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

Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

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.

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jnorv

2 years ago

I make them from1/4 inch braided poly rope and a plastic fid. I start with a 3 foot piece of rope. You can make fids from ball point pen barrels or hollow knitting needles.

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LouS

2 years ago

Even simpler, get a pack of old style pipe cleaners (the ones with the wire in the middle) and wrap them around the wire bundle. They're available at dollar stores and Amazon has 100 packs for about $2.

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ccmrry

2 years ago

Or do it simpler. I take a short length of cotton clothesline rope and tie a loop on both ends. Put it around the cord and pass one loop through the other to cinch the cord. Hang the free loop from a hook on the pegboard or a nail.

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thebutler

5 years ago on Introduction

DUDE YOU ARE AWESOME .IM GONNA MAKE HUNDRIDS OF THESE MUAHAHAHAA

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carlfugate

5 years ago on Introduction

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!

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nwlaurieSkysurfer_uk

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

How often do you kill a parachute? (and does it float up to heaven when it dies - against ALL its training!)

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Skysurfer_uknwlaurie

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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...

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chrispix

5 years ago on Introduction

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?

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seadragginchrispix

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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

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chrispixseadraggin

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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!

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texdanm

5 years ago on Introduction

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.

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ToolHoard

5 years ago

@jcook20 Haha

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John Saint

5 years ago on Introduction

Practical, useful, easy, and can use recycled scraps. Inventive elegance. Thank you very much.

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darthbindy

5 years ago on Introduction

Now I'm jealous I didn't think of this first! =P
Amazing job, keep making things like this! =D

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jcook20

5 years ago on Introduction

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.