uses of duct tapeOne of the coolest things about being an engineer is that we have a wide array of gadgets and tools with which to do our work. Calculators, tablets, software, apps—the possibilities are nearly endless.

And believe it or not, we, as engineers, are also collectively possessed of pretty great senses of humor. So, when it comes to an engineer’s must-haves, this simple flow chart boils any problem down to one of two solutions: WD-40 and duct tape.

How do you decide which is the best tool for the job? That’s simple—all you have to do is ask a few questions and use the resulting logic to make a decision. Questioning, logic—these are skills that come naturally to engineers, so it shouldn’t take long to solve your problem.

An engineer's two favorite tools

Bottom line: If the thing you want to fix moves and isn’t supposed to, use duct tape. If it’s supposed to move but doesn’t, grab a can of WD-40. Problem solved!

Wouldn’t it be nice if all engineering problems could be this easily solved? Think of the possibilities!

In all seriousness, WD-40 is a pretty incredible product. And it’s something that just about everyone has stashed in a cupboard somewhere. Even better, here’s a list of 2,000 ways you can use WD-40. Yep, you read that right—2,000! The magical solution can do everything from remove asphalt from overshoes to lubricating stuck buttons on push-button calculators.

And duct tape? Well, it’s just about as useful. The Science Channel compiled the top 10 uses of duct tape, including preventing glass from shattering during storms and even helping to save the lives of the Apollo 13 crew in 1970. Who knew?

Have you ever turned to WD-40 or duct tape when in a pinch? We’d love to hear your story!

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