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The Jumbo Duct Tape Book [Kindle Edition]

Jim Berg , Tim Nyberg
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Did you know that duct tape can turn any item of clothing into rainwear? That duct tape over a computer screen will keep your kids from surfing naughty sites on the Web? That a perfect solution for those easy-to-lose TV remotes is to duct tape them to your arm? (Not only won't you lose it, you'll never have to relinquish control over it, either!) But can you also believe that Jim and Tim's creative ideas for duct tape spawned not just one bestselling book, but three, plus a calendar? And now the ultimate collection?

With two-thirds of the material drawn from their previous books and calendars and one-third all-new, The Jumbo Duct Tape Book is pure nuttiness to the nth degree. The premise is right there, on page one: "One rule can get you through life. It if ain't stuck and it's supposed to be, duct tape it." But of course it's the interpretation that counts-like duct taping the gas pedal for cruise control, or duct taping marbles to your pressure points for instant reflexology. And then there's bending the rule-transforming sneakers into golf shoes by punching nails through duct tape and taping it to the soles, saving energy by taping all switches in the off position. Plus cosmetic dentistry (use white tape for the "The Mask" look, silver for the metal-mouth bad guy look), cell phone safety (tape phone to side of head while driving so hands stay on wheel), home decorating (use duct tape for easy drapery tie-backs). You can even convert the book to a "hard cover" by taping a piece of 1/4 inch sheet of plate steel to the front and back covers. It'll last for years!

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

"WOW! This is our fattest book ever!" - Jim and Tim, The Duct Tape Guys

Forget everything you may have read or heard about duct tape. Compiled from a lifetime's obsession, The Jumbo Duct Tape Book is a magnum opus of nuttiness. If you duct tape you hands to the front and back covers of this book, you'll find it almost impossible to put down!

About the Author

Jim Berg, with Tim Nyberg, started the duct tape craze in 1994 with the publication of their bestselling The Duct Tape Book. They are relentless proselytizers for duct tape and host the hugely popular, mega-award-winning Web site.

Tim Nyberg, with Jim Berg, started the duct tape craze in 1994 with the publication of their bestselling The Duct Tape Book. They are relentless proselytizers for duct tape and host the hugely popular, mega-award-winning Web site.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7709 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (September 15, 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VAEUB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,577 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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89 of 99 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Way too stupid - don't waste your $ on this book December 9, 2004
I was looking for a book that could actually tell me about practical things you could do with Duct Tape. Unfortunately, much of this book is filled with stupid-trying-to-be-funny things. Yes, there are a few good practical ideas, but most sound like they came from bad comedy writers struggling to come up with something funny. As a result, most of the book is filled with really stupid things that are far from funny.

Here are some examples of some pages: "Muzzle your mutt" with a graphic of duct tape around a dogs nose and mouth. Ha ha? Use a wadded up piece of duct tape in place of a silver tooth filling. Ha ha. Duct tape your telephone hand set down so you won't be inclined to answer the phone during the dinner hour when a telemarketer calls? Ha ha.

My 12 year old is funnier than these guys. Now I've wasted my 8 bucks and I'm still looking to find a decent book about duct tape. Don't make the same mistake I made- save your money.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow...this thing sucks! January 10, 2006
I was given the page-a-day calendar based on this foolish book as a Christmas gift. It's chock full of the same dribble mentioned in the previous reviews. Here's another fine example: "Refrigerator Repair. Jim's whole refrigerator door fell off, and he made a whole new door out of duct tape!" That's it. No further detail offered up. If it's actually true (hard to imagine) a bit more detail might of actually made the story mildly entertaining. I suppose it's meant to be a joke. The problem of course is quite obvious - it's simply not funny!

To put it quite frankly, this is a book written by idiots for idiots. If you're the type who thought those old Dorf on Golf videos staring Tim Conway were a hoot, then this might be your cup of tea. If Hee Haw and the Red Green Show strike you as high-brow entertainment, then by all means order your copy right now. And what about my calendar? After about a week of this crap I started to feel having it displayed in my office might in fact sully my reputation. It's now at home sitting upside down beside the phone for use as a tear-off note pad.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your money April 9, 2012
THis book has a whole bunch of stupid things you can do with duct tape like repair your torn pants. it does not have instructions on how to make cool things with Duct tape. My 8 year old son came up with making a duct tape pillow, now that is a better idea than all of the ideas in this JUMBO but worthless book.
Bought 2 other duct tape books - yes my boys are into making duct tape projects form Amazon and they were both worth buying this one however is NOT.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars LAME April 4, 2012
This book is full of really stupid and useless information. Its really more like a bad joke book about duct tape. I wasted my time and money on this book. I did not learn or read a single useful thing about duct tape from this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
While this book does contain a few sensible tips for solving problems using duct tape, most of the content consists of dumb guy jokes. As an occasional handyman, I appreciate the value of duct tape, having found many uses for it, from cleaning spark plugs to fixing the brake light switch on my car. However, the humor in this book is much too crude for my tastes, some of the "uses" of duct tape border on the cruel and sadistic. The authors are well aware of this and some of the "suggestions" contain a footnote that is a disclaimer. For example, on page 69 there is the sentence, "Or, tape birds and squirrels to trees for dogs and cats." This is of course not funny.
Therefore, if you are a fan of the "dumb guy" genre of humor, then you will find this book amusing. However, if that is not to your taste, then you will the bulk of the book boring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Duct Tape Book July 12, 2010
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It was a gift...and it was a hit! Hilarious concept! You only TWO things in your toolbox...duct tape and WD-40. If it's SUPPOSED to move, and it DOESN'T: WD-40 it. If it's NOT supposed to move, and it DOES: duct tape it!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Useful! July 12, 2009
Listen, doesn't just about every home in the good old USA have a roll of Duct Tape? Don't we use it a hundred different ways? Remember the old saying, if it's broke, just duct tape it!
Inside this fun little book is page after page of ways to use your roll of duct tape that I am sure you never thought of. Seem impossible? Trust me, it's true.
These two fun guys have put together a gem of a little book that would be a great gag gift topped with some good advise as well. I giggled when I read 'Blister Buffer' on page 215. Just Duct tape over the blister area for quick relief. Too funny.
This book is what it is so enjoy it for that. My husband received it as a Christmas gift and it truly gave our family a lot of laughs and yes a lot of new ideas on how to use duct tape. Relax and enjoy the funny things in life and this is one of them. Great little book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars silly, not all that funny June 23, 2014
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Okay, the alligator picture was funny -- because it was real. I had hoped when I purchased the book that I would find funny but real applications of duct tape. However, 99% of the book is over-the-top humor that all begins to sound the same before you get half way through.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great gift for my grandson.
Published 14 days ago by sewjag
1.0 out of 5 stars stupid book - don't buy it
This is a pile of stupid nonsense. Not worth the paper it's printed on. Bought it on trust for my nephew and threw it away as i didn't want to send him a thick pile of idiocy
Published 2 months ago by Joe Evangelista
3.0 out of 5 stars Duct Tape Book
I thought it was a book showing how to make things with duct tape. Didn't realize it was more of a joke book. However, I needed a gag gift a few days later, so I was all set. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marion Gandy
3.0 out of 5 stars The funny Jumbo Duct Tape Book
The Jumbo Duct Tape Book was ok but not that great for children it is more of a duct tape joke book then anything. I did not find all of it that good. Read more
Published 5 months ago by epagames
3.0 out of 5 stars The Jumbo Duct Tape Book
Pretty good. It has some interesting tips for those who may not be familiar with the use of duct tape.. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joseph J. Waleski
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome gift
Got this for a Christmas present. Very funny ideas, and uses. Sitting out in living room and gets a lot of attention from company. They love it. =)
Published 13 months ago by Alliksu
5.0 out of 5 stars funny
This was a great one off Christmas present. And actually a lot of good tips! I got it for my fiancee because my father in law isn't a big reader but I knew it would make him laugh. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sherellyn A. Purcell
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous gift for a red neck
Gave this to my son on his birthday and he really got a kick out of it. Along with all the silly ideas are some that can really be useful.
Published 18 months ago by Eleanor Runkle
5.0 out of 5 stars Love IT!!!!
This is what my grandson wanted, and He Loves it. Thrilled to get it and a Big roll of Blue duct tape with it
Published 18 months ago by P. McLendon
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing p
Very disappointed with this book. It ended up being more of a joke book (not that funny). I was looking for a book of projects for my grandson. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Leslie C
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More About the Author

Tim Nyberg started out his writing career as a graphic designer and illustrator. With his wife, Julie, they created four creative children's books, the "Jake's Unfolding Adventures" series. The series was heavily illustrated and literally unfolded like a road map as the story built.

Then, the Duct Tape Books happened (the complete story is at This is where Tim met his friend, Tony Dierckins, Duct Tape Book one editor and subsequent Duct Tape Book co-author. With Tony, Tim continued the Duct Tape book genre and delved into other humor topics such as, "How To Get Rid of a Telemarketer," "When I'm an Old Man, I'll Wear Mixed Plaids," "the WD-40 Book" and "The Habits of Seven Highly Annoyiing People." And with Joey Green, "The Bubble Wrap Book" and "The Warning Label Book."

The Duct Tape Book genre introduced what Tim calls "Intelligent Stupidity" - which he and his co-Duct Tape Guy, Jim Berg, have woven into a popular stand-up comedy act which has toured throughout North America, England and Germany (the Germans didn't get it). They have been seen frequently on a variety of television shows from TBS's "Man Made Movie" to "The History Channel" dispensing the history of duct tape. Now with seven books and ten Page-A-Day Calendars in their Duct Tape Trilogy, their "breathtakingly stupid" writing career documenting the myriad uses of duct tape continues without any signs of stopping.

Tim's solo humor writing career includes "The Practical Joker's Handbook," "The Beanie Basher's Handbook" and "99 bottles of Beer on the Wall - the complete lyrics" (AM Universal, fall 2006).

Weary of many people asking Tim how to get published, Tim launched to dispense his usual advise. He has future plans of writing a book detailing his free and cheap (although bestsellingly effective) book marketing ideas.

Tim is 30-years into a happy marriage to his "best friend" and constant source of critique and encouragement. They have two grown kids - a daughter who's a wonderful music teacher and incredible jazz singer, and a son who's an amazingly prolific and thoughtful writer and also a skilled jazz drummer.

Keen on any creative endeavor, Tim has recently taken up fine art. His online gallery may be viewed at

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