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Unread 02-21-2020, 12:18 PM   #1
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Slang? Jerry-rigging, "percussive maintenance" etc.

Hi Folks,
First, I have to say thanks -- You helped this lurker DIYer through TWO bathroom showers and a floor!!! (so far so good a few years out)

Now for the fun question -- What are your favorite slang terms for fixing something with an unorthodox solution? ie, hitting it with a hammer, using duct tape, etc. I know you guys have lots of funny euphemisms for these "creative" solutions!

I'm writing a book about critical thinking and I want to talk about the difference between "book smart" and folks who know how to get 'er done... Often insecure newbies assume that every problem has a "right way", and they just don't know it or have the right tool. But experienced people know there may not always be a right way beyond whatever works. They use initiative to find a solution on their own. Thoughts?

(Edit: Just to clarify, I know the folks here are pros who nearly always do things the right way with the right tools. But I'm interested in those unusual situations where even a pro needs to get creative.)


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Unread 02-21-2020, 05:28 PM   #2
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I have some kin folk that's been known to do some southern engineering from time to time.

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Unread 02-22-2020, 08:50 AM   #4
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Never been a big fan of that there adjective. I would explain but I need to get back to work. Pass the duct tape please...........
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Unread 02-22-2020, 06:06 PM   #5
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Love em'!

Thanks, keep 'em coming!

And Jerry, my husband gave me quite the lecture on how I should have spelled it "jury-rigging", and its origin in holding up the ship's mast, and how he knows how to tie the jury-rig knot, etc. etc. If you want to listen to it then you can recapitulate it for anyone who hassles you, haha

I can add "shock method" to the list from an IRL friend -- but that one's not as funny.
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anyone can succeed with bubble gum and baling wire. That's for amateurs! The true professional succeeds with spit and baling wire.
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Hi Cynthia. Glad you joined us.

I agree with "jury-rig." I've heard a lot of the "Jerry" version, though.
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