Call ‘m whatever you like — zip strips, zip ties, plastic strips ,or cable ties — but not since the opposable thumb has mankind come up with anything more useful for holding crap together. Duct tape comes close, but could duct tape hold up to the stress of holding a license plate on a trailer or ‘cuffing thousands of underage drinkers at spring break? Hell, no.
If you’re one of the five people left on the Earth that hasn’t used a zip tie, let me explain them: They’re flexible plastic strips with a boxed tab on one end and a ridged tab. Draw one end through the other and once you hear clicking, you’re locked up. Pull the tab until tight, then clip off the end (if you so desire) and you’re done. The whole action can take less than 3 seconds.
We can’t count how many times these have saved the day or made life easier. If you need it bound together — without sticky substances involved — then zip ties could be the answer. Couple that with fact you can get a huge assortment of them for a few bucks, and there really isn’t a reason not to have some around; take our word for it, you’ll find a use for them almost as soon as you get them home.
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