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I actually don’t care too much, personally, for the way this looks, but serious kudos to designer Nicola Zocca for outside-the-box thinking. What other clever off-label uses for heat shrink plastic are we missing? [via NOTCOT]

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


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  1. Desco says:

    We use it to add or replace the rubber coating on the handles of fencing swords. Gives a really nice grip through the glove, so I would think it could be used for any handle you would like an improved rubber-ish grip on– hammers, wrenches, pliers, garden tools, other sports equipment, musical instruments, exercise equipment, pens or brushes… It even comes in clear, so you could put it on something you don’t want to get dinged up, like brass door handles. And since its like $1 for four feet, you can easily replace it if it gets chewed up.

  2. Simon says:

    I used heatshrink to cover the handbrake handle in my MGB. As Desco says it provides a nice grip.

  3. Dave H says:

    I’ve used heat shrink tubing to make skirts for blowgun darts. Use tubing that just fits the inside of the blowtube before shrinking. Shrink one end around the body of the dart and leave the trailing end unshrunk.

  4. jfernsler says:

    I used heatshrink on my sunglasses when the plastic around the temple pieces crumbled. Much more comfortable now.