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Snapper Which Holds Socks Together

09/13/2014 2:21 AM

How does one go about snapping a pair of socks together so that the pair survives a turbulent wash in a washing machine? Does one test the inward force required to hold the socks together?

Data would be required to test the degree of the whirling washing machine turbulence,

What be the the design of the snaps? Would be too much of a bother to snap the socks together? Look at the time wasted sorting socks. Then there would be the unsightly snap on the sock. It can't be that bad though.

Anybody for checkers or shooting free shots. It is hard to make ten out of ten.

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09/13/2014 4:47 AM

Ask the people who make these.

https://www.sockclip.com/

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09/13/2014 5:02 AM

How about trying some of those plastic barbs that nowadays attach labels to apparel?

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09/13/2014 5:04 AM

The simpler solution is to buy minions of the same sock and then if you loose one, it's no big deal. There is no matching them as they are all the same. Only trick is to stack them horizontally in the drawer to cycle them so they all wear evenly.

Unless you have some sort of mental issue with wanting to custom match your socks to exotic prada.

I suggest gray or black as this goes with anything an engineer would wear.

If your loosing socks, the most likely place is a pant leg they statically clinged to in the dryer. And they fall out when your not looking. I don't believe in the 4th dimension theory.

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09/14/2014 7:32 AM

GA

For that reason, I buy socks in packs, all same colour and size.

I try not to wear what my wife buys as they get lost, or at least one of them does....

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09/15/2014 12:42 AM

I prefer navy blue. But, then, I'm not an engineer.

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09/13/2014 6:23 AM

Back in the Navy we used to tie our socks to our belt loops.

One of these might work, minus the beads:

I'm with the others. I wear white socks in summer and grey socks in winter, no stripes, and no matching.

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09/13/2014 6:34 AM

The mesh laundry bag is my solution....for $2

http://www.handylaundry.com/mesh-lingerie-laundry-bag/

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09/13/2014 9:43 AM

I think I see your watch in there.....

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09/15/2014 9:34 AM

I think I see my sock in there!

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09/13/2014 7:39 AM

We've used spring loaded wooden clothes pins with no problems.

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09/13/2014 11:10 AM

Same (when I can be bothered). They're also v. good for making sure frozen veg doesn't tip out of opened bags in the freezer, and keeping critters out of opened dry food packets.

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09/13/2014 8:09 AM

You could cut off one foot.

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09/13/2014 8:34 AM

But which one?

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09/13/2014 4:46 PM

The one that has the least socks, obviously. :-)

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09/14/2014 8:00 AM

Unless of course there is a three footed fiend on the loose!!!!

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09/13/2014 5:26 PM

But, what would you do with all the extra socks? Throw them away?

You can't buy socks in prime numbers.

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09/13/2014 6:02 PM

Obviously, you are not a trained sock salesman.

The pitch you need to give is called a "two-for-one sale" as all you need to do is to turn the other sock inside out and - behold - two left socks (or two right socks, if that is your preference).

As they say in the trade, "We got you covered."

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09/13/2014 7:30 PM

Well, maybe it's just me but when the prospective customer wanted me to, "slip them on so they could see how they feel" I always lost the sale, and sometimes my lunch.

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09/14/2014 9:14 AM

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09/13/2014 6:04 PM

When I got out of college, the only color and type of socks I ever bought were gray work socks... Made life so easy for me.

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09/13/2014 6:59 PM

That's cheating.

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09/13/2014 7:40 PM

Yes, but they didn't go well with black dress pants. ;-)

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09/13/2014 9:53 AM

It is the dynamic force produced by the spin cycle that causes the socks to enter another dimension. This phenomena is not reversible. One would have to know the rotational speed, wet weight of the sock and direction of rotation in relation to the geographic location to determine location of re-appearance.

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09/15/2014 12:53 AM

Clockwise in the northern hemisphere, counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere?

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Does this change south of the equator?

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09/17/2014 8:40 PM

My wife informed me that her solution for retrieving socks from the 4th dimension is to throw the remaining sock out. The missing sock will then promptly return from whatever realm it had been off to.

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09/13/2014 10:15 AM

So who will feed the sock troll? A hungry sock troll is not a pretty sight

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09/13/2014 6:01 PM

The underwear imps better watch their goods

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09/13/2014 11:36 AM

I've always safety-pinned mine together. If you want to get obsessive about it, you could pin at different places (toe,top,heel, etc) to indicate color, if you get dressed in the dark and worry about colors.

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09/13/2014 2:49 PM

Have RFIDS stitched into them.

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09/13/2014 4:00 PM

Bwaahahaha my collection continues to grow....

Don't waste your time, soon I will have half of all the socks in the universe, and I will control the market......Bwaaaahahaha

# Sock king....

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09/14/2014 12:11 AM

In the Corps our socks were black, 20 years ago I switched to white, they're all alike, I don't worry about color as I wear 'work' boots with steel toes most of the time. The rest of the time I wear 'dress' boots, Italian leather with a zipper up the side. Quality socks are cheap, one wears out, throw it away. Too bad you can't do that with boots.

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09/14/2014 12:53 AM

I am trying to get a bit technical.

Need more information on inward force. Not sure that is the right term. Outward force is easily understood. At the minimum break away force the snap is no longer effective.

I guess I answered my own question. The contact of the two segments of the snapper would be the inward force, the opposite of the outward force. Is there any formula to solve this number? What units would be used? The dimensions of the different segments would be need to be known. The least amount of metal , the proper design of the snapper, and perhaps the use of calculus.

Simiar to a manufacturer's use of calculus to get the proper ratio of diameter of a tin can to its height. Dy,/ Dx. type of thing. Use of Burington's book of tables(1950 era). How does go about testing the best design?

Good math needed. Stop there.

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09/14/2014 12:43 AM

About the time you receive your engineering degree you should noticed a change in concern that your socks match. You soon realize that the time spent trying to match socks exceeds the time that you wear them. With the exception of your mother, no one looks at your feet to notice that the socks match. some current college students even begin to consider this variable colors a fashion statement and begin wearing their pants pulled up high as possible to show off the days selection of mismatched colors and others decide to tattoo sock images on there feet thus avoiding the issue entirely. Some of the largest oil companies have produced a cheap oil by-product that is being used to manufacture disposable socks on a roll for anyone still trying to have matching sock colors. George Forman begins to market a counter top sock washing machine that only take one pair at a time eliminating the need to match them but an underground group starts a movement to never wash there socks and wear the same socks until they fall apart. just for the record I do have a pair of Pacman socks from the 80's that I HATE BUT HAVE NEVER GONE MISSING.

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09/14/2014 1:17 AM

Good heavens! Took a quiz every Friday in Physics, changed major from Chemical Engineering to Chemistry. Managed that. Calculus was a bear. Coped out of foundry practice, got an A in research on purifying Montemilonite (really bad speling) clay which is used for lining the drill hole for bringing up oil without any loss. Used resins and a Wheatstone Bridge

I managed a degree in chemisty.

Best to hold off and wait for more remarks.

Just a simple snap would be good.

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09/14/2014 6:33 AM

One may well ask, how many pairs of socks do you wash at once?

What is wrong with the old method of sorting several pairs of socks "manually"........I mean to say how much time will you save clipping them together?

Unfortunately I did not have anyone to do my washing and ironing for me when serving in the RAN.........so, now my wife is quite unwell, I do most of the washing and I sort my socks out when I remove them from the washing machine and I do not find that a painstaking or lengthy job in any way at all!!!!

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09/14/2014 9:01 AM

knot them together before you throw them in and they stay till you separate.

This has always helped and saved lots of time.

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09/14/2014 10:50 AM

I think I have explained this before, but apparently it has been forgotten:

I know where the missing socks go.

A sock is merely a pupae stage of a coat hanger.

The heat and moisture of the drier accelerates the development stage,and at some

point in the drying cycle,they instantaneously transform into a coat hanger,and

through "spooky action at a distance"(Described by Einstein),they appear in your

closet as a coat hanger,the mature form of a sock.

Some of the socks never mature,because the germination rate is not 100%,as is

normal in nature,and because of damage during the manufacturing process.

I have verified this in my own home by counting the number of socks,and comparing

to the number of coat hangers.

There must be a transitional stage that requires a certain amount of time,(which

appears to be random),during which the socks inhabit what I call a "Schrodinger

State" where they are both a sock and a hanger simultaneously.

During this time they are not visible or detectable.

Initially, I thought it had something to do with the light in the closet when I opened

the door,but this proved to be an invalid assumption.

I have been unable to catch a sock or a coat hanger in the act,but over a period of

time, the number of socks decreases while the number of hangers increases.

The temporary difference in parity,I attribute to the aforementioned state of duality.

Whereas it is possible to predict the motion of a large group of objects, it is impossible to predict the motion of an individual within that group.

Clipping them together is useless if one of the socks in nearing maturity.

Neither is a laundry bag,nor is tying them to your belt loop fool proof.

I have seen plenty of broken belt loops where the socks made their escape.

So basically:"Resistance is futile"

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09/14/2014 11:04 AM

That seems false. We are constantly losing coat hangers and socks.

I remember watching some science show (either NOVA or Duck's Breath Theater) where the leading evidence to date was that socks are sucked into the 5th dimension through a portal in the washing machine or dryer.

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09/14/2014 1:15 PM

I am sticking to my theory.

You may flip a coin 1000 times and get heads,but over an extended period,the odds are 50/50.

Somewhere in this universe,there will be a balance of socks and coat hangers.

Matter cannot be destroyed or created,it simply changes form.

My theory complies to this basic law of physics.

I have noticed that the socks like to breed more frequently in the winter than in the summer.

They tend to stick together when leaving the dryer,and protest loudly with a crackle when separated from their mating embrace.

Some particularly fecund members have been found attempting to copulate with other items in the dryer,but the mating has not produced any hybrid offspring,so far.

My research continues.

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09/14/2014 11:04 AM

Use the spring-loaded wooden clothes pins or the plastic potato chip bag clips (that are used to seal the bag). Both work very well, are durable, and are cheap.

Ummm, why complicate things if you don't have to?

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09/14/2014 11:06 AM

Simplicity is best.

You could simply wash them one at a time.

Not much different than my method to make rice that doesn't stick together by cooking each grain separately.

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09/14/2014 11:30 AM

Sorry Heidi, it seems that ship has sailed.....unless of course you are Ms Ong....

http://sockskies.com/

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09/14/2014 12:42 PM

Just don't click your heels together when wearing them as you may have a problem getting them apart.

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09/14/2014 8:22 PM

After seeing this photo,I realize that someone has actually caught the hanger/sock in a state of duality.

This has implications that may disrupt the current laws of physics as we know them.

Schultz may get nominated for a Pulitzer for this!

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Hmmm, the butterfly emerges from the chrysalis...

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09/14/2014 5:01 PM

I generally just grab two socks and put them on. If one happens to be white and the other one black, it isn't the end of the world. I just tell the people who notice that I have another matching pair at home!

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I had a chemistry professor that did that.... Only his socks weren't solid colored, they were plaid.

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09/17/2014 7:59 AM

I had a boss who wore red and green socks (of course with sandals) around Christmas. He also used the line, "I've got another pair just like them at home!" Not that it matters, but he is a Phd physicist.

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I've not found that a PhD is any guarantee of good taste.

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getting a off topics, but I have found that a licensed engineer (PE) also does not guarantee better quality or just as or more important the performance for that matter. .

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09/14/2014 8:05 PM

A waste of time. Find some black socks that you like, buy 14 pairs. You are good for two weeks. If you don't want to wear your black socks with shorts get 14 pairs of whites for summer. This is a site for engineers, if you haven't figured out your socks, you might be on the wrong site!

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09/15/2014 12:49 AM

Find some black socks that you like, buy 14 pairs. You are good for two weeks.

8 weeks. Left to right, then inside out. That was some trick question right?

You could sew Velcro to the toes.

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09/15/2014 6:49 AM

This is a site for engineers,

What, since when does socks have to match... and why didn't I get that memo.

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09/14/2014 10:14 PM

You do realize you're talking to engineers, right? What is this "matching" thing? Socks work equally well on either foot. If you're a slave to fashion, wear light colored ones (both feet) between Memorial Day and Labor Day, then switch to dark ones afterwards. If you have a social life, wash the pair you're not wearing. If you don't care about a social life, turn them inside-out next year. Burn and replace both pair every few years.

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09/14/2014 10:56 PM

"An engineering major sees classmate riding up on a new bike and asks when he got it. "I was walking back from the computer lab when the most beautiful woman I had ever seen rode up on this bike, stopped, took all her clothes off and said to me 'Take what you want!'"

"Good choice," the friend replies. "The clothes probably wouldn't have fit you."

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09/15/2014 6:53 AM

Engineers are easily entertained.... this could easily have gone into 'Caption This'

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09/15/2014 1:05 AM

When I am forced to wash my own socks, I have discovered a simple, easy and quick way to wash them, and never loose any of them. I simply wait till the wife is out, and use the dishwasher. They get stretched over the rungs meant for locating dishes and glasses. What could be easier than that?

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09/15/2014 4:50 AM

Just keep the socks on during the annual bath/shower. They dry out fine in bed.

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09/15/2014 7:54 AM

That's fine, but suppose I'm wearing those wicking, dry foot, boot socks. Wouldn't they just channel all the water away from my feet? Oh, wait, I'm an engineer - who would know if I had toe jam?

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09/15/2014 9:09 AM

Details that have not been addressed are the different types of agitator actions, such as bidirectional, single direction, vertical reciprocation and combined rotational/reciprocal action, top loading and side loading. The influence of a cat or bowling ball accidently introduced can have an effect.

For the gasoline powered Maytag, it can be the governor setting.

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09/15/2014 2:21 PM

A Snapper could work, you could probably get a about a dozen socks in a decent sized Snapper.

But then you have to wash them again outside the Snapper to get the fish smell out of them. And if you used hot enough water, you get a free meal...an added unforeseen benefit to containing your socks in a Snapper.

Good Luck!

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09/15/2014 5:01 PM

The cost of labor, water, electricity, soap....cheaper to buy in bulk.....Priced at only $4.50 per dozen (12 pairs) with a minimum order of 5 dozen (60 pairs) per customer....that's only .19 per sock....

http://www.bargain-bulk-sock-sales.com/cheapsocks.html

I sympathize, we don't have much use for socks at the beach....

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09/15/2014 5:11 PM

Sometimes you get "short socked" which is not as bad as "short sheeted".

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09/15/2014 8:04 PM

This is the funniest thread I have read in a while I always buy the same kind in 2 colors black and white. That way I don't have to worry have any navy blue looking like black issues. You could tie them together, but why bother, they will match anyway. Snaps would be too uncomfortable. I like my socks soft and snuggly.

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09/15/2014 10:45 PM

That's the way it is down here - if you are wearing socks at all.

Spend most of the year wearing shorts anyway, so black socks are not used much.

"I like my socks soft and snuggly."

Yup, that's the way I like my significant other, too. :-)

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09/17/2014 1:00 AM

You have a point there. For what its worth, I should just stuff the pair of black socks in my suit pockets and get them dry cleaned for the next wedding I need it for.

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09/17/2014 1:30 AM

How about closing the toes of a few pair in your car windows and run it through the car wash? Or one on each picket of the picket fence and hose them down.

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09/17/2014 1:37 AM

With duel exhaust, you can dry them both at the same time.

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09/17/2014 2:21 AM

Socks need washing ? Next thing, you'll be suggesting people might want to try wearing a matching pair, or even a fresh pair of training shoe

(Whatever Mrs K payed, I'll double it if you tell no more)

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09/17/2014 11:51 AM

A simple weir plate located downstream from the washing stone can cause the socks to "line up" lengthways as they pass through, facilitating the categorization by color. However one must be vigilant of the Monkeys who have a penchant for socks and the Anacondas who have a penchant for people.

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