MAKE Asks: Making out of Necessity

MAKE Asks: Making out of Necessity

MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: Sometimes we make things just for the fun of it, and sometime it’s to make our lives a little more streamlined. What is something you have made specifically to make your everyday life just a little bit easier?

I once had a job with a screen door in the back that had no spring on it. It wouldn’t close on its own, much to the frustration of my co-workers. I tied a string to the top of the door, ran it through an eye-bolt on the door frame, and weighed it down with a full bottle of water. It worked like a charm, and my boss thought it was hilarious — trying it out over and over again when he first found it. It was a simple hack, but it had great utility.

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In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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