This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in February 2015.
You’re creative, and I know you’d be able to find many convenient solutions for everyday fixes and extraordinary hacks, but I’ve found nothing that compares to this product known as SUGRU.
My husband and I have been fans of it for years – for a long time we had to order from its home base in the UK, but its reach has been gradually expanding. Best news ever? Sugru just announced that they’re now selling product in 1,700+ Lowe’s stores this side of the pond! I think you’ll like this stuff.
From hacking an improved grip on your bike handlebars, to reinforcing those pesky smartphone cords that always seem to crack and splay at the bend points, this might just change your life.
The product is sold in little packets, and in a variety of colors to suit your specific needs. The clay-like substance is soft, but hardens over time when opened and exposed to air, and cures completely in a day. It’s self-setting (no bake), self-adhesive to most surfaces yet removable from non-porous surfaces, waterproof, bendable, can insulate (for electrical), and is even UV resistant.
We’ve used the product in more ways than I can remember, like to customize the fit of Pete’s sunglasses around his ears, and to buffer the back of the TV mount that kept crashing into the wall. It’s the kind of product that could be used for anything.
A million other fans have used it for truly remarkable DIY efforts, so it’s fair to say that Sugru has been put to EXTREME tests and come out winning (check out the gallery on the Sugru website).
Our uses are less extreme than, say, sending it into space on a helium balloon, but it came in handy when I wanted to repair a rusting crack in the top rack of our dishwasher, and when I wanted to create some little non-slip nubbies on a basket that sat on the back of the toilet. (A basket of hair ties sliding into the toilet could be extreme though, right?)
I used it to create a new base for my camera’s tripod, and it can be convenient when you’re trying to get crafty too, like when I turned a starfish into a plug, to fit inside a cute little ceramic container. (I was reinterpreting one of my favorite Anthropologie decor pieces on the cheap).
All other Sugru fans stand up! What have you customized or repaired with the help of Sugru?