You probably never thought a lot about cable ties. After all, they are ties meant for cable management. That sums this item up. But… does it really? By living in the modern world of DIY’s and life hacks, we’re familiar with seeing ordinary items being used as a tool to do fantastic stuff you never thought of, and cable ties are not an exception. They are cheap, small and weightless, which is everything you want in a hack! So without any further ado, let’s hop into this list of some of the best, yet, unexpected uses for cable ties.
Let’s say it’s Christmas, your kid’s birthday, or another type of party. You’ll probably want to hang some decorations on the tree, walls, ceiling and so on. We usually lean towards rope or clips for these types of things.
But rope breaks easily and clips tend to go missing. What makes this item great is its resistance. It will stay attached to the decoration unless you cut them with scissors.
Cable ties usually come in black or white, but nowadays, you can find them in a wide range of colors. You can use green for Christmas, so it blends with the tree or orange for thanksgiving decorations.
2. Child Safety
There are some places you want your kid’s hands out of. From the cleaning products to the bathroom medicine cabinet. These items can be hazardous for kids. Purchasing child safety door locks can end up being more expensive, and your child can accidentally change the code, or you can lose the key.
So how to keep children away from medicine cabinets? The answer is cable ties! All you have to do is run one of these bad boys through the handles or around the doorknobs and pull it very tight. Of course, you’ll need to cut it whenever you need something, so the fact that they are sold in large quantities at a very accessible price makes it worth it!
3. Removing Broken Corks From Wine Bottles
This has happened to all of us at least once or twice in our lives, breaking the cork while trying to pull it out is very annoying, mainly because it tends to break into little pieces that end up falling into the wine, and nobody wants to drink wine with chunks of cork.
However, if you don’t have a corkscrew around to save the day, you can use cable ties. Here’s a step by step guide:
1- Start by creating a loop with two or maybe three medium cable ties
2- Push the cork downwards into the wine bottle
3- Use the loop you created to bring back the floating cork It can take a while to do it if it’s your first time, but your skills and creativity will, for sure, amaze your guests.
4. Tamper Indicators
Even though these small items aren’t the best choice to protect something, they can be used as tamper indicators. Let’s say you’re camping, and you’re suspicious that someone is going through your tent. Using one cable tie as a “lock” for the tent will let you know if your suspicion was right or wrong.
You can use it in your travel bag, backpack and so on. Of course, you should always have a locker for the important items that you don’t want to be stolen, but a cable tie serves as a warning that you can use on the least important stuff.
5. During An Emergency Traction
Looking for a cheap DIY version of anti-skid chains? If so, consider driving around with some cable ties in your car in case of emergency, especially if you live in areas where there’s snow. Let’s say your car gets stuck, having different sizes of cable ties with you might save a lot of work and time.
All you have to do is use the smaller ties as grips/treads on the larger ones. Then, you’ll wrap these around the wheel and tire. They don’t replace snow chains whatsoever, but they’ll do their job of getting your car moving before they break off.
6. Around The Garden
One of the best gardening uses of cable ties is using this item for plants that need to be controlled or be kept in a certain direction as they grow. Wrap a loose cable tie around the plant and stick it to the ground with the help of a staked rod. You should keep adjusting the ties while the plant grows and remember to give space for the plant to grow/move freely.
7. DIY Drain Clog Remover
Having a clogged drain is never great news. Nobody enjoys unclogging the drains or calling someone else to do it for us. But when such a thing happens and you have no idea of what to do and are too ashamed to call someone, having some cable ties might be the answer. So how to clear a clogged drain with cable ties? First, you’ll need a super long cable tie or little/medium ones that you can tie up. Normally, you’ll need the length to be at least 18 inches.
Then, after connecting the ties, you need scissors to create some diagonal cuts through the length of the tie (the bottom part). These cuts must be angled upwards. Lastly, you should bend the edges you created with these cuts outwards (use a pair of pliers, so you don’t hurt your hands) Then all you have to do is put it into the drain, and this DYI clog remover should grab any small buildup that’s clogging the drain once you begin to pull it out.
Now that you’re aware of all these unusual uses for cable ties remember not to judge everything so quickly! Today’s trash might be tomorrow’s need when it comes to items like these. If you have items that you don’t need right now but see potential in them or you can imagine other ways to use them, do not throw them in the trash! Instead, get a box and a small space below your bed or the couch where you keep these items. Who knows? They might come in handy someday.