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Not possible? It is.
Read on.
Ok, so I love duct tape. Who doesn't? Anyway, I am always needing it and never having it. I mean, a roll of duct tape is impractical to carry around and since I don't have a car to stash it in I end up not carrying it at all.
How do I fix this, I thought to myself. then I remembered what a friend of mine used to do way back when I lived in Colorado. I could flatten it!
Like I said, this is not my original Idea but I didn't see it on Instructables so I thought I'd post it. this should only take you 10 minutes or so plus drying time.
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Step 1: What you need.

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What you'll need is:
1 roll of duct tape (it works better if you use a small roll or a half roll.),
A bowl of water,
And somewhere to let it dry.

Step 2: Soak it.

This step is super simple, I don't think you need a picture.
Put the tape in the water.
It's that easy.
Now, let it sit there for a few minutes so the cardboard gets soaked all the way through.

Step 3: Flatten it!

Now, this too is not that hard.
Flatten it.
Wow, that was easy.

Step 4: Just for fun

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And just for kicks I put it in a vice and made it very flat.
Don't squish your fingers now...

Step 5: Use it!

Now you're done.
I keep this in my pocket and use it all the time.
Much easier to carry around now that it's flat. :-P
This was my first instructable, let me know what I can do to make a better one!
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If you look closely at the tape you will see loosely woven cloth enbeded in it. That is DUCK CLOTH.That is why it is called DUCK TAPE not duct tape.That is why you don't use it on ducts, it was never made for that. Think the army designed it as a general purpose tape.Duct tape is made from metal foil , aluminum or if your rich stainless steel. Ducks on the other hand ...
Is there anything that duct tape WILL NOT stick to? (serious question, not a statement of duct tape's incredible adhesion)
ironically enough I heard from one of my chemistry teachers that duct tape doesn't work that well on ducts, because of the constant thermal expansion and contraction. <br/> The best way to make your duct tape better is to buy <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.gorillatape.com/home.htm">gorilla tape</a><br/>. <br/>
OF COURSE it works on ducts..... that is WHY it's called duct tape... Go look in the attic of some houses. Many of them have duct tape sealing their ducts.... and have been that way for years and years... your chem teacher is misinformed....
drinkmorecoffee (author)  Davidramsey034 years ago
Nope, that teacher is right. You buy special tape to seal ducts. But even better than tape is to seal it with Mastic.
Never seal ducts in your home with this sort of duct tape
Sure... Makes great sense... Don't use duct tape for it's name sake.... If you only buy the cheap junk.. Commercial duct tape is still used in many places, and many HVAC guys I've heard hate mastic. It seems the cheap duct tape will work, just not for long in anything but the most temperate of areas.
drinkmorecoffee (author)  Davidramsey034 years ago
All I was saying is that it is NOT common practice to use this sort of duct tape to seal ducts, and is usually frowned upon.

As someone who's spent many hours studying mechanical systems for residential and commercial buildings, including HVAC systems, I am of the very strong opinion that you should find a new contractor if your HVAC guy hates mastic. Or if he uses regular duct tape to seal your ducts.

I am not an expert, but have taken some building science and I feel my claim is fairly well grounded.
Here in Northern CA, duct joints with duct tape will not pass building inspection. Mastic and material wrapped over it is "best practice."

I can imagine some guys not liking mastic, as it is messy and takes time. However, as I'm going through duct work under my house, traditional duct tape gets the contractor knocked out of the running.

I remember when the NYC code was amended to forbid it--it made one of the humorous segments on NPR.

its self!!!
duct tape sticks to itself very well. if yours doesn't it must be some cheap ass tape.
Blue: It will not stick to the BACK of itself, otherwise how do you get it off the roll?
it WILL stick to the back of itself, otherwise how is it ON the roll?
It sticks to the front of itself very well, but front to back it does not stick as well. YES it does stick, but not to the point that it will not come off.
Fair 'nuff
ya... i was just kidding... but it doesnt stick to fire... fire sticks to it!!!
Sounds like a bad Chuck Norris joke. >__<
No, a bad "In Soviet Russia..." joke
In Soviet Russia, Duct Tape sticks YOU in vice!
In Soviet Russia, Duct Tape won't stick to you!
Duct tape won't stick to Soviet Russia.

Nor will it stick to the Russian Mafia.
wow really? XD
It cant stick to sounds.
i don't know but it works grandly for patches to the youth group's old sofas and chairs. Stays on, so 'cool' and kidproof. They haven't picked it off in years. Or tried to. Maybe they too, like duct tape! This love of duct tape starts young in the midwest USA.
that's so true i can't tell you how true it is!!! i mean like, REALLY true! i don't know ANYONE who doesn't like duct tape who didn't move here!! :D
glue and bread
Doesn't stick very well to very smooth surfaces like plastics - or anything wet. I hear it's not too great for ducts.
My guess is Teflon. Also, I find that Mercury metal does not adhere very well to duct tape.
it wont stick to water
It wont stick to sounds
ducks if you buy duck brand lol
hm. well, i don't think you can stick duct tape to a bear. i mean it's will adhere to the bear, but you'd have a hell of a time trying to get it on there.
I couldn't get it to stick to vinyl underwater very well, although it stuck to dry vinyl and other, wet, surfaces just fine.
a stone wall
I used to do a lot of backpacking/mountaineering and the flattened duct tape roll packed very well and was a lifesaver. On a related note, and to answer your question, duct tape has a hard time sticking to anything when it's really cold.
does the water affect the adhesive at alll?
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