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Posted by: Scorpion Regent 1 February 2020 - 03:36 PM
Please share your latest experience using good old ingenuity to overcome a challenge.

Last week I fixed a loose door hinge.
The hinge was loose because the screw holes in the door frame were stripped out. The store bought fix is to take the door off it's hinges, remove the wall half of the hinge, install molly anchors in the door frame and put it all back together. I wanted something that would take less time and not cost any money.
The MacGyver solution is to removed one screw at a time, pack the holes with something that will fill the extra space allowing the screw to work. Replace the screw, repeat the process with each screw till the hinge is tight. Traditionally tooth picks, wooden kitchen matches, kabob skewers or twigs are used to take up the space. I could have done a classic Mac and used a paperclip, but I had a better option.
First a bit of back story. That morning I had used some zip ties to bundle household wiring. I had the wrapped the ties twice around to get a better effect, but I still had to trim the tails. I carelessly stuck the tails in my pocket to be thrown away at the end of the day. I used the zip tie tails to fill the gaps. Plastic is far too easily discarded and is an environmental nightmare, so if it isn't going to break down it might as well get used in a way that takes advantage of it's longevity. The fix will likely outlast the house.
Almost forgot, I used my SAK to work the screws.

Posted by: MacGyverOnline 1 February 2020 - 05:03 PM
Good re-use of plastic!

I recently used an old 1kg Milo can lid to make a new shower drain cover.

The proper cover has started air locking and stopping the water from draining out of the shower so I've drilled a small hole in the middle of the can lid, found a bolt slightly smaller than the original. Put a couple of extra nuts on it to allow and air gap so the water can flow under it and all working fine again.

Posted by: Scorpion Regent 7 February 2020 - 12:12 PM
QUOTE (MacGyverOnline @ 1 February 2020 - 05:03 PM)
Good re-use of plastic!

I recently used an old 1kg Milo can lid to make a new shower drain cover.

The proper cover has started air locking and stopping the water from draining out of the shower so I've drilled a small hole in the middle of the can lid, found a bolt slightly smaller than the original. Put a couple of extra nuts on it to allow and air gap so the water can flow under it and all working fine again.

I recently used an old 1kg Milo can lid to make a new shower drain cover.

I had to look up Milo to see what sort of can you were using a lid from. All I can say is, "Wow you drank a kilo of that stuff?!
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Hopefully not all in one sitting.

Posted by: Scorpion Regent 7 February 2020 - 12:13 PM
Anybody else out there? MacGyvering isn't just watching TV, you have to live it.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 17 February 2020 - 07:13 AM
Place is kind of dead around here. Always has been a little bit.

Anyway, as I said in the gaming topic my PS3 is acting up and I'm thinking of opening it to clean it out from the inside. Except I've never done something like that before. With a good video and tools, I might be able to do so.

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