However as with many items such as these, secondary uses have been discovered some of which are far removed from the inventors original intention, but just as effective.
This is a list of some all-time favourite uses that just entail using ordinary adhesive plaster tape - the one without the sterile gauze.
Get a Grip on Tools
Using adhesive plaster to wrap tool handles is the perfect way to get a comfortable non-slip grip. The great part is that if your hands do becoming sweaty whilst you work, the plaster absorbs the sweat, making the tools safer to use. Carefully wrap the handles by winding and overlapping the tape by about half a tape width, until the handle feels comfortable in your grip.
Here are some useful applications:
- Screwdriver handles can be quite uncomfortable to grip, especially if they are narrow and made of hardened plastic. The adhesive tape makes it easier to handle and less prone to slipping due to sweaty hands. This is especially useful on stubborn to remove screws.
- Wood-handled hammers can get damaged over time leading to the possibility of getting splinters on your hands. Covering the gripping area of the handle will hopefully help prevent those splinters. If not, you know what to use to cover them!
- Sometimes a hacksaw can just be too large to get into cracks to cut pipes - a problem faced regularly by plumbers. Remove the handle of the hacksaw so that you are only left with the actual blade, and bind the one side with loads of adhesive tape. Treat it like a regular saw, just making sure you are very careful about your hand not touching the blade itself.
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Reducing Your Hat Size
On the whole people don't wear hats regularly anymore, but perhaps there might be the odd occasion like a wedding or going to the races, where a hat is part of the dress code. Should you find that your hat is too big for your head, adhesive plaster will come to the rescue. Wrap the plaster around the headband as many times as necessary to create a snug fit for you. As a bonus, the plaster will also absorb brow sweat on those hot summer days.
It's Good For First-Aid too!
If you find an annoying splinter that is either embedded too deeply to remove, or perhaps too small to remove with tweezers, cover the splinter with elasticated adhesive plaster and leave for a couple of days. Pulling the plaster off slowly, the splinter should come out with it, eradicating the need to start digging with a needle.
Of course, let's not forget it can be used to hold bandages in place, cover wounds with a sterile gauze in place, and even be written on should you need to include important details like when a dressing needs to be changed.
All in all we need to thank Mr Earle Dickson's rather accident-prone wife Josephine, who was the inspiration behind the creation of the humble adhesive plaster back in the 1920's - an invention that has changed the world of the clumsy ever since.
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