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String Sockets

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As well as the cabling that homes have for the ring mains that distribute the electricity supply, and as well as plumbing to supply the water, and remove the waste, and as well as satellite and aerial sockets, I say that homes should also have sockets in that are attached to each other using string.

I’ve absolutely no idea what possible use this could be, but it seems needed.

Ian Tindale, Dec 11 2010


       Yeah, it's all hunky dory until you connect your internal twine wiring to the mains rope.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 11 2010

       Presumably you'd need special adaptors to connect it to sisal twine for garden use.
8th of 7, Dec 11 2010

       This is a brilliant idea [Ian]. The practicality that you seek is obviously string dispensing. How often are you in a room, wanting to tie something up, and there is no string dispenser to hand? Well String Sockets will literally save your life.   

       The string would be stored centrally, perhaps in a String Store mounted on the front of your house. String would run through conduits to each string socket. The three little holes could dispnese three different sizes or colours of string. The little press button could slice the string. The String Store could be kept stocked by the Stringman who would deliver weekly using a large lorry.   

       For customers living in densely populated urban areas, the string could be stored and administered centrally, and sent through conduits beneath the road to each house. A little wheel in each conduit would measure the amount used on a little mechanical meter, so each customer could be charged appropriately for string used.
pocmloc, Dec 11 2010

       What happens when customers want to upgrade to adhesive tape ?
8th of 7, Dec 11 2010

       Adhesive tape is not an upgrade.
pocmloc, Dec 11 2010

       Well, don't let the idiots in Sales and Marketing hear you say that ....
8th of 7, Dec 11 2010

       //string dispensing// No! This is for centralized distribution of traction. Think of the efficiency gains if, instead electric motors, your household appliances contained only gearing similar to a longcase clock, with the chain or cable attached to the string socket instead of to weights.
mouseposture, Dec 11 2010

       no, its not string dispensing - its a way of tidying up (somehow)
po, Dec 11 2010

       Hmm. Four buns already? I think I might buy stock in some string. I've been waiting for an idea like this...
Boomershine, Dec 12 2010

       Isn't all that string stuff just a theory?
lurch, Dec 12 2010

       definitely a string-dispensing system: the delivery-main is a long skein of loosely held together fibres: a spinning wheel at each pole unspins the amount of fibres required and respins it into a custom size continuous length.   

       Used string is returned by tying it to the takeup at the home end, roughly braided into the return-main at the pole when there's enough slack, and recycled at the far end.
FlyingToaster, Dec 12 2010


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