Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday Hack Stack & Shady Watch Day 3


Welcome to another round of Monday's Hack Stack. Today, I'm dedicating my stack to the humble rubber band. I'm pretty sure I'll never accurately track down the first person who did these hacks and I didn't invent any of this (and 99.99% of the time, neither did the person I'm citing for the image...so, there you have it).  

If you posted a traditional use for rubber bands on the internet, come on, people! It's time to be brilliant and clever, not long-established, taken for granted "normal."  

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1. The old paint can trick.

Everybody knows this one, but it's a tip jumps out at me as one I've actually used pretty often. 

Wrapping a substantial rubber band around a paint can is really useful. Everyone who paints has experienced the excessively drippy paint brush that needs tamed before you slap that wall one more time. Scrape the brush on the rubber band stretched across the center of the can. This totally does the trick.

2.  Seal the chips!

Cherdo Kitchen Standard use: Extra rubber bands are excellent for sealing bagged items, like coffee or corn chips. I use this on the coffee bag I store in the freezer all the time. Roll the top of the bag down and place the rubber band on the package (top to bottom). Then pass up all the expensive plastic chip clips with an air of superiority. 

3.  Keep the spoon out of the bowl!

Another Cherdo use: Wrap the rubber band around the handle of a spoon to prevent it from sliding into the bowl - the most annoying utensil betrayal of all.

4.  Visor keeper

This may not be useful to everyone, but if you're trying to keep track of gas receipts or brochures on a trip, wrap a rubber band or two around your visor and tuck your paperwork in for the ride.

Falling gas receipts kill thousands every year. Drivers have been pulled from the wreckage covered in paper cuts.

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5.  Keep that apple fresh

My friend does this. I googled it to see where the idea originated and folks, there is no way of knowing - it's official.

Slice your apple and reassemble the pieces; secure with a rubber band to prevent the apple from browning.

6.  Eraser

They're made out of the same thing, you know. Just make a ball or wrap around something. I've done this with an egg sized rock before and it works great. It was an experiment...I'm not saying I ever made a mistake...

Okay, even I'm laughing at that. I'm the typo queen.

7. Save that book

At one time or another, we've all packed up a beach bag or tote with miscellaneous items and included a book that will soon look manhandled by this transport.  Wrap a rubber band around the book to keep it closed. It really helps.

Oh, and by the way....




26 comments:

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    1. My goal for 2015 - minimalism. Less specialty items!

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  2. Now where did I put those strong rubber bands? I'm going to have to get them out to use your wonderful tips, Cherdo. Thanks!

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  3. I'll have to try the apple trick. I eat one every day and preslicing it would be nice.

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    1. Until I tried it, I never thought about that fixing the browning problem.

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  4. And here I thought rubber bands were just for shooting at my wife from across the room until she yells at me to stop.

    Really, though, I had no idea about that apple one. That's a good tip.

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    1. If I hadn't put the word "seven" on the graphic, that would have been idea #8: Wife Targeting.

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  5. Wow, that apple trick is a new one to me too. But if left out the cat would eat the rubber band haha

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    1. What is it with these pets eating things that are inedible? I have a friend whose dog died because it ate a knee-high hose/sock thing. Got stuck in its intestine...RIP.

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  6. I guess I'm really out of the know on rubber bands. I didn't know about the paint can trick, but I'll remember that for future painting. I prefer using a clothes pin for chip bags, but I've used the rubber band on coffee. So, you know the apple trick was a bombshell. Bombshell.

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    1. I could do a hundred clothes pin ideas! I keep a bunch in the drawer.

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  7. Or string a few of them together for a wicked cool rubber band whip. Then snap it at the back of Johnny Monoski's head in Religion Class.
    Good times, good times.

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    1. Good ole' Johnny Monoski...always whining about his big, red welts. ;-)

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  8. I've seen the paint can trick. Trouble is I don't paint often enough to remember it.

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    1. It's a good one, Mike. I drip enough as it is.

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  9. I must be the only one not knowing about the paint can trick. These are excellent tips. I can see the rubber band snapping back at me and paint going all over:)-It is me after all

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    1. Well, you can always stick to cards - you're excellent at those!

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  10. " Wrap the rubber band around the handle of a spoon to prevent it from sliding into the bowl - the most annoying utensil betrayal of all."

    Except for when the band fails and you end up with rubber band in the soup....

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  11. Awesome tips, thanks! Some are tried and true but some new!

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  12. I suppose Shady has crashed Twitter now. He's always up to something. I'm not. I would spill the paint when I put on the rubber band. I am notoriously clumsy. I like the apple trick. That would be a good one for WDW, who likes apple slices but will not bite into an apple for some reason. Maybe his teeth fall out.

    Love,
    Janie

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  13. How could you forget rubber band balls? Wrap 'em up in some fabric and they make great base/soft ball substitutes, did that a lot as a kid.
    Also good for bouncing off the heads of annoying people.

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  14. These are awesome. I'm going to have to buy some rubber bands!

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  15. Great tips, Cherdo, thanks a lot for sharing them.

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  16. I'm going to the kitchen now to slice all my apples in half and put them back in the fridge :)

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  17. I did not know most of these. I know I have a bag of rubber bands around here.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo