Emergency Duct Tape Keychain





Introduction: Emergency Duct Tape Keychain

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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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35 Discussions

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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This + gaffer's tape instead of duct tape would make this perfect for my keychain :)

Yeah, I was thinking about that this morning with regards to Pilot's comment. Even if you try to lay the paracord nicely, at some point it's going to get out of whack. The second washer definitely would help with that.

sean m

2 years ago

I always just used a pencil nub and a piece of paracord. Loop the cord next to the pencil and wrap the tape until I had about 10 feet,

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Since there's been so many comments about paracord I think I'm going to have to start playing with that next.


2 years ago

Lay a loop of string next to a lighter. Wrap duct tape around the lighter and string. Then you have tape AND a lighter at your disposal. Use the loop of string to attach the devise to your keychain.

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I love it. Simple stuff like this is the best stuff