Darn sharp zipties

Started by Pipepro, July 30, 2020, 05:57:24 PM

Previous topic - Next topic

0 Members and 2 Guests are viewing this topic.


I was finishing up my Ultrex installation tonight and thought I would share a tip I learned years ago.

For a neat wiring job nothing beats close spaced zip ties. However no matter how close or straight you cut them they end up like mini razor blades. Next time you reach in that compartment they will unzip your skin lickety split.

After I have them installed where I want them, I cut them off close with some side cutter pliers.

You can see the nasty sharp point just waiting to taste some blood. To fix this I grab my propane torch and an old flathead screwdriver. Heat the tip of the screwdriver till hot and then just lightly press it onto the offending point.

It only takes a second to flatten the cut end, I usually melt them just flush with the locking end. Presto! Smooth and no more sliced fingers and forearms.

Do take care with the hot screwdriver and don't melt the zipties so much that you weaken the lock.

Hope this helps!


Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk

2017 Stratos 186 VLO 115 SHO

Mike Cork

What a great tip, thank you for sharing. See it's these simple things that we don't realize might be something no one knows about.  ~c~ ~c~

Fishing is more than just a hobby

Dobyns Rods - Monster Fishing Tackle
Cork's Reel Service



Great tip!

I highly recommend having a zip tie tool.

Over the years I've bought 3 or 4 zip tie tools. Some have adjustable tension, but all have a cutters that cut so that the sharp tip stays flush or below the the rim of the lock.
Stratos 285 XL Pro 150 Evinrude ETEC

Dobyns Rods - LSCR Club


A great tip   :-* :-*

Thanks for posting it Pipepro   ~c~ ~c~
2020 IBASS Gold - Zone 2 - AOY
2020 IBASS Classic - Winner
2020 IBASS Team Tourney - Winner (with FD)


Thanks guys!

I havent forgot about yall, its just been crazy busy in the construction end of things since the Big 3 went back to work. Just like I figured in March, laid off for the COVID and it was too snowy and crappy to fish, now that its nice its 6 and 7 days a week, 10-12 hours per day with an hour a half drive each way. Needless to say, I havent gotten much boat time in.
2017 Stratos 186 VLO 115 SHO


Nice tip!  Thanks

CPF Lures Pro Staff

Arti-FISH-ial Entertainment Guide Service
FDx Custom Rods                                   SwampCat Boat Works


Toenail clippers can clip them flush to.
the boat:Triton TR17 with Yamaha v4 and jackplate. the tow rig 02 Jeep gc Limited 4.7 4x4.


good tip that could apply to other areas.  Never thought about heating up a screw driver
There is nothing like sharing any moment outdoors with someone special!

UB Life Member: Starcraft Deck Boat with Minnkota Fortrex and Garmin Echomap Plus


I use soldering iron tip


Excellent Tip Pipepro!!!
Old Fishermen never die, their rods just go limp.

Donald Garner


Tks for sharing the tip and pictures with us.
Belton Texas part of God's Country
Stratos 285 Pro XL Yamaha 150 VMax; Lowrance Hook 7 Electronics; Minn Kota Foretrex Trolling Motor

G3 1548 Alwed Jon boat Yamaha 25hp outboard 


17' Grizzly w/40hp etec, micro powerpole,  Lowrance Elite 9 TI 2  9lbs 15oz PB     2021 winner of Ted and Dave's spring classic
                            TRUTH MATTERS


We are fishermen.  Worse, we are Bass fishermen.   This makes perfect sense, therefore, it is not permissible for us to do intelligent things. ~beer~


Quote from: 88evinrude on July 31, 2020, 07:33:38 PM
Toenail clippers can clip them flush to.

I've always used a razor blade and cut them flush...  Dan


Damg thats a super cool idea!! You are 100% correct the end of a cut zip tie is sharp as heck!

Sent from my SM-G970U using Tapatalk

I use Mister Twister Baits!


While not on a boat, I can testify that they will cut you quick!

Using a pair of vise grip plyers to put a muffler spring back on a 4-wheeler when it slipped off.

My arm flew back and caught a zip tie that was holding some wires in place.

Yep. Hurt a bit.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


Holy smokes!

I've had quite a few cuts from them over the years but never one that bad. Hope you heal up quick.

Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk

2017 Stratos 186 VLO 115 SHO