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By Ldyosng ·
What is the most interesting or high-tech thing you have ever fixed using a low-tech solution. For example, using the eraser at the end of a pencil to clean contacts (don't laugh - a guy at HP taught me that trick!) or holding in headlights with duct tape or stopping bleeding with crazy glue . . .

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The Duct Tape Factor. . .

by swgoldwire2546 In reply to Important research questi ...

I have used duct tape to piece together a three-plug RJ-11 modular jack that was broken at the seams.

I also used the same kind of tape, only wider, to create a facade for my newly built speakerphone boxes made of corrugated cardboard and Gorilla Glue, Pioneer speakerphones and an amplification system from the CompUSA brand computer speakers.

-swg :)

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True origin of the term PAPERCLIP

by JohnOfStony In reply to Important research questi ...

Back in the early 80s I worked for a UK VDU manufacturer called Pericom and during the development of intelligent terminals we needed to test output from keyboard and input to screen, both via the same RS232 serial port. So we used a PAPERCLIP with one end poked into the transmit pin hole and the other into the receive pin hole. The device used became known as a PAPERCLIP because it was the:
Pericom
Applied
Peripheral
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Research
Communications
Link
Interface
Probe
Any other stories of the origins of names of low-tech everyday objects?

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Bleeding !!!

by stargazerr In reply to Important research questi ...

Acitone stops bleeding in a flash ....

Beware !! It hurts really bad for a second ... but the next second ....All Healed

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Crazy glue

by JamesRL In reply to Bleeding !!!

Crazy glue works too, but then I've seen it used in hospitals.

James

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Back in my cab-driving days ...

by Too Old For IT In reply to Important research questi ...

... I drove behind a Chrysler engine that was notorious for vapor lock in hot humid weather.

However, a couple of wooden clothes pins (the spring loaded kind) clipped to the gas line coming into the carb, and I was good to go.

Duct tape, WD-40, clothespins, drywall screws ... what else do you need in your tool kit?

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The missing tool

by Ldyosng In reply to Back in my cab-driving da ...

Is a good old fashioned #2 pencil. It's the perfect size to plug the fuel line on an old VW bug when pulling the engine, not to mention the many uses for the eraser.

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I don't mean to sound chauvinistic but you're................

by sleepin'dawg In reply to The missing tool

the first woman I've heard of that would know something like that. Yeah a #2 pencil works but I prefer using golf tees, the plastic ones. They work on all kinds of lines and the colour stands out better than the yellow of the pencil, especially if the paint disolves. Use different colours for differnt lines.

Dawg ]:)

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Silly ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I don't mean to sound cha ...

I actually use a Snap On hose clamp to do that and with the good old beetles you only need the one.

Unless of course it is one of those that leaves my factory then there are lots of crankcase breather tubes that need plugging. I got sick & tired of blowing the oil filler caps off.

Col ]:)

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Plastic in a fuel line!?

by Ldyosng In reply to I don't mean to sound cha ...

I'd rather lose a little paint than risk dissolving something plastic in a fuel line!

And here's a chuckle for you: Stoddard Solvent will not mess up nail polish. However - if one is wearing nail polish, one should never oxy-acetylene weld without welding gloves. The nails catch fire astoundingly quickly.

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The lowly toothpick.

by Too Old For IT In reply to Important research questi ...

I had a fan connector with one wire that just would not stay connected. Jam in a toothpick, and no problem any more.

I've also use them and a dab of Elmer's Glue for stripped out wood screws.

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