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    Cool Multi-use items!

    Ok, here's the deal, we list anything that has more than one use and, next we list different uses and ideas for said items. Here's what I've got so far.

    1.) Trash bags.
    2.) Duct tape.
    3.) Bandana(s).
    4.) 35mm film cans.
    5.) Walking staff(s).

    Anything I've left off?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge47 View Post
    Ok, here's the deal, we list anything that has more than one use and, next we list different uses and ideas for said items. Here's what I've got so far.

    1.) Trash bags.
    2.) Duct tape.
    3.) Bandana(s).
    4.) 35mm film cans.
    5.) Walking staff(s).

    Anything I've left off?
    - zip lock bags
    - 550 cord
    - snare wire
    - aluminum foil
    - surgical tubing
    - dental floss
    - sewing needles
    - safety pins
    - flexible cable ties
    - sewing thread

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    • Condom
    • Candle
    • Watch
    • Cotton Gauze
    • Gloves (potholders)
    • Safety pins


    Just about anything can have multiple uses. It's when people bring along a wheeled cooler or inflatable air mattress that the number of uses goes down.
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    forgot the IMPS-Net - Individual Multi-Purpose Net
    - military poncho w/ liner
    Last edited by mbarnatl; 11-24-2007 at 08:36 AM.
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    knife
    brass wire
    tarp or plastic sheeting
    survival blanket (space blanket)
    boot laces
    signal mirror
    socks
    your own body oil
    cattails (I hope that's legal for your list)
    Last edited by Rick; 11-24-2007 at 11:12 AM.

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    Thumbs up Here it is!

    Okay, I'm going to be listing uses for one of these items later on today as I got to go back to work right now. Then, hopefully we'll go through the others.
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    Cool Trash Bags!!!!!

    That's right, Good ole' American Trash bags! Months back I asked some of you what uses we could find for these and here are the answers I received:

    1.) Use them as "water-proof" boots/gaiters.
    2.) Shelter; as a tarp or, using 2 of them & duct tape make a "tube-tent".
    3.) Bandages.
    4.) Water Container
    5.) Fresh water still.
    6.) Lashing material.
    7.) Sleeping bag
    8.) Stuff it with leaves and use it as a blanket or mattress.
    9.) Gear bag; good for "wet or soiled" clothing.
    10.) Orange bag good for a signaling panel.
    11.) Transpiration still.
    12.) Kite.
    13.) Floating device.
    14.) Sail Sled.
    15.) Expedient weapon. (not sure who posted that one.)

    Can you think of any other uses? If not we can move on.
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    Don't forget that it can be used as a poncho, to carry fresh water, snare, limb lines for set hooks. Also use it for sewing thread for shoes, coats, or tents; or stitches for you in case you get a deep cut. The Backwoodsman magazine Nov./Dec. issue has an article on how to make these with 55 gal trash bags.
    Last edited by mbarnatl; 11-30-2007 at 07:16 PM. Reason: spelling
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    Man, you gotta be way out of the box to dream up making stitches out of a trash bag. Did they use the tie handles?

    rain cover for bag pack
    rain cover for fire wood
    moisture barrier for bedroll
    bear bag for food
    temporary patch w/duct tape for large holes or rips.
    winter coat (stuff with natural materials).
    Temporary dry bag for canoe (not totally dry)
    Can be melted and used as a temporary adhesive
    Camp shower
    Temporary cover to keep injury dry. (It can even be used to cover sucking chest wounds)
    Last edited by Rick; 11-30-2007 at 08:52 PM.

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    They cut 1" strips of trash bag. Strecthed it and then spin it...repeat until it is a thin string. I have to try this.
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    That is just too cool. Me too. I would never have thought of that but it makes sense. Thanks!!.

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    Cool Holy Crap!

    We just listed 29 uses for a trash bag, and that ain't even including....holding garbage! Wow, the next one is Duct Tape!
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    Everything you can find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge47 View Post
    We just listed 29 uses for a trash bag, and that ain't even including....holding garbage! Wow, the next one is Duct Tape!
    tying up hostages?

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    Sarge, you gotta be kidding! Duct tape holds the planets in alignment. Here's a bunch:

    on the medical side.

    http://www.ducttapeguys.com/hmo/index.html

    on the Outdoors side.

    http://www.ducttapeguys.com/outdoors/index.html

    The Duck Tape Guys...

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    Not all tape is created equal. I use what the military refers to as 100 mph tape (generic term). Generally, the heavier the tape the better. The higher the thread count the better. Look for tape that is waterproof.

    rifle sling
    rope
    repair anything (that isn't liquid)
    sunglasses
    snow shoes
    prevent blisters
    prevent the ends of rope from fraying
    bandage
    remove small splinters or needles

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    Taping your enemies butt cheaks together.

    JK... do a google on duct tape and you would not believe how many uses for there is.
    Last edited by mbarnatl; 12-01-2007 at 05:04 PM. Reason: spelling
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    Cool D-tape!

    A few years back "Backpacker Magazine" did an artticle on the many uses for Duct tape. It certainly is a "Modern Marvel". They even used it in "Apollo 13".
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    Talking Holy Crap!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    Sarge, you gotta be kidding! Duct tape holds the planets in alignment. Here's a bunch:

    on the medical side.

    http://www.ducttapeguys.com/hmo/index.html

    on the Outdoors side.

    http://www.ducttapeguys.com/outdoors/index.html

    The Duck Tape Guys...
    I clicked onto that "outdoors" duct tape site you listed and really enjoyed it, especially the pics of the functional tent and kayak made out of duct tape; thanks Rick!
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    Red face Moving right along...

    OK, we all agree that Duct tape has a lot more uses than we could possibly list here without running Chris out of bandwidth. Let's move on to Bandanas, one of my favorites as these 1st 3 are something you usually keep around the house.
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