Duct Tape Is A Guy’s Best Friend


From fixing bothersome blisters to sealing a ripped bagpack, the sticky stuff is always useful. Here are a few fun facts you may not know about duct tape:

Duck or Duct?

Actually, both are correct. The sticky stuff was originally called “duck tape,” because the U.S. military used it to waterproof gear during Word War II. Soon after the war, clever folks began using the product to wrap air condition ducts, and the name “duct tape” was born.

Wearable Duct Tape?

Each year, Duck brand duct tape holds a contest, asking high-school students to create prom dresses out of duct tape. They might look ridiculous, but the winner gets a $3,000 scholarship for college. Interested? Click here for more information.

Fun Facts:

• That famous silvery color comes from powdered aluminum pigment.
• Springfield, Mo., is considered the duct tape capital of the world, selling more than any other city on Earth.
• The amount of duct tape sold each year could stretch to the moon and back.
• A single strip of duct tape, doubled over itself, is strong enough to pull more than one ton.
• Duct tape is made of three layers: plastic, fabric mesh and rubber-based adhesive.
• NASA used duct tape during the Apollo 13 flight. Now it’s a mandatory tool on all NASA flights.

Tips & Tricks.

Here are just a few of the ways that you can use duct tape in the outdoors:

• Repairing a crack, hole, tear or rip.
• Make a bandage.
• Make a rope.
• Make a belt, sling or harness.
• Use it to write a note.
• As a makeshift carabiner.
• Keep dry.
• Make a drinking cup.
• Mark a trail.

How Do You Use It?

Have an interesting or unique use for duct tape? Tell me about it in the comments section below. Submit your best duct tape tips and tricks, and I’ll feature the most inventive uses on the site.

Click here to learn how to make your very own duct tape wallet.

Want to win a duct tape wallet?

I’m giving away 20 duct tape wallets. If you want to win one, be sure to click here. You can enter once a day until the contest ends on Dec. 31, 2013. So come back tomorrow for another chance to win.

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58 Responses to “Duct Tape Is A Guy’s Best Friend”

  1. Robbie kessler
    November 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    I want a duck tape wallet

    • NL
      November 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm #


      • yolo is not ture
        December 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm #


    • mr.AWESOME
      December 1, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

      ME TOO

    November 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    A kid in school was selling them but i wanted one but the didnt let me buy one . It would meso much if i had one. ppplllaaaassseeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • The 1/ONE FINDER BOY
      December 3, 2013 at 11:27 am #

      There’s a 1 in your post.

  3. Den8Mom
    November 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Our Den decorated our Den Doodle with Blue and Yellow Duct Tape, the boys would love to send you a picture:)

    • Clay Swartz
      November 20, 2013 at 9:38 am #

      Please feel free to email it over to me, and I’ll post it on the site. clay.swartz@scouting.org

    • What?
      December 9, 2013 at 8:18 am #

      Not to distract you, but you should put a space between your smile to make :) . ;)

  4. ninjapies44
    November 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    Yah, the Mythbusters proved this one.

    • Percy Jackson
      November 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

      They’ve done almost everything with duct tape; fixed a plane, built a boat, made a cannon, made mountain climbing gear, built an animal trap, made a spear and many other things.

  5. ninjapies44
    November 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Can it tape the Headless Horseman’s head back on?

    • Clay Swartz
      November 20, 2013 at 9:37 am #

      Temporarily at least.

      • ninjapies44
        November 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm #


  6. dale johnson
    November 19, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    when you first look in a rednecks tool box you’ll find ductape and a ductape wallet will last longer than a regular wallet.

  7. Ben carney
    November 19, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    I do to but i wonder how many people do these things on average?

  8. Parker
    November 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    I made pants and failed but succeeded the second time I made it.

    • darkshadyperson
      November 21, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

      duct tape is not full on water proof

  9. jojobloblo
    November 19, 2013 at 8:36 pm #


  10. Third-Wheel
    November 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Ok so y’all have had the problem of finding tape on a roll. After you find it get a pencil or pen and put it about an inch away from the end of the roll. This will help you easily find and peel the end of the roll.
    When making a wallet and just in case in the future you lose it you want to put an identification card inside. After finishing the wallet (with the instructions on boyslife.org) get a transparent plastic bag like a Ziploc bag. After you do that get a notecard and plastic bag and cut it to the size of the left pocket. Write your contact information on the notecard. first put the notecard down where you want it and put the plastic bag on top. Get thin strips of duck/duct tape and tape down the notecard and plastic bag. Voila! A water proof identification tag.

    Just for fun if you and your friends like to play with fake swords Get strong cardboard and lots of duct tape. Then cut the cardboard into long strips with pointed ends matching up. Then cut 2 strips about 8 inches long. Tape the long strips very tightly together and tape the 8 inch long strips about 6 inches tightly to guard your hand while fighting.

    Oh yeah you can also make daggers, shields, and spears.

    • Wise Guy
      December 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

      You know that “Voila” part of your speech? I play that, and your going to have to change that, or else. :?

      • Third-Wheel
        December 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

        Sorry Wise Guy, If you do play “Voila” that would make you unique because I think you meant to say that you play the viola. :)

      • Wise Guy
        December 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm #


      • Sniper
        January 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

        Voila is an expression like ta da or something of the sort. Viola is an instrument kinda’ like a violin.

  11. Potato
    November 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    I just fold over the edge very thin. It makes it stick out and also gives you something to grab a hold of.

    • darkshadyperson
      November 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

      thanks for tip!=)

    • darkshadyperson
      November 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

      nice tip

  12. jplayer
    November 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    how bout the purses wallets etc.PILLOWS.flip flops.and so i need a wallet

    • Wise Guy,...
      January 2, 2014 at 5:05 pm #


  13. darkshadyperson
    November 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    don’t try duct tape wood does not stick after short period of time

  14. Logan
    November 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I LOVE THIS KIND OF TAPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Logan
      November 21, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

      ME TOO

      • What?
        December 9, 2013 at 8:22 am #

        Congratulations for making the first reply to yourself.

  15. BATMAN123
    November 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm #


  16. Inthedark
    November 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Stick a piece of duct tape together (sticky sides together) then pull it apart quickly in the dark and you’ll see sparks of light!

  17. Jeremy Stacy
    November 22, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    My favorite use for duck tape is for pranks. You can use it to tape people to their cots at summer camp. However, on a positive note, me and my friend got our favorite counselor a camp tshirt, and wrote that they were a boss in duck tape on the back.

    • Wise Guy is back
      November 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

      How is your name blue?

    • Wise Guy is back
      December 30, 2013 at 10:10 am #

      How is your name not blue? :| :| :| :|

  18. Anonymous
    November 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    One time I made a duct tape wallet. I lost it when we moved and I haven’t seen it since.

    • mr.AWESOME
      December 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

      its AWESOME

      • udontneed2know
        December 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

        Turn off caps lock dude

      • Wise Guy,...
        January 2, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

        That is either because he is very serious or he is very excited. ;) :| ;)

  19. soccerman26
    November 23, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    I duck tape it to make footballs using a soda bottle,filling it with water,and wrapping it in duck tape.

  20. lemon
    November 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    i need a duct tape wallet Clay Swartz send me one now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Anonymous
    November 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    One time i made a duct tape wallet.I lost it when we moved and i haven’t seen it since.

  22. liam
    November 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    i need duct tape wallet Clay Swartz

  23. T Ray
    November 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    I use it to remove warts, fix my lunchbox, and waterproof boxes,kindling,and a lot of other things!!!I made wallets for all of my brothers and fixed a lot of toys and tools.

  24. Victor
    November 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    Hey here’s an interestimg fact about duct/duck tape: When duct tape was first introduced into the American market in the late 1940s it was a problem for retailers because the tape was so sticky that the rolls would stick together and be very difficult to separate. In the early 1970s the Manco Company began selling duct tape in shrink wrapped plastic and helped to widen the ability of retailers to sell the product

  25. nick
    November 24, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    I want one because I have never made any thing out of duck tape and I have never had a duck tape wallet.

  26. Wise Guy is back
    November 30, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    Hmmm… Isn’t this an exact copy of Boys’ Life magazine? :|

    December 1, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    i want one because i love DUCT TAPE>:)

  28. jackmo
    December 3, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    What color are the wallets?

    • Clay Swartz
      December 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm #


  29. lailani.perez
    December 13, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    may I please have some duct tape wallets that would be very nice of you

  30. bug
    December 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    duct tape duck tape tape tasty chicken Einstein bagels and felafels


    • Wise Guy,...
      January 2, 2014 at 5:13 pm #


  31. kenz
    December 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    I can make duck tape wallets!! I also make clothes for my elf with duct tape!!

  32. Quinn
    December 23, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    You can use duct tape to get out a splinter if you don’t have any tweezers. Put the duct tape on the area of your skin where the splinter is, and carefully peel it off.

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