15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails

DIY repairs are tempting, but in most cases, fixing the problems are best left to the professionals.

15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
Some home appliance repairs really need you to call an expert. Trash

When things break around the house it can be tempting to roll up your sleeves and get it fixed. But next time before you try and tackle the broken toaster, read this list of 15 times appliances were 'fixed' when the experts should have been called instead.

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1. Duct tape can’t fix everything.

Duct tape is the holy grail of all home repair jobs. It can basically hold anything together -well almost anything. In this case, if your toilet is falling off the wall you had best call a professional.

15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
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2. Can you fix it? Yes I can!

This creative do-it-yourself repair person has used a can to act as a temporary shower head. The aluminum can seems to be doing pretty well, offering a nice spray. Sure, it's not one of those fancy rain shower showerheads, but it'll do in a pinch, right?

15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
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3. Guests beware.

Asking your guests to connect two wires to ring your doorbell is certainly one way to give them a warm welcome. If this is the way the doorbell operates we can’t even begin to guess what else might be falling apart inside.

15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
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4. Desert time.

When the sugar craving hits, sometimes you just have to say yes, even if you don’t have all the equipment. This innovative solution to an out-of-service electric beater seems to do the job just fine.

15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
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5. Don’t use all the hot water.

Using up all the hot water in a big household is just plain mean. Luckily this enterprising home appliance expert has created a way to create instant hot water every time. Is it a throwback to the middle ages, or just a creative solution to an irritating problem?

15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
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6. I am a big 'fan' of your work.

Once again, the strength of tape is overestimated by a home DIY ‘expert’. Whether it's gaff tape or standard duct tape, we get a feeling that gravity will ultimately win out. Luckily for the fan's owner, the cooling device has a protective cage on it.

15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
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7. Smoothie anyone?

This ultimate DIY appliance fix is a team effort. Check out these two clever home do-it-yourself appliance menders who take fixing the blender to a whole new level. No need to use the drill to fix the blender; instead just use it to make yourself a smoothie. 

15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
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8. Don’t rely on the remote

This awesome solution to a broken TV not only fixes the set, it gives the common household device a whole new aesthetic.

15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
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9. Wash your hands with hot water

This solution to a lack of hot water looks crazy and super dangerous. But you still have to applaud the genius of the thinking. The water comes out of the tap, into the new water bottle pipe then into a hacked kettle where it is heated then used. Simple!

15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
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10. Sometimes only a cup of tea will do

A cup of tea can fix many problems, but what to do when the kettle is broken? This smart but slow solution uses the power of tealight candles to boil water. We're not quite sure how long this project took, but we'd recommend just buying an electric tea kettle to save on burning up all those candles. 

15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
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 11. Don’t forget to flush

The toilet is a really critical part of any household, so DIY repairs on this appliance always come with extra pressure to get it right. In this persons case, they certainly had a go at trying hard to fix the problem. But we aren’t sure if it is worse than when they started.

15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
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 12. Let me call you back

While modern phones don’t offer much of a chance for DIY opportunities. This retro phone was able to have an extended life, thanks to the careful placing of a screw. I am not sure if the network improved but it sure looks very tough.

15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
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13. Keyboard fold

Nothing like a little origami to fix something. This enterprising home appliance repairer managed to salvage a broken keyboard with some clever paper folding and some DIY graphic design.

15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
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14. Save the water

Water is a precious resource and it is important to conserve all you can. This is especially true when you have a leak that you just can’t fix. In this case, this very flimsy looking drain takes the toilet pipe drip back to the sources. 

15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
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15. Stay cool

Keeping your computer cool is critical for high performance, but mixing water and electronics is never a good idea. Even if you have a cool system running icy pink coloured water through plastic tubes. This is a disaster waiting to happen!

15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
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What not-quite-handy fixes have you been guilty of in your home? Have you seen any other terrible "hacks" online? Leave them in the comments below!