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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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Defacing the Queen
I've got one of those 5 ring cookers, the ones with a wok burner in the middle. This burner has 2 caps: a big ring for the outer flame, and a small one less than an inch across for the centre flame.

We lost the small one, and when I found out it would cost SIXTY EARTH POUNDS to replace, I decided to improvise. So I defaced a £2 coin thus: measure for the locator groove on the underside by comparing the studs on the burner, and then clamp the £2 into my mate's lathe and score the groove in with a tungsten bit. Because I'm of a republican bent, and also because the £2 is a handsome coin, I gouged through Her Maj's face.

Sorted, as long as I don't get nicked for treason. And the copper means the flames are pretty.
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 8:15, 9 replies)
A £58 saving. Result.
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 8:24, closed)
this sounds suspiciously like a job well done with the right tools
How dare you! This is against everything we stand for
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 9:30, closed)
I concur.
You should only have posted this story if it involved nailing the £2 coin to the cooker with a shard of chicken wire. And it was a 50p coin that you roughly sanded the corners off.
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 9:39, closed)
Canny idea though.
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 10:05, closed)
Aren't nickel fumes really unpleasant and potentially dangerous?

(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 10:07, closed)
that qualifies it for being a bodge job then?
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 11:17, closed)
If the OP never responds
then we can only assume that he's been overcome by fumes, slumped into his salt and pepper prawns and suffered grotesque facial burns.
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 11:30, closed)
I'm pretty sure the metal vapour will condense on the underside of the wok...
...before it reaches the cook.
(, Sat 12 Mar 2011, 13:59, closed)
Hee :)
"Earth pounds"
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 15:56, closed)

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