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SMeeceymouse
Posted: 13 April 2009 - 05:41 PM                                    
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I used velcro to fix tears in my bed room slippers. Works pretty good. Husband laughted, but I tired, and so far they are holding up. sak.gif roller.gif

 
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My velcro is still holding up. Husband is going to buy some duct tape. Very very soon. I use paper tape and plastic tape in the freezer to seal frozen items it works well, and you can write on them with marker. clip.JPG

 
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I tired to upload a picture of my velcored slipper but it wouldn't come up. It really does an amazing job of picking up dust and dirt. But at least my feet are warm.

 
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OK this maybe be a little silly but everybody will have a chance
to practice.

I had a bad / clogged shower Drain Today and I did try the Plunger first.
Didn't work.

I also used a Metal snake ( was to short ) to pick what ever was in there....
so , What would MacGyver do ???? hmm.bmp

I went to the store and I got some Acid ( Sulfuric to be especific )
after some time , whent to check but NOTHING !!!

Plunger again.....Nothing . Ummmm What Maggyver would do ? hmm.bmp

OK I need a longer Snake. So I used the Garder hose . NOTHING !
because it's too tight to make a 90 angle turn...

Well ....IF it isn't going out I will bring back in ( to the shower )
FIRST : More water and USE a WET / DRY VAC from my shop.
The Vac. Hose is about the same size as the pipe. all I need was a rag around
the hose ( make sure you use MASK and LOTS OF FRESH AIR ! ) to seal
the gap.
TWO : With the hose all the way ( as much I could ) inside the Drain and gap
tight I turned on the Vaccum....

So first time : Only water mix with acid.
Did again...water in the Pipe untill over flow and down the hose again....
BUT THIS TIME !!!!! There we go !!!! I got it !

I found a plastic cap the got stuck inside.... Looks like I need to buy a
screem to keep out all that stuff....

Sorry for my bad English . oooops........

 
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Today the trash people came, and i guess were mad because of the snow they smashed my trash can , The the wheel and washer came off, my dad wasent home, so i couldnt put a hole in the metal wheel bar to put a cotter pin in. So i had to improvise. First I took one of these clips http://www.exchange3d.com/cubecart/images/...s/aff586/aa.jpg and 2 paper clips from a desk drawer. i went outside and put the wheel on the bar, the i open the black clip thing on the end of the metal bar. Then i opened the to silver wings of the clip, then i bent the paper clip in the wings then bent them over the wheel.

just in case you are lost this is what i basically did, if the clip gets knocked it is not going anywhere, because the paper clips will prevent it from moving, then after that i duct taped the paer clips so the wheel would roll properly, not bad huh?

not really as good as mac but I thought it was worth sharing

 
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I had a couple of MacGyverish moments the other night.

My brother and had to go visit my mother in hospital the other night. And after we'd been there for a while my mother decided she wanted some more sprite, so we went looking to see if any vending machines had sprite drinks in them.

Now to set the scene this is about 9pm at night, the hospital is pretty much deserted and locked down for the night. So we're wondering around the maze of corridors which own it's own feels somewhat like a MacGyver episode; anyway, we ended up having to go through to the A & E section, but to get there we had to pass through a one-way security door (push the button to open it, but it locks behind you). SO there's a yellow "slippery when wet" sign leaning against the wall on the other side of the door, so I grabbed it and jammed it in the door to stop it from closing. So we're just around the corner buying a couple of cans of sprite and suddenly and alarm goes off at the door and we here a voice telling us "Visitor! Secure the door please!" - oops did I do that?

So after getting a security pass to get back in and returning with requested drinks to said mother we said our good byes and headed for the car park. which is where the next MacGyver moment happened...

As I was feeding coins into the payment machine somehow two coins went in to the slot together and jammed so now we have a machine asking for money and coins stuck in the slot going nowhere. So I pulled out my SAK flipped open the main blade and carefully pushed one of the stuck coins further into the slot until it fell down into the machine, then the second coin just needed a little flick and nudge into the right position and it rolled away into the machine as well.

 
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Does anyone remember those rubbery sticky novelty toys in the shapes of hands and feet that you could slap down on pieces of paper and other lightweight material to pick them up?

Anyway, one time I was twirling one of those around, let go of it and it stuck to the vaulted ceiling in our living room. Only a small portion was hanging freely from the ceiling and it wouldn't release and fall down. Thinking quickly, just like MacGyver always did, I got a wooden dowel, some tape (it was scotch tape not duct tape), a shoelace and some hot dog tongs.

I taped one of the hot dog tong handles to the wodden dowel, tied the shoe lace around the other hot dog tong handle then got up on a bar stool. Holding the wooden dowel in my left hand and the shoe lace in my right hand, I was able to pull the hot dog tongs closed, pinching the small portion of the sticky hand toy and pulling it off the ceiling.

While my MacGyverism worked just as I thought it would, I hadn't counted on the faint stain left on the ceiling from the sticky hand shaped toy.

To quote Charles Bartowski from the show "Chuck", "I knew seven seasons of MacGyver would eventually pay off".

 
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Not sure this really counts as a MacGyverism, but I have a good brainstorm from yesterday at the gym. I use a padlock with a key for my locker. Only problem is what to do with the key, as my workout clothes don't have pockets. I usually have a large safety pin rattling around in my bag, which I use to pin the key to my shirt. Well, yesterday I discovered that I had lost the pin. What to do with my key??

Then I happened to look down at my sneakers, and I suddenly got the idea to stick my key under the shoelaces. A few tugs on said shoelaces, and my key was secure. I suppose a variation on this would be to thread the shoelace through the hole in the key and then tie the lace, but if your shoelace comes undone, you're up a creek without a paddle (as we say in the U.S.) I checked on my key every so often while I was working out, and it stayed where I put it until I untied my shoes to get changed before showering and heading home.

 
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That's a good one! I'll have to remember that myself!

At cons, I'm often in costume, and my costumes don't always have pockets. I often tuck my room key (which, nowadays, is a plastic card) into the top of my boot.

I leave it to your imagination where I put my SAK.

 
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Had to share this...the other day I was working and client explained she couldn't start her car. I thought it was the battery and had jumper cables at hand, but when we got to her car (about a mile away where it stalled out) I saw it had been running but stopped in "mid-drive." We opened the hood and saw the battery connection was dodgy and the terminal was pretty much screwed down all the way but way too loose to make a full contact.

I had a small paperclip in my car, took off the contact and wrapped the clip around it to give it less surface area. Then I tapped it down back on the battery terminal and the car came to life when she started it! biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (perfectlykevin @ 3 September 2010 - 03:28 PM)


I had a small paperclip in my car, took off the contact and wrapped the clip around it to give it less surface area.  Then I tapped it down back on the battery terminal and the car came to life when she started it!  biggrin.gif

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Kevin,

Sounds like a great idea for a quick fix! very macgyverish

 
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Hi guys,

At home I have a 2-door sliding cabinet with a lock in the middle that closes both doors. Unfortunately I could not find the keys but wanted something which was inside the cabinet.

So I figured out what tools can I use. This is how I managed to open it in Mac Gyver style:

1. I got a paper clip (which I consider a Mac Gyver multi tool) smile.gif
2. Straigtened the paper clip.
3. Grabbed my tinker swiss knife and used the hole in the awl to bend both ends of the paper clip. Basically my paper clip ended up like this ~~------~~
4. Then I bent the paper clip from the middle in a U shaped form.
5. Inserted the paper clip in the lock so that the bent ends are touching the top and bottom pins.
6. Inserted the SAK's small knife in the middle of the lock (between the paper clip).
7. Jiggled and turned for a few seconds and voila... the lock opened...

Just wanted to share today's experience with you... Hope you find it interesting...

clip.JPG sak.gif happy_dance.gif

 
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i use mac's very often but one time i used a beach inter tube, a nail, and a piece of duct tape to fix a flat tire. happy.gif and then another time i was camping and i forgot my fork and spoon and bowl so i made a bowl out of tinfoil and for my fork i pulled out my kick awesome wallet and pulled out my mini wrench and nail file and taped them together to make a fork. happy.gif

 
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On Saturday, I was putting old cardboard boxes into the bin in front of our house. Since the bin is very small, I had taken my cutter to make the bits smaller.

One time when pressing to hard the blade broke and flew into the bin. It was so deep down that I could not reach it. I could have left it, but well.

Instead I got a magnet, put it on a thread and then felt like MacGyver when he fumbled for the medicine after he was poisened wink.gif It even went the same that at first I thought I had caught it but it went off again.

No big MacGyverism, but at least the bin is only full of cardboard and not metal that does not belong into it. Taking waste separation rather seriously wink.gif

 
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Astra ~ next time you're in the hardware section, you could get a "magnetic pick up tool" on a telescoping handle for the equivalent of $2 - 5.

It can make life a LOT easier ~ I keep one in the garage, one in the house, one in a tool kit..

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sounds like more fun doing it Astra's way.

 
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I have a new MacGyverism, after a fashion -- high fashion, in fact.

I was at a local store called Tuesday Morning, which specialises in odd stuff at markdown prices. They had a fancy women's compact for sale - the round case with the mirror that's sold to be carried in a purse and used in applying make-up. This one was quite large, had its own little quilted zip bag, and had bright battery-powered LED lights around the mirror.

It was dirt cheap. I bought it and brought it to work.

I never wear make-up.

But it's terrific when I have to crawl under a desk to check out computer problems! The mirror amplifies the lights -- more than enough for tight spaces -- and I can even hold the mirror out and use it to see the back of a computer!

Admittedly, it's the only item in my IT toolkit that's decorated with rhinestones.

 
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That is só cool!

Wouldn't it have been fun if Mac had used a rhinestone compact in 'The Gauntlet'?

 
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Ha! Or even "Deathlock". (It wouldn't have made up for the girl's wooden acting, but hey, anything would help.)

 
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There was a compact in 'Deathlock' too?
I missed that. Probably too distracted by said wooden acting. Although maybe you shouldn't be so hard on the poor girl. If I remember correctly, she provided you with an excellent subject for one of your ditto stories.

Talking about stories, can't you write another one? The fan fiction thread needs CPR.

 
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At the very end, Mac has Karen get him a piece of mirror, and uses it to watch Quayle in the ambush scene.

I definitely should start writing Mac again. I miss him! I don't think I ever posted the crossover here, for that matter.

 
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I have three MacGyverisms I pulled off:

1. I used a wire hanger(does it count if my neighbor brought it over?) to help my Dad get back into his truck after he accidentally left the keys inside with the ignition on. My neighbor bent the wire hanger to try to pop the lock from the outside, then he tried to maneuver it through the small opening of the rolled down window to try to open the door handle from the inside.

After he gave it a good effort, he went back to his house. I was thinking about how I could use the wire hanger to maneuver it through the small window opening to somehow open the door. Then it hit me, I could use the wire hanger to roll down the window by hooking it on the handle to manually roll down the car window. So I bent the end of the wire hanger to make it like a hook and I bent it in other places for increased tension. I hooked it on the handle and kept turning it until I eventually could reach inside the car and I pulled up the lock and unlocked the car for my Dad without him having to call a tow truck.

2. I made a pea shooter out of a small pipe, a metal clamp(handle), a rubber finger glove, and two different kinds of tape.

3. I picked a lock using a generic pocket knife and a paper clip.

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I don't know if any of these qualify as Macgyverisms.

About ten plus years ago my big brother was on his way back from a delivery when the fan belt broke.

He didn't have a spare and it being a big truck he didn't know what to do. Was completely clueless.

Then the guy who were working with him then had a brain storm, he found a piece of wire and rejoined the fan belt where it broke.

It didn't hold for too long but at least he got to move the big blue truck 10km further and another 10 after their next stop to rejoin it once more. They waited 15 mins for me and my mom to arrive with a brand new belt.

And

I met my hubby 5 years ago and met his oven as well (which he still has no clue as to how it works), it's a fairly oldish model and is way to high for eye level so i don't use it much.

One day not too long ago my mom tried to bake a cake in the bottom one that has a fan and because the rubbers by the door slacks from the heat the door didn't seal properly and caused my moms cake to burn.

Then about three weeks ago i noticed that the bottom right corner of the rubber was completely off the frame and was just hanging there. I then noticed the hole where the rubber had been i then went looking for a bolt that would fit the hole.

I hooked the rubber around the bolt and now its back in place.

But i still wonder what to do about the slack on the other sides.

Any suggestions?

 
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I remembered something else: when I was in middle school, my friend taught me how to make a blowgun with a pen, scotch tape, a nail, and the tip of a shoe lace.

@M.C. Wolfcat That's awesome how your brother was able to fix the broken fan belt. macsak.gif
If the oven is that old and hard to use, maybe it's time to get new one? And trying to fix an oven MacGyver style may not be the safest solution.

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Months ago, I had to fix my satellite dish in the terrace upstairs.
I had lost the signal because the wind has moved the dish.

So, if my tv was downstairs and the dish was upstairs, how could I to fix it without run up and down from a floor at the other?
(I do not have the tool to check for signal)

The terrace is near the room of my sister in law, and she was connected on Facebook, so I went in to my place, I took my pc and I pointed at the TV, with the webcam on.

When I'm come back upstairs I could watch my tv screen in the pc of my sister in law by webcam and skype and with a few moves in and out to the terrace I adjusted the dish.


 
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QUOTE (mgeoff88 @ 14 October 2012 - 01:35 PM)
@M.C. Wolfcat That's awesome how your brother was able to fix the broken fan belt. macsak.gif
If the oven is that old and hard to use, maybe it's time to get new one? And trying to fix an oven MacGyver style may not be the safest solution.

I totally agree.

But hubby, not so keen.

He doesn't even know how it works,
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took me a month dry.gif ....

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QUOTE (M.C. Wolfcat @ 22 October 2012 - 01:11 AM)
I totally agree.

But hubby, not so keen.

He doesn't even know how it works,
didn't have any manual,
so i had to learn the hard way.

took me a month dry.gif ....

Was thinking about removing the other end where it
still slacks and see if i have another bolt or something
to put in that hole.


Oh, well, I guess you could hope it stops working all together and then you would have to buy a new oven. laugh.gif

 
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While on 'assignment' in India in 1996 - I used my Swiss Champ to splice and connect my IBM Thinkpad to an ISTD long distance line box (sans RJ-11 jacks) in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan. I had been working in Delhi and taken a 3-day vacation to the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.

However, there was an urgent message awaiting me upon arriving at my accommodations. It basically stated that I had missed a deadline for uploading some important code to headquarters back in Toronto. And so I finished the code off and set off in a Rickshaw to find a suitable place to transmit the data. Not easy in circa 1996 (remote) India.

As, I remember - I ended up dialing long distance into Compuserve in Delhi, connecting to my account and sending the file to a monitored company address. The sakopen.gif was essential in accessing, striping, and splicing the wires. It was clearly a MacGyver moment and with all the villagers gathered around and watching the event unfold.

 
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Ha, the phrase "What would MacGyver do?" was uttered by a co-worker of mine just a couple hours ago!! Not sure if he remembered the show and thought of it, or if it was a jab at me...seeing that I have been here on the site a decent amount where he could see the "MacGyver Online" banner. The point is, he said the phrase and he was meaning it.

We have a piece of equipment that was not working that we were trying to "fix". We don't have a replacement part (a new rubber membrane for the pressure sensor), so we tried replacing the old one, but we wanted to make sure water did not get into the repair...it's in underwater unit (think oceanography). Anyway, we looked around the ship for various items (I even checked out the first aid kit) that could help us seal it. We settled on plastic wrap from the galley (kitchen).

As others would say to Mac, "Are you sure that is going to work?"
"Nope"......... unsure.gif

Tune in tomorrow for the answer.....

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Did it work, well, did it?

 
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blush.gif Oh man...you saw the post. lol I figured someone would. Unfortunately my answer is...We still don't know! ARGH! The weather is too rough for us to deploy that piece of gear today. Not too bad, but enough so we cannot use it today. We are still using the standard gears, but that one is larger and more tricky to deploy/retrieve so no luck today. UGH, I was hoping to let you know one way or the other. headbutt.gif

The image that comes to mind is Mac peaking out of the ditch in Humanity waiting for his "muffler rocket" to fire, then ducking and peaking again.

Guess we'll have to wait a little longer, sorry. I hate to tell you it may be a couple days before we try to deploy that one again. unsure.gif

 
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blink.gif Well, it sounds like we will never get to find out if it worked. doh.gif Since it was too rough of weather to use the gear yesterday anyway, we emailed the manufacturer and asked him more about the sensor set-up. Unfortunately the area we were going to seal with the plastic wrap is actually supposed to be filled with brake fluid. We believe the brake fluid would eat through the plastic wrap and make things worse. Since the rubber gasket is compromised we won't be able to use the equipment the rest of this trip. Pretty bummed!

Sorry, next time I guess I'll have to tell you all about it after the fact...when I know whether it worked or not. sad.gif blush.gif

 
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Here's a quick and easy flytrap I've just finished making tonight. I can't claim credit for this one as the idea has been around for years.

Basically these are made from an old soda drink bottle and work in much the same way as a child's Bait Catch for fish.

1. Cut the top off an olde soda bottle
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My dad, MacGyver. XD We've been searching the house all morning from top to bottom for the wooden pegs to put mine and my younger sister's bunk bed together. Finally our dad got a brilliant idea. X3 We tried seeing if we had any wood dowels that might fit but they were too big. So taking an already MacGyver-ized broom, a saw andsome duct tape, we have pegs xD.

(Btw, the broom had broken before and was being braced by wood strips and , of course, duct tape.)

 
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We went for a drive out in the country and we stopped for a while. We had two of the dogs with us like always, but Sherlock didn't have a collar on and we had no leashes. Murdoch has sever seperation anxiety so there was no way on earth he'd be leaving my sister.
Sherlock has good recall but we didn't want to chance letting him walk loose, even though the area was deserted.
Sooo....I used my adjustable purse handle to fashion a collar and leash for the little bugger. macsak.gif

 
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Nice, very creative.

 
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I have an old Haddon home sweet home clock with the old lady that sits in the rocking chair and rocks back and forth. My old lady didn't rock anymore because I used the mechanism from mine to fix my mothers who wasn't rocking. One day I was bored and used an electric computer fan to make an old lady rock back and forth. I wired it up to a potentiometer so I could control her speed.

 
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Please feel free to move this into Mac's kitchen if you think it fits better there smile.gif

I am making jam. Bramble jelly, to be precise.
I have never owned any proper jelly bags, and humbly submit this MacGyverism for your perusal:

You can make perfectly good jelly bags for straining the fruit using squares of (washed) net curtain, tied up at the corners with shoelaces. Hang them off the kitchen cupboard door handles to drip juice into bowls placed on the counter underneath. Leave them there for 24hrs or so, then collect the juice and either make a pie with the spent fruit or (if it's a bit... exhausted), recycle it as compost.

Works really well, except my husband insists on referring to my (red fruit) jam mking equipment as 'hanging bags of roadkill'! roller.gif

 
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Very ingenious, Rocket! biggrin.gif

 
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My Mum, also a fan, has been MacGyvering a tree this week...

Tree at the corner of the garden gets too big, Mum decides it has to come down. With this in mind, she gathers the following equipment and sets to:

2 bow saws, one with a blade so dull you could ride to London on it without harm
1 chainsaw with a slightly loose chain
1 drum of orange rope with about 9 ends, appropriated from Grimsby docks by my Dad some time in the 1970s
1 extra senior citizen, of a similar frame of mind. Also likes MacGyver, as happens
1 clapped out Fiat van
1 bottle of Jeyes Fluid (ninja disinfectant)
1 bucket with a split in the bottom

I turn up just too late to prevent what follows. It goes like this:
1. Hack a wedge out of the trunk with the chainsaw, using the blunter of the bow saws to assist whenever the chainsaw gets stuck and needs to cool off for a minute.
2. Because the chainsaw is now proper stuck, use the better bow saw to cut a wedge in the other side of the tree, a bit higher up. Wrestle the chainsaw free.
3. NOW the extra senior citizen climbs up the tree and attaches the knotted length of rope to some of the branches.
4. Fasten the other end of the rope to the van towbar, get the van going (eventually), sound a battle cry and set off across the field.
5. Against all the odds, there is a sound like the world ending and the tree snaps off exactly as intended. Both senior citizens are surprised as well as pleased. I'm amazed!
6. Pour Jeyes Fluid onto the stump to kill the root and cover with the bucket so the rain can't wash it off.
7. Retire to the kitchen to brew tea and plan the next harebrained scheme...
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BWAHAHAHA! roller.gif Kudos to them both, Rocket! biggrin.gif Sounds like when we were helping our dad cut trees in our backyard this spring. X3

 
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QUOTE (YopeGyver @ 28 September 2013 - 02:57 AM)
BWAHAHAHA! roller.gif Kudos to them both, Rocket! biggrin.gif

Aye, she's pretty cool, my Mum. She's the kind of person who has best wellies as well as mucky ones!

We've MacGyvered all sorts between us - the water supply for the horse field is cobbled together from 2 odd pieces of guttering, a lot of baler twine, a vacuum cleaner pipe, a funnel, some duct tape, a round rock and a bath...
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I did a little MacGyver trick a while back at work. I work maintenance at a school system and it gives me an opportunity to play MacGyver. Hahaha. Anyway, I got a work order from wood shop teacher over a broken off handle to a water sprayer . I searched all hardware stores and nothing would match because it was one of those heavy duty oldy but goody types. So I drilled a hole the same width of a small screwdriver I had and put opoxy on the end of the screwdriver and placed it in the hole. It works great and actually fits right in the shop class environment.

 
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We had a massive icestorm over the past Christmas holidays and the ice coating was thicker than birthday cake frosting (see image below!) on everything. I had stopped to get gas at the local service station on the morning of December 23rd and upon opening my car door heard the definite & anguished cry of a damsel in distress.

As it turned out, she(d in d) was late for work, about out of gas and couldn't get the door on her gas cap/fill to open because of thick coating of frozen water encapsulating it. I had to act fast on this one and instantly went into MacGyver mode. unsure.gif unsure.gif unsure.gif ...... macsak.gif

And so I opened my trunk and started rooting around. Aha! A bottle of ethylene glycol (otherwise known as windwasher fluid !). I grabbed it, twisted open off the cap, took it over to the lady's car and started splashing it over the frozen door. 'This oughta do it', I said emulating what Mac might have said. 'Yes,What are you doing', She said, slightly worried about her vehicle. 'Oh, nothing but a little windowwasher fluid to achieve freezing-point depression much the way de-icers work on airplane wings.'

Immediately, the solution started to hiss & crack .... but the door would still not open and the liquid was taking it's time, too long a time. Time for aggressive, tried & true guerilla macgyverism tactics. sakopen.gif I felt for my belt and my leather sos pouch around my waist, flipped open the flap and whipped out my cybertool 41.

The small blade will do the trick, I thought, inserted it into a small crack that had formed around the circumference of the door portal, and started to cut and slice the frozen chain away - it was working and so I instructed her to go and pull the fill release lever again - she did and it sprung open!!!!! macsak.gif



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