Sometimes you need to make a small home repair and don’t have time to run to the hardware store. And sometimes, you need to make a significant home repair and can’t afford it. Zip ties aren’t exactly the most elegant solution, but they are super easy to install, easy to remove, cheap and effective.
Check out this video:
The quality isn’t great. For most of the video, all you see is this guy’s garage door. But you do get to hear an interesting discussion about repairing a garage foundation. One guy shows the problem to an expert who recommends installing a series of zip ties. I really wish they would have actually shown how that was supposed to work. If you really can fix garage foundations with zip ties, I’m going to buy a bunch of custom printed cable ties with directions printed right on them and sell them right off of this blog. I’d make a mint!
This slide show from Bob Vila’s website shows some ways you can use zip ties around the house. Keeping a workbench neat and helping plants climb trellises are not new uses for zip ties (though they are good uses!). However, this article shows how you can use zip ties to unclog sink drains, which is pretty darn neat — it spares you from having to use pipe-eating chemicals like Drano and having to look at some cranky plumber’s fanny crack.
My favorites household uses for zip ties are the creative ones, especially ones that involve upcycling. I just LOVE this mat made of old hoses and zip ties. It looks just like the braided rugs my mother used to make out of old scraps of fabric, and it’s perfect for using on a patio! 100% weather proof! Amazing.