Lock me up

The cost benefits here of daisy chaining padlocks to form a chain seem counter intuitive. But since it isn’t a true DIY project, well, the owner can change their mind whenever they want. Or maybe it’s simply a lock-storage system for the parks employees. 

Hey Mikey I need to lock up gate 34. Got any extra padlocks? 

Not on me, bro. But I keep a bunch at he gate up on the main entrance. Just make sure that gate stays locked too. 

And now it’s a problem. 

Stairway to heaven

We are so glad we came across this DIY post, and can only hope we are able to learn what was intended. Was she indeed buying a stairway to heaven?

Could there be some reason a staircase should block not one, but two doorways? Could there be a parallel universe? Is this a stairway inside John Malkovich‘s head?

See Deidre Alexander‘s blog for the Crappier but Cheaper gem she discovered. 

Lights out, uh huh, splash, splash, splash 

Back splash that’s quickly, cheaply and easily replaceable but yet adds a dash of pizzazz to your old, crappy kitchen that you can’t update because you rent. 


1 piece possibly poorly cut snazzy contact paper

1 straight edge

1 eyeballed or measured size

1 pair scissors or exacto knife

Directions: measure space, bonus points if contact paper already has correct height because they you only have to make one cut. Cut piece of contact paper. Roll opposite way than its been stored so that it lies mostly flat. Apply contact paper slowly. Use straight edge to flatten as you go. 

Estimated time: 20 minutes, varies based on your level of precision 

Servings: serves whole oven until it gets dirty and then you remove and repeat instructions above.

Blow me over

[Editor’s note: We love this Crappier but Cheaper post the most because it came entirely – image and text – from reader submission. This is the kind of involvement we are looking for people! Note the heavy use of “quotation marks” that really drive home the irony. We love weather-motivated ingenuity. Necessity is, indeed, the mother of invention.]

Do you live in an old, ranch-style house, with retro-crank out windows, no modern HVAC, and you’re trying to save a few bucks for a modern HVAC, but need to beat the heat this summer?

Well here’s a very crappier but cheaper “attic fan”… that’s not even setup to blow into the attic! Instead simply “install” a “window fan” into a said window that can’t handle “window fan” (at far end of house) like this genius did. Then, at night, crank open all windows in the house, crank that crappy fan up to high, and chill out! 

Swing out, sister

Reduce, reuse, recycle. It’s an important lesson, one that children can learn from an early age.

Tires are sturdy, long lasting and have lots of reuse possibilities. Holding a little kids bottom while they swing high into the air seems like a really fun way to make good use of old tires. And unless you are making tire furniture, swings are the best alternative.

Crappier but cheaper, BUT totally cool.

(Thanks to a reader submission for this one.)