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14 Surprising Uses for Cable Ties

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6. Deter Thieves. Stop sticky-handed people when you’re traveling or out on the town. Tie two zippers together to deter muggers and pickpockets.

7. Quickly Fix a Loose Button. No time to sew a loose button on? Keep it in place in the meantime with a cable tie.

8. Replace Missing Zipper Pulls. Zippers aren’t very useful if you can’t pull them up or down! For a quick fix, attach a cable tie to the zipper.

9. Repair Broken Necklaces. Is the clasp broken on your favorite necklace? Don’t throw it out! Loop a small cable tie through both sides and affix it in place.

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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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