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24 Smart Duct Tape Tricks That Actually Solve Everyday Problems

Like the force: it has a dark side, a light side, and holds the universe together.

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1. Hem your pants.

Not a permanent (or washable) solution, but it'll get you through a wear or two! Learn how to do it here.

3. Repair torn toys.

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Put the doll's clothes back on and it's basically not noticeable.


5. And change a recessed bulb you can't get your fingers around.

6. Fold your shirts.

7. Save your place.

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Am I the only one who can never find a bookmark when I actually need one?


9. Remove mysterious sticky residues from glass or other smooth surfaces.


Dab the sticky side of the tape on the residue, several times, until you need new tape or the residue is gone. From here — and if you're trying this on a painted surface, test in an inconspicuous area first.

10. Save your screws when you disassemble furniture to move.


Firmly tape a plastic bag with everything from that piece of furniture *to* an inside surface on that piece of furniture (and somewhere it won't get torn).


12. Temporarily hold your shoes together.

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Definitely either replace or actually repair them when you can, though.

13. Remove gum stains from fabric.


Seal a piece of tape over the stain, then remove it, and repeat, until the gum's all gone. Now to figure out how the gum stain got there in the first place... From here.


19. Keep your tie in check.

20. Get rid of your warts.


Placebo, as some in this r/AskScience thread suggest? Something about your immune system? According to the American Academy of Dermatology (where you can also find directions for trying it out), doctors don't really know, but it works for some people.

21. Protect your books and textbooks.

They'll be somewhat water-resistant, too (on the parts covered with tape). Learn how to make this removable cover here; to make your tape roll go a little further, you could make a cover out of paper, then put the tape all over that.

23. Stop your clothes from chafing during long runs.

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