How can I reuse or recycle foam water pipe lagging?

This is usually the other way around – we usually suggest things that can be used to insulate water pipes – but I saw some foam water pipe lagging on the road today while walking the dog. I imagine it had blown off a nearby skip or been taken off by kids (because reuse #1: they’re great for sword fights) but either way: yoink!

Given the rain of the last 24 hrs, they’re a bit wet but since they’re plasticky foam, I imagine they’ll dry fine. We’ll probably use them for actual pipe lagging as we’ve just had some new pipe work put in – but if we were already insulated, what else could we use them for?

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5 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle foam water pipe lagging?”

  1. Debi says:

    Wrap around the handle of a garden tool to make a comfort grip. (Might need some good ol’ duct tape around the ends to keep it in place.)

  2. Clare says:

    It looks remarkably like the pads my brother had on his BMX in the 80s.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Clean it really well and use it as a pool toy :) its just like the noodles they sell during the summer.

  4. Babs says:

    I use the foam to cushion the end and part of sides of my long counter top so my grandchildren don’t scrape themselves if they walk to close to the counter.

  5. Cappenz says:

    My son made a dozen sturdy swords out of these for his birthday party. He glued them around meter-long bamboo sticks, plugging one end with reused wine cork and leaving six inches of bamboo exposed at the other end. They provided both the activity of the day and the party favor. We got the foam on Freecycle. Much fun.

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