Some time ago after reading about the thermoplastic used by physical
therapists (PT) for shaping temporary casts/supports, I asked for
some scraps from a PT friend. She gave me some strips and other bits
left-over from her work.
I’m here to tell you, see if you can get some too. The stuff is like
sheets of JetSet and when placed in hot water, it becomes malleable.
So far I’ve used it to wrap around needle file handles to make them
easier to handle, make plier jaw covers to protect metal from dents,
and here’s the latest:
The cap to my Jewel Jet steamer was over-tightened and I couldn’t
unscrew it. The company doesn’t make a “wrench” for the cap and
suggested using a vice-grip to remove it - which would likely deform
the cap. I’d have to buy a new cap for the steamer… a pain in the
tuckus at least.
I took a strip of the thermoplastic and warmed it up, then placed it
over the cap and squashed it down into the grooves on opposite sides
of the cap, leaving a couple inches extending as “wings” on each
side. I let the strip cool and, voila’, I had a removable "wrench"
that gave me enough leverage to unscrew the cap!
Introduce yourself to a PT and see if you could have some left-over
bits of the thermoplastic sheet. I think it is generally discarded.
I’m sure you’ll find uses for it and be a recycler too.
Judy in Kansas, where a freeze last night will slow things down a
bit, but the asparagus is coming up and my rejuvenated strawberry bed
is looking good.
BTW, check out the YouTube videos from Brad Simon, you may find some
useful tips and ideas.