Repurpose those useless plastic cards

Discussion in 'Functional Gear & Equipment' started by hot diggity, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    Useless without power. Credit cards, store discount cards, or those terrible electronic hotel key cards.

    They don't take an edge well or burn cleanly, and aren't useful for much more than a frost scraper.

    But wait... there is one more thing I found that they do well. :)

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  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I usually shred them for opsec reasons. (y)

    I was thinking about shoe horns, and I realized I should use one for the shoes I have to tie. I mean, I really enjoy slip-on shoes and regularly wear them over shoes I'd have to tie. Even my semi-formal dress shoes are to be tied, but I slip them on with a little struggle. I usually just use a finger, but it gets a little snug!

    I bet you could shred those cards and add them to your plastic recycling method (mine is to use as insulation for the basement).
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  3. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    I would need one on a long handle....:(
  4. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    Wrap duct tape or medical tape around the card for flat storage in the FAK.
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  5. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    they can be cut to use as a guitar pick...
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  6. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    I've used them to open doors when I locked myself out, depends on the lock of course.
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  7. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Shred and burn. (I have a REAL shoe horn, but it gets not much use these days.)
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  8. Oltymer

    Oltymer Monkey++

    Cut down into strips and used as arrow nock strengtheners instead of buffalo horn on traditional self nock arrows.
  9. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    I had to drive to the local Subway and ask for a rewards card to get myself back into the house after locking my keys and wallet inside.

    Spare car key did save me a walk.
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  10. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Now that is hilarious! LOL!!!!!!!
  11. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    @hot diggity & @Bandit99
    ...that means you need to change your locks. If you can gain entry that easily, so can someone else :(
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  12. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Knowing them they might have a card scanner near the lock to ID the thieves and while they are in lock up raid their bank accounts... Monkeys are nothing in not ingenious....;)
  13. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    Locks are to keep honest people honest. Big, mean dogs are to show dishonest people the error of their ways. ;)
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  14. I think I saw Martha Stewart using unordered credit cards to create a mosaic on the bottom of her swimming pool.
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  15. Salted Weapon

    Salted Weapon Monkey+++

    Can be melted down into a shank, oh i'm the only one that thought weapon? LOL

    Maybe in a SHTF, arrow tip. Trap tip etc.
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  16. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Have used the cards they send to try and get you to sign up for something to hold fishing line over some tape.
  17. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    They are good for shimming and making plastic washers .
  18. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    What do you use plastic washers for? the faucet? I'm drawing a blank here. @arleigh it sounds like a good practical use I just can't think of what to use plastic washers on. (my 1st senior moment?)
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  19. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    I use them to more leak proof a screw, bolt or fittings in applications such as tanks or metal clad buildings. They also come in handy in helping to limit wear in applications with vibration.
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  20. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    thanks for that @oldawg my mind was blank on the plastic washer thing.... it's why I value this site. Other people and their perspectives on refusing items. New ways to reuse stuff or use it differently.
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