MyBinding Knowledge Base
How do I rebind a bound document?
Do you need to rebind a document but don’t know what type of binding element you should use? If so, don’t fret because there’s any easy way to find out what supplies you should use. You do this by looking at the hole pattern punched into the document. Here’s the lowdown on the hole patterns for six popular binding methods so you can determine which binding implements you should use for rebinding your document:
- Plastic comb binding uses 19 rectangular holes that are evenly spaced. This is the same hole pattern used with GBC ZipBind spines.
- Twin-loop wire binding uses two hole patterns. The first is for 3:1 pitch spines which use 32 round or rectangular holes. The second is for the 2:1 pitch spines. These spines require a square or round 21-hole pattern.
- Color coils use a 43 or 44-hole pattern so long as the coils are of the 4:1 pitch variety. Some documents are bound with 5:1 pitch coils. Those documents will have 54 or 55 holes punched in them.
- GBC Velobind strips come in 4, 6, and 11-pin varieties. However, your document likely has 11 holes in it no matter which strip(s) was used. The holes are small and round so be sure to look for them.
- GBC SureBind strips require a 10-hole pattern. These round holes tend to be unevenly spaced so that plastic combs can be used if necessary.
- Finally, GBC ProClick spines use the same hole pattern that’s needed for binding with 3:1 pitch wire spines. If the holes seem a bit larger than the ones produced by a wire binding machine, it’s probably because the document was punched with a GBC ProClick Pronto device. It’s nothing to worry about. Just go ahead and rebind your document.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire?Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose.What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them.One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter.If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)