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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by HaChayalBoded, Sep 21, 2008.
That is true genius.
Cleaning out more junk from the In-Laws' property. I agreed to limp an old Chevy to the scrap yard (nothing of collectible value) - the car would no longer pass smog, and was eligible to be "retired" to the scrapper for $1k if it could be driven there under its own power. Got it to start and drive. Had to use my shoelaces to tie up the exhaust for the last few miles, but she made it to her final resting place.
Hereafter known as a ‘tart’.
Did you get shoelaces back ? Changes the value of the project.
Ha! Funny thing about the shoelaces... Per the rules listed on the website to retire a car in California, it has to arrive at a junkyard running under its own power, and it must have a list of functioning things on it. "Exhaust system" was one of the listed items the vehicle is required to have. So, I decided that I'd just leave the shoelaces on the car and flip-flop away from it with a grand in my pocket, and buy some new laces on the way home.
Proppa! I currently have a zip tie and a 1/4" nut holding down a pin switch on my forklift to disable a switch that won't let me turn it at upper extension. But if I can't turn it, I can't clear a sprinkler pipe near the ceiling.
Looking forward to your contribution in the "F-OSHA" picture thread.
I already posted this one in the OSHA section, when it got stuck toward the top, and I had to climb down on a ladder. In this case, I had bumped a power cut-off switch that I didn't know it had.
If you look at where the top of the cage is in this picture, it's just below a sprinkler pipe. This is sort of a MacGuyver situation here. The pallet is in position to jump over the wall it is up against to access some storage space we made over our ceiling. You have to do some maneuvering to get past that sprinkler to get high enough for the pallet to clear our alarm box. By design, it's only supposed to go straight back and forth at that height.
Before the forklift repair man showed up, I cut the zip tie to remove evidence of my tampering, in case he noticed. Put it back once he was gone.
In true Mac guyver fashion. I replaced my shoelaces with 550 cord. You can strip out the seven inner layers for cordage and still use the outer sheath as shoe laces.
Not really clever, but a tip that has helped me a bunch.
Any time you finish off a can of spray paint, brake cleaner or any spray, save the nozzle.
Next time you grab a can that is missing the nozzle or it is clogged, you might have one that fits.
Save the straws too!
Last weekend in Fields, OR I was refueling and then my key wouldn't go into the ignition. No way i had rode about a thousand miles to be stuck like that. M.F. Bill Woods MacGyver'd that shit with a paperclip! Realigned the ignition pawls and after a bit i was running again. "Don't take the key out of the ignition" was his only other advice. Storm was there with a full tool kit, sassy mouth and put on her "work shirt" to cover up her 90° hot-hot outfit.
Needed to pull stakes out of the ground , and didn’t feel like dealing with people at the store to go buy one. Couple scrap pieces of 2x4, Half a ratchet strap I kept around when the turn buckle was scrapped. Piece of an inner tube for grip. No clue where I got the bolt on ring piece, had it in a junk bucket.
No more breaking the stakes off at the ground level trying to rock them back and forth. Not to mention much easier on the back and shoulders.
Been doing that for years. After dropping them and they roll into the floor drain or to wherever 10mm sockets go to die, I finally got smart.
Large 48” wide hollow core door at the office had the screws ripped out of bottom hinge. No door available at the moment.
In a flash of inspiration/Hail Mary moment I put drywall anchors into the mounting holes. Worked surprisingly well. Door is working well and might even last for a while.
If you really want to MacGyver it. Cut or tear strips of paper as wide as the screw penetrates the door. Roll up until approximately as round as the aforementioned damaged hole.
You don't want it to tightly packed.
In hardwood you might want to add a little PVA or flour and water.
Same effective fix... But without using a commercial product for its intended purpose.
Interesting. Not sure paper would have worked here. The door was hollow beyond just a bit of inner doorframe. It’s in rough shape in general.
I was just surprised it worked, wasn’t much for them to grab. And never thought of using the anchors anywhere besides dry wall before today. Pleasantly surprised.
I imagine you could use molly bolts or toggle screws if the hole was really big. Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.
...nothing left too loose.
Done the same thing in the past and also used toothpicks with glue too.
Another choice besides toothpicks is golf tees. An old time handyman turned me on to that. Good idea, but I don't golf. No tees around the house. Toothpicks I have.