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Hacks specific to the home, as opposed to a public place or place of work.

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How to protect floor carpet while using office chair?

I installed new carpet and trying to protect it from few office chairs with wheels (in home office setting). Carpet is medium fleck thick. I checked carpet protectors for office chairs, but this ...
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How to find out what time electricity got restored?

Let’s say the electricity got cut off and I go to sleep. When I wake up, if the electricity is back, I would like to know what time exactly it got restored. Is there a mechanism I can set up to find ...
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Salt Shaker Humidity is a big problem in the Caribbean- Any mechanism besides the rice?

Salt shaker clogging is a big problem in the Caribbean- A older friend said his mom had these little Japanese porous tiles she add to her shakers. They worked great and could be re-used over and over ...
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What is a pet-safe cleaner to use on carpets?

It poured last night and rain leaked from my ceiling and soaked up a portion of my carpeted floor. I've been laying down paper towels and towels to soak up some of the moisture but there is still some ...
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How can I remove curry powder stains from a wooden table?

I have a wooden table, at least 10 years old. It has yellow stains on it, presumably from a curry. I don't know what kind of powder/curry caused the stain. The stains are difficult to remove -- no ...
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How to build a practical, inexpensive DIY air filter for 3" x 40" opening

Due to centralized boiler room heating, getting my apartment to a comfortable temperature requires opening my living room window about two to four inches. Filling this open gap with an air filter is ...
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What can I do for my robot mop cleaner to climb 2-3 cm elevated floor(step)?

Recently, I brought a robot mop cleaner and is working fine. The only issue I am facing is that there are elevated floors between rooms and the mop cannot able to go from room A to B if there is an ...
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How to get off moisturizing soap quickly [closed]

When I wash my hands with liquid hand soap (Dial, Softsoap or any other brand), it doesn't get off quickly. I believe thats because of the moisturizing element (to prevent drying hands). If you have ...
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How to "fix" my muddy backyard

1 year before: we bought a house ~5 months later: The backyard is muddy I figured that the problem was the elevation, it looks something like this (\_), since its flat in the front, it got messed up ...
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How to be alerted when someone enters my room

I sit in a room using my computer with my back to the door and headphones on. I'd like to be alerted when someone comes into the room by some visual indicator (or a noise in my headphones I guess!). ...
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Dish soap nozzle build up

How to prevent dish soap bottle from getting clogged by dry soap at the tip of the bottle. The tip of the bottle keeps getting clogged from dry soap substance.
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Secure weather stripping against cat

Early in her life, our cat devised a brilliant method to ask to come in. She plucks the weather stripping at the edge of the door. This sends a surprisingly sonorant POP throughout the house that can ...
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Best way to know if someone opens my notebook

In death note, he puts a piece of paper in the door frame and if it falls he knows someone went in his room. What’s a similar tactic I can use on my diary to know if someone even opens it?
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How to deal with loud drilling in flats above me?

Yesterday, during one of my zoom calls, I heard some really loud drilling because some people are changing the floor tiles on one floor. It went on for hours and hours, sometimes stopping for a while, ...
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How to open the screwed cap of a Mathmos Astro lava lamp?

I have a Mathmos Astro lava lamp bought in 2020 that I need to open to get a piece of debris out. It has a screwed cap that is sealed with some kind of glue. How can I open it without destroying the ...
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Why are our cloth napkins “fuzz magnets”?

We have bought a few different kinds of cloth napkins for our dinner table and they seem to always come out of the dryer covered in tiny fine hairs. How do I get rid of these? I wash them with our ...
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Best ways to use free electricity?

We've intentionally oversized our solar panel array to have capacity for an EV we're planning to buy once our current cars punch out. Until then we produce and push back to the grid an excess. This ...
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Loose socket plugs will not stay secure

I ordered snug plugs from Amazon to keep plugs in place but they don't work all the time. Can you explain how to use the double-sided tape how and where on the socket do you apply it.
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How to remove adhesive residue from ventilator cover without damaging it?

I used the filter put on ventilator cover (like sticker), but it wasn't peeled off completely. It was also tainted by dust so looks dirty. The ventilator cover is made by plastic. How can I remove it ...
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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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Could I remove the back-light from an LCD screen and let sunlight illuminate it from behind?

I like to use my laptop outdoors, but it's often so bright outside that I can barely see my screen - even with the brightness turned all the way up. I've often wondered: What if opened a LCD screen ...
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How can I conceal windows without any adhesive or replacing the vertical blinds?

Please see the pictures below. To reduce the light levels to aid in sleeping, how can I block sunlight and the midnight sun for the duration of the midnight sun e.g. 6 months? How can I blacken a bed-...
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How to cool the top floor of a 3 storey house?

I live in a house with 3 storeys. There are two bedrooms (including my bedroom) on the top storey i.e. 2nd floor, and 2 on the bottom storey i.e. ground floor. The living room and kitchens are on the ...
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How do I get rid of the cold cigarette smell in a room?

I recently moved into a new apartment, during the visits everything was airy so I couldn't detect this problem, but after moving in, I quickly realized that the old tenants were smoking inside, ...
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Alternative way to have clear non wrinkle protection layer covering for these electronic devices?

So I’ve tried kitchen cling film and it’s neither easy to apply and keep clear and non wrinkly, nor feels thick/ strong protection enough to prevent scratches & impact damage. It’s also a mess ...
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How to make people stop hanging their clothes on stairs

Recently I slipped when a jacket was hung over the start of the railing of stair and it gave me a bad back pain but home people are not listening or not to hang it there as it is the first thing they ...
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Desk(s) configuration problem

I'm moving to a new house and getting new office furniture. I am a computer programmer and audio engineer. This means that I need multiple computers, large speakers, and 2-4 screens on my desk(s). I ...
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How to keep toddler from lifting the hvac grate on the floor?

We have an 18 month old who spends a lot of his time hanging around the living room area with toys and such. Gated off with baby gates to prevent him from going down the hallway or into the kitchen. ...
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Sound insulation over laminate flooring?

We recently moved in a new property it's a two bedroom flat with laminate flooring in the entrance hall and in the lounge. I bought a rug but downfloor neighbors complain when our children play, run ...
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Mosquito net smell

Yesterday,I covered the windows of my room with a mosquito net which I purchased recently (Taped it along the windows). This managed to keep the mosquitoes away but however, the smell due to the nylon ...
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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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To pour liquid medicine into a Teaspoon/ Tablespoon (for exact measure) from a dark glass/ plastic bottle without wastage, spillage or dripping?

To pour liquid medicine into a Teaspoon/ Tablespoon (for exact measure) from a dark glass/ plastic bottle without wastage, spillage or dripping? Found these similar ones, but they are bigger ...
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Cheap way to make screens for doors/windows?

I live in New Zealand and buying pre-made screens for windows and doors are expensive. Looking for a cheaper alternative way to make them myself to help my pest control.
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How do I live with noisy neighbors?

The situation I live in a small appartment in a densely populated building (6 floors, 24 apartments per floor). I have no furniture. I work on the floor. I sleep on the floor. My downstairs neighbors ...
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Does keeping a pen in the wrong orientation gradually decrease the quality of ink?

Ball point pens Unused I like to buy pens from one certain brand (Montex Megatop; cheap good quality pen). I often buy 3-6 in advance and store them in the almirah. But I have noticed that for some ...
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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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Make a home massage bed alternative without drilling a hole in the bed?

For a professional massage, a massage bed with a hole for facing down and breathing is used. Is there any way to make one for our bed without drilling a face hole? For example, I tried to use an ...
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How to disable our outdoor motion light?

I live in a house with a roommate and one door that leads in and out of the house. My roommate recently installed a motion activated led flood light near the door so they could see outside at night ...
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Is there a technique to check if the people downstairs can hear us running on a treadmill without asking them?

So, I have a treadmill placed on a floor mat. The floor vibrates due to the force of running and my sofa vibrates due to this. Not just treadmill, if I do cardio exercises on a rubber mat, the floor ...
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Toilet blocked and need to unblock

my toilet is kind of blocked. If I try to flush it normally, the water doesn’t go through, it kind of fills the bowl and then slowly drained. But if I just poor a bucket of water into it, then the ...
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How To Restore a Whiteboard Coated Surface?

I have a whiteboard wall and it's now looking dull. Is there a way to restore to its original condition?
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How to avoid bad taste in mouth while inflating balloons?

I inflated balloons recently for my child's birthday. After five balloons or so, I had bad taste in my mouth. Drinking water helped a bit, but the bad taste stayed for few hours. Any way to avoid it,...
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How to keep money out of sight at home?

I want to keep a few dollars each month out of sight from family members, but I don't want to use a wallet or piggy bank. So what would be better way to do this?
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Any ideas on how to fix this broken kettle?

Found this kettle morphy richards 108399 broken. On the image below, and as any kettle, there is a button to open the top lid. The mechanism is a small stick, shown in picture 2 that pushes the zone ...
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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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Make a door move gradually?

I saw a gadget somewhere before, but can't find it anymore. One end should be attached to the wall and the other to the door (of a cupboard). It prevents door from moving freely in both directions, it ...
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Wedding ring lost in bedroom [duplicate]

Can you find my ring that I dropped in my bedroom? I heard it hit the floor but I cannot find it anywhere. I have gotten on my hands and knees using a flashlight but have yet to find it.please help me
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Best way to stop USPS from delivering past tenants' mail?

I recently started renting and moved into a suburban house in the US where almost every day I receive other people's mail. It is addressed to one of six different past tenents for my address. For the ...
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How can I lower my washing machine sound?

My washing machine got more and more lounder and shaking after I have been used 6 months . So I like to lower machine sound and less shaking so what I need to put around the machine ?
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Is there a way to avoid dust inside the house and thus the need of cleaning so often?

I profoundly dislike dusting, but getting rid of dust is a necessity. It seems to me -- although it might be just an impression rather than a fact -- that lately way more dust gets on all surfaces ...
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