15 Terrible Yet Resourceful Appliance Repair Fails
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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!
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!
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