147 Times People Thought Of Stupid Solutions That Actually Work, As Shared On ‘Redneck Engineering’ (New Pics)


The only limit to accomplishing anything in life is your imagination. However, creativity and inventions don’t have to be overly complicated or all that original. You can make everyone’s lives far easier with small changes in how something is designed. Intrigued? Well then, welcome to the weird and wonderful world of ‘Redneck Engineering.’

A popular online community, r/redneckengineering is dedicated to slightly peculiar, sometimes even hilarious, but genuinely genius feats of jury-rigging. From self-feeding fires to mounts for your remote, we’ve collected some of the coolest feats of impromptu engineering. Scroll down to check out the pics that prove that there’s no problem that humankind can’t solve with whatever’s at hand!

#1 My Coworker Made A Magnetic Broom To Pick Up Metal From Our Parking Lot, After Another Coworker Got A Nail In Her Tire. Have To Say, It Works Very Well

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#2 Redneck Shed Lock

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#3 Self Feeding Fire That Lasts 14 Hours

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Genius doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it often isn’t! Often, the very best product designs are the ones that solve the problems that consumers have, whether they’re consciously aware of them or just sure that something is wrong.

The reality is that far from every product designer is in tune with what the end user actually needs or wants. Sometimes, their vision is at odds with practicality.

#4 Found At A Laundromat In Knoxville, Tn. Yes, You Can Still Press The Buttons

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#5 Looks Level To Me

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#6 Rediscovered My First Welding Project While Cleaning My Truck

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The solutions themselves don’t have to be marvelous feats of engineering that would wow and dazzle the entire world. All it can take is a slight change to the design: altering the shape, angles, and lines of the item in question to make it more user-friendly.

At the core of ‘Redneck Engineering’ lies simplicity. Redneck engineers (who don’t actually have to be rednecks or even engineers at all) are big fans of Occam’s razor. They take the most straightforward and obvious approach when solving a problem.

#7 "Huh, So This Works. Toothbrush Sander!" This Has Useful Implications For Those Hard To Reach Finishing Places

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#8 My Local Elotero Putting A Shopping Cart To Good Use

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#9 Spotted This Beauty At A Walmart

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Does someone keep stealing the remote at your local laundromat? Instead of stressing about how you’ll have to work years and years to change how locals approach property rights, you could simply weld a little soap holder over it.

Or if you don’t have a spirit level with you while working on a construction project, you could just use a small bottle filled with some water.

#10 Redneck Repurposing Of Kids' Recreational Toys

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#11 That Isn't Going Anywhere

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#12 Now This Is Mile High Luxury!

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Redneck engineering is about simplicity. It’s about being straightforward. It’s thinking on your feet and using whatever tools and materials you have at hand to jury-rig your way out of a problem.

It’s humankind summed up incredibly well because it showcases how flexible we can all be when the circumstances demand it. Sure, it might not look pretty! But don’t knock it if it works.

#13 Worried About Corrosion On The Salt TV Room Remote Until We Were Packing Meat…

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#14 Water Heater

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#15 The Base Was Broken, So Grandma Planted It

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Founded all the way back in the mid-summer of 2013, the online community has become one of the most well-known groups on Reddit. At the time of writing, the r/redneckengineering subreddit had already grown to 659k members, and there are no signs of their popularity waning any time soon.

There’s plenty of humor and quick engineering solutions to be found here.

#16 Well, They Fixed Their Trunk Latch Problem

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#17 Free Office Chair With Busted Caster Found In Dumpster. New Ones Are Like $300. Had These Parts Lying Around

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#18 When You Forget Your Fork

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The moderator team has the right to interpret whether or not a member’s post “fits the spirit of the sub.” They note that an engineering solution doesn’t have to be redneck to quality as a prime example of redneck engineering.

Meanwhile, community members should also do their best to avoid reposting popular photos. Before you go ahead and share that awesome feat of jury-rigging that you found on your social media feed, check the sub’s sidebar to see if the photo hasn’t already been posted and reposted a billion times already.

#19 Cheap And Simple Mount For My Power Socket Remote Control

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#20 When You Forget Your Drill But Ain't Got Any Quit In You

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#21 My Uncle Trying To Smoke Out A Beehive

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Try to focus on originality, not racking up karma, as much as possible. You should also avoid claiming that you made something if you didn’t. Be fair to yourself and others, give credit where it’s due.

We’re pretty big fans of r/redneckengineering here at Bored Panda, and if you’re in need of some more engi-inspiration, you can check out our earlier features right here, here, here, and here.

#22 If You're Familiar With Alaskan Car Mods, You've Probably Seen This Geo Metro

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#23 New Shoes? Why Should I Buy New Shoes?

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#24 Good As New!

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The founder of the subreddit, u/flounder19, previously told us how the inspiration for the community was this post right here. A decade ago, the redditor declared that they’ll start the sub specifically for this sort of funny and funky engineering content. And from those humble beginnings grew a massively popular subreddit that continues to fascinate the internet.

#25 Forgot To Buy A Shower Curtain For The New Apartment And I Can’t Get One Until Tomorrow Evening. Two Trash Bags Cut Open And An Amount Of Duct Tap

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#26 The Ultimate Redneck Engineering From Russia

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#27 Hurricane Prep

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"The things you can do with duct tape and zip ties alone is amazing. Plus it doesn't need to look good as long as it works right," the founder and head moderator, u/flounder19, told Bored Panda during an earlier interview. They added that no matter the type of DIY, your safety is paramount: "Don't die, please."

#28 Found While Hunting For A Road Trip Vehicle

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#29 It's An Electric Hand Mixer, Alright

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#30 “I Got A Heated Pool Babe! Wanna Come Over?” The Pool:

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Which of these redneck feats of engineering impressed you the most, Pandas? Were there any that seriously made you think, "Why didn't I think of that?!" Have you ever jury-rigged something with whatever you had at hand? We'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions, so scroll down to the comment section and have your say!

#31 All Terrain Wheelchair I Built For My Wife

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#32 That's One Way To Make A Step

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#33 My New Panhandle Gets Super Hot So I Whipped Up A Custom Panhandle Potholder

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#34 Make Bolt Tight When Only Have One Wrench

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#35 Fridge Wasn't Cooling, Spare Roll Of Insulation Set It Right

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#36 Gen 2 Is In Development. Any Ideas?

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#37 I Made A Shield For Nerf Fights With My Sisters

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#38 Food Tastes Sweeta With Makita

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#39 This Was In California

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#40 Not Sure If This Fits Here But My Neighbor Towed My Other Neighbor With A Pallet Jack

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#41 Next Level PC Cooling Setup

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#42 Added A Counterweight To Keep An Old La-Z-Boy From Un-Reclining

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#43 If This Isn’t Redneck I Don’t Know What Is (Laptop Elevated Cooling)

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#44 Where There’s A Wheel There’s A Way

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#45 My Partner Made A “Shed”

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#46 Barbed Wire Jumper Cables, Courtesy Of My Uncle

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#47 A Tesla Pickup Truck

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#48 No Microwave In The Office, But Portable Heater To The Rescue

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#49 Next Level Heating

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#50 I Didn't Want To Pay 60$ For A Soldering Iron, When I Know I Can Make It For 20-30$, But I Was Too Lazy To Make One. So Instead I Bought The Essential Parts And Made This For 5$

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#51 This Ain't Going Anywhere

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#52 Redneck Jumper Cables

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#53 This Man Could Fix My Country

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#54 Didn’t Have A Steamer For My Bao Buns

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#55 For Precision Hot Glueing

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#56 Notice The Ratchet Straps

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#57 Came Across This Interesting Fence. Think It Qualifies For This Sub

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#58 Does This Qualify? My Toilet Paper Holder Broke

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#59 My Grandma's Clever Way To Keep The Squirrels From Eating The Bird Feed

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#60 Mexico Is This Subreddit Irl

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#61 Go-Kart With A Stool For A Seat

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#62 Outlets In My Very Old Appartment Aren't Grounded And I Kept Getting Shocks From Metal Laptop Case, So I Did This, Works Perfectly. How Bad Is It?

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#63 Not Exactly Engineering But This Seems Like Redneck Genius Storm Prep Right Here

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#64 My Dad's Solution To Limit The Range Of The Sensor (He's A Physicist)

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#65 Multi-Room Air Conditioning

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#66 DIY Privacy Protector. Painters Tape And 2 Paperclips For Weight. Been Using It For 2 Years

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#67 My Flight Sim Rig ?

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#68 Luggage Phone Mount

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#69 Because In The Event Of A Power Outage, The Only Thing You Need To Save For Your Family Is The Beer

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#70 ?

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#71 What In The West Virginia?

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#72 As Seen At One Of The Largest Cruise Ships Being Built

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#73 Got The 750cc Bicycle Welded Up

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#74 This Is Why We Have The 2nd Amendment. So People Can Do This

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#75 Resting Your Tablet On Your Knee For A Long Bus Journey Is Annoying. Improvise, Overcome!

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#76 Give This Man A Beer!

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#77 Take A Look At My Newly Made Soil Compactor!

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#78 Tired Of Looking For My Charger Cable

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#79 Costco Modification

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#80 While We're Posting Alaskan Car Mods

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#81 Redneck Oceaneering

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#82 Front Of Homemade Hummer

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#83 Broken Chair Wouldn’t Stay Up

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#84 Thought I’d Save Some Money By Cutting The Chops Myself… Realized When I Got Home I Had Bones To Contend With

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#85 Spotted In Traverse City, Mi

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#86 Found This While Hiking In France

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#87 Burnt My Finger On The Grill At Work, So I Saran Wrapped An Ice Cube And Taped It To My Finger

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#88 From The "Quick And Dirty" File

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#89 Pouring Coffee From My Bowl Of Coffee Into My Water Bottle With A Small Opening Using A Makeshift Siphon Made Out Of 2 Straws

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#90 My Landlord Replaced Our Dishwasher With The Cheapest One Available And It Wouldn't Complete A Cycle Because The Door Wouldn't Latch Tightly Enough. We've Been Using It Like This For Months

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#91 I Never Expected A Washer To Hold Up For This Long But It’s Been Years

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#92 Helping My Partner Move Today And Had To Use The Bathroom. I’m Genuinely Impressed Tbh

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#93 Dust, What Dust?

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#94 Customers Front Vents Inop. This Is His Solution

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#95 A 3am Blackout On A Humid Night With No Wind Inspired This Simple Rig

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#96 My Camera Mount

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#97 Fixed The Microwave

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#98 Battery Charger Stopped Working. I Had The Things On Hand To Cobble Together A Replacement ?

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#99 How My Friend (Who Has A Mechanical Engineering Degree) Installed His Mailbox

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#100 I Don't Have Springs To Hold The Pickups In My DIY Guitar, So Scotch Brite Will Do It

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#101 Exhaust Was Rattling Against The Rear Axle

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#102 Customer Asked If I Could Remove Their “Bidet”

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#103 Saw This Jerry-Rigged Truck Made From A Van A Few Minutes Ago

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#104 Redneck Masterclass From Fb Marketplace (Missoura)

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#105 Power Was Out And Had To Charge Phone

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#106 Fortunately They Don't Have An Hoa To Answer To. The Ingenuity Is Next Level

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#107 Lost The Screw Cap For Our Air Mattress. This Was The Third Bottle I Tried

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#108 Heinz Wood Glue Applicator, Squeezes Precisely And Predictively Every Time For Years Now

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#109 Going Thru Papers At Work And…

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#110 Solo Couch Carry

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#111 Operation, But It Shocks You When You Touch The Metal

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#112 France, 2018

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#113 Found This At A Garage Sale For $20 But When I Asked The Older Gentleman Selling It What It Was He Just Said "It's Very Loud" And Chuckled To Himself

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#114 I Thought The Good People Of Reddit Needed To See This Beauty I Spotted Frequenting The Trap House On My Block. Best Description Of Make/Model Wins

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#115 Duct Tape + Map = Fender

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#116 When You Can’t Quite Reach That Bolt Hole

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#117 Wait Till Dem Fuckin Kids Get A Load Of This

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#118 Did You Know Electrical Tape Can Hold 140psi?

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#119 Spotted On Way To Walmart

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#120 Needed An Electric Sander For A Flooring Project. My Dad: "If Osha Stops By, You Didn't Get This From Me"

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#121 Introducing: "The Mudstang"

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#122 New Tool Day!

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#123 That's Some Nice Cooling System

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#124 Dad Built A Deer Blind Out Of A Gravity Wagon

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#125 That Is Some Next Level Redneck Engineering

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#126 "Glamping"

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#127 Gods Real Perfect Car. The Orange Monster Mustang. Iowan Made. I Used To Pass This Almost Daily!!

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#128 A Friend's Friends Hunting Blind

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#129 Posting In Solidarity To An Earlier Post

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#130 Beer Can Taco Holder

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#131 It Works Guys

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#132 Still Better Than Your Monkey Wrench

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#133 He Was Too Lazy To Drag The Jack 8 Feet. So He Dug Some Wood Out Of The Bed Of His Truck, Made “Stairs” And Just Pulled The Truck Forward…

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#134 Need More Air To Get Your Fire Going? Stool, Leaf Blower, Croc

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#135 His Battery Broke But He Had A Spare From A Different Drill. After Introducing Him To This Subreddit He Was Very Excited To Show Me His Engineering And To Pass It On To You

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#136 Aluminum Foil Used As Wrapping Paper. It's Cheaper And Looks Cooler

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#137 Originally A Conversion For Mail Delivery

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#138 Making The Truck Fit In The Garage

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#139 Soap Holder At My Friend’s House

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#140 No Stores Around Me Had Any Spigot Insulators In Stock So I Had To Improvise. We're Expecting 9°f Tonight. Also There Is A Carhartt Beanie Inside The Cup

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#141 My Cousin: 13.99 For A Lightswitch Extender For Kids? Nah, I Got Some Scrap!

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#142 A Homemade Car Urinal

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#143 The Supply Line To My Toilet Is (Presumably) Frozen. I've Gotten Very Tired Of Refilling Like 4 Jugs. Using Some Styrofoam And Packing Tape, I've Made Refilling The Basin Much Less Of A Manual Process

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#144 Minty Faucet

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#145 Actually Pretty Neat

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#146 When You Absolutely Have To Have A Microwave Lunch On The Job Site

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#147 For Any Dipsticks That Wanna Mess With My Truck

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#148 Egg Beater Just Broke And I Want French Toast

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