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May 23, 2007

Helpful Hints from joeeze — Fixing a messed-up shoelace tip

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1) Get some tape. Best of all, due to its toughness, is 3M strapping tape in its 1" width but any tape will do.

2) Carefully compress the frayed end of the shoelace as best you can, drawing the fibers out the long way toward the tip.

3) Cut off a half inch long piece of tape.

4) Taking care not to touch the adhesive side any more than you have to, lay the lace down on one edge such that the fibers of the strapping tape are parallel to those of the shoelace.

5) Slowly roll the tape around the lace, compressing it as you go so as not to create wrinkles or creases.

6) Cut off the tip with a sharp scissors, leaving a length of taped lace equal to the other one.

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Posted by: BERNARD SIVAK | May 25, 2007 8:27:20 AM

Unless the laces are 100% cotton, I just run the frayed end over a match for a second and roll with my fingers...

Posted by: jim` | May 24, 2007 9:28:05 AM

Or, rolling the frayed end of the shoelace between thumb & forefinger to make it nice and pointy, dunk said end into some acrylic paint -- whatever color you want. Let dry. Repeat until simulacrum of shoelace tip is achieved. (Just don't make it too fat to go through the eyelet.)

Posted by: Flautist | May 23, 2007 7:27:04 PM

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