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Duct Tape Really Does Take Care of Everything

Nov 11, 2018 | Just for Fun

One of the apartments in my building was being re-carpeted, so I asked for a scrap. I wanted to use it as an inside mat. I don’t allow shoes in my apartment, so I have a seat and a mat so people can put their shoes back on with when they leave.

But one thing I had learned was how much the edges ravel, so I wanted to bind them. So, I went to a fabric store to see what I could come up with. I bought some blanket binding and some iron-on hem tape, then attached hem tape to the carpet and the blanket binding onto that. It was a little more difficult than I had anticipated because fabric does always lie straight, but it worked well enough. I proudly put the mat in place. As I looked at it, I thought … Wow.  That looks just like … duct tape.

And it did.  Gray-blue duct tape, but duct tape. And tape would have taken about a quarter of the time and been cheaper as well. So, I did a second one with duct tape. It took less than a quarter of the time I now knew it would take with the blanket binding and hem tape. And it looks fine.

Now, why was that not obvious to me in the first place?