The importance of floss in maintaining dental hygiene goes without
saying. In a recent issue of This Old House Magazine, Mark Feirer
offered up these 10 uses for floss as a home improvement tool around
- Tame your frames. This Old House general contractor Tom Silva likes
to hang pictures with it instead of braided wire, which can mar wall
- Sew something. To reattach buttons, Eagle scout and avid DIYer Jason
Gordon packs a needle with an eye large enough for threading it.
- Seal connections. Tom Silva has also used it instead of Teflon tape,
to block leaky gaps around parts that screw into place. He just winds a
length around the fitting's threads half a dozen turns before screwing
- Foil frays. Wrapping rope ends with floss is called whipping and stops unraveling.
- Protect bits. Remove the guide and empty spool, and the container itself can cradle a router's trim bit.
- Tie down trunks. Ten loops actually hold.
- Replace a broken shoelace.
- Floss tools. The braided kind works best in crevices between equipment parts.
- Repair wood. A length of floss stretched taut, rolled in glue, and then worked into split seams fills fissures with adhesive.
- Hang it all. It's a clothesline for bathing suits, and, as TOH
reader and dental hygienist Lee Ibes learned, mint green is an invisible
tieback for natural garlands.