WFMW – gaffer tape for babyproofing remotes

Anyone with a toddler knows that they love to take the batteries out of everything. This was a minor annoyance until one day, when the little guy left the battery half-in, half-out and made it leak battery acid all over. We didn’t want to use duct tape, as it’s messy and ugly and one of our remotes is from the cable company (altho I doubt they are going to want it back after Lil’ Duck is through with it). Masking tape was just something else for the little guy to take off and stick in an odd place.

Gaffer tape, however, turned out to be the perfect solution. It’s black and thinner than duct tape, so it wasn’t as obvious, but it’s sturdy enough to withstand a toddler. I’m also using it to keep the fronts of my speakers where they belong (the little guy tried to take them off and poke in the cones) – since the speakers are black, you don’t notice the tape, and it isn’t damaging the finish or anything either.

12 Responses to WFMW – gaffer tape for babyproofing remotes

  1. Lori July 12, 2006 at 9:49 pm #

    Good to know — thanks!!! :)

  2. Joy July 12, 2006 at 6:15 pm #

    I think this idea is great!! Of course, we don’t have a TV remote, but if we did, gosh darnit, I’d be using this idea!!

  3. Heth July 12, 2006 at 1:57 pm #

    Oooh! Good one! I thought you were going to say to tape their hands together and then they CAN’T get into any trouble. It might work. :)

    I wish I would have known this tip many speakers ago…..

  4. udandi July 12, 2006 at 11:44 am #

    smart! If i’m not mistaken gaffer’s tape comes in a variety of colors should you need it for another remedy!
    thanks for visiting my blog :)

  5. Amy July 12, 2006 at 10:58 am #

    Great idea- I would have never thought of that. It was not an issue with my four year old, but it might be a potential issue when #2 is running around here :) Thank you!

  6. Nikkie July 12, 2006 at 10:30 am #

    That is a great idea! I need to do that to a number of items in my house!

  7. dawn July 12, 2006 at 9:58 am #

    Great tip! Thanks for visiting my Blog!

  8. Kristina July 12, 2006 at 9:54 am #

    That is a very good idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Overwhelmed! July 12, 2006 at 9:52 am #

    Great idea. Can you buy this is any store?

    I’ve posted a WFMW tip as well. Stop by and take a peek! :)

  10. Amber July 12, 2006 at 9:40 am #

    That is so awesome, I never heard of that tape before…we did use tape in the past…but I will have to check out that type!

  11. LammyAnn July 12, 2006 at 9:12 am #

    Great idea. I wish I would have known/thought of this ages ago! It could have saved me LOADS of wear and tear on my speakers.


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