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

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How can I humidify a room without a humidifier?

It's winter, it's cold, and the heat is constantly blasting throughout my house. This is making the air very dry and uncomfortable to breathe, particularly at night when I'm trying to sleep. Are ...
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What can I use to rejoin porcelain broken pieces?

Background: I have in my room a porcelain statue given to me by my mother. This morning, I forgot the statue's location and it fell to the ground. Fortunately, it didn't break completely, but its ...
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Screw is rusted to the point that it is completely rounded off. How to remove?

I've got an outdoor ceiling light fixture. Think this: A few months ago, due to an accident, the fixture itself broke completely. As in, the socket that the light bulb goes in smashed and broke ...
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Bedtime remote tied to wrist to mute/shut down computer

I like to listen to audio from long youtube videos or youtube playlists before bedtime. I'd like a remote tied to my wrist that I could use to turn off the laptop, decrease the volume, and mute ...
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How to clean urine stain out of a bed mattress

My little child has a habit of moving to our bed during the night. Last night he wet our bed. Some of the urine went though the sheets and reached the mattress. I tried to soak it with paper towels ...
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How to sterilize/clean a cut/abrasion without causing pain

Small cuts and abrasions can be very painful to clean. How might one clean such a wound without causing undue pain, while still effectively sterilizing it? Attempts so far that have caused pain: ...
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Removing instant adhesive from skin

Recently, I bought a powerful instant adhesive: But after its use, I found my skin covered with a layer of adhesive liquid. I tried to remove it by rubbing my fingers on a rough surface, washing with ...
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How to clean floor if there is cooking-oil spilled on it?

I accidentally spilled cooking oil all over my floor(tiles). I tried washing my floor with water and then wiping it with dry cloth but it gets even worse. How can I effectively clean up the cooking ...
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Easy way to Automate scanning 100+ pages of my diary using mobile camera?

I want to digitalize my diary. But larger the stack of pages or paper, the harder it is to take a photo of all of them manually with my camera. Especially I don't have any equipment or hardware to put ...
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Things to do with expired tablets and ointments [closed]

In my house, I have lots of tablets and ointments and I am planning to throw them into the dustbin. Instead, I want to do something innovative with them and not throwing them out. Cool ideas welcome.....
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How do I stop the ends of curtain poles (finials) falling off without making a hole in them?

We've recently moved into a rented house in which we aren't meant to make holes in the fittings. Several of the curtains are hung on wooden poles, like these. The end curtain ring on each side is ...
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How can I avoid sweating while sleeping?

Lately I wake up sweating. Sometimes I have to wake up very early and I don't like to always have to take a shower in the morning. I tried the obvious solution which is sleeping with less clothes but ...
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Remove Ink That's Scribbled on top of Printed Text?

I have a piece of paper that has a ton of text printed from a computer. One of the words on the paper has been scribbled through horizontally with an ink pen. I've tried holding it over the iPhone ...
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How to weigh my luggage before going to the Airport [closed]

Is there any trick to find out if your luggage is in the limit of weigh allowed by the airline before going to the Airport ? My luggage is always overweight and I always have to pay extra dollars to ...
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Warming up when getting out of bed in morning [closed]

My bedroom has a heating problem. It's very cold in the morning. I bought a fan electric heater which works great. However I normally don't leave it on at night as it gets too hot and makes noise. I ...
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How to see white tile/grout cleaner on white tile with white grout

I like to use tile & grout cleaner (a bleach gel) to clean the grout in my shower. However, the tile & grout cleaner is white, the grout is white, and the tiles are white. How can I easily ...
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Remotely turning off a router - is it possible? [closed]

I'm very sick and have to lie in bed in about 2 months. My router is upstairs in my home and I need a way to turn it off in the evening, when I finish my work (I live alone, but in the morning I have ...
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What is a cost effective way to eliminate heat loss through windows?

As winter approaches in the Northern hemisphere, one can feel the cold air near interior windows. How can I reduce the amount of heat lost through windows? Essential criteria: cost must be less ...
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Turning my desk's smile upside down

I have a largely jerryrigged desk - its a particleboard table top that's sitting on a pair of metal A frame trestle legs. I recently got a 27 inch monitor and the weight of it is causing the desk to ...
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Best and highest use of last year's phonebook [closed]

What is the best way to reuse (as opposed to recycle) a prior year's phone book? Meta: I checked the on-topic and off-topic lists and the question does seem to fit here, though the automatic filter ...
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Best way to know if somebody has broken into my room without camera

I will be on leave so as a precaution I want to see if somebody has entered my room with the door being locked from outside.
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What can I punch?

I'd like to punch something like this to destress: I don't have one though. What general household items can I put together to allow me to do the same? Moderator note: "Mind hacks" are off-topic ...
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How to reduce creepy crawly insects in the house?

I don't mind insects but having a spider crawl over my hand while I'm trying to sleep is just ridiculous. I lived in a shared house which is a bit old. I noticed insects including large spiders and ...
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What is a good way to organise and identify keys on a keyring?

I have a number of keys on my keyring - screen door, main door, garage door, some random key that I don't know where it goes, etc. When I purchased the house, the previous owner placed different ...
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How to tell if surface is level

I'm renting a room and the floor is not very even. I plan on wedging some cardboard/cloth/felt sticky pads beneath some surfaces (such as my chair and bed). The first step is to test in which ...
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I have a regular analog clock. I want the hands to glow. Stickers? Paint?

I know there is some super hi tech luminescent stuff. That's what I'd like to use. Barring that, what other stuff could I use? I don't want some cheap glow in the dark paint.
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How to fire a matchstick without matchbox [duplicate]

How to fire a matchstick without matchbox, there use only any chemical or any secret elements.
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How do I remove a Daddy Long-Legs egg sac without breaking it open or killing the spiders?

Daddy long legs (Pholcus phalangioides) are fond my bathroom. I can normally coexist with them; they don't disturb me, I don't disturb them, and they're too much of a pain to move when they're on the ...
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How to test if humidity meter works

I bought a digital humidity meter and it reads between 55%-65% everywhere in my house. It's surprising that it's this high. Is there anyway I can verify it is working accurately? Even if I bought a ...
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How to remove really old masking tape?

I have the problem that when I moved last, I moved from one end of the country to the other. When I had to vacate the flat I was living in, I didn't have a new place at my current location. Because of ...
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How to remove/wash away instant glues if fallen in hand

When working with instant glues they fall onto my hands and create an unwashable glue spot which is not good in feel, so is there any way I can remove/wash away instant glue.
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How to repair a physically damaged whiteboard?

We have a large whiteboard in one of our conference room, and there is a dent about 3 inches long and 2 inches wide. We were thinking that maybe using spackle or something similar to fill in the dent ...
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How to pick up fallen apples quickly?

I just moved into a house that has a big apple tree in the back yard. All summer long, it's been casting fruit, and the lawn just gets covered with it. They're awkward and somewhat painful when you ...
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How can I open or loosen a metal screw cap of a bottle of polyester resin?

does anyone know how I can open or loosen a metal screw cap of a bottle of polyester resin which is stuck with the resin? Last time I used this resin was 3 months ago and I wiped the mouth of the ...
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Take off a tag without scissors

I need to take off a tag without scissors. I also can't just rip it off because I have a broken wrist (which is also my dominant hand). I'm ideally looking for something easy and around the house. ...
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How can I shower without a towel?

It keeps happening. I take a shower, then discover that I had put my towel in the laundry. Or all my towels are dirty, and I'm reluctant to shower because I don't have a towel (hygiene issue...). Or ...
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Hanging pictures on the wall without nails/tacks/normal tape?

I am looking to hang 4x6 photographs on a wall in my room. They will not be in a frame of any sort, just the photo paper. I have about 100 and am going to make a collage. I tried glue dots, but they ...
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More efficient way to arrange a CD collection

I have a CD collection of around 500 albums. They are placed alphabetically by artist on around 10 shelves (shelves are vertically aligned one above the other, and are bounded on the sides). The first ...
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How to remove the bhoosa [chaff] from the phool jhadu [grass broom]?

Here is the picture of phool jhadu. That is the kind of broom used in middle class households in India. The problem is that the new broom of that kind contains a lot of bhoosa (which Merriam-Webster ...
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How can I hang a picture without being able to drive nails/hooks into the wall?

I have some pictures I'd like to hang on my wall, but I can't drive nails into it due to the conditions of my lease. They're both rather heavy, one is about 1kg (2lbs) and the other is probably 2-3kg ...
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Best way to clean or shine a silver jewelry

What are some cost-effective methods to clean a silver necklace or bracelet using homemade solutions? One method I know is to submerge a jewelry in a salt bath (1 teaspoon of table salt + strips of ...
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How to open roller shutters silently

Sometimes, I stay up long, and when it gets dark, I usually turn on the lights and close the roller shutters in the room where I am, so that my neighbours won't see what I'm doing (programming). ...
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How can I stop cat hair getting onto my bathroom towels?

I have three cats which all have medium to long hair. They shed almost continuously, even after being brushed. "Their" room is the laundry, that's where they're fed and, if they choose to, sleep. The ...
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How do I find and kill a single mosquito in the middle of the night?

Many times a single mosquito will buzz in my ear at night (and bite me). I know if I kill it there won't be any others, but finding one is difficult.
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How can I get a mouse out the house without causing it any harm?

We recently had a tiny, and utterly adorable, little mouse in our 2nd story apartment. We eventually managed to corner it and get it into a box before releasing it back into the field, but it was hard ...
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Seal a window Temporarily (in monsoons)

Almost everyone might have faced few windows that do not close properly , or have little gaps even after closing. Problem- One set of my Flat room windows falls under opening , we do have a shield on ...
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Stop keyboard wobble due to uneven desk

I've just acquired and finished setting up a new wooden plank computer desk. Upon finishing the new setup I naturally went to use my keyboard and noticed that the wooden planks aren't exactly flush ...
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How to get rid of mosquitoes without electricity?

In the summer we used to start fans or cooler while sleeping, but sometimes due to some technical issues at night we have no electricity, so our fans and cooler stop working at that time. I am ...
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How to Avert / Deflect refrigerator heat in room?

I am living in a tropical country right now, it gets pretty hot (~45 °C) in here. Now, I have single room home which has my desktop & a refrigerator. As obvious, in order to make ice in high ...
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Cheap way to hang a poster without frame

I bought a poster 135*85 cm without a frame. When i try to hang the poster with double-sided tape on a self made wooden frame, the poster will be down in a few hours. Because of the size there are ...

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