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Hair ties and fuel lines

Tip: My tip involves making fuel lines with hair ties - the elastic ones with the cloth woven around the black, rubbery core.

To use the ties as fuel lines, you need to remove the core, while leaving the woven covering intact. There are two ways to do this.

You can try wiggling the inner part out until you have enough to grab, so you can pull it out the rest of the way.

If the inside doesn't want to budge, place a drop of Testor's Liquid Model Cement on the end of the rubber insert. Within a day or two, the chemical cement will have worked its way through the length of the hair tie, and turned the rubber into soft mush - which can be washed away with a good-quality grease-cutting dish detergent.

What you'll end up with is a perfectly good, woven fuel line.

Thanks for the great magazine. I hope you can use these tips.

- J.J. Lukas
Stanley, Wisconsin

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