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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.)