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Impressive and Dumb Low Budget DIY Solutions

Life hands us all sorts of technical challenges, and it's up to us to solve them with our own ingenuity. Sometimes that ingenuity leads us to using a defunct school bus as a bridge, and other times it leads us to gluing a fan to the ceiling. A lot of these low budget fixes and DIY solutions are bad, unsafe and extremely unadvisable, so take that with a heaping pile of salt.

Funny and stupid engineering solutions | bench made of wooden planks and concrete blocks | candle taped below a shower head to warm heat up the pipes
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It's about time when all those permanently gutted chunks of strip malls get their yearly residency from Spirit Halloween. We haven't seen anything quite like this before. And sure it's extremely frivolous and unnecessary, but hey man it's pretty cool that someone thought of this thing. And no, Spirit didn't pay us or anything, we just thought this was badass.

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Innovative and Sometimes Dumb Solutions

You can't fault people for their resourcefulness. But you can blame them for when their innovation is a patently stupid idea. Some ideas become OSHA enraging safety fails while others become low budget DIY solutions. It's kind of up in the air, really.

Funny low budget DIY solutions | My phone screen broke, maybe better Mark Hamill @HamillHimself broken screen be sure, but welcome one glowing green crack in a screen looking like a star wars lightsaber | old phone nokia used as a door stopper
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Inventions That Work Too Well to be Improved Upon

Sometimes someone comes up with a design so simple, elegant and effective that it becomes the de facto item for that use in perpetuity. It must feel good to have created something that does something the best. In the other direction, here are inventions that are now used for something other than their intended purpose.

Inventions so good they don't need to be improved | SaltyChickenDip 58.8k points 16 hours ago Paper clip. Last major patent 1880's
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Ian Davis has a channel dedicated to fabricated a new kind of partial hand prosthetic. It looks like it's straight out of a video game, but it's functional, and it looks cool as hell.

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It warms our hearts to see so much time, technical skill and effort put into something whose only function is to shut itself off.

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Low Budget Solutions and Fixes

Who needs an adequate replacement part when you have a whole bunch of junk lying around? These folks have made some bad but awesome low budget solutions to solve their problems without breaking the bank. Some of these low budget fixes and diy solutions are extremely bad ideas, but here they are.

low budget fixes and diy solutions | Alright everyone Let this sink moment car gear stick replaced with a glass bathroom knob | pipe with holes poked in it as a shower head
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Low Budget Fixes and DIY Solutions

People get very crafty with their low budget DIY solutions. It's not stupid if it works. It might be ugly, dangerous, illegal, and admittedly pretty stupid, but if it works it works. But hey, what do you do if you want a ride on lawn mower and you don't have the cash to buy one? You resort to a masterful low budget DIY solution.

Funny low budget do it yourself fixes and creations | filling up a pool with water from a rain gutter installed on a roof | shaving blades attached to broken plastic forks
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Apprentice Engineer Angers Crew, Gets Ditched 250 Miles From Home

Oh man, the apprentice engineer's gross level of entitlement was their ultimate undoing. If the young lad had just gone about doing business in a way that was mindful and respectful of those around him, well, then maybe he wouldn't have been ditched the 250 miles from home. Just picturing the kid having to call up his dad to come and get him at 3 in the morning, for a 500-mile-round trip is pure entertainment. 

An apprentice engineer pisses off their crew, and gets left 250 miles from home | r/ProRevenge Join u/GhostOfSorabji 122d 1 3 2 Apprentice engineer pisses off crew gets left behind 250 miles home Lordy reminded this story after recent phone call an old friend. Rather long one, so sincere apologies advance s part O r/ProRevenge, part O r/EntitledPeople. Some years age got gig working weekend music festival. Fairly simple too: ten bands per day and all pretty standard rock 'n' roll fare. Bossman p
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Bad but Awesome Low Budget Solutions

Why would you ever buy a pan, basketball hoop or unnecessary shower head when you have a can-do attitude and don't mind having to explain your surroundings constantly. These masterful low budget DIY solutions can magically turn junk into useful items, even if they kind of look horrible and don't exactly work right. What can we say but resourceful DIY solutions have our respect.

Funny low budget DIY engineering and solutions | slice of cheese with the words BUY POST IT NOTES carved into it | sink faucet installed in place of a shower head
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Masterful Low Budget DIY Solutions

There are wise people among us who are frugal and decent with tools. These masters of DIY solutions have our respect. And while some of us don't like the idea of using a beer can as a shower head, you have to admit that it's not stupid if it works.

low budget Do-it-yourself engineering | fixing a broken headlamp in a car with a bottle of coke | cleaning roof drainage pipes with an extra tall leaf blower
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This kid was blown away by the realization that his dad was driving the passing train. A pretty cool moment!

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Australian Engineer Lets Farm Owner Destroy His Own Car

We've seen stories of big company owners tripping over their own hubris, like this incompetent owner who mistakenly fired a special contractor, and this time there's more math. This guy gives an extremely detailed account of exactly how a whole bunch of water, a valve, and an overly zealous farm owner gave himself the business.

Engineer warns farm owner to not park by a valve, his car is destroyed | r/MaliciousCompliance Posted by u/OlderSparky 2 4 hours ago Owner says "Yeah, yeah been saying years and nothing bad has happened Sparkies tale. oc XL 10+yrs ago, Rural Australia. This tale takes place on big, very profitable fruit farm. Over 100k trees my favourite fruit s about moment deliberately caused most monetary damage my electrical career If has interest, read story think 's funny and instructive may even save life
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Engineer Gets Ditched In Revenge Of The Week

It's time for the revenge story of the week, and man, is this one a treat. This entitled sound engineer got what was coming his way. It sounds like he was just the kind of presumptuous brat that needed a wakeup call. Fortunately, the crew he worked with and generally drove insane was more than ready to give it to him. And boy oh boy, did that wakeup call come in a brutal fashion. We're talking the guy getting ditched hundreds of miles from home, and eventually having to get picked up by his dad!

Apprentice engineer makes his crew angry, and ends up getting left behind 250 miles from home | r/ProRevenge posted by GhostOfSorabji Apprentice engineer pisses off crew gets left behind 250 miles home Lordy reminded this story after recent phone call an old friend. Rather long one
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As funny as it is to see a guy be this excited about a train, it's also really nice to see someone who's genuinely brimming with childlike glee over something that they're genuinely interested in. When was the last time you freaked out on video over anything? Go forth and be free, like Excited Train Guy.