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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.