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Duct tape is the quintessential quick fix, especially for the weekend DIYer. We all know that it acts like a Band-aid to fix small leaks, broken book bindings or patching holes in vinyl siding.  There are actually Web sites devoted to the many uses of duct tape.

So what is it?  Duct tape is a strong tape that is composed of three layers. The top layer (1) is a resilient plastic (Polyethylene). The bottom layer (3) is a rubber-based adhesive. The middle layer (2) is a fabric mesh. Duct tape is manufactured by pressing these three layers together.

Those three layers of magic have come in handy for many of us and here are several fixes people have used Duct Tape for;

  • To tape up a broken window.
  • To fix a handle on a shovel.
  • To patch the kids’ water slide.
  • To fix a cracked whiffle ball bat.
  • To patch a cracked garden hose.

Our ServiceLive professionals use it too – we forget it was designed for duct work!  Duct tape may be the number one “tool” in America, but it should only be used for quick fixes as indicated above, or as a temporary fix until you can get a professional out to your home to make a more substantial repair.

But it’s not just for home improvement fixes!  Duct tape can be used for other things besides quick repairs, like an effective cockroach trap, (photo on right).

If you’re creative, you can design your own duct tape purses and even clothing. Go ahead and search Duct Tape clothing on Google.

Even NASA uses duct tape, so that should say it all.

It should be called the miracle tape!

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