Introduction: Backyard Duct Tape Kayak

I was looking for a small kayak to paddle around our creek and I found out that they are $100-200! I knew that I could make one on the cheap and what better material than duct tape!

Step 1: Gather Materials

materials

  1. four 10 ft long 1/2 in diameter of SCH 40 PVC pipe (3.048 meters) $6 £4
  2. around 4 rolls of duct tape $28 £17
  3. 2 corner tees $2 £1
  4. 4 tees $4£2.5

tools

  1. saw
  2. scissors
  3. thats all!

Step 2: Put the Frame Together

cut two 7.5 ft (2.2 meters) long pieces

get a corner tee and put the 7.5ft long pieces into it then get another corner tee and stick the other side of the pvc pipe into it. (its supposed to bend :) ) I had to wrap some duct tape around the middle so the PVC pipe wouldn't come out of the corner tee.

Cut the middle of the PVC pipe and add a tee.

Get a two pieces of pvc pipe and put them in the corner tees.

Add an elbow to the two pieces (make sure the elbows point towards each other)

Put a piece 7ft 2in long of PVC pipe into the two elbows.

Cut the piece you just added in the middle and add a tee then cut about an inch away from it and add another tee.

Put a piece 20 in of PVC pipe in to the tees

now you are ready for DUCT TAPE!

Step 3: DUCT TAPE

Get the duct tape and put pieces around only one side (this will allow you to achieve the "boat" form)

wrap about a foot then wrap horizantally all around the frame make sure you overlap the duct tape about half do this for the whole frame

then if there are any "creases" (see picture) duct tape horizantally

Step 4: Make a Name!

make up a name! I named mine "fixed it" because thats what duct tape does it fixes stuff!

Step 5: Leaks

When you test it if there are any leaks the culprit maybe in the middle where there are horizantal pieces of duct tape to fix this just add a piece of duct tape where the horizantal and vertical pieces meet

Step 6: Make the Paddle!

No kayak is complete without a paddle!

what you need for a paddle

  1. a little length of vines
  2. duct tape
  3. 25 in piece of PVC pipe
  4. a PVC pipe tee

make a loop and duct tape where the two ends of the loop meet then wrap the whole thing (except a little part of the vine on the end) in duct tape. put a 25 in piece of PVC pipe on the part you didn't duct tape then add a tee to the end of the PVC pipe

then go kayaking in a river!

Comments

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DarinM made it! (author)2016-04-09

Don't forget to bring some extra duct tape, to fix the "Fixed It", of course!

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nathansandberg13 made it! (author)2016-02-03

going to make it with my friend

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12016-02-03

Awesome! remember to post a picture if you do!

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nathansandberg13 made it! (author)2016-02-03

thats awesome

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Steve Crayons made it! (author)2015-09-30

This is hilarious and awesome!

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-09-30

thank you!

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CuriosityMachine made it! (author)2015-05-27

Cost effective design, I like it.

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-27

thanks!

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Tater Zoid made it! (author)2015-05-22

This is great, you got my vote.

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-22

thanks!!!!

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CraftS1 made it! (author)2015-05-20

Absolutly astonishing, there are crazy things that crafters could make.

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-21

thanks!

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EvolvedAwesome made it! (author)2015-05-18

This is crazy, but awesome! lol

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-18

thanks!

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mhairi80 made it! (author)2015-05-16

Amazing! Great one to make! Thanks!

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-16

thank YOU!

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Kafukai made it! (author)2015-05-16

LOL :-) It's actually float, this is awesome! I didn't thought duct-tape is a good sealer.

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-16

i had a few small leaks but other than that it was great sealer!

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Saiyam made it! (author)2015-05-16

Oh, that's great! voted.

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-16

thanks a lot!

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ethan_hair7 made it! (author)2015-05-14

Awesome! I voted for all three.

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-15

thanks!

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tenthdoctor3946 made it! (author)2015-05-15

Voted btw ;)

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-15

thanks!

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tenthdoctor3946 made it! (author)2015-05-15

You didn't use pvc cement for this- does the duct tape hold the pipes together?

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-15

yes though the pipes kept flinging out when i was building the frame

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tenthdoctor3946 made it! (author)2015-05-15

Swell idea!! Nice execution too... ;)

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-15

thanks!

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ashleyjlong made it! (author)2015-05-15

Wowee! That is some serious duct taping! Is it hard to balance in the water with the steep angle of the sides?

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-15

It wasn't that bad the real problem was I didn't have much support between the middle support and the back and front so it ballooned in a lot
Thanks for commenting!

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esl401k made it! (author)2015-05-15

This is awesome!!!!!!

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-15

thanks!

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Phoil made it! (author)2015-05-15

Cool idea

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-15

thank you!

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ernst45 made it! (author)2015-05-15

mythbusters did this a very very Long time ago

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-15

they also did a more recent episode with duct tape and bubble wrap in the grand canyon

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Madman146 made it! (author)Madman1462015-05-15

yeah i saw that episode "duct tape island"

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Mysterious_Gal made it! (author)2015-05-14

Awesome!

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-14

thanks!

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Mysterious_Gal made it! (author)Mysterious_Gal2015-05-14

Voted :)

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-14

thanks!

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Pavithra Arunkumar made it! (author)2015-05-14

Very Impressive!!!

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-14

thank you!

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Flash67 made it! (author)2015-05-14

OMG this is GENIUS! I voted for all three contests you entered! I'm a big fan of duct tape too but you just took it to whole other level! Keep it up and good job!

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-14

thank you!!

and thanks for the votes

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TheTutor11 made it! (author)2015-05-14

You are so Brave!

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-14

thats a model i hired for a photoshoot ;)

just kidding

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Rubeus Hagrid made it! (author)2015-05-14

cool

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bravoechonovember1 made it! (author)bravoechonovember12015-05-14

thanks!

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