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Do you know how to make modifications to your vehicle or install a fancy shower head? Have you ever built a full-size pool in your backyard? What about turning your kayak into a motor boat? You might be thinking, “I would not know the first thing about any of those projects.” But the truth is, you don’t have to. If there’s a will, there’s a way.

Let me introduce you to the Redneck Engineering subreddit. This page is famous for celebrating all of the stupid and yet simultaneously genius solutions to everyday problems that creative people have come up with. They might not be the most conventional ways to go about things, but if you are not as concerned about aesthetics as you are about saving money or doing the grunt work yourself, there’s nothing wrong with these masterpieces. Enjoy this list of pure innovation, and be sure to upvote all of the pics that inspire your inner redneck engineer. Then let us know in the comments if you have ever dabbled in the realm of redneck engineering yourself, and if you’re interested in even more of these crazy creations, you can check out some of Bored Panda’s previous articles on the same subreddit here and here.

The Redneck Engineering subreddit was created in 2013 and has amassed over 561k members since then. Full of images of trucks with unthinkable modifications and plumbing solutions that appear to be verging on dangerous, this subreddit is a treasure trove of redneck innovations. In a previous interview with Bored Panda, the founder of the subreddit, Flounder19 said that the idea for the group came from this post on r/Funny, which features a couple of rednecks floating on a makeshift picnic table/boat on a lake.

Flounder19 just knew there must be countless other redneck creations out there, so he created a space to gather them all. He also told my colleague Jonas that redneck engineering does not require special tools or expensive materials. “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,” he said. But he was sure to add some sage advice as well: “Don’t die, please.”

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    Homemade Kitty Backpack. Ratchet Straps, Cardboard Box, Tape And A Colander

    Homemade Kitty Backpack. Ratchet Straps, Cardboard Box, Tape And A Colander

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    My Neighbor Using A Blower Taped To A Skateboard On A Rope To Clean The Roof

    My Neighbor Using A Blower Taped To A Skateboard On A Rope To Clean The Roof

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Wow as somebody who usually just stumbles down the slope while I do this... this is actually really smart

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    The term “redneck engineering” may sound questionable, as rednecks are often given a bad rap, but there’s nothing wrong with embracing the term for fun, especially when celebrating your genius engineering innovations. According to JStor Daily, the term redneck dates all the way back to the 1800s, but it has often been used as a derogatory term since then. However, it originally just alluded to the commonly sunburned backs of farmers’ necks in the south, and some working class people even claimed the term as a “badge of class pride”.

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    Today, the term is sometimes used to imply that someone is racist or bigoted, but that’s only a stereotype. Just because someone is a farmer or lives in the country does not mean they hold prejudices. (And just because someone is "high-class" does not mean they are an advocate for equality...) There are plenty of kind and open-minded rednecks who simply just want to build hot tubs out of their old truck beds and construct floating picnic tables. 

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    Found On Fb, Thought It Was Pretty Slick

    Found On Fb, Thought It Was Pretty Slick

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    One day, all cars and vehicles will be made of pool noodles, for safer collisions, to adapt to a changing climate, and to insulate the only home we will be able to afford.

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    Used A Leaf Blower And A Funnel To Inflate A Pool. Actually Worked Fairly Quickly

    Used A Leaf Blower And A Funnel To Inflate A Pool. Actually Worked Fairly Quickly

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    Having a “redneck aesthetic” was actually trendy for a while there, and much of the fashion from decades ago is still beloved by vintage enthusiasts today. According to Patrick Huber, author of A Short History of “Redneck”: The Fashioning of a Southern White Masculine Identity, in the 1970s, redneck chic was born. “Suddenly, trendy white Americans across the country affected phony southern drawls, dressed up in Levi’s and cowboy boots, sipped Lone Star and Pabst longnecks, tuned into Waylon and Willie, and hankered for meals of fried pork chops, grits, greens, and biscuits and gravy. ‘Redneck chic’—which anticipated by half a decade the western-wear and bull-riding fad created by the blockbuster hit film Urban Cowboy (1981)—spawned its own distinct body of literature, to use the term loosely.”

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    Fastest Way To Crack Your Nuts

    Fastest Way To Crack Your Nuts

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I actually once needed to crack haselnuts without a cracker. I used a large wooden spoon and put the nut under a kitchen towel so the shells would not fly everywhere. After a while I was pretty good at cracking it with the first smack. It was very efficient and fast. The nuts where whole that way too, because the wooden Spoon did not hurt them

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    Don't Throw Out That Broken Broom Just Yet

    Don't Throw Out That Broken Broom Just Yet

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    Ahoy! I Humbly Submit A Photo From My Redneck Pirate Ship Build

    Ahoy! I Humbly Submit A Photo From My Redneck Pirate Ship Build

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    Even today, there are “up-scale” or “postmodern” rednecks, like country music stars and famous comedians, who have comfortable lifestyles but still embrace their Southern roots. “These are the ‘rednecks’ who frosted their hair and wore camouflage; who played golf and ditched school to shoot and then eat deer, ducks, and turkeys; who wore suits and rode four-wheelers; who joined preppy fraternities and took their dates mud-hogging (look it up),” explains Kelli Marshall of JStor Daily.

    “And today, these are the same ‘rednecks’ who post to social media photographs of their families in Grand Cayman and Disneyworld—right alongside shots of themselves disemboweling deer, wearing overalls, and chewing tobacco.” The choice to "redneck engineer" something does not necessarily mean that a person was not capable or did not have the funds of doing it any other way; they might just like humble solutions. And if how their projects are done doesn't bother them, why should their methods bother anyone else?  

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    Now They Will Never Steal My Tools

    Now They Will Never Steal My Tools

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    I’m sure this goes without saying, but a person also does not need to actually be a redneck to embrace “redneck engineering”. Anyone can partake, despite their background or where they live. Redneck engineering doesn't discriminate! All they need is to channel their inner MacGyver and become inspired by these cheap, odd and creative solutions to problems. But when embarking on a DIY project, one thing to keep in mind is safety. There is a very fine line between creating something that looks hilarious and deserves a, “That’ll do!” And putting yourself and/or others in danger. Particularly with projects that involve plumbing, vehicles that will be on the road or contraptions that will be floating on water, every redneck engineer knows that they need to ensure there will not be any fires or flooding/drowning risks.

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    I Guess This Is Better Than Taking It To A Junk Yard

    I Guess This Is Better Than Taking It To A Junk Yard

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    Found This On An Old Project File, I Was Ahead Of My Time

    Found This On An Old Project File, I Was Ahead Of My Time

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    Some tools and DIY projects are more prone to involving accidents than others. So we consulted this analysis from Porch explaining what the most dangerous tools are and how to be more careful when using them. When you imagine injuries happening during DIY projects, you might be picturing sharp tools and having dozens of bandaids on hand, but you may be surprised to hear that ladders were actually the cause of the highest number of injuries, by far. In 2017, accidents involving ladders led to over 193k trips to the emergency room in the United States. So if your DIY projects involve ladders at all, it might be a good idea to wear a helmet next time… Just in case!  

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    Can't Afford 20" Rims? No Problem

    Can't Afford 20" Rims? No Problem

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    Found At A Rural Gas Station:

    Found At A Rural Gas Station:

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Clever recycling and looks like it does the job just fine 👏

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    After ladders, hardware (such as nails, screws and tacks), lawn mowers, power saws, cleaning equipment, manual garden tools, knives with replaceable blades, cleaning agents, grinders/polishers/buffers, chain saws, and hammers are the next most dangerous tools to use at home. Cleaning agents and cleaning equipment might be surprising compared to all of their sharp and high powered counterparts, but apparently they are a sneaky contributor to lung decline. If you are ever working with chemicals or anything that could be toxic, be sure to protect yourself. Porch notes that regular exposure to toxic cleaning products can actually have a similar effect on your lungs to smoking.   

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    Build Me A Yacht With Everything On Board. I Don't Care How Much It Costs!

    Build Me A Yacht With Everything On Board. I Don't Care How Much It Costs!

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I like this, though I am not sure about safety regulations ( don´t know if will capsize, but as am totally clueless when it comes to sailing...)

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    The Most Authentic Taco Stands

    The Most Authentic Taco Stands

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    When it comes to what tools are damaging what parts of people’s bodies, you might not be thrilled to learn that there is something to target every part of you. Whether it’s falling off a ladder and getting a concussion or stepping on a nail that shoots into your foot, DIY projects can be responsible for injuries head to toe. Even internal organs can be affected by batteries, bleaches, and other cleaning supplies. Be sure to wear protective glasses when using any grinder, polishers or buffers to protect your eyes, and be careful with your fingers when busting a bench or table saw. And I mentioned helmets when using ladders before, but you might also want wrist pads, knee pads, elbow pads, and what the heck, throw in a neck brace while you're at it. 

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    My Gas Cap Stopped Closing Properly, So I Came Up With A Solution

    My Gas Cap Stopped Closing Properly, So I Came Up With A Solution

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    My Grandfather Fixed This Cheese Slicer With A Piece Of Wire

    My Grandfather Fixed This Cheese Slicer With A Piece Of Wire

    What’s the crazy part is he’s been dead for 15 years and we have never had a problem since it was fixed.

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    When You Sit Next To The Stoner Kid From The Technical School

    When You Sit Next To The Stoner Kid From The Technical School

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    When it comes to who is being injured the most during DIY adventures, over 70% of accidents occur with men. This might just be because men are more likely to think of themselves as handy and run full force into a project, but women might also just be more careful when using tools. The age group that sustains the most injuries from tools is people in their 50’s, but once a man reaches 25, his risk of injuring himself using a tool shoots up and continues to grow until after age 60. Dudes seem to have several solid decades of confidence in conducting DIY projects, but maybe they should be a bit more careful… 

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    We hope you are enjoying this list of genius redneck innovations that people have shared online. Perhaps you are getting inspired to do some renovations to your master bathroom now or upgrade your truck's bed into a cozy hang out spot. Keep upvoting all of the creations that you find so stupid they might actually be brilliant, and then let us know in the comments what your best feat of redneck engineering has been. And if you want to check out even more of these pics, don't forget to read Bored Panda's last article featuring the same subreddit right here.

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    I Accidentally Broke Off 1 Blade, So I Clipped 2 More To Keep The Fan Balanced

    I Accidentally Broke Off 1 Blade, So I Clipped 2 More To Keep The Fan Balanced

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    Never Underestimate A Redneck…

    Never Underestimate A Redneck…

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    Christmas Tree Stand Broke. I Was A Single Dad. Found This Old Pic

    Christmas Tree Stand Broke. I Was A Single Dad. Found This Old Pic

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    Coworker Kept Taking My Hole Punch... Well Not Anymore

    Coworker Kept Taking My Hole Punch... Well Not Anymore

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    Feast Your Eyes… My Brother’s Gaming Chair

    Feast Your Eyes… My Brother’s Gaming Chair

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    Redneck Dumptruck Courtesy Of My Grandpa

    Redneck Dumptruck Courtesy Of My Grandpa

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    No Guitar Hero Guitar? No Problem

    No Guitar Hero Guitar? No Problem

    Back in 2006 we lived in Thailand and I couldn't find a Guitar Hero controller for my PlayStation 2 so I made one out of a mosquito zapper. It even had a mercury switch to activate Star Power.

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    Presta Valve Broke, But Instead Of Walking To The Nearest Bikeshop With A Flat Tire.. I Ziptied My Handpump On Some Spokes And Rode There. The Mechanic Couldn't Believe Wat He Saw

    Presta Valve Broke, But Instead Of Walking To The Nearest Bikeshop With A Flat Tire.. I Ziptied My Handpump On Some Spokes And Rode There. The Mechanic Couldn't Believe Wat He Saw

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I guess if you have clearance at the fork, it works. At first I thought it was supposed to pump the tyre with the suspension compression but I guess I went a little too far

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    PC Automatically Alt-Tabs When Door Is Opened

    PC Automatically Alt-Tabs When Door Is Opened

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    I Call It The Meth Mobile

    I Call It The Meth Mobile

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    There's only one thing left for me to do mama. Imma dingaling-lang mah dangalong-linglong.

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    Spotted These Life Jugs On A Trip To The Lake In Tennessee

    Spotted These Life Jugs On A Trip To The Lake In Tennessee

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    Foundation

    Foundation

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    My 11 Year Old Scotch Taped The Phone To His Face So He Could Play Xbox And Talk

    My 11 Year Old Scotch Taped The Phone To His Face So He Could Play Xbox And Talk

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    On This Day, 11 Years Ago, My Friend Didn't Bring His Picnic Chair To Camping, But We Had A Roll Of String

    On This Day, 11 Years Ago, My Friend Didn't Bring His Picnic Chair To Camping, But We Had A Roll Of String

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    They Fixed It

    They Fixed It

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Should have closed the holes with wax before something crawls in there and makes it their home.

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    Why Would Anyone Buy A Weedeater?

    Why Would Anyone Buy A Weedeater?

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I don't know if this guy planned to cut down weeds, a horde of zombies or just himself. Maybe attach some kitchen knives, too.

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    Yup That'll Hold

    Yup That'll Hold

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