Published by Rosie on July 29th, 2010 in Elastic Bands
At Office 365, you’ll find that we have a rather extensive range of rubber bands, in particular from our 5 Star range. With this in mind, remember that it’s vital that you carefully select the correct size. If you are trying to find a band that matches your current band size, then this measuring guide may help:
A rubber band has three basic dimensions: Length, width, and thickness. A rubber band’s length is half its circumference. Its thickness is the distance from the inner circle to the outer circle. To measure your rubber bands, first you must lay it down so that it makes a rectangle. The band’s width is the height of that band. If you can for a moment imagine a rubber band in manufacture, that is, a long tube of rubber on a mandrel before it is sliced into rubber bands; the band’s width is how far apart the slices are cut.
Generally, rubber bands are numbered from smallest to largest, width first. For example, rubber bands numbered 8-19 are all 1/16 inch wide, with length going from 7/8 inch to 3 1/2 inches. Rubber band numbers 30-34 are for width of 1/8 inch, going again from shorter to longer. For even longer bands, the numbering starts over for numbers above 100, again starting at width 1/16 inch. See the table below for reference.
Rubber Band Sizes
|Size||Length (in)||Width (in)||Thickness (in)|
Interesting Uses For Rubber Bands
- Restore Your Broom – No need to toss out that broom because the bristles have become splayed with use. Just wrap a rubber band around the broom a few inches from the bottom. Leave it for a day or so to get the bristles back in shape.
- Economical Child Proofing – A fantastic way to childproof your cupboards without the extra cost is to wrap the bands tightly around pairs of handles in your kitchen and bathroom.
- Expecting a Baby or Gained a Little Weight? – Expand the waist band on your trousers or skirt by looping the rubber band through the button hole and fastening it to the button, this will give you some extra breathing space!
- Make a Sling Shot – A tradition that’s been going on for years.
- Make a Pencil Eraser – Fold a rubber band in half a few times and use it to erase pencil markings. This technique works surprisingly well!
- Fasten Your Wallet – Manila wallets are a common tool for filing papers. Some can be fastened, however if you have the ‘flap’ manila wallets, then these do not secure shut. Use a large rubber band to secure your paperwork in these files.
- Make a Propeller – Fix a rubber band to the propeller shaft of your toy plane and the other end of the rubber band to back edge of the body and then attach the propeller. Rotate the propeller backward until the rubber band gets stretched, then release the propeller and release your plane!