Whether you’re relaxing at home, grinding at work, or slumming it in the outdoors, stuff breaks. It could be a pipe bursting in the basement, the backrest on your office chair breaking, your tent walls getting slashed by a wayward knife, or a thousand other possible things. In each of these cases, you’ve got something that needs fixing.
Yes, it’s best to get professional help if you want a proper fix. For many things, though, a quick repair job with the right tape or adhesive is enough to let you make things right for the next few days, weeks, or months. And sometimes, that’s all you really care about.
Want to be ready for a quick and dirty fix whenever any of your stuff breaks? Keep these things in your toolbox and DIY your way out of any repair task.
Duck Max Strength Duct Tape
There are tons of duct tape brands in the market. Some are thicker, some are stronger, and some have better adhesion. We don’t know if it’s the best, but the Duck Max Strength has proven to be one of the most reliable duct tapes we’ve ever used. It sticks to absolutely anything and wraps around uneven surfaces with relative ease, making it very useful for attaching nearly anything together. We particularly love its balance of thickness and stretch, which allows it to fit around weirdly-shaped sections, all while exhibiting a whole lot of strength. The downside? Like all duct tapes, it’s a temporary solution, with most fixes usually starting to give out in about a year and many months less if the object is frequently exposed to the elements. Still, few things are as effective when it comes to letting you fix things in a jiffy.
- High tensile strength for heavy duty hold for pros or DIYers wanting something stronger
Amazing Goop All-Purpose
While duct tape has a good load of uses, it has one downside: the ugly sight of tape wrapped around that thing you just repaired. If you want to fix something without the unsightly mess, you use glue instead. And when it comes to glue, few have earned a better reputation through the years than the Amazing Goop, a waterproof, temperature-resistant, and flexible contact adhesive that can work on wood, glass, metal, laminate, leather, and fabric, allowing you to put a whole load of broken things back together. Even better, it doesn’t crack or break like regular super glues, all while being safe to use on items you plan to put on dryers and dishwashers. While there are different types of Goop for specific purposes (automotive, shoes, plumbing), the all-purpose one is usually good enough to handle most repair tasks.
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape
It doesn’t matter how durable and technical a fabric blend is, it will always rip and tear at some point. From jackets and raincoats to tents and sleeping bags, the darn things eventually take damage if you use them enough times and expose them to enough hazards. And while you can take a piece of cloth and glue it to a punctured material, this waterproof fabric tape should make for a better solution. Equipped with an ultra-strong adhesive, it can bond any type of fabric, along with nylon, vinyl, rubber, and plastic, allowing you to use it to repair a whole load of gear. Just place the tape over the damaged area and apply pressure to secure the hold. After 24 hours, the bond is even permanent enough that you can wash the darn things without the tape ever coming off.
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Billed as a “permanent repair wrap,” you only need to soak this specialized resin in water and wrap it around any surface that requires fixing. Like duct tape, you can use it to repair broken tools and broken furniture. Unlike it, the darn thing is meant to serve as a permanent solution, as the wrap, after being soaked in water, will dry into a steel-hard state in the next 15 minutes, creating a ridiculously strong bond that should keep its hold through years of extensive use. Even better, it’s designed to hold up to 60 PSI of pressure, so you can use it to seal off leaks in hoses and pipes, all while withstanding extreme temperatures as high as 300 degrees Fahrenheit and as low as -30 degrees Celsius. Once it hardens, the wrap can even be sanded and painted over to give any repair job the smoothest finish. It comes in multiple sizes, by the way, so you can choose the perfect size for every kind of repair job.
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Unlike many of these repair products, this one doesn’t attach itself onto objects. Instead, it’s self-fusing, so the tape only adheres to itself. That makes it great for temporary fixes, since it won’t leave any residue when removed, ensuring the surface it’s wrapped on stays clean the entire time. With its 950 psi tensile strength, fully-waterproof build, and wide operating temperature range (-85 degrees to 500 degrees Fahrenheit), it’s a great solution for fixing a broken radiator hose, patching a leaking pipe, or sealing a cracked water bottle, while an insulation of 8,000 volts per layer makes it ideal for splicing electrical cables. This is the same tape, by the way, the American military uses for their Battle Damage Assessment Repair Kit (BDAR), so it’s been vetted by some serious folks for some serious applications.
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Ever seen the wings of an aircraft wrapped in what appears to be duct tape? Well, it’s not duct tape, but speed tape, an aluminum pressure-sensitive tape that can retain its tight hold onto surfaces even when traveling at high speeds. Suffice to say, if you’re looking to make a quick, non-permanent fix on the exterior of aircrafts, fast cars, and any other vehicle that pushes the speed limits, this is the one thing you want to have in your arsenal. We know, it’s the kind of product that will only be useful to a limited demographic, but for that small group of folks, the darn thing is downright indispensable.