Plastic tubing plus

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Firefly16
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Plastic tubing plus

Postby Firefly16 » Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:24 pm

Surprised to find this one hasn't been posted here before - The clean used inner tubes of the transparent BICtm ballpoint pens without minute embossed characters are a useful source of small diameter tubing. Reinforced with the straighter cocktail sticks (useful in themselves) they are strong enough to be columns, etc. But it doesn't end there: the outer casings themselves can serve as the basis for heavy duty industrial columns; three cut to the desired length and positioned side to side make for a useful vertical art deco detail for those who like the style. Oh yes, and the little black caps on the end of the casings, the rounded ones without any lettering - these can make useful bollards in quayside scenes.

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Re: Plastic tubing plus

Postby VerdevaleRailway » Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:29 pm

And for something a bit narrower, the plastic stick part of cotton wool bud.
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Re: Plastic tubing plus

Postby Bufferstop » Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:28 pm

Do the world a favour, go round collecting up everybody's cotton bud plastic stems.
see report
They are apparently one of the worst items for making it through filters and macerators out into the seas.
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Firefly16
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Re: Plastic tubing plus

Postby Firefly16 » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:44 am

No thanks, Bufferstop, I'll stick to pen parts - at least I know where they've been....

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Re: Plastic tubing plus

Postby VerdevaleRailway » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:01 am

Bufferstop wrote:Do the world a favour, go round collecting up everybody's cotton bud plastic stems.
see report
They are apparently one of the worst items for making it through filters and macerators out into the seas.


I cant believe people flush them. Or are people using them, like, "in there"???

(sorry I've derailed your thread, please return to the topic at hand)

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