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    Default Neat household MacGyver tricks you've learned

    This is kind of the opposite of the Things I've learned the hard way thread. Have you learned of any neat little triccks where you've used household materials for uncommon applications?

    I've just learned a trick that helped me out with a cracked fingernail that was getting close to splitting all the way down. You can use the material from a teabag as a patch, covering it with acrylic fingernail strengthener to form a conformal patch that halts the splitting.

    What neat little tricks have you learned along the way?

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    If you have cookies that are not soft anymore, just put a piece of bread in the cookie jar or bag that the cookies are in. The moisture in the bread will be absorbed by the cookies. Overnight, your cookies will be soft again.

    Not a MacGyver trick, but that's one from my mom.
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    Hobby store extruded aluminum airfoil-shape strut material makes an excellent border for 1/2in glass tiles, especially if you also use stainless switchplates.

    NOTHING can beat a cool-white LED flashlight laid on the floor for spotting pieces of broken glass to clean up.

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    Default Re: Neat household MacGyver tricks you've learned

    Quote Originally Posted by LukeA View Post
    NOTHING can beat a cool-white LED flashlight laid on the floor for spotting pieces of broken glass to clean up.
    Or droped pills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeA View Post

    NOTHING can beat a cool-white LED flashlight laid on the floor for spotting pieces of broken glass to clean up.
    Or for spotting a dropped contact lens.

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    My dad invented an A/C circuit tester for tracing down which circuit breaker was on a circuit so it could be shut off to work on it safely.




    Lifetime warranty, Craftsman screwdriver!!

    Here is my memory... He is on the ladder at the ceiling junction, I am at the panel flicking breakers and we are yelling back and forth, ' OFF!!'
    "NO, try again!!" his reply. He finally just used the screwdriver to short it out in the junction, thus popping the breaker and us not having to yell back and forth anymore.
    Disclaimer: this was 25 years ago, the quality of said screwdriver was obviously far superior in dielectric qualities than stuff today.

    So is this a MacGvyer trick I use, Not on your life!! My dad was a superhero, I am only human, I could get hurt
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    I've used a pair of headphones to locate a live video cable in a bundle of similar looking coaxial cables. The combination of horizontal and vertical sync pulses produces a very unique sound in the headphones that's like nothing else. Once you've trained your ears for this, you can 'hear' the presence of video.

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    Now this is what I'm talking about. Lifehacker has a story about 10 unusual uses for household objects I especially like the last one about removing dents with a hair dryer and a can of dust remover spray.

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    Is there anything that can't be fixed using ductape, zip-ties, a can of WD-40 and a SAK (or a combination of those items)?
    ... Never underestimate the power of human stupidity ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coop View Post
    Is there anything that can't be fixed using ductape, zip-ties, a can of WD-40 and a SAK (or a combination of those items)?
    Yep! You only need two things in your repair kit - WD-40 and duct tape.

    If it doesn't move but it's supposed to, apply WD-40. If it moves but it's not supposed to, use duct tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coop View Post
    Is there anything that can't be fixed using ductape, zip-ties, a can of WD-40 and a SAK (or a combination of those items)?
    +

    I'v use Gorilla Duct Tape to fix a ripped a pair of shorts from the inside,...its stayed 'fixed' though many washings.
    Strong stuff!!

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    When I was a 'kid' I accidentally took my 'old' used razor and not a new one on a trip. We were at a camp ground and the twin blades got clogged pretty good, so I took a Q-tip, pulled off the cotton, flattened the cardboard tip and used it to clean out the razor.


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    I've used binder clips to fasten holiday lights to an awning. They go up really fast and come down just as easily.

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    Super glue works better than any band-aid.

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    +1 on the superglue
    ... Never underestimate the power of human stupidity ...

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    Royal Purple will remove rust if you soak parts in it long enough.

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    I've got this plastic cable tie (maybe 20" x 3/8") that I use to unclog the shower drain. It snakes down into the drain easily and won't damage the plastic pipe.

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    A way to keep eggs fresh outside the fridge:

    turn them upside down every day.
    Heard this years ago from in program about sailing around the world.

    Garlic smell:
    To get rid of the garlic smell on your hands you can use a metal soap.
    (I think a piece of metal will do the job too)

    Snails in the garden:
    beer
    Put some beer in a small box (tupperware or alike) and place it in the garden.
    Snails like the smell of beer and will crawl into the box and drown.
    Nasty sight, but effective

    Flies in your kitchen:
    Bowl of water with some vinegar and a drop of soap
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    Quote Originally Posted by iapyx View Post
    Garlic smell:
    To get rid of the garlic smell on your hands you can use a metal soap.
    (I think a piece of metal will do the job too)
    A piece of stainless steel, rubbed on the hands while you wash them, removes all kinds of smells, like garlic and onion.

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    That piece of stainless steel? one of the SS serving spoons in you silverware tray, works great
    will work for peanuts

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokinbasser View Post
    That piece of stainless steel? one of the SS serving spoons in you silverware tray, works great

    Or a stainless steel flashlight.
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    Toothpaste works well to remove fish smell after a day on the lake. Just use like soap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coop View Post
    Is there anything that can't be fixed using ductape,.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonWrangler View Post
    Now this is what I'm talking about. Lifehacker has a story about 10 unusual uses for household objects I especially like the last one about removing dents with a hair dryer and a can of dust remover spray.
    I am going to try the dry ice dent/ding removal trick later today and will report the results.
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    Sick & tired of your legislated, wimpy, low-flow toilet?

    Here's an easy fix, and it's legal too. Just get yourself a plastic basin that is square and deep, the type used for soaking feet, and fill it up nearly to the brim with warm water. Now just pour it into your low-flow toilet.

    Now your toilet works the way it's supposed to. The way it would be working if a bunch of jack-@$$ law-makers didn't waste time passing Feel-Good legislation.

    A low-flow toilet is fine for little old ladies and children. But sometimes, it just doesn't get the job done when a real man uses it. Cause some of us work hard for a living, and we get hungry. And a cup of soup and half a sandwich at a trendy, over-priced, boutique cafe just ain't going to satisfy a real man.
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    Yesterday I heard a folky song on the radio from a lady who has extolling the virtues of "bailing twine" and how no one should be without some at all times. Good advice. My late father would have understood. He used little bits of string for everything.

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    To remove wallpaper or border, use one part fabric softener to 10 parts water and put it in a spray bottle. Peel away some of the top coat, spray, wait a few minutes, then it comes right off.

    My wife spent more than 2 days removing a border and there was a lot of damage to fix.

    I picked up this tip from the internet, and did a similar sized room in about an hour.

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    It wasn't in the house but I will still share. Went fishing and it was raining bad, so we stayed in the camp. After 3 hours of hard rain my friend said the bilge pump wasn't automatic on the boat and we needed to check it. Sure enough the boat was full of water. The wires to the bulge pump were submerged and he couldn't get the pump started, so I started to bail with a bucket. I wasn't getting anywhere quickly and my friend started to panic. I grabbed a chunk of styrofoam from a broken ice chest and broke it in two. I told him to jam the wire connections from the battery to the pump into the chunks of styrofoam. As soon as he did they floated to the top of the water and the pump started immediately! He actually called me MacGyver after that.

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