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Posted: 22 October 2017 - 08:53 PM                                    
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Sounds great. biggrin.gif

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Right on!!! Isn't it fun? thumbsup.gif

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This sounds pretty simple but my mother has one of those electric stoves with the white glass top instead of coiled burners. She had a scorched area on one of the burners that has been there for about a year. She has tried lots of household cleaners to try to remove it without any success. Tonight I was helping her clean her kitchen and could not leave the ugly scorch mark there any longer. I looked around her kitchen for a solution to the issue when I spotted the salt shaker. I got the stovetop wet, poured a small pile of salt on the stain and rubbed gently. The entire stain had completely disappeared.

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Beth your timing of this is awesome biggrin.gif I've been trying to find the same thing for our glasstop....saved me some legwork! thumbsup.gif

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QUOTE (Barry Rowland @ 4 November 2017 - 12:41 PM)
Beth your timing of this is awesome biggrin.gif I've been trying to find the same thing for our glasstop....saved me some legwork! thumbsup.gif

Glad I could help Barry! thumbsup.gif

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QUOTE (beth @ 4 November 2017 - 01:38 PM)
QUOTE (Barry Rowland @ 4 November 2017 - 12:41 PM)
Beth your timing of this is awesome biggrin.gif   I've been trying to find the same thing for our glasstop....saved me some legwork!   thumbsup.gif

Glad I could help Barry! thumbsup.gif

The idea actually came from the salt and ice cube trick for cleaning the glass coffee pot for the coffee maker. Put salt and a few ice cubes in the glass coffee pot and swirl around. It cleans off the coffee residue without scratching the glass and won't potentially leave chemicals in the pot.

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Learned another new trick then! This thread is great for sharing all kinds of fun solutions thumbsup.gif

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I had a Mac moment today. I've been having issues with my trusty Subaru hesitating and missing, so I'm trying the cheapest fix first. Ask me how I learned that lesson sometime.... hmm.bmp Anyway, I went and picked up a bottle of fuel injection cleaner from the auto parts store. Wouldn't you know it, but the bottle wouldn't fit the filler of the car. If I tried to pour it in, it would just bypass the tank and straight onto the ground. I thought there was no way I was going to go and buy a funnel, and I went looking in the glove box. I had some envelopes in there and thought: If I fold them in the shape of a funnel, it should hold up long enough for the size of the bottle I had to pour. Sure enough, the envelope had enough strength to push the little flap back and allow me to pour the cleaner into the tank! Not engineering caliber but it felt good! biggrin.gif

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Good thinking. It doesn't have to be fancy. It just needs to work!

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So true my friend!!

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I was hanging the outdoor Christmas lights last week and (inadvertently) left the ladder in the middle of the driveway. And so at dusk, got in the car and side-swiped it(the ladder) with the passenger fender. It didn't 'sound' bad at all and the ladder was one of those superlight fibreglass things. I didn't even feel a need to look at it ..... til the next morning, that is. What I saw amazed me, a large melon sized pock above the wheel base. So I decided to call the insurance co. They said my policy, allowed me one 'mulligan' for a my fault accident. So, I took it to their preferred auto body shop. They took pictures from every angle and in a few days produced a quote. $1200.00 to fix it. No charge to me, but with the usual insurance company repercussions (re: they get back and keep things 'on file').


...... so I decided to check out youtube, to see what was up in the DIYs. Long story short, a dollar store kitchen plunger, and a bucket of hot water - and I defy anyone to find the remnants of the dent.

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Way to go Joe!! I can't tell you how many times (and how much money and hassles) YouTube has saved me over the years. thumbsup.gif

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I want to add a simple macgyverism that happened to me last week. At least I would call this a macgyverism although it is super simple. I am not used to thinking and seeing the world this way.

When my mom called me up crying I thought someone had died. She said in a panic that Little Buddy (her cat) brought in a snake scream.gif and when she screamed at the sight of it wiggling in his mouth he dropped it and now it's underneath the TV and to hurry please hurry over and get it out! She was crying into the phone. So scared...

I rushed right over. On the way I was thinking that I am no snake catcher. How in the world will I get this job done. Since I have been re-watching Macgyver I thought of him and asked myself what would he come up with. I still had no idea. As I got to my moms house I smiled as a plan suddenly came to me when I saw a simple object on the curve.

A Trash Can.

I grabbed the trash can and a long stick I found outside. Without the influence of Macgyver and keeping my mind open to find solutions I would not have thought of those two helpful tools.

When I got inside... guess what... the snake was not under the tv...it was not anywhere! I spent the next two hours plus searching for that snake. I tore her house apart trying to think like a snake. The first time through I could not find it. I stopped for a few moments as I was tired of looking and was feeling doubtful but I kept going not willing to give up until the problem was solved.

The second time I was like a burglar trashing the place (although a lot more gently) and I was starting to doubt I would ever find it with a million or more places for that sucker to hide. My mom was saying she could not sleep there and had to stay with us. I agreed. I kept looking. I would not give up... Luckily I was not working that night and had nothing to do.

Finally I found it!!!!! I had to take the couch and flip it over and over before it fell out. I had no idea it was in there and looked in the couch the first time with no success. It attacked me with a vengeance. He had fight in him. I got it thanks in large part to the stick and trash can and took it outside. Victory was mine and I let the loser go a safe distance away.

Yes he was hard to find but once found he was easy to catch thanks to thinking like Macgyver. macsak.gif

 
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Nice workBeaum2000. Sheesh that must have been a little scary!

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Remember what Mac said about snakes in Final Approach? "It crawled in there for the warmth and that's how I'll take it out." Or something like that.

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QUOTE (MacGyverGod @ 11 July 2018 - 03:32 AM)
Remember what Mac said about snakes in Final Approach? "It crawled in there for the warmth and that's how I'll take it out." Or something like that.


Yeah I just saw that episode last night. I can assure you that Mac was a lot smoother than I was in getting the snake out. biggrin.gif




 
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QUOTE (Barry Rowland @ 16 November 2017 - 01:02 PM)
I had a Mac moment today.  I've been having issues with my trusty Subaru hesitating and missing, so I'm trying the cheapest fix first.  Ask me how I learned that lesson sometime.... hmm.bmp  Anyway, I went and picked up a bottle of fuel injection cleaner from the auto parts store.  Wouldn't you know it, but the bottle wouldn't fit the filler of the car.  If I tried to pour it in, it would just bypass the tank and straight onto the ground.  I thought there was no way I was going to go and buy a funnel, and I went looking in the glove box.  I had some envelopes in there and thought: If I fold them in the shape of a funnel, it should hold up long enough for the size of the bottle I had to pour.  Sure enough, the envelope had enough strength to push the little flap back and allow me to pour the cleaner into the tank!  Not engineering caliber but it felt good!  biggrin.gif


Did the injection cleaner work? If not I know more intensive ways to use injection cleaner to get engines to run smoother. Be sure to minimize your exposure to that stuff through you skin or breathing. It's been linked to all sorts of nasty cancer.

 
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I had the exact same problem with mine! I had to devise a funnel using bank deposit envelopes. It turned out my issue was the coil pack, which was an easy fix. Replacing the spark plugs, however, wasn't so easy sad.gif .

Great job!!

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