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How to avoid getting COVID in an air-conditioned office building [closed]

I work in an office in a building with central air. I leave the office door closed when I am inside, and no one else comes in. I don't know much about the ventilation in the building, other than that ...
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Getting airflow in a studio apartment with one-window

I'm currently renting a studio apartment basically a single room apartment with only one window and I'm having a really difficult time sleeping during this hot summer (Live in Vancouver) because my ...
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How to improve air quality in an old storage room?

I am forced to use an old storage room for work as there is some really loud construction work going on in an adjacent building, located near my current working room. The problem is that the storage ...
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Fix air flow in single window gallery apartment

In the so called gallery apartment of my friend the hot and bad air accumulates in the upper area in which the bed room is located. The gallery bed room is stacked on top of the bath room and has no ...
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How to reduce intensity of air flow from my window AC unit

How to reduce intensity of air flow from my window AC unit in Asia during a curfew / in condo lockdown? I emphasize again: Currently in Asia (so do not think US style) Currently in Curfew/ ...
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How to eliminate humidity / bad smell on an apartment?

My current apartment has a Central Air System, which means the same ducts are used for cold and warm air. I have noticed the weird humidity smell that comes out of the ducts and fill the apartment ...
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Protect house from mould

I regularly have a problem with mould in my flat. It appears on the frames of windows or above the windows. I clean it when it appears but I would like it not to appear at all. What can I do besides ...
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How to hangout with smoking dudes but not inhaling 2nd hand smoke

Whenever my dudes go to lunch or coffee breaks, afterwards they smoke while I don't so it is hard for me to breathe. I am not a smoker, but I still want to hang out with my dudes. How can I hang out ...
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Good ventilation for open kitchen in a studio apartment?

I live in a typical studio apartment in US. It has an open kitchen with a range hood but the the range hood only sucks smoke from the stove to the ceiling, i.e., no outside air circulation. This is ...
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How can I cool down if my air conditioner isn't operating properly? [duplicate]

My air conditioner continues to turn off by itself since it's so hot outside. I currently take cold showers, drink lots of water, and other things in order to not pass out. What else should I do?
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Can a tissue paper make a good air filter?

I realized that my vacuum cleaner does not have a HEPA air filter, and I was wondering if I could just put a few layers of tissue paper to filter the air. I looked at the surface of the existing ...
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How to clean air indoors

What is the best way to clean indoor air the lifehacker way? That is, excluding store-bought air purifiers of expensive brands. Something like DIY: Building an energy efficient and low cost filter ...
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How to get rid of bug stuck into eyes?

Recently I was coming back home on motorcycle (without helmet) while a bug went into my eyes. Holding and closing my terrible burning left eye I came back home. Using the general technique of tap ...
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How to store books in less than ideal conditions?

It's not hard to find out how you should store books. Just Google "how to store books". Metal or sealed wood shelves, 50% humility, 60-75 °F, keep that constant, keep away from light, don't store in ...
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Find out leak in airbed?

Recently I found out that my airbed is deflating. How can I find the leaking spot? If I put the bed in a big pool, I can find it. Unfortunately I don't have one. Any hack to find out?
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How do I fill this tire? The valve stem is inaccessible

This is a 12'' tubeless tire from a go-kart. It's pretty rugged. The valve stem is in a very tight area (see picture). I can barely fit in my finger. There three some bolts with nylock nuts on them ...
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How to craft a non-return valve for air?

Background I have been learning to play the bagpipes on a practise chanter for some time now. This is basiaclly just the chanter on which you play the melody without the bag and the drones. Since I ...
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How can I improve air quality in my car?

Cars tend to have low air quality due to driving in an environment of exhaust and other fumes, dust, etc. Is there anything that will help with this?
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Inhaling less chalk dust while erasing blackboard during teaching

While erasing stuff written using a chalk on a blackboard, with a duster, it is commonly observed that a lot of chalkdust is released in to the air, some part of which is inhaled (largely) by the ...
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How can I dehumidify a room without a dehumidifier? [duplicate]

I was reading How can I humidify a room without a humidifier?, and it got me curious. I live in Florida where the humidity is insane. Dehumidifiers cost hundreds of dollars. What is a cheaper ...
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How can I humidify a room without a humidifier?

It's winter, it's cold, and the heat is constantly blasting throughout my house. This is making the air very dry and uncomfortable to breathe, particularly at night when I'm trying to sleep. Are ...
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Vinyl Above Ground Pool - can't find leak - will renting a compressor work?

I have a 3.66m above ground vinyl pool, 1 season old, and I can't find the leak at all. I've tried the food colour route, where one tries to trace the flow of the water by injecting small parts of ...
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Rehydrate gel air-freshener

I've noticed that when gel air fresheners dry out there is still a fair amount of aroma in the now solidified block if you smell it close up. I assume that they work by carrying that aroma when the ...
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How to Avert / Deflect refrigerator heat in room?

I am living in a tropical country right now, it gets pretty hot (~45 °C) in here. Now, I have single room home which has my desktop & a refrigerator. As obvious, in order to make ice in high ...
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What are some quick ways to cool off at home, in extreme heat, if the electricity has gone out?

But without actually spraying water on yourself and getting wet
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Fix airflow in our apartment

This is the basic layout of our apartment (not exactly to scale): |==========--------====---------------------======| | | | | | | ...
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Air Conditioner/Coolers best substitute

It is too hot here. Nearly touching 40°C. And I cant afford to buy an AC or a Cooler right now. So, what would be the best substitute which I can afford or can make by my own?
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How to retain air in the tires of bicycle for long?

The tires of my bicycle deflate within a couple of days. I have to pump every time before riding it. Is it true that if a bicycle is kept stationary(not used) for a day or so, then the chances of ...
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Ways to stop your Beach blanket from blowing away

When you go to the Beach and lie down your blanket, sometimes they try to blow away if the wind allows. What are some ways of making the blanket stay down as simply sitting stuff on the corner of the ...
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Preventing smoke entering apartment when windows are opened?

I live in an apartment building, on the second floor. Now that it is nice outside, I have noticed a very frustrating problem - when windows are open, I frequently smell cigarette smoke in our ...
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How to avoid answer papers being flappy under a fan?

During my examination time, the answer papers are supposed to flappy due to ceiling fan. I have things to put weight on such as watch, kerchief, extra pens, eraser etc., But is there any other way to ...
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How to find if I have bad breath

I want to check if after eating some kind of food my breath has become bad. In most of these situations I don't feel my breath as bad, because I have used to it and don't find it unpleasant. The ...
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How to get air tight seals on canisters?

I'm looking into buying some cheap canisters for my kitchen such as this I'm unsure if this has a rubber seal in the lid already to make it air tight so I was wondering if there was a simple way to ...
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How to have cross ventilation in a single window room?

I live in a two bedroom house and my room only has one window. The wall adjacent to the door on the left has the single window. Next to the window is a bathroom. The room overlooks the front of the ...
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How to sleep with a stuffy / blocked nose?

I'm just getting over a cold, but my nose remains very stuffy / blocked. This makes sleeping difficult: I toss and turn or simply can't fall asleep at all. I've tried blowing my nose and using various ...
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How to quickly remove odors from the air?

This questions is regarding the removal or covering up of a bad smell in the air quickly - specifically, a misjudged moment of flatulence. I'm sure everyone has done it, you've been in a room alone ...
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Improvised air thermometer

Lately I've been discussing about the temperature inside a shed with a friend. Due we had no thermometer, we couldn't check our intentions. So how could we improvise a thermometer next time? We can ...
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How to stop a trashbin from stinking [duplicate]

Okay, so we have bin collection once a week. For clarity sake, this is what our bin looks like: So basically, occasionally the bag wears out and we loosen it so that it gets thrown out when the ...
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How to increase humidity indoors

I would like to increase the humidity of my room. The room is heated with a hot water radiator pipe: hot water flows through the pipe that runs along the walls. I cannot control the temperature of the ...
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How to reduce the air humidity in a room?

The air humidity in my kitchen is sometimes high and there is condensing water on the windows and water drops are falling on the floor. I know I have to install a steam hood over the kitchen stove to ...
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How to clean crevices of electronics without compressed air?

For cleaning keyboards and other computer components not reachable with a cloth, I generally use a can of compressed air. However, the can is empty. What else can I use that would be a general ...
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Removing mold from walls without use of harmful chemicals

I have mold in the corner of my kitchen. Usually remove it with mold-removing chemical products like bleach spray and it work perfectly. But recently some people told me these chemicals are harmful ...
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How can I quickly eliminate the smell of cigarette smoke in a confined space?

When somebody smokes in my car or a room of my home, the smell lasts for days to weeks. How can I quickly remove that smell? I've tried using basic air fresheners, but they only put a bandaid on the ...
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What is the quickest way to defog car windows?

If I don't warm up my car in the mornings the windshield gets so foggy that I can't see. The Heat/AC doesn't seem to help fast enough, and wiping the windshield leaves streaks. How can I deal with ...
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