Fast tape hacks for the handy (or not-so-handy) man

Hockey Sunday 12/August/2018 19:12 PM
By: Times News Service
Fast tape hacks for the handy (or not-so-handy) man

Life is full of mishaps, but a roll of strong tape goes a long way, even if you’re not a skilled handyman.
It’s inevitable... accidents happen. Luckily, there is a secret weapon that can save the day with virtually any fix: duct tape. Why? Because it pairs versatility and intense strength with easy application. So, when it comes to around-the-house fixes or seasonal projects, you’ll be prepared if you have the right kind of tape in your toolbox. Whether you’re a do-it-yourself pro or a not-so-handy man, here are a few fast fixes that any skill level can handle.
Fix a bumper
If your bumper takes a blow, a trip to the body shop may be difficult to fit into a busy schedule. But the damaged bumper still needs to be secured in order to ensure the car is safe to drive. As long as the structural integrity of your bumper is intact, choose a strong, all-weather tape to seal minor cracks and gaps. Be sure not to cover tail, brake and signal lights so that they can easily be seen. And just like that, your vehicle is safe to drive until you can visit the body shop.
Fix a window screen
If you find yourself with unwelcome insects in your home, check your window screens for tears. If you do find a hole, there’s a quick and simple fix until you get around to replacing your entire screen. Apply a high-quality clear tape, to patch the hole without sacrificing your view. It offers a strong grip and the ability to withstand extreme weather and water.
Fix a tech screen
Your phone fumbles through your fingers or an accidental graze knocks your tablet off the counter and in an instant, the screen is shattered. Before you cut yourself on the device’s sharp surface, reach for some clear repair tape. Applying a clear tape to the surface will prevent more pieces from falling off down the line and allow you to continue using your touch screen device. While your phone may not look as sleek as it once did, a strong, clear tape will help you get out of a frustrating — and often pricey — bind.
Fix a leak
Have you found yourself knee-deep in household leaks? Not every job warrants calling the plumber; sometimes a roll of tape is all you need. From pipes and hoses to your backyard pool, a waterproof tape works wonders. Wrap the tape tightly in order to create a snug seal or create a patch by overlapping strips of tape. Like with any plumbing fix, the best course of action is to turn off the water supply and dry the area before fixing the leak. If that’s not possible, don’t fret — it can be applied to wet surfaces too.