Don’t you ever feel like we take things too seriously? I mean, if the heating stops working, there are many very questionable, yet bizarrely ingenious ways to go about it—like putting a fan next to the oven. It’s totally not smart, not safe, it doesn’t work, and it’s basically a plain horrible idea.

But in the bizarre and crazy world of “Redneck Engineering,” things are always far from the norm. Before we step into the Reddit community r/RedNeckEngineering, I should warn you not to try this at home under any circumstances. Because safety will likely be breached, and the gadgets you’ll see will raise an alarming level of suspicion.

So let’s see what the buzz is all about in this hilarious subreddit with 354k members that has been rolling since 2013. Whether it's a curse or a blessing, we will find out.

#1

Touchless Dispenser

Touchless Dispenser

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Bri Nicole
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1 month ago

Genius!

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#2

Protection From Escaping

Protection From Escaping

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Orillion
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1 month ago

If it looks stupid, but it works, it's not stupid.

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#3

For Remote Teaching Without A Document Camera

For Remote Teaching Without A Document Camera

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Radar Doi
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1 month ago

oooh, I can't upvote this more, so so resourceful

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Bored Panda reached out to the founder of r/RedneckEngineering to find out more about their community. It turns out, the term “redneck engineering" is open for interpretation, but the redditor assured us that it's also “the kind of thing you know when you see.”

For example, “It 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 members of the subreddit give “bonus points if it'd make an OSHA inspector cringe.”

#4

Looks Level To Me

Looks Level To Me

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Gillbella
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1 month ago

This isn't redneck- it's brilliant

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#5

Fixed The Gate Problem...

Fixed The Gate Problem...

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Brett
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1 month ago

That’s cool

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#6

My 12 Year Old Son Modified His Bike With Carpet For Barefoot Riding

My 12 Year Old Son Modified His Bike With Carpet For Barefoot Riding

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Lord Mysticlaw
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1 month ago

This kid is going places... no pun intended

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The biggest difference between now and the old days in 2013 when r/RedneckEngineering was created is growth. The founder said that he used to be responsible for most of the posts, but the community has become really self-sustaining over time.

When it comes to submissions, you’ll see all kinds of bizarre makeshift gadgets and very questionable workarounds. Most posts generally come from people finding “low-budget workarounds to everyday problems with a few high-effort engineering projects and other submissions sprinkled in.”

#7

Rear Parking Sensor

Rear Parking Sensor

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Lord Mysticlaw
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1 month ago

OK but I hope it squeaks really loudly

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#8

When You Ask A Welder To Fix Something For You

When You Ask A Welder To Fix Something For You

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Brett
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1 month ago

*snaps off other mirror on purpose* can you fix this mirror too?

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#9

Master Lock 100

Master Lock 100

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Brett
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1 month ago

I have no words this is brilliant

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#10

Found This Fork In My Brothers House And Asked Him Why He Had Done It.... Then He Ran Upstairs To Grab His iPad

Found This Fork In My Brothers House And Asked Him Why He Had Done It.... Then He Ran Upstairs To Grab His iPad

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Brett
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1 month ago

The iq of this man is to high to be human

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#11

A Whole Crap Load Of Amish Guys Moving A Barn

A Whole Crap Load Of Amish Guys Moving A Barn

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
1 month ago

Why is it that we Africans use brick or concrete to build walls even though we don't have hurricanes and tornados and america with it's hurricanes are like... we'll see which is the easiest thing for a bit of wind to blow away

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#12

Would Like To Buy This Guy A Beer And Hear His Story

Would Like To Buy This Guy A Beer And Hear His Story

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rgr8
Community Member
1 month ago

I aspire to be him. Minus the vape.

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#13

Man Puts Chicken On Top Of Squeegee To Eat The Spiders Trapped In The Ceiling, Natural Pest Control

Man Puts Chicken On Top Of Squeegee To Eat The Spiders Trapped In The Ceiling, Natural Pest Control

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Bri Nicole
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1 month ago

LMAO an actual chicken

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#14

Landlord Decided To Turn Down The Heat Today In My Mn Apartment As It Reached -40°. But The Idiot Must Have Forgotten He Pays My Electric And Doesn't Realize That I Value My Comfort Over Safety Or Energy Conservation.

Landlord Decided To Turn Down The Heat Today In My Mn Apartment As It Reached -40°. But The Idiot Must Have Forgotten He Pays My Electric And Doesn't Realize That I Value My Comfort Over Safety Or Energy Conservation.

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rgr8
Community Member
1 month ago

Who the frick would let someone live in a house that is -40. Your landlord is an a*hole.

Anne
Community Member
1 month ago

The whole area had a decree from the county (state?) to be 15 Celsius (I don't know the Fahrenheit) max for heating as there were energy shortages due to all people having to use more to combat the extreme cold. They were asked to do this so the power surge was not so high that parts would have to go without. That would have caused people freezing to death inside their homes. The landlord was not an a- hole - he was following orders. And 15 degrees is not comfy, but you can put on a bit of clothes and be ok.

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Greg Hoggarth
Community Member
1 month ago

Would be a lot more effective (and safer) with some cast iron pans on the elements to increase the surface area for convecting the heat away.

More!
Community Member
1 month ago

Turn up the oven and open its door too!

Go Hawks
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, really. Maybe throw some pots on the stove with water, steam up the place? It doesn't seem like that would do the trick by itself? But, when you're freezing, hard to think straight- scary!

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Id row
Community Member
1 month ago

That's not exactly genius, that's dangerous af. At the very least by law, your landlord needs to provide you with space heaters if the regular heat isn't working. You should report them.

Laura Thomas
Community Member
1 month ago

get an electric blanket so just you are heated.

WildBerry
Community Member
1 month ago

Great suggestion. That and turning on the oven

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Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I keep my thermostat at 18 degrees Celcius when I'm home and 15 when I'm out... I can always put on a jumper or cardigan if it's not warm enough. No need for 23 degrees for healthy (younger) people... PS lighting an array of tea lights- six for a small room- will make it bearable too :)

Jade Lynn
Community Member
1 month ago

-40 is a lot different than +15/+18 though

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Kay Maxey
Community Member
1 month ago

Open the oven too!

Anamaria Mazer de Toledo
Community Member
1 month ago

The oven works well too

Sandra Schug
Community Member
1 month ago

Turn on the oven too and leave it open

Kiss Army
Community Member
1 month ago

Frozen and burst pipes cost a lot more to fix and proper heating!

Rachel Lacow
Community Member
1 month ago

You trickle the water on each faucet and open the cabinet doors to prevent frozen pipes

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s not stupid if it works

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Living in Canada, I have done this on occasion when my radiator wasn't working properly.

BeenElle
Community Member
1 month ago

In some more civilized places there are laws to protect tenants against unsafe living conditions. Landlords are required to ensure their dwellings can maintain minimum temperatures so people don’t freeze to death! America, I love you but you are not even close to the best country in the world.

WildBerry
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

This is happened in Canada-- you know, NORTH AMERICA. This would not happen in the United States. And in CENTRAL AMERICA AND SOUTH AMERICA it never gets that cold. SO which part of AMERICA are you talking about?

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Mickie Shea
Community Member
1 month ago

Genius. Your landlord's an ass.

Kimberley McMillan
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a good way to start a fire.

Purr·maid
Community Member
1 month ago

Cannot stand those types of landlords.

Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
1 month ago

Your elements will burn out. Try the oven instead and close off every other room. When the pipes freeze, he'll increase the heat!

Ruth Dyke
Community Member
1 month ago

Unbelievable! What is wrong with your landlord? Why are you still there?

Teresa Groth
Community Member
1 month ago

So sorry that this took place and sorry you live in the this place, I would turn Him in for the illegal way He is abusing your rights as a tenant!

Candy Chitty
Community Member
1 month ago

When my husband was in Vietnam, I rented a little cottage for fifty bucks that had no heat. I used plug-in floor heaters but I did this very same thing when things got real cold, and no I didn't pay electric. I wish I'd thought of the fan idea though.

Jane W.
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't think COMFORT is the issue---it's dying of hypothermia.

Ninja Nonna
Community Member
1 month ago

Yay you!

స్టీఫెన్ ఆండ్రూ
Community Member
1 month ago

The oven would have been more effective.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 month ago

If the electric bill is no issue, use electric space heaters.

bastillee
Community Member
1 month ago

clever, but looks so dangerous.

Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
Community Member
1 month ago

The formula for the conversion is degrees Celsius times 9 divided by 5 plus 32. So 0 celcius x 9 is 0, divided by 5 is 0, plus 32. Point of freezing. -40c x 9 / 5 + 32 = -40f. Same.

BoredPanda is awesome
Community Member
1 month ago

wow

StrawberryParfait
Community Member
1 month ago

Has this idiot never hear of a sweater?

Hermione Granger
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah because that would be helpful for -40 degrees

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backatya
Community Member
1 month ago

Good for you now turn the landlord in to the county for turning your heat off.

Diandra “Mss Didi” Blackthorn
Community Member
1 month ago

Another trick if you don't pay for gas/water - run the sower with hot water to fill the tub 1/2 way and drain/refill as needed. This moist heat takes the chill out and eases muscles, joints, and lungs. I had one of these creep slumlords, too - who is not VERY sorry I was his tenant. I cost him lots of money in court fees and building violations with hopes that he will not torture future tenants.

Louloubelle
Community Member
1 month ago

Or maybe buy an inexpensive space heater? Also electric, and safer.

Janinne Paulson
Community Member
1 month ago

Is this supposed to be some novel revelation or something? All us poor people have done that at some point. Nothing new at all.

Jeff Bunn
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone needs to report that landlord to a lawyer, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Police!! It is SO ILLEGAL to turn down the heat on a tenant in a situation like that!! If it is a question of money,there are either free lawyers or lawyers available on a sliding fee schedule!! This landlord should be sued and possibly see jail time!!

MikeMaxis
Community Member
1 month ago

Space heaters can be effective also.

Blue
Community Member
1 month ago

My landlady bragged to me that she has to wear short summer pyjamas to bed upstairs when she saw that I was wearing thick fleece panamas AND a housecoat to bed. ( I was talking garbage out and bumped into her wearing the P.Js and mentioned to her that I was cold and had to run a heater 12/7)

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
1 month ago

He needs to be reported to your local Landlord/Tenant association. There are serious penalties for that kind of crap.

Lisa
Community Member
1 month ago

I used the oven to heat the house once, well at least the main part of the house, but that was because the furnace wasn't turning on and the repairmen couldn't make it out until the next day.

Lana Jig-maker
Community Member
1 month ago

Landlord could be liable if damage is done due to such low temperatures in the apt

April Calderwood
Community Member
1 month ago

My upstairs neighbors did this when I was living in a basement suite. I spent many a night heating my house with my oven, never with the burners though... I just heated up the inside of the oven and left the door open.

Cathy Carey
Community Member
1 month ago

You could also turn the oven on and set the fan on the oven door. Of course open the door before it gets hot...

MH3
Community Member
1 month ago

How is the landlord controlling the heat inside the apartment?

Candy Sheppard
Community Member
1 month ago

I did this but with the oven

Leonel Roque
Community Member
1 month ago

Better to turn on oven and leave door open!!

bpanther
Community Member
1 month ago

Tits for tats !! LOL LOL

WildBerry
Community Member
1 month ago

Nice tits

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BobbyK
Community Member
1 month ago

Won't the pipes burst in that cold?

LadyAna
Community Member
1 month ago

A way to make this safer is to boil water. I wouldn't use all four, but I have been known to put a big pot on the stove when it gets a little too cold in my apartment. And yes, the landlord pays for my gas!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

Dangerous beyond beliefe. Insult to rednecks. No thought provoking attempt to solve problem just vindictive attempt to make everything worse.

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#15

I’m Bad For Using Whatever Tool Is Handy As A Hammer, Usually A Crescent Wrench. My Husband Learned A Bit Of Welding And Redneck Engineered This For My Birthday

I’m Bad For Using Whatever Tool Is Handy As A Hammer, Usually A Crescent Wrench. My Husband Learned A Bit Of Welding And Redneck Engineered This For My Birthday

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
1 month ago

It also needs a knife, a fork, a toothpick, a corkscrew and a bottle opener!

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#16

Buoyancy

Buoyancy

2 korean student's made a raft out of potato chip bags to prove they have too much air in them.

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Saico Hipe
Community Member
1 month ago

It annoys me every time I hear people complain about the amount of air in snack chip bags. 1.) The air is necessary, because without it, the chips would get crushed during shipment. 2.) THEY'RE SOLD BY WEIGHT. It doesn't matter if there's empty space in the bag, 5 ounces (or however much in a given bag) is 5 ounces. Learn to read labels

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#17

Local Chinese Restaurant. The Entire Kitchen Is Walled Off With Plastic. There’s A Cardboard Flap To Pass Money, And The Box On The Right Acts As An Airlock With Two Flaps To Pass The Food Through. It’s All Plastic Sheet, Cardboard And Duct Tape

Local Chinese Restaurant. The Entire Kitchen Is Walled Off With Plastic. There’s A Cardboard Flap To Pass Money, And The Box On The Right Acts As An Airlock With Two Flaps To Pass The Food Through. It’s All Plastic Sheet, Cardboard And Duct Tape

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 month ago

Look for solutions, not problems 👍🏻

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#18

Whoever Built This Might Have A Phd In Redneck Engineering

Whoever Built This Might Have A Phd In Redneck Engineering

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago

Woah... THATS A FRIKIN SICK RIDE!

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#19

Steering Wheel Broke, Needed To Finish The Yard. Thankfully I Know How To Drive A Stick

Steering Wheel Broke, Needed To Finish The Yard. Thankfully I Know How To Drive A Stick

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rgr8
Community Member
1 month ago

Nice Pun!

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#20

Your Move, NASA

Your Move, NASA

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 month ago

I've done this with a hair dryer... but you have to be careful not to melt the hair dryer

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#21

Use A Fishing Rod To Teach Your Son Baseball

Use A Fishing Rod To Teach Your Son Baseball

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

No more accidentally hitting dad in the crown jewels with the bat or the ball.

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#22

We Needed To Disassemble A Shelf In An Office And We Didn’t Have A Mallet. Rubber Bands + Hammer = Mallet

We Needed To Disassemble A Shelf In An Office And We Didn’t Have A Mallet. Rubber Bands + Hammer = Mallet

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Stitches
Community Member
1 month ago

ain't stupid if it works

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#23

Silent Killer Mkii

Silent Killer Mkii

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El Dee
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1 month ago

Don't American cars get a yearly safety inspection??

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#24

Came Across This Picture And Wanted To Share

Came Across This Picture And Wanted To Share

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justagirl
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1 month ago

How does the driver see anything on the road?

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#25

*Beep Beep*

*Beep Beep*

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
1 month ago

A guy who still has faith in humanity...

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#26

When Covid Requires Separate Climate Control In An Auto, What Can You Do?

When Covid Requires Separate Climate Control In An Auto, What Can You Do?

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rgr8
Community Member
1 month ago

That's nice of him.

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#27

Grandpa: 1 Trash Panda: 0

Grandpa: 1 Trash Panda: 0

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
1 month ago

Eco-friendly double lid.

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#28

Redneck Security System

Redneck Security System

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
1 month ago

South Africa every day... we also have contraptions for the steering wheel and also the pedals

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#29

That'll Do For Now, He Said. That Was 4 Years Ago

That'll Do For Now, He Said. That Was 4 Years Ago

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Wendillon
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1 month ago

Technically it's still "now".

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#30

My Life Has Been A Lie

My Life Has Been A Lie

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Michael Calhoun
Community Member
1 month ago

Printer ink HAS to cost more than plywood

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#31

Gotta Love Uhaul

Gotta Love Uhaul

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Stimpy
Community Member
1 month ago

Technically yeah, but I'm pretty sure that is illegal. So they can likely end up paying much more...

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#32

Bought A Used Toy For My Kids At A Garage Sale. I Guess They Didn’t Have Any C Batteries. But They Did Have An Aa Battery And A Wood Dowel Though

Bought A Used Toy For My Kids At A Garage Sale. I Guess They Didn’t Have Any C Batteries. But They Did Have An Aa Battery And A Wood Dowel Though

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Stimpy
Community Member
1 month ago

You can do that?!

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#33

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

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

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
1 month ago

Guns don't kill people, toilet paper holders do!

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#34

Ran Out Of Washers So Drilled Through Some Pennies

Ran Out Of Washers So Drilled Through Some Pennies

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
1 month ago

Washers are more expensive...

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#35

Installed My Anti-Tailgater Device Today... Now I Just Need To Find Something For Folks Who Cut Me Off...

Installed My Anti-Tailgater Device Today... Now I Just Need To Find Something For Folks Who Cut Me Off...

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Chris Kane
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh! I just figured it out, took me a minute. So if someone is tailgating they will see the wrench, think it's unsecured and back off.

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#36

Are Russians The Rednecks Of Europe?

Are Russians The Rednecks Of Europe?

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justagirl
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1 month ago

Ask Putin if Russia belongs to Europe...

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#37

50 Bucks Ain’t Too Bad. Just Gotta Watch The Toes

50 Bucks Ain’t Too Bad. Just Gotta Watch The Toes

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rgr8
Community Member
1 month ago

Imagine what would happen if this were to be ran on.

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#38

Flex Seal Can Do Anything

Flex Seal Can Do Anything

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago

That was unexpected

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#39

Need To Relocate Your Switch?

Need To Relocate Your Switch?

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Stimpy
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't understand what I am seeing here...

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#40

Text Means "Emergency Stop"

Text Means "Emergency Stop"

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Kari Panda
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Wow... We have laws against such stuff and various instances who regularly check the safety standards. If any of those see this, s**t hits the fan.

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