I am amazed at what myself and campmates come up with every year. My playa name has it's reasons...
Last years favorite: Finding the Generators mounted to the back of the trailer of our art car with zip ties. (And a little wood). Before I called foul I noticed they were friggin STURDY!
This year, my hudson pump misting system broke. I attempted to make an electic pump system out of the hudson, a tire tube, and an air pump. The thing was working great but I needed some silicon for one little leak. I had it of course- one frozen solid silicone tube. Doh! Never got around to finding another.
Did anyone notice my video projector at Xara? Days before BM I fixed the old clonker and because it uses $30 bulbs I figured, screw it- I'll destroy this old tank at BM instead of some $5000 projector. The rigging I'd planned wasn't stable, so a friend and I built a scary looking rope rig and added a metal piece to Xara's existing frame.
This year Xara had an open ceiling. Doh! That's new! I was too tired to ever put a cover over the projector so that thing stayed out in the sun, wind, rain?, and DUST for 6 days straight. Not to mention it was probably on from about 9pm to 8:00 am every day. About 4 time more than you probably should run it. I brought it home and saw more playa dust inside than a hot day on tantooine. I blew it out, cleaned some lenses, changed the bulb and by god that thing still works!
It's a telex magnabyte. I would never buy one. Until now.