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List the many uses for wire coat hangers.

Other than just hanging clothes, what have you used coat hangers for? This survey assumes that you can bend or manipulate the coat hanger for your own use.

28I have used a coat hanger to: (Please explain)
10I have only used hangers to hang clothing.
0I have never used a coat hanger for anything.
5The only hangers I have are plastic or otherwise unable to be manipulated.
7You've left me hanging... (other)

ElvisFan67 Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 17-Dec-2003 2:53pm  
I haven't myself, but a lot of folks use wire hangers to hold up a dragging muffler or exhaust pipe under their cars. smile
posted 17-Dec-2003 3:23pm  
I remember in grade school we bent hangers into round shapes, stretched old panty hose across them, and used them as nets to catch crayfish in a nearby stream. Bend them long and skinny and you can use the hook to fish things out from behind cupboards and bureaus. I've also clipped parts of them and bent them for use as a kind of latch/crochet hook thingy for putting yarn fringe on knit scarves.
posted 17-Dec-2003 4:49pm  
People will commonly say I expect to open a locked car. That really doesn't work anymore with modern electrically operated door locks.
posted 17-Dec-2003 4:53pm  
Mostly to attach stuff to other things, kinda like bailing wire
romkey Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 17-Dec-2003 5:18pm  
breaking into cars... abortions... a sharp poke in the eye... hanging clothes on...
posted 17-Dec-2003 5:40pm  
Wire hangers suck. I only use plastic hangers to hang up clothing. Anyhow, I've used wire hangers to unlock car doors. That's all I can think of.
posted 17-Dec-2003 5:45pm  
Most recently to run a replacement phone wire through a wall in my house.
posted 17-Dec-2003 6:56pm  
To get avocados off a tree; to try to unstop a clogged drain. One could use them for making mobiles -- painting them bright colors. I normally like plastic for clothes.
posted 17-Dec-2003 9:09pm  
I hate using wire hangers for my clothes, they suck. I use plastic or wooden ones for that. But wire hangers are good for other reasons. Beating your husband..? or wait...did I say that out loud? wink
(reply to Galomorro) posted 17-Dec-2003 9:29pm  
You have access to avocado trees? *swoon*
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 17-Dec-2003 10:33pm  
In the past I have used them for things like mobiles and other crafts, but I haven't done that in a pretty long time. Now I just use them to hang clothes.
posted 17-Dec-2003 10:42pm  
1. Break into a car.
2. Temporary repair for a dragging tailpipe.
3. Unblocking a toilet (fishing for foreign objects).
4. Antennae for an old TV set.
5. Building a kite.
6. Something involving gardening.
7. Roasting weenies!
posted 18-Dec-2003 1:46am  
I used to use them as a bow when I'd play Robin Hood when I was younger... my mom didnt really like the idea as it would wreck all the hangers.
posted 18-Dec-2003 3:47am  
The only hangers I have are plastic or otherwise unable to be manipulated. BUT, If I had a wire hanger right NOW, I'd use it to wrap around David's neck!! Jackass!! I'm really pissed right now at him!! & tomorrow is his birthday. No cake for him!!!
posted 18-Dec-2003 4:42am  
I only used them to hang clothes.

But they are good for

a. creating a radio based headpiece microphone as first used by Kate Bush in 1979 (and recently made popular by Britney)
b. beating children with (like Joan Crawford)
c. picking car locks like TV criminals
d. make-shift car arieal as used by a few people in the neighbourhood.
posted 18-Dec-2003 7:03am  
I've used, and have in use a bunch of hangers.
I've used them to pick locks, open car door locks, and hang other things besides clothes, like exhaust pipes and things, but I really use a lot of them as giant twist ties on all kinds of things.
jettles Survey Central Subscriber
posted 18-Dec-2003 7:35am  
mobiles, abortions, and holding a tailpipe up on your car.
posted 18-Dec-2003 8:33am  
I have used a coat hanger to carefully remove my keys from the passenger side seat in my car as a second person used a screwdriver (and a piece of cardboard to protect the paint) to pry the top half of the locked door open just enough for me to snake the straightened hanger through for the keys.
posted 18-Dec-2003 10:57am  
No, not anymore since the landlady had it cut down a few months ago. There used to be this huge 4-story one outside my window/fire escape. The neighbor downstairs complained to the manager that the wind blew the branches against the building and was dangerous to the building -- so the owner had the tree totally cut down. It was growing in the back yard of the building next door - now there is only a trunk and some new little growth showing. What a waste - I detest people that murder trees. And think of all the birds' nests that were destroyed. There were baby avocados all over it too. Many of us in the 2 buildings used to, years ago, when the tree was producing really great fruit, climb up on the roof and try to get some fruit in whatever way we could, including trying to snag the branches with homemade devices like bent coathangers while still trying not to let the fruit fall to the ground far below. I miss that tree and so do most of the neighbors in both buildings.
(reply to Galomorro) posted 18-Dec-2003 11:11am  
frown That's too bad. Sounds like it was wonderful while it was there.
posted 18-Dec-2003 11:27am  
they were great if you had a car with pop-up locks and locked yourself out
posted 18-Dec-2003 11:28am  
my mon says "no wire hangers"
LindaH Silver Star Survey Creator
posted 18-Dec-2003 11:40am  
open a locked door
(reply to moonstone) posted 18-Dec-2003 12:29pm  
I had a fire in an apartment that I lived in once and the only clothing that I could remotely salvage were those on wire hangers -- the plastic ones melted and wrecked the clothes.
(reply to moonstone) posted 18-Dec-2003 12:31pm  
Back alley abortions frown
posted 18-Dec-2003 1:14pm  
Late entry folks:
Hang clothes and roast marshmallows.
(reply to Munchkin) posted 18-Dec-2003 1:18pm  
Icky!! frown
posted 18-Dec-2003 1:32pm  
Unlock a car when someone has locked their keys inside (this doesn't work on all cars), hanging up clothes in the closet, hanging up underwear that's been washed out by hand, untwisting them to unclog a toilet. Nowadays, though, most of my hangers are plastic, but I still have a few wire ones.
posted 18-Dec-2003 1:48pm  
I have used them as back scratchers and to unclog a backed up toilet - when bent correctly.... You can also use them to break into older model cars...but I haven't done it.
posted 18-Dec-2003 6:35pm  
Yep, sure was a beautiful tree. I could watch birds in their nests outside my window and there was more birdsong to be heard than there is now. At least they didn't cut down the eucalyptus trees in the back of the building.
(reply to Galomorro) posted 18-Dec-2003 6:38pm  
Oh, I love the smell of eucalyptus. Had some in my wedding bouquet.
posted 18-Dec-2003 7:53pm  
So do I. Love the smell that is. We have lots of eucalyptus here. I also like the aromatherapy oil.
southernyankee Happy Birthday to Me
posted 18-Dec-2003 8:03pm  
A sling shot device. winking raspberry

also, perhaps I could build some weird form of a nipple clamp.

naw, I mostly use them for hanging clothing.
(reply to Galomorro) posted 18-Dec-2003 9:11pm  
You're in California, right? Or am I thinking of someone else? I've only been once (Los Angeles and San Diego), for a school trip, but it was beautiful.
posted 18-Dec-2003 10:43pm  
NO WIRE HANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LindaH Silver Star Survey Creator
posted 18-Dec-2003 10:45pm  
you could poke an eye out with that thing
they Survey Central Subscriber
posted 19-Dec-2003 7:57am  
My dad made me some very cool match stick holders for tall filled candles that I had. They even have curly-q's and they hang on the side of the candle jar.

A friend used to make sure that she had a wire hanger around whenever she dropped acid.. She'd spend 8 hours straight twisting it around to keep her hands busy.

I wanted to choose more than one option.

Opening door locks and cleaning bowls come to mind... I know there are a million other things I've used them for. Sadly, there are none in my home.. We're a plastic hanger family.. The transition is complete grin.

posted 19-Dec-2003 1:24pm  
Yeah, I'm in San Francisco but I used to live in Los Angeles years ago. In L.A. one can grow more tropical plants - they have a lot more palm trees than we do. We have a more moderate climate - never gets really cold or hardly ever really hot because the city is a peninsula, surrounded by water on 3 sides. We don't get freezing temps nor snow in SF.
(reply to Galomorro) posted 19-Dec-2003 5:56pm  
> I have a vague memory of there being pepper trees in San Diego, which I thought was the coolest thing ever!
posted 19-Dec-2003 8:05pm  
I'd like to have a bunch of pepper PLANTS -- various hot, bell, and sweet -- if I only had room for 'em. I love peppers, including black and all kinds of peppercorns. I used to be able to buy Szechuan peppercorns in Chinatown and Whole Foods but can no longer find then. I like to buy those farmers market mesh bags of either sweet or hot peppers, all in various colors.
(reply to Galomorro) posted 20-Dec-2003 12:01am  
I so wish there were a Whole Foods in my area. Would a small hot pepper plant not do too well potted indoors? I'm hoping to have a tiny little veg. garden next year, but it will be my first attempt so my hopes aren't too high.
posted 20-Dec-2003 5:12pm  
It might would do quite well in a sunny, south-facing window. I envy you -- I'd sure like to have a little space to have a tiny veg and herb garden. As it is, I try to plant whatever smaller herbs I can on a window sill, hanging over the fire escape, and in a sunny kitchen window. Currently I can grow tomatoes well. I have a small bay laurel tree and a fig tree indoors and small amounts of various herbs -- rosemary, mint, sage, thyme and a few others. If I had an outdoor deck or small dirt patch I'd do much more. I love herbs, veggies and dwarf fruit trees. I used to have a deck but the landlord wanted to charge more for the illegal "mother-in-law" studio apt so he kicked me out in order to remodel the place, bring it up to code, and charge an arm and a leg to the new tenant. One very small studio (one room with tiny kitchenette and bath) goes for about $900 a month here. Rent control is in effect but the owners are allowed to raise the rent up to 2% each year anyway. Many peoples' salaries do not keep up with the raises in cost of living and rents, especially if one gets laid off and tries to live on unemployment insurance or now-and-then temp work.
(reply to Galomorro) posted 20-Dec-2003 6:27pm  
shock I've always heard about high rents, but wow. How much does the average low-wage job pay per hour? I pay $525/month for a two-bedroom, and I have no idea how I could afford much more than that. Of course I get paid $6/hr, so I hope people there get much, much more than that! I'm feeling very grateful now, for my home, but most of all for the fact that I have no desire to move to such a big crowded expensive place.
For you, is the financial situation made up for in location? Does the city government expect people to be able to keep up with such extreme costs? I can barely fathom it. I wish you could have space for a garden, it sounds like you would truly appreciate it.
posted 21-Dec-2003 5:11pm  
Radio or T.V. Antenna
Trip Wire
Modern Art
Plumbing snake
Car door opener
Key retriever
Rug beater
Bubble wand
Vending machine looter
Makeshift handle replacement

holding up coats and shirts and pants and such... great survey
posted 21-Dec-2003 7:42pm  
Not only just to hang clothing, but I've also used one with aluminum foil to improve my antenna signal, and to open my car door when I've locked the keys inside. My son enjoys making mobiles out of them.
posted 22-Dec-2003 11:12am  
Our minimum wage is not all that much more -- I think they finally are going to raise it to $8 an hour but it was recently $6-something I guess. No, the city gov and assorted politicians have NO clue as to how to make things better for low-income people and the homeless. There are SO many homeless here. It is kind of a "war" between the very rich and the poor-to-middle class working people and homeless. We had a very close race between two mayoral candidates and the Green party candidate was the choice for most of the regular working class folks. The rich Demo (who acts more like a Republican in my opinion) just barely won but he also put up much more money for his election than the Green dude did. I detest politics... Yep, a garden is something that's long been one of my main wishes. Many people here have lemon trees, for instance, and that's one of the first things I'd get. I had one in my kitchen but it died.
(reply to Galomorro) posted 22-Dec-2003 11:34am  
I really am blown away. What do you think is going to happen in the next fifty years? Can it continue on the way it is now, forever?
posted 22-Dec-2003 12:06pm  
All I can hope is that the working class folks vote out the super-rich conservatives and that this city will be more like it used to be in the old days with plenty of affordable housing for working people, artists, young people, the elderly, etc. -- it wasn't always difficult to survive here. I blame a lot of it on corrupt politicians who cater to the well-off. So many people want to live in California because of the climate, etc. and they're willing to give up some things to live here, I guess, but at the same time California's budget is in deep doo-doo and Calif's new Republican gov (Schwartzenegger -- SP?) is trying to juggle what we're supposed to have to drop in the way of needed services, higher bridge tolls, etc. (I didn't vote for him.)
(reply to Galomorro) posted 22-Dec-2003 12:16pm  
Sigh. Jeeze. Well I hope the tide does turn. I hate how much time has to be devoted to thoughts of money, even to live very simply.
posted 23-Dec-2003 10:57am  
Yeah, it is a shame. I'd love to live as simply as possible -- I've always leaned that way -- to go outdoors and work in the yard and listen to the birds, instead of having to constantly have to worry about paying the rent.
(reply to Galomorro) posted 23-Dec-2003 6:10pm  
I was worried about you--the earthquake and all that. Are you okay?
posted 23-Dec-2003 7:01pm  
That quake was in central California on the coast, probably at least 100 miles from SF. It was between L.A. and S.F. Some people here felt it, mostly those in highrises. I didn't feel this one but I did feel a little 3-something last week that was epicentered in Oakland, about 10 miles across the Bay. Scientists had expensive equipment in that recent central quake area but they had no warning at all of this one.
posted 5-Jan-2004 1:45am  
retrieve something from a narrow crevice and to fish hair clumps from a drain
posted 5-Jan-2004 8:31am  
I made a couple of swans using aluminium for a grade 2 art exhibit - I thought that I was pretty clever.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 11-Jan-2004 11:47am  
I made dowsing rods from some the other day.
posted 3-Feb-2004 4:55pm  
Rabbit ears for my TV in the 60's, bind things together, Suspend things from the ceiling in the basement,use it with panty hose to catch critters,That's all I can remember right now. Good Question!
posted 6-Feb-2004 5:41pm  
Make a model of a book report mobile for my classroom.
posted 10-Feb-2004 12:52pm  
Yes I have used a coat hanger not only for clothes but also to get into my car like a slimjim---but can't do it nowadays with all these new fangled locks on cars--don't worry it was my own car. Locked myself out.
posted 16-Feb-2004 5:33pm  
1)Get rid of static under my dress/skirt/pants
2) Hold my muffler onto the underside of my car
posted 9-Mar-2004 6:06pm  
I've used coat hangers to hang coats, clothes, handcuffs, capes, jimmy locks, stab people..... just kidding about those last two... wry smile
posted 13-Mar-2004 7:11pm  
unlock a car, beat a someone, tv antena, to get a sock from behind the dryer, to reach anything unreachable,
posted 14-Feb-2006 3:15am  
Open a car door. Hang a bird feeder. Retrieve stuff from between and behind the washer and dryer.

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