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Dr. Emily Sockerill November 21st 12 07:03 PM

A clever idea for dressing the ends of childeren's shoelaces athome
 
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:
http://img259.imagevenue.com/img.php..._122_185lo.jpg

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?

Rock November 21st 12 07:24 PM

A clever idea for dressing the ends of childeren's shoelaces athome
 
Dr. Emily Sockerill wrote on Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:03:57 +0000,

Do you have a clever trick for dressing children's shoelaces?
http://img259.imagevenue.com/img.php..._122_185lo.jpg


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.

Danny D. November 21st 12 07:33 PM

A clever idea for dressing the ends of childeren's shoelaces athome
 
On Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:24:26 +0000, Rock wrote:

Do you have a clever trick for dressing children's shoelaces?
http://img259.imagevenue.com/img.php..._122_185lo.jpg


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.


It's not cheap but heat shrink tubing works well.

Someone out there may know of a source for inexpensive heatshrink
tubing perhaps?



Oren November 21st 12 07:50 PM

A clever idea for dressing the ends of childeren's shoelaces at home
 
On Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:33:36 +0000 (UTC), "Danny D."
wrote:

Someone out there may know of a source for inexpensive heatshrink
tubing perhaps?


http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=shrink+wrap+tubing


SMS November 21st 12 08:39 PM

A clever idea for dressing the ends of childeren's shoelacesat home
 
On 11/21/2012 10:33 AM, Danny D. wrote:
On Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:24:26 +0000, Rock wrote:

Do you have a clever trick for dressing children's shoelaces?
http://img259.imagevenue.com/img.php..._122_185lo.jpg


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.


It's not cheap but heat shrink tubing works well.

Someone out there may know of a source for inexpensive heatshrink
tubing perhaps?


http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/category/265/Heat-Shrink-Tubing/1.html
is one place. Locally it depends on whether or not you have that type of
a store. Fry's Electronics sells it for not very much more.


Danny D. November 21st 12 09:51 PM

A clever idea for dressing the ends of childeren's shoelaces athome
 
On Wed, 21 Nov 2012 09:46:22 -1000, John Keiser wrote:

The end is called an "aglet."
http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/agletrepair.htm


Interesting.

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:
http://www1.picturepush.com/photo/a/...g/11460999.jpg

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:
http://www5.picturepush.com/photo/a/...g/11461183.jpg

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.

Stormin Mormon[_3_] November 21st 12 10:02 PM

A clever idea for dressing the ends of childeren's shoelaces at home
 
http://www.harborfreight.com/127-pie...set-67524.html
Harbor Freight to the rescue.

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"Danny D." wrote in message
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On Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:24:26 +0000, Rock wrote:

It's not cheap but heat shrink tubing works well.

Someone out there may know of a source for inexpensive heatshrink
tubing perhaps?





Robert Green November 22nd 12 11:56 AM

A clever idea for dressing the ends of childeren's shoelaces at home
 
"Danny D." wrote in message
...

stuff snipped

It's not cheap but heat shrink tubing works well.


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.

--
Bobby G.





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