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How to jump start a car without another car

There have been a few times when my car battery has died. Luckily, there has always been another car around to jump start me. I've always been scared that there will be a time when my battery dies and ...
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How can I avoid getting static shocks in the winter?

Some days, it feels like everything I touch gives me a shock. Car door, metal sink, even the dishwasher. What can I do to reduce static shocks?
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How can I tell if there was a power cut while I was out?

I have a battery recharger that shows no indication when the batteries are fully charged. I'm supposed to assume they are fully charged after 8 hours. If I leave the batteries to charge while I'm out ...
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How can I charge my smartphone faster?

Sometimes I get home and need to go out again soon and only have a short while to charge up my phone before I leave. Any tips or tricks on how to charge my phone any quicker? I don't want to have ...
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How do I know how much charge a battery has left?

I have a box full of batteries (AA, AAA, 9V, and CR2032). I know some are empty because I chucked them in there together with full ones, which was probably not a smart thing to do. Is there an easy ...
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How to generate electricity for free?

Are there any ways of generating electricity for free*? It doesn't have to be 110/220/230V, but for example charging the mobile would be useful. * - free in terms of money, e.g. without paying ...
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My monitor turns off when fridge starts. How can I stop this?

I just moved to a new flat and I brought my monitor with me. My problem is that whenever the fridge starts, my monitor turns off. This is not only annoying, but I'm concerned that it could cause long-...
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Remove Broken Lightbulb from holder

The light bulb broke off but the metal portion remains in the holder. What is the best or safest way to remove this bulb from the holder?
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Changing a lightbulb high up without a ladder

I have a burnt out lightbulb that's in an open fixture about 15 feet (4.6 metre) high. How can I change it without a ladder or using one of those bulb changer extension arms? I tried the extension arm,...
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Check for electricity in a socket without tools?

How can I check if there is electricity in a power socket without a tester or any other specialized tools? Note: The method should not involve the destruction of the socket or my whole power supply!
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How to fish electric wire from one end to other end of a long pipe

I have a couple of narrow pipes and couple of bent pipes in my home. I want to bring electric wires from one end to other end. I need simple, cheap & quickest ways to do that.
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How to plug a twisted electrical wire

In the part of the world where I live, some workers carry multiple pieces of long wires in case the power source is far away, so they can connect various wires and reach the plug. Since most of ...
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How do I prevent batteries from leaking?

I have recently bought a battery powered LED lamp for use on a camping trip. When I return I would like to have it ready for use at home when the power goes out. I am concerned that as it will be ...
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How can I hide a cable from a lamp in my room

In my room I have got a lamp and have a frustrating cable hanging against the wall. How can I hide the cable?
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How to prevent static electricity/static current

I had been getting very much of static current to a point where I am afraid of touching things. Even the shock had me overturn my coffee mug on me and my laptop. But now I am afraid of touching a ...
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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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Using electricity at night [closed]

In Germany I get offers for reduced electricity rates from 22:00 to 6:00 for private households. The reduced rate is about 20% less than the normal rate. We're a family of 4 persons, 2 adults and 2 ...
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Avoiding static electricity [duplicate]

I've found that often, in the winter, I collect static electricity like nothing else. I'm not sure if its the cold, or my coat, or something else, but it's something I'd rather avoid, if I can. What ...
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How to clean a pager charging port

I need help cleaning the connection on a Motorola Minitor (yes, I spelled it correctly) V pager. Basically my issue is that the connection between the battery and charging pins is no longer the best ...
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How to avoid tripping a breaker [closed]

I have a microwave (~1200W when running) and a fridge (~600W when starting, rough/approximate measurement) on the same circuit, and whenever they are both running, the circuit breaker (110V, 15A) ...
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How can I determine the duration of a power outage?

We recently had several power outages due to late spring storms. None of the outages lasted long enough to worry about food spoiling, but we were home and knew how long we were without power. This ...
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Stopping a twist timer

I have a storage shed that has a twist timer so that the lights turn off every hour. Other than replacing or removing the timer (I don't have authorization to do that nor could I turn off the ...
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How can I deal with refrigerator odor when it is turned off for a long period of time? [duplicate]

If I have to go out-station for long time,it is recommended to switch-off the refrigerator if there is no food in there to avoid any electrical accidents. But,when I open the refrigerator after a ...
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How to use free electricity?

I've recently joined a utilities tariff that gives me free electricity between 9am & 5pm on Saturdays. While I'm making sure to do all my laundry and DIY on Saturdays, I was also looking at things ...
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How to insert plug into child-proof Schuko outlets?

In Finland (and several other countries), all outlets and extension cords are required to have child protection shutters. They are small plastic covers inside the outlet that are supposed to open when ...
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Charge nickel cadmium (NiCd) batteries with a nickel metal hydride (NiMH) Charger

I am using a portable wireless shaving machine. It was bundled with a nickel cadmium (NiCd) battery and a cradle + charger. The battery was 1.2v rechargeable one. I can operate the machine with a ...
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I can’t change this plug. How to open it while keeping it’s shape?

There’s 0.2ꭥ between this green and this red wire which is almost a short circuit (the ecu confirms it). The shape below is because of the heat of the engine causing the plastic to melt A good knock ...
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Cut electric switch board

I want to add a new switch and socket to a switch board. How can I cut it without using any machine? I don't know the exact material it is made up of but it can be best described as a 1mm thick sheet ...
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How can I utilise the useless electricity bulbs? [closed]

How can I utilise the old useless electricity bulbs . Useless bulbs that can't work now.I have some colourful and some transparent bulbs. How I utilise these bulbs ? Can I make something useful, or ...
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How to patch up newer style headphone cables

In the old days, you could easily repair headphone cables just by stripping back the insulation on the wire at each side of the break, twisting the bare wires together, and wrapping insulation tape ...
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Is it bad for my appliances to have no power for 9 months of the year? [closed]

I only spend a bit of time every year at a camp and I don't want to keep the power on all year. Will it be okay for my fridge? This is my first year having this camp.
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Creating a electronic circuit learning kit

I was thinking to create some electronic learning kit like this at home; I need help to arrange ready to use or easily available items which can help me to make such kit to teach my 4 years old ...
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How to get out broken piece of Plug in switch board? [closed]

I am stuck in a situation my broken plug piece stuck in a switch board while working in office as it is direct connection how easily I can remove it so that it didn't harm me?
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How to prevent NiMH batteries from leaking?

I have a low-power device (2mA max), wherein my NiMH batteries tend to leak. Following the advice of How do I prevent batteries from leaking?, I now have Low Self-Discharge batteries; however, they ...
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Replacing lost power adapter using low-cost alternative [closed]

I guess most people know the issue of losing a power adaptor for one of their devices. In my case I just lost this kind of adapter. I don't see how these adapters should be that expensive to ...
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How to prevent my new shoes charging me? [duplicate]

I got already a few ideas from How can I avoid getting static shocks in the winter? . But I think my question is still diferent in the solution being asked for, as a) I am well aware of what causes ...
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How can I safely cover an electrical outlet, without buying anything?

How can my grandparents fancy covering electrical outlets over and too near their kitchen sink, without spending money on covers? There are no children or animals in their home. Can they cover with ...
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How can I test for electrical current through bare wires without a meter? [closed]

Similar to this question, but I'm asking specifically about bare wires, with no socket. I don't want to flip a breaker switch, or blow a fuse. How can I test for a current in the cable(s) without a ...
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How do you safely charge your laptop in your car? [closed]

Charging your laptop in the car is a great need when you live stray and knowing that really cool looking and cheap adapters are sold somewhere in the world is exciting. But you wouldn't want to burn ...