Don’t Forget the Duct Tape – Dad’s Guide to Fixing Things

Stacey GustafsonIn honor of dads everywhere, I’m dedicating this article to duct tape, the frugal man’s best friend. Some of my fondest memories involved my father’s ingenious approach to fixing things with duct tape. He used it to stretch the lifespan of shoes, pants, appliances, automobiles, toys, tools, and furniture. I remember when he customized his old slippers with Duct Tape, extending their lifespan another decade.

King of the Duct Tape

My father visited from out-of-town when the kids were toddlers to offer support when my husband traveled. Before my husband left, he warned, “Don’t let your father fiddle with our stuff. He tries to fix it all with Super Glue and Duct Tape.”

“Sure. I’ll keep him away from trying to repair things,” I reassured him.Stacey Gustafson

It was difficult with young children to squeeze out enough hours in the day to finish the honey-do list. But once my dad hit the front door my resolve crumbled. Dad said, “Can I help you by fixing anything this week?” I thought, Can you ever!  Say no more. Sorry Hunny.

He hung pictures, unclogged toilets, and painted a bedroom. “Anything else?” he asked.

“Well, our reception is really bad on the television. Think you can fix that?”

Where’s Home Depot?

Stacey GustafsonAt that moment, like Jolly Ole’ St. Nick, his eyes sparkled and in a loud voice and he said, “Where’s the nearest Home Depot?”  He returned with an antenna kit filled with current probes, cables, a tripod with azimuth and elevation head, Super Glue and Duct Tape.

He climbed up the attic ladder, dragging his supplies over his shoulder, and disappeared for half a day. He shouted from above, “That should do it. Go turn on the TV to test it.”

My dad improved the reception on the television and the picture was never better. Thanks for the memories, Dad!  Happy Father’s Day.

Fun Fact:  Did you know that Johnson & Johnson originally developed duct tape for the military and called it duck tape?

Check out 15 Wacky and Fun Uses for Duct Tape, like how to fix butt crack.

If you have any Duct Tape memories, drop me a comment!


About staceygustafson


  1. Paulette Niehoff says

    Good one, Stacey!

    • staceygustafson says

      A Dad and his Duct Tape, an American original. Thanks for be a big supporter. Miss you guys.

  2. Lani Longshore says

    No great duct tape stories, but your dad and mine must have been separated at birth. He was great at fixing things. One of my aunts used to squirrel away her broken appliances until my dad came to visit. My uncle complained that if Nina didn’t think she had enough busted stuff to keep my dad occupied, she’d scour the garage sales to get more!

  3. I love your story. Isn’t it great to have a dad that fixes things? My dad recently fixed an outlet that was falling into the wall with clear packing tape. It lasted several months until an item was unplugged and replaced with another.

  4. Great dad’s day entry! I wish I could attatch a pic of our desk lamp. It’s been sporting a dapper duct tape wrap since it broke a couple of months after I bought it. It still works fine! Why replace it? By the way, you really resemble your dad! 🙂

    • staceygustafson says

      My dad still wears duct tape slippers. And lots of folks have noticed the comparison. My son looks a lot like grandpa too.

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.