pics of my ductster after a year's uses

Well, I've finally done it--posted pictures of my ductster after using it for over a year!

My original inspiration was this gallery image HERE, and more specifically, the first comment, about how well the ductster would hold out during the summer heat. Well, that prompted me to actually make one to find out. :-) I have posted pictures of my well-used ducter on Flickr. You can find the images HERE.

This is the last picture in the stream. You can go to the previous ones to see all three photos.

In any case, it's held up well, and I shall continue to use it until it falls apart. However, it should be easy to "repair" it with more duct tape, so I don't know how long that will be. ;-) I do have ideas, however, for the next model.

Hope you enjoy the photos.

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I never would have imagined that it would last that long. Awesome.

Me neither!

I was just hoping it would last the summer! :-)



I wrote this before but for some reason it didn't come through. I would like to say that even if it does show signs of wear and tear; after lasting more than a year Jon, you probably don't mind making another one. Reminds me of my glasses (I am the near-sighted queen). I wear them out in a year and then buy another pair. I really feel like I get my money's worth as you will too (only you will spend a lot less)

I think it showed up

On the original ductster thread.... but you added more this time. ;-)

My problem is that I simply have a hard time throwing out or giving up on something if it's still working and usable. I'm still using my Mac 2000 PowerBook as my main computer, driving a 1991 Chevy minivan, and have, sitting in my room here, two non-working _ancient-model Macs--a Duo and 1400. Actually, the Duo works, but its hard drive died, and I have no means of reinstalling the system on it. :-(

I may make a new one someday, but.... I don't know, I'm still curious how long this one will last! ;-)


Duct tape stickyness

You are truly into less waste!

I like the look of your wallet and really enjoyed looking at the original post that had made a holder for 3 x 5 cards. You cant ge anything like that in the UK (as far as I can see) and it looked like a good option. I currently use an old moleskine pocket diary with the out of date diary section removed and a binder clip.

I have a question though about the duct tape. I have an old camper van and you never know when leaks will appear so duct tape is always around. I've found that the edges of the tape are always sticky. Is there really no problem with this when putting lots of tape together for the wallet?

And are idiot proof instructions available for the 3 x 5 card holder? Anyone?

duct tape quality

It depends on the quality, to some extent. I bought the best black tape I could find, and I think it paid off. I had a couple spots where it was sticky after a day or so, but a quick rub with my thumb and it was gone. A couple places have also frayed--a thread or two, but those went with an X-acto knife, and have been fine since. The only other spot was inside, where the occasional card would stick, but that went away, as the stickiness wore off. :-) Actually, that is one area I would change things. I folded it on a seam, the last time. Next time, I would fold the pocket in the middle, to avoid that. It would be thicker at first, as the fold wouldn't crease so easily, but I discovered that it will eventually flatten out, after a couple days or so.

Now, the instructions.... hm. I'll have to look! Maybe a Google search for "making a ductster wallet" will show it. Mine were on the internet. I modified the instructions to make mine smaller, more like the original post on this site, but I made mine a bit bigger than the original poster, so mine's in-between the original post here, and the instructions we used.

Ah. Found the instructions--It's on the original picture page. Here's the LINK


Duct tape instructions

Thanks for the link Jon,.

I really think I might try this, tho maybe i the winter when it's dark and cold...

On the new car thread, I bought a new one in February. My last one was 6 years old. At the moment I'm getting near 50mpg.... sometimes buying something new can save you money......

Good point

I forget that people go through a lot of miles in America. I put on very few miles with my car, so I would not save enough money to make it worth it for me, even going from 15-50 mpg--and with the cost of vehicles here almost double the States--it would take a loooong time to make it up. ;-)


I agree

You should hold out as long as you can with it and just see how long it will go. I think that is a great idea Jon. So much money is saved in the long run with this kind of thinking in general. I just paid off my car and have had friends ask when I will be getting a new one. It hasn't given me any trouble so on a bigger scale than a duckster but same principle I am going to see how long it will go. I think your duckster looks wonderful on the site. I was looking at it last night and was impressed. You probably should note approximately when you made it last year and note again when it absolutely gives out. Should be interesting.


You know, typically, the cheapest car is the one you already own. :-)

My old Lumina APV is 17 years old, and still running like a top. Some things, due to the fact that it's an American car in Poland, I can't really fix, due to the lack of parts, and cost of shipping from the US (mostly silly things like interior parts), but the important things--engine, drive train, suspension, body, etc. are in excellent condition. But let's consider. Let's say I need to repair the car two or three times a year, at a cost of $500 each time. (maybe more, but even then...) That is a fraction of what I would be putting into car payments! Plus, since i already own it, and am familiar with it, it's still better than a cheap, older, used car. So, financially, I'm way ahead of the game. If it weren't for the super-weak dollar, I could still be putting away for a new car in a few more years, and pay cash for that, and stay ahead of the game.

Of course, there are a couple caveats to this. 1. It is possible that the costs of repair become prohibitive--say, $3000 for an engine replacement--but i don't see that happening with this car, but even still, $3000 per year for many, smaller repairs becomes untenable--but this hasn't happened yet. ;-) and 2. Reliability. If a car is breaking down regularly, and worse, causing tows, then you would need to reconsider. I've had to tow my car twice in the 8 years I've owned it. Once the transmission died, and the other, the computer bonked. The computer was a minor issue, but the trany was "fun."

However, I've discovered that regular maintenance goes a long way in keeping a car going nearly forever. I've broken one "rule of thumb" for the car. I change oil twice a year--before summer, and before winter, to get the right weight in the block. When it's in the shop for this, I have everything checked--hoses, brakes, cables, spark plugs, etc. Anything getting close to wearing out gets replaced. BTW, this philosophy has kept me going since my first car--with one stupid exception, when I bought a new car--big mistake--, but I truly learned my lesson then! ;-)

(BTW, the Lumina APV is about the _ugliest_ car I've ever seen! I have hated them from the very beginning, and vowed I'd never own one! But I'm now so glad I bought it. BTW, it has a plastic body--no rust there! And it's so practical I can't believe it!) ;-)



Have you considered trying Linux on those old computers? They could be configured as print or media servers, dedicated firewalls, or used to do your own hosting.

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Linux on PowerPC over a decade old...

... just ain't gonna happen. Actually, I had an ancient version of Ubuntu running on the Pismo, but it corrupted some time, and I needed the disk space for the Mac side, so I reformatted the partition, but honestly, the PowerBook 1400 and Duo would never ever be able to run a version of Linux that could do something. Look it up for yourself. Oh, and my Pismo is still duing duty as a print and file server, but running Mac OS X Tiger (10.4). It's a good, solid device.


OK, I wrote this original post in July 2008. I'm writing this comment in January 2011--that's 2 1/2 years on...

I'm _still_ using my ducster wallet!!! Admittedly, it looks a whole lot worse now, but it's still going. In a twist of fate, however, I went from the pen that you can see in the linked flickr photos to a Walletini that a kind person on this list gave me, back to this pen, because this past October, literally the last week I was in the States, before coming back to Poland, the bottom of the Walletini disappeared! So, I'm back to my generic Cross clone. :-( I miss that Walletini. But that's another topic. If I think about how old m ductster is, it's frightening. ;-) I've done absolutely nothing to "preserve" it since 2008, so that duct tape is holding up famously!

Didn't know if anybody cared, but thought I'd post an update, just in case...


Cool to hear about the ducster

and it's ability to hold up to wear. I'm curious about the Lumina...still driving it?


... I finally had to "put 'er down." I gave her to a friend who got maybe $300 (equivalent) for it. The guy was happy it was white with a red interior, so I'm pretty sure it was bound to be cannibalized for parts. That said, it was still going solid, other than some items that I simply couldn't get parts for here in Poland (it being an American car). I have my doubts, however, that I could have found some of them (electric parts for the interior), and some things, like the dashboard lights, I simply couldn't pin down the causes for. Since it was going to be parked for six months, I figured it was better to get rid of it. Hard thing to do, however... But I kept it going as absolutely long as I could--it was those little things, however, that caused me to get rid of it--things I couldn't fix, but which made it unsafe (seatbelts, for instance). I've got a nice VW Sharan now. ;-)


On my list of things to try

On my list of things to try I have the idea for a duct tape notebook cover - like the Rhodia pad covers. My budget won't support a real one and I love how well duct tape holds up ^^

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Still using it!

I accidentally found this post I made several years ago, and realized I am _still_ using this Ductster wallet. I still use it primarily to old receipts, car reg and a pen (fake Cross). But it's in my wallet every day, and is definitely not babied, but rather abused. I'm amazed at how well it's held up. it could use some duct tape reinforcements around the pen, but otherwise, it's still going strong. I suppose I ought to post photos somewhere... ;-)


Jonglass, Thanks for


Thanks for bumping this post. I think this gives me a pretty realistic idea of what my enlarged index binder will look like in a year or so.

Although, I suspect the Scotch brand duct tape I used won't hold up quite as well as Duck brand. It seems a little flimsier somehow. I sense it has a lower thread count and/or the plastic material may be thinner. I reported some bubbling in my earlier post and my husband suggested using a straight pin to poke tiny holes to let the air out but I now suspect that the problem is that the plastic is pulling from the adhesive.


Duct Tape

I don't know what brand I used--it probably wasn't even a "brand", as such things are not so prevalent here in Poland. It wasn't expensive tape, though. :-) I do know that later stuff I've bought had more flimsy plastic, and maybe even a lower thread count, and that the reinforcements I made with it didn't last as long. I've since gone back to the slightly more expensive stuff--and lately, I found _clear_ duct tape! :-)


Duct tape comparo!

Has anyone used gaffer tape? In the US, probably the 'Gorilla' brand would be most easily available. Super-sticky, so plan ahead, measure twice, etc.!

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A recent picture, please

for wear-and-tear comparison.
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson) ***

Get to it...

But it may be a while... But honestly, I don't think there is much difference visually between the last pics and now. :-)



I finally threw up a web page with some pics I took with my phone. Here's the link.

Ducter after 5 years

I guess it is a little worse for the wear. :-)



The wallet looks great for a 5 year old hunk of duct tape.

BTW, you have a lovely family.
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson) ***

Easy to repair, too

The cool part about the ductster is that it's easy to repair and make look good as new again. Just a few strips of tape in the right spot, and you are good to go. I pull it out every day, and I have to make people look closely to get them to realize what it's made out of. Most just think it looks like leather. ;-)

Thanks for the comments on the family. I think they're lovely too. ;-)