Haven't got the money to get your favourite gadgets repaired by a professional? Then why not consider fixing it yourself. Here's why not... We've rounded 10 of the strangest, most low-tech repairs we've ever seen.

In today's economic climate, the last thing you want to do if your PC or favourite gadgets have broken is pay a professional to look at them.

However, there is another alternative - you could repair it yourself. Allow me to introduce you to 10 of the most low-down, low-tech hardware hacks we've ever seen. We do, however, have to commend them for their creativity and hard work.

Computer fan repair

Bucket: Found in the bin
Dictionary: £3 at a boot sale
Leaf-blower: Wife bought it for my birthday
Look on my tech-buddies' faces when they see my sweet new fan: Priceless

Yessirree, folks, instead of following something similar to our handy little repair guides, this computer owner decided to have a go at it all by himself.

Perhaps this fix-it guru didn't have the money to spring for an extra computer fan? It appears as if he just poked around his garage until he found something that would do the trick.

And, wow, look at the size of that thing! Let this be a lesson to you, wayward computers - overheating will not be tolerated.

Photo: Courtesy of Thereifixedit.com

Cheap, waterproof, all-phone-compatible, hands-free solution

So, you've been looking for a snazzy new Bluetooth headset, have you? Well, let me cut you a deal: I have a hands-free headset that is guaranteed to work with any and all mobile phones - whether they're Bluetooth-enabled or not.

You know what, it might even work with your regular landline phone, too. And it's so cheap, it's practically free. Don't get stuck paying £50 for a Bluetooth device that might not work with your phone - this incredible new device can be yours for only £3.49 per pack of 24!

And, if I haven't yet convinced you, here's another guarantee: nobody will ever think you're talking to yourself on the street.

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Haven't got the money to get your favourite gadgets repaired by a professional? Then why not consider fixing it yourself. Here's why not... We've rounded 10 of the strangest, most low-tech repairs we've ever seen.

We don't need no stinkin' wireless technology

This setup actually reminds me of the good old days, back when wireless was only a dream.

My father bought a 100ft ethernet cable and strung it from the living room, through the TV room, down the hallway, past my brother's room, into my room, and behind my desk. Looks: -10 Internet access: + 100.

That was seven years ago. Now you have wireless access at your local library, at the park, on the highway - heck, probably even your dog has wireless. And the cost of five extra-long LAN cables versus one cheap wireless router? Just about the same.

Photo: Courtesy of Thereifixedit.com

Sick of extension cords

It is kind of annoying to move into a new home and to have to arrange your furniture and home entertainment system around the electrical outlets. You've just put up some awesome shelves, for instance, but your TV cord is a few inches too short to reach the nearest outlet.

The obvious solution? Put electrical outlets everywhere. To be fair, the electrical-outlet pattern is rather alluring.

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Haven't got the money to get your favourite gadgets repaired by a professional? Then why not consider fixing it yourself. Here's why not... We've rounded 10 of the strangest, most low-tech repairs we've ever seen.

Just microwavin' files...

Imagine this: you're in the middle of a World of Warcraft mission, and you suddenly feel an intense craving for a microwave meal. But you can't get up, because you're the only healer in your group and your team needs you.

If only your computer doubled as a microwave. Then you could pop open the screen, throw in the delicacy, and have it cook while you battle the Lich King!

Unfortunately this microwave case mod doesn't work both ways (it works only as a PC; the oven contains the wiring). But think of the possibilities - the delicious possibilities.

Mobile network operators - we show you

Hey, sometimes you drop your mobile phone before the two-year contract is up, and you really don't want to pay the unsubsidised price of £300 for a new phone.

I can understand. Apparently this LG EnV2 has gone through an impromptu fix, which - assuming the keyboard isn't unusable - looks like it might work fairly well.

This is actually a pretty good hack, considering that the EnV2 is a flip phone that opens up to a full qwerty keyboard. This user will probably get a lot more life out of this phone, and all because he or she wasn't the type to give up on technology.

Photo: Courtesy of Thereifixedit.com

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Haven't got the money to get your favourite gadgets repaired by a professional? Then why not consider fixing it yourself. Here's why not... We've rounded 10 of the strangest, most low-tech repairs we've ever seen.

Universal remote

To be fair, whenever I've tried to set up a universal remote, I've found that every single electronic appliance (television, cable box, stereo, remote-controlled shower head, alien-viewing-platform door) works perfectly, except for one thing. Most often, it's the television volume control.

So you end up with a sweet universal remote that controls everything from your automatic coffee-generating robot to your 15-speaker surround-sound stereo, and one lame television remote that controls the TV volume - which, of course, totally defeats the purpose of a universal remote.

Why spend all that money to have two remotes, when you can just strap six remotes to a piece of cardboard and have your very own, makeshift ‘universal' remote? Exactly, my friends. Exactly.

Photo: Courtesy of Thereifixedit.com

Twittering toilet

When I first heard about hacklabTOilet, a toilet that sends out a tweet every time it's flushed, my immediate reaction was "How... banal."

But then, of course, I remembered that everything about Twitter is banal. In a world where people just don't give a you-know-what, why not a twittering toilet?

Considering what most of my tweets look like (4:46pm, September 10 - i can't remember if i locked my car! agh!, 1:47 PM, Sept. 17 - so bored), a toilet probably has more frequent tweets, if not more interesting ones.

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  5. How not to have a pool party

Haven't got the money to get your favourite gadgets repaired by a professional? Then why not consider fixing it yourself. Here's why not... We've rounded 10 of the strangest, most low-tech repairs we've ever seen.

Pool party plus electricity equals bad outcome

You're Invited!
When: Saturday
Where: Jimmy's backyard
What: Classy pool party

Hey there, mate! Just wanted to drop you a note to say that we're having a party this weekend to celebrate our brand-new above-ground pool!

It'll be tons of fun - we'll supply the drinks, food, pool, and electricity, and you supply yourself! Our new above-ground pool has an island/poolside bar and grill, so rest assured that it'll be a great time! Looking forward to seeing you and the kids!

Yes, I'm not sure what to say about this setup, either. Except that I really, really hope those electrical cords are not plugged in. And that this would be a great time to try out a waterproof camera.

Photo: Courtesy of Thereifixedit.com

Pure corrugated power

Look at all those fancy case mods, with their snazzy lights and shiny exteriors. We don't need that high-class yuppie stuff though - we've got cardboard, a couple of pens, and duct tape.

We'll show those snobs what we think of their pretty LEDs and spiffy chrome! Yeah - pure corrugated power! Hey, you'd better write that on the front, just so people know. Sweet. Even if you snobs think we're crazy, there's at least one thing you can't argue with: nobody's going to steal OUR computer.

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  1. Why pay to have gadgets repaired, when you can do it yourself
  2. Hacks for Wi-Fi and plug boards or extension leads
  3. A microwave PC and a new phone
  4. Create your own universal remote and the twittering toilet
  5. How not to have a pool party