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8 Clever Uses for Pipe Insulation that Have Nothing to Do With Plumbing

Pipe insulation can be used for more than just plumbing. Check out these tips for using pipe insulation in the home, in the garage and around the yard.

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My granddaughter is at the age where babyproofing the home is important for her safety. To avoid any injuries when she visits our house, I added some foam pipe insulation around my kitchen countertop and along dangerous edges and corners on furniture pieces in the living room.

The pressure created by the curve of the insulation holds it in place without having to use the adhesive strip that comes on the insulation. It also makes the babyproofing solution temporary, so I can remove it when my granddaughter isn’t at our house. The adhesive strip does, however, allow you to stick the insulation to edges and corners if it has a tendency of slipping off or if the baby removes it. — Joe Zayac

Here’s how to baby-proof your home in nine easy steps.

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Prevent Door Dings

Do you get dings on your car doors from accidentally banging them against the garage wall?  Don’t throw away your leftover pipe insulation tubes. Use them as a clever solution for this very problem.

We used pipe insulation that was already cut in half the long way. Next, fit the pipe insulation around the studs on your garage walls. It should stay put on its own, but for a more permanent solution, you can adhere the pipe insulation to the studs by using the self-sealing adhesive or by pounding in a couple of nails. If your car already has a couple of dings check out how to fix them yourself.

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Pipe Insulation Car Hack

I kept dropping things such as my keys or cell phone in the gap between the driver’s seat and the console in my car. It is tough to retrieve the items dropped in that space because the gap is so small and my hand doesn’t fit. I usually ended up reaching for a stick or wire hanger to pull the items out, which is not very convenient.

Recently, I found this solution: I cut pieces of foam pipe insulation to the length of the gaps, and then I wedged them in the gaps on either side of the console. Nothing falls into the gaps anymore. — James Goldstein

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Make Great Sanding Pads

Soft, flexible foam makes a great base for sandpaper because you can easily squeeze or compress it to fit a variety of shapes. Wrap sandpaper around scraps of foam pipe insulation to sand medium-size coves. For large concave surfaces, use scraps of foam swimming noodles. These are easy to cut with a bread knife. Stick paper to the inside surface of pipe insulation to make a sanding pad for dowels and other cylindrical shapes. You can adapt many household objects to become sanding pads if you like the contours and they’re a bit soft. Check out these tips for using your pool noodles at home, in the garage, around the yard and at the pool.

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Stop Losing Socks

Stuff a strip of foam pipe insulation into the space between your washer and dryer or along the wall. That way, socks can’t slip into the abyss.

Here are some great tips on how to organize a laundry room.

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Another Use for Your Most Basic Tools

To make fast and accurate cuts in pipe insulation, use a hand miter box and a bread knife. You can get precise 45- and 90-degree cuts for a tight fit and a professional look. — Henry Haskell

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Make a Wreath

Use pipe insulation to form a wreath form. Fasten the noodle with duct tape, then wrap it with fabric, ribbon or string. Wrap a wire around the stems of fabric flowers and poke it through the fabric to anchor it into the pipe insulation. Hang the wreath using wire or a picture hook. Check out the best way to hang a wreath on a door.

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Quick Handle Cover

My mower is now a pleasure to use thanks to the pipe insulation taped to the handle. I used to get numb hands and blisters (we have a big yard) from the bare metal handle. Make sure the insulation doesn’t interfere with your auto-shutoff bar if you have one. — Joe Eisenbraun. Plus: 23 more yard tool hacks you need to see.