Introduction: Fix a Rolling Bag Handle With Sugru

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This old rolling bag of mine had its handle blow out. I'm going to repair it with Sugru, which is a silicone putty that cures overnight.

Step 1: Busted!

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The plastic handle cracked and a chunk is missing. So even if I screw it back on, the handle could still pop off at any time.

Sugru to the rescue! I can use it to fill in the missing chunk and hold everything together, well enough to extend the life of my bag, at least.

First, I loosened the screw slightly and worked the handle back into position. Then I tightened the screw up.

Step 2: Prepare the Sugru

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Next, I cut the Sugru packet open with scissors. I rolled the putty into a ball, then rolled the ball out into a stick about 2 inches long.

Step 3: Apply the Putty

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I wrapped the stick of putty around the area where the handle is screwed on, pressing the Sugru into the void left by the missing plastic.

Then I pushed the handle down into the bag so that the Sugru wouldn't be in the way of the handle retracting once it has cured. It sticks up slightly higher because of the added material, but not so's you'd notice.

I left the Sugru to cure, and in the morning I had a usable rolling bag again!


Comments

projectsugru (author)2011-10-03

Looks great, have you tested this hack yet ?
Would love to see how it looks after a few flights...

bakunin (author)projectsugru2014-07-01

I've used the bag on several flights over the past couple years, and the repair is holding up perfectly well!

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