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Author Topic: Can you shrink elastic bands if they are too big?  (Read 602 times)

Offline P-Kasso2

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Can you shrink elastic bands if they are too big?
« on: 28 August, 2018, 02:13:02 PM »
The reason I ask is that my trusty  postman is forever bunging away enormous red rubber-bands when he's finished delivering a street-load bunch of letters.

Now, I am an inveterate rubber-band picker-upper when I spot one on the ground - so I am very grateful for his cast-off rubber-bands.

The trouble is that the Post Office red rubber-bands are absolutely ginormous! They're far too big for most uses (except for wrapping round a wad of fifty to a hundred or so letters.)

Can I shrink these rubber-bands down in size?  And if so, how do I do it?  (Shrunk to about half size would make them far more useful.)
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Re: Can you shrink elastic bands if they are too big?
« Reply #1 on: 11 January, 2019, 11:15:22 PM »
The reason I ask is that my trusty  postman is forever bunging away enormous red rubber-bands when he's finished delivering a street-load bunch of letters.

Now, I am an inveterate rubber-band picker-upper when I spot one on the ground - so I am very grateful for his cast-off rubber-bands.

The trouble is that the Post Office red rubber-bands are absolutely ginormous! They're far too big for most uses (except for wrapping round a wad of fifty to a hundred or so letters.)

Can I shrink these rubber-bands down in size?  And if so, how do I do it?  (Shrunk to about half size would make them far more useful.)

Any attempt to shrink them by heat or chemical means would rapidly perish the material.

The simplest solution I can think of would be to tie a knot in the middle and use as a "double" band.

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Re: Can you shrink elastic bands if they are too big?
« Reply #2 on: 28 February, 2019, 03:07:39 PM »
Any attempt to shrink them by heat or chemical means would rapidly perish the material.

The simplest solution I can think of would be to tie a knot in the middle and use as a "double" band.

Brilliantly simple answer. Simple but highly effective. Thank you Moonzero. Works a treat. A bit unsightly but brilliantly effective. Dunno why it never occurred to me. Time for a brain re-tread, methinks.
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