Work has been keeping me pretty darned busy these days, but I was able to sneak in a little van work over the weekend. Because Gypsy’s bed frame is aluminum, and because it hovers only two inches over a myriad of electrical connections, I decided that precautions were in order.
I covered all of the large, exposed electricity-conducting surfaces with a miracle product called Sugru. I also placed wads of it between positive and negative wires that might possibly rub through their sheaths over time. Sugru is a hand-moldable self-setting rubber which its makers say can fix or modify almost anything. That’s probably true. I’ve used it to fix cracks in power cords, and add custom grips to tools. Today I used it as an insulator. Pretty nifty stuff.
Now, there’s a few things you really ought to know about Sugru before you run out and buy it:
- It’s kind of expensive for the amount you get. $22 for 8 little pouches, each about the size of a ketchup packet.
- Your final product will not look nearly as clean and neat as the marketing photos will have you believe. All of my little projects have turned out much lumpier and resembling a kindergartener’s art project than I’d like. The smoothness of final product really depends on your skill as a sculptor.
- You only have 6-8 months to use it after you buy it. It’ll last longer if you keep it in the refrigerator, where you’ll forget about it for the next five years. You’ll throw it out when you move. My advice is to purchase it only if you have a specific use planned.
- It’s better than some of the other hand-moldable options out there, such as Instamorph, because it can withstand higher temperatures.
- When it dries, it’s texture is hard. The Sugru website says it’ll turn into flexible silicone rubber, but that’s a lie. After it dries there’s no springiness to the texture at all.
So there you have it. Yet another super cool product that you’ll never find in a “DIY” store like The Home Depot. I’ve got another large batch of design work to slog through for the next 3-5 days, but after that I’m looking to make some big progress on making Gypsy function like more of a home. Fingers crossed anyway.