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Old hard drive platters make wonderfully good drinks coasters - they look dead smart and expensive and you've stopped people reading your old data into the bargain.

Have you taped all your remotes together, peep-show-style? Have you wired your doorbell to the toilet? What enterprising DIY have you done with technology?

Extra points for using sellotape rather than solder.

(, Thu 20 Aug 2009, 12:30)
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Used to run old diesel vans, for which KitKat wrappers came in handy.
The engines'd vibrate so much that the battery terminals'd loosen and eventually ping off. A section of carefully-folded silver foil wrapped around the battery lug would ensure a snug fit for the terminal until I could do a proper repair.

My kids loved this problem as they got to eat the KitKats. Everbody won.

These days of course, KitKats come in flimsy wrappers and are of no mechanical use at all.
(, Thu 20 Aug 2009, 14:56, 4 replies)
Ah
The kit-kats I get in multipacks are indeed foil wrapped with a thin loop thing of paper....
(, Thu 20 Aug 2009, 15:05, closed)
That's great news
as I'll now be able to run diesel vans again.
(, Thu 20 Aug 2009, 15:16, closed)
You're not the only apparently
When I was younger my Dad bought an ancient 2nd hand van.

It obviously had had electrical issues, as every single fuse had been replaced with a kit-kat wrapper to prevent it from shorting out all the time.

Christ on a bike, some people are stupid.
(, Fri 21 Aug 2009, 15:04, closed)
There's also the story about the bloke who replaced a fuse with a bullet
and shot himself in the 'nads when it warmed up.
(, Fri 21 Aug 2009, 21:43, closed)

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