DIY Idiots Who Should Have Just Paid The Professionals

Sai Leigh - October 11, 2022
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An Adult Slip n’ Slide, with Consequences

Installing stairs of any size and shape is no joke, as this homeowner likely learned when they DIY-ed an outdoor set of steps. It’s unclear what the aesthetic here is, as there are at least four different types and colors of stone going on. But the real focus of our worries is on the steps themselves, which are noticeably tilted downward. Imagine trying to rush into the house on a rainy day and taking a dive on that slick, slight incline. Luckily there’s even more stone to break your fall! [via Reddit]

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Functional Furniture for Friend Groups!

Recently, the double couch has been making the rounds in the DIY (or DIWHY) communities. An amateur-made contraption, double couches essentially act as theater seats for large families or groups of friends. This homeowner went above and beyond in making sure everyone had a seat, and built a triple-decker couch complete with wheels for easy maneuvering and storage. Honestly, this is an impressive solution – even if we’re cringing at the expectation of one of those 2x4s snapping under the weight of the movie night crew. [via Reddit]

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For Times When Feeling Supported Truly Matters

Of all the appliances in your home, toilets are the ones you shouldn’t mess around with. Unless you know what you’re doing. We’re not quite sure what happened here, but it looks like after the installation, someone realized that toilets need to be caulked. Caulking a toilet in place so it doesn’t shift is done almost exclusively around the base. What could have been happening in this home for the owner to feel that the toilet needed to be doubly secured at the top as well as the bottom? And how do they plan on removing the lid if they ever need to access other features, like the float or flapper? At least they’re mindful of their bathroom etiquette, judging by that scented spray! [via Reddit]

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Trying Too Hard to Impress Guests

If you only saw the top portion of this photo, you might be impressed. It appears to show a flat screen TV installed professionally in a living room wall. Nice set up, looks a little pricey and classy – what more could you ask for? And chances are, this TV will impress guests, unless they get a look at the room behind the living room. The bottom photo reveals just how the installation happened, and it’s no magic trick. This is actually a full-sized box television mounted into a wall, with the back end hanging out in someone unfortunate person’s room. The installation looks like it was a bit of a mess, too, with drywall scraps littering the rug and a mess of wires spread out under the television. But, hey, as long as no one ever discovers their secret, it just might work out. [via Facebook]

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Your Best Guess Probably Beats Ours

Home improvement experts have carried on long discussions about what this contraption could possibly be for. It’s been referred to as a “redneck water heater”, but what are the chances this thing can heat enough water for a whole house? The fascinating thing is, it looks like someone at least partially knew what they were doing. The PVC piping is well-jointed and there doesn’t appear to be any leaking. Plus, you’d need to understand how hot water delivery systems work to even think of involving a tea kettle. But how, exactly, does it work? And what does it do? [via Reddit]

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