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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 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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How to get rid of a mouse from home

Please suggest possible remedies for mouse entering the house. Does ultrasonic repellent work? Please share your experience. Do home remedies work?
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How can I quickly remove water from my shower curtain?

After I shower, I like to squeegee water off the shower tiles so mold doesn't grow on the grout. I'd like to get most of the water off my plastic shower curtain too, but I need a life hack to ...
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How to better see mosquitoes?

In the summer, I am annoyed by small numbers of mosquitoes. Since they are not many, I just use an electric racket to take care of them. The main issue I have with the racket is visibility: when a ...
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How can I clean a rough, outdoor welcome mat?

Our welcome mat has lint, hair, and other things stuck in its bristles. As you can see from the photos, it is a very tough mat. How can I clean this so it looks new-ish again? I tried sweeping it ...
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Long-term storage of personal belongings?

So I have a lot of stuff and a lot of space in my parent's house and and obviously, I want to move some of my stuff to them (mostly paperwork, some packaging, catalogues, etc. - typical "hoarding" ...
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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 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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