Hans Solderer

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Hall of Fame,not a kludge,solder,star wars,tools,toy
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Prolific hacker Craig Smith digs up a toy from his childhood:

About 1983, when I was fifteen, I dropped my dad's red Bakelite soldering gun and broke the casing. Of course he was upset, so I did my best to "fix it." So I took my original Star Wars Han Solo pistol and gutted it to hold the soldering gun components. I even ran the lightbulb up into the scope on top. The button on the handle worked well for the trigger switch. Ten years later, when the old house was sold, the gun wound up in my belongings. To this day, when an underpowered iron just won't do, I pull out the "Han Solderer" and get the job done. Half of me likes the mod, the other half is ill over the fact that I gutted my vintage Star Wars toy. What's done is done.

Tool Kludge: Typical Canadian Furniture

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art,ax,not a kludge,table,tools
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Excuse me sir, may I ax you about your table? ~Not-So-Handy Andy

The Ultimate Glue Decision Chart

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glue,graph,neat,not a kludge
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A few notes:

Clearly, we can add vinyl records to the list of materials wood glue is used for.

I've never found a spray glue that doesn't wear off in a matter of days.

Just like this chart, I absolutely swear by the power of hot glue. I recently used it as the only adhesive on my Halloween costume and it held together superbly.

Sometimes All You Need To Fix

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cool,Hall of Fame,idea,not a kludge,product
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And you know, whatever you find laying in your grandparent's basement. That usually does the trick.

~NSHA

Not-A-Kludge: Working Bus Stop Heater

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Ad,heater,not a kludge,wtf
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Here's one ad you'll never see in Germany. ~Not-So-Handy Andy

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