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Duct tape, the hundreds of uses

This stuff is better than sliced bread as the saying goes. Here is a list of things I have used duct tape for , note not all are advisable but here goes:

  • emergency broken car window
  • patching holes in glass windows
  • duct taping my¬† wallet – note check that your cash doesn’t stick in it
  • motor seat rip repairing
  • as a plaster over cut , remember the tissue on the cut first
  • rv fridge shelves door repairing
  • heard it this stuff goes on every space mission
  • making bicycle rack for carrier
  • for repairing and in fact even making shoes
  • repairing leaking boat or kayak
  • making a kiteduct flow
  • repair your vacuum hose
  • hem your pants or dress
  • repair the book binding
  • ever heard of a duct tape car roof rack , it can be done
  • for waxing ( ouch !)
  • to make a drinking cup
  • holding plugs in socket
  • for taping door side-view mirror on car after knocking it off against a pole
  • in fact you can even tape a car door back on after an accident , just don’t expect it to open easily
  • water sealing just about anything
  • feel like a fashion designer , well you can make pants , top , hat and jewelery
  • halloween costumes , complete with swords or tin hats
  • patch holes in your meshing or tent canvas
  • even make toys
  • repairing sewerage piping

Some other uses which i have not personally tried out :

  • vet used duct tape and pvc pipping to make a cast for a calf
  • sticking down tiles
  • sticking up signage
  • bathtub repairs
  • repair bicycle tyre
  • repair your plastic bumper
  • put up curtains without screws
  • jeans zipper broken , tape it up
  • duct tape boxes together to make clothes shelving
  • repair canopy for your soft top
  • make a ladder with sticks
  • chair seat lattice work
  • fixing holes in dry-walling
  • duct taping the tv antenna at just the right angle to get reception
  • in fact make an airplane skin
  • upholstery repairs
  • turn your beer can into a mug of beer with a handle. ductmirror

So do you have any suggestions of your own to add , well let me know

 

 

 

Christmas trees in Texas

xmas tree 1chocolate xmas tree For my job I am on the road quite a lot and I have been thinking that while the houses all look beautiful with all their Xmas decorative lights, it seems to get more commercial every year.

Also the joy of getting an actual Christmas tree is lost on me , you have to find someone selling them , get the giant tree home , without breaking too many of the branches , without scratching your car. Then drag the tree into your house.

Practice your engineering skills to get that tree to stand straight up. Not exhausted yet, but in serious need of a beer. You are sweating , even though it is only 45 degrees outside.

Now it is time to nag the kids to get the decorations down from the attic and put them on the tree. While you go and clean your car of all the pine needles that are decorating your car like a pincushion. Of course your vacuum cleaner will not take out the needles , so you end up pulling them out by handle each and every little one of them.

Then you move back into the house to clean up the pine needles that fell out as you were carrying the tree into the house. So now you are on your hands and knees pulling out the pine needle for your carpets ;( you are not feeling the holiday cheer now. I haven’t even mentioned getting rid of the tree after the festive season.

Now none of us like the plastic trees but have you ever thought about making it a holiday tradition to build and design your own tree as a family. You will be amazed how a coin of silver spray paint and glitter can transform everyday items into something special like a new Christmas tree.

Below are a couple of examples of different Christmas trees.xmas tree cones