Introduction: Make Your Duct Tape Better.

Picture of Make Your Duct Tape Better.

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.

Step 1: What You Need.

Picture of What You Need.

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

Picture of Just for Fun

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!


uncleplayground (author)2007-05-03

Is there anything that duct tape WILL NOT stick to? (serious question, not a statement of duct tape's incredible adhesion)

its self!!!

BlueFusion (author)girrrrrrr22007-05-29

duct tape sticks to itself very well. if yours doesn't it must be some cheap ass tape.

0311 (author)BlueFusion2017-05-28

I mean sticking tighter than it does on the roll, just to permanently glue the end down.

a23kiki23 (author)BlueFusion2007-05-31

Blue: It will not stick to the BACK of itself, otherwise how do you get it off the roll?

BlueFusion (author)a23kiki232007-06-01

it WILL stick to the back of itself, otherwise how is it ON the roll?

a23kiki23 (author)BlueFusion2007-06-01

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.

BlueFusion (author)a23kiki232007-06-03

Fair 'nuff

girrrrrrr2 (author)BlueFusion2007-06-16

ya... i was just kidding... but it doesnt stick to fire... fire sticks to it!!!

KeannaRoar (author)girrrrrrr22007-07-02

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

maharg20 (author)rptbandgeek17072008-10-20

It cant stick to sounds.

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="">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....

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.

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.

mcpguru (author)drinkmorecoffee2012-02-14

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.

0311 (author)mcpguru2017-05-28

Of course you can't use duct tape to seal ducts. What else do you expect in the land of crybabies, flakes, fruits and nuts.

karen608 (author)uncleplayground2007-05-04

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.

orangewolf22 (author)karen6082009-07-03

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

8bit (author)uncleplayground2009-04-08

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.

maharg20 (author)uncleplayground2009-01-07

it wont stick to water

maharg20 (author)uncleplayground2008-10-20

It wont stick to sounds


ducks if you buy duck brand lol

Grey_Wolfe (author)cheesynerd2008-06-25


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.

J_SCAP (author)uncleplayground2008-01-01


tubbychick3n (author)J_SCAP2008-08-21


Rishnai (author)uncleplayground2008-06-25

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.

0311 (author)2017-05-28

Nice instructable. Seems too simple, but I did not think of it. Tape only sticks to itself slightly so you can get it off theroll. This means that after you wrap it around something, the end is not secured. We need a substance that can be applied at this point to cause the end to stick tightly & be non-remo vable.

Lectric Wizard (author)2012-06-14

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 ...

Whitedude0728 (author)2009-08-09

does the water affect the adhesive at alll?

Ganoderma (author)Whitedude07282010-04-30

decent duct tape is waterproof, I don't think the water even comes between the layers of duct tape. It just soaks the cardboard roll so that you can easily reshape it. 

Best way to test it, is getting a small piece of duct tape off your roll and soaking it, letting it dry and try to stick it to something. If it doesn't stick anymore, it's most likely crappy duct tape in the first place :P

noobererer (author)2009-07-05

its harder than u think! i just squished it and it sprung back up in the shape of a star! lol

chilbert007 (author)2008-08-14

You can always re-wrap duct tape around a smaller object like and ink pen or high lighter. The idea is you wrap just enough so that you have access to a little duct tape when you need it and you have an ink pen with a new grip. Just something to try. You just need something smaller to roll the duct tape onto. Give it a shot, could not really hurt and would probably beat carrying around a slab of duct tape for most people.

orangewolf22 (author)chilbert0072009-07-03

i think that the "always have duct tape in your pocket" 'ible is for you, chilbert007. (0_0)

foxtrot4697 (author)2009-01-25

yay made it
ur awesome

maharg20 (author)2008-10-20

You can also wrap it around a spare card. ( Buisness card, gift card, etc.) Put rubber bands on the card, paper clips, anything else that's useful, stick it in your wallet and you have it wherever you go. (Unless you forget your wallet.) And it wraps very thin, in other words you can have a lot of it stacked on top of itself without it getting too thick. I use about 3 feet and is incredibly thin.

bowmaster (author)maharg202009-01-03

How could one fit a few pounds of C4 on said card?

About This Instructable




Bio: Ask me questions. I know the answers.
More by drinkmorecoffee:15 Minute Bamboo EaselHomeschool Science6 Cent LED Throwie
Add instructable to: