Tag Archives: MacGyver

A Pesky Problem

26 Jul

We have had this pest problem for some time, but we never did anything about it. Recently, the situation got to us because it’s driving us batty literally. A bat or bats are hanging out in front of the house, and there is evidence of their existence. On the ceiling, there are claw scratches. And on the porch floor, messy stains of droppings and fruit seeds. The floor stains are hard to clean off – that’s the most annoying part!

We decided to do something to deter these night critters from hanging out at our place and creating a further mess. And Google is the best place to search for ideas. I found several methods like nets, sound, and scent. Using scent is the least expensive but most effective, specifically, mothballs!

All these repellent methods are not that difficult, and we opted for the scent method, being the most effective. We managed to fix a hook on the ceiling close to the perching spot with some MacGyver methods. And a mothball disc is now hanging there.

Let’s hope this works! In the meantime, we will have to monitor the place to see if there are any new droppings after cleaning up the area.

A Cut Too Deep, Part 2

22 Nov

My MacGyver skills came in handy when it came to rescuing the Whale with the broken tail. Given a second chance to be completed and not abandoned, it would have a whole tail section transplant instead of an itty-bitty prosthetic!

This was what I did…

After evaluating the damage and the wood surface, an itty bitty prosthetic tail wouldn’t do because that part of the wood was too porous and it certainly won’t stick. It needed more to be permanent and a transplant was a better option to replace the whole section. A little bit more work but I felt better about this direction.

So I worked on another piece for the tail part. Luckily the Meranti piece that I chose wasn’t that hard and it was quite effortless to get the shape right quickly. But after aligning the pieces, my estimates were off! Haish… it didn’t look right and I ended up having to shave off a little bit more of the bottom part on the main body.

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Bottom pics: Before (L) and after (R) trimming the base to fit the new tail section

Eventually, with the tiniest nails I could find, the tail section was attached to the main body. I then added Elmer’s glue and stapled the section to secure it.

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How to add a tail to a whale, with nails, glue and staples

After the glue dried, I started puttying the piece to even out the nooks and crannies and the Whale was starting to look good. Phew! I decided to leave the staples in for peace of mind.

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A saved whale is a happy whale!

When I’m done applying gesso on it, you can’t tell that this fella had surgery in the first place. And once I decide what color it shall be, it will certainly look good when painted. I’m so glad I persevered on this to give it a second lease in life after that unfortunate cut that was too deep. A saved whale is a happy whale, and a happy me too!

The MacGyver Hack

6 Aug

I have always have this tendency to fix things whenever they break or fall apart. Call it my MacGyver instincts, my handiwork usually works to prolong the usage, with the thing given a new lease of life.

If you grew up in the 80s like me, you would know who MacGyver is. Every week I stayed glued to the TV to watch MacGyver and admired his weekly fix-it-all ingenuity. He fascinated me so you could say I hardly threw stuff away if I can fix them up, just like MacGyver.

Last week, my Japanese slipper broke – the strap between the big and second toes, coming off from the sole. And me being me, liking the slippers very much, I didn’t want to replace them. So I thought about it for a couple of days and finally found the MacGyver solution to it. And it’s not glue to solve the problem.

I used a straw! Isn’t it clever?

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A straw, stapler and cellotape is all you need! Easy peasy.

It’s hard to explain but with a stapler and cellotape (which was actually unnecessary), the contraption worked out well and I saved my slippers from being thrown out, being good as new again!