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Barry Rowland
Posted: 4 March 2016 - 01:38 AM                                    
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Outstanding ideas! The herb garden is right on time, as my wife was looking into ways to do an inside garden without taking up too much space. thumbsup.gif

 
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Posted: 4 March 2016 - 01:51 AM                                    
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1. Unclog a drain

Solution: Next time one of your drains is being a pain, drop three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the sink followed by a cup of white vinegar.

We’re not 100% sure about the science behind this, but we heard when combined together, these ingredients will dissolve grease and other funky things. After about 15 minutes, you can clear the drain with boiling water.

Do not attempt this trick immediately after using a commercial drain opener like Drano or Liquid-Plumr.

FYI, you can also use this exact same solution to clean and freshen up toilet bowls.

Fun MacGyver fact: He mixed it with baking soda to create a smoke screen.

2. Fix scuffed floors
Give scuffmarks on tile and linoleum floors the boot using a tennis ball fitted on the end of a broom handle. When rubbed against the floor, the ball will remove scuffmarks.

What, you don’t have a tennis ball? Use a sneaker. The bottom of most clean sneakers can easily buff floors.

Fun MacGyver fact: He once made a missile out of a broom handle.

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3. Create more pantry space
Small office organizers like the ones used for pencils and pens can turn wasted wall space into room for spice storage.

Look at the photo to see how small desk organizers instantly became mini-spice racks when placed in front of pantry shelves.

Don’t own a few of these clever storage finds? Organizers like these can be found easily at most dollar stores.

Fun MacGyver fact: He once hotwired a truck using a bunch of office supplies including a paper clip, a ballpoint pen, and a rubber band.

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4. Keep your fingernails clean when doing dirty jobs

Simply pack clean soap under your talons by rubbing them across a bar a few times. When the dirty work is done, quickly scrub it all out with a nailbrush.

Fun MacGyver fact: He was always armed with a Swiss army knife, which included a nail file, tweezers, and a few other grooming tools.

5. Fix a wall crack
Just add a little baking soda to Crazy Glue when filling a small wall crack and ta-da — it becomes a hard plastic you can easily sand or file down.

6. Undo glue joints or remove a pesky sticker
Turn a can of air duster cleaning spray upside down and spray your target. Doing so will “freeze” the glue, making it easy to undo the joint or pull the sticker off.

Fun MacGyver fact: He was always working with sticky stuff. Check this clip where he makes homemade Russian Crazy Glu


 
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Posted: 3 May 2016 - 02:15 AM                                    
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Denizen I love this stuff!!

 
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So stuff in squeezy bottles like ketchup and mayo is so convenient. I love mayo in squeezy bottles (I can make it, but its fattening and I can get low fat mayo in bottles in the store) - I can squeeze just a little everywhere and it probably causes me to eat less of the delicious, but fattening, dressing. However, I don't like to throw bottles away that aren't completely empty. Sometimes a little vinegar can be added to ketchup and salad cream to thin it up a bit when it gets stuck around the edge of the bottle, and of course a good 'flick' of the upturned bottle in your hands will shift some of it to the end for squeezing out.

However Mayo is real sticky stuff and isn't improved by thinning with oil. In the finish I usually chop the bottle in half and scrape out each bit with a spatula. The drawback of this approach is that there is often far more on the sides of the bottle when you need to do than you need on your plate and either you chuck the rest or have to keep two sticky half bottles around for a day or so until you've used it up.

So lunch today and the mayo has reached this 'stuck to the edges' state and too much obviously left to do one days plateful. Ideally I need get some more to squeeze out, but a good downwards 'flick' isn't doing it. So I raid my poly bag store and find a big tall one that some clothes came in. Place bottle downwards in a corner and fold the bag lengthways around it to keep it there. Then took a couple of twists of the folded bag above the bottle to tidy it up. Out in garden and 'whang' (that's a 'technical' term you understand wink.gif biggrin.gif ) the bottle in the end of the bag around my head a few times and let centripetal force do its job. Brilliant result within a few minutes (it probably took longer to type it) all the mayo is down the correct end of the bottle where standing it on its head for a couple of days and a good 'flick' had completely failed previously.

Rather pleased with that one, felt like a solution in the true MacGyver spirit of using what I had quickly to hand.

 
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Way to go Maclover....that drives me crazy too! thumbsup.gif thumbsup.gif

 
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Adding a teaspoon of of baking soda when you boil eggs and the shell will come off easily.
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Pinching the end of a banana is a far easier way to open it
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How to find the hole in your tire
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If you are losing air in your tire, but can't find a nail/screw/hole: fill your tire full of air, take off your tire and get some dish soap and water. Bubbles will develop where ever there is a leak. If the hole is in the middle of the tire (like seen here) you can get it repaired for a few dollars. If it's on the sidewalls, you're not so lucky.

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Perfectly cut cherry tomatoes all at once
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My car gets through 'screen wash' in the winter like its going out of fashion - every 5th squirt and it decides to expend extra quantities on cleaning the lights. It's also an estate and their rear windows tend to get filthy very quickly in poor conditions. So I always try to carry a big full bottle with me - chances are t will always expire when I'm miles from a garage and who wants to pay top notch at a garage in the winter? I buy large highly concentrated containers of 'gloop' ("technical term!!") in the summer, and carry it a bit diluted in the winter (we don't often get -40C here). The trouble is that its such a huge tank you need about 3 litres per fill - big bottle full needed.

So where in the car can you keep a 3 litre plastic container without its weight causing any velcro-ed or other mechanism to fail? Last year I tied the top of the tipping handle on the bottle to the luggage tie point, and it worked after a fashion, but this year the old bottles are getting older and I don't want to chance to much weight on the old handles by tying through them again.

So I puzzled it for a few minutes and then procured an old onion net from my dad's shed. Bottle in net and then loosely tie the top and hook through the mesh over the grocery bag hooks in the boot/trunk. It seems to be working a treat. biggrin.gif

 
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Awesome ideas!! I'm going to try the sponge tonight when we pack our son's lunches. thumbsup.gif

 
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We received 12 inches of snow last night. Trouble is that after I snowblowed the driveway in March of last year, I left the gas in it and parked her for the Summer. Not a good idea because the gas will gum up within the little carburetor bits and it won't allow the gas to burn. I pulled that dang thing for a good hour with nary a spark. What to do?

Find your (approx.) model on youtube and follow the teacher in doing a carb.job. Found several and it's a bit of a nightmare with nuts bolts and then about 5 little bits fall out onto the ground which you clean and then try to put back together. All the videos said that this is the only way to unclog it, save taking it back for service.

But wait, it's just a little gummed up, so I went to the bathroom reached around behind the toilet and grabbed the plunger. Then I topped the gas up to the top of the snowblower fuel tank and starting pumping the open fuel hole with the plunger. Nothing. So I rocked the snowblower a bit up and down and banged it a bit on the concrete floor, then I plunged it again. Brrrrrnggg! It started right up! biggrin.gif

Okay that's the good news, then about half way through cleaning the driveway, I inadvertently sucked up some gravel while having the blower shoot pointed towards the house ........ ermmm to make a long story short - I blew out the dinning room window. blush.gif laugh.gif

 
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Wow Joe!! Some days, you're just better off staying indoors biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

 
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Great ideas! I should pass this on to my wife if she plans on making cookies again!! laugh.gif laugh.gif

 
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QUOTE (Barry Rowland @ 9 January 2017 - 05:21 AM)
Wow Joe!! Some days, you're just better off staying indoors biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

Ha, ha agreed .... but on the more positive side ... sucking up and propelling stones with that monster makes one hell of a macgyverized Gatling Gun. biggrin.gif (window fixed ... $100.00 mad.gif )

 
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