questionswhat's your best "macgyver" moment?


I constantly fix things with whatever happens to be on hand, so no one instance really stands out for me. Hangers, butter knives, pieces of dental floss... really the list of household items you can use for on the spot fixes is endless.

Best not to forget to find a long term solution for your humidifier though, it's soup making season, and a good stock pot is a must have!


@elandria: but would you really want to use a pan that has been used in direct contact with fishtank parts? only if i know that the pan has been seriously scrubbed.

living in an old house every other day is a fix it project. i've learned that keeping the basics in stock at my house is a must. (large supply of pvc pipes & connectors sitting in my basement for next break, along with 4ft 2x4s). at least this way the shutting off the water for the night (frozen pipes) until the hardware store opens tomorrow doesn't happen. but being prepared doesn't always work. most of my mcguyver stuff just gets left so it becomes permenent. (the broken xmas tree turned into a wreath, the pair of suspenders to hold up a display that keeps trying to tip forward)


One of my old jobs was basically a "jury riggin" job where things would fall apart and you'd have to fix them with whatever you had, so I can't really pick one out. I did keep a desk from falling apart with a few zip ties and some tape, but that's probably the best one.


I live in a city where the popular drug of choice is Meth. You wouldn't believe the stuff I've seen jimmy-rigged.


My most memorable I can think of. I needed to empty a car fuel tank without removing it. I rigged a portable shop vac to a watering pitcher and hose so that it created enough vacuum to pull out the gas into the pitcher, but no fumes or gas got into the shop vac. Dangerous, but when it's 4 a.m. and you gotta get it done, you gotta get it done lol. All because I couldn't stand gas fumes enough to siphon the old fashioned way, and didn't have a hand siphon at the time.


When I was a child my mom once locked me out of the house, so I got a stick and sharpened it on the edge of a bench until it was in the shape of a key. Then I used it to open the door.

I was so proud of myself until she caught me, broke the stick and sent me back outside. Apparently I'm not exactly "stealth".


I've jury rigged a bunch of stuff. Recently the hanging bracket for my car's exhaust heat shield broke. Would have cost at least $350 to replace and repair. I bought a bit of light chain for about $5 and attached that to what was left of the bracket and the strap the bracket was no longer attached to. Took me a bit to get it rigged up, but haven't had any problems with it.


I fixed a copier with a paper clip.

The copier kept saying that the door was open (even when it was closed), so I jammed a paper clip into sensor to trick it. It was a shining moment in office life.


@1298ty: was 1298 the year you were born in? I'm only kidding of course but I'd like to know what kind of lock you were able to pick using only a stick (and not having it break none the less)


Old, bent paperclip.
Half eaten shoelace (the other half went to another MacGyver incident).
Created nuclear fusion.


The water pump gasket on my car was cut out of an A&W root beer box.

That was 7 years ago. It's still holding.

When I got rear ended 4+ years ago during SDCC, zip ties held up the rear muffler on my wagon.

In the years before I had AAA roadside assistance, an angle bracket, a nut/bolt, and two hose clamps to fabricate a broken tie-rod end; was able to drive the remaining 5 miles back home WITH steering.


@cowboydann: It was a clamshell tied to a doorknob. But the alarm system was a piece of Ye Olde String rigged to the door that would yank the Town Crier's ear if someone tried to break in and steal our ale and silver. Pretty high-tech stuff.

In all seriousness, it was probably one of those $15 Kwikset locks you see at Home Depot. Sticks were just stronger in the 1300s


@1298ty + @narfcake: wow, Impressive!
(sorry stupimlico I'm not feeling very original tonight)


I didn't exactly MacGyver it, but I felt pretty good about it. My dryer stopped working, so I thought I would fix it by buying a new thermistor or something for it. Didn't work. So I went to the local thrift store and bought a nice newer looking dryer. Didn't work either. I replaced the thermistor with the one I had bought. Didn't work. Starting salvaging parts one by one from the old dryer and putting them in the "new" dryer until it worked. Still working to this day! :)