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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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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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6:33AM PDT on Mar 27, 2015

Matt... really? noted.

6:32AM PDT on Mar 27, 2015

I really enjoy all the "repurposing" articles and the "think outside the box" articles. Thank you for them.

My son used to have a t-shirt that read, "I have duct tape. I can fix anything." :)

6:15AM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

Thanks Katie for sharing the suggestions.

4:16AM PDT on Oct 5, 2014

Noted

12:20PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

I will use the one to keep plants upright. Thank you for all the ideas - they're all useful.

4:35PM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

Great ideas.

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!

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