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

Marian Parsonshome improvement, Tutorials528 Comments

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.

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528 Comments on “fixing a dishwasher, home hacks & a $200 Lowe’s giveaway”

  1. Exactly what I need to fix the front handle on the dishwasher bottom rack – it keeps coming off in my hands.

  2. I am amazed with this product. I have so many little fix-it projects that I can’t even begin to list them! I have added this product to my shopping list!

  3. Oh my goodness, making the clips for cables is a great idea. We have a charging station, and the cords all sprawl out. I’m continually pushing them back in to corral them, the pulling them back out when they’ve fallen too far in! I think i would also use it to make a new foot for my blender, which only has three now and is a bit wobbly.
    Great idea!

  4. So, seeing you fix your dishwasher got me thinking. We had granite installed last summer, but the installers did some wonky stuff/didn’t shim, so our dishwasher couldn’t be re-mounted using the correct frame/attachment bracket. In poor craftsmanship, they glued it, which Ahmad already worn off from the heat. My dishwasher now tilts! I’m wondering if Sugru would hold it in place, since we can’t drill holes in the granite to brace the dishwasher? I need to run to Target today!

  5. I’ve used this wonderful product to attach a piece that broke off my steam cleaner. It worked well. Learning how to create a smooth finish and custom colors on Sugru’s web site makes me ready to tackle a repair that I have been postponing because aesthetics as well as function matter in this case.

  6. What a great product!! I would attach items to kitchen subway tile without drilling holes. There are so many uses for Sugru!!

  7. Wow! This product is right up my alley! I’m the ‘fixer’ in my household and I have a number of projects that could use this product. First up, a metal utensil holder that has a broken bracket.

  8. I have a few toys that need repair…..some I broke trying to remove them from the awful redundant tornado-proof packaging. “Here kid, here’s your brand new broken toy”. #momfail I too have a broken vacuum cord hook, would like help securing my EZPass to my dash and would reinforce my iphone charger cords. Looks like a great product.

  9. My phone case has a big chunk out of it, which I know I could fill in easily with this stuff! I think I will also include some in our family’s Operation Christmas Child boxes – I’m sure kids in developing nations have lots of things that need fixing, too! :o)

  10. My stars, this looks amazing. I have been so busy that I didn’t read my last four blogs as they were coming in. This morning I set out to catch up and was so thankful to find out about Sugru! I have a long list of what I want to do with t but from their website I really want to have a few magnetic spots for keys and I want to try some tricks in my closet to organize there. Then my son has great toys that are perfectly good except…..our house can definetly use Sugru! Thank you for including me in the giveaway!

  11. What a great product, I would use this to make magnetic hooks to hang Christmas ornaments from the tin ceilings in my Kitchen and dining room!

  12. So many things to fix. First would be dishwasher, then the handle on ice dispenser on refrigerator door.I was trying to figure out how to fix that. I’m so glad you introduced this product my list is growing.

  13. I have a gallery wall of my kids’ initials.

    One of the letters came from my husband’s office: it was from the company name in the entrance and used to be attached with screws. Their name changed. The logo was removed, and the screws sawed off. The letters were tossed out and my kind husband salvaged some for me. But I never got around to sticking the screw ends to the wall. It’s been driving me crazy!

    This is the best solution I’ve seen. Thanks!

  14. This is the perfect product for fixing a lattice room divider that
    is from my Mother. She got it in the 70’s. I have some broken pieces
    and could not figure how to repair it there is not way to nail or staple
    it back together. I think this is the solution. Thanks! I also love Lowe’s!

  15. I’m going to fix the part that holds the cord out of the way in my vacuum.
    My husband is going to use it in a leaky rain gutter that he’s tried several things on and nine of them has worked

  16. With three early teens things get broken all the time. I need this stuff in my life! I am wonderingIngraham if I can use it as sparkle. Gotta go check out their website! Top rack dishwasher thingies, it’s on!

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