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Re-Use Your Empty Toothpaste Tubes

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I go through them pretty fast it seems, but they are sort of small, so I have some empty ones in the drawer.  And I wondered if you can re-use them for things.

 

The first thing I thought of was to put in grease or silicone lube, or Chrome or glass polish, or   any other kind of thick liquid or gel you might use on the car when you travel.

 

You could also fill it with similar things you might use around the house.  Calking or sealer comes to mind, and that would be a source for even larger tubes.  they'd be be impossible to flush out too.

 

So I cut one tube open on the sealed end, and now I have one that I can't seal! I think they were heat-sealed, but most people don't have one handy.

 

So let's discuss what you might do with your empty toothpaste or bathtub calk tubes, probably starting with how you'd reseal one. 

 

Then we need to figure out how to fill it.  I think a large syringe with a long metal tube to inject it to fill "bottom-up."

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Come Oooonnnnnn!  You can't be serious!!!!!!  Cars!!!!  

 

Let's not discuss this at all.

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No one uses toothpaste in Netherlands?

I'm sure they do.....and like most of us, they just throw the tubes away when they are empty......

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Pink Floyd said it best " Hello, is there anybody in there"?

 

All kidding aside, no I have not wondered what to do with the empty tubes. I guess because I just throw them away. Seems like the right thing to do.

 

Refilling caulk tubes is common with professional house painters. They tint the caulking (sometimes) to match the paint color. 

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For me, life is too short to ponder ways to refill toothpaste tubes. But, beer cans..........and how to reseal those pesky pull tabs........now there's a challenge.

Dennis

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Here is a thought, Maybe all the hopes and dreams that come out of the Beer cans can be repackaged in a heat sealed toothpaste tube and carried with you when out driving the Z.

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No one uses toothpaste in Netherlands?

Yes we do and we also recycle.

Im now the proud owner of four garbage bins. Paper/Carton bin, Plastic bin, Garden/Fruit/Vegitable bin and the normal bin. The normal bin is weighed and we pay per kilo. That is the local councils way to encourage recycling....

 

Im still trying to get my mind around how you came up with tooth paste tubes. Ice cream containers for nuts and bolts. Now that I can understand, but tooth paste tubes????

Im a little with Zed Head on this one. Lets not talk about. Oh crap thats exactly what Im doing and Im post number 13.... Thanks to carnival. (google: carnival in the netherlands)

 

I think Ill go back to watching TV and in the commercail breaks working on my color wiring diagram.

Chas

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Yep, the toothpaste is out of the tube now...

 

On wiring diagrams - Saridout's wiring diagram links in his past messages don't work anymore so I sent him a message.  He's moved them to a new spot.

 

I put the links at the end of his previous messages so that no one has to come here to get them.

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The normal bin is weighed and we pay per kilo. That is the local councils way to encourage recycling....

I like that idea.  I've seen TV shows about how you could recycle almost everything  you buy.  I recycle as much as possible, or sometimes everything (each week.)  I only have one small bag to put in the bin each week, but a big bag of paper I take to the paper bin and one bag  of plastics items the collectors pick up.  I wish I could say that about the neighbors.

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Actually, I've seen a lot of recycled objects in or on custom show cars and cruisers recently.  I've seen things from a Viagra bottle for a coolant overflow, beer cans used to wrap ignition coils and other cylindrical parts,  and orange traffic cones made from recycled 4L bottles.  

 

There is an artist that makes sculptures and things (trains, horse, airplane, fire engine) from parts taken from the junkyard!  It's all skillfully welded, soldered, glued, and mounted to a hand-made wooden base made from a piece of a fallen tree.

 

People do some very interesting and clever things with the recycled goods, besides throwing them in the trash.  Or the Pacific ocean.

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