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Quick Fix MacGyver Tricks

Updated on June 3, 2013




Did you ever ask yourself this question? What would MacGyver do? In case you don’t know MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) was a character in a television show which ran from 1985-1992. He fixed things in extra ordinary ways and was always helping those he could. He was a secret agent who worked for the Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles, California. He never carried a gun and always invented a creative scheme to battle the bad guys. MacGyver is known around the world for his clever alternative solutions as the shows are still yet being aired here in the U.S. and abroad. MacGyver has been an inspiration to many of us. MacGyver has become a well known word which means “finding clever solutions”.

Mending walls...
Mending walls... | Source

Clever Alternatives

Shoe strings, wire coat hangers and bungee straps are common remedies for holding things together. I saw a mailbox strapped in place by a bungee strap. Clever alternatives are everywhere. A stretched out coat hanger is flexible enough to use to unclog a drain, yet strong enough to use as a hanger for a bird feeder or the exhaust on your car. Shoe strings are great for securing packages as well as your shoes. People have been known to tie these laces together to use as a belt or even a fishing line. MacGyver tricks are endless for a quick fix to many problems.

Things like cutting the end out of a plastic bottle to make a funnel or cut open a paper bag to use as a book cover or wrapping material may be simple, but smart solutions need not be complicated. Pinpoint an idea to make your day go smoothly.

A quick fix for a hole in the drywall could be paper glued in place and covered with wallpaper or contact paper. I once cut a circle out of a paper plate and glued it to the wall after the back of a recliner had hit it. The patch is not noticeable at all. Newspaper and old linens in the old days were used often for mending walls. It was done much like decoupage. It could be easily painted or covered with wallpaper. Layers upon layers of newspapers have been found in old houses readable enough to catch the news of long ago. Inside some of those walls people stuffed almost anything to help keep a draft from coming inside. Old letters and documents have been discovered inside the walls of an old house. Not only was it in safe hiding at the time, but later it serves as sort of a time capsule.

There's not much that Duct tape won't fix.
There's not much that Duct tape won't fix. | Source

Save Time and Money

Duct tape is one of the most widely used necessities to combat a broken item anywhere. The screen in your storm door rips. Duct tape to the rescue. Looks are so under rated when it comes to what works. Duct tape comes in assorted colors these days making mending plastic, glass, metals, and wooden items not quite the sight for sore eyes we once knew. A leaking drain or garden hose can use a dab of duct tape to secure it for a little while.

NASCAR uses duct tape to mend race cars. If the giants at the track can use it why shouldn’t we. From the seats to the fender the sturdy patch with its super endurance can hold up to the roughest abuse. This is a temporary fix to save both time and money.

Hair pins, clips and ponytail bands can help keep things other than your hair in place. Those decorative pony tail holders will work as well as a rubber band to hold pens, pencils and letters together. Hair pins have triggered locks to open doors and held ornaments on a Christmas tree. A hair clip works nearly as good as a paper clip to do the same job. Rather it is a MacGyver trick or an idea of your own, one never knows when they may need an alternative solution for a quick fix.

That squeaky door or stuck zipper both will benefit from a drop or two of dish detergent. Vegetable oil, mineral oil, wax and petroleum jelly work as a simple solution where a bit of lubricant is needed. You may not have to be armed with a grease gun to get things moving smoothly again.

More Quick Fix MacGyver Tricks

Vinegar can be the trick to a shiny mirror or window when you have run out of window cleaner. Talk about an all purpose cleaner it will clean everything from your drains to your pets. It is excellent for flea control and a light mist on Fido is not toxic to him or to you. Vinegar serves as first aid to sun burns and dried out cracked feet. Soak your tired achy feet in warm water and add a cup of vinegar for smooth skin. This same combo with a little added dish detergent is great for cleaning soap scum.

Need a vegetable garden spot, but have no known way to till up a place to plant your seeds? Put them in beds like you do your flowers. Lay an old tire on the ground and fill the center with dirt, now you can plant your choice of vegetables in it. Have one for each vegetable. Salad vegetables like lettuce and tomatoes do well in confined spaces such as these. Even large pots serve well for many plants.

A child’s hard plastic wading pool makes a good dog bath. The mess is much better outdoors than in your own bathtub. These pools serve well to keep a litter of puppies from straying off, too. At least for a few weeks until they outgrow it.

The sun is shining in your face. You have no shade for your window. Your curtains don’t keep out the rays. A newspaper or colored trash bag clipped to the curtain with clothes pins will solve this problem. Another way is to tape the newspaper or colored trash bag directly to the window. Simple problems demand simple solutions.

Watch MacGyver

What would MacGyver do?

A quick temporary solution can save you time and money. We may never be like the clever character MacGyver, but we can try new ideas to common dilemmas just as he did. Your local library will provide books on the subject. Check out some of those MacGyver episodes. You may discover you have MacGyver tricks of your own waiting to take control.

Would MacGyver use any of this stuff? Maybe, but more likely he would be much more creative. Remember the episode where he cracked an egg into the radiator of a vehicle to stop it from leaking? A fan actually suggested that little short fix. What would MacGyver do? You’d be surprised.


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    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I'm so glad you enjoy this hub, Peace2009.

    • Peace2009 profile image


      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for a great writing - loved the video

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thank you, Kenneth. Also thank you for the nice fan mail letter. Lee is actually my middle name and not a last name like your mom's maiden. I will check out your page.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Diana,

      Marveous hub. Very helpful, ingenious, and I loved it. Voted up and away because you deserve it.

      I loved that show, McGyver. I wonder why it was never made into a theatrical event?

      Oh well.

      I urge you to please read a couple of my hubs and then be one of my followers--I would love that.


      Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thank you, Frank. I'm glad you like it.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      this was so useful and believe it or not entertaining, I love hubs like these :)

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thanks, ChristinS. I appreciate your input.

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      Christin Sander 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      We loved that show - it's still common for us to say we are going to "MacGyver" something. I love duct tape. I remember watching an episode of Myth Busters where they held together an entire car with it - and drove it, it was hilarious. Great hub, we have been known to use some of these tricks, especially with the coat hangers :).

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thank you for stopping by, claudyobcn. I agree MacGyver had some difficult tricks up his sleeve.

      Reviewstop, wouldn't it be great to be as creative as MacGyver. I think most of us have some clever ideas to fix things quickly if we need to.

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      You are very welcome, jocent and thank you for checking out my hub on the topic. I've got to be a bit of a MacGyver over the years, too.

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      6 years ago

      McGuyver is my idol, watched every episode on tv. Now I'm very handy inside the house because if him. Thanks for this memory!

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thank you, faythef. I'm glad you like these ideas.

      That is a cute story, kschimmal. Kids really do the funniest things sometimes. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 

      6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      My oldest son used to watch MacGuyver when he was a preschooler. One day he "booby-trapped" the house with some of my yarn while I was taking a nap. After twenty years, though, he became very handy at fixing all sorts of things!

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      Faythe Payne 

      6 years ago from USA

      some really great MacGyver up and sharing

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thank you, Georgie. I appreciate your kind comment.

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      GH Price 

      6 years ago from North Florida

      There are a lot of great ideas here! I have actually patched a hole in a wall by stuffing it tightly with newspaper and then spackling over it.

      Shared an voted up!


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