Sometimes, you just don’t have the necessary tools at hand to fix whatever problem you’re facing. Luckily, there’s always a solution; it just depends how inventive you are. So next time your brake light goes out, or your doorbell falls off, take a look at these ingenious fixes for inspiration. Sure, they might seem crazy – but if they work, how insane can they really be?
This guy’s solution to a missing fuel cap on his car is as thrifty as they come. But cars are so expensive to run, and a replacement cap is just another aggravating cost you can do without. Besides, a CD can do the job for a fraction of the price. Though we’d recommend covering the central hole up, too…
No fork? No worries! All you need is a knife, a few cocktail sticks and an elastic band or two. In fact, this is probably how the Neanderthals invented cutlery. All you’re doing is tapping into your ancestral instincts.
Well, the sign’s not wrong. That’s definitely a ceiling fan. It just happens to be as ludicrously makeshift as they come. But then again, with such elegantly cheap solutions as this, who needs one of those fancy, built-in fans?
Nobody said your wing mirror had to be purpose-built for your car. And with enough tape, pretty much any reflective surface will do the trick. Just remember: objects in the mirror may be prettier than they appear.
Is there nothing duct tape can’t do? In fact, we’re pretty sure every single fix on this list could also have been solved with the careful application of the world’s sturdiest adhesive. Probably.
Technically, if the doorbell mechanism still works, what’s the point in replacing the whole thing? That’s just an unnecessary expense, really. The financially savvy among us have instead come up with this ingenious solution.
We’re not sure we’d recommend trying this one at home; certainly, it shouldn’t be anything more than a temporary fix. But as crazy solutions to horrific problems go? It’s up there with the most insane, for sure.
Well, that’s one way to funnel your, erm, “deposits” straight down into the sewer. The apparent lack of a flush mechanism here definitely has us concerned, though. We’ll have to chalk this one up as another non-permanent solution. After all, a toilet is something you really need to buy.
For those days when only an industrial amount of cologne will mask your obnoxious body odor, try fitting a spray nozzle atop your aftershave bottle. Just don’t blame us when you find yourself refilling it every other day.
Grilling one sausage at a time is basically as inefficient as it gets, and traditional forks can only take so much weight. The solution? Light a bonfire and chuck this rake over it. Contemporary cooking at its finest.
Using wood to fix wood? It doesn’t get much more meta than this. Sure, it might be a bit of an eyesore, but it’s also a thrifty solution to a potentially expensive problem. This is what your taxes are paying for, after all.
If for some reason you find yourself with a razor head but no razor, you might want to give this a try. Just make sure you glue it on tight. You definitely wouldn’t want it to slip.
Handlebars broken on your bike? No problem. Just grab an old, obsolete videogame controller and a roll of tape. Job done. As long as you don’t forget to actually turn the entire controller rather than the analog stick.
This one is definitely on the insane side of the crazy/genius line. Sure, easy access to your grill in the pool might seem like a good idea, but taking an extension lead into the water is a recipe that’ll only result in disaster.
Next time the hot water goes out, try rigging up this genius mechanism. However, we’d recommend allowing the water to actually boil in the kettle before passing it out the other side.
Everyone knows that toilet seats aren’t the comfiest things around. But generally, you shouldn’t be sitting on them for that long anyway. If your digestive system calls for it, however, you might be glad of that extra bit of comfort – and, in particular, the armrests. Now we know why it’s called a throne.
Windscreen wipers not quite reaching your windscreen? Or are your new replacement wipers proving particularly scratchy against the glass? Either way, a sponge is the solution for a thousand problems. And it can be used to fix this one, too.
Hey, a swing’s a swing. By which we mean, a swing is a plastic chair that rocks forwards and backwards. Nobody said it had to fit one rigid specification, though: lawn chairs will definitely do if you’re in the market for a cleverly cheap fix.
As thrifty fixes go, this has to be up there with the most hilariously ingenious of them all. Indeed, the amount of effort put into this makeshift cardboard switch shows just how much the car’s owner wanted to avoid paying for the real thing. But if it ain’t broke…
Technically, an actual grill is defined simply by its shape, not its function. As long as you have somewhere to put charcoal, and a thin, latticed sheet of metal on which to cook your food, anything will do. Even this chair.