Friday, October 10, 2008

Regarding duct tape....

I have long been a big fan of duct tape. I use it for all sorts of stuff. If you have something that needs to be stuck in place, I will recommend duct tape almost every time. My enthusiasm is strong enough that my father pokes fun at me every year by leaving a roll in my Christmas stocking.

Here in the Peace Corps I am discovering hundreds of new uses for the stuff. Here are some examples.

  • Duct tape can be used to put anything up on a cement block wall. Posters, maps, newspaper clippings, photos of family, and even mirrors.
  • It can be combined with old mosquito netting to make a window covering. This keeps visitors (mosquitoes, fire flies, rats) from entering in the night.
  • When combined with a piece of sterile gauze, duct tape makes a very durable bandaid to help alleviate the many cuts and scrapes that are a part of life here.
  • I used a few pieces of wood and some duct tape to make a roller on which to hang my toilet paper next to the toilet.
  • My head phones were starting to come apart, so I used small strips of duct tape to keep them together.  They should last a while now.
  • I use it to block off holes in the wall that ants like to crawl in through.  There are a lot of holes, so there is starting to be an awful lot of duct tape put up.
I will let you know if I come up with more creative uses.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When I was in the DR, we used it to make a ball out of toilet paper and play home run derby. Good fun, I suggest you try it.


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