Every once in a while I will get the time or motivation to work on some nagging project that I have been wanting to do for a while. Most of these projects are minor or really inconsequential, but they still bug me. So this weekend’s project was to fix my separating Apple iPad 2 cable – you know the one with the 30-pin-to-USB connectors, the ones that may or may not have a history of the cable sheathing pulling away from the connector ends.
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In my case, the cable sheathing was pulling away from both ends of the cable at the connectors. This was not a real issue; the cable still charged, but it irked me. Since it was not a big issue, I let it simmer on the back burner until I could not stand it any longer.
The solution to this problem was a product called Sugru. Julie was nice enough to send me a sample awhile back, and while I knew what I would do with it, I never had the time until this weekend. If you have never heard of Sugru, Ian Lim did a review of it here. Basically Sugru is an air-curing rubber compound that you can shape and mold around objects to protect or hold them in place.
So basically, to use the Sugru you open the packet, break off the amount you need for your fix and knead it until it is soft and pliable. (It already is, but it becomes softer as you knead it.) When it’s soft, apply it to the area you want to fix and let it cure over night. After 24 hours, the Sugru cured into a flexible rubber protector for my cable ends. As you can see, with a little work you can make a semi-professional looking repair or “hack”, as the folks at Sugru say.
So what did you do this past weekend?