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Barry Rowland
Posted: 5 October 2015 - 06:54 PM                                    
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Way to go! It's the wonder tool of the 21st Century too! duct.gif sak.gif

 
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Posted: 5 November 2015 - 02:56 PM                                    
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So for the third week running I am still chasing faulty bulbs on that car of mine. I have a dashboard light which comes on if there is a fault in the lighting circuit whether the lights are on at the time or not. At the moment it is annoyingly intermittent, on, off,, on, off. Do you think I can find the loose bulb? Of course not! I had both entire rear clusters out this morning chasing ghosts. I bet you can guess where I am sorely tempted to stick a dashboard light sized bit of duct tape!!!!!

 
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Posted: 5 November 2015 - 07:47 PM                                    
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Electrical issues are the bane of automobile ownership!! Most of my fleet of vehicles are older, but I learned on my 71 VW Bus to go with the cheapest fix first the hard way. Instead of checking out the voltage regulator I went straight to the generator....and still had to replace the regulator afterwards! Maclover, the problem might be in the electronic control unit. I had an old truck that would run fine and then suddenly (at the worst possible times!) the lights would just die out. No rhyme nor reason to it. I picked up a shop manual and found that a previous owner had wired the wrong ecu into it but often times there's a nasty short in them that can't be found.

 
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Hi Barry, I think there was a lot going for cars as old as a 71 VW. As MacGyver so often finds, cars of that sort of age kind of lent themselves to being working on. You could do things with spark plugs, HT leads, alternator caps, points, carburettors, belts, you could even chase electrical faults with a circuit tester etc. Of course the dealers weren't keen - it meant that users could maintain their own vehicles.

So these days we get on board computers, engines that don't lend themselves to being dismantled, in many cases bulbs that require a workshop to dismantle a 'bumper' to get to (I count myself lucky in that regard - apparently the latest version of the car is a 'bumper off' job) - I bet the dealers love that - I can hear the invoices being written! I still favour a faulty bulb - the car is prone to headlamps in particular, a fact that seems reflected in web postings. The other week it was def. a sidelight - it must have been on its way out and took a few days to blow completely and enable me to find it, the matching headlight blew a few days later - that went completely - an easy find. I guess in the finish the current problem will blow completely and I'll solve it, but in the meantime I'm sorely tempted to deploy some duct tape and ignore things! LOL

 
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Duct tape is the common person's miracle tool....cheap and it fixes all! Go get em Maclover!

 
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I used my Tinker to cut duct tape I used to secure a throw rug to the floor, which I had quite enough of putting it back in place every time I opened the door. Worked like a charm! Thanks Mac! thumbsup.gif

 
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I found a Christmas related public service use for Duct tape today.

Local car-park this morning, council have decided free parking as a treat for Christmas Eve, notice on the central parking machine with free dates on it, however at least half the parking area is better served from the lower positioned machine. No notice on the lower machine, people still putting cash in it, machine still taking (not rejecting cash) and issuing tickets to those that don't know. I miss catching 2 people who fed the bottom machine cash whilst I checked the date on the main one. Caught another by calling to them before they fed in their change. So its Xmas eve what can I do about this. I know I am carting paper and pen, but how to fix as notice where it can be seen? Suddenly remember reel of duct tape in the boot/trunk of the car. Two minutes later bottom machine has a note taped to it referring to free parking on Xmas Eve notice on top machine. biggrin.gif

I came back in about an hour to find the council parking attendant covering both machines up. I wonder what he thought of my note LOL, I drove off without a word. Merry Christmas local shoppers and MacGyver online friends!

 
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Posted: 24 December 2015 - 06:14 AM                                    
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WHat a lovely thing to do! That's the spirit! Merry Christmas to you and all members of MacgyverOnline thumbsup.gif

 
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Posted: 24 December 2015 - 03:34 PM                                    
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Indeed so,and Merry Christmas to all here! biggrin.gif

 
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Posted: 10 May 2016 - 10:16 AM                                    
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Well my latest use for my trusted duct tape was to save my flip flops, after my dog chew one of them.

Once again it saves the day!

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Way to go DT!!

 
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I was just surfing the net (as you do) having looked for info on mending bikes and found this - 13 uses for duct tape when cycling: https://totalwomenscycling.com/road-cycling...o5mP3y0AYmoz.97

 
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Very interesting!

 
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Duct Tape Hacks


This is pretty cool macsak.gif

 
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well here is my story I guess you can say you can use it for all types of stuff I know for what I needed it for it worked but I have to say that i had just enough to do this we have had no luck with putting the patches on an inter tube for a bike so we put duck tape on the patch and the hole I guess you can say I use a lot of packing tape to to fix stuff a friend of mine gave an office chair and the arm rest was coming off so I put duck tape but that was also coming off as well so I took Minnie Packing tape over it it worked so now you can use it just the same way so think about that the next time you have cheap duck tape coming off

 
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Way to go Blondmama!! thumbsup.gif

 
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