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How Do You Remove Zip Ties...

Old 01-05-07, 07:03 PM
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How Do You Remove Zip Ties...

This time of year I am moving parts between bikes for cleaning and riding outside in grit and grime...

The need to remove zip ties is a constant issue...

A scissor under the zip tie can and has scratched my frames as has a box cutter...

How do you do it to prevent an unintended blemish...
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I cut a hole in the thick part (the square where you insert the end of the tie) and it comes right apart. That shouldn't scratch your frame if you're careful.
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side cutters to the middle of the clamping part has always worked for me...never have to get under the tie.
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Brilliant...

And obvious...
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I cut them with scissors halfway through then just tear them apart if they don't pop off first... I cut right next to the thick part, where there's a little gap between the tie and the frame.
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A small finger nail trimmer works well if you don't have the proper tool (see post #8 below).

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I chop the clamping part with my park cable cutters. pops right off.
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Haha, I was about to say, wire cutters...
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A razor blade, and lay it flat on the zip tie, lightly press down, and voíla, its cut.

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I buy the zip ties that can be opened back up, they're great!
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Originally Posted by I am The Edge
+1 Diagonal cutters.
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Originally Posted by tbdean
I buy the zip ties that can be opened back up, they're great!
We use those a lot in television for cable. Any decent electronics store should have reusable cable ties. The square end has a little tab that can be bent back to allow the piece to reverse out. You can also get them in most of the basic colors for supreme OCPness.
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Originally Posted by tbdean
I buy the zip ties that can be opened back up, they're great!
but do they make them in tiny sizes..?
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I have a pair of Henckels kitchen scissors that work quite well at cutting zip ties. I never even come close to the frame with them. Just a quick snip and it's gone.
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I thought you were supposed to use your teeth.
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I use a small cutting torch. Never scratched a frame yet....
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I also use Park Cable Cutters because they have rounded ends and don't scratch
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Originally Posted by Eatadonut
angle grinder.
Doh! That's for shoes with a stuck cleat!

Did you know that if you cut the zip tie on the correct side of the head, you can re-use it? On a smaller circumference item of course. And I agree with using the diagonal cutter.
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The diagonal wire cutter or finger nail clipper are my choices for cutting them. I usually have a couple pairs of nail clippers laying around close at hand and get used the most often. They're a little easier to work with in small areas than the cutter.
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