DANG IT!!!!!! Now its broke, what do I do? Sometimes you just don’t have the time and/or money to fix it right. This is not just about rigging your exhaust pipe back up with a wire hanger, I’m talking about rigging your reverse lights to a light switch bolted to the dash. That was the old S-10, we put a flat bed on it and the reverse lights were actually off-road lights wired to that light switch. Sometimes you just have to make do.
The fine art of jury rigging is easily mastered by those who could care less about the cosmetic look of the object, just happy that it works. Like when the door mirror fell out of my van, we glued in a peice of reflective plexiglass as a replacement. Did it look pretty? Absolutely not. Did it work great? Sure did!
The second step in the fine art of jury rigging is thinking outside the box. OK, the generator is toast and we have nothing to cut the wood to build the house. Wait! Yes we do! Chainsaw! Or when Free Soul Papa got fed up with the old kerosene refrigerator and jury rigged it to use propane instead. Why use a kit (don’t try this at home, I am not responsible for any injuries) when you have a few parts from an old camper stove, a regulator off a grill, a few do-dads from the hardware store, and plenty of JB Weld?
In an SHTF world, parts will be harder to come by, so you’ll be forced to either manufacture your own or find something that’s close enough and make it work. In fact, JB Weld, duct tape, super glue, electrical tape, neverseez, either PB or Kroil, and stuff like that should be part of your preps. Don’t forget to save your twisty ties! I even fix air chuck nozzles at work with twisty ties.
May God grant ya’ll peace.