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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Even The Simple Things - Quick-Release Rings Have MANY Uses!

    Most of us have a key ring. You know, the kind that bites your nails off when you try to put a key on or take one off. I've even been stabbed in the thumb by one of the larger varieties. Ouch! Well, I have a few other options, but found a great deal on a 10 pack of quick release rings. I was just going to use them for keys, but now...I'm not so sure. I've discovered a whole bunch of other uses for these little beauties. Maybe you can come up with some additional uses?  Come on...put your thinking caps on!


The idea is simple, find a way to easily and quickly release the ring so that you can put something on it without any fuss (or pain!). The ones I found just take a simple press in opposite directions on both sides to release. Not likely to happen accidentally, so that's a good thing. After I replaced all my spare sets of keys on rings with these, I got to thinking what else I could use them for. I mean 10 of them for $1.00 -- that's quite a bargain. But, if you only need one or two... well, the rest will sit in a drawer for years! So what can you use them for? I've thought of a few other uses. Like attaching tags to items. 
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Another idea, you can hang kitchen utensils and/or tools in your under counter cabinets or on the backs of doors or even just on walls if you don't mind the look of that. I just screwed in some screw eyes (from an assortment pack) into the underside of the counter and used these hooks to attach various things. They do not come out when driving and are relatively easy to open and close. Just make sure you have enough room to let the items swing around. AND that they won't swing INTO anything and break it. If so, (don't ask me how I know) just put a large rubber band around all of the hung items and it will keep them from causing damage.

I am SURE there are many other uses for these rings. The trick is figuring them out. I have about 16 left over, so I'll have to do something with them. I had thought to use them as shower curtain rings, but they are too small to fit around my shower stall rod. Ah well...it sounded good in my head! Back to the head scratching.

Be Seeing You...Down The Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"
www.thewanderman.com


14 comments:

  1. The rings work as loose leaf binders without, or with, covers...

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  2. akjbmw,
    Excellent Idea! I can print out "manuals" or checklists, laminate them and use the rings to attach them together or to a eye screwed in near the driver's position. Almost as good as an aircraft!

    thanks,

    Rich "The Wanderman"

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  3. They can be used on a clothesline to hang hats, water socks etc and other awkward items that have tags. Presently I simply use the metal shower curtain hooks but these would also work well.

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    1. littleleftie,
      Another great idea! You wouldn't have to worry about wind blowing them off the line.

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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  4. Two of the hooks on each end of the utensils with a small bungee cord between the hooks and over the utensils keep them from swinging and falling.

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    1. David,
      Very smart idea, I will be using that!

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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  5. put them on your camera (or phone cover), my kindle has a protective cover on it that has a loop, then when you stop in a bathroom or some other place where you have to put your valuables down you can just clip them to a belt buckle if you have a something like a rope clip on your belt. Never again walk out without your valuables.

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    1. Anon,
      Interesting, would prevent inadvertent..umm...swims for your valuables.

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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  6. They were a popular item 40+ years ago & they're called book rings. They came in diameters from 1/2" to 3". You can still find them in office supply stores or on Amazon.

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    1. Fred,
      Book rings...hmm I think I may have one from my old SCUBA Dive tables...I KNEW I had seen them before.

      Thanks for the memory assist!

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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  7. Yes, their main purpose was as a quickie paper binder, smaller but like the snap-ring binders we grew up with.

    I use rings like this along with ball bungees to hang all sorts of tools and things on RV walls and compartments - things don't rattle off hooks and slide around when "ringed" to small eyebolts.

    They could be used for redtagging your TV antennae, jacks, etc ("dont depart until all tags are collected").

    Bundle overlong cords and snap a ring on to hold that length...

    The one use i would NOT recommend is as a keyring... They open plenty easily enough to drop your keys, at best in your pocket and at worst down a sewer grate when you pull them out. Remember that keys are used by twisting them... which springs the ring open.

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    1. Wolfe,
      Knowing me..it would be the sewer grate. Good tips, all!

      Thanks,

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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  8. you can attach things to drawer pulls very easily with binder rings! and they don't fall off during bumpy rides, either.

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    1. Sharon,
      Drawer pulls and cabinet handles (if you have them!) are a great idea.

      Thanks,

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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