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    Drip Lines

    Anyone ever use or hear of anyone using rubber bands for a drip line as a water break? I use a couple of rubber bands for other purposes and was just wondering if they would work. Thanks
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    Never thought of it. Can you get them to stay snug enough to work? I just use a couple of small zing-it pieces.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Falarny View Post
    I just use a couple of small zing-it pieces.
    Do they work?
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    Yes sir I just loop them on the line like a couple of Prusiks. They stay in place but are easy to adjust.


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    The rubber band idea is interesting but like I said, not sure they’d stay in place.


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    A rubber band has a finite life span. A piece of Zing-it will last forever.
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    It doesn’t seem like the rubber band would catch and then divert the water. Test it out at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rerun View Post
    Anyone ever use or hear of anyone using rubber bands for a drip line as a water break? I use a couple of rubber bands for other purposes and was just wondering if they would work. Thanks
    An absorbent line works best. Cotton shoe string is often the recommended choice.

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    I don't see why it wouldn't work: it creates a low point for the water to drip from.

    I generally prefer a material that is also absorbent to assist with drawing water and preventing it from going further. my only concern would be that depending on the rubber band it may not be tall enough to prevent the water from over-running it in a heavy storm when it gets a lot of momentum from the sheer volume of water coming down the line.

    I wonder if we could add diagonal or inverted-"V" water repellent stripes to straps (or water repellent rings along the lines) at regular intervals to keep the water from building up and running down in the first place. could probably test it with silicone sealant.

    the idea is that you would want water droplets to build up and get directed to the edge or the underside where they land instead of adding their masses together to make a stream that runs downhill the full length of the strap or a line.

    done that way, it would probably work with a thin application that still allows a strap to go through the hardware unimpeded.

    another question is if it could be done without adding as much weight as a drip line would add, or if it would make more sense to add water management features to the hardware (like the beetle buckle) itself through the shape of its design?

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    My experience with rubber bands used for anything is that they eventually dry out and break or get all gummy and worthless.Stick with some sort of string like zing it or the cotton shoe lace.I went with a shoe lace cause it makes a big ole knot to stop water.And I have them color coded to know foot from head end too.

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