23 Brilliant Real-Life Uses

Anyone with a modicum of cleverness can come up with the list of 50 ways to do this or 50 ways to do that.  The problem, as I see it, is many of these lists are a rehash of another list with the author having little or no first-hand experience with each of the listed items. Not that it is devious or wrong, but there has to be a better way.

Something I like to do is to ask real people how they manage situations and use things.  I couple that with my own knowledge and experience and viola!  We have a better way!

When I wrote about 5 Oddball Uses for Duct Tape, I was curious to learn about some other oddball uses of duct tape.  Backdoor Survival readers came out of the woodwork to respond!

And so today, I share with you 23 brilliant uses of duct tape, gathered from your own, proven testimonials.

23 Oddball Uses of Duct Tape In Real Life

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1. Repair Car Upholstery

I have duct tape patching an awkwardly located hole in the fabric of my car seat.

2. Hold Boots Together

The most oddball use I can think of would be to tape my boots together.

3. DIY Welding Glove

I have a welding glove that I used for the entire build of our Shipping Container House ( 55+ lbs of wire through my welder…) that has almost an entire roll on it since I kept burning holes in it but couldn’t see purchasing another set of gloves when I only used the left hand… …M… (EVIL ZJ)

4. Repair Cracked Bathtub

I did used duct tape as a temporary repair for a crack in the floor of my bathtub while I was deciding on what to do for a permanent repair. I was using regular duct tape so I had to replace it every week or two.

5. Repair Broken Windows

We used duct tape to repair two broken windows in our kitchen

6. Extend the Life of Running Shoes

I once had a blowout on one of my running shoes where the whole side seam came apart. Several strips of duct tape and I was back on the road, worked great for a while and when needed just replaced old tape with new. Got a lot of extra miles from that pair.

7. Hem Clothing

I do a temporary repair to the hems of my pants. Invariably I put my heel in the hem of my pants just before I get to work or to an interview and can’t sit in the loo to fix them, Bit of duct tape and I can wait till I get home to do a proper repair.

8. Re-Connect Broken Tail Light

Temporarily connect tail light cover to car after backing into mailbox.

9. Replace Broken Cap

I used duct tape to make a replacement cap on bottle of contact lens solution.

10. Repair Strap on Handbag

The rubber coating on my Ameribag shoulder bag strap ripped and duct tape fixed it so it no longer hurts my hand when I pick it up.

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