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Your favorite Macgyver moments\tricks

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by HaChayalBoded, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    And if you need something larger in diameter than a toothpick (or don't want to use a number of them), bamboo skewers work well and are a tougher fiber than what toothpicks are made from.
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  2. 2000RSV

    2000RSV Go Fast, Go Long Supporter

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    Done both toothpicks and bamboo skewers several times - with some Elmer's glue. Interesting thought of using wall anchors. :hmmmmm
  3. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    I would still prefer glued-in wood stock to reinforce the door's original wood frame. The plastic wall anchors are OK for lower weight uses, but door hinge fastening - IDK. Toggle bolts would work much better but would be a more permanent fastening of the hinge to the door.
  4. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    Great minds and all that... The Sept 2020 edition of Fine Homebuilding just came and in it was a reader tip to use - Chinese takeout chopsticks for reinforcing screw holes.
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  5. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    If you really want the fix to last, use steel wool saturated with Elmer's glue.
  6. MiamiMotorcyclist

    MiamiMotorcyclist used to be -MiamiUly

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    The door I “fixed” should really be replaced but I don’t think it’s an off the shelf item and wanted to see what I could do in the mean time. Had the anchors handy so I figured why not try?
    Bottom hinge so maybe that will help.
    The owner can replace it when he’s ready.
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  7. goD giB

    goD giB Long timer

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    Mate, if it's hanging and opens and closes the rest is academic.
    (You done good)
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  8. Billyj7175

    Billyj7175 Been here awhile

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    Years ago (mid 80's) my boss and I were out in a welding truck (Ford F250 w/utility bed) and the throttle cable broke. He finds some bailing twine in the field and ties it to the throttle arm on the carb, routed it through the firewall and tied it off on the wind window lock/lever. Pretty ingenious I thought until we get back to the shop and he opens the door to get out and unlock the building....floated the valves on that motor until he got the door back closed.
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  9. Beemeup

    Beemeup 1978 R100/7

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    I use a wooden dowel and drill bit the same size.
  10. JensEskildsen

    JensEskildsen Long timer

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    A friend had a hanging idle, and rough running of his bike. It turned out the fuelscrew fell out.
    I Installed an earplug instead of the fuelscrew, so the bike wouldn't suck air in through the hole.
    The idle settled pretty good, and the bike no longer stalled on the ride.
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  11. marchyman

    marchyman barely informed Supporter

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    Heh... a week or so ago I needed more than toothpicks, golf tees, or chopsticks could easily provide. I chucked a bit of scrap broom handle into my lathe (sacrilege, I know) and turned it down to an appropriate size. I glued the plug in place before drilling a pilot hole for the screw that had pulled out. Took me longer to clean up the lathe than make the repair.
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  12. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer Supporter

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    I've installed hundreds and hundreds of doors over the years.
    My "go to" screw hole reinforcer are Domino Kitchen size matches.
    Then I keep a few golf tees for the larger screws in big entry doors.
    Dip then in wood glue, insert, and break off.

    I'm always surprised at just how many NEW pre-hung doors have stripped screws because of impact drivers and inattentive "craftsmen".
  13. Beemeup

    Beemeup 1978 R100/7

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    A lot of doors have some very short screws too. Normally, just driving in longer screws does it.
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  14. goD giB

    goD giB Long timer

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    Ah, like the aluminium joinery in our sleepout?

    Been meaning to look for a suitable fix for the 2/3 screws that some freely but won't back out either.


    P.S. as an IT guy, if a human can fuck it up, a machine can fuck it up faster.
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  15. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer Supporter

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    As an IT guy, you must be very familiar with "PIBCAK" issues .....................................................

    "Problem Is Between Chair And Keyboard" :lol3

    :imaposer
  16. MN_Smurf

    MN_Smurf Capt_Confusion

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    The proper acronym is PEBKAC......Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair

    :lol3
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  17. jfauerba

    jfauerba Been here awhile

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    Or PICNIC....Problem In Chair Not In Computer
  18. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer Supporter

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    I ran across this old picture from 77 or 78.

    IIRC, a length of clothes line cable buried in a mud hole broke my shifter off and tied up the back wheel. By the time I got it out of the back wheel, I had a shit ton of "safety wife".

    It got me home.

    KE-shifter.jpg
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  19. z_rider

    z_rider Goin' plaid!!

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    100% embodies the spirit. And it's also a reminder of why I love to do this. Stop me or someone in my entourage? Good luck! In case ya didn't notice we're goin' thata way...
  20. theothersean

    theothersean dirty boy

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    First world problems. Wife’s new four wheeler is slightly longer than the old one so I can’t get the tailgate closed, which is an issue if I want to tow a trailer. Simple fix. Some scrap plastic tubing , couple nuts bolts and washers. When it’s in place the tailgate doesn’t move up or down and stays locked in the 3/4 closed position. Just saved my self $69 on the store bought solutions. Takes less than minute to install each side.

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