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Television Set Repair on a Roll I use duct tape to repair my television set. The socket for the cable is on the back of the tv and it has a bad connection. If you move the cable that screws into the socket to just the right position the picture is perfect. Of course you have to reach behind the tv to move the cable with your hand and the position may shift due to sound vibrations. Sooooo enter Duct Tape. I tore off a 2' strip of duct tape and secured one end to the cable and folded the other end back to itself 1" for a "pull" so that now all I have to do is grab the "pull" and adjust the cable until the picture is perfect and stick the duct tape to the side of the tv to "lock" it in place. Now, I don't care if I ever find a tv repair guy to replace that socket. - Tom K. Pearland, TX
Saw Horse Helper I was trying to saw a board to length and didn't have any clamp handy to secure it while cutting. I simply duck taped it to the sawhorse, made the cut, cut away the tape and continued working.- Mike B., St. Albans, WV
Jim's Razor Fix After spending a while trying to figure out what the buzzing sound was in the back of our car, we finally figured out that it was Jim's electric razor that had turned itself on in his suitcase. The problem was fixed with one little swatch of duct tape.
No More Squeeky Office My story is not one of great success but a small success for me. The office complex I work in has a finish on their floors which causes my most comfortable running shoes to squeak when I walk. Since I do a lot of walking at my job, the constant squeaking was driving me crazy. yesterday morning when I arrived at work I had a Revelation. what if, I thought to myself, I was to apply a strip of duct tape to the bottom of my shoes? Well, let me tell you, it works like a charm. In fact it works so good that I inadvertently scared a few coworkers, since they didn't hear me coming. I know it may not seem like much, but it's made me very happy. One more use for duct tape to add to the list of thousands. Hooray for duct tape! - Cris
Grandpa, what's that? When we last visted my dad he had duct tape covering the bottom part of his TV which is always tuned to CNN. My son asked him, "Grandpa, what's the duct tape doing on the bottom of your television screen?" He replied, "Oh, that covers up them dang words that keep movin' across the bottom there... they make me dizzy!" Good think'in, Dad!
How to "Turn Off" a Skunk I have a friend that has a commercial greenhouse. There are fans built into the wall near the floor and the ceiling to circulate air and maintain the temperature and humidity for the plants. One morning, my friend came out to the greenhouse and there was a large skunk stuck in one of the fans. Fortunately, and amazingly, it had not sprayed, as that would have seriously affected the retail value of the flowers in the greenhouse. After much thought and debate about "what to do, what to do" the gathering crowd of onlookers, employees and interested persons decided that since a skunk can't spray unless it can fully raise its tail, someone would duct tape the skunks' tail in the down (and off) position. Once this was accomplished, my friend still had a stuck skunk in his fan. He tried pulling and pushing, but to no avail. He then dumped water on the misfortunate duct taped critter and squirted some dish soap on it. He was able to back it out of the fan, and into a waiting garbage can. He then took it to the Ranger Station, for a release into a more wild area. Can you imagine the Ranger when he opened the garbage can to find a wet, sudsy, really really PO'ed skunk with its' butt taped shut. Wonder how he got the tape off? This is my best use for duct tape story. - Carol Adams
Duct Tape your way to a Warmer Home My wife (Dawn) duct taped real nice upholstery material to some foil faced foam sheets and we paneled the walls of our stone home. Note the big temperature difference. Seriously this is a great way to increase the comfort factor and save money in poorly insulated homes. - Fred W. Sturgeon Bay, WI
Fix a Broken Soul When my son Robbie was 7, he was in Sunday school. The minister asked the class "Does anybody know how you fix a broken soul?" Robbie raises his hand and says "My daddy can fix anything with duct tape" - Tim P., Elyria Ohio
Save the Birds
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Duct Tape: it will never let you down...
Leeza does duct tape A visit to Northwest Airline's World Club gave us a great duct tape sighting. Tim spotted a wad of duct taped phone books behind the rather tall reception desk. When he asked what that was, the hostess on duty said, "Oh, that's Leeza's. She's short and needs it to see the customers when she's standing behind the desk." Our next visit to the club gave us a personal introduction to the World Club Duct Tape Queen herself, Leeza. Here's Leeza with her phonebook stepstool and her locker key box - adorned and strengthened with crome Duck® brand duct tape. We think the World Clubs should enllist Leeza as their interior decorator! Heck, she'd save them big bucks over those trendy decorators that they've been using, and since Northwest is the preferred airlines of The Duct Tape Guys, we'd feel more at home in their clubs with duct tape decor!
Dog toy surgery
Plastic chair protector We have these old white chairs. They have the little plastic protectors on the bottom, and one day I noticed that one of the plastic protectors were gone! I quickly ran to the duct tape, and then to the recycling to get a plastic water bottle cap and then duct taped the cap onto the end of the chair! Duct tape saved the day (and our floors)! - Brian R.
Joe's Vest Repair Sigrid's dad, Joe, proudly sports his vest repair. Why throw away a perfectly good vest when it can attain a higher level of fashion with the addition of duct tape panels.
He reattached his foot with duct tape! I am a telemark skier (Norweigan for Slow Hippie). Last weekend I was skiing at A Basin here in Colorado. My first run down the hill I struck a rock with my right ski on a black diamond run. Much to my dismay I busted the foot off my prothesis. (I am a symes amputee - which is basically below the ankle - gone). I was able to work my way down to the base. While those not introduced to the mythical powers of duct tape would have quit after the first run I headed to the ski rental shop. There the fine folks gave me a roll. I proceed to wrap it around and up and down the broken foot and socket. I started out on the easy slopes but by the end of the day I was back on the blacks.
Cat Flea Picker When I was using the flea comb on the cats, sometimes the fleas would hop from it before I could squish them. My son offered a solution - a duct tape loop with the sticky side out so I could get the fleas off the cat and onto the duct tape. No more hopping back onto the cat! - Sue G. (& Timothy), State College, PA
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Swimming Pool Reinforcement How do you keep a sagging pool upright? a ring of those foam pipe insulation tubes wrapped in duct tape and taped to the top right of the pool. Sorry that we lost the submitter's name - but this is a great idea never the less.
Alabama Silver Service? What do you give as a wedding shower gift if you REALLY care enough to give the very best? Just ask Rick and Kelly who concocted this gem. (With our apologies to folks from Alabama - could have just as well been Eau Claire, Wisconsin Silver Service, right Rick and Kelly?)
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Takin' Care of Storm Damaged Garden... We had a bad wind storm a few days ago, and our tomato plants took a beating.The plant where it branched out was torn in half but not completely separated. So I figured I had nothing to lose and I duct taped it together so we wouldn't lose the tomatoes that were started.It has been four days now and the plants look fine. We even had another storm and they are ok!!!!! - Patty G., Stromsburg, NE
Musical Gum Shoe I play in an old time string band (The Roller Mills String Band). This past summer, we were playing on a stage where someone before us had chewed some gum and it was right in the middle of the stage where the band plays. After I stepped in it, I got it off my shoe, but I could not get it off the stage surface and was concerned that I would continue to step in it. So, I just took out my trusty duct tape and put a strip over the gum. - Dale P., The Roller Mills String Band
Duct Tape Kayak
Duct Tape Dolphin Fountain We did this as prop for a new show we're performing
Strap Stay I have come up with a solution that everywoman has encountered in her life one time or other. The problem: The Bra strap slipping down over the shoulder. The solution: Put the strap back in place where it should be. Then put a small strip of duct tape over the strap and attach to your shoulder. It will stay in place all day. P.S. It doesn't hurt your skin when you remove the duct tape. - Rosalee in Ohio
Mike's Thermos Mike didn't want to give up his prized thermos just because the handle broke. So, out came the duct tape and fixed not only the handle, but made Mike's thermos very easy to distinguish from the others at his office.
Cheesecake Helper This past thanksgiving my brother-in-law made a delicious cheese cake. unfortunately, he took it from the spring pan before it had a chance to set. the cake started to spread out into a mushy mess. not to have our desert ruined he wrapped foil around the cake and then wrapped duck tape around the foil. it worked!!!! the cake set and by the time we had it - no one was wiser to what had happened. DUCK TAPE SAVED THE DAY!! - Kathy, Kearny, NJ
John's Notebook Not wanting a mismatched bag and notebook, John took to the black and brown duct tape to design a durable matching cover for his field sales notebook.
Duct Tape Server Just thought you guys would like to know, we have constructed yet another Duct Tape Server! Our previous construction succumbed to gravity and could not be saved. We documented the whole process on our website ducttapeserver.com. We appreciated the nod we got from you guys last year! BTW We are from Loveland, Ohio, USA and not Germany. The Germans sure did love our last creation though, we think we may have just blown their minds. - Professor Xomox
Caffeine Keeper Duct tape saved my cup of coffee. I had just bought a large 16 oz.stryo cup, and within a few minutes noticed that the bottom was leaking. Instead of throwing it out, got out the roll of duct tape and put two pieces on the bottom, and another wrap around the side. Saved the day. - Butch T., Maine
Duct Tape Dispenser ala Rick Here's Jim's cousin Rick's Duct Tape Dispenser. Rick and his wife and their duct tape dispenser (and other misc. critters who have yet to be ducttapeized) live in Park City, Utah.
Teenage Mutant Ninja EGG? I was decorating Easter eggs yesterday afternoon with my mom, when I realized that our creations were lacking something. After a few minutes of thinking, I knew what it was: duct tape! I knew I had to incorporate duct tape into my masterpiece somehow, but I wasn't sure in what way. So I just started fooling around with different ideas, when it hit me: how awesome would a Ninja Easter egg be? With a small strip of duct tape wrapped around my egg, I dyed it green and decorated it like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Cool huh? - Diana G., Pittsford, NY
Sand bag repair Everytime it rains, Ed in Sturgeon Bay, WI has to run out to the end of his driveway and place the sandbags to prevent his house from getting flooded due to a poorly designed storm sewer system. Here you can see Ed's noble attempt to get a few more seasons out of the sandbags.