Duck Tape

In our last post on WD-40, we referenced the old advise:

You only need two things in life: Duct Tape and WD-40. If it moves and shouldn’t, use Duct Tape, if it doesn’t move and should, use WD-40.

In this post, we look at Duct Tape.

Isn’t the title of this post Duck Tape?
Yes, and it turns out that when referring to this tape, “duck” and “duct” can be used somewhat interchangeably.

Isn’t Duck just a brand of duct tape?
Yes, currently, Duck is one of many brands of duct tape currently available. As will be explained, duck tape actually came before duct tape, so we will look at it here and save actual duct tape for a future post.

What exactly is duck tape?
According to the Duck brand website, it is a strong, flexible, durable, waterproof tape which was developed for the U.S. military by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Permacell during World War II. It consisted of cloth laminated between a polyethylene coating and very sticky Polycoat adhesives. Because of it’s water repellent characteristic, it was nicknamed “duck tape.”

After the War, this tape was put to civilian use – more on this in a future post. Years later, Manco named their version of the product “Duck Tape” with Manco T. Duck as its mascot. You can by this product in most hardware stores today.

There probably really are as many uses for duck tape  as for WD-40. If you have a unique use for duck (or duct) tape, or if it has ever saved your day, please share in the comments.