Questions tagged [efficiency]

Hacks related to reducing the [time], materials, or energy needed to accomplish a task.

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Prevent Riding-Mower deck v-belt from slipping in tall or wet grass

My Yardman MTD riding mower has a deck with a belt that's engaged only when I want to start cutting grass. The deck belt loops around a number of pulleys, and sometimes slips when I go too quickly in ...
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How to shred papers/letters without using a shredder machine

I have a lot of letters which I would like to throw away. But for security and privacy reasons I will always tear it with my hands, one by one. It tends to get tiring with the monotonous work. So I ...
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Simple cheap solution to plug in one pair of heaphones into two audio sources(two laptops)

I have a nice comfy pair of over the ear headphones which i would like to plug in to two audio sources(two laptops or one laptop and one phone). Are there any cheap solutions for this, like a reverse ...
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Fold hack for tons of washed clothes

We recently moved with a relative family and there are a lot of clothes that get washed. My wife is type 1 and with all kids and baby she is drained of energy. I wanted to find out if there is a quick ...
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What can I do to automate shaking of a sauce bottle?

I have little sauce bottles of about 40 milliliters (photo below). At any given instance I have about 40 such bottles which need to be shaken in an up-and-down motion so the ingredients in the bottle ...
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How to save the water wasted while waiting for the shower to heat up?

It takes about 30 to 45 seconds for my shower to heat up. A lot of perfectly good water goes down the drain while I wait for the water to get up to temperature. Rather than letting this water go to ...
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How to reduce accidentally pressing the right-button on a trackball?

Instead of a computer mouse, I use a trackball for a pointing device. I find that it is much healthier for my wrist, elbow, and shoulder. The only downside I experience is that I often accidentally ...
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Parking stop ideas

Need help parking my truck at an angle in my three car garage, without hitting my wife’s sedan. I have an HD 2500 with a headache rack that only fits in the garage at an angle with my wife’s car in ...
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How to make extender plugs neat?

At place like desk or near bad, usually lots of power plug from electronics charging, fan, lamps, laptops, like from three to ten. Using extender plug is required, but messy. Is there any way to make ...
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Better location for deep freeze: garage or inside the house?

Now with health care leaders advising that we minimize how often we leave the house for shopping and such, a deep freezer chest to store a month (or more)'s worth of perishables has become a pretty ...
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How to keep Super Glue tip tube clear

How do you keep a Super Glue tip tube clear so the lid is not always glued on, or it clogs? Has anyone tried a toothpick? But even they seem too large and will just get stuck as well! I keep it ...
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Shared tools always getting lost

I'm part of a small team of datacenter worker drones, and we're constantly wasting time hunting for tools because we can't find what we need. In the case of some tools, I've just taken to buying ...
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How to remove printed labels from the backing easily?

I have just spent the best part of 10 minutes trying to peel away the back of a double sided sticky tape like sticker (specifically a label just printed from a label printer) and I thought that there ...
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How do I get the ink flowing in new gel pens?

My new 72 pack of gel pens are 75% unusable due to the ink in the gel pens being stuck at the wrong end of the pen and no ink near the tip? How can I get the ink flowing down the tube to the point? I'...
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How to extend the lifetime of a rechargeable battery?

Telephones sometimes don't have a replaceable battery, so how do you extend the life and ability to hold a charge of a rechargeable battery in one?
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How to avoid background reflection Computer display

At work I am sitting in front of a conference room which has lots of glass wall. It is always very bright and it makes my computer display look like a mirror. I tried playing with my display setting ...
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How can I make flying insects leave?

We've probably all been there. You're trying to concentrate when there suddenly... bzzzzzzt you look around and carry on... bzzzzzzt [10ms pause] bzzzzzzzzzt. You decide to get up to check what's ...
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How to quickly remove a splinter

Whenever I get a splinter, I have trouble getting it out. I pinch and pull at it. I bite it. I usually can't get it out for a while. When I can't get it out, it hurts to put pressure on the spot ...
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How to find a hole in a bicycle tire tube quickly

The tube inside by bicycle tire (inner-tube) got a hole and now I can't ride the bike. It isn't a big hole, so I am going to repair it myself. The only problem is that it takes an extremely long time ...
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How to quickly cure hiccups

Hiccups are the worst. Whenever I get them, I get them bad. I usually hiccup constantly for 30 minutes to an hour, distracting me and my family. I've heard of tons of ways to get rid of them like take ...
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Finding a gold ring lost in the lawn

How do I find my gold ring which is lost inside the grass in my garden? Please tell me an easy way to find my ring quickly.
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How do I prevent stacked drinking glasses from sticking together?

I don't have enough shelf space for each glass to sit separately. I must stack them to fit. The problem is worse for some sets of drinking glasses than others. It might be because of their shape, ...
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How can reuse partial notebook to go waste

I got some Notebooks which are 15 or 25% filled. One of them I love it and do not want to throw it away as it got 75% empty pages, instead I want to use to take notes, but as 25% is filled with stuff ...
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How to keep my glasses clean from getting marks

It is really annoying to keep taking reading/driving glasses off to clean them and put them back on to know there is a new spot or new spot appear and there is at least one tissue going to waste every ...
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What is the quickest way to de-carbonate a drink

I prefer a lot of fizzy drinks when they have gone flat. What is the most efficient way to decarbonate them? I've repeatedly shaken and opened bottles, left caps off, stirred, but I wonder if there's ...
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How to peel an orange?

I love oranges. They are very juicy and I really like its flavour. The problem is that I don't know how to peel them efficiently and every time I struggle to peel them well. When I do it, I usually ...
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I am looking for ways to send emails efficiently

I have a standard email to reply to all enquiries from my website, however I need everytime to edit few words, such as the name of the person, dates, codes, etc. Do you know a way of doing this fast ...
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Archive Papers from Binder (this comes under Library Science)

I manage most of our household by using a 5 x 7 binder (portable costs about $10) to write things down, move papers around. One moment I may need to reference and note down medical information, next ...
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How can I increase my eating speed?

My eating speed is not as fast as normal people. In parties and other events I can't eat according to my need because of speed issue. In friends circle when we eat something they make fun of my eating ...
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How to evenly trim a mustache in front of a mirror? [duplicate]

I often trim my mustache in front of a mirror and it always confuses me which side of the mustache I am currently trimming, which then leads to an unbalanced mustache. Is there a life hack for this ...
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How to quickly whiten teeth

I need a way to whiten my teeth quickly. I've used white strips before, but I didn't really like them as they didn't work well. I've also used whitening toothpaste, but those usually take over 2 weeks ...
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How can one complete given textbook chapter in less possible time? [closed]

Assume that a person needs to complete a chapter in a textbook that he never red before. What is the hack procedure to complete in less possible time. Is there any established method that has wide ...
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How to shade bubbles well on optical answer sheets

I constantly have exams that require to shade bubbles on an optical answer sheet. Usually I will shade it with a 0.5 (2B) lead mechanical pencil. I think I shade quite hard sometimes(not sure if the ...
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An alternative (cheaper) option than offering towel service at the gym

We have just got a gym facility at my work, however, we do not currently offer towel service as it is quite expensive. Does anyone know of any alternatives to offering this service? For example, a ...
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Are there ways to tell how spicy salsa is without tasting it?

I've found myself in situations like potlucks where there are chips and salsa available with several salsas to choose from. I don't mind trying each one, but it's often the case that there are people ...
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How to segment ones life/data?

I find myself thinking about organizing my digital stuff again. The whole thing started with the thought "What would the optimal folder structure look like?". Thinking about this, I came to the ...
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Fast and Easy way to put-on pants (that need a belt)

Problem: I get a lot of people dressed and when I do most of them wear belts. I usually have to put the belts on myself, but my arm span sometimes doesn't cover their waist so I have to dodge around ...
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How to quickly switch between typing and drawing?

I sometimes have to make drawings and writings very quickly in succession. For example, I will type 5 to 10 seconds, and then draw something for 5 to 10 seconds, repeatedly. This means that I have ...
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Easy way to scan a book

I want to scan a book which has more than 1000 pages, but I don't want to turn every single page in the book. Is there any easier way to scan the entire book without having to turn all the pages by ...
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How not to lose too much warmth while leaving the door open

I have a dog, who is used to staying at my house while I have gone for work. I leave the door open so that he can go out for hygienic reasons. During summer, this is not a problem because I stop the ...
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How to stop snow from sticking to the shovel

It has been snowing a lot lately and I don't have a snow blower, so I have to shovel. Every time I shovel a row of snow, some of it gets stuck and I have to waste time banging it on the ground. This ...
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Tie 350ml liquor bottles to a string or chain?

I'm dressing up for Halloween and my costume requires me to tie a couple of empty 350ml bottles to something I can wear around my neck. They have to be well secured. The bottles look something like ...
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Efficient life hack to peel a jicama

The jicama (yam bean) is a delicious snack. But peeling one is not the most pleasant experience. It can be quite time consuming. The fact that the peel contains a fat-soluble organic toxin (...
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How to vacuum room with minimal amount of effort?

I'm trying to find any life hacks which helps me to safe time on vacuuming the room. Especially if you need to repeat the work every few days over and over again. I'm not talking about the right ...
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How to vacuum stairs with minimal effort?

This is related to How to vacuum room with minimal amount of effort? but specifically aimed at vacuuming stairs. I recently moved to a two-story house after being in single-story houses for a while. ...
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How? Vertically holster electric shaver & beard/ hair trimmer suspended, maybe using shelf over bathroom counter?

Bathroom counter, with electrical socket, mirror & glass shelves on adjoining wall. Also, electric shaver at bottom of pic on Counter Electric trimmer, depicting shape etc Now, based on ...
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How to keep a vertical row of multiple soap bars vertically instead of typical horizontal one-soap dish?

So for illustration i have organic type of soap bars that I use now thanks to the TSA liquid drama. The slimmer ones in the pic are 3 cm exact and I go through varieties that are thicker as well as ...
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Use 52/56oz liquid soap refill bottles directly?

I recently bought some 52/56oz liquid soap refill bottles and want to use them directly instead of following the normal (messy and tedious) process of pouring them into 7.5oz dispensers. What's the ...
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What's a great way to store knives for me?

My situation: I have accumulated high-quality purpose-made knives which are difficult to store due to several factors: I have more than a few (23), and some (7) that I use quite often. I want them to ...
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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 ...