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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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4:54PM PDT on Apr 3, 2014


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

11:08PM PST on Jan 11, 2014


11:44AM PST on Jan 4, 2014

I always seem to need them but have never bloody got any...

11:40PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

I don't like to use them, they contribute to the plastic pollution.

5:15AM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Thanks for the ideas!

5:07AM PST on Dec 28, 2013

thanks for sharing

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