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I decided to fix my saggy door pockets by means of a discarded windshield wiper.

The stainless steel metal in the wipers are actually very useful for many projects

One being, the ability, to maintain its shape, The metal is somewhat difficult to bend and it has a relatively good memory holding shape.

Below are a few pics of the before and after. Takes about 10 minutes to do and keeps my door pocket looking good..

Something MB decided to omit I guess.

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I wonder how you fixed the ends.

 

I simply pulled through an elastic band acquired from a pair of holed underpants.

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25 minutes ago, tolsen said:

I wonder how you fixed the ends.

 

I simply pulled through an elastic band acquired from a pair of holed underpants.

 

After fishing the stainless steel (SS) through the stretched fabric I made a small hook bend on each end of the SS that would lay flat once installed. I don't think its necessary but I did it anyways. Once installed it really can't go anywhere.

Using stretchy material is just waiting for it to fail again. My method is bullet proof.

Any flexing is either towards or away from the door panel and  always, always shape maintained!

Later I'll show you other great ideas for using wiper blade metal!

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My underpants elastics have lasted ten years. I’ll post a photo tomorrow. 

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11 hours ago, tolsen said:

My underpants elastics have lasted ten years. I’ll post a photo tomorrow. 

 

10 years! You really get good value up there in Scotland!

Well if you weigh 350 + lbs  I would assume they've performed well over the years and are beyond recycling.

100 to 150lbs they've got good life left in them and may be suitable for a rebirth.

Correct me if I'm wrong but usually men's underpants have a good 1 inch wide elastic around the waist

How did you fit such a large band in such a small cavity?

Unless your underpants look like these?....

 

 

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They came off a pair of white military underpants where the elastic band sits in a sleeve and is replaceable.  Modern underpants are no good since elastics are stitched on and far too wide.

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10 minutes ago, tolsen said:

They came off a pair of white military underpants where the elastic band sits in a sleeve and is replaceable.  Modern underpants are no good since elastics are stitched on and far too wide.

 

Well here in Canada we don't use elastic bands. There all made in Asia now and loose their elasticity very quickly. We use laces!!

Like the one's I'm wearing here! LOL

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The original elastics in my Smart turned into a sticky goo about ten years ago. When replacing rubber elastic rope on the wee pocket in the boot I attempted to pull the rope off but ended up with most of the goo sticking to my hands. 

 

Here are the promised photos. Colours are far out on first photo. Don’t know why. 

 

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Military spec elastics are far superior to anything used by Smart.  Obviously you don’t want your army to loose their pants whilst in battle. 

I pulled the elastics trough sleeves in net with a copper wire. 

 

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The 3 pin plug powers my oil pan heater. 150 watt PTC towel radiator heater screwed into inboard side of pan. These heaters are self regulating and won’t burn out if sump is dry. Contains no resistor wire that may rattle and destruct. 

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It takes me about 5- 7 minutes to install each side. The trick is to twist the SS flat wire as you insert it

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!/2" inch over is the flat wire extending without any bends. No need as it will not move out

 

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In post 5 you state you hook bent the ends. Pics please. 

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4 hours ago, tolsen said:

In post 5 you state you hook bent the ends. Pics please. 

Yes that is correct. I bent the ends 180 degree's thinking the SS flat wire would move.

I tried it without the bend and it works perfectly. :D

Once it is screwed back onto the panel the flat wire will not move.

No need for the bends!

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It is just a matter of time before one of the unsecured ends will

poke out. 

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4 hours ago, tolsen said:

It is just a matter of time before one of the unsecured ends will

poke out. 

 

The securing screw presses at that point where the end of the metal sits.

The pressure holds it in place.

Making it as long as possible allows the ends to be pinched tightly onto the panel

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Thanks for this ingenious solution! It took about 10 minutes for the first door and then about 5 minutes for the second. Its been bothering me for years. Love it!

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What other tricks do you have for the SS metal strap GRP151?

 

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