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post #1 of 18 Old 05-03-2013, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Yesterday we replaced the small entry-way rugs and the new ones were a bit smaller than the old ones. I wound up trimming the sticky matty material that keeps the rugs from sliding on the hardwood floors. The remnants went into the garage trash.

Today I was wrenching on a head and needed to remove a screw down in the cam chain well. My hands were greasy, as was the screw driver, and though I'd wiped things down I couldn't get a grip on the screwdriver. Then I spied the remnants of rug don't-slip-on-the-hardwood material and the glimmer of an idea appeared.

Tearing of a hunk of this stuff and wrapping it around the handle I found I had a tremendous grip on the screwdriver, even though both it and I were greasy.

This swatch is now a part of my toolbox.


TLW says she got it at Target.

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post #2 of 18 Old 05-03-2013, 05:46 AM
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Cool idea Tom. I have that material in drawers for calipers,micrometers and such to protect them. Never thought about grabbing with it. Thanks
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Now TLW tells me that there are some craftspersons who make jar openers with the stuff and sell them at craft shows.

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post #4 of 18 Old 05-03-2013, 10:54 AM
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some folks can sell anything. Maybe I could make a die shaped like a big doo-hickey and cut out doo shaped jar openers!
I just bought a roll of that material last week to put between my skidplate and engine
to keep rocks and crud from wedging in,causing damage.
Looks like it has many uses.
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I use that stuff to get my oil filter off my sportbike! very handy to keep a swatch around, good tip!

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Good idea, Tom. I think a piece of that will be going in the old tool kit. I'm thinking it might also be handy for poking small bolts and screws through to keep track of them in the field.

Seems like a square of that stuff could also be handy on camping trips when used as toilet paper and would eliminate paper waste. Use, wash, re-use. It probably dries pretty fast.



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Good thinking. A dry rubber glove can work pretty well, too. I like the holes aspect, though. My grandma had a soft rubber disk with some advertising on it. She opened jars with it. I don't ever remember her not having it. That thing did some WORK.




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Other idea'a

While at our M.O.M.'s ( Motorcycles Of Manchester ) open house, there was a guy selling a product that wrapped around the hand grips and held on with some kind of velcro backing. It looked much like shelf liner, but fancier.

I came home and cut a couple of pieces and wraped them around my grips, and held them on with rubber bands.
Went for a ride. It did help isolate vibration and provide a larger size grip to hold on to.

Just another use for this stuff.

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Planalp-use for toilet paper
Lockjaw- rubber gloves

works for me!
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The way I read it is planalp thought he should wipe his butt with it; Lockjaw agreed but pointed out that rubber gloves work well for that. "Poor K," Tom said crappily. T
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