Top 5 Uses for Duct Tape

by admin on March 2, 2010

Among the greatest inventions of all time, it would be unfair not to mention the printing press, the cotton gin, penicillin, the light bulb, Nintendo, nachos and democracy. But I need to add one more iconic, important item to the list: duct tape.

Seriously, is there anything duct tape can’t do? When we were on the road, we went through a dozen rolls of the stuff in a few months. The rolls we kept in the back of the RunTellmanRun van were used the most heavily, for sure. Dean and Chuck used the “Gray Miracle” daily.

Here are the top 5 ways RunTellmanRun uses duct tape on the road:

  1. Foot repair. Before we discovered the wound-closing powers of Gorilla Glue, Dean would throw a patch of duct tape on the sole of my foot if I was bleeding after a run. A tape that sticks to cinder blocks just as well as human skin is amazing.
  2. Door repair. When the door to the family RV wasn’t latching properly, it was duct tape to the rescue. Ditto for the shower door.
  3. Dean repair. When Dean broke his leg just before Christmas, we thought about putting him in a duct cast. He went for the real deal, though, at the hospital. Wuss.
  4. Bicycle accessory attachment. Water bottles, medical supplies, flashlights, food… Dean carried a lot of stuff with him on his bicycle. When the saddlebags overflowed, duct tape took care of buisness.
  5. Battery containment. We had a lot of small, battery operated gizmos on the road. With daily abuse, the battery compartment cover was usually the first thing to break. Nothing a 5-inch piece of Duck couldn’t handle.

Remember, if you can’t Duck it…



{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 frank burns November 6, 2010 at 7:53 am

It doesn’t matter what footwear you use, just keep your eye peeled on the road and do try, not to fall over again? The last time you did, you ended up getting stitches above the eye – Ouch!

2 Thomas David Stringer March 4, 2010 at 12:21 am

Well now, where do I begin? A lyricists ‘dream of all dreams?’ Yeahhhhhhhh,—–NO!!! But, He’s a real funny person,to have around, I’m sure… And duct tape needs no introduction, anyway…

3 Z Zazhinne March 2, 2010 at 11:45 pm

and remember–if you can’t be handy…red/green

4 DJ March 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Dear Tellman,
This wandering, wondering and inquiring mind of mine compels me to seek some information…
Did you replace the tread on your treadmill with some 20 grit sandpaper and train your feet into the necessary callouses, and then go about keeping the miles up while you’re off the run on the same surface to keep the condition of those characters down below your ankles ready to go?
I don’t think I could do it, but I wonder how someone makes those dogs ready to sing for so many miles.
Great days to you, yours, and the whole crew, too!
(Jesus, BLESS the world. Please.)

5 Iveta March 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Dear Tellman, Your Familie, Friends, Stuff and everybody, i am greeting yours from my home. You are great, really great and strong man. What you have don is more then great. But i am thinking democracy is great but world whithout payed work has any future. Thats mean I, Iveta Steffekova. Everybody has to have payed work, and this whit fantasie, enogh money tu built some business, this could have more than other. It is o.k. But ever man on the world which were sendet from the heavens has right to honesty life. And for this think we have to fight, thats my meaning…sorry, but i am now in so not well temper. I am greeting You and whish only the Best………………….Iveta

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