I am in heaven! Duct tape heaven; surrounded by a stellar array of red, green, yellow, and blue duct tape in the “Duct Tape” aisle of the local Walmart. Not only are the choices of color seemingly endless but new visions come into my brain of the infinite variety of uses for this marvelous invention.
Not so long ago, duct tape came in only one color. I think it was called “only gray.” Now I’m standing in the aisle marveling at camouflage, fluorescent orange, white on white, and hot pink.
In my travels I have seen some useful items made from duct tape like wallets and purses. And once in California I stood admiring a junker car that had the whole rear passenger’s side held in place (maybe even rebuilt) with duct tape then painted to match the rest of the car.
I’m not that inventive with the stuff but terribly practical. With my RV home I have made some timely repairs using duct tape. Most recently when inspecting the slide out I found a torn rubber seal and handily fixed it with the tape.
A hard plastic crate I use to hold my water filtration system was going bye-bye with cracks on its side. A second judgement made me realize, yes, duct tape will save it from the trash bin. Now it’s good as new. And mending a torn awning caused by a howling mad thunderstorm was made easy with that same useful, flexible multipurpose tape.
Why, duct tape has even played a part in “high” fashion. A very good friend of my daughter once asked her to wrap duct tape around her torso to keep her cleavage dauntingly perched. The costume that went over the “wrap” was a hit taking first prize. Too bad no one ever knew the ingenuity that went into it.
Here are some not so typical but oh so fun things that I’ve come up with for using duct tape:
* fixing the bark on that yapper dog a couple of sites over from me.
* placing it carefully on the ground at night around my RV, sticky side up, in the hopes of capturing a scorpion or some other elusive desert creature. But knowing my penchant for being a brainiac, I’d forget it was there and walk onto my own trap.
* recreate the southwestern sky on the side of my RV using “glow in the dark” duct tape cut in the shapes of the constellations (that one might be a bit over the top).
Down to a more practical use for my duct tape collection. I use white tire covers on my RV to protect the tires from the sun. Every now and then they get some cracks in them. Rather than let the cracks get bigger or throw them out and get new ones, white duct tape makes them look good as new.
I may not be handy with tools or even have the tools to be handy with but give me a roll of duct tape and prepare to be inspired, impressed, and amused.
Going to Walmart now. Guess it wouldn’t hurt to swing down the hardware aisle. You know, just to see if there’s some new duct tape products. I’ve heard some rumors that they now have it in a leopard print. I’m feeling new inspirations already.
(aka Tin Can Traveler)