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We decided to fix-up my Grandmother's old lawn chair for the 3M Duct Tape Contest. Thanks for the idea and the opportunity!

Step 1: Clean up the chair

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Cut off all the old straps and wipe off the aluminum with a damp rag.
 
BethD211 months ago

Will/does the duct tape stretch? I'm thinking about converting my kid bike trailer for use by my two dogs. I want the base to be flexi but firm. The dogs weigh close to 60 lbs together.

If I use duct tape webbing, I would put the straps closer together, but will it stretch?

Kapaow (author)  BethD211 months ago
It definitely stretches, but it can be delayed. If you layer more strips of tape on both sides you should be just fine. Ours lasted 4 months in the sun and rain, and thats with the minimal amount of tape. Just layer it up well, the more the better, and you should be fine.
kb1ooo1 year ago

Nice job, but it appears that the part you stick to the chair post is only 1 layer thick? So you have a "weakest link" that is only 1 layer thick. I think I would build up 3 layers sticky side to smooth, then 1 layer sticky to sticky. That way the part you wrap around the chair post is 3 layers thick.

sbusbee3 years ago
I'm curious how this holds up. It looks great btw.

Also, how do you get the tape stuck to the chair exactly? I can see the first side being easy but, when you stretch it tight to the other side you aren't able to get any overlap with itself when wrapping around the aluminum pipe are you? I would imagine that would start to slide after a while and especially if 300 lb. uncle Rosco sits in it.

So, is this chair still in use and still intact?
code33 years ago
Good idea, and good intentions. Unfortunately, United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1, §8c states "The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise [or someone's butt]. In my opinion, this project would go over better if it were in some sports team's team colors, or in olive drab green as a camping chair.
bobbyesox code33 years ago
I have a couple of chairs I've been trying to figure out what to do with...now that Staples has colored duct tape, my problem has been solved! (And.. code3, lighten up. I'm really serious about proper flag etiquette, but this chair is no more a copy or replica of our flag than any other piece of red white and blue material. Very cute and patriotic.)
Kapaow (author)  bobbyesox3 years ago
Thanks!
PS1184 years ago
I really like this idea. I have a chair I want to redo, but nylon webbing is almost impossible to find anymore as our society is going more and more disposable.

The main thing keeping me from running out and doing this instructible right now is getting the two strips aligned *exactly*. (If there is any exposed sticky, such a chair would be suicide for those of us with machoriffically hairy legs.)

Somebody invent this: A duct tape - to - duct ribbon extruder spool!!!
Kapaow (author)  PS1184 years ago
On the episode of Mythbusters: "Duct Tape Bridge", Adam and Jamie made one to make the extremely long double sided strips
tokiryu4 years ago
How do you get the red tape to stick to the chair exactly?
rhondarue4 years ago
You can get the webbing for lawn chairs at your local Ace Hardware. If there is not one in your area, you can order at www.acehardware.com. I am a Manager at my local Ace and we carry it in our store.
Kapaow (author)  rhondarue4 years ago
This was a contest using 3M Duct Tape. Of course any of the items in these entries can be purchased at a store in their traditional form, but this was a creative exercise using duct tape.
johnieboy4 years ago
Great idea, like it!
VERY nice! I love the one blue stripe!
Kapaow (author)  Strombergundy4 years ago
Thanks!
Creativeman4 years ago
Looks good, but how did you do the stars?
Kapaow (author)  Creativeman4 years ago
We used a star we printed off the internet, traced it with a sharpie, and cut them out.
Awesome, very patriotic!