I needed to fix a buckle onto a piece of strapping. I had a ziptie ready to hand. Cogito ergo fix.
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Step 4: Had me in stitches

I only had a few minutes to try this out so I only put in one row of stitches. But it works quite well - I've got a fair amount of load on this strap now (it's holding up a wire storage cube in my garage) and the ziptie stitching is holding up with no apparent issues.

Step 5: The finish

The particular ziptie I used seemed less than perfect since it started slipping when I tried to 'zip' it tightly closed. But since load on the strap will cause the stitches themselves to bear weight *laterally*, and will not pull in the same plane as the ziptie's closure system, I think this looks like a good field expedient for repair or webbing construction.
For joining strapping, i always just use sections of heavywalled copper pipe. It takes a bit to find a tube that matches the width of the strap when it's smashed, but it produces a very strong joint. A sewn joint would be more flexible and lighter, but this is quick, abrasion-resistant, repositionable, and pretty much foolproof. Different kinds of malleable tubing can be used, and on wide straps, you can predrill holes in the partially-collapsed tubing, insert the strap and finish the crimp. You can then install wire rivets through the webbing to maintain crimp pressure across the entire width of the sleeve.
0.775volts8 years ago
I'm not sure how much weight these will hold. It sounds like this is a good fix for backpacking equipment, but I wouldn't try it on a harness or the like. other than that, it's a great idea, Kind of suprising how well spur of the moment "Fixes" turn out to be as good as the real thing, isn't it?
Myself8 years ago
Ooh this is great, I have oodles of ty-raps. It's good that your kit has the UV-resistant black ones, the natural-colored nylon ones wouldn't be appropriate for prolonged outdoor use because they'd get brittle after a few weeks of sunlight exposure. Sharp zipties ARE easy to make, most folks don't trim them flush, and the resulting burrs have resulted in much scabbing, and little scarring, on my forearms. (I work in telecom.) I've used sharp-cut ends as toothpicks, scrapers, and all sorts of things before, but never sewing needles. It's possible to cut a notch/barb into the end so you can use it to grab unreachable wires and things, too.
bowakowa Myself8 years ago
you need a pair of glo-rods my man. "It's possible to cut a notch/barb into the end so you can use it to grab unreachable wires and things, too." sure they're premade, but beyond handy when fishing wires or grabbing wires that are "unreachable".
theRIAA8 years ago
if you had extra webbing.. a double overhand knot would be great
Neodudeman8 years ago
That's pretty cool!
radiorental8 years ago
very clever, I like it