What can you do with zip ties? I recently visited a local store called Harbor Freight right here in St. George, Utah. The store has a little of just about everything the handy person might want. I was looking for an emergency orange cone and some zip ties. While waiting in line to pay for my zip ties, I asked the clerk to tell me “what can you do with zip ties”? He started telling me a few ways to use zip ties, and before I knew it the guy behind me added a few more ideas.
Of course, then I started laughing because the guy behind me quickly added, “you need some longer ones to tackle someone to zip tie their hands in case of a break-in”……. Oh goodness, I was thinking of using some for emergency issues but quickly realized I really did need some longer ones.
Zip Ties In Many Sizes
Before you know it, I am now looking for longer ones at the store. Stronger ones…yep I found some. I bought them and then here comes a guy who is a retired Marine. I swear, those handsome Marines never give up their Marine haircut. He proceeded to show me how to put the zip ties on someone. THEN he shows me how you get out of them. Yep, I now know how to get out of them if my hands are zip tied in front of me or behind me. What a great night at the store. I just love it when people share their knowledge with me.
These zip ties come in so many colors, lengths, widths, and weights:
1. Use one for shoes with broken shoelaces in a pinch until you can purchase regular shoelaces-slip through the eyelet holes-pull through, but not too tight
2. Flower arranging keeps the flowers upright-tighten the branches ever so lightly
3. Use small ones to hold a button in place until you can sew it on in an emergency
4. Replace a missing zipper pull to look at all the colors you can choose from–WooHoo
5. Jewelry clasp is broken…keep some tiny zip ties in your purse to repair your favorite necklace in a pinch
6. Use larger ones to secure milk cartons together to keep them from shifting
7. Secure wire fencing to posts to keep the critters out of your back yard
8. Secure Christmas lights to bushes…easy peasy
9. Secure cables attached to your desktop and carefully tighten them with a zip tie to secure them together
10. Tents can be secured with zip ties to keep the flaps from flapping
11. The small ones are wonderful to use as a tag holder on gifts
12. Awesome for temporary ponytails for swimming
13. Use them to hang decorations from a small nail
14. Weave some together to make a small basket-great craft for kids who are old enough to make items with them
15. Use a certain color on your keys to hang them on your key holder board to distinguish one key from another
16. Great to secure a zip tie with tools to a peg board
17. Use one that will secure your pant leg when riding your bike or to keep bugs or mosquitoes off your legs
18. Handcuffs or ankle cuffs (only for use in dangerous situations)
19. Wind up and drain your garden hoses and zip tie them to securely store them for the winter
20. These are great to secure rain downspouts as a temporary fix….until the heat makes them too brittle-then you have to replace them
21. Use to keep a tent or small sleeping bag rolled up while transporting
22. They can help secure vines and other plants to a trestle
23. In a pinch can substitute for a worn out watch band
Please keep in mind the different zip ties that are reusable (I didn’t buy those) and these that come in so many sizes for so many different uses. Let’s be prepared for the unexpected.
US Marine Corps My nephew, Nicholas just graduated from Marine Boot Camp (love my nephew so proud of him)