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Cutting an inner tubeAn old bicycle or automotive inner tube has a lot of life left in it after it no longer holds air.

A punctured wheelbarrow inner tube was one of the best dog toys for my black lab. She would drop it at my feet. All I had to do was kick it and it would fly through the air, roll along the ground, or skim along the wet grass. She would race to it, shake it, and drop it at my feet again. Her teeth were never damaged, I never had to bend over and pick up a slobbery toy, and it was easily hosed off.

Here's a list of 24 more reasons to keep a flat tube around.
  • Make rubber bands.
  • Wrap around a hose tightly, jam into the opening of a clogged pipe and turn on the water. The pressure should clear the blockage.
  • Make a belt with a bike sprocket.
  • Make adjustable and flexible clamps for holding glued projects together while drying.
  • Make a ball that won't become soaked with dog slobber and will be easy on your pet's teeth.
  • Use as a funnel or hose.
  • Temporary gaskets.

17 more ideas after the jump.

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