Sugru and Aluminum
When 10’000 people have seen your toaster; that’s an odd situation. Turns out a 5-minute hack using a packet of Sugru and a small sheet of aluminium can cause quite a stir on the interwebz. It was only meant to be an Instagram post but seeing as it got so much attention I thought I’d make a short full post on the site.
Time needed: 20 hours.
- Buy Sugru.
It’s fantastic stuff even if you don’t know what you’ll need it for yet.
- Buy aluminium.
Make sure it’s thin enough to cut easily.
Cut your aluminium to size. You should be able to do this with a decent pair of scissors (aluminium is very soft). Make it long enough to reach all the way across the top of your toaster.
Roll the Sugru out into a long cylinder using a stiff flat surface like a book. (glossy covers will work best) Use your piece of aluminium as a length guide when rolling, make it slightly longer.
Mark a line on your toaster that runs directly down the middle.
Lay the Sugru along the line and push it down gently.
- Place aluminium
Carefully align the edge of the aluminium with the line of Sugru and press down until it bottoms out on the top of the toaster.
Gently press and smooth the Sugru into the corner on both sides with a slightly oily finger (it stops it sticking to you).
Put two heavy objects on either side of the sheet and adjust until the sheet is vertical.
Wait until it is cured.
Sugru think I’m a “genius”
Reddit was nice to me too (mostly)
Seriously though, Reddit surprised me on this one. It’s amazing how controversial it became. Some people were upset about it not, perhaps, perfectly stopping cross-contamination. Others were outright angry about celiac disease, somewhat inexplicably. There were also some nice comments.
“You are a great husband and inventor.”Ballymeeney
So there you go, an easy hack to do, that doesn’t cost much money. Especially if you already have one or both of the materials, which I did. Happy toasting.
Also published on Medium.