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Sugru To A New U

Following up on my post about toothpase as a camera lens-saver, here’s one about Sugru fixing our dishwashers.

Oh, and if you don’t know what Sugru is, let me tell you how great and excellent this weird to pronounce product is.

Sugru is a moldable glue that turns into a solid rubber after sitting for a few hours. And it has solved one of our most regular household annoyances; dishwasher wheels that won’t stay the F on.

We’ve got a GE dishwasher that’s about eight years old. Doing some Googling it appears GE has had some problems with their wheels staying put on the bottom rack. Certainly, in the great balance of problems in the world this is minor. But damn if it doesn’t annoy the crap out of you when opening and closing the thing. I would say every time we rolled out the bottom rack we had one of three options; all wheels would stay on, one wheel would come off, all wheels would come off (hilariously this would happen as we tried to fix one or two wheels, thus allowing all others to leap for freedom).

Sally remembered her brother using some kind of glue-y type thing from the Internet to fix things at one point and after a few searches we found Sugru. And our problem is solved.

If you have anything around the house that needs to be stuck more permanently to something else (or many other uses Sugru could have) I recommend you head to their website and order some Sugru right now. I’ll wait.

You ordered?

Did you get it in a fun colour?!

We got the white Sugru to blend in with the dishwasher.
We got the white Sugru to blend in with the dishwasher.

Anyway, Sugru explains everything pretty well on their site, but essentially you open the package, roll the little glue pad around and stick it to/on/around something. In our case it was around the clamp that holds the dishwasher wheels to the rack. 24 hours later the glue is a solid rubber that ain’t going nowhere. And, because it can withstand temperatures up to 180 degrees Celsius (and down to -50), it can do its thing in the dishwasher in the hottest of cycles.

We’ve still got a few sticks of Sugru left and I am actually kind of excited to see where we use it next. (It can keep for quite a while if you store it in the fridge.)

Finally, a good use for toothpaste

Chalk one up for the Internet!

My one complaint about the HTC One X+ phone is the camera lens is poorly placed. It’s on the back of the phone and extends out, which means the lens surface is always flush with the table or desk it’s sitting on. Design flaw!

So, over the last year my camera lens got scratched up when I placed it face-up on surfaces and it vibrated during a call or message, or I grabbed for it without gently picking it straight up.

Recently, my photos were getting blurry:

Photo taken of my desk at home before toothpasting.
Photo taken of my desk at home before toothpasting.

But! I knew the Internet would have answers for my scratched up lens. And it did. Toothpaste.

Seriously, toothpaste.

Yes, cleaning the lens, then vigorously rubbing it with toothpaste for about 10 minutes improved the lens clarity. The lens scratch fog has lifted:

So much clearer after the toothpaste scrub!
So much clearer after the toothpaste scrub!

I only did this yesterday, so can’t tell how long the lens may stay clear. I’ve got the phone back in an Otter Box, which keeps the lens off surfaces, so if the toothpaste holds I should be taking clear photos the rest of the way.