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Instances of crazy fixes that actually ended up working. Or not working, I'm a description, not the cops.

The premier "slapping a fan on something" subreddit since August 2012.

 

 

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2) Posts must contain a MacGyver or be a question about a MacGyver. A MacGyver'd solution is defined as fixing something by using parts that are not the intended replacement parts and/or using unorthodox methods to get something working again. A MacGyver'd solution is also improving on something (whether or not it works) by improving existing functionality in an unorthodox way or by using unorthodox parts. It is not about whether the repair works, but the spirit of the endeavor.

 

Questions can be asked, but the solutions should not be boring.

 

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Subreddit of the Day (December 1, 2012)

 

 

The post that started it all

 

/r/techsupportmacgyver

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Didn’t have the welder and I needed some light

53 Comments
2024/06/10
19:24 UTC

356

When a 9v battery shortage lead to top notch technical BS

34 Comments
2024/06/10
13:54 UTC

64

Figured this belonged here

Got a little screen for my 3d printer a while ago. Really wanted to turn it but didn't have a 5v power source, but i did have a drill battery and a buck converter.

4 Comments
2024/06/07
19:48 UTC

86

Didn't have a right size screw, did that

Ignore the dust at the bottom, that got cleaned after the photo was taken (If you don't see it, the SSD is held by a cable tie)

20 Comments
2024/06/03
00:39 UTC

67

Forgot my monitor's PSU, luckily someone had one to lend

0 Comments
2024/06/01
12:51 UTC

62

I did not have an XLR cable but I did have some random other stuff…

So this is an XLR female to jack male adapter into a jack socket without any cabling, in which I clamped a mini-jack connector which on the other side has a mini-jack to jack adapter to actually get a balanced signal to my mixer!

10 Comments
2024/05/31
21:54 UTC

133

My collegue laptop charger with his 100Amp low blow fuse

9 Comments
2024/05/30
15:58 UTC

235

How to temporarily clamp button down?

I need to hold down a button for several minutes (maybe like green drawing?), several times a day. I brought a clamp but it reaches only 1/2 inch from the bottom due to the higher interior bottom (yellow).

Any suggestions?

73 Comments
2024/05/29
08:57 UTC

152

Phone Fishing

11 Comments
2024/05/29
00:06 UTC

1,769

Made a motor brush and brush spring out of a battery and a beer can because replacement is $300

Teac EM1446 motor, costs $300 to buy a replacement one and the old one is dead. Used a carbon stick out of a D battery and springs from a budweiser can. Also made my own conductive glue. Bit loud but works.

52 Comments
2024/05/27
22:46 UTC

95

Copying something?

6 Comments
2024/05/26
05:50 UTC

9 Comments
2024/05/22
18:51 UTC

1,563

Phone was heating up when gaming

Phone was overheating during gaming reaching temps well above 45°C. Which was uncomfortable to even hold. So I took an old case for it and removed the felt lining from the inside, and cut the silicone to size and then put the felt back on and glued an ice pack to it. Then I glued that cut of silicone over the ice pack so it doesn't freeze my hands. Temps went down to 27°C

70 Comments
2024/05/22
07:07 UTC

11

External HDD

Back in 2015 my dad got a hard drive from his coworker. We had this HP computer (Pavilion Slimline S5703W) without a slot to mount the 3.5" 1 TB HDD.

Drill and Jig saw got the job done.

Just saying I think the external hard drive mounting could be the new feature. We still have this PC though not used often.

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2 Comments
2024/05/21
22:11 UTC

129

Needed an old router for a small test project but didn't have the power brick. 5v2.5A you say? 🤔

23 Comments
2024/05/21
05:55 UTC

36

he needed a portable fan

5 Comments
2024/05/20
15:10 UTC

838

My 10-meter USB-C charging cable made out of three-wire mains cable

45 Comments
2024/05/20
03:35 UTC

37

Contactor, or doorstopper?

Contactor found in my internship's ewaste bin, figured I wanted to use it for decoration.

Or as I figured out when I picked it up, it also works as a doorstopper.

6 Comments
2024/05/19
19:56 UTC

877

Fuck proprietary batteries, all my homies hate proprietary batteries

22 Comments
2024/05/18
21:57 UTC

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