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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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How to microwave flour tortilla without making it wet

I sometimes make homemade burritos, with a mix of fillings wrapped in a flour tortilla, and I reheat the leftovers in my microwave for later meals. By the time the fillings are near the temperature I ...
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DIY sound insulation material for high frequencies

Some component in my computer emits an annoying high pitched sound, like a constant screetching. I'd really like to dampen the sound while providing enough air flow for the computer. The computer is ...
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How to level a picture frame hung on a single nail?

I spent an hour perfectly measuring the position of 3 nails to hang 3 identical picture frames on my wall. Everything went fine and I'm certain that from a mathematical point of view the nails are ...
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How to prevent vehicle engine oil from staining dark asphalt?

I want to park a vehicle that has a little oil leak on an area paved with dark asphalt. For reasons outside of my control, the asphalt is not allowed to show any oil stains, and I cannot put a rubber ...
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How do I keep the kiddie-pool from getting scummy and gross?

We have a kiddie pool in the backyard that the kids enjoy playing in during the summer. My family tends to forget to drain the pool, so water may stay in it a few days... or a week... too long. Is ...
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How to know what material shower floor is made of and what cleaning products to use on it?

I have a shower in a new house, and the floor of it is dirty. If I google "how to clean shower floor" the answers I get largely depend on the type of floor. I have no idea what the floor is made of (...
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TV cords showing

Does any one of you geniuses out there have a good life hack on hiding TV cords from a TV that is mounted on the wall? Preferably a decorative hack. I want them completely hidden.
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Double-sided tape residue on painted wall, how did I remove it?

I've tried everything warm water and soap , hairdryer and knife .. etc ... I need something effective . Can someone help ?
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How do I get rid of a flying insect, specifically cockroaches?

The cockroaches entering my house seem to be flying more often than not. How do I get rid of them?
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Demagnetize a tool

I am trying to demagnetize this vise grips. They became magnetized because of repeated times that small magnets on my work bench stuck to the vise grips. I tried the method where you hit it with a ...
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Get rid of drain flies (sink flies, filter flies, sewage flies)

Since I moved into my house I started noticing drain flies coming into my bathroom and kitchen. Sometimes there are a lot of them, I once counted more than fifty. In my bathroom there is a septic put ...
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How to clean outside of windows and doors

It has been a long time since I shifted to our new house and I noticed that a lot of dirt and webs has converted our main door and windows. I am looking to clean them up but I don't think a microfibre ...
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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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Need sensor to sound remote alarm when dog crosses a line

We have a dog (rescued from a puppy mill) that goes to the back door when she needs to go out, but she doesn't make any noise. After a couple of minutes, she does her business right by the back door. :...
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System to adjust ropes to different lengths

I could sure use help with something to adjust the 2 ropes to different lengths. Both ropes are adjusted to about the same length, so the small platform that the ropes go to, is level. The platform ...
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How to get rid of paint smell

We are painting the whole house one room at a time, but as I suffer from asthma, I avoid the smell as much as possible but right now the whole house smell of paint, although I have opened windows. ...
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How do I make a lid for this bin?

There's a popular chain of home furniture store, which shall go unnamed, from which I've gotten a couple of bins which look like this: Unfortunately for me, that store doesn't sell lids for these ...
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How to make slippery rug stay in place

We have a rug at the entrance of our home. It is too much slippery, and despite putting a heavy shoe rack over it, it stills slips and it become a mess, all jumbled up. I don't understand why. we do ...
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I have a grey cotton golf t-shirt. I was hand washing it to remove an oil stain. It left white marks. How do I fix it without dyeing the t-shirt?

I have a grey t-shirt that had oil on it, so I was hand washing it to remove the oil. It left white marks on it. How do I fix without dyeing it?
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Problem with asbestos sheet roof

In my home, I have put asbestos sheet on the roof of my house. In some places I found it to be broken like this . how can I repair this using home made things?
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How can I get the smell out of a Condenser / Heatpump dryer?

I have a heat pump dryer that's stated to smell a bit kind of a mildew smell I suppose. Because of this, I've taken to ensure that the clothes are out of it almost immediately e.g. no leaving ...
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How to safely remove the glass from a wooden table with glass top?

I have a wooden table with a glass top: I want to remove the glass top safely not to injure myself, breaking glass is possible, looks like the glass is glued to the wood. How can I do that?
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Detect whether inside of house froze

I spent a week in warmer climes recently. While I was gone I left the heat completely off. I turned off the water and drained the pipes to prevent damage. I put all the houseplants in a small room ...
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How to clean my humidifier

I know, it's my mistake. I used common non-filtered water in the humidifier. And now it has limescale. How to remove it carefully and don't break humidifier?
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Managing day-to-day sound from upstairs neighbours

TL;DR : What are some original and/or just generally effective ways to block low-frequency noise? Not TL;DR: This question has been asked in various forms already, such as this, but I am not looking ...
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How to get package into house discreetly?

I've recently wanted to order some things, presents and the like, but I have no way to keep the package out of other's noses. In addition, the finding of the package by parents probably wouldn't end ...
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How can I remove my dryer's lint filter without creating a mess?

My new dryer has a large lint filter on the top. When I remove it, lint and dust fall off the filter onto the top of the dryer, and the dust floats off into the air as well. In the second picture ...
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Bonding of my Broken Dining table glass

My dining table glass is broken at a particular area, that has become powder at that one point...is there any way to bond those powdered glass...I jst want to get rid of the powder coming from the ...
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How to remove paint from floor?

As we painted our home there are some Mate Enamel paint spots left on the tiled floor. Kindly guide me how to remove such undesired spots. I tried some acid but the spots still remain. How to remove ...
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How to remove marker and paint from wall?

Children have a bad habit to remove any where with permanent stuff like markers and paint. It is not easy to remove that stuff from wall. It looks so ugly. How can I remove these things from the wall?
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How can I clean rubbers side (gasket) of refrigerator?

The side rubber (gasket) of my refrigerator is turning black. How can I clean it? I used vinegar and lemon, but it's not effective.
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Alternative to an electric iron?

I often go to a location where there is no electricity. When I need to press my clothes, I have no idea of an alternative method. I also often face this problem in my city because of loadshedding. ...
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How to repair/mask/get rid of a sparkle on a floor tile

Recently a pile of plates fell on my kitchen floor. It chipped away a small piece of one of the kitchen floor tiles. That creates a small white sparkle while the tiles are gray. I would like to get ...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

I lost the key to a closet and I need to open it. I don't need for the lock to remain operative after the operation, so I accept "radical" solutions. The key is of this type: I have no experience of,...
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