We Are Slightly Concerned About these Hilarious and Idiotic DIY Repairs

Shannon Quinn - May 21, 2022
This guy wanted a more comfortable seat for his bike, so he got it. Credit: Buzzfeed

19. Seat Replacement

Someone out there decided to take a perfectly good kitchen chair and take it apart to be part of a bike seat. But the most confusing part about this repair is that it looks like the guy is still sitting on the original bike seat. So he really just has these extra pieces of chair on the bike that don’t serve too much of a purpose in terms of adding comfort to his ride. But, to each their own.

This person is using a macbook to slice a cake in half. Credit:

18. Who Needs a Knife When You Have a Macbook?

In this photo, it appears as though someone wanted to slice a cake, but they didn’t have any knives on-hand to do it with. So they wrapped up their macbook with saran wrap and cut the cake that way. Technically, it works. But how can you live without any kind of knife? This definitely belongs in the ebaumsworld category of “redneck repairs”.

There’s a major flaw with this door lock idea. Credit: Reddit

17. Security at its Best

When the car door lock was broken, this person decided it was smarter to add a sliding lock rather than getting their car door fixed. But don’t they realize that anyone can slide the little metal piece back and forth without a key? This originally came from the “An Attempt Was Made” subReddit, where the poster said, “Saw this on a walk today.” We wonder if the car alarm is still intact, and if turning the lock would set off the sound after any attempt was made to open it.

When the mirror went missing, they decided to use an iPod’s camera instead. Credit: Little Things

16. DIY Rear View Camera

Out of all of the side view mirror repair fails on this list, at least this one works temporarily. They have an old iPod touch or iPhone taped to the empty side view mirror. The camera is rolling, so you can see everything behind the car in real time. It works just like a mirror, only we all know that it will eventually run out of battery life. Hopefully this was just a temporary solution to their problem before they got the mirror repaired for real.

The metal on the back of this car belongs on a truck, but no one seems to care. Credit: Little Things

15. The Wrong Material

For some reason, this person decided to have their car repaired with heavy-duty metal that you’d normally see on the back of a truck bed. Maybe they’ve had their bumper hit one too many times. If you ran into the back of this thing, you’d be sorry! At least they are peace-loving hippies who like to surf.

Someone decided to replace their truck door with a regular house door. Credit: Little Things

14. The Wrong Door

When this truck owner needed a new back door, they didn’t go to a mechanic or body shop. Instead, they decided to head down to the hardware store to see what they could find. Obviously, hardware stores only sell items for houses. So they came home with a door that belongs in a house. In terms of functionality, we’re not sure if this repair actually works or not. Or maybe it’s just there temporarily to keep things from sliding out of the truck bed. There’s no way to tell, and it’s just another average redneck repair. 

Who needs an ash tray when you have this? Credit: Buzzfeed

13. Burning Right Through

This next one is not exactly a repair. It’s just someone who decided to improvise an ashtray out of a plastic cup they had been drinking out of. Their cigarette was hot enough to burn a hole through the cup, and they could place it inside of there to let the ashes fall. It looks disgusting, and we don’t suggest trying this at home. But it probably helped this person out in a pinch.

This is how one person organizes their cords. Credit: Reddit

12. Organizing Cords

This next repair is actually something I’ve seen recommended in DIY lists with true sincerity. They used a paper towel roll to help collect the cords under their desk to keep them organized. There is nothing wrong with this, except that maybe they could decorate the roll with some paper or paint to make it look a bit cuter. When you use the paper towel roll on its own, it does look a bit ghetto. It seems like redneck engineering, but it might actually be a good idea. 

This person tried to do a good deed, but it didn’t work out quite right. Credit: Reddit

11. Not the Right Fit

This one isn’t a repair. It’s just a straight-up fail. It was originally posted on the An Attempt Was Made SubReddit with the caption, “Someone almost did a good deed.” In case you’re not sure what’s going on in the photo, this person tried to put their cup away in the recycling bin that accepted plastic cups and cans. But their Big Gulp cup from 711 was so large, they couldn’t fit it through the hole to recycle it. Hopefully the person taking the picture took the cup out and threw it in the garbage afterwards.

They thought they had a vase at home, but they were wrong, and ended up using a gallon of water instead. Credit: Reddit

10. Without a Vase

This photo was found on the “An Attempt Was Made” SubReddit with the caption, “I thought we had a vase.” Classic problem. You buy a bouquet of flowers from the store, only to realize when you get home that you can’t find- or straight up don’t own a vase. Next time, maybe this person will buy a vase from the store so that they can have a place to put bouquets of flowers, instead of sticking them into a gallon of water.

This tape measure was broken, so someone stapled the heck out of it to keep it together. Credit: Reddit

9. Hopefully It Measures the Same

This photo was originally posted on Reddit with the caption, “To fix this measuring tape…” Someone used staples to bring the two broken pieces together. While it’s not a completely terrible idea, there is just one flaw. This leaves a small amount of space in-between the staples, so the measurements will no longer be accurate. In a case like this, it should be easy to find a replacement measuring tape from the dollar store or a craft store.

This person glued on a handle to the back of their phone to give themselves more support. Credit: Pinterest

8. Who Needs a Pop Socket When You Have This?

Since the age of smart phones began, people have experienced trouble holding their phones without some kind of support. And they want something on the back to help prop up the phone, too. That’s why they invented the pop socket. However, this person thought of putting a handle on their phone way before it was cool. (Or maybe they just weren’t aware that there were better options out there.) So they glued on a handle from the hardware store to the back of their phone case. It looks terrible, and it probably feels sweaty after a while, too.

This person made a clever shield to hide their beer can from the public eye. Credit: Pinterest

7. Hiding Your Beer in Public

In most places in the United States, you can’t drink alcohol in public unless it’s concealed. That’s why you sometimes see alcoholics walking around with their drinks covered in a paper bag. This person decided to go one step further with their deception by fixing a can of Coca Cola on top of a beer can. The idea behind this is actually very clever. But I’m wondering how difficult it is to get this on and off of the can. And wouldn’t it be easier to just buy one of those beer cozies to cover it up?

This woman doesn’t have any shoes, so she used saran wrap instead. Credit: Pinterest

6. DIY Waterproofing Shoes

This next photo is a little bit confusing. It’s hard to tell if this person doesn’t have shoes on at all, or if they’re simply trying to cover up their existing pair of shoes to waterproof them. Either way, this person has taken saran wrap and covered themselves up from their feet to their calves. It’s very sad if they can’t afford shoes. But to me, this looks like some kind of life hack gone wrong. This image has been spread all over the Internet, so I have no way of knowing the original source or what the true story is behind this picture. So we may never know.

These women came up with a clever way to carry heavy groceries back home. Credit: Pinterest

5. No Car? No Problem

In this photo, we see two women who don’t have a mode of transportation to take them back and forth from the grocery store. So instead of limiting themselves to how much they can carry, they made their own invention. They decided to use two brooms together as a way to carry multiple bags of groceries. Not exactly a repair, but it does fix a problem that a lot of people have. True genius! 

We don’t think this spoon will hold very long when faced with the force of a break-in. Credit: Pinterest

4. Top Notch Security

The lock in the photo above used to have a piece of metal that would slide back and forth to help keep the door closed. However, someone decided it would be a good idea to repair the door by replacing the metal lock with a plastic spoon. The only obvious issue with that is that you can easily break down a door and snap a plastic spoon in half. Whoever did this wasn’t thinking it through, but maybe it stops some people from immediately barging into the door without a lot of force.

These men are taking a huge risk with the way they’re placing this ladder. Credit: go 1 day painting

3. This Doesn’t Look Very Safe

Painting a house is one of the most common repairs. However, you should never do what these guys are doing in the photo. They placed a ladder onto the ledge of a stairwell, so it’s dangling over an open staircase with at least a 12-foot drop. All of this is hanging in the balance of a friend spotting the man who is standing on the ladder trying to paint the wall. I truly hope the man was able to get down without ending up in the hospital.

A skateboard is used to hold the cheese, strawberries, wine, and laptop instead of a proper bath tray. Credit: Pinterest

2. Skateboard Bath Tray

Rather than a repair, this next one is more of a clever DIY. Instead of using a bath tray, they decided to take an old skateboard and lay it across the tub, instead. You may want to call this “redneck engineering” rather than a repair fail. But as long as it works, there’s no issue with this, right? Let her enjoy watching Ratatouille with her glass of wine in peace.

This person figured out the quickest way to dry a pair of jeans using a blow dryer and textbooks. Credit: Awesome Inventions

1. The Quickest Way to Dry Jeans

No repair to see here. Just the fastest way to dry a pair of jeans. This person decided to put a pair of jeans on the floor, and hold it down with textbooks. Next, they used a blow-dryer to secure it to the back of the jeans and blow hot air through it. There’s no way of telling if this is truly a faster way to dry jeans than just putting them in the dryer. But people on the Internet have declared it so.