Introduction: Repair a Delapitated Notepad

Yo, you ever have one of those pads of notebook paper that fall apart because they're only held together by a little glue? This becomes aggravating when you have one full of frequently consulted notes for a class. Each sheet, starting from the first, eventually fall out like the hairs that keep falling from the front of your scalp, or all those years of fleeting youth you spent wondering if you'd ever do anything meaningful with your life. You yell "daammnnnit" through your teeth, and wonder if there were a way to prevent it. Well, I haven't had any luck with my widow's peak, but I recently repaired my notepad. I'll show you how to bind it with fishing line.

Here are the items you need:

12-13 feet of fishing line

Drill with 5/32 drill bit

Busted notepad

Lighter or soldering iron (optional)

Step 1: Drill Holes

First, take your drill and drill holes down the side near where you want the cover to fold when it is opened. Make your holes about 3/4 of an inch apart.

Step 2: The Fishing Line

Pull out a strand no less than twelve feet long and maybe a little more to be safe. An easy way to measure twelve feet is pulling two arm spans worth, that is if you are six feet tall. Then, fold it in half and hold the end with the loop.

Step 3: Threading the Line

Take that loop and thread it through the top hole from front to back.

Step 4:

Take the other end of the line and poke it through the loop. Pull it tight and thread it through the third hole to the back.

Step 5:

Flip the pad over and pull the line from the third hole and thread it through that first loop. Pull it tight. Then thread it through the second hole to the front. Pull it tight.

Step 6: Repeat!

Now do the pattern again and again until you run out of holes.

Step 7:

Once you run out of holes, you will pull the line from the second to last hole on the front and pull it around the bottom edge of the notepad to the back. Then, loop around the line where it threads into the second to last hole to the front. Pull it tight.

Step 8: Tying It Off

Now, thread the line through the first hole to the front. Then, loop the line back through the same hole making sure to loop around the line that is on its way to around the bottom. Now repeat this from back to front through the same hole. Pull it tight. Finally, separate the remaining pair of lines and tie them in a few knots.

Step 9: Some Finishing Touches

This step is optional. I'm going to be using this notepad all semester so I want to make sure it's not going to give me any trouble. I've wrapped the remaining line back around a couple of times, cut off the excess, and welded the end to the binding with a soldering iron. You could use anything that will melt plastic nylon. Definitely be careful to not melt through and snap your hard work.

Step 10: Test It Out

If you've pulled it tight throughout, you should have made a good solid binding for your notepad. Try and tug on it and see what it can withstand. This can also be useful when making your own book.