What do you use to stop cans rubbing?

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 13:58
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Can anyone please point me in the right direction as to where to find some cheap thin neoprene stubby/can coolers (with a base) so that we can use them to put several cans in the car fridge to stop them rubbing? I have some thicker 5mm type ones but they take up too much room. I've looked at ebay and they're not what I call cheap as often there is minimum quantities or they're able to be personalised. I don't need that. The corrugations have caused a couple of disasters for us in the past.

We have also tried the plastic "6 ring" holders you get when buying a slab of beer but that doesn't always stop the rubbing completely.

Or can someone recommend something else?
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Reply By: Lex M - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 14:03

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 14:03
Socks.
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Follow Up By: Bush Wanderer - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 18:50

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 18:50
Wow....never thought of that one.
By far the best idea of them all.
Now...need to find the ones that are not too smelly.
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Follow Up By: DesF - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 19:28

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 19:28
In the Engel , I have made a liner ( with cutouts) from Visy board as high as a can ( holes between top and bottom of the cans,) then I have a couple of sml towling hand towels/ teatowels, which I pack in the spaces to keep everything firm , I put a piece of nonslip shelf liner on top of the layer stops rubbing and the air can still flow thru. has worked great for over 10 years .
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 09:51

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 09:51
I like the socks idea. We have used tea towels in the past but may slip down to the cheapie shop and get some socks.

Thanks Lex
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 14:09

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 14:09
old socks
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Reply By: Member - cuffs (SA) - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 14:19

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 14:19
Bubble wrap from post office

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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 14:27

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 14:27
The non slip matting for shelves cut to size.
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Follow Up By: Mudguard - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 11:32

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 11:32
industrial plastic expanding sleeves, the type you get around polished shafts or piston rods, they come in different sizes, (gas bottles, beer/wine) fold flat when not required,won't soak up moisture from fridge, and cushions items a lot better from impacts
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Follow Up By: Mudguard - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 11:35

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 11:35
industrial plastic expanding sleeves, the type you get around polished shafts or piston rods, they come in different sizes, (gas bottles, beer/wine) fold flat when not required,won't soak up moisture from fridge, and cushions items a lot better from impacts
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Reply By: equinox - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 15:02

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 15:02
Individually wrapped in newspaper works very well.


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Follow Up By: Member - Russler - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 17:54

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 17:54
Agreed, and thin cardboard (like old cereal boxes) works well too

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Reply By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 15:24

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 15:24
Place a piece of that non slip matting used to stop plates from slipping of tables trays etc... in the bottom of fridge, then get a old motor bike tube cut into bands & simply pull over cans & bottles & presto no more rubs or rattles
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Reply By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 15:24

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 15:24
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All the above,

Also newspaper, stubby holders, those wine box partitions, normally thrown out at the bottle shop, someone wrote about using that "expanda foam" stuff...

You should use your imagination.....

Just remember with stubby holders, you only need one for every other can..... not one for each, use the cans without stubby holders first and put the other in any empty stubby holder...

Find an old wet suit and make some from the arms and legs......
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Reply By: Ron N - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 15:28

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 15:28
"Protectasleeve" (TM) for the can sides, for that professional look .... [;-) .... and the non-slip mesh matting for the bottom of the fridge/box/container.

http://www.boddingtons.com.au/industrial/protection-sleeving-mesh.htm
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 15:37

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 15:37
Well you have had all the sensible replies, including non slip matting.

Preferably you should drink them the night before you travel.

Problem solved.
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 15:51

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 15:51
I can recall some younger & less-experienced fishing mates who took several slabs of cans with them, sitting flat on a trailer floor, to the South Coast of W.A.
The track was long and rough and rugged - and you know how they talk about grown men being moved to tears??
Well, that was them - when they found virtually EVERY CAN, in EVERY slab, was totally empty! (insert WAAA-A-A-A-A-H-H-H-H!! icon here) ..... [:-)
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Reply By: Member - Robbo (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 15:52

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 15:52
Try Opposite Lock - they sell ?neoprene can protectors in sets of ? a dozen
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 15:55

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 15:55
Geez you blokes must be rich. All that high priced stuff.What i have had complete success with over 5 years now is is.............

RUBBER BANDS.
You just wrap one or two rubber bands around each can , make sure they are on their side and put a bit of cardboard between the layers.
Never lost a can on the GRR , Tanami, Cape York etc
I place a slab in a bug nylon box saring with my wifes choice of Marlborough Savblanc.

But then I do have a Range Rover which rides faaaar better than more plebian vehicles.
Regards Philip A
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Follow Up By: kev.h - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 17:23

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 17:23
Second rubber bands the ones I use are 5mm wide and about 50mm diameter and quite thick you can get them almost anywhere last years you get 500 for about $5 that is usually enough to tide you over between pubs
They dont take up spacelike the other options and you can even repack the cans back into the slab and they dont move
Cheers Kev
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Follow Up By: kev.h - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 17:29

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 17:29
Should have added you can use two bands if you like but I put one band at the bottom of the can on the 1st & 3rd row and one at the top of the can on 2nd & 4th row Maybe I'm getting lasy but its saves a bit of time
Cheers Kev
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 18:15

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 18:15
QUOTE - "But then I do have a Range Rover which rides faaaar better than more plebian vehicles."

Yeah, but the plebian vehicles get you there and back, without the need for a tow, halfway - or an anxious call to the Range Rover service dept, about the warning light codes, flickering on the dash! ... [;-)

Cheers - Ron.
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Follow Up By: Rangiephil - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 20:53

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 20:53
I knew someone would have to have a go.
You know in 10years of touring to all the hardest places in Australia with my current 92 and 20 years before that in Oz and Saudi Arabia with 2 doors, I have failed to proceed once and that was a dead fuel pump in about 1985.( a US made Facet pump)

I spend a lot of time on preparation to be sure, but to my mind they are as reliable as anything else if maintained properly, and more comfortable than most
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Reply By: P and JM - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 17:38

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 17:38
Simple ! make them from thin cardboard from cereal boxes and sticky tape !!
Why would you want a bottom on them ?

Cheers P&J
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 18:11

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 18:11
P&J - Because the bottoms of the cans are usually the spot where the abrasion is worst, and it's the spot where the pinholes appear first.

Cheers - Ron.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 19:02

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 19:02
In the fridge I use old 1litre milk catons with tops cut off.
And I only take beer that comes in a cardboard 6 pack (like Coopers).
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Reply By: Broodie H3 - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 19:47

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 19:47
We don't normally travel with canned drinks but the bottles of wine and the odd beer stubbie I generally us electrical tapethree times around the top and three around the bottom then one around the twice around the whole lot to keep them tight and neat it also stops them from falling over, come camp time you have cold beer and wine and no spilage, I generally get the cheap stuff from Kmart, and pick up a dozen roll pack for about three dollars I think it was the last time I had to buy some. I hope this is helpfull
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Reply By: i'machocoholic - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 21:04

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 21:04
Wow, some great ideas here! It was interesting that my idea with the stubby holders wasn't real popular. But that's ok, I have really appreciated the ideas suggested as I can now save my money. Thanks all.
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Follow Up By: Lex M - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 23:02

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 23:02
If it makes you feel better, we use stubby holders on breakables like jam bottles.
And the wine bottle(s) go in the neoprene bottle carriers, commonly called bottle socks.

But all the metal cans just go in old socks.
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 03:16

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 03:16
If you want a commercial option for both cans and beer/wine bottles MSA have these.


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Reply By: David & Kerry W - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 09:29

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 09:29
Try stubbies - they taste better and are easier to drink from - don't forget to take them home.
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Reply By: Ol' Bunky - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 09:47

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 09:47
Mine never seem to last long enough to rub.........
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Reply By: Croozerute - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 10:21

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 10:21
I just use the cardboard from the carton they came in, between rows of cans..
Works better (and cheaper) for me, rather than having to use 60 socks or stubby holders ..lol
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Reply By: The Bantam - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 12:27

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 12:27
There is a real problem with modern aluminium cans, they are soo much thinner than those from the 80's or even 90's.

I used to have a party trick where I stood on one foot on top of an aluminium can and bet over to touch the sides of the can which would collapse very neatly..as long as you got ya fingers out fast.

But these days an aluminium can will go nowhere near holding my weight..not even close ( yeh I have put on weight but thats not the point)

They had some real problems with the early versions of the light weight cans just wearing thru in the cartons in normal shipping and storage.

1 carton of softdrink we baught we lost at least 1/3 of the carton..and many of those lost were after that had been stationary in our home fridge or cupboard for over a month.

Some of those issues have been "managed", but the problem remains that aluninium is softer than cardboard and almost any modern can will rub thru in the bottom if transported standing upright on a cardboard surface........AND in pretty short order........even in the carton it came from the factory in.

So ya need to be looking at some thing soft..not necessarily squashy but a material of low abrasive hardness.

Condoms might be worth a try.......if a little disturbing.

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Reply By: member - mazcan - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 12:45

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 12:45
hi
i think maybe there are so good suggestions on here about stopping cans rubbing together
but i think you have all over looked the real problem and that is !!!!
you need to drink more cans more often so they havent got a chance of rubbing a hole in each other
your title suggests your know all there is to know about drinking so whats holding you back from using my can anti -rub technique
and the money you save from not having to buy all this other recommended material to stop the rubbing will buy you more cans ????
cheers
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Reply By: Grizzle - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 15:33

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 15:33
Drink em' all straight away!!!

Seriously MSA4X4 do tinnie tubes. Iv'e got some and they are great.

http://www.msa4x4.com/Products/Tubes/TinnieTubes.asp

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Reply By: i'machocoholic - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 20:55

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 20:55
I've had a good laugh reading some of the responses here, happy to see such a great sense of humor on the forum!

I didn't expect so many responses, so thanks. Can't wait to test out a few of the ideas.

Linda.
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