I test out A LOT of materials looking for ones I can use for my many projects and fixes. I LOVE white Gorilla Tape, and the stretchy, self-fusing X-Treme silicone tape I used recently to patch an impossibly-leaky plumbing joint and fashion custom-made chair leg tips to protect my soft plywood floors.
Sadly, neither worked well as a patch for the years-old $300 Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones I rely on to calm my super-sensitive nervous system. What to do to secure the still-working but sorely frayed headphones?
SUGRU, a moldable glue that hardens into a strong, flexible patch. I’d written about it years ago when it had just come out, but forgot about it. Remembering that it has a limited shelf-life, I ordered a small pack of three colors —white, gray and black — figuring I’d test run the black on my headphones, and the other colors on projects around my space.
Each came in a small foil packet to be opened just before making the repair. You have 30 minutes to work the Sugru before it begins to dry. I used a q-tip to clean around the wires with alcohol.
Sugru molds like putty. I pulled off a small piece and rolled it into a ball, then flattened it, and positioned it around the worn area of wire, with enough to “grab” the rubber on either side.
It molds into a rather organic-looking form…
I patched each end of the headphone controls and the jack end since they get the most wear. It took all of fifteen minutes. Then I left it to dry 24-hours. I used dry paper towel to rub the black Sugru off my hands.
Et voila. The Sugru hardened into a pliable rubber the truly secures the wire’s weak areas (rather than stressing them as most tapes do. The headphones work perfectly. No doubt I could refine my Sugru-molding technique, but I am so thrilled that the headphones are secure, I’m good with the patches.
Sugru is some of the best repair material I’ve found. Sugru.com has millions (literally) of clever ways that people have used Sugru, in its many colors. (You can even use it in wet areas, like the shower.)
I can think of a lot of repairs and enhancements to make with the stuff. It’s become an essential in my tool kit.
These packs are a good way to start, with any colors you like.