Duct tape bandages

First aid for manly boo-boos

By Matthew Pioro

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The three most important inventions of all time must be fire, the wheel and duct tape. Fans of the grey fix-all will be pleased to learn that its role has been expanded. Not only will it hold the handyman’s work together, but the handyman too.

Nexcare–whose parent company, 3M, brings you the tape–has now come out with duct-tape bandages. No longer do your cuts have to be covered with your kid’s colourful bandages or whatever tape is on hand. The bandages are a manly 1″ x 3 5/8″ size, and they come in a toolbox-friendly pack of 10.

The bandage is based on the same strong grey material as the tape, but it has a more skin-friendly adhesive and a gauze square. It will rip hair off your arm if you need to sneak a peek at your cut, but not to the same extent as the tape. Medically, it works like a regular bandage by keeping dirt and germs out, and it’s sterile, unlike that duct tape roll of yours with all the sawdust clinging to the sides.

The bandage I tested performed well. It lasted 36 hours, through 12 hand washes, one dishwashing session and a shower.

The bandages are available at hardware and drugstores.

For more information, visit www.nexcare.ca or call 888-364-3577.

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