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Hacks about things in the home, as opposed to the workplace or the street. Please also use another applicable tag (e.g., [bathroom], [kitchen], etc.), as THIS TAG IS AMBIGUOUS.

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How to glue plastics?

My dishwasher's plastic water reservoir (waterpocket) is leaking. I tried to close the holes with patches of plastic bags glued with superglue but the glue doesn't hold. The material seems to be PP.
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How to make a low-cost computer desk?

Recently my computer desk was destroyed and I can't use it anymore. As I don't have a lot of money to spend for a new one, is there an alternative way to make a new desk using home appliances or any ...
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How to fix dropped soda cans

I dropped few soda cans and they popped a little bit, but they didn't crack, is there any way to fix uplifted areas?
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How can I reduce solicitations and “junk mail” for a deceased person?

My parents donated to a lot of worthy causes in their lifetimes. The legacy of this is pounds of direct mail solicitations, which at this point will never be answered. Is there a form I can fill out, ...
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How to clean crystal stones, healing stones

I have a crystal glass bowl along with a crystal tortoise. feng shui says having some water in the bowl with the tortoise is good. But, what has happened is over a period of time is that the bowl and ...
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How to remove Indian tea stains over cotton vest

I am looking for simple Indian Tea stain remove from my vest(s). These are of cotton and the brownish stain looks very odd. Is there any home remedy to remove them. I found difficult to get even ...
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Cheapest way to enhance soundproofing for an apartment door?

I have lived in a studio for two months. The door seems quite thin because I can hear every move outside my room very clearly as if there is no door. How can I reduce the noise from outside my door in ...
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Texture paint on a wall

There is texture paint in one of the walls in my house. Some part of the paint has been spoiled due to moisture from neighbourhood while on construction. Actually, the texture paint is a mixture of ...
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What is this hole used for on my kitchen sink?

In my apartment's kitchen sink, besides the tap, I find there is a cap. When I unscrew the cap, I find there is a pipe or a hole that connect to somewhere (probably into dishwasher, but I'm not very ...
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How does one safely dispose of a lava lamp?

I have a lava lamp. I want to get rid of it but I believe the materials are explosive. How can I safely dispose of it?
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How can I get rid of the fumes from a new rug?

I hesitated to use the word “fumes”, but I’m really quite certain that’s what they are. I just got a new 8’ x 10’ rug from rugsusa.com and it’s spreading intense fume smells across my whole main floor ...
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How to Remove rancid smells from clothes closet

My husband canned bacon several years ago and unbeknownst to me placed 6 quart size jars of this on the top shelf of our shared closet and basically forgot about them. Today when I walked into the ...
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What is the most appropriate type of water bottle for home use?

When at home I use a bottle to drink water from instead of a glass. For some time - actually, several yaers - I used glass bottles, since: they can be reused many more times without involving any ...
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How can I prevent tissues from falling back into the box?

I get the larger size boxes of tissues (210 count). Once the box of tissues only has about 1/3 of the tissues remaining, the top tissue isn’t very close to the opening of the box, so gravity usually ...
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Keeping books in an organized manner without using a bookshelf

I was looking to buy a bookshelf to store my books until after I saw that my neighbor friend bookshelf was attacked by white ants secretly, where he found almost half of the books were damaged. So, I ...
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How do I childproof the power button on my computer without making it hard for me to get to?

I have toddlers and would like to childproof the power button on my desktop computer which sits on the floor. Unfortunately I don’t have the option of moving it out of reach and I can’t really put any ...
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What should I do to avoid wetting my pants while peeing?

The last few drops after peeing remain on my penis which wets my underwear or my pant if there is no underwear(which makes situation even worse).Also I would be happy if someone tells me how to pee in ...
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How can I tell if a bumblebee left my apartment or if it's still hiding somewhere?

A bumblebee got into my apartment through an open door. We lost track of it after a few minutes, and it may have flown outside. How can we be sure? We closed the door it came in to keep other ...
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How to paint a wall contrasting colors [closed]

I am about to renovate my room. A part of this plan includes painting all but one wall and the ceiling white, the other wall will be bright green. My walls are lightly textured and if this makes any ...
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Can hot water container be used to keep cold water? [closed]

I have wondering whether hot water container can be used to keep cold water or vice versa. It is a trivial question, but I haven’t found any information online.
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How to keep a new jewelry box that’s covered with a white pebbled leather material clean

I have an older house that no matter how much I clean, manufactures dust. I want to put my new jewelry box on my dresser but I know with it being white and fake leather covered, it’s going to be ...
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How to repair a laminate countertop?

I have a laminate countertop and it is chipped a little bit. I wanted to know if you have any trick to repair it. I don't have any images but it'hs this kind of high pressure laminate. Can someone ...
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How to weigh a small item without a scale?

I need to weigh a small item. Let's assume that it's up to 20 pounds (~9 kg). A tabletop scale would make this really easy,             &...
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How to prevent a generator from making lots of noise?

My parents put a freezer in my bedroom, and it's freezering away all day and all night, 24/7, and it's driving me to the brink of insanity. Is there anything I can do to 'mask' the noise of the ...
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Remove ice from freezer surface

I just discovered that my ice cube tray has been leaking. There is significant layer (1/2" thick) of ice underneath it. It's about the same dimensions as the tray (5" x 12"). Is there an easy / quick ...
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How to find vanished medium-sized spider?

So, we had unwanted visit of a spider yesterday. It seems to be a non-adult version of a Tegenaria domestica or similar (trigger warning: pictures in the article). The size was about 3-4cm in diameter,...
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Something to keep the fizz of cola bottle

I am looking for some trick or gazzette to keep a bigger bottle of coke longer so that it doesn't lose all the fizz everytime it's opened again! Something which could keep the CO2 longer so that a ...
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What to use as a bandage substitute?

I've always wondered what I could use In case I ran out of bandages. So, it made me wonder, what exactly could I use to complement bandages. Note - The answers should be household items and not ...
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I'm about to be homeless [closed]

I'm not sure that this question really belongs here; I couldn't find an SE site that seemed to fit this question. I apologize if there is a better place for this. So recent events have led to my wife ...
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How to unwrinkle leather?

I have an old vintage jacket that's been sitting in a box for a long time and there are some pretty serious wrinkles/creases all over the jacket. Is there a way to get out the wrinkles safely without ...
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How to avoid water condensation on window frames on cold days?

Temperature has hit around the lowest of the year where I live. My apartment is heated, so there is a 15C difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures. This has led to water condensation ...
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How to purify/clean the tap water without using filter/purifier [closed]

In the house, we're just drinking water straight from the tap/faucet. But i'm worried, that after years, the pipe from the tap will get dirt and it will also affect the water coming from it. Boiling ...
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What are these interior decorators home items? [closed]

I am renovating an old hotel and found these curtain or blind plastic and rope pulley items in a box.I haven't a clue what they used for?
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How can I work around to high doorway thresholds to get a robot vacuum to get access to more rooms?

Our house has doorway thresholds that are 3-4cm tall. I'm checking out the Xiaomi robot vacuum, and after lots of searching it appears that it can only handle thresholds around 2cm tall. I don't want ...
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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 clean felt pen ink from the wall?

I have a paper on the wall where I used to write with felt pens. Another day, I accidentally left a wet rag hanging over it. I did not realize until now that the rag soaked both the paper and the wall ...
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Continuous vinegar disinfecting of dehumidifier water basin

Being a very lazy person, I get tired of vinegar spraying the inside of my dehumidifier's water basin every week. It's a highly compact machine, and the water basin is has an odd shape, with all ...
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Removing rubber earbuds

I recently bought a pair of Sennheiser cx-180 earphones and I am having a hard time removing the rubber earbuds and changing it as my fingers keep slipping off. Any ideas on what to do? (wrapping a ...
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Tips to find misplaced keys somewhere in my house

Today when I woke up I couldn't find my keys (car + car alarm + house + job + key chain, all together). I know that they should be somewhere around my house or garage, because last night I returned ...
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Preventing children from attacking my house

How it started? Last weekend, I had a little Halloween party in my house, all the theme ornaments brought the children from the neighborhood attention to my house. Especially because it's not a ...
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How to flatten a poster that was rolled up?

I had a poster printed from a photo. I received it rolled up. Now, it doesn't lie flat; it curls. How can I flatten it out? I'm thinking about laying it on a flat surface with heavy books on top ...
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Moving huge quantity of salt

Every year or 2, I buy a bulk quantity of water softener salt. I always get 25kg bags and I buy 20-40 bags in order to get them at the best price. I'm then left with a problem. I have space to store ...
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Where to put used-but-usable clothes (a.k.a. alternative to “The Chair”)?

We all know The Chair. The Chair where you put the clothes clean enough not to go in the laundry, but not enough to go back in the wardrobe. The Chair that looks like this: It exists because you ...
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Will aluminium foil wallpaper to reduce WiFi interference damage walls due to humidity?

The problem with WiFi reception isn't so much signal strength, rather that all the channels are in use by people in the neighborhood. The WiFi analyzer picks up a vast number of signals from houses up ...
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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 remove double sided foam tape from wall

Is there any better way to remove double sided foam tape from my wall, when i try to remove it form my wall it leave spots on the wall, is there any home remedy to remove these spots from my wall. ...
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How to find a mosquito in a room that's really good at hiding [duplicate]

I've been trying to kill a certain mosquito in my room for a week now. I always fail to find it. I used every method listed on this and some other websites. Nothing helped. Now my plan is the ...
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What is the best way to work the system to maximize income while in college in the USA? [closed]

I remember when I was in college. I had work study, Section 8 (housing allowance) and food stamps, and all my bills where covered as long as I stayed enrolled for 6 credit hours a semester. I am going ...
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How to sleep in a hot room?

It's 40 degrees celsius / 104 degrees fahrenheit outside and in my room it's 30 degrees celsius / 86 degrees fahrenheit (I don't have air conditioning). How am I suppose to sleep in such a hot room? P....
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How to clean up after tissue paper got into the washing machine?

This happens once a while: I put some tissue or paper material (e.g. a receipt) into some pocket of some clothing, but forget to take it out before putting the clothing into the washing machine. After ...