254 Uses For Duct Tape

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1. Hanging posters.
2. Decorative book cover.
3. Fix broken tail light on vehicle.
4. Twist a long piece into rope (thousands more uses).
5. Tape wires down on floor or out of the way.
6. Tape wires back together after splicing (much wider than electricians’ tape).
7. Reattach rear view mirror.
8. Repair cracked windshield/window.
9. Patch ripped clothing.
10. Hide unsightly wallpaper seams.
11. Repair broken hoses.
12. Repair broken fan belt.
13. Use as art medium.
14. Fix broken book binding.
15. Band-Aid for really big cuts.
16. Attach leg splint to broken leg.
17. Wallpaper your house (may be slightly expensive, but well worth it for the resulting sophisticated look).
18. Reinforce pages in 3 ring binder.
19. Cover up empty drive bays.
20. Fold in half and use as bookmark.
21. Disk labels.
22. Rappelling harness.
23. Toilet paper.
24. Hinge on cabinet door.
25. Repairing leak in tire/inner tube.
26. Taping annoying people to walls, floor, ceiling, or bed.
27. Holding together computer cases.
28. Hold up exhaust pipe (doesn’t last very long).
29. Repair upholstery.
30. Make lawn furniture.
31. Make lawn decorations.
32. Fix racquetball rackets.
33. Roll into a ball for hockey practice.
34. Mark lines on a sporting event field.
35. Clothing � all sorts.
36. Can be use to wrap duct work, but doesn’t seal or hold up ducts very well.
37. Use to pull unsightly hair.
38. Keeps pledges in their place (also applies to siblings).
39. Patches holes in vinyl siding.
40. An entire roll can be used in place of a bedroom door to keep someone in for hours.
41. Twisted correctly, can be used as a billy-club.
42. Wrapped around newspaper to make a dog chew toy.
43. Holding on book covers.
44. Reflective lettering.
45. Mute function for humans.
46. Contraceptive device.
47. Climbing rope.
48. Earrings.
49. Cover old pocket folders — lasts forever!
50. Shoe designs.
51. Girdle.
52. Sealing envelopes (in case you hate the taste of envelope glue).
53. Replacement for airplane glue.
54. For store owners:  great way to keep the wigs on mannequins.
55. Seat belts that’ll REALLY keep the kids still.
56. Closing chip bags.
57. Make the stapler obsolete!
58. Putting up Christmas lights (easy removal).
59. Why bother with waxing…
60. Add several layers to your car’s bumpers for a much safer ride.
61. Fix vacuum cleaner hose.
62. Tape ski boot to your ski when the binding breaks.
63. Repair seams of ski gloves.
64. Wrap around your waist when your zipper splits in a one piece ski suit.
65. Lift and separate when you don’t want to wear a bra or can’t have straps showing.
66. Hold temple onto eye glasses.
67. Fix printer.
68. Make a wallet out of it.
69. Hold car hood shut.
70. Patch hole in canoe.
71. Fixing sets for the school play.
72. Making props look more realistic.
73. Make letter for letter jacket.
74. Hold your letter to your letter jacket.
75. Re-enforce the phone cord.
76. Hold batteries in remote control.
77. Play a CD (reflect a laser beam onto a CD to play it).
78. Stick pictures up in your locker.
79. Fix holes in your Air-walks.
80. Use instead of nail polish.
81. Hold pens together.
82. Belt.
83. Wrap your ankle for sports.
84. Can be used in place of handcuffs.
85. Rings.
86. Hold file cabinet together.
87. Hold shoe laces together.
88. Can replace shoe laces.
89. Can be used in place of Velcro.
90. Write term paper on it.
91. Graduation present.
92. Can be used to put back together a shredded term paper.
93. Stop your jeans from fraying.
94. Hair ties.
95. Hold spikes to your cleats.
96. Make a book shelf.
97. Necklace.
98. Note cards.
99. Remove lint from clothes.
100. Makes great bumper stickers with a sharpie!
101. Cook a baked potato in it.
102. Hold car door shut.
103. Tape plastic over broken rear window in car.
104. Tape down ripped carpet.
105. Tape sole of ratty sneaker to body of sneaker.
106. Hold speaker wire to the back of speaker.
107. Use it as a Bi-ore strip.
108. Practical joke toilet paper replacement.
109. Makes a good bib.
110. Put it on your lawn and paint it green.  Say good-bye to mowing.
111. Mouse trap.
112. Fly paper.
113. Tape your little brothers’ mouths shut.
114. Use as vinyl flooring.
115. Cover rust holes in your car.
116. Ashtray.
117. Roofing shingles.
118. Make a clothes line.
119. Window coverings.
120. Use a roof rack on your car for carrying luggage and other items.
121. Fix a broken plate.
122. Patch a hole in your swimming pool.
123. Make a swing for your kids.
124. Make a tent for camping.
125. For the annoying mother-in-law.
126. Lock people into their house, school, office, etc.
127. Hold your car’s bumper in place.
128. Seat covers in your car.
129. Fix holes in your sock.
130. Fix the hole in your favorite coffee cup.
131. Make a coffee cup.
132. Retread your tennis shoes.
133. Earmuffs.
134. Repair work gloves.
135. Make work gloves.
136. Home security system – tape up doors and windows.
137. Watch band.
138. CD case.
139. Wrap a soda can or bottle in duct tape to keep it cold.
140. Makes stylish notebook decorations.
141. Use it to fix old instruments.
142. Use it as a dog/cat/rabbit/frog/lizard/etc. leash.
143. Hold on toupees.
144. Duct tape annoying, rambunctious students to their seats.
145. Reupholster the roof on a ’83 Mustang convertible (or any vehicle for that matter).
146. Attach it to the end of a yard stick (sticky side out) as a way to get pennies out from behind the couch.
147. Surgical bandage.
148. Fix a cigarette that is broken at the filter.
149. A clothesline when you’re out in the middle of nowhere.  (Peace Corps favorite.)
150. Use it as a substitute for Bond o.
151. Makes excellent streamers for bicycle handlebars.
152. Toilet seat cover.
153. Reflectors.
154. Replace broken screen in your screen doors to create an excellent storm door for those cold winter nights.
155. Makes great posters with the aid of magic markers.
156. Make a sheet for your bed.
157. Wrap freshmen up in it.
158. Use to make the lines in the middle of the road.
159. Make a space suit out of it so you can walk on the moon.
160. Use as a musical instrument.
161. Make a hat.
162. Make a wallet chain out of it.
163. Stare at it and try to find new uses for it.
164. Make a boat out of it.
165. Throw it at people.
166. Write on it and stick to someone’s back.
167. Put a few rolls on their side and roll them to have a duct tape race!
168. Tape a hedge trimmer or chain saw to a long pole in order to trim or cut tall trees.
169. U
se it as hockey tape.
170. Tape Tupperware containers together in a way that you can stack them on top of each other for more storage space.
171. Use to keep the cover of an old ice cream maker securely attached.
172. Cut a hole in a piece of cardboard, wrap duct tape around it and get a really inexpensive original looking picture frame.
173. Tape Nerf basketball hoop to the back of a door because they just don’t stay on their own.
174. Make a pouch and attach it to a door so you can hold stuff.
175. Repair smashed pumpkin.
176. Waterproof sun screen for bald men.
177. Snowmobile/motorcycle seat cover.
178. Hold broken U-joints together on truck so you can make it home.
179. Makes a good replacement for chrome.
180. Patch holes in convertibles or soft top jeeps.
181. Resurface your trampoline.
182. Artificial lighting.
183. Use it to tape 10 year olds with sugar highs to trees during Boy Scout trips.
184. Can be made to fashion weapons in a pinch.
185. Emergency limb replacements.
186. Prosthesis.
187. Make fantastic puppets and other toys.
188. Can be used to clean the floor when no vacuum is available.
189. S & M.
190. Make a ball.
191. Repair trim on cars.
192. Patch up fish tank.
193. Halloween costume.
194. Waterproof footwear.
195. Make a makeup case.
196. Repair leak in pilot gas line.
197. Gagging device.
198. Pin striping.
199. Wrapping Christmas presents.
200. Patch seams in carpeting.
201. Patch a hole in a tent.
202. No need for lunch box – just tape all your food together!
203. Use to keep President Clinton’s pants up.
204. Cute plant holder.
205. Keep hair in place.
206. Make a tie out of it.
207. Chastity belt.
208. Blister repair.
209. Censor speech on softball uniforms.
210. Repair pantyhose.
211. Roll it over a pool and make a trampoline.
212. Keeping guitar strap on your guitar.
213. Taping mic to mic stand (or a hockey stick).
214. Taping mic stand to amp.
215. Hold a float together.
216. Fix mini blinds.
217. Get rid of planters warts.
218. Hold telephone together.
219. Hold computer mouse together.
220. Write on vehicles.
221. Muzzle.
222. Make a Halloween mask.
223. Decorate guard rifles.
224. Make really cool underwear.
225. Make a mummy costume for Halloween.
226. When you get in a really boring conversation pull it out and ask the other person if they can name 101 uses for it (plus or minus 70 or 80).
227. Attach underwater flashlight to underwater strobe for night dives.
228. Hold a car battery in.
229. Headbands.
230. Jewelry.
231. Attach glow-in-the-dark bugs to people’s houses.
232. Fixing the toilet seat.
233. Torture.
234. Window shade.
235. Hair extensions.
236. Seat covering for a 1963 Vespa GS 160 (or any other vehicle for that matter).
237. Wrap around cardboard tube to make fake swords for the kids.
238. Waterproof apron.
239. Beverage holders.
240. Cooler.
241. Pet rain gear.
242. Toilet paper roll cover.
243. Cell phone holder.
244. Tool belt.
245. Shower curtain.
246. Repair speaker cones.
247. Poor man’s Viagra – two Popsicle sticks and duct tape.
248. Hold the plastic (or Mylar) on your car where the window should be.
249. Wrap a “365 Uses For Duct Tape” calendar for Christmas.
250. Hold up worn out socks.
251. Suspenders.
252. Tape keys to bottom of car so you never lose them.
253. Use duct tape to mend a tire on a motorized wheelchair.
254. Use as a zip tie to secure loose wire.

Written by: Vladimir Stafford  at HostRangers.

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

The picture is not mine. I did a query on Google to find it. I do not know who took it. The hack however is mine.


The Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, be it the regular ones, the extra strength ones or the kitchen erasers, are really great. I will endorse them to anybody.  They will take off accidentally spilled paint, and/or purposefully or accidental sharpie colors or magic markers.

There have been many second hand dolls that other people have given me for my doll collection that have had the colors on them. I have used the extra strength Mr. Clean Erasers, and almost all of it has come off. Paint has come off as well.

When paint has been on dishes or counter tops or tables, here too I have used the extra strength erasers, and with some elbow grease the paint has come off. I have even gotten it off of and out of sinks. There is no way that I won’t keep them on hand, unless by chance I use them all and it’s not time to go to the store yet. That being the case, more are bought when I go to the store.

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Cleaning Windows

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When cleaning windows, you don’t have to buy the special window cleaner unless you just want to spend the money. The best way I have found to clean windows is with vinegar and warm water, and using newspaper instead of paper towels. The normal dilution is 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water. If the windows are really dirty then you should use 2 cups of vinegar. When wiping the windows with the newspaper do one side of the windows up and down and the other side of the windows from side to side, that way if one side is not clean  you will be able to tell which side it is.

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Cleaning Copper Bottom Pots And Pans

The pictures are not mine. I went to Google for them. I do not know who took them. The hack is mine from my Aunt Dottie years ago.


There is a secret trick to keeping copper bottom pans nice and shiny all the time. First you need to clean all of the cooked and caked on food and/or grease off of the pan like you would any other pan. After you are finished with that, you will need a fresh lemon, and not lemon juice in a plastic squeezer, and table salt. Wet the bottom of the pan with the lemon juice and sprinkle the salt on it. You will see automatically what happens. The dark color just rolls off with the juice. In order to make this happen faster and deeper, you need to rub the lemon on the bottom of the pan with the salt. This will seem to make a paste. Just keep squeezing the lemon and sprinkling the salt and rubbing until the bottom of the pan is nice and sparkling clean, and shiny enough to almost see your face in it. My Aunt Dottie taught me this when I was around ten or eleven. I have used the secret trick ever since.  As a matter of fact, I showed it to my Mother as soon as I could after visiting with my Aunt Dottie and Uncle Bobby. She has used the secret trick ever since that as well.

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Fixing Shelving Issues

If by chance you have metal shelving, and items fall through them, you can cut pieces of cardboard to the size of the shelf and place it on the shelf. That way nothing can slip through the slots made by the metal shelves.

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If you can’t find one piece of cardboard that is large enough, then you can use heavy duty packaging tape to tape however many pieces of cardboard together that you need.

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I had to do this in my bathroom and in my bedroom. I also found it necessary to put pieces of cardboard on my laundry shelves. They were placed at the back of the shelves, right up against the wall, so that my wash cloths and small folded towels wouldn’t fall off of the shelves and get behind them where I wouldn’t be able to reach them. I learned this by having to move out the shelf unit that I had put them on, and retrieve some of the wash cloths. Needless to say, I only did this once before I got smart and put the cardboard to the back of all of the shelves on the unit. I wasn’t going to take any chances on having to move that shelf out again.

Extra Counter Space

If you are one of those people like I was, living in a small apartment with very little room for anything, then you know where I am coming from. The counter space was very limited. Well, I will tell you what I did. First I measured the only space where I could put a board to use it for a counter, THE STOVE.

You will need to measure the stove top from front to back and side to side. What you are actually going to be doing is covering up your stove top burners. As this is probably the only space where you might be able to get some extra counter space by using a board on top of it. After measuring and having the board cut to size, to make the board look more presentable than just a board, I covered it with wood grain looking contact paper. Once this is done, you have another counter top. DON’T FORGET TO TAKE THE BOARD OFF BEFORE YOU USE THE STOVE OR OVEN!!! YOU WILL CAUSE A MAJOR FIRE IF YOU FORGET!!! Also , let the stove and oven cool down completely before putting the board back on top of the stove.

This is a picture of the actual board that I covered to make the “extra counter space” using the stove in my other apartment as the base for the “extra counter space”. The board is a 24 inch square piece of wood. You can see that the board is not large enough to cover this particular stove, but it fit the stove in my other apartment just perfect.

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The most important thing to remember, once you have the board ready to put it on the stove top is, don’t turn the stove or oven on without first removing the board and putting it some place else that is safe from harm. Even if you are not using the stove, but are using the oven, there is a vent in one of the burners that lets excess heat out of the oven. If you cover that vent up, it could cause a fire. Then, in between times of using the stove or oven, you have more counter space. Since I have had to have my stove shut off, I have the extra counter space all the time. If it weren’t for that board, I would have a counter top about seventeen inches by twelve inches, and that’s pretty small.

Leg Braces And Under Sleeves

I have to wear long leg braces that go from under me feet clear up to the top of my thighs, and they are a pain to find the correct weight of material for the under sleeves that go under them at the different times of year. In the summer time, I use a very light weight material for the under sleeves under the braces. A friend took a pair of the under sleeves I had to buy and used them for a pattern to make several pairs of under sleeves for me. The under sleeves come from the top of my thighs on down to the middle of my shins. I put my socks on after I put on the under sleeves, that way they cover and keep the bottom part of the under sleeves in place. With my diabetic shoes, I have to wear socks all the time.

In the winter I take a shortcut. That is when I take advantage of the good old long johns. I simply put on a pair of long johns and then put on the braces and I am ready to go. It’s as simple as that. After putting on the long johns, I put on a pair of long socks.

I always have to wear socks in the summer time with the braces because of how the under sleeves are made. But in the winter time, the long johns come almost all the way down to my feet, so the socks don’t have to be very long.



Ways To Clean Athletic Shoes

The pictures are not mine. I do not know who took any of them, except for the bleach. The bleach picture was taken by dreamstime.com. I went to Google for them. The hack is mine.


There is more than one way to clean these shoes.  Most people might think that the good old washing machine is the only way to get them clean.  They would be wrong.  If the shoes are white an old rag with some bleach will do the trick very well.  In a hurry, a Mr.Clean Magic Eraser will work fairly well.  Then there is always the very versatile baby wipe.  At some time or another I have used all of them.

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These shoe cleaning tricks work on the plastic clogs as well.  It’s an adventure to find just what cleaning things will work on other items besides for what they were originally intended.  Classic example, the lemon slice and salt to clean copper bottom pans.  Who would have thought.

Ingenious Leftover Container

One day my friend and I stopped at a local sandwich shop.  We purchased the usual; sandwich, chips, drink and dill pickles to eat.  After we had eaten all we could hold of our “Gargantuan” sandwich and the trimmings, there was one very drippy dill pickle left.  I thought for a minute, and didn’t want to ask for a big plastic bag just for one dill pickle.  Well, the idea I came up with really impressed my friend.  The surprise was on me, for I had thought nothing special about the idea.  Apparently, my friend thought otherwise, for the suggestion was made that I should post what I had done on my help website .  So here it is.  The idea I came up with was to wrap the dill pickle a second time in the paper that had been used to originally wrap the sandwich in, and to put it in an empty potato chip bag to transport it back to my friend’s house.  Like I said earlier, no big deal.  But my friend wanted me to post it, so I did.

Pierced Earring Secret

I did not take the picture. I went to Google to find it. I do not know who did take it. The hack is mine.


When you have pierced earrings, and you have lost the back to them, there is something you can do to keep them on. The little erasers on mechanical pencils can serve as very handy and yet very secure backs for them. Simply take the eraser out of the mechanical pencil and stick the post of the earring into it. This will only work for post earrings. The wire earrings are too thin and therefore bend too easily to be able to use the eraser trick in them. As you can see from the picture, you do not have to buy mechanical pencils just to get the erasers off of them. You can buy just the erasers. They will usually come in a cylinder like the one below. This particular cylinder has enough erasers to handle three pairs of earrings.

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