Upcycling for Preppers – Pool Noodles

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Worry not, you’re not going to see cutesy flowers, beer floats, or kiddie obstacle programs. Pool noodles have far more sensible issues to supply, whether we’re re-purposing a Star Wars celebration’s mild sabers, scraps from assembling lightweight and difficult capturing targets, or buying recent.

They’re useful sufficient, it’s value protecting an eye fixed out for end-of-summer salvage and even hitting a Dollar Tree to keep a couple of available – and nice and neat, if we will supply certainly one of my all-time salvages, the standard and versatile delivery pallet or DVD rack.

Whereas cruising via, maintain various assets of the identical primary sort in mind, like conduit insulation. Additionally take into account similar-shape goodies like wrapping paper and paper towel rolls, and gadgets which are nowhere near the same, but can very nicely perform the identical or comparable features, like plastic bottles.

Typically there are far inexpensive ways to do issues, and pool noodles really qualify provided that they’re already there wanting for a job to do. Typically, although, they or an identical chunk or tube of foam really is greatest.


These guys excel at protecting stuff from crashes and rubs.

In an emergency, some of damages won’t be value fretting – like twine rubbing paint off a automotive whereas lashing all the things it’ll maintain to the highest. While we’re constructing as much as that catastrophe, although, it doesn’t harm. And typically, that injury is more than beauty – like if it’s the twine fraying with each bump and jostle.

Squeeze them between furniture and walls, pad the rockers on a rocking chair that pinches toes or scrapes walls, and hold from dinging doorways or bumpers towards stuff within the storage. Wad them underneath sofas to maintain pet or kiddie toys from accumulating beneath, or to discourage small animals from getting beneath there after which greater up into the furnishings.

Bumpers are additionally useful while we’re rearranging homes, or we will attach them to a cart any person makes use of indoors to offset physical limitations.

While we’re padding things round the home, think about retaining a cut up noodle obtainable for those who sit on the edge of a bathtub/shower with a monitor for a door to bathe youngsters or animals.

And, #1 Mostest-Importantest Bumper Ever: Ceasing the assaults on toes by vicious mattress frames.

(Critically. You need 12” of a $1 noodle to never do the gasping flamingo getting dressed or making the bed once more. That’s an unimaginable return on the investment.)

One other actually superior one is slicing out the shape of your tow hitch to save lots of shins.

Useful Holders

While we’re extra within the “convenience” vein than grrr-survival stuff, slice one other foot or so and then reduce a flat aspect and slit pathway by way of the length to hold enjoying cards or tiles from video games like Tsuro.

It’s helpful for injuries, previous age, and little youngsters (and obnoxious games), and works for those who make your self some cardboard/pasteboard Scrabble or Dominoes while bunkering in somewhere.

Individuals additionally do versions where they use only a slice, and there’s an alternate where you employ previous CDs/DVDs and a binder clip, however one of many things I like most concerning the long holders is you can play when you eat or shell peas/beans, and so forth., with out continually choosing up and placing down the cards or tiles.

(If there’s not a pool noodle useful, Lego and Lincoln Logs work a deal with, or you possibly can cut up some sticks to tie collectively.)

On a more practical aspect, pool noodles additionally give us a helping hand with paintbrushes.

That quick holder can also be useful for preventing contact (cross-pollination) once you’re utilizing paintbrushes to hand-pollinate squashes and melons to guard the seed line, increase harvest, or because they’re indoors or coated in mesh as a consequence of pest threats.

Also In The Backyard…

Use them as fills and to extend drainage in pots, or to carry reservoir area in sub-irrigated planters. They’re also handy-dandy root pods or floats for rafts in aquaponics or hydroponics methods.

I’m extra inclined to use the very many choices involving plastic bottles and fast-fill slow-release irrigation within the garden, but we will poke holes in pool noodles (cap the ends) to create sprinklers or, if we will control the water strain, sluggish soaker hoses.

The sprinkler adaptation can also be a lot useful as an animal or foot wash or cool-down station.

Minimize into spirals, they will additionally assist shield our young backyard timber (and stakes) from animals and gear bumps/mowers.

In aquaculture or aquaponics – or when fishing – they can be hooked up to laundry baskets or easy frames coated in netting for breeding seclusion, segregating adults and fingerlings, or purging harvest-able fish, or as a stay fish basket to keep everyone recent till we’re ready to go residence.

Speaking of Fishing…

Since pool noodles float, they are absolute winners for anyone on the water. Minimize a slice to loop onto key chains or a brief phase to stability small flashlights or fillet knives, glasses instances, or anything useful.

It’s additionally quick and straightforward to attach them to poles themselves. Go as easy or as “pretty” as you like with it.

There are all types of the way to make jugs and bobbers or buoys out of them – a few of which are adaptable to bottles, but some of which see actual advantages utilizing pool noodles.

A number of inches of pool noodle may help maintain hooks out of hassle and features from tangling between poles. A number of ft, and we will maintain entire racks of poles neat and tidy and prepared for the subsequent journey.

This video showcases a number of further makes use of for anglers, and highlights a few of pool noodles’ specific benefits completely. (Sure, it’s the second of a collection. No, I did not watch the first; this one had what I used to be wanting for).

Keep in mind to be adaptable – The video above showcases fishing gear, but hollowed out a bit of more, longer, shorter, or utilizing an alternate like cardboard rolls, the same premises apply to other gear as nicely, off the water in addition to on it.

Just a little slice with some strategic divots can prop our phones for hands-free DIY follow-along if we discover one thing we like.

Back at Base Camp

Pool noodles are mild enough with versatile sufficient storage options (like padding breakables in a bag or the microwave plate in an RV during journey), they can be toted simply, then unpacked to serve as water catchment “gutters” or to make strains and poles more seen and shield toes from those, too, in the event that they’re as vicious as bed frames.

They will shield us from vicious segments of RV pop-outs, too.

There are limitations, however a pool noodle or three also can make for some useful insulation for hookups if temperature drops unexpectedly or one thing happens to our package. (That applies to different outside hoses as nicely.)

Two Wheeling It

Whereas staying in form, saving gasoline, or scouting and working towards for a bugout, throw a pool noodle on your bike – whichever aspect visitors goes to be passing on.

Drivers gained’t be any happier about sharing the street with cyclists, but there’s some compelling anecdotal proof that they do give riders a much bigger berth with that visual reminder protruding at them, and stay higher aware of motorcycle visitors.

The noodle is versatile sufficient that if it does get bumped, it’s no worse than being passed at 35-80 mph by a truck.

Be sensible about it, though, and organize a cup holder or hook someplace so you’ll be able to pull it and brace it for a short while when you’re maneuvering around slower car visitors or alongside pedestrians.

Shorty Adaptable Hose

Not everyone has a faucet that’s handy for filling buckets. As an alternative of buying adapters, attempt a $1-$2 pool noodle. Most have plenty of sealant on the interior to stop messes.

Do maintain a hand on that pet, though, or use wire tires, a clamp, tape, and so on. to maintain it in that bucket in case you’re going to step away.

(I see people who’ve affixed it to the tap; that has by no means truly been my drawback.)

They will additionally work as quickie extensions for pumps and different hoses that don’t fairly attain.

Doorways Stoppers x2

They’re not great on carpet and heavier draft stoppers are simpler, however for repeatedly used doors, pool noodles can work rather well both in pairs related by material or sliced down the size to clamp across the bottom of a door.

They’re also useful in holding doorways from closing all the best way, whether it’s to maintain pets from locking themselves in the cool toilet or basement, or to make it simpler to repeatedly open a door while carrying masses in or out.

Wiggle that slice on the aspect with the hinges as an alternative of the knob to keep a door from shutting in any respect.

Pool Noodles for the Save

I wouldn’t go as far as to recommend pool noodles can pull of quite as much as delivery pallets, empty bottles, or wire coat hangers, but they will verify an terrible lot of packing containers for us, pre-planned as a result of they’re just that good at something – like padding, floating, or spiral chopping to use as immediately expanding-contracting binders for pipe, stakes, and lightweight handles – or filling a necessity that crops up as a result of they happen to be obtainable.

As spacers they might help us create stackable grates for drying tasks or dehydrating meals, or cheap light-duty shelving.

Float a small internet or a foraging basket, create stall bumpers, or mod a hoe or rake into a squeegee or broom. Pad crutches after an accident, shield windows or siding from shutters that rattle, or silence a mattress frame.

The listing for how we will use cheap pool noodles is pretty expansive means before we get to the various methods individuals use them for babies or extremely questionable makes use of like padding a porta-potty bucket “seat” or using them as an alternative of hose or ABS/PVC for garden hoops.

Low cost, versatile, straightforward to source, pretty sturdy depending on use, and straightforward to work with for the not-quite-DIY’er. What more might we ask for in a prep?

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