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Posted: 1 February 2020 - 03:36 PM                                    
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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.



 
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Posted: 1 February 2020 - 05:03 PM                                    
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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.



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Posted: 7 February 2020 - 12:12 PM                                    
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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.



 
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Posted: 17 February 2020 - 07:13 AM                                    
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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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Posted: 4 July 2020 - 07:08 PM                                    
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I know I haven't been here in a long time, but I just had to share this one. Not sure it really counts as a MacGyverism, but it's a neat little hack.

I like to cook, but I hate the cleanup afterward, especially when it involves greasy pans. Here's where the hack comes in. I let the pan cool, then spray the greasy pan with kitchen cleaning spray- one that's formulated to cut grease. (In the U.S., that would be something like Fantastik or Lysol kitchen cleaning spray.) I let it sit for a minute, then wipe out the pan with a paper towel- the grease will come right off. Sometimes I have to do it a second time if the pan is really greasy. Then I just wash the pan with dish soap and water, or stick it in the dishwasher.

Not only does this make cleanup a LOT easier, it also helps keep grease out of the drain.



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I let the pan cool, then spray the greasy pan with kitchen cleaning spray- one that's formulated to cut grease. (In the U.S., that would be something like Fantastik or Lysol kitchen cleaning spray.) I let it sit for a minute, then wipe out the pan with a paper towel- the grease will come right off. Sometimes I have to do it a second time if the pan is really greasy. Then I just wash the pan with dish soap and water, or stick it in the dishwasher.




It sounds like it works, be mindful that some pans are porous and can absorb said cleaning chemicals. What's good for cleaning isn't good for eating. Pouring cleaning chemicals down the drain can get expensive and be harsh on the pipes and the environment.

I just put some soapy water in the pot or pan, put it back on the stove, let in come close to boiling, let it simmer, then scrub and rinse. Of course the rules are different if it's cast iron.



 
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I always wipe out the pan with a wet paper towel before I rinse it in the sink, for just that reason. smile.gif



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