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Emergency Duct Tape Field Stretcher

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Once I got started, this ible tapped my ancient military training/skills and it took on a life of its' own. (It also led to other duct tape ideas resulting in brain overload, duct tape dreams and a measurable lack of sleep. Thanks Instructables!)

There is always room for design improvement with any DIY project. This duct tape stretcher won't win a beauty contest, but it's dang sure strong and competent enough to get your injured buddy where they need to go.

This emergency stretcher is just this: for use in an emergency. Always use caution in transporting an injured person. 
 
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Step 1: Getting started

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Tools:

Duct tape
Sharp knife (if you value your teeth or your dentures)
2 Poles- 5' Long (or longer) and STURDY!

I used 2 push-broom poles, but in the field you'd be improvising with tree branches, driftwood, old fence posts, etc. If you're using small trees or  tree branches, strip the bark as needed and clean the poles as best you can. Work quickly but don't cut yourself. Green wood poles will work, but the drier the poles, the better the duct tape will adhere to it. 

Always test dry poles or branches against your knee. If they don't snap, they're good.

Step 2: Start building

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Peel of 4 strips of duct tape at least 50" long.

Fold each strip in half horizontally to make a strong duct tape strap.

The straps need  to offer at least 20" of torso space (width) between the 2 poles. With that in mind, gather both ends of each strap and tie with a square knot. Tug HARD so they won't come undone. 

Strategically position the 4 straps around the poles and secure them with small strips of duct tape.

Nice one!!!

tinker2343 years ago
hey could imake it fold down to small squre
cloudifornia (author) 3 years ago
I need to mow my lawn. But it isn't through growing yet so why bother?
splazem3 years ago
Very good idea. Thanks for posting it.
cloudifornia (author)  splazem3 years ago
Thanks very much!
tinker2343 years ago
hey just a thought add coution sheets and wellla a comfoy strecher briallnt
cloudifornia (author)  tinker2343 years ago
I hear you!
yeah i was wondering
ninelives23 years ago
Great idea

Thanks for the post
cloudifornia (author)  ninelives23 years ago
Thanks!
l8nite3 years ago
that looks liek a perfectly servicable stretcher (if the right poles were used) of course that would also mean you were stuck out in the boonies with a full roll of ducktape and no blanket or other large cloth but still, a very good idea and a well put together "ible"