101 uses for baling twine

101 Uses For is popular and let's hope it stays that way. Our second book is presently called 101 tips for self sufficiency; we will certainly dip into this section for ideas. So post away and let's try and get at least one thread up to 101.
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101 uses for baling twine

Post: # 12664Post ina
Sat Feb 25, 2006 10:13 pm

Seeing that Andy likes the 101-lists, I'd like to start another one.

Every single farm in the world (at least, all farms where they have a use of bales of one kind or another) seems to be held together by baling twine. However, we have a serious surplus of the stuff! Can you come up with a few more uses, please? The most original idea will be rewarded with - you guessed it - a large pack of baling twine... Used, of course. In two colours. Unfortunately none of the nice, natural sisal or jute stuff anymore, it's all plastic; doesn't rot, is incredibly strong, and lasts forever.

I'll start the list off with some of our "usual" uses:

1. Tie up gates, where bolts are missing.
2. Repair fences.
3. Tie up rubbish bags.
4. Use as dog leash.
5. Tether your goat.
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Post: # 12670Post Shirley
Sat Feb 25, 2006 10:57 pm

7. tie up your breadbag once you've used it for one of the 101 ways as suggested in another thread lol
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Sat Feb 25, 2006 10:58 pm

6. Tie up tomatoes to stakes!
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Post: # 12673Post Shirley
Sat Feb 25, 2006 11:02 pm

8. Tie your superdooper prize winning tallest sunflower to a stake!! :flower:
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Post: # 12675Post Muddypause
Sat Feb 25, 2006 11:14 pm

Making slightly smaller bales with.
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Sun Feb 26, 2006 11:13 am

er is it 9? wrapping up your presents with. Well securing the paper (or bread bag) anyway.
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Post: # 12706Post Millymollymandy
Sun Feb 26, 2006 11:55 am

10. Na na na nah nah :cheers: because the straw I have for the chooks has some nice old sisal or jute (or whatever!) string in it, and I've used it to tie pieces of hazel together on the makeshift 'roof' of the new enclosed outside chicken run!! (This straw could be 100 years old for all I know!)

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Post: # 12719Post Hepsibah
Sun Feb 26, 2006 2:47 pm

Having it hanging out of your pocket so you look sufficently self sufficient-ish. :lol:
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Post: # 12729Post Shirley
Sun Feb 26, 2006 4:13 pm

I think we are on 13 now....

knot a string bag out of it.

14. macrame a range of fab bracelets and flog them to raise money for selfsufficientish
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Post: # 12730Post Shirley
Sun Feb 26, 2006 4:16 pm

15. wrap a length of it around the middle of a bottle so that the bottle is easier to grip when you hands are wet and soapy
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Post: # 12731Post Shirley
Sun Feb 26, 2006 4:17 pm

16. use as a makeshift belt!
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Post: # 12733Post Goodlife1970
Sun Feb 26, 2006 4:27 pm

17. makeshift bicycle clips. 18. tying around the feet of newly killed cockerels and hanging them from a convienient nail in the shed wall (guess what Ive been doing today??)
Now, what did I come in here for??????

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Post: # 12734Post Shirley
Sun Feb 26, 2006 4:33 pm

ummm... doing what I should be doing! Only DP is away and Jonathan wouldn't be too helpful at this task lol..... feeling poorly this weekend anyway so probably wouldn't be able to stomach it today. Tuesday is D Day - unless someone comes and takes them off our hands. Actually, one is particularly good and I keep hoping that someone will want him.

Does anyone know if you can freecycle chickens??
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Sun Feb 26, 2006 6:12 pm

18. strangling slugs
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Post: # 12744Post ina
Sun Feb 26, 2006 7:45 pm

That would have to be very big slugs, though - the twine is so thick nowadays!

Are we at 20? We seem to have two 18s...

20. Knot a fishing net.
21. Use as an angling line.
22. Make macramee wall hangings (see above, to flog for raising funds...)
23. Make macramee plant hangers!
24. Halters for horses/cattle/other beasties.
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