Next time call a professional! Gallery shows some VERY dodgy makeshift repairs including a hand-drawn clock, a tap made with a straw and plastic bottles for car headlamps

  • Images show how far people go to salvage broken items essential to their lives ??
  • There's a cracked clock with missing numbers simply drawn on a piece of paper?
  • ...and a pair of torchlamps strapped to a car bonnet to provide car headlights
  • A broken windscreen wiper is fixed with a glove stuck where the blade should be?

When something breaks, the temptation is to simply go out and buy a new one.?

However, as this collection of photographs show, some people rely instead on a little lateral thinking.

The repairs may not be pretty but, for the most part, they seem to do their job.

From a pair of shoes fashioned out of cling film, to a hand-drawn clock and torches sellotaped to a car bonnet to replace broken lamps, there's ingenuity in spades in the ?gallery below.?

But maybe don't try them at home. Especially the ones involving wires.??

Stitch it up and start the engine! A fibreglass car exterior is given new life with some plastic ties stapled through it ?

Stitch it up and start the engine! A fibreglass car exterior is given new life with some plastic ties stapled through it ?

A clock with a third of its dial missing is still pinned to a wall, with a fresh set of  numbers drawn in behind it

A clock with a third of its dial missing is still pinned to a wall, with a fresh set of numbers drawn in behind it

One-way ticket to a spillage! The broken stem of this wine glass is fixed with a snapped-in-two pencil and plenty of elastic bands

One-way ticket to a spillage! The broken stem of this wine glass is fixed with a snapped-in-two pencil and plenty of elastic bands

No shoes? No worries! This commuter has crafted footwear out of cling film?

No shoes? No worries! This commuter has crafted footwear out of cling film?

Back in action: A broken tap has new life breathed into it using a bendy straw

Back in action: A broken tap has new life breathed into it using a bendy straw

Let's hope nobody gets hungry and brings this structure, which depends on a fruity joint, down with one bite?

Let's hope nobody gets hungry and brings this structure, which depends on a fruity joint, down with one bite?

Two headlamps strapped to the bonnet of this car provide a short-term solution to broken headlamps

Two headlamps strapped to the bonnet of this car provide a short-term solution to broken headlamps

When the glass on these headlamps smashed, the owner of this car, registered in Russia, simply added a quartet of plastic bottles to the front ?

When the glass on these headlamps smashed, the owner of this car, registered in Russia, simply added a quartet of plastic bottles to the front ?

Lateral thinking or totally misguided? When a wiper blade goes for a burton, a glove replaces it...

Lateral thinking or totally misguided? When a wiper blade goes for a burton, a glove replaces it...

Shade in spades: A broken pole doesn't thwart these sun lovers; they simply stick a parasol on the end of a garden tool

Shade in spades: A broken pole doesn't thwart these sun lovers; they simply stick a parasol on the end of a garden tool

Pot hole need repairing? Simply find a few paving slabs that fit in the space...or even if they don't fit in the space, that's fine too

Pot hole need repairing? Simply find a few paving slabs that fit in the space...or even if they don't fit in the space, that's fine too

The sentiment might be there...but really, there is no band aid in the world that will fix a rust hole

The sentiment might be there...but really, there is no band aid in the world that will fix a rust hole

It's the right shape at least: A brush is used as a makeshift wing mirror on this car...

It's the right shape at least: A brush is used as a makeshift wing mirror on this car...

Mind the puddle! A gaggle of bricks protect - in a half-hearted fashion - passers-by from coming a cropper in this puddle of water?

Mind the puddle! A gaggle of bricks protect - in a half-hearted fashion - passers-by from coming a cropper in this puddle of water?

One would-be handyman fails to fix a hole in the door...and terrifies everyone who looks at it

One would-be handyman fails to fix a hole in the door...and terrifies everyone who looks at it

Wire would you? This clip ties provide zero insulation...leaving live wire exposed

Wire would you? This clip ties provide zero insulation...leaving live wire exposed

Trust the little man in green: a lego character ?is somehow used to connect cables

Trust the little man in green: a lego character ?is somehow used to connect cables

Crash, bang... the Batman-style comic sticker really isn't fooling anyone

Crash, bang... the Batman-style comic sticker really isn't fooling anyone

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