Hey, if it works—don’t knock it! I’m personally a huge believer that if something functions well, if it gets the job done, then it’s not stupid no matter how ridiculous the thing might look. Sure, style and form are important to me and you, dear Pandas, but at the end of the day, the results speak for themselves! So, step aside style, we’ve got some weird DIY masterpieces to praise.

Welcome to another feature of ‘Redneck Engineering!’ A Reddit community of over 423k people, r/redneckengineering has been an important part of ‘the front page of the internet’ since being founded in 2013. It’s an online group dedicated exclusively to showing off the most bizarre and hilarious-looking DIY solutions to many of life’s problems.

Got no water service? No problem! As long as you’ve gone some snow and a crawfish pot, you can MacGyver up an impromptu bathtub. You’re about to enter the world of DIY miracles, dear Pandas, so make sure you’ve got your hardhat and your workboots on. Let’s scroll on down!

Mind the gap, upvote the photos that you enjoyed, and read on for what the founder of r/redneckengineering, redditor Flounder19, told Bored Panda in a follow-up interview. Later, if you’re in the mood for some more of the finest chaotic DIY engineering around, check out our earlier article here.

Don’t try this at home. Your safety is paramount! (But if you do... be very, very careful! And upload it to the ‘Redneck Engineering’ subreddit.)

#1

An Upside Down Umbrella Keeps All Your Tools And Fittings From The Bottom Of The Ocean

An Upside Down Umbrella Keeps All Your Tools And Fittings From The Bottom Of The Ocean

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denzoren
Community Member
1 year ago

I mean...it'll work. That's genius.

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#2

Damn, That's A Clean Duct Tape Paint Job

Damn, That's A Clean Duct Tape Paint Job

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 year ago

They should've videoed it and put it in one of those "Super satisfying" videos

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#3

Does This Count? Seen In Devon

Does This Count? Seen In Devon

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 year ago

I wanna do this 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 DING DONG

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In itself, redneck engineering refers to the use of various unorthodox (read: stuff that makes you say, “Holy cow!”) and out-of-the-box methods to build, repair, or modify things. This can include using strange work techniques or tools and materials that seem out of the ordinary. In short, it’s a (dangerous) way to jury rig your way out of the Desert of Problems and saunter your way into the Oasis of Solutions.

The founder of r/redneckengineering, redditor Flounder19, told Bored Panda that you don't have to have any special materials to get started with redneck engineering and DIY projects. All you need is creativity and some basics: " 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 head moderator pointed that looks mean nothing if whatever you're building functions well.

#4

Just Don't Bring It To The Boil

Just Don't Bring It To The Boil

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Aaron W
Community Member
1 year ago

You need a giant pair of tongs to lift the kid out when he's done.

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#5

Homemade Alarm System

Homemade Alarm System

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
1 year ago

That puts me on edge for multiple reasons

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#6

Rain Shower Heads Are Not Cheap So

Rain Shower Heads Are Not Cheap So

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J. F.
Community Member
1 year ago

It ain't stupid if it works

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I was curious to find out more about the origins of the subreddit. Flounder19 was kind enough to share with Bored Panda how everything got started. The post that kicked everything off is this one right here, shared on r/funny, featuring a couple of rednecks having the time of their lives in a boat with a picnic table inside it. Flounder19 saw the photo and declared that they'll start r/redneckengineering for content specifically like this. It was all a spur-of-the-moment decision.

Finally, the founder of the sub had one simple piece of advice for anyone thinking of getting started with this dangerous brand of DIY: "Don't die, please."

#7

Old Boat As Pool

Old Boat As Pool

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 year ago

looks ship shape

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#8

I See Nothing Wrong With This

I See Nothing Wrong With This

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 year ago

all better now

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#9

Think Smart

Think Smart

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 year ago

is this legal?

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Earlier, my colleague had a chat with the founder of r/redneckengineering about the subreddit, the type of content it focuses on, as well how the community has changed over the years. According to the founder, redneck engineering is a broad-enough term, however, it’s also “the kind of thing you know when you see.” So trust your gut on this one! If you think that it looks like redneck engineering, then it probably is.

“It [redneck engineering] can range from something as common as using a hand mirror to replace a side-view mirror to something complex like building a backyard water slide with a loop-de-loop,” the founder told Bored Panda earlier. What’s more, the members of the subreddit tend to look kindly upon those DIY projects that would “make an OSHA inspector cringe.”

#10

Now That's One Well Engineered Redneck Wood Pile

Now That's One Well Engineered Redneck Wood Pile

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James016
Community Member
1 year ago

That is brilliant. I love it

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#11

This Took A Good Year Or Two To Make

This Took A Good Year Or Two To Make

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Scagsy
Community Member
1 year ago

Have a sit down if you're tyred.

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#12

When Someone Buys You A Bath Bomb And You Only Have A Shower

When Someone Buys You A Bath Bomb And You Only Have A Shower

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Purr·maid
Community Member
1 year ago

𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚑𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚜𝚒𝚝𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚜 𝚖𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚛𝚟𝚘𝚞𝚜.

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In the earliest days of r/redneckengineering, way back in 2013, the subreddit’s founder was the one who made the majority of the posts. However, as the member count grew, everyone became more active, so the founder no longer had to post most of the content.

According to the founder, most posts on the page are “low-budget workarounds to everyday problems with a few high-effort engineering projects and other submissions sprinkled in.”

#13

Slavic Redneck Piping

Slavic Redneck Piping

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 year ago

Did I get in there first with 'if the shoe fits'?

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#14

Hello And Welcome To Poland

Hello And Welcome To Poland

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Purr·maid
Community Member
1 year ago

🤣😂

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#15

7 Wheels Are Better Than 4?

7 Wheels Are Better Than 4?

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 year ago

Anxiety level 100000000

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#16

How To Truck Camp In The Winter (Found In Local Classified)

How To Truck Camp In The Winter (Found In Local Classified)

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Scagsy
Community Member
1 year ago

That looks awesome!

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#17

How To Do Laundry While Living In A Vehicle. Available Programs; Off-Road, Highway And City

How To Do Laundry While Living In A Vehicle. Available Programs; Off-Road, Highway And City

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wow that's fantastic
Community Member
1 year ago

perfect for road accidents to occur.

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#18

Mad Angler With Mad Homemade Vessel

Mad Angler With Mad Homemade Vessel

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg thats hilarious

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#19

I Give You The Double Decker Sofa. Ideal For Game Night With The Guys

I Give You The Double Decker Sofa. Ideal For Game Night With The Guys

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Just like in 'Lego Movie'

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#20

When You Forget Your Spoon At Home

When You Forget Your Spoon At Home

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

Impressive skills

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#21

No Toaster? No Problem

No Toaster? No Problem

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Eric Law
Community Member
1 year ago

That's actually more or less what a toaster was many years ago: https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/old-stove-top-pyramid-toaster.28777/

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#22

It Caught On Fire Last Year. But This Year I Give You Portable Fire Pit 2.0

It Caught On Fire Last Year. But This Year I Give You Portable Fire Pit 2.0

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Bron
Community Member
1 year ago

My daughter did that for her 21st

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#23

Found This One

Found This One

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J. F.
Community Member
1 year ago

Necessity creates solutions

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#24

The Ultimate Defense

The Ultimate Defense

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Aaron W
Community Member
1 year ago

Modern problems require modern solutions.

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#25

Stick Fix

Stick Fix

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Robert T
Community Member
1 year ago

Sticky Fixer!

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#26

This Dude Was Towing A Shed With A Lawnmower

This Dude Was Towing A Shed With A Lawnmower

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, thats a strong lawnmower 😲😲😲

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#27

I Took A Free Broken Laptop And Hooked It Up To A Monitor, Used The Monitor Box As The Holder. Been Using It Daily For Almost A Year No Problems

I Took A Free Broken Laptop And Hooked It Up To A Monitor, Used The Monitor Box As The Holder. Been Using It Daily For Almost A Year No Problems

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Vorknkx
Community Member
1 year ago

Reminds me of a the half-laptop/CRT monitor unholy hybrid that one of my college friends made.

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#28

Seen At A Hospital In Argentina, Latin American Countries Are A Goldmine For These

Seen At A Hospital In Argentina, Latin American Countries Are A Goldmine For These

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 year ago

Recycling. Plus in my books.

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#29

My Dad Sends Me A Picture Whenever He Uses The Turkey Fryer I Bought Him. Today, He's Seemingly Cooking For The Guys At His Shop With The Help Of A 30t Overhead Crane

My Dad Sends Me A Picture Whenever He Uses The Turkey Fryer I Bought Him. Today, He's Seemingly Cooking For The Guys At His Shop With The Help Of A 30t Overhead Crane

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 year ago

You have a fun dad!

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#30

Found This On Denton, Texas Facebook Group

Found This On Denton, Texas Facebook Group

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
1 year ago

Practical. Take the kid shopping, let them 'carry' it home. Keep them occupied.

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#31

Found This In The Wild

Found This In The Wild

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ChinmayGhule
Community Member
1 year ago

Life is Comfort!

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#32

Okay, Sir, I Fixed Your Air Conditioner

Okay, Sir, I Fixed Your Air Conditioner

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Stimpy
Community Member
1 year ago

And increased your gas consumption per mile also!

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#33

So... The Analog Stick's Head Broke And I End Up Gluing A Cork From A Wine Bottle... I Like It

So... The Analog Stick's Head Broke And I End Up Gluing A Cork From A Wine Bottle... I Like It

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 year ago

Why does it kind-of look good

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#34

Very Nice Shoe Dryer Prototype For You Guys

Very Nice Shoe Dryer Prototype For You Guys

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 year ago

eww for the smell...

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#35

Handmade Hoverboard

Handmade Hoverboard

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 year ago

$80??? No way

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#36

Lost The Straw To My Wd-40. Attached A New One From The Capri Sun Of My Son

Lost The Straw To My Wd-40. Attached A New One From The Capri Sun Of My Son

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
1 year ago

Long as it works....

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#37

Found This At An Estate Sale

Found This At An Estate Sale

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Mieke
Community Member
1 year ago

This makes me sad........

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#38

My Brain Is Hurting From Looking At This

My Brain Is Hurting From Looking At This

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qwerty
Community Member
1 year ago

Occasionally, the word, "Why?" cannot suffice to express the mount of confusion I feel. This is one of those times.

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#39

Old Sheep Skin I Use To Keep The Controls From Freezing On My Garbage Truck. Works Like A Freaking Champ!

Old Sheep Skin I Use To Keep The Controls From Freezing On My Garbage Truck. Works Like A Freaking Champ!

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
1 year ago

Ingenius.

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#40

Red Neck Hot Tub Goals... Yes This Is My Basement

Red Neck Hot Tub Goals... Yes This Is My Basement

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K Witmer
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey we have one of those in our basement and we put it on our back porch in the summer. It works great and I'm not a redneck just a tiny bit hillbilly

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#41

I Wanted An Outdoor Super Bowl Party, But I Threw Away The TV Stand Long Ago

I Wanted An Outdoor Super Bowl Party, But I Threw Away The TV Stand Long Ago

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Supergamerkids
Community Member
1 year ago

That's cool

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#42

The Forbidden Cake Mixer, Made From An Electric Fan

The Forbidden Cake Mixer, Made From An Electric Fan

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Shelli Aderman
Community Member
1 year ago

The title! 🤣

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#43

Cooking Some Trailer Steaks

Cooking Some Trailer Steaks

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Eric Law
Community Member
1 year ago

If you don't care about your food being contaminated by what's on the ramp, and the ramp rusting...

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#44

Less 'Redneck' More Of A Nutcase. Reposted From 'Denveruxer'

Less 'Redneck' More Of A Nutcase. Reposted From 'Denveruxer'

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 year ago

Ah... If the car misses the bridge... 😅😬

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#45

We Have Ourselves A Craftsman

We Have Ourselves A Craftsman

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Xottel
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a pretty good welding, though.

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#46

Heavy Duty Office Chair

Heavy Duty Office Chair

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 year ago

oh, nice!

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#47

This Seems To Fit Better Here

This Seems To Fit Better Here

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 year ago

Not a 'killjoy', just someone who cares: Some of the ‘fixes’ that have been posted in relation to automobiles are dangerous and should not be attempted.

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#48

Genius

Genius

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TK 421
Community Member
1 year ago

As long as you have plumbed the exhaust correctly, I applaud you noble genius.

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#49

Not Sure If This Fits Here But I Needed A Longer Aux Cord

Not Sure If This Fits Here But I Needed A Longer Aux Cord

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
1 year ago

As an audio tech, this really disturbs me.

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#50

Hole In Your Boot. No Problem

Hole In Your Boot. No Problem

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Aaron W
Community Member
1 year ago

Hole? I see no hole.

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