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sm Duct Tape stress testsIf you’re wondering what the strength of duct tape might be Make reader Taylor reports in with some possible clues…I decided I needed a hammock in my dorm room, and what better way than duct tape. I attached 4 strips on either side to the ceiling, making a loop at the bottom. I then used some clothes line and 2 carabiners to attach the hammock. The whole setup can hold my 200 lb friend (he fell asleep for 4 hrs in it). Under that stress each strip is holding around 25 lbs (assuming the weight was equally distributed, which I did my best to do). I haven’t pushed it to the limits yet, maybe this weekend I’ll see just how much it can take (Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3).

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.

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