Monday, January 31, 2011

Duct tape: it's not just for rearview mirrors anymore!

(This has nothing to do with gardening--sorry!)

The post title is a little tweak at my dad (hi, Daddy!). I don't know if he remembers the time (over 30 years ago!) the driver's side rearview mirror got knocked off our car (the Vega, I think?) and he reattached it with duct tape.

Why I've remembered this all these years, I have no idea. But I was reminded of that incident recently when the antenna on my Beetle started falling apart: the rubber on the outside had split, exposing the metal inside and causing it to corrode and finally break. The rubber kept the thing together, but clearly antenna death was imminent.  I unscrewed the antenna and brought it in the house for its own protection.

Luckily, because of the example of my father's engineering prowess, I knew how to save the day, and this weekend bought duct tape for the first time ever. Mulch Boy laughed at me yesterday as I wound the tape around the shattered remains of the antenna.  WHATEVER, Mulch Boy!

Now my antenna is back on the Beetle, looking...  if not good as new, at least not as droopy.  AND my radio reception has actually improved.  Thanks, Duct Tape!


  1. When I graduated high school, my cousin's gift to me was a roll of duct tape. When I asked what it was for, she said: "Life. When it's time to use it, you'll know." She was right.

  2. Hee! When I was a little kid, one of the things I most dreaded was a trip to Hechinger's (our then-local big box hardware store, RIP) with my dad. So. Boring. This weekend, Mulch Boy and I visited Lowes AND Home Depot shopping for home improvement stuff (including duct tape), and MB had to drag me out of the hardware section. How times change.