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Dave Mauro
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I'd seen something in a Ryan Metzler review, can't remember which.

I have some games packed to the brim and would like to band them so the lid stays taught.

Any suggestions?
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Go to a sewing store. They have elastic cloth which works perfect for games.
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in rolls and sheets though, how do you make a 'band' with it?
 
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Here's an example:

https://www.funagain.com/control/product?product_id=017670

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Gah, that's it! Exactly what I saw....too bad it's out of stock every where.

Thanks for finding it though..
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They are also called H bands or Library Bands.

https://www.kapco.com/cms/site/a028dca869616b87/
http://www.keenerrubber.com/H-Band.htm
http://www.amazon.com/H-Bands/dp/B009ZX4PFY
http://www.demco.com/goto?blk00172584&intcmp=BMR_00172584
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I use elastic hair bands - in various sizes, for example...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/50-Girls-Quality-Thick-Endless-Sna...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-x-LONG-THIN-BROWN-BLACK-MIX-COL...

Long lasting, readily available (try your daughter's room) and not very expensive wherever you buy them.

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I get my H-bands from Flying Buffalo.
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If you care about keeping the box unmodified this isn't for you. But, I've actually switched to using little velco dots on the sides of the box. They are sandwiched between the top and bottom. Just 1 dot on two of the four sides is enough to the box closed.

This amazon link has 75 dot pairs (1 hook and 1 loop) for about $6.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ASD850/ref=oh_details_o...
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There's also Hugo's Aamazing Tape.... I don't know if it will work for very heavy boxes; we used it to keep the lid on the boxes we were putting all of our Arkham Horror cards in. It worked pretty well.
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The bondage/Amazing tape solution seems cool but in my experience it was a big hassle (it can also damage the printing on some things). I am currently using X-treme File Bands and they work great.
http://www.amazon.com/Alliance-X-treme-Rubber-Inches-02005/d...
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I use rubber bands to keep my box lids tight too. But, ONLY when transporting the games.

Whatever you do, DO NOT use rubber bands around a box for a long period of time (like for storage). The rubber bands will eventually perish and leak a sticky residue on the boxes.

I don't recommend the H-Bands. They're too tight around an average game box. You don't need it to be gripping tight. Plus, when they're too tight fitting, it only leads to the rubber bands wearing out quicker. Plus, they're really expensive for rubber bands.

I recommend the ones in the comment above. They're big enough that they don't get overstretched around a game box, and still just tight enough to keep the lid well attached in transport.

Here's a link to another set that look good:

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Bands-inch-Pack-ALL00700/dp/B0017Y...
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ngwilliam wrote:
There's also Hugo's Aamazing Tape.... I don't know if it will work for very heavy boxes; we used it to keep the lid on the boxes we were putting all of our Arkham Horror cards in. It worked pretty well.


Check your local adult shop for bondage tape (if you don't mind going into such a shop). Likely can save yourself some money and it's really the same thing.

I can't speak to above claims about it damaging games as I've not had much experience using it (on games at least ).
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aaxiom wrote:
eldavicho wrote:
in rolls and sheets though, how do you make a 'band' with it?

They sell elastic in a variety of widths. I think the stuff I have is either 1/8 of an inch or 3/16 of an inch wide. I bought 30 yards of the stuff some time ago and cut lengths as necessary. I simply wrap around the box, subtract two or three inches of slack, pop a square knot on top, and voila! The box stays shut.

That 30 yards cost about as much as three or four of the commercial box wraps on the market.

I credit Scott Nicholson for this idea, incidentally.


Something like this:
http://www.joann.com/braided-elastic-1-4in-wide-144-yards-wh...

(I too credit Scott)
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Thank you for posting this. I knew these rubber bands must've had a life before games.
 
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+1 Flying Buffalo Box Bands.
I have a bag of each size, small, medium and large. They're not at all too tight. You can order directly from them or sometimes game stores or game con vendors will have them.

http://www.flyingbuffalo.com/other.htm

I use them whenever I travel.
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A couple of stitches on the sewing machine and you can have bands in all sizes. AND you can leave them on the boxes safely if needed.

http://www.joann.com/non-roll-elastic-1-yd-black/575142.html...
 
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What is best one to use that won't leave residue over time. i live in South Texas and teh high humidity before i got a dehumidifier lead most of my games with thin box walls (like Mayfair, Rio Grande games but not sturdy thicker ones like GMT or Plaid Hat or Dice Hate Me)to warp badly and it bothers my OCD to no end to see them bulging out all the time. I would like to put a permanent storage rubber band on all my games that have thin walls to prevent warping on the ones that i have bought more recently as well as to prevent any further warping and splitting at corners on teh damaged boxes.

even if they can last 4-5 years before starting to wear out that is fine too but i definitely don't want any residue when i remove them.
 
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umrmeche wrote:
I would like to put a permanent storage rubber band on all my games that have thin walls to prevent warping


Wouldn't the rubber band just expand/stretch/give? I can't imagine a rubber band would stop the bowing/warping man? It would need to be something solid yeah?
 
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Speed Adict wrote:
umrmeche wrote:
I would like to put a permanent storage rubber band on all my games that have thin walls to prevent warping


Wouldn't the rubber band just expand/stretch/give? I can't imagine a rubber band would stop the bowing/warping man? It would need to be something solid yeah?

Maybe, my thought is that maybe they would help keep it in check. The box bows the worst at midpoint of wall of course which is where the rubber band would go. But I suppose it might just spring out once I take it off. I bought a dehumidifier which has taken my house from 65% humidity to between 50-55% so I’m hoping I’ve stopped the root cause but I still have a dozen games with Bowed sides. It is probably something I should just get over but I’m a little worried it could lead to splitting at seams if bowing gets any worse plus I’m a stickler for keeping games in mint condition
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