June 25, 2018
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Gear Box: Scotch duct tape leaves no residue

By Jeff Strout, BDN Staff

If you’re handy and not so handsome, your ingenuity in making repairs with duct tape will probably get you some admiration — if not from the opposite sex, at least from your dog.

Who hasn’t made a quick repair with the stuff? Punch a hole in your canoe? Duct tape to the rescue. The trim falling off your car? Duct tape will hold it on, and you can even get the tape in colors close to your vehicle’s.

Fans of Red Green undoubtedly have their own list of fixes. My favorite is affixing the spare tire to the flat tire on the ’possum. Then there’s the duct tape spray decks some handy types use in the Kenduskeag Stream race to keep the chilled water at bay. Or how about the refastening of the passenger-side rear-view mirror on Gram’s car that was victim to the garage door post, or the sagging bumper that was victim to a snowbank? Perfect opportunities for the magic tape.

While most of these repairs are “temporary,” we all know they tend to be semipermanent until that day when you get inspired to make them “for real.” Then, when you yank the tape off  you’re left with a sticky, messy residue that’s a bear to remove.

Procrastinators rejoice. There’s a new product that leaves none of that ugly mess; Scotch Tough Duct Tape — No Residue. Scotch says it withstands outdoor elements like sunlight and moisture and it won’t melt in your backpack or boat hatch in temperatures up to 200 degrees.

It’s tenacious and yes, it lives up to its claim. I’ve had a piece stuck on my desk for weeks now and every time I peel it up and restick it, I check. Nothing left behind!

Here are some suggestions from Scotch for typical field repairs using duct tape: Patch or repair tears in tents, backpacks, sleeping bags or clothing; label water bottles so they don’t get mixed up with other water bottles on the campsite (wrap numerous turns of tape around the bottle to have a handy supply without having to carry the whole roll); keep bugs out of clothes by securing the bottoms of pants legs; secure and protect bags of food, keeping ants, spiders and other camp-side creatures out of your food stash; repair broken camp chairs, tent poles, fishing poles and other equipment; and make a smooth, splinter-free walking stick by adding No Residue to the top of a stick to protect your hands.

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