fixing a dishwasher, home hacks & a $200 Lowe’s giveaway

Marian Parsonshome improvement, Tutorials

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sugru.  It is a pretty amazing product that I thought my readers would like to know about.  All words and opinions are my own.

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I’m sure many of you can relate…  something breaks and you have no idea how to fix it.  You can’t glue, screw, nail, tape or tie it.  It’s just broken and that’s that.  I’ve had that happen to toys, tools and, most annoyingly, my dishwasher.

The bracket that holds the top rack in place broke years ago.  The little plastic tab that is used to adjust the height snapped off.  So, that means the top rack of the dishwasher, on the left side, falls about 2″ anytime you look at it the wrong way.  I can’t tell you how often my heart has skipped as a rack full of ironstone bowls and glasses threatens to finally fall entirely.
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See where it’s broken?  That blue tab should be about 1/2″ longer than it is.

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So, when I heard about Sugru, a moldable glue that sticks to just about anything, I immediately thought of my dishwasher.

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It comes in little single use packets in a variety of colors (that can even be mixed to make custom colors.)

Sugru feels and looks like a play dough and you can mold it, shape it and stick it for up to 30 minutes.  Once it cures for 24 hours, it’s like a hard rubber.

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For the dishwasher, I shaped a new “tab” on the bracket.

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Because the weight of the rack was smashing the uncured soft Sugru, I clamped the rack in place to allow it to cure.

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It worked like a charm.  I loaded the dishwasher and it is fixed!  AND Sugru is heat and waterproof, so it’s safe to use in the dishwasher.  I know a lot of people also have some rusty parts in their dishwashers where the plastic covering has worn away and Sugru is amazing for covering those up as well!

Once you have success like that, it’s a little addictive.  What else can I fix or improve?

I thought about my frayed computer cord.

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I simply shaped some Sugru (a blue & white cord is most fitting for me, right?) and molded it over the frayed part on the cord.  (Sugru is suitable for low voltage cables, under 24v.)

… I also used one of the ideas on their website to personalize the cord.

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Sugru is great to fill in weird gaps and recesses, whether it’s a fix or an improvement.  I filled in the apple with blue.  It’s just a little custom touch that makes my cord easier to identify, which is nice in a house full of Mac products.

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In order to prevent my iPhone and iPad chargers from fraying (and to fix one that already had), I added Sugru to both ends of the cords, where they often bend and fray.  Sugru turns into a flexible rubber, so the cord is still allowed to bend, but not so much that it stresses the cord.  And, again, I know which ones are mine and it will help them last longer.

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And then I remembered another formerly-un-fixable thing I could now fix.  (Addictive, I told you.)

The cord “hook” on my vacuum snapped off a few years ago, so I’ve been wrapping the cord around the handle.  Do you see that white piece?  It’s supposed to have a plastic bit that sticks up to hold the cord neatly in place.

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So, I made a new one!  Now, sculpting is definitely not my forte, but if you can manage to smush or roll play dough between your fingers, then you can use Sugru.  No expertise or skill required!

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Once it cured for 24 hours, it worked perfectly.  I was patting myself on the back for that one.

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I also learned that Sugru can be used to fill in engraving that has worn away.  My seven year old son is a type 1 diabetic, so he has to wear a medic alert bracelet.  The engraving is almost totally worn off.

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So, I rubbed some black Sugru over it to fill in the lettering and medic alert emblem.  The engraving was too shallow, so I will have to order a new one, but you can see how well it filled in the emblem, which was also starting to fade.

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I’m pretty excited about trying it out on a few other things…like some goggles that broke this summer and those plastic pieces that cover the bolts on the base of a toilet (and are always coming off!)  The possibilities of things you can fix, adapt or make are pretty much endless.

If you’re hot to fix something now, Sugru is available at Target and Lowes stores nationwide.  If you need more inspiration on how to use Sugru, you can find plenty on Sugru’s website.

AND Sugru is offering up a $200 gift card to Lowe’s as a giveaway for one of my readers!  To enter, simply visit Sugru’s website and look around at all of the things you can use Surgu to fix, hack and make.  Come back to this post and leave a comment letting me know your favorite (or what you would fix or adapt in your own home.)

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This giveaway is open to readers who are over the age of 18 and those living on planet earth.  Valid entries must be submitted prior to November 24, 2015, at midnight PST.  A winner will be randomly selected and notified shortly after the close of the giveaway.

Good luck!

PS – I also just used Sugru on my son’s history diorama project.  I’m basically a walking commercial for it right now.  Just ask Kriste.

fixing a dishwasher, home hacks & a $200 Lowe’s giveaway

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