Introduction: 10 Life Hacks With Carabiners

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10 Life Hacks with Carabiners


Lifehacks are great techniques, tricks, shortcuts, or novelty ways to use certain products in uncommon ways to make life easier.

We took what is commonly used in rock climbing and hiking and used them in some unusual ways. These hacks were tested and found to be useful in common everyday fashions. I hope you can benefit from some of these awesome life hacks.

Hacks Included:

1. Dog Leash Support

2. Car Bag Hanger

3. Tighten a Rope

4. Cabinet Lock for Kids

5. Belt Organizer

6. Sign Holder

7. Fake Chain Lock

8. Leash Clip Replacement

9. Wrench Organizer

10. Hair band Organizer and Hanger

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Step 1: ​Dog Leash Support

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Dog Leash Support

If you walk your dog a lot, there is a good chance you have had the leash pulled out of your hand more than once.

Here is a great way to help prevent that from happening again.

First you will need a strong wrist band or bracelet.

I am using a Paracord Bracelet because of its flexibility and strength, but you can use anything that will not break easily.

I then tied another small length of paracord through the bracelet and through a Carabiner clip.

Make sure the knot is real tight.

I then clipped the carabiner to the dog leash handle.

Now if my dog decides to pull real hard, I still have the wrist band to stop the leash from getting away.


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Step 2: Car Bag Hanger

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Car Bag Hanger

If you like to carry items in your car, like extra bottles of water, then you have hand the luck of searching under the seats to find those escapees.

I have tried putting the bottles in a bag, but after some driving, they can still roll out easily.

Now if you combine the bags with a Carabiner, you have a secure solution.

Just clip the Carabiner through the handle of the bag and then clip them onto the headrest supports.

Now you have easy access to the bottles even when you are behind the steering wheel.


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Step 3: ​Tighten a Rope

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Tighten a Rope

If you have ever tried to tie something up with a span of rope, you have noticed that it is not always easy to get your object as high off the ground as you would like.

And this is an easy hack for that problem.

Just clip a Carabiner onto one side of the rope and start to give it a twist.

It may be a little stiff at first, but once it starts to wind up, it gets a little easier.

Keep twisting until you have reached your desired height and then just clip the Carabiner onto the rope again.

If you have done it correctly, the Carabiner will stay in place holding the rope tight.


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Step 4: Cabinet Lock for Kids

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Cabinet Lock for Kids

If you have some storage cabinets and some small children, it is a good idea to keep the cabinets locked.

A simple fix is to just insert a Carabiner into the locking holes.

The combination of unlocking the Carabiner and removing it from the holes will be a little difficult for many children.


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Step 5: ​Belt Organizer

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Belt Organizer

If you have a lot of belts like we do, there is a good chance you have several place in your closet to store them.

This can be much easier with a large Carabiner.

These large clips can usually be found at many dollar stores.

Just clip the Carabiner onto your clothes hanging rod and flip it upside down.

Then you can take your belts and organize them.

I have found that hanging the largest belt buckle towards the back makes it easier to see all of them.


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Step 6: ​Sign Holder

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Sign Holder

If you like to leave notes around your house or apartment for the others living with you, then this hack is for you.

If you combine a Carabiner and a binder clip, you can easily attach a note and hang it anywhere there is a knob, string, or fence.

This works great to remind our kids about no TV days.


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Step 7: Fake Chain Lock

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Fake Chain Lock

If you have a fence gate on your property that you use a lot but you wish you could make it look more secure, use this hack.

Get a large chain that looks very solid, but still fits through your fence.

Now take a lock and add it to the front of the chain where the ends meet.

Next push a section of the chain through the fence and a section through the gate.

On the back of the chain, attach it together with a Carabiner.

I would also suggest painting the Carabiner the same color as the chain.

Now you can have quick access into your fence, but most people passing by would never notice it is a Fake Chain Lock.


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Step 8: ​Leash Clip Replacement

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Leash Clip Replacement

If you use a leash for your dog, then there is a good chance you have had the clip on the end of the leash wear out before the leash itself.

Instead of trashing the leash, just add a Carabiner in place of the original clip.

This can extend the life of the leash, PLUS it is much easier to attach to your dog’s collar.

We have been using this hack for a while and it works great.


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Step 9: ​Wrench Organizer

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Wrench Organizer

If you have a bunch of tools, especially wrenches, then might like this hack.

If you take a large Carabiner and attach your wrenches from largest to smallest, you can easily organize them.

This works great if you have a small toolbox where you keep all of your tools.

Now you no longer have to pull everything out of the box to find that one wrench that always seems to find its way to the lowest part of the box.

This is also a great way to hang your wrenches on the wall with only one hook or nail.

You can also use a small Carabiner for some of those smaller wrenches.


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Step 10: ​Hair Band Organizer and Hanger

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Hair band Organizer and Hanger

If you have a bunch of hair bands, then a Carabiner is a great way to keep all of them together in one area.

But don’t stop there.

Find some small suction cup hooks and attach them to your mirror.

Now you can hang the Carabiners onto the hooks.

This will allow you to keep them organized with quick access.

Some suction cup hooks are better than others, so if you want them to last, buy the better ones.


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unanw1 (author)2016-05-14

another hack: put carabiner large enough to hook over handicap bar next to toilet, on your handle of backpack or purse strap. Then you will always have a way to keep pack or purse off the floor, when hook is not provided.

HighDesertGal (author)unanw12017-07-16

I will definitely use this one. Thanks

MW14 (author)unanw12016-06-05

Excellent! TY!

TerilynD (author)unanw12016-06-01

Wow! I never thought of that. Thanks so much for this one. Nothing worse than trying to hold your purse/pack while trying to get seated and back up again. Thanks!!

unanw1 (author)TerilynD2016-06-01

No problem. I have done a lot of traveling and I picked up a few tricks. You should have seen some of the scuzzy bathrooms I have had to use. I felt like a needed a tetanus shot just from breathing the air, let along touching anything. ?

ForeverGirl (author)2017-04-13

cool life hacks

654cupcake (author)2017-02-27

that is preety cool you think you could do something that includes cooking in it for me because i love to cook for my family

Zmcclendon (author)2017-02-13

cool ideas, ty

Halinghen (author)2017-02-05

great ideas thank you.

DavidH870 (author)2017-01-15

excelent .cheers Dave.?

ngtiffiy (author)2016-11-15

opened up a new world to me many more uses for the old caribiner in the garage storage

offseid (author)2016-11-13

Nice job! For #1, I also find it helpful to have a carabiner on the leash handle itself, for times when I need to temporarily secure my dog to a post or fence or whatnot.

Jean MaeA (author)2016-10-10


susannathan (author)2016-09-25

Thank you! Very creative.

NobukoSalley (author)2016-08-12

all submission are fab. Thanks

static (author)2016-06-06

I adopted the trick with combination wrenches long ago. I found it will require two sizws og carininers to accommodate a full set, because the smaller wenches require a smaller carbiner. I use colors to keep the metric sand SAE sets separated.. I also have a carbiner on my key ring to make hanginh my keys on me pasnts belt key hanger easir.

SpecificLove (author)static2016-06-06

Good ideas

Doug1943 (author)2016-05-20

Thanks very much for this! I use a carabiner to attach the dog's leash to itself when I wrap it around a post outside our local convenience store, when I need to leave him tied up outside while I pick up something inside. Keep a few carabiners of various sizes in your rucksack when travelling, or your backpack when hiking, and you'll often find a use for them.

SpecificLove (author)Doug19432016-05-20

That is a good hack too.

IndigoOnion (author)2016-05-19

I love these ideas, but I must also be annoying and point out that you should not attach a dog that pulls to your wrist. Unless you want injuries to both parties. Without being long winded: A lost dog is better than a bruised wrist and a dog with whiplash.
That didn't really make much sense, did it? xD Oh well, keep up the good work!

LauraO19 (author)2016-05-17

I have Lupus. I appreciate the low-functioning-hands life hack. When my hands just won't work, it's a different world. I also use one of those large carabiners and hook my dog leash around the waistband of my jeans. Or around the handles of plastic shopping bags to hang on my forearm (less pain from the cutting in of plastic bags.) I used to even use those large carabiners to hook to the handles of the leashes (yes, doggie leashes) of my three kids when they were tiny walkers. BOY did I get the looks! But hah! Let's see anyone else try to be actively outdoors and allow for independent exploration, AND safety with THREE 2 year olds! OH, not to mention when your hands won't uncurl. Carabiners are wonderful! Thanks for your post

clothier_bruce (author)2016-05-17

Nice hacks, but I was disappointed by the rope-shortener hack: I simply cannot understand how it's done and the pics are no help at all. Could you redo them, but get in much closer and make the process clearer. Thanks

ncorres (author)2016-05-16

May I just say to the folks who have been critical of the leash hack: I have arthritis and I like the hack because even though my dog is trained, it is a pain in the a$$ to try to pick up the leash even though he is sitting nicely and waiting, when I drop it or my hand spasms...using the carabiner and paracord bracelet keeps me from having to bend over and try to grab something that my hands are not cooperating for... Nice hacks BTW - I like the shopping bag one, too.

JonathanW97 (author)ncorres2016-05-17

I recommend that you buy a second soft leash and use this as a cross body or waist harness. It depends on the size of your dog and the condition of your body, but I feel this is much better than the wrist. It allows you to be completely hands free and only use the leash for control when you need to. The stopping force or resistance is much shorter and stronger too so your dog will quickly learn that pulling is not effective. I find that the space between pull and stop is what encourages dogs to pull. I have a 42kg Sarloos and she only pulls when she's got a rabbit etc by scent but she pulls hard and I find no problems (I'm 69kg btw). Only caveat would be careful going down hill ;)

ncorres (author)JonathanW972016-05-17

Thank you for your suggestion.
My dog is well trained and doesn't pull. He does as commanded always. And waits patiently while I fiddle around trying to pick up the leash.
I simply have trouble retrieving the leash if I drop it when my hand spasms. This hack works for me.

gasjr4wd (author)2016-05-12

Or, you can do what many others do including me... teach your dog NOT to pull. Teach them to heel. Make them wait until you unleash them and give them their release word if you want to let them go. It's really not that hard. And it's safer for them and you.

stephenmack (author)gasjr4wd2016-05-13

This comment doesn't apply to everyone. A lot of us have dogs who simply will not heal. I have an Olde English Bulldogge and he pulls on the leash SO MUCH. Because he is a bulldog, he is very stubborn. He and I have gone to obedience school and I have worked my hardest to train him, but he still pulls and occasionally will se a squirrel and will bolt. He has gotten loose before and it is nearly impossible to get him. So, I wonder what type of dog you have, because that hack was not only about holding onto your dog, but also about a way to keep the leash when you lose hold of it. because your dog bolts.

joelks (author)stephenmack2016-05-14

IMO with many years of dogs, all dogs will heal that are not trained to NOT heal. That is the problem, owners give their pets wrong signals that confuse them. To train a dog to heal, you put your leash or better yet a harness on then go for a walk. The moment your dog starts to pull or resist, you give a verbal command and stop. Let the dog sit and look at you for a moment then go again. If you do this with patience and enough times, your dog will learn to heal.


stephenmack (author)joelks2016-05-15

That's great but it doesn't work. I have tried everything, but bulldogs are just known to be stubborn

AeSix (author)gasjr4wd2016-05-13

Yes! This.

Also, that loop on the end of most leashes - that can be put around the walker's wrist, with hand through the hole grasping the base of the loop on the leash. This gives plenty of control, you know, for those dogs that are still being trained to walk nice, or for those dogs that do everything perfectly - until they see a squirrel. The best part is - not free bus rides if your dog does get that stupid, because it can be easily released from the wrist and hand in the case of a dire emergency. Like dog dragging the walker into traffic.

Sorry, but if it's a choice between it's life and mine, damn straight I'm letting the suicidal mutt go.

eatorganic (author)2016-05-14

You are so much fun. Thank you. How do I subscribe? Can't see the subscribe button. Your mind is amazing. How is it that you get all these ideas? I can't believer you can think up all this. I consider myself creative and resourceful but you take the cake! Thanks again. .

SpecificLove (author)eatorganic2016-05-15

You are very kind.

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catilieth (author)2016-05-14

English bulldogs can learn to heel.... been there, done that. Yes, they are bull headed, but that can be overcome. There are few excuses for an ill mannered dog. That being said, not everyone has a normal grip. There are many conditions which will make it impossible to have any strength or proper sensation in the hands and this is an excellent idea to help prevent dropping or losing the leash.

dgschwartz440 (author)2016-05-14

The wrench one was the best for me!

Meglymoo87 (author)2016-05-13

Nice :)

pyletfly (author)2016-05-13

Love the belt organizer. Gonna use that one. Probably work for neck ties as well...;)

JohnS407 (author)2016-05-13

A large carabiner comes in handy when bringing in the groceries. You can put a lot of plastic bags on it and easily bring a big load.

TrL2 (author)2016-05-13

I already use for allot if things but learned some new..thanks!!

SaltyPretzel7 (author)2016-05-13

Dude, thats cool. I'll use some of those! Thx!

WesP4 (author)2016-05-12

Now if my dog hops in front of a bus I can get a free ride

SusanH75 (author)2016-05-12

Loved this! show some more soon.

SpecificLove (author)SusanH752016-05-12

Here is Part 2 of the Carabiners:

YourMagesty (author)2016-05-12

I always enjoy your hacks and friendly demeanor. Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I'll be looking forward to more. : )

SpecificLove (author)YourMagesty2016-05-12

Thank you very much

DaveM124 (author)2016-05-12

For years I kept a carabiner on my keys. It fit my hand perfectly to use as brass knuckles. Airport security was not a fan of this...
Plus clipping it over the front wall of my pocket kept my keys from falling out.

ClaraF5 (author)2016-05-12

Great hacks in general, but make sure you don't teach the dog leash one to small kids with big dogs. When I was little I once tied my 2 year old lab's leash around my wrist tight and we walked to the lake. She was so excited that she dragged me across the rough asphalt of the boat ramp all the way to the water. That wasn't super fun for me, but this hack would definitely work with smaller or old dogs, and would be nice when you get to the park and want to tie the dog to a pole or a bench.

BigAndRed (author)2016-05-12

I tried to use 2 cheap carabiners to hold up a hammock, they just opened up with my weight and dropped me on the ground, good laugh for my friends. Need to loose some weight.

harderm (author)BigAndRed2016-05-12

Lose weight? Easier to buy larger 'biners, the kind used for climbing/caving. Or there are steel links available at better hardware stores. They're intended to be used as replaceable links in chains, so they screw and unscrew. I've trusted my live to these, they're bombproof.

TN_FIXIT (author)2016-05-12

Nice ideas.

If you want to save some money, consider using those inexpensive shower curtain hooks instead of carabiners. Yes, the carabiners function better for some things, but in many cases, those $0.15 shower curtain hooks work just fine.

PhilS43 (author)TN_FIXIT2016-05-12

Just don't try using them up the side of a mountain

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