If duct tape has thousands of uses than chances are its junk drawer companion and skinny little cousin the zip-tie does as well. Two things I wish I would have invented.
The electrical company of Thomas & Betts invented the zip-tie in 1958 to help neatly secure wires in airplanes. Today the slender piece of plastic with its ratcheting toothy edge goes by several different names like the hose tie, zip tie or tie wrap. Whatever you choose to call it is irrelevant; the number of ways you can use them is relevant. Today they come in a variety of colors, sizes, lengths and strengths and are made of steel or plastic and the best part is these little do-it-all doo-dads are pretty inexpensive which makes them even more ideal for the home prepper.
A Few of the Endless Things You Can do with Zip Ties
- Bundle wires or cables
- Secure containers or baskets in place
- Car Repair
- Arts and Crafts
- Loop several together to form a strong chain
- Instant lock, great for child proofing cabinets, gun cases and other items
- Use with tags to create ID tags for tools, luggage, gifts and more
- Tie down for tarps and tents
- Securely bundle garden or air hoses
- Home Security
- Household repairs
- Make hinge for gates or doors
- Use in the garden to gently secure plants to stakes