The Versatility of Military Tape

06 Mar, 2018

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Today, military tape, also known as “duck” or “duct” tape, is indispensable in any toolbox. The material with which it is manufactured, and its practicality to use and to carry, make military tape one of the most versatile products in the market. The industries in which it is applied are endless, not to mention how handy it comes at home. Below, we will provide a list of 5 interesting and practical uses of military tape. But, before going in detail, let’s take a brief look at how it originated.


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As many of the great inventions of the last century, military tape was born during the World War II. Before then, there were some approximations to military tape, such as mask tape. But it was in the course of World War II that the U.S military identified the need for a material to seal ammunition boxes that was easy to remove when on the field. Military tape was the solution and, because of its easiness of use and practicality, its use became popular in many other areas.

Now that we’ve clarified where military tape comes from, let’s take a look at some of the most common uses it has. It is important to note, though, that there are different types of military tape and their uses vary according to each type.

  1. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

This is actually where the term “duct” tape comes from. Shortly after the war, it began being used for patching ducts. Although today there are other tape products specially designed for these scenarios, it can be used as a temporary fix for ducts that need to be patched.

  1. Emergency Bandages

Because of its high resistant material and its elasticity, duct tape can be used to wrap a cloth that is serving as a bandage. It will hold it together until you can get professional assistance.

  1. Windows Protector

In areas where hurricanes are common, duct tape is applied to windows to protect them from “flying away” during a hurricane. Additionally, it is applied sometimes on windows to let people know that there is a window in front of them and prevent them from walking into it.

  1. Repairing Cracked Windows

When a car window, for example, is cracked, you can apply duct tape on it to prevent it from cracking even more. In this way, you’ll minimize the risks until you change the window.

  1. Clothing

Thanks to its versatility, military tape can also be used for altering or even making clothing items. For example, some people use it for making sandals or for making wallets.

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