In Praise of Duct Tape or Duck Tape

brockrwood

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In praise of "duct tape" or "duck tape". Rip it. Stick it. Done.

The credit for this universally loved tape goes to:

Vesta Stoudt, a female inventor who came up with the idea during World War II and invented her own version of it; and,

Johnny Denoye and Bill Gross, workers at Johnson & Johnson, who took Vesta Stoudt's idea and produced the kind of fabric-based, silver-gray backed tape we know and love today.


Salute!

I am not sure whether to call it "duct" tape or "duck" tape. I think "duck" is more accurate, as the tape was originally made by putting adhesive onto a strip of cotton "duck" fabric.

Whatever you call it, the uses for this tape know no bounds. I even use it in model rockets. I put it on kevlar shock cords right where the shock cord exits the body tube, to keep the knife-like kevlar cord from "zippering" the body tube.
 

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