The days of using duct tape as a go-to solution for fixing problems around the house (or leaky nuclear plants) might be numbered – FiberFix is a new super tape that is 100 times stronger. The high tensile strength, impact-resistant and waterproof tape is imbued with a special resin that hardens to be stronger than steel, making it perfect for quick fixes and emergency repairs.

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It’s easy to use FiberFix – you just immerse a length of it in water, wrap that wet tape around a broken item of your choosing, and allow it to set. Even though it takes 24 hours for the resin to cure completely, it will begin to harden much sooner than that – usually within 10 minutes. The trick of using FiberFix is to work quickly, so make sure you know exactly what you’re going to do before you do it. Once it has hardened, the material can be sanded or painted, and it is completely waterproof. The makers don’t recommend getting any of the resin on your skin, clothes, or tools because it will be nearly impossible to get off once it sets.

Don’t expect to go out and buy a roll of FiberFix, because it’s only sold in individual lengths. While this might be a testament to its strength, it’s also because once the packaging is broken, water vapor in the air will cause unused portions of the material to harden. Prices range from US $5.99 for a 1 x 40-inch strip, to $9.99 for a 4 x 60 inch strip, and according the the company’s website, they have already sold over 300,000 packets of the stuff.

While FiberFix might have what it takes to replace duct tape, in some ways it’s the equivalent of using quick-drying cement around the house. Duct tape will still have a place as a quick fix, while FiberFix can offer a heavy duty alternative when duct tape just isn’t up to the job.

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Via Gizmodo

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