, propane torch, and solder, “Spare the duct tape, spoil the job.” Each user should determine the suitability of the tape for the intended use.

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