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Old 09-10-2009, 06:26 PM
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I have been really stumped on how I was going to afford a sealer for the mylar bags. Really tight budget considerations. So, just out of curiosity I attempted to seal them with my hair straightener. It worked!!

After I let it sit for a while I tried to open it by pulling it apart but it held up. I use a straightener that goes to 450 degrees. I'm really excited about this discovery and hope it helps you.
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LOL only a teenaged girl would think of that!
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I wish I was a teenaged girl, less to worry about. lol......
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Someone else posted that here about a month ago - it is a brilliant idea!
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My daughter'll be wondering where her Chi went when my mylars arrive...
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I LOVE tips like this! Thanks!

*I'm very frugal and hate to pay for, well, anything. So dual purpose stuff is my favorite kind!*
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My daughter'll be wondering where her Chi went when my mylars arrive...
That gives me an idea! My wife was hinting about a Chi straightener for Christmas. I think now I'll get it for her.
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I have been really stumped on how I was going to afford a sealer for the mylar bags. Really tight budget considerations. So, just out of curiosity I attempted to seal them with my hair straightener. It worked!!

After I let it sit for a while I tried to open it by pulling it apart but it held up. I use a straightener that goes to 450 degrees. I'm really excited about this discovery and hope it helps you.
Oh wow!!! I just vidoe taped myself doing this yesterday to put on Youtube!! I was hoping to be the first to put it out there but you beat me to it. I use a Babyliss that goes up to 480.
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ingenuity at its best!
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I used one to seal my bags a few weeks ago and it worked like a charm! Some people also use an iron but I think a straightner works better.
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Now that's brilliant!
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I'm curious how much does one of these things cost?
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Been using a ceramic plated hair straightener to seal my mylar for a couple years now.


I apologize to those who are just now hearing about this method/tool. I thought it was common knowledge.
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seal up a liquid and put it somewhere to see if it leaks over long periods of time.
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I used a clothes iron on high setting - not sure how hot that is. It seems to work ok, it held a seal against the O2 absorbers just fine.
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Hey!! Im a 30 year old male and I've been doing this for a while!!(gilrfriends hair thingy thank you!) Even bought her a new one to make this the originals sole purpose. Just like hair dryers make great boot dryers. I didnt see the straightner idea in here I just knew thats the way to seal mylar balloons so it made sense. When I looked around the house this little device seemed purpose built.
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how long do you hold it on there for a good seal? ive seen the clamshell videos and it only like 5 seconds. are these comparable, can you even burn or over melt mylar???
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Periodically clean the "flat iron" ((aka hair straightener thingy))...or let it burn off any mylar residue before it's used again for it's original purpose. :D

...and 5 seconds is too long for me to hold it in one place. I typically clamp / move / clamp / move...then will go over it again as a just-to-be-sure measure.
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Periodically clean the "flat iron" ((aka hair straightener thingy))...or let it burn off any mylar residue before it's used again for it's original purpose. :D

...and 5 seconds is too long for me to hold it in one place. I typically clamp / move / clamp / move...then will go over it again as a just-to-be-sure measure.

^^This is the only potential problem I can see occurring. So for any other guys reading this: ASK YOUR WIFE before you use her straightener and get mylar residue on it! If she gets it in her hair she will KILL you.
Survival is not always about preps, sometimes it's about courtesy.
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^^This is the only potential problem I can see occurring. So for any other guys reading this: ASK YOUR WIFE before you use her straightener and get mylar residue on it! If she gets it in her hair she will KILL you.
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