How many uses for one item?

Submitted: Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 17:54
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Hi all,
Just got home from Tom Grogin, weekend away with the ct...
Have heard and been told, only carry things that have more than one use.
We, Sue and I, would like to see how many uses you have for different things.. A prize should be for the best idea/most uses, of one particular item. Maybe the prize would be getting other ideas, to limit weight/easier ways of doing things..
We had a think about it while sitting on the murry... No that's the river..
Our step would be number one on our list.. Little aluminium fold out legs step.
1. As a step up into ct..
2. To stand on to do the awning zipper, at its high point, I'm about 6" short..
3. As our coffee table when laid back in our lounge chairs...
4. As a foot stool...
5. As a chair...
6. As a table, for cooking ie. Can rest cooking utensils, camp oven or lid on it..
It's great to hear ideas, if you have any ideas, or secrets.. (no dirty ones)Let's hear them!
Thanks Odog
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Reply By: George_M - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 18:33

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 18:33
How deep was the crossing over the Murray Rvr, Odog?

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Follow Up By: muzbry - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 18:39

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 18:39
Gday George
Coffee some time?
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Follow Up By: Member - Odog - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 19:21

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 19:21
G'day George
We camped at Tom Grogin, only drive we did was through geehi to all the huts, and around to major Clews hut, and out near scammels? Look out.
Fellas next to us left at 9am.. And got back to camp at 7pm.. Around through daveys plain and mt Pinibar... Said the river crossing wasn't to bad... Not very deep through swamy plains river at geehi.
Thought we might leave doing daveys plain and Pinibar till we have another vehicle with us.. These blokes only went down the bad sections, didn't have to go up them, from what I gathered.. Thought 9 or 10 hours might be a bit long, would rather go up with the swags, and break the drip up.. Cheers
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Reply By: muzbry - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 18:34

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 18:34
Gday Odog
I likje to take my son. Most often quite useless , but when needed, just amazing. Can do most things , like cooking , putting up tents, putting up the camper, can hold things , gets drinks and nibbles. And so on. Great conversation .Also can change a wheel and repair punctures.Great for a tow when and if ever stuck.

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Follow Up By: Member - Odog - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 19:34

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 19:34
Hey muzbry
Last time we took two of our boys, we camped on the opposite side of jindabyne, get there by boat, leave the car n trailer..
Woke up during the night to " what kind of cheap skates only bring one carton camping" my reply from the tent was " ah ya bloody free loaders" sure enough, in the morning, my 30 can pack of VB was gone!
Think they have improved, yours might be a later model.. Lol
I agree with you though, they can be mighty helpful... Sometimes.. But we love em all... Cheers
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Reply By: Mick O - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 20:15

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 20:15
Gaffer or "100 Mile-an-hour" Tape.

Generally used as a general purpose sticky type tape to hold things together. Other uses (and I swear I've either done it or seen it done..and can produce photos for many ;-)

Hold spring hanger in place;
Replace spring hanger all together;
Hold trousers together;
Hold rear windscreen together;
Hold front windscreen in;
Hold side windows up;
Hold vehicle and camper doors shut;
Dust proofing where-ever required;
Esky repairs;
Holding the engel fridge cover together;
Repairs to car aerials;
Used inside of tyre to repair or cover protruding wires;
Patch bits of machinery together;
As a wound dressing (I bleep you not!);
Patch for a water container;
Barometer – If wet...it’s raining. If smoking.....we’re on fire;
Sealing leaks in tent;
Insulation tape;
Repairing hoses;
Volume control device for wife (gag)or Outback Al Kennedy!;
Used to hold a spinifex screen on;
Seat and chair repairs;
Packing on edges;
Holding together a middle east peace solution;
Tent pole repairs;
Making a splint for a broken leg;
Repairs to constant velocity bearing seal;
Used to hold any number of car pieces to the car...headlights, indicators, trim etc
Used for repairs to all manner of rubber vehicle boots;
Shoe repairs (External and Internal);
Replacement seal (Door, window);
Mobile/satellite phone and radio repairs
Use as gators in rough country;
Handlebar grip;
Getting prickles out of clothing and skin (good for de-pilling your woollies as well ;-)
Use as a replacement catch for tool/storage boxes

The list goes on...

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Mick

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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 14:13

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 14:13
Hey Mick
Please post evidence for "Holding together a middle east peace solution" Not even the fantastic Gaffer or "100 Mile-an-hour" tape can possibly do that :-)
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 22:35

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 22:35
Krooza....I did say Many...not "all" solutions ;-)

Have forwarded your request to me old mate Bazza Obama

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Reply By: craigandej - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 21:24

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 21:24
A sheet of canvas about 7 x 4 ft.
Folds very small.
Lay on it under vehicle.
Cover firewood pile overnight.
Windbreak over sidestep when swag beside truck.
Groundsheet under swag if ground wet
Privacy screen
Car bra in deep water crossings
Window shade for fridge in vehicle
Protect roofrack when collecting wood
Throw over echidna to hold for kids education
etc etc

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Reply By: snow - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 15:47

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 15:47
Either of my hands, as either is useful for:
carrying
lifting
holding
clamping
threatening
waving
self defense
hoisting oneself up onto an object
scratching
undoing / untying
opening cans of beer

also generally good for:
blocking the lump hammer from hitting pegs squarely
cleaning grease & sharp edges off engine components when ill positioned spanners slip
absorbing heat from bbq plates that haven't quite cooled enough
pinching/squashing in car doors
catching & retaining fishing hooks

Quite a myriad of uses really
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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 17:39

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 17:39
Cable ties a.k.a. zip ties.
Useful for:

1. tying spinifex blind off to bull bar etc
2. tying corner of a tarp to whatever- probably dozens of differing applications under this heading
3. inserted into a zip closure tab; it is far easier to grab the zip tie rather than the small zip tab
4. tie shock cord off to a fixture e.g. shock cord assisting a fridge power lead which tensions when fully extended but saves power lead from jamming when in normal shut position
5. making a guy rope just a bit longer to get to that peg
6. replacing those little plastic plug/screws which join minor body parts together
7. gathering electrical cables together instead of having a bird's nest under the 4WD, or other out-of-sight locations
8. locating/fixing electric cables along-side existing looms, pipes, leads etc etc
9. I have successfully used heavy duty zip ties to re-fasten exhaust pipe/muffler from mounting bracket to locating lugs
10. really heavy duty ties which have a worm drive and have to be done up with a spanner, although not strictly a zip tie, are good for semi-permanent fixings
11. mounting stuff to rear of cargo barrier e.g. storage bags, inverters, etc

Now-a-days I make sure that I never leave on a trip without a good supply of various sizes/dimensions. At a few cents per tie, it's an easy fix. In many instances they have effectively replaced wire, Cobb & Co's, etc.

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Follow Up By: Rick (S.A.) - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 17:42

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 17:42
Plus some of the uses Mick-O listed, like chair repairs and so on.
He stole my intellectual list, I reckon
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 22:37

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 22:37
Damn, shouldm have nobbled Rick by pinching his cable tie list as well. He's right though. Second most useful thing after Gaffer Tape are cable ties!

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Reply By: Member - Odog - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 18:41

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 18:41
Thanks all,
I do carry the cable ties, and the hundred mile tape stuff, having a bit of canvas sheet in the back somewhere maybe a good idea to, would come in handy... As for the spare hand, I got two, and the wife has two.. Actually my toes are as long as my wife's fingers.. Lol..
You know you can tell a lot by the length of a blokes toes.. Ha.. Thanks again, I got a few ideas out of it.. And a laugh. Cheers. Odog
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