Pop Bottle Heat Shrink Straps/Tubing

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Introduction: Pop Bottle Heat Shrink Straps/Tubing

Yet another use for this PET stuff.
Got a bundle of sticks you need secured for transport?
Need something strong to hold some poles together TIGHTLY?
Hate untying unruly knots?
Hate knots that come undone on the highway?

For this instructable, I will use one piece construction, but it can be cut into long strips and used similarly.

If you cut this stuff into strips as in Rope,cord,string from Recycled Water Bottles! by bara1962, you will not be limited to the tube diameter and will be able to secure larger irregular shapes, but you will also lose the strength and "convenience" provided by one solid piece.

Note - Various bottles can be cut into tubes of varying diameters/shapes and lengths as required.

Step 1: What You Need

Bottle
Utility knife or scizzors (If using scizzors, they work better in one direction than the other)
Marker for uniform width, if desired.

Heat gun or other source of heat.

Something to secure ..... that will not melt.

Step 2: What You Do

1. Cut the ends off of a clear beverage bottle made of PET to form a tube. Cut tube into rings or straps if desired. One could leave one end of the bottle on to form a waterproof, durable cap, in fact.

2. Slip tube/ring over stuff to be secured together. Techniques for securing a strap will be your choice.

3. Heat and serve. Foil, or layers of, could be used as a heat shield if securing something temperature sensitive.

Step 3: Applications

Temporarily, or permanently, securing sticks, or equivalent, together.

Sealing the ends of tubes.

Belts. To be "secured" in place, and tightened with heat. There are two examples of latching systems below, in sequential order with notes on pics. My weaving skills are lacking, so you are on your own there, but you just know a heat shrink web would be a creature all it's own.

Hanging decorations and other stuff. Be careful to apply heat only to what you want heated.

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    39 Discussions

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    wupme
    wupme

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Thats really usefull if you run out of zipties or something. To bad in Germany they got that 25cent deposit for each bottle, so using zipties is probably cheaper :(

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    omnibot
    omnibot

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Sweden also has a refund system for PET-bottles but only soda-bottles. I've noticed that everything from shampoo and orange juice to draincleaner and underwear come in PET containers. I find it really useful.

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    wiley coyote
    wiley coyote

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I'm actually glad to hear that. Sorry. If they had a 25 cent deposit here, people would pick them up! Good in a pinch though.

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    madhops0620
    madhops0620

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    here in Michigan we have a 10 cent deposit on our cans and bottles. Apparently it was put into place in the late '70s because there were so many cans and bottles laying around on streets and stuff because people were to lazy to throw them away. Now you hardly see any around here

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    Fred82664
    Fred82664

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    No Dude back in the 70s bottles was and glass was reused more often and at as plastics became cheaper to use in food and drink packing most of the glass packages went a way. There was much debate on the safety on glass versus plastic. I think can understand that one and why. Many of days in the 70s I would walk miles of roads picking up pop bottles and chasing them in to take a hot chick out for a date among other things that was we done in the 70s heheh I will not list them here. I like to keep a good standing with admin! ; )

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    Pinky212
    Pinky212

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Back in the '70's, my cousin in Green Cove Springs, Florida, walked the highway ditches and boulevards (including the Interstate) throughout high school, picking up bottles. That's how he actually saved enough money to go to college, although I can't swear that he didn't use a day's worth of picking them up in exactly the way you did.  LOL

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    Fred82664
    Fred82664

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    LOL yes college or educational  investment would probably been better in the long run then the hot date as well as the other things I did not list. LOL  But they suer was fun at the time  

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    Superstormj
    Superstormj

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Gotta love it. We've had the same snow on the ground for about 2 weeks now. It just won't melt!

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    madhops0620
    madhops0620

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    i'll like it a lot more if we dont have school tomorrow :)

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    Father Christmas
    Father Christmas

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Dude. I thank you. I didn't have school today. It must have been your comment :) I got out of 4 Exams lol

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    Marche
    Marche

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    True dat. I make my caffine money from cans and bottles I find.

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    wiley coyote
    wiley coyote

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Put a value on it and someone will pick it up. Unfortunately, someone has to throw it there first.

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    wupme
    wupme

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah its actually a good thing. But still, makes you think twice before you use one for something else ;)

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    wiley coyote
    wiley coyote

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    It's unfortunate, but it appears that our wallets are the only way to get some people to care about the environment. On the bright side, it keeps people employed.

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    wupme
    wupme

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Well they didn't create that some years ago because of the enviroment. Apparently the tate of reusing bottles was to low and to much throw away botles were sold (under 70% or something like that). So they created that 25cent deposit to force people to buy reusing bottles. But it didn't quite turnt out as they wanted. Since the created that law enforced deposit on throw away bottles, the reusing bottles rate dropped to even under 35%, people now only buy the throw away ones because the system behind it is simpler. Well still, people now pick up bottles, even if that wasn't intendet when that law came out ;-)

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    yzzid
    yzzid

    11 years ago on Introduction

    im not too sure about the PET bottle actually emitting any fumes, i think this is a NOVEL idea and can be used for a Million purposes.. heck it can prolly be used as a dirt cheap Lamination of some sort...