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14 Surprising Uses for Cable Ties

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14 Surprising Uses for Cable Ties

 

Ridiculously cheap and ridiculously effective: now that’s the perfect household tool. They’re great for keeping your cords neat and organized, of course, but that’s just one of hundreds of amazing ways to use and reuse (yes, you can recycle them) cable ties. Have your own favorite use? Share them with us in the comments.

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Around the House & Garden.

1. Fix a Broken Toilet Handle. No expensive repairs required: just reattach a broken toilet chain with a couple of cable ties.

2. Keep Plants Upright. Tomatoes, young trees, cucumbers, roses, and any other plants that need staking, keep them in place with a secure, but not too tight, cable tie.

3. Keep Holiday Decor in Place. A little anal about stringing up Christmas lights? Get nice, straight lines that won’t budge by attaching the lights with cable ties. And, at the end of the season, tie the lights up with more of ‘em so next year you won’t have to deal with a big, knotted mess!

4. Child-Proof Your Home. Keep your children, and any little visitors, safe by placing anything you don’t want them to get their hands on in a cabinet, and keeping that cabinet shut and secure with a cable tie.

5. Repair Wire Baskets. Are there a few gaps in your wire basket? No need to replace the whole thing, just replace the missing wires with zip ties.

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8:40PM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

Interesting, thanks!

5:39PM PDT on May 17, 2014

You can fix small holes in a radiator by melting cable-ties with a soldering iron.

3:43AM PDT on May 1, 2014

Interesting

12:12PM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

I think my favorite, most useful suggestion of all of these (since so many of them didn't really seem all that practical, was the drain-cleaning one. There's always hair in my house from animals, so I'm definitely trying this!

3:46PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

Zip Ties and Duct tape...that's all you need to repair the world

4:54PM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

GREAT IDEA'S. I'LL HALF TO SHARE THESE HELPFUL IDEAS WITH MY FAMILY. THANK-YOU FOR SHARING. EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS . T.R

9:13PM PDT on Mar 15, 2014

Cool; thanks.

10:09AM PST on Feb 6, 2014

#4 child proof your home.

They work to cat proof as well.

My GF & I used to have to search every cabinet in the house looking for her cat.

She loved to get in dark, enclosed places, she'd close the door behind her.

10:01AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

They are handy.

8:36PM PST on Jan 22, 2014

there where a couple of things I never thought of -tx

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