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I found myself out last night where I wanted to cook some chicken over an outdoor fire. It was startling to discover that nothing in my GHB or entire truck was suitable for controlling hot food, not the machete, not the shovel, not any of the tools. It was a metal clothes hanger that saved the day.

I am in the process of ordering a pile of stainless hangers from amazon now. They are about to become new additions to my bags and kits. They are lightweight and can be easily worked with a Leatherman. I can’t image them throwing up any red flags with anyone when packed with clothing.

Has anyone ever else found a good use for them that they could share? I haven’t found a good list of applications around here yet.
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Back in the day coat hanger steel was the bottom of the barrel. Have opened lots of old car doors, wired up a muffler or two. Made prongs for harvesting worms out of the ground with 120 V AC.

Stainless hangers might useful. SS Bike spokes are cheap. I still have some rolls of ss safety wire.

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Improvised welding rods when welding with oxy-acetylene
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wire coat hangers....serve as urban...."balin war"....
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Always have a few in the truck/car. I picked up an entire box of them off the Highway about 15 years ago. Still have some left.

Improvised cotter pins
"Bailing" wire
Skewers
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Improvised muffler hangers.

Improvised intrusion alarm. Stick one end into the slot at the top of a closed door. Place an empty can on it. Door opens, can falls and makes a noise. May require some tweaking to hold the can stable. Mother's crystal candy dishes make more noise, but you'll have to vacuum up the broken glass. (This still works even if the door is several inches ajar, but it takes a little more bending.)

Improvised target hanger at the range.

Improvised book stand.

Improvised "grabber" for reaching that sock that's fallen out of reach between the washer and the dryer, or what the cat has left under the sofa. (No, not THAT - her catnip mouse!)

Yes, I too have used it for welding rod. I think the paint acts as flux.

Once wired a farm gate closed with two of them.
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I just used one to clean out the drain in a stall shower.
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Some use them for dowsing.

Just sayin'.....
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They work great for cleaning your ears.

Actually, up until recent years I used them as gun cleaning rods. Just straighten them out and put a small backward bend in one end and your in business. I Picked that up from my Dad and Grandfather..


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You do that too? I now use brass or mild steel welding rods for that though..
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I have some in the garage I used for misc. projects when I can find the spools of wire I keep out there.

I should either clean my bench or hang the spools with the hangers. And there you go. Use them to hang wire spools.
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I found myself out last night where I wanted to cook some chicken over an outdoor fire. It was startling to discover that nothing in my GHB or entire truck was suitable for controlling hot food, not the machete, not the shovel, not any of the tools. It was a metal clothes hanger that saved the day.

I am in the process of ordering a pile of stainless hangers from amazon now. They are about to become new additions to my bags and kits. They are lightweight and can be easily worked with a Leatherman. I can’t image them throwing up any red flags with anyone when packed with clothing.

Has anyone ever else found a good use for them that they could share? I haven’t found a good list of applications around here yet.
Have never gotten Stainless steel ones, but there are obviously benefits there as far as longevity goes.

Had a similar thread started on this a while back.... here's the link:
https://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...ghlight=hanger

Great places to pick up the metal ones are at thrift stores or from your local mechanics that outsource their laundry services.

It is fun to think of the myriad of unconventional uses for items. In a SHTF scenario, this is a vital skill to have. "MacGyver-ing" things with things on hand. It's always great to brainstorm such ideas ahead of time.
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I am in the process of ordering a pile of stainless hangers from amazon now.
FYI...stainless steel tends to be brittle....not knowing what the amazon SS is made of....they may only be useful as intended....to hang clothes
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Vehicle entry tool.

Used for cordage and tying.

Emergency cotter pin.

Drain snake, even though Greenfield electric wiring casing works better.

Corporal punishment.

Used to reach things in tight spots.

You may be able to fashion some blow gun darts with them.
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Hang a paint can off the ladder. Splice electrical wire. Hotdog roaster, marsh mellows fall off !
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Improvised radio/T.V. antenna when those telescoping ones snap off!
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Stainless coat hangers? As in stainless steel Take them to the scrap yard
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Take your average wire hanger, heavier gauge wire is better. Where the bottom cross piece bends up on each end, snip the wire about an inch up from the bend. Now you have a straight piece with a "hook" on each end. Bend that piece in the center so you have an upside-down V with hooks pointing out. Do not bend it all the way, just make a V. Now take a metal coffee can, the new kind with a lip around the mouth, and hook the wire hooks under that lip so the wire springs out under tension and stays hooked under the lip. Now you have a pot to boil water over a fire, or a can to hold stuff, or a small planter if you poke a couple holes in the bottom sides. Any number of things you "can" do with it. I put survival stuff in the can, put the lid on and strap the hanger to the can with a couple ranger bands and put it in my hunting pack. Keeps things organized and dry too.
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If you need to chase a wire but don't want a bunch of exploratory holes to patch, snip the straight portion of the hanger with dikes or linemans pliers (or if you need longer just snip where you need and straighten up), Chuck it in your drill and drill a test hole to find your mark on the other side of the wall or floor. It will drill through framing, flooring, whatever. Handy trick when you need it. I learned that from a central vac installer years ago.

If you miss you only have a tiny hole to patch. Moat times you won't even need to patch it.

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Improvised paper towel holder in shop area.

Yes to drain cleaning also.

Fishing things from under furniture or from under car/SUV or car/SUV seats

Fishing sockets or wrenches dropped under hood around engine.

A good things to have in your vehicle. Electricians wire cutters are a big help.
Good pair of pliers w/cutters work here also.

I have a partial coil of iron workers TYE wire in my SUV.
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On coat hangers, the ends are twisted together either to form the hook or the twisting ends just below the hook. I cut one strand of the wire just below the hook. Then I took a pair of needle nose pliers and bent a little U shape on the end of that strand in order to hold it around the wire just below the hook.

I use it to store all my canning rings on. It hangs in my pantry, out of the way.
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