20 unexpected things you can fix with Sugru
You'll wonder how you ever got along without this magical, malleable adhesive stuff.
Wed, Feb 13 2013 at 11:06 AM
Sugru is the best thing since duct tape and Super Glue. It's a putty-like substance that starts out malleable then cures into whatever shape you form it into. It also adheres to all types of surfaces, so you can use it for a staggering range of DIY projects, from repair jobs to customizing objects to suit your needs. Sugru users have found interesting and surprising uses for the stuff, and we have pulled some of our favorite household fixes for you to peruse. These will help spark your creativity and perhaps get you excited about repairing and modifying what you have, rather than replacing still-functional items.
1. Patch your worn pants
Interestingly enough, you can fix clothing with Sugru. You can use the material to tack down the edges of an iron-on patch for a fail-proof fix.
2. Make a digital camera kid-proof
A brilliant way to make a camera resistant to drops and dings is to cover it in Sugru. This project transforms an adult's digital camera into one that can bounce back from drops — literally. The idea is also a hit among readers who are always looking for a way to customize and repair gadgets. Check out the bouncing, rolling camera in the video above.
3. Repair refrigerator shelves and drawers
Repairing cracked fridge parts can be tough because the glue needs to withstand cold temperatures. Sugru is flexible and so won't become brittle and snap in the cold. Your repairs will actually last. Check out the video above to see how to do it.
4. Make your shoes more comfortable
Customizing the fit of your shoes is easy with Sugru, which you can shape to the contours of your feet. By adding on a little bit to parts of the shoe that hurt your feet, like seams that rub your heel raw, you can make your shoes feel as good as they look.
5. Fix gaps in your wood floor
If you need a quick, fast and durable fix to gaps in your wood floor, you can turn to Sugru. And because you can mix your own colors with different primary colors of Sugru, you can come up with a shade that will blend better than the blue used here.
6. Fancy bumpers for iPhones
You don't have to drop a lot of money for fancy and fun bumpers to protect your iPhone. You can design and craft your own with Sugru, and ensure your screen is safe from cracking when dropped.
7. Easy GoPro tripod mount
The cost of GoPro cases and accessories can really start to add up, which is why finding ways to create your own mounts with Sugru is a smart idea. This project shows you how to create a new mount for attaching your GoPro to a tripod using Sugru and a quick-release plate, but the same idea can be applied to just about any device.
8. Repair your laptop charger
It can be expensive to replace a laptop charger as it ages and the cord starts to fray. A quick fix is a bit of Sugru; it will reinforce it while keeping it bendable so you can still roll up the cord with ease.
9. Repair cracks in your car dashboard
No one enjoys having to take the car in to the repair shop. If it can be fixed at home and on the cheap, all the better! One clever Sugru user figured out that the substance makes a great and lasting fix for cracked dashboards and other parts of a car's interior.
10. Turn an old book into an iPad case
Covering a Kindle or iPad with an old book is a great way to bring some vintage flair to the latest in gadgetry. Find an old book at a thrift shop that has an interesting cover, add some Sugru and voila! You have a cool, unique case that is a fraction of the cost of a new accessory.
11. Replace nose pads on glasses
If you've broken off the nose pad of your sunglasses, you may want to consider Sugru to replace it instead of tossing out the entire pair. A little bit of Sugru can be molded onto the glasses and fit perfectly to your face before it cures into place.
12. Repair earbuds
If you've ever damaged your earbuds, this repair is for you. Here's how to fix the rubber padding on the earbuds as well as the plastic casing around the wires.
13. Fix your boots
If your boots are coming apart at the seams, consider how you might fix them with a little Sugru. The putty can bind pieces back together, so you can keep your favorite boots longer.
14. Improve your clothes hanger
This is a great way to make your plain hangers hold onto your clothing better. The grips are perfect for clothes like tank tops or scoop-necks that keep slipping off the edges of the hangers.
15. Repair a broken mug handle
Sure, super glue would work … if the handle is still in decent shape. If not, you can make an entirely new handle with Sugru and stick it to your favorite old mug.
16. Create nonslip stove grates
This is a great idea for grates that tilt, wobble or slide out of place. A dab of Sugru makes them much more solid for cooking.
17. Replace a missing dial
This fix is for a missing dial on a slow cooker but it can work in a similar way for missing dials on all sorts of appliances.
18. Insulate a pot handle
A smart way to make sure you don't get burned when grabbing onto a pot handle is to add Sugru to it. No need for an oven glove.
19. Replace a zipper pull
It's so frustrating when a pull comes off a zipper, but this is an easy way to fix the problem.
20. Universal cable grips
Organize your cords anywhere, on any surface. This is a great way to keep all those wires in check, without having to buy special organizers that might not work for the cords you have or in the spot you want organized.
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