How to Unlock and Reuse a Zip Tie

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In this Instructable i'll show you how to unlock and reuse a zip tie.

it does not represent that much but it can be very useful.


All you need is a small screwdriver or something else that fits between the Zip Tie. Such as a nail, safety pin or paper clip.

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Step 1: Design and Use of a Zip Tie

A cable tie (also known as a hose tie, or zip tie, and by the brand names Ty-Rap) is a type of fastener, for holding items together, primarily electrical cables or wires. Because of their low cost and ease of use, cable ties are ubiquitous, finding use in a wide range of other applications. Stainless steel versions, either naked or coated with a rugged plastic, cater for exterior applications and hazardous environments.

The common cable tie, normally made of nylon, has a flexible tape section with teeth that engage with a pawl in the head to form a ratchet so that as the free end of the tape section is pulled the cable tie tightens and does not come undone. Some ties include a tab that can be depressed to release the ratchet so that the tie can be loosened or removed, and possibly reused.

With this Instructable you can also reuse the normal ziptie. We are going to push the pawl up so that the teeth are released again and the zip tie can separate again.

On to the next step!

Step 2: Lets Do It.

Here we go. It's very simple. Take the screwdriver and push it between the cable tie head as shown. Apply a bit of pressure and the zip tie opens. In the attached video you can clearly see how this works.

Thanks and see you soon!

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