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DIY adjustable tie down straps... almost free!

Discussion in 'Scale Build Projects' started by wisdom, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. wisdom

    wisdom Studio Forums Elite
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    I made these adjustable tie down straps for basically nothing. They work good as an alternative to bungee cords.

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    Materials you will need:

    3 small paperclips
    Some sewing thread, though heat shrink would look neater.
    1 flat shoe lace

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    Tools that you will need:

    Needle nose pliers
    diagonal cutters
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    I made the hooks first. Follow the photos below for order of operations.

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    Keep your bends at 90 degrees, and nice and neat.
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    Use the width of the lace to determine how wide to make the eyelet.
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    Completely close the eyelet.
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    Bend the neck up near the center of the eyelet.
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    wrap the tail around the neck.
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    Bend the hook and trim the excess material.
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    X2
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    next form the adjuster

    Simple 90 degree bends, using the lace width as a guide.
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    To assemble, simply thread the hook and adjuster with the lace. While feeding the adjuster weave the lace under over under.
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    Next make sure everything is straight, and not twisted. Then follow back through with the tail.
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    I used the tread to bind the fixed hook at the other end. You could use shrink wrap and get a cleaner look. I'm out at the moment, so thread it is.
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    Congrats! you have an adjustable tie down strap for about $1.00
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    Thanks for watching!
     
  2. Madweasel

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    Helluva idea!
    Thanks for posting this!
     
  3. HobbyChild

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    SICK! i WILL DO THIS
     
  4. tazmatrix007

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    Very nice looks good
     
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    Veryy cool !
    Nice work .
    thanks for sharing it !!
     
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    Sweet!! Awesome instructions!! might just have to try this!!
     
  7. soulguard

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    That's brilliant!!! Thank you for sharing. I'll be doing this asap.
     
  8. wisdom

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    Glad you guys like them. Anyone who built these, please post pics.

    Thanks for the support!
     
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    Shoestring budget
     
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  10. wisdom

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    LOL. Like bubble gum and duct tape.
     
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    Necessity is the mother of invention. And DIY build tutorials are great for those on a budget. Great idea!


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  12. oklamopar

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    My version, Thanks for the idea
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    like how those look
     
  14. wisdom

    wisdom Studio Forums Elite
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    Those look awesome... The heat shrink is a huge improvement. Thanks for the photo!
     
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    thanks, you bet
     
  16. W1ck3d0n3

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    I did the same thing but with thin ribbon that u put on a present

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  17. wisdom

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    sounds cool. Can you post a photo?
     
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    Nice one ... im all about DIY RC tricks
     
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