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MacGyver would have been proud of me

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by Depreciator, 11th May, 2016.

  1. Depreciator

    Depreciator Moderator Staff Member

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    Was that the TV show where that bloke got out of tricky situations by using stuff at hand?

    I'm doing a too slow reno on a flat near home. I wandered over last night after dinner to test fit a bedroom door that I had put a new latch into.
    So I went into the bedroom and hung the door on and then closed it.
    I was pleased that it worked perfectly and felt very clever.
    I felt less clever when I realised that the handle for the door was on the floor in the loungeroom, along with my phone and the only keys to the flat.
    The only things in the room with me were a couple of saw horses, a saw, a steel ruler and a Stanley knife.
    So I channelled my inner MacGyver. If I was more familiar with the show, I would have hummed the theme song. I made a cut in the sawhorse and used the ruler to lever off a piece of wood. Then I used the Stanley knife to fashion it into a spindle that I could insert into the latch and open the door. Luckily, it was a new latch and turned easily.
    I didn't tell the family when I got home because they would have given me 'that look', so this is our secret, okay.
     
  2. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Firstly, here is your theme song you needed:

    Secondly, well done :)
     
  3. hobo

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    Top work! :D
     
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    Ha ha. Excellent.
     
  5. chylld

    chylld Well-Known Member

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    I know the feeling... just replaced 5 door lever sets in my house with nice new Lane ones that are so smooth and almost halve the required lever movement compared to the previous crappy Gainsboroughs. At one point I was inside a room with the handle-less door latched but thankfully the spindles were on the floor next to me :)
     
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    House Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Haha nice! I've managed to break into my own place by shimmying up 2 stories, using a bit of force and a paper clip. Way too easy for my liking.

    Anytime Fitness were playing a McGuyver episode on Sunday. Good times! Downloaded the series when I got home along with Airwolf (much better theme song!) to come lets the nostalgia feeling.

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  7. Westminster

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    Macguyver is my hero and heavily channelled by my husband. I think Macguyver was an inner cheaparse which is why he DIY rescues himself with duct tape, a paper clip and rubber bands all the time.
     
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    chylld Well-Known Member

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    Actually the most McGyver-ish thing I've done in recent memory was opening a broken filing cabinet door with some cardboard and a corkboard pin. Locking rods had separated from the handle so I googled what the mechanism looked like, somehow got the pin in position from the top and pulled it open.

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    Gold! I have locked myself in rooms too. I have been lucky to always have a screwdriver on hand to get me out though. I have never had to do anything as elaborate as what you did to get out. Great work McG! :)
     
  10. Depreciator

    Depreciator Moderator Staff Member

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    Mine was a life or death situation - well, perhaps life or embarrassment. I was torn between being pleased about my ingenuity and annoyed about my stupidity.
    I reckon it would have been a couple of hours before the missus came looking for me. She would have called my mobile a few times and left messages that would have progressed from curious, to annoyed, to concerned.
    In the meantime, I would have tried to attract the attention of somebody walking past the building. It would have had to have been someone across the road (a wide road) because the bedroom window can't be seen from the footpath in front of the building.
    I would have had to convince them I was not a crazy person yelling out the window - not uncommon in Marrickville. Then having enticed them closer, I would have had to get them sufficiently on board with my plight for them to be prepared to use their smart phone (if they had one) to look up and call a locksmith.
     
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  11. Barny

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    New MacGyver series will actually be coming to screen soon.
    Can't wait.
    @Depreciator perhaps you can try out for the new role as they haven't decided who will play MacGyver as yet.
     
  12. Chrispy

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    My MacGyver moment was nowhere as dramatic .....The toilet in bottom bathroom has a push-in lock on the handle. The door had knocked into the wall and when closed locked itself. I did the only thing I could think of...removed the handle and hoped I could push the locking mechanism...it worked!!!
    I do have a second toilet I can use if all else had failed !!!
     
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    We had a Japanese exchange student who locked a toilet door closed behind her like this, thankfully it was only a privacy leverset so there was a hole we could stick a pin through and unlock it.
     
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    Propertunity Exclusive Real Estate Buyers Agent Business Member

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    Just as well you were wearing pants, cause one time ......... husbandhome.JPG
     
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    Just wow
     
  16. Westminster

    Westminster Tigress at Tiger Developments Business Member

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    Macguyver built billie carts out of hand trolleys today

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    Did you hear the sad news?
    Macguyver has passed away. He died trapped at the bottom of a well.













    He didn't have enough ass hair to make a rope... :D
     
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