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Unusual Uses for Heat Shrink Tubing

by Amy on January 3rd, 2013

Heat shrink tubing is a very versatile tool to use around wiring and cable installations.  With the ability to shrink around the installation and the protections it offers, heat shrink tubing is a must have in electricians’ boxes.  However, after reading on the web some unusual uses for heat shrink tubing, I thought I would share some of them.

An article in hatches Magazine from January 2006 (, shows how the author used heat shrink tubing for making legs for his fishing flies.  I do have to warn you, the pictures in this article may be disturbing to those who do not make fishing flies, however, the article for those of you who do make flies will find the information very useful.

I have used adhesive lined heat shrink tubing to fix handles on my tools when the grips become pitted.  It works great and the tools even feel better because it has a softer grip on them.

Broom and mop handles can use some softening.  Adhesive-lined heat shrink tubing works great for this.  Just cut the length you want and heat it up and you have a soft grip now on your handles.

Another use I read about was a Special Education teacher used adhesive-lined tubing to help her students be able to grip their pencils better.

A backpacker blogged about using heat shrink tubing for sealing the end of his cords and ropes.  He also mentions about using heat shrink tubing to help out the titanium tent stakes.

While the purpose of this article is to share the creative heat shrink uses CableTiesPlus would like to remind you that these are not accepted uses of heat shrink tubing.  Please use caution when using heat shrink tubing for these uses.

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