Repairing Stuff With Sugru

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Rainy Day Update: Testing the adhesive properties of sugru with a boot that sprang a leak

I can’t stand it when things get thrown away because it is too hard to repair them. I have a 60 year old toaster, which I’ve had repaired twice because of burnt out elements (apparently, cleaning the toaster tray out more often prevents this…). Each time, I’ve had to scour the city I lived in for someone who was prepared to do it as nearly everyone tells you to buy a new toaster. I don’t want a new toaster. I just want my old one to work. I’ve had to beg guys to do this repair, even though it ends up costing $25 to do (and I think they take pity on me and charge me less than they should).

Which is one of the reasons Sugru is great. Sugru can’t repair toasters (well, not internally anyway), but it can repair a lot of other stuff that might otherwise go to landfill. Sugru is a mouldable silicon putty like plasticine, but unlike plasticine when you leave it for 24 hours it sets and gives you a tough, but flexible rubbery thing. It’s like silly putty for grown ups (sensible putty?) because you can do so much stuff with it.  I fixed my bokashi lid which I had accidentally melted (don’t leave glass containers in the sun on top of plastic, duh.) and then used some sugru to stop my light fixing on my bike from moving around the handlebars.

Lots of people get really creative with the stuff:

Sugru were looking for some people to test their new formulation (it does the same thing, but you don’t end up with sugru goo on your hands afterwards) and sent me some. The first thing I did was to fix a bathroom hook that had been driving me nuts for ages.

Love it.

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2 thoughts on “Repairing Stuff With Sugru

  1. Interesting that you show the picture of the mixer taps (faucet) that had sugru improving the grip. I did a similar ‘repair’ and it lasted about five minutes before the sugru came off… the surface it was supposed to fix to was too smooth and shiny, I guess. I wonder if the solution you show involved sanding off the smooth chrome finish on the taps.

    • Yes, it doesn’t always work first time, and I wonder whether those taps are still sugru-ed…. The boot fix is working so far, but I think I may have to trim the patch as the flexing boot may make it peel. Sugru is a work in progress, I guess, but this batch works better than the first batch I used in terms of stickieness. Did you see their video about that?

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