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If you can't fix it with a hammer and a roll of duck tape, it's not worth fixing at all, my old mate said minutes before that nasty business with the hammer and a roll of duck tape. Tell us of McGyver-like repairs and whether they were a brilliant success or a health and safety nightmare.

(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 11:58)
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Having been an engineer since I was 18 up until the ripe old age of 25
I think I have more bodge stories than I can remember, although I was an aircraft engineer and High voltage electrical engineer so bodging was a high risk game to play.
But bodges I am most proud of.

Turning the power back onto a small village using a paperclip to hold a lock nut in place on a .44Kv Transformer.

Getting an Army Gazelle helicopter back in the air in proper blue peter style by making an oil filter out of a washing up liquid bottle.

Fixing a fuel line using a straw and jubile clips.

Fixing countless phoenix uav using blue tac, which to be fair as they are pretty much made out of balsa wood, spit and old newspapers isn't really a bodge as an upgrade.

Altering a new circuit breaker to fit in the place of an 11Kv circuit breaker from world war one (no joke the thing had "Property of the war department printed on it") via means of a hammer, cable and lots of electrical tape.

I'm sure I will remember some more exciting stories later.
(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 18:52, closed)
MacGyver eat your heart out...8-P

(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 20:06, closed)
44kv
unusual size tranny....was this in the UK or in foreign?
We once had the top off a 66kv tranny at Bankside to carry out some delamination checks and found an old metal chair inside,some fitter in the past must have used it for a stepladder
(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 21:13, closed)
My mistake, missed out the decimal point.

(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 23:02, closed)
I have found underwear in circuit breakers before that someone must have been using as a rag
but happened to be holding 2 of the phases in place.
(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 23:03, closed)
Things to bodge
On the list of "things to risk a bodge on", helicopter has to be pretty far down the list. Respect.
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 15:41, closed)
^This
With high voltage knobs on.
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 18:19, closed)

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