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7 Genius Things You Can Do With Duct Tape

Duct tape can fix any rip, tear, hole or split you can think of, but that's not all it's good for.

Everyone from neighborhood handymen to NASA uses this sticky tape for all sorts of projects, but it doesn't have to stay in your toolbox until the next time you build something.

Once you know all the creative ways you can use duct tape you'll be using your roll every day. So check these 7 extremely clever uses for the product and let's get to work!

1. Leave yourself a secret key

Can you believe there are businesses that would charge you $12 for a fake rock to hide your spare house key in? Why bother! Just put the key in the middle of a piece of tape and stick it somewhere you'll remember it. Now it's safe and sound - and it didn't cost you 12 bucks!

2. Remove a splinter

There's nothing worse than stepping on your deck and getting a nasty splinter in your foot. There are lots of home remedies for this situation, but if you don't have any baking soda handy just slap on some duct tape. After a half hour or so you can peel it right off, along with the splinter.

3. Waterproof a pair of shoes

This is such a useful little project. If you love to garden, go to the beach, or jog when the weather isn't perfect, there are so many uses for waterproof shoes. You can convert any old pair of runners by running a little duct tape along the thinner parts of your shoe.

4. Make a textbook cover that will survive anything

Nothing spoils a school year like getting a bill for a textbook your child has ruined. While a brown paper or newspaper wrapper offers almost no protection, a duct tape one can stand up to anything. Plus, they look really cool.

5. Trap nasty pests

What's the difference between duct tape and flypaper? You already own duct tape, while you'd have to go out and buy some flypaper! Just leave a few strips in rooms where you have a bug problem and it will take care of itself.

6. A very handy lid opener

We've all had this problem before. Sometimes you just can't get the right grip on a really tough jar. Just put some tape around the rim and you can pull it like a ripcord to twist it off. So easy!

7. Make all sorts of crafts

There's a whole community of people who make duct taped outfits and furniture. For a more manageable rainy day project, try to make some duct tape flowers with your children.

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