Thought I’d pass this on. This week I was prepping my snowblower for the winter. As always, the oil level on the manufacturer-supplied dipstick was almost impossible to read with fresh oil. I struck on the idea last night of making a dipstick out of a zip-tie, on the principle that the tiny ridges would hold the oil on the stick, and the possibility that the plastic would allow the oil to stick better. The results? The oil level is very easy to read. Note that with a longer zip tie this should also work beautifully on cars too. Zip-ties are just the right combination of flexibility and rigidity that they should work beautifully, and the loop at the end will prevent them from falling in.
I would caution that the dipstick cannot be left in the engine. In both snowblowers and cars it’s important that the hole/tube be capped when the engine is operating.