Make Your Duct Tape Better.




About: Ask me questions. I know the answers.

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.

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

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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    86 Discussions


    11 years ago on Step 5

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

    19 replies

    Reply 11 months ago

    Glitter duct tape doesn't stick to the top of glitter duct tape well :( trying to cover a poster board box top that I made and it's not going well


    Reply 1 year ago

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


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    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