Emergency Duct Tape Keychain

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Introduction: Emergency Duct Tape Keychain

Recently I saw a very interesting product online. Some online retailer (name withheld) was selling a very slick-looking “emergency duct tape” on a keychain. It was such a brilliant idea and obviously very well constructed. However, the asking price was $20 and for me this was a deal-breaker. I started thinking about how this could be made in a cheaper yet more rugged way. For those of you who require an acronym, allow me to present a DIY tutorial on how to construct what I like to call the “Torbin’s Super Awesome Emergency Duct Tape Keychain of Fortune” or TSAEDTKOF for short. Total cost? Only $4 and change at the local hardware store!

Items You Will Need

  • 2 inch clevis pin: I went with a 2 inch pin because it was still fairly long but had a small pin diameter. You may want to modify this depending upon your needs. Keep in mind that most duct tape widths are approximately 1.88 inches wide so if you go with this pin, you'll need something a bit thinner.
  • flat steel washer: The diameter of the hole should almost match exactly the diameter of the clevis pin.
  • slip ring: You might have to spend a little time picking around your local hardware store. Some of these are thicker than others and you want to find one that fits nicely.
  • duct tape no wider than 1.5 inches: Again, this width is dictated by the length of the clevis pin you choose.

Step 1: Put the Flat Steel Washer on the Clevis Pin

There should be no wiggle room with the fit for the flat steel washer.

Step 2: Attach the Slip Ring to the Top Hole on the Clevis Pin

Attaching the slip ring now will give you something to use to turn the clevis pin and keep the tape tightly wrapped.

Step 3: Peel Back the Duct Tape About 1 Inch and Place the Clevis Pin at the End

Make sure that the side with the flat steel washer is flush with the top of the roll of tape.

Step 4: Begin Rolling the Tape Onto the Clevis Pin Slowing, Ensuring That the Tap Remains Flush With the Flat Steel Washer

Continue rolling until the top of the rolled tape is flush with the top of the flat steel washer.

Step 5: That’s It! If You Want More Tape, Then You Can Get a Larger Flat Steel Washer. Enjoy!

Thanks to the popularity of duct tape these days there's lots of options for customization from neon stripes to pastel cheetah and polka dots (yes, that's really a thing). With a little imagination, you can always have some duct tape available when you need it, and remain fashionable at the same time!

UPDATE: I happened by the hardware store tonight and I got a slightly larger clevis pin and washer. As you can see from the photo, although the overall construction is only slightly larger, the red one is holding a little less than half the roll of tape I purchased (approximately 2 yards)!

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BTW folks if you make this for yourself, I'd love to see your photos of how you customized it. Please feel free to add your photos of your own duct tape keychain!

Ive done much the same thing except I use the body of an old bic pen with some paracord looped through it. They make great zipper pulls for the inside of large packs or where you have gloves on and need something bigger to grab on to.

Could you upload a photo Msteers? I would love to see what you made.

Brilliant modification. Looks like it could easily attach to backpacks, belt loops, etc.

Thank you! I keep one in my gig bag and one on my keychain.

Another washer on the "ring end? Other than that, you saved me better than 2 lbs. in my backpack. Thank you. Very well done.

Awesome! I'm glad you found this helpful! I thought about the other washer but there's nothing there to keep it held tight. It would definitely be required if I did a paracord version so maybe some thought needs to go into making a version 2.0.

Use a threaded bolt. Put a washer and a nut on it, and drill your own holes. Just an idea. Then you have an emergency nut and bolt as well.

You could also put a second washer on the end once you've wrapped the tape, to help prevent dirt and lint and such from getting stuck to the edges when it's in your pocket.