Do you have a clever trick for dressing children's shoelaces?
My son loosely ties tennis shoe laces such that they always fray
even after I put glue on the ends, melt them, or knot the ends.
Here is a picture of his shoes that I'm dealing with now:
Whatever (patent pending?) solution you provide has to have the hard
dressing because he often pulls the laces out of the eyelets.
New shoelaces aren't necessarily the best answer because they too
will fray. Neither is simply scissoring the ends (it's not repeatable).
What I need is a repeatably cheap method to prevent fraying
and to harden the tips for lacing that can be applied at home
as a DIY to make my child's sneaker shoelaces last longer.
Do you have a clever idea for inexpensively repeatedly dressing
shoelace ends that you can share with the world?
Dr. Emily Sockerill wrote on Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:03:57 +0000,
I snip the ends, dab with white glue, and then strangle about
a half inch from the end with a few loops of common thread.
After the glue dries, I smear the half inch end with Crest toothpaste.
That hardens into a usable shoelace tip.
I use adhesive lined heat shrink tubing because the regular stuff tends to
slide off eventually. Alternatively you can put a little hot melt glue on
the shoelace end, let it cool, slide the heat shrink tubing on and
reactivate the hot glue when you heat the tubing to shrink it.
The end is called an "aglet." 40 years ago, the high-end shoe store I
worked at still had an old hand held device to replace aglets.
This site has several ideas, including the shrink tubing:
On Wed, 21 Nov 2012 09:46:22 -1000, John Keiser wrote:
That aglet web page gives me an idea which isn't listed.
I'm going to try this "Brush-On Electrical Tape" right now on
my current pair of New Balance running shoes as shown below:
Note: The New Balance running shoes only seem to last a few
months before they're run ragged in the California chaparral! :(
For my hiking boots, I bought a hundred feet of 1,000 pound
test (IIRC) parachute cord from the Army Navy Surplus Store for
a couple of bucks and painstakingly sewed a web pattern on the
ends (and melted the tips) as shown in this photo below:
The problem with that parachute cord is that, for some strange
reason, parachute cord (whatever it's actually used for) acts
like a horrible magnet for thorns, burrs, and many other
unwanted bristley thorney grassey chaparral objects.
So if you guys know of a BETTER wide-lace alternative to this
parachute cord for Raichle hiking boots, please let me know
as I go through those rather long shoelaces at the rate of
a pair a year or so, hiking in the California chaparral.
I think if it were me, I would dip the ends of the shoe laces in a
liquid that would harden as it dries before shrinking some heat shrink
tubing on the ends to make aglets. I expect that something like boiled
linseed oil, or polyurethane would work OK.
Just dip the shoe lace ends several times, squeezing the lace ends after
each dipping to ensure the cotton is saturated with the BLO or PU.
Then, heat shrink some tubing onto the lace ends, and the BLO or PU will
gradually cure inside that tubing as O2 from the air gradually cause the
BLO or PU to cure.
That way, even if the heat shrink aglet comes off, the cured oil will
keep the end of the lace in a deformed and hardened state so it wouldn't
fray even without the heat shrink aglet in place.
On Thu, 22 Nov 2012 03:45:11 -0600, gazillion44 wrote:
The replacement laces would just fray in no time and you'd be back
where you started. Plus there's nothing wrong with the lace except
the aglet so why NOT fix them?
Replacement laces aren't cheap either, BTW.
I did write to Ian Fieggen who kindly responded saying he had read
this thread and he would try the methods suggested to add to his
aglet web site.
The Internet still amazes me after all these years with the websites
that exist. Who'd have thunk there was a shoelace webpage? Just for
the heck of it I searched for another mundane item item and wasn't
surprised when I found "Toothpick World". I needed a good laugh today. ^_^
On Thu, 22 Nov 2012 13:35:04 +0000 (UTC), "Dr. Emily Sockerill"
In that case, there's some stuff that you can buy to put a rubber-like
coating on the handles of tools. It's costly, but should last a long
time for your needs. Unfortunately I dont know the name of this
> As with most things, the quality of the decision you make depends
> entirely on how much you know.
> so, Welcome to Carpet 101:
> IF (big if there) you opt to replace your old carpet with new carpet,
> spend a bit more and buy a carpet that is:
> a. made of nylon,
> b. that is solution dyed, and
> c. is "level loop" construction.
> And, it's a good idea to get a good underpad for the carpet as well to
> maximize the life of your carpet.
> Carpet is made of wool and three synthetic fibers; nylon, polyester and
Nestor, thanks for the carpet 101. I know your response was intended for
Gordon. However, I found it very educational with specific information.
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