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DIY flexible tie ties (CHEAP)

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There are a number of flexible ties on the market and they range from 5-10 dollars. Here is a way to customize them to whatever color and length that you want, and to do it for a fraction of what they cost retail!

MATERIALS:
8 guage (1/8 inch) aluminum ground wire. I had some in the garage, but you can find it on ebay for about 15 bucks for 50 feet.
550 paracord
Razor Blade
Lighter
 
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Step 1:

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Cut a piece of the ground wire to the length that you want your tie to be.

Cut a section of paracord 3/4 inch longer than the wire.

Pull the center cordage from the paracord.

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Feed the wire into the center of the paracord. Leave approximately 3/8 of an inch over the end of the wire. When the wire is centered in the paracord, use your lighter or small torch to melt the cord, this will lock the wire inside and cover any sharp ends.

THAT IS IT!! You are done. Use them to manage cords, hang items, bind things to your pack....YOU NAME IT.
herb.karg made it!1 month ago

Made some similar and made an instructible to show. Thanks for the inspiration!

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seadraggin (author)  herb.karg1 month ago
Glad it sparked an idea. Cheers!
Blechmen3 months ago

This is so smart i love this.

thebutler3 months ago
DUDE YOU ARE AWESOME .IM GONNA MAKE HUNDRIDS OF THESE MUAHAHAHAA
carlfugate3 months ago
I just finished making some tonight. If you have problems with it catching as your sliding them through I was able to make quick work by just using a twisting motion as it tended to snag on the inside. Great post!
Skysurfer_uk4 months ago
Excellent idea! Now I know what to do with those miles of paracord when we kill a parachute.
How often do you kill a parachute? (and does it float up to heaven when it dies - against ALL its training!)
Nope, they go to garden plots for shades, make drogues, toys parachutes, replace shoelaces... the list is endless. We use them as tow 'chutes, so they last longer (no shock). But they do die eventually...
chrispix4 months ago
Very nice idea. I have some of the plastic ones they sell at Home Depot, and find that the wire breaks after a while if you twist it in the same place. How well does the 8 gauge wire hold up to repeated bending?
seadraggin (author)  chrispix4 months ago
The aluminum grounding wire is really malleable so I haven't had a problem. I also usually don't use them like the twist ties you find on bread loaves, but wrapped around things like a spring (see the first photo).
Cheers
Yeah, I use them to bind stuff in my garage, but I find I always bend them in the same place. Just ordered some 8 gauge wire on ebay, so I'll be trying it soon. Thanks!
texdanm4 months ago
Grrrreat Idea. I had a bunch of 12/2/wG romex pieces and it worked perfectly. It also gave me something to do with the little pieces of paracord that I always have left over.
lotus 74 months ago
Love it!
Thanks.
ToolHoard4 months ago
@jcook20 Haha
John Saint4 months ago
Practical, useful, easy, and can use recycled scraps. Inventive elegance. Thank you very much.
darthbindy4 months ago
Now I'm jealous I didn't think of this first! =P
Amazing job, keep making things like this! =D
jcook204 months ago
Hey guise is there an instructable that will tell me how to acquire and cut wire to specific lengths? I found this instructable a bit too advanced.
Nataliezacher4 months ago
Awesome! and sooo easy too!
GypsyRvr4 months ago
Great, wonderful, Thank you !!!
spizzak4 months ago
Great idea, and excellent execution!
lukish4 months ago
GAHHHH!!! I did this a long time ago, I just never documented it! You documented it quite well, though, I must admit. I think you deserve the win... I'm just kinda frustrated that I missed my chance at being awesome :(
dkrall4 months ago
as an electrician I have a lot of small copper scraps. I will be doing this but use copper wire instead. I plan on leaving the plastic insulation on the wire.
Jet A14 months ago
I'll be making some of these!!
seadraggin (author) 4 months ago
Thanks for all the positive feedback. Screaminscott, there were sharp corners from the dykes after I cut it. I rounded it all off with a quick pass on the belt sander...no more sharp corners. No need for plastidip.
kinderdm4 months ago
Thank you for this. I love the commercial option but never buy them as they are way overpriced in my opinion. I will definitely be making some of these.
screaminscott4 months ago
This is awesome! I wonder how well melting the paracord will prevent the wire from poking thru? Maybe dipping the ends in Plasticoat or Sugru would help?
Cpt_Cosmos4 months ago
after months of lurking I signed up just to say well done.. it is the things that seem so simple that are often the hardest to see.
oakironworker4 months ago
making it thanks
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