Although people have been stuck to tape for decades – using it for everything from short-term home repairs to creative fashion fixes – advances in the tape world are now taking repair gurus out of even more difficult situations.
Originally green and called “Duck” tape, this type of tape was first used by soldiers in World War II for repairs and to keep moisture away from their ammo cases.
After the war, it became known as “duct tape” when people started using it to connect heating and air conditioning ducts.
The duct tape was credited for saving the lives of three NASA astronauts on board Apollo 13, and more recently, the Department of Homeland Security has recommended using plastic duct tape to protect against bioterrorism.
A 2002 study showed that the tape could even be used to treat unpleasant warts.
While it is suitable for a quick fix, consumers find that the tape needs to be replaced frequently, especially on rough, porous, or metallic surfaces.
But a company recently improved this domestic staple by creating double-thickness adhesive tape that sticks to wood, concrete, plaster, brick, and metal.
Gorilla Tape, developed by the company that makes the famous Gorilla Glue, also has a unique strap that makes it more durable than traditional adhesive tape and yet easy to tear by hand and an “any weather” shell that can withstand to more challenging elements.
Gorilla Tape has a variety of uses, from sealing leaking hoses to repairing broken garden furniture and fixing holes in convertible tops.
“The fact is, the normal tape does not work well unless the surface is perfectly clean and smooth – something we all know is rarely the case,” said Doug Roach, director of product development at Gorilla Glue. “Gorilla tape simply sticks to things that ordinary tape can’t stick to.”
Although duct tape has been a remarkable part of American history, recent developments ensure that it will remain part of everyone’s toolboxes for years to come.