What Is Wrong With People Who Don't Trim Their Zipties?

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Those people are not to be associated with by decent folk.
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Well, for one thing, the long end isn't as sharp as a cut end. I've snagged a finger pretty good on those sharp cutoff ends more than once when reaching into an area where I couldn't see real well.

I've also been able to use a small screwdriver to release tywraps and use them again. Can't do that with a cutoff nubbed one.
 
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To cut, or not to cut. That is always the question.

I cut for aesthetic reasons, or clearance/functional reasons. If you don't care how it looks, and don't need it trimmed, why bother? Like Diggin said, I have also cut my hands more than once on cut zip ties, which isn't fun.
 

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Yeah I usually reach for my "end-cutter" or "cutting nipper" pliers.

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same stuff. but just bought for whatever you want to use it for. I have a few on my weather station setup. good for permanent fencing, wiring, etc.
Those things will cut you like a razor blade in my experience, last cv boot I replaced, still have the scar, that day I bought special pliers for the clamps so three years later they are unused cause I haven't needed to replace one of those clamps since lol.
 

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What Is Wrong With People Who Don't Trim Their Zipties?​

They are wild psychotic mass-murdering sociopaths. The DSM 17 has a whole chapter dedicated to this bizarre mental illness.
Reading the DSM is a sign of mental illness or that you are a psychiatrist. And if my psychiatrist friends are any indication the two things are about the same. ;-)
 

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Being of Scottish lineage I reuse the big ones.
So do I. It probably took twice as long to unpack my sawmill vs if I had used a pair of wire cutters. Yet now I have a supply of very heavy duty zip ties.

I very rarely use the small ones, although I keep several sizes around. It's a lot easier to untie a piece of shoe lace or parachute cord, or if it's something permanent I use some of the duct tape which God gave us for the purpose.
 
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I have to respect the idea of not cutting them so can be reused. Dang things are getting expensive!
 

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LOL, a pet-peeve of mine too, especially after 32+ years in the telecom business!
 

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In the telecom company I worked for it was quality demerits for not cutting zip ties flush.... PERIOD.....Learned to cut them flush and still do today after retirement ... Still have scars from some doofus that was not a believer in flush cutting at the "knot"....
 

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When I'm using them where I know that my hands and fingers are going to be in there working I like to use a soldering gun with the large flat head after cutting them just a quite swipe and they are nice and smooth and will not ever slip off.
If there is plenty of room and they won't be in the way I often don't cut them. Of course I also double wrap many of them.
 
  
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When I'm using them where I know that my hands and fingers are going to be in there working I like to use a soldering gun with the large flat head after cutting them just a quite swipe and they are nice and smooth and will not ever slip off.
If there is plenty of room and they won't be in the way I often don't cut them. Of course I also double wrap many of them.
"double wrap" Now that is a simple idea that I've never thought of! Double the strength.
 

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Every zip tie I install gets cut off. Even if it’s in an impossible place. Just the thought of one uncut bothers me.
 

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I have banned zipties from my home all together.
there should be a BAD Post option here ... hahaha :) - they are so very useful IMO

Anybody tried stainless steel zip ties?
sounds like wire ???


sometimes I trim, sometimes I don't ... only bothers my wife's OCD

I have to respect the idea of not cutting them so can be reused. Dang things are getting expensive!
if you use them properly, they are secured and tight, as per intended purpose. If you keep them loose / reversed, they can be re-used, and slipped apart - in that case, no point in trimming.
 

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If you have ever reached into a tight area and "snagged" your hand or forearm on a cut off tie - you know why they are left long.
 

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Either leave them long or twist them until they break off right where the come through the socket.
 
  
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there should be a BAD Post option here ... hahaha :) - they are so very useful IMO


sounds like wire ???


sometimes I trim, sometimes I don't ... only bothers my wife's OCD


if you use them properly, they are secured and tight, as per intended purpose. If you keep them loose / reversed, they can be re-used, and slipped apart - in that case, no point in trimming.
I was thinking they can be released, even if tight, by depressing the locking tab with a small flat blade screwdriver?
 
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Leave them long....Loose an eye. They are great eye pokers. If trimmed properly, they aren't a problem. If working on job site or service center, occupational health, requires that they are to be trimmed
 

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What's wrong with those who don't cut them? The same thing that's wrong with people who are OCD about them being cut.
 

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just cut them long and at an angle.

I use alot of electric fence wire and tape. I have zip tied my work lights and extra tool box on my JDs though...
 

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I guess this could be an initial design issue at the use management level. Or possibly someone feels that the sun will not affect the zip tie if all the heat is dispersed by the proportionally long tail, leaving the loop unaffected by sunlight. Or.........Maybe not.
 

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Two great ideas from LouNY, that my Swiss cheese brain would never think of.
melt the sharp ends with a soldering iron
double wrap a zip tie

Appreciate the tip, and this is the kind of thing I love about this site.
 

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I've saved those long TIES that they use for election posters.

Handy around a tractor for hoses etc.
Dan things are sure costly.

I rigged a hook blade at the end of a pole so as to liberate them from arms length.
 

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did you know there is a zip tie gun? I didn't either till I needed to do 400 of them. I bought one similar to this. its goes quick and cuts flush

https://www.amazon.com/Fastening-Cu...906d04425cc06&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_tl
Yes I do. Used it a lot. One day, I got a call from my eldest son's school (middle grade) that my son had been caught in school with "a gun" and they were calling the Police.

Turns it it was the bright orange zip tie gun that he took, without asking, to show his friends. Some little flower asked him what it was heard "gun" and freaked out and it went down hill from there. The Troopers refused to act on the matter, but there WAS a School Hearing on the matter. It was quite bizzare as I attempted to acquaint school board members with the difference between WEAPONS called guns and TOOLS called guns. In the end their fall back was "the little girl was scared". They did not take kindly to my observation that perhaps, just perhaps, the school, or (gasp!) the parents, might try a bit of reality orientation with these fragile flowers. The Trooper in attendance (as per protocol) was getting a kick out of the whole thing.

Funny, my kid is over 30 now and I haven't seen that zip tie TOOL in a decade or more. Hmmm.
 
 
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