There is more than meets the eye when it comes to the use of cable ties. Besides cable management, there are many uses for cable ties around the house. Find out more about how you can use cable ties below.
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Cable ties are generally used for securing and organising cables, preventing them from being entangled and downright troublesome. However, their usefulness extends beyond merely managing cables. Although they are lightweight and cheap, they are strong and can be used for many other functions around the house. Here are five uses for cable ties that you might not have expected.
Making Plants Grow Upright
You can ensure that your plants grow upright with cable ties and a staked rod. Loosely wrap a cable tie around a small sapling or a growing plant and a staked rod. Keep in mind that you should not tie the plant too tightly so that it still has room to grow and move freely. Secure the cable ties by stapling them so that they stay in place and do not slide up and down the stake. Once the plant has grown considerably, remember to adjust or remove the cable tie accordingly.
Fix Plumbing Problems
Did you know that you can also use cable ties to fix plumbing problems such as unclogging drains? You should use a long cable tie measuring around 45cm to 60cm. If you do not have a cable tie that is long enough, you can tie a few of them together to increase the length. A long cable tie enables you to reach the clog easier.
After that, create diagonal cuts that are angled upwards and staggered along one side of the cable tie with scissors or cutting pliers. Then bend the edges to create barbs. Once that is done, simply insert the cable ties into the drain and it should be able to remove clogs caused by hair or other small buildups.
Hanging Temporary Decorations
Cable ties are also useful for you to hang temporary decorations during festivals. Cable ties are great for hanging wreaths, string lights, and garlands. After the festivities, all you need is to do is to cut the cable ties with a pair of scissors to remove the décor.
Remove a Broken Cork from Bottles
If you have accidentally broken a cork while trying to open a bottle of wine, then you will know how difficult it is to remove it especially when you do not have a corkscrew handy. Do not worry, all you need is a few large cable ties. First, create a loop with two or three medium or large ties. Push the remaining cork down into the bottle and use the loop to fish out the floating cork.
Child Safety Method
These cable ties are also strong enough to be made into impromptu child safety method. If you have a cabinet that you want to prevent your child from accessing, cable ties serve as a temporary solution for a child lock. Just run a cable tie through two adjacent handles or around two knobs and pull tight.
- Beaded cable ties
One of its many uses is to secure a bundle of wire and electrical cables together. They are lightweight and durable. One of the advantages of using these are that it's easy to lock into place, adjust and release.
- Releasable cable ties
These ties can be of great help at home or in the office. If at any time you want to move to a different spot or place, you can easily remove the bundle.
- Identification cable ties
Usually provides a flat surface tab to be written on to identify which is which. The tab is placed below the locking mechanism.
- Ladder style cable ties
Usually made out of steel for a stronger locking mechanism to be used for cables, bundle wires and others. It is indeed in the shape of a mini ladder.
- Parallel entry cable ties
A Parallel-entry cable tie allows minimum exposure to edges that can injure workers. These ties have low profile heads to reduce bundle size and avoid getting caught in things.
- Tear-off Cable Ties
This cable tie is meant for a single-time use only. They are usually used for arts and craft, gardening, packaging, etc. Tear-off cable ties are not reusable after being used once.
- Pull tight seal cable ties
Also known as a pull-up seal is a disposable tamper-evident seal that prevents access to objects that require permission to have access. The pull tight seal is not meant to restrict access, it is to show whether the object has been tampered with or not.
- Steggel cable ties
These multi-purpose ties are most commonly used as heavy-duty tools.