Duct Tape: Holding Our Culture Together
At one time, a wise man G. Weilacher stated "One only
need two tools in life: WD 40 to make things go, and Duct Tape,
to make them stop." And what wise he was! But how well have, and
how are we taking advantage of such a handy a resource? Not
enough my friends-not enough. According to Chris Isidore , CNN
journalist, nearly one million dollars worth of Duct Tape is sold
to American consumers yearly. Although it sounds like a lot, when
you compare it to the 350 million plus population of the US, one
million dollars worth of it is not enough. I believe that every
single roll of duct tape manufactured should find itself in every
tool box, Junk drawer, work bench, and who so ever looks and
finds their house in complete without duct tape should reconsider
what they have in their house. Not only because of its
convenience, but also for its cheap price and strength, medical
uses, quick fixes and uses, life saving capabilities, and has
even found itself as a popular fashion statement.
First, because it is so affordable and strong, this
gives the best reason for every one to have at least one roll of
duct tape in their house. For a good brand, it will cost from
about 5 dollars for one roll-about how much one might spend on a
large drink at Starbucks, and compared to a drink how much more
of a greater value is a roll of useful duct tape? I think we can
answer that one with out statistics. But what is cheap with out
quality? Nothing really, because if you think about it, why buy
something even if it's cheap if it doesn't perform? Luckily Duct
tape is something. A test undergone by the people at
PopularMechanics.com; it was between Duct tape, and Gorilla
tape's sturdiness, stickiness, and water resistance. Although
Gorilla tape won to duct tape on every one, it didn't loose by
much. For sturdiness, duct tape held 45 pounds, while Gorilla
tape held 85 pounds. But take a look at all the facts. Gorilla
tape costs 9 dollars for 12 yards, while duct tape costs 10
dollars for 60 yards, so if you doubled up the duct tape, it
could, theoretically, hold about, or just as much as the Gorilla
tape, and it's still the better deal because you get way more
bang for your buck. (See the rest of the experiment at
The second reason why you should choose duct tape is
because, you should be able to find duct tape in every home
because of its ability to efficiently fix so many things around
the house. In fact Duct Tape itself was invented during World War
2 to keep moister out of the machine gun cartridges. Besides
that, I've seen it used to stop leaks, mend a ripped screen, and
hold things like shelves, broken pencil sharpeners, and cases of
various sorts, proving just how versatile and important it is
that people have a roll of this stuff. But if that's not
convincing enough, here is a short list from a long list (101 to
be exact) of silly and purposeful duct tape uses:
- Hanging posters.
- Decorative book cover.
- Fix broken tail light on vehicle.
- Twist a long piece into rope.
- Tape wires down on floor or out
of the way.
- Tape wires back together after
splicing (much wider than electricians' tape).
- Reattach rear view mirror.
- Repair cracked windshield/window.
- Patch ripped clothing.
- Hide unsightly wallpaper seams.
- Repair broken hoses.
- Repair broken fan belt.
- Use as art medium.
- Fix broken book binding.
- Band-Aid for really big cuts.
- Attach leg splint to broken leg.
- Wallpaper your house (may be
slightly expensive, but well worth it for the resulting
- Reinforce pages in 3 ring binder.
- Cover up empty drive bays.
- Fold in half and use as bookmark.
- Disk labels.
- Rappelling harness.
- Toilet paper.
- Hinge on cabinet door.
- Repairing leak in tire/inner
- Taping annoying people to walls,
floor, ceiling, or bed.
- Holding together computer cases.
- Hold up exhaust pipe (doesn't
last very long).
- Repair upholstery.
- Make lawn furniture. (thezac.com)
On top of that, one use can be used for multiple uses. For
example, number 4, you can rope for a thousand more different
things! Just one more credible reason for national use-age of
this multi-useful tool!
A third inference made why any one should have
some duct tape with in walking distance is because it's rising
popularity in the world of fashion. Tons of people have put
together duct tape wallets, key chains and have even made prom
suits and dresses. So if you ever find yourself with out any nice
clothes, if you are one of the peoples who owns a roll of duct
tape, throw some duct tape on those clothes and you'll be
cruising fashionably, and with out having to pay those ghastly
prices for nice clothes!
This fourth reason is surprising: duct tape has
actually been proven, and used for medical purposes. The most
well known medical use for duct tape is for removing pesky
freaking warts. Although it sounds a bit far fetched it has
worked for several people at "rateitall.com". Even people in my
own family have used it to remove some Planters Warts, and they
say it's worked incredibly. Not only has it been used for
removing warts, but as other remedies such as helping to get rid
of rough heels, in-grown toe nails, preventing frost bite and so
on. Some First Aid courses include duct tape as one of the most
necessary items for a small kit. So how then could we deny that a
roll around the house is not only useful to fix objects, but to
heal the body!
My last of the many reasons for keeping some of
this tape around, although it sounds unbelievable, is that it has
actually been used to save lives while some of NASA's astronauts
were in space. It was when the Apollo17 crew had to fix their
land rover while up on the moon. One of the crew members had
bumped off the fender, and had to get another one on. So the only
thing he figured he could do was build a new one out of some duct
tape, and that's exactly what he did, and thank goodness because
they both arrived safely home. From now on every ship sent to
space is required to take some duct tape with them. It's also
been used to cover wounds like a band-aid, or to close a
fixed with duct tape in space.
While ending, the main point I wish to convey about
duct tape is that with it, you can be prepared for all that life
throws at you. Why go pay some one to fix something, or replace
something while you get about the same quality from a 5 dollar
roll of duct tape? And why pay for some clothes when you can grab
a roll of tape and make a fashionable wardrobe? As well, why
would any one go shell out the money to buy some medicine when
they could run for their tool box and find the cure in a
gray roll of tape? Also, why would some one go with out a roll of
duct tape when it has saved the lives of NASA astronauts? Why
wouldn't people lay off one mocha to be prepared for nearly any
problem of life? Why not feel more secure as you sleep? I dream
of a world with out a house lacking a roll of this magic gray
substance. So what do you have to lose? Go ahead and get yourself
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