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Can you re-use those plastic black cable ties?

post #1 of 29
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I don't know how to take them off without breaking them... i am in the process of building a new rig and i want to re-use some of my old zip ties since i sorta ran out of money... i have 1.73 left while those zip ties are 3.99

any other method of organizing cables just in case i cant re-use them?
duck tape?
Edited by badatgames18 - 5/13/11 at 4:04am
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post #2 of 29
just buy more at local: Walmart / radio shack/lowes/home depot

If you really want to try and re-use a few you can slip a thin small piece of metal into the locking tab and open them, but I would not even bother, just cut them and go pick up a small bag for 4-5$
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post #3 of 29
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Originally Posted by Killam0n View Post
just buy more at local: Walmart / radio shack/lowes/home depot

If you really want to try and re-use a few you can slip a thin small piece of metal into the locking tab and open them, but I would not even bother, just cut them and go pick up a small bag for 4-5$
He said he's out of money.
Yeah, but it's really hard to. The zip-tie works by a piece of plastic clipping into ridges on the zip tie tail. You can stick something under that plastic and pull that tail out. it should work.
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post #4 of 29
if u can get a pin and u can lift up the latch that stops them from coming lose and u can thread it out and then u can re-use them
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post #5 of 29
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thanks guys... it's just that i'm in college and the money i have left is for transportation and food

i'll try it... hope it works
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Wow with that sig rig, no wonder your broke

you could use a paperclip end, boby pin w/shaved ends, exacto blade...
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I am currently listening to: Bobaflex - Bullseye

Why do I bring that up? its great music to listen to while your cussing at the plastic tabs.

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Have fun in school with $1.73. I hope you are not going to school to be an account, lol... Nice rig though.
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post #9 of 29
Gigabyte G1.Guerrilla $400
GTX 590 $750
Core i7 980X $1000

Needing to reuse cable ties because you are now broke...
Worthless Priceless



I don't know about you, but I always cut my cable tie tips after they are secured. The easiest way to re-use cable ties like this is to cut them off just below the clip. They end up a few mm shorter.
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post #10 of 29
Use the tip of an exacto knife and pull the latch lever of the tie back away from the inserted strip. It will slide right out.
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