Home Remedies using Duct Tape Outdoors

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In the outdoors, quick fixes and money-saving solutions need to withstand the elements associated with Mother Nature. Duct tape is a resourceful adhesive with a polyethylene coating that makes the tape waterproof. Because of this, there are many home remedies using duct tape that may greatly interest you.

Duct Tape

What is Duct Tape?

Before there was duct tape, the United States military used “duck tape” as a material that was flexible, durable and waterproof. During the World War II, the tape was quite useful – a brainchild of Permacell (a division of Johnson & Johnson) [1]. They created the strong flexible tape (which was first colored army green). The tape was easy to rip into strips and had many different uses, including sealing ammunition cases and repairing the windshields of Jeeps. After the war, the tape was given its silver color and became a popular item for people that installed the ductwork for heating and air conditioner systems. Today, there is a rainbow of colors that have found many different uses.

Duct Tape Home Remedies

From repairing your children’s sporting equipment to temporarily fixing a problem until you can get to a professional, the following home remedies for duct tape can help you save time, money and energy:

a) Remove Splinter:

When working on a wood project outside, use a small piece of duct tape to remove a splinter [2].

b) Fix a Shingle:

When one of your roof shingles have fallen off, duct tape can help make a temporary replacement. Cut a ¼ -inch thick piece of plywood to match the same size as the missing shingle, and then wrap with duct tape. You will need several strips to complete the process. Wedge the temporary shingle into place.

c) Prevent Wood Splitting:

Prevent the splitting of wood when cutting plywood by using a strip of duct tape to act as reinforcement. The tape will keep the wood from splitting as you saw. Peel the tape off when you are finished.

d) Pool Liner Repair:

Save a bit of money repairing a torn pool liner by covering with duct tape. Some people have reported this home remedy lasting for an entire summer – all while the duct tape is underwater.

e) Waterproof Slippers:

If you prefer to wear comfortable slippers when outside, you can make a waterproof pair by covering the bottoms with overlapping layers of duct tape.

f) Make Bike Streamers:

Want instant bike streamers for your kids? Cut various colored duct tape into strips measuring about ½ inches wide by 10 inches long. Fold each strip in half with the sticky sides together. Once you have about half a dozen for each side of the handlebars, stick them into the end of the handlebar and secure in place with wraps of duct tape.

g) Repair a Tent:

A tear in your camping tent can be fixed with a piece of duct tape that can cover the hole. To increase the protection, put another patch from inside the tent.

h) Mend a Ski Glove:

If you find the seam of one of your ski gloves is tearing open, tear a strip that covers the damage. Make your repair lengthwise or around the fingers.

i) Tighten Shin Guards:

Duct tape can be used to attack shin guards firmly in place. After putting on all of your equipment, split the duct tape to the width that fits your size. Wrap around the shin guard to keep it tight to the leg.

j) Revamp a Hockey Stick:

Wrap the bottom of a hockey stick with duct tape to improve a well-used appearance.

k) Awning Repair:

Use colored duct tape to repair a tear in an awning by laying equal strips of the tape on the top and underside of the tear. The tape has just the right qualities to fix the awning – strong and waterproof. You can also use the fix to repair a rip in a tarp.

l) Eyeglasses Fix [3]:

When the stem of your eyeglasses has broken, a temporary fix is to use duct tape. Use a toothpick to serve as a ‘splint’ – positioning it at the broken spot on the glasses frame. Wrap both together with the tape. The duct tape can also be used to secure the hinge.

m) Fix an Outdoor Screen:

Patch a hole in a mesh door screen by covering up with duct tape. This will help keep bugs from entering your home.

n) Fix a Taillight:

Temporarily repair a smashed taillight by using yellow or red duct tape to hold the remaining parts together.

o) Fill a Hole in Siding:

Patch a tear in your vinyl siding by using duct tape that matches the same color of your home. Apply this remedy when the siding is dry. The patch should last for at one or two seasons.

p) Fix Lawn Chair:

Replace the worn webbing of a lawn chair by cutting strips of duct tape that matches the color of the chair. Make sure they are twice the length that you need. Double the tape by putting the stick sides together so that the backing faces out on both sides. Then, use the screw from the chair to keep the tape in place.

q) Repair Outdoor Cushions:

Repair a rip in an outdoor cushion of patio furniture by affixing a piece of duct tape that closely matches the color of the cushion.

r) Patch a Canoe Hole:

A small hole in your canoe can lead to a sinking ship down the line. With the canoe out of the water, dry the area around the hole and apply a duct tape patch to the outside of the canoe.

s) Protect Your Gas Grill:

To protect the rubber hose that connects the propane tank to your gas grill from the damage of mice and squirrels, wrap the hose with duct tape.

t) Repair Ski Pants:

A rip in your ski pants can cause wind to tear through the material and cold your body. Place a piece of duct tape inside (make sure that it is inside) the rip with the sticky side out, and carefully press both sides of the damage together.

u) Treat Tool Handles:

To improve the grip of your tools (screwdrivers, hammers and the like), wrap duct tape around the handle so that it fits your hand easier.

v) Stop Bug Bites:

Before hiking in the woods, you can prevent bites from flies, ticks and mosquitoes by taping your pant legs to your boots using duct tape.


[1] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 154.

[2] Who Knew? Almanac by Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin; pg. 380.

[3] Five Minute Fixes by Reader’s Digest; pg. 275.