When it comes to home repairs, I’m not the handiest guy around. But I do have one sure-fire tool that fixes just about any problem I come across. Duct tape. I’ve used duct tape to “fix” cupboards, shelves, and even a refrigerator door (one of my finest hours). Who do I have to thank for this awesome invention?
A search on “duct tape inventor” yielded solid results. My first stop was at a blog from Ace Hardware. “The Helpful Hardware Blog” credits Johnson & Johnson with creating duct tape back in 1930. Interestingly, the tape was initially intended for use in hospitals, and due to its waterproof materials, it was dubbed “Drybak.”
Drybak didn’t become duct tape (and its grey color) until after World War II. Apparently, that’s when air conditioning hit the mainstream. Duct tape (as it soon became known) was used by repairmen to seal off drafty ducts.
Over the years, duct tape has acquired an enviable fan base. There are dozens of sites that list all the different uses one can find for the sticky substance. The Duck Tape Club offers contests for the most creative use of the all-purpose tape. But, if you ask me, that honor has to go folks who choose to put duct tape on warts. Though it hasn’t been proven to help, many feel a little duct tape on those unsightly blemishes will make them disappear.
And what about you? What’s your most creative use of duct tape? I’ve seen car bumpers held up with it, wallets made out of it, and even prom dresses and tuxedos reated from it. Please leave a comment below and share the love.
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