cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Metal Coat Hangers

Community Veteran
Posts: 8,579
Thanks: 953
Fixes: 9
Registered: ‎02-08-2007

Metal Coat Hangers

Well ok wood coat or anything else that you can think of that you have used for the purpose it was not originally designed for ?

often used the metal coat hangers to make hooks to hang tools on in the garage

Plastic storage boxes to make a cold frame for plants

Further ideas welcome

19 REPLIES
2u2me
Pro
Posts: 326
Thanks: 80
Fixes: 2
Registered: ‎27-09-2013

Re: Metal Coat Hangers

Found they are very useful when straitened out and you bend a hook on the end for fishing wires, and poking them through cavity's to pull cables through the wall Smiley

Pete11
Seasoned Pro
Posts: 856
Thanks: 251
Fixes: 4
Registered: ‎17-02-2017

Re: Metal Coat Hangers

I found them good for the following....

Retrieving things from drains,

Radio aerials

Clearing out sink plug-holes

Back scratchers....

and a new use for them...hanging up clothes in the wardrobe. Cool smiley

 

A float tip is pleasing in its appearance and even more pleasing in its disappearance.
Growing old is inevitable...But growing up is optional.
jab1
Champion
Posts: 2,105
Thanks: 537
Fixes: 8
Registered: ‎24-02-2012

Re: Metal Coat Hangers

@Pete11 - I never knew you could use them for your last option - that is amazing.Grin

John
Pete11
Seasoned Pro
Posts: 856
Thanks: 251
Fixes: 4
Registered: ‎17-02-2017

Re: Metal Coat Hangers

jab1

That's why I call my wife Google...she knows everything. She even has one with a magnet stuck on the end with a  bit of blue-tac for picking up needles, drawing pins etc.

A float tip is pleasing in its appearance and even more pleasing in its disappearance.
Growing old is inevitable...But growing up is optional.
Community Veteran
Posts: 5,869
Thanks: 869
Fixes: 1
Registered: ‎23-09-2010

Re: Metal Coat Hangers

Making strong hooks to hang things on while you're up a ladder.

Community Veteran
Posts: 2,286
Thanks: 109
Fixes: 4
Registered: ‎18-02-2013

Re: Metal Coat Hangers

Hook to pull the paddle out of the bread..

Community Veteran
Posts: 5,238
Thanks: 1,130
Fixes: 3
Registered: ‎06-11-2014

Re: Metal Coat Hangers

They make terrible toothpicks...

Community Veteran
Posts: 2,286
Thanks: 109
Fixes: 4
Registered: ‎18-02-2013

Re: Metal Coat Hangers

Depends how far down your gums have gone!

Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 18,495
Thanks: 2,850
Fixes: 232
Registered: ‎06-04-2007

Re: Metal Coat Hangers

I seem to remember using some to make an advent crown in the 70's. Some sticky-backed plastic may have been involved, too Wink

Forum Moderator and Customer
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear - Mark Twain
He who feared he would not succeed sat still

Community Veteran
Posts: 14,414
Thanks: 720
Fixes: 10
Registered: ‎01-08-2007

Re: Metal Coat Hangers

I remember in the 80s people used metal hangers as car radio aerials lol. If you had an intact telescopic aerial that some little **** somewhere hadn't damaged you were doing well.

Paper clips - jumper wires on PCB verroboard (don't work terribly well but they do kinda work) to replace a lack of tinned copper wire

Cable ties for key rings.. 

Bench drill as a rudimentary milling machine (didn't work great but i tried lol)

Car engine and chain as a garage door stopper (It's a big 2.5 with autobox sat on a trolley with the brakes on chained to the inside of the door)

Washer as a replacement lever in a lock

Plastic tube from an electric desoldering iron as a release tool for the car seat fittings so i could get the carpet up..

To name a few..

I need a new signature... i'm bored of the old one!
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 27,186
Thanks: 1,836
Fixes: 158
Registered: ‎14-04-2007

Re: Metal Coat Hangers

Wire coat hangers used to be great for unlocking car doors before the advent of double locking.

When in London I locked my keys in my car.

Police failed to gain entry but the wife's uncle got the door unlocked in 15 seconds with a coat hanger.

Customer and Forum Moderator. Windows 10 Firefox 63.0 (64-bit)

Community Veteran
Posts: 3,778
Thanks: 441
Fixes: 6
Registered: ‎05-04-2007

Re: Metal Coat Hangers

Yep @Strat now your history is coming out.
The old likely story of locking your own keys in. Tongue

Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 27,186
Thanks: 1,836
Fixes: 158
Registered: ‎14-04-2007

Re: Metal Coat Hangers

I did wonder about the wife's uncle.

Customer and Forum Moderator. Windows 10 Firefox 63.0 (64-bit)

Community Veteran
Posts: 3,827
Thanks: 44
Fixes: 1
Registered: ‎24-09-2008

Re: Metal Coat Hangers

Plastic Milk and Juice bottles, cut the base out and use as a mini clotch to cover lettuce and brassica (cabbage, broccoli, Cauliflower)  plants, for a few weeks in spring until established

Helps survive frost, deterrent against slug, diamond back moths and other species of pests.