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

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How do I quickly thaw the ice in frozen pipes?

I sometimes visit a relative's house, and sometimes her water pipes are frozen. Is there a way to quickly thaw them, insulation aside? I'm not looking for a permanent solution, I am just looking for a ...
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How do I get the bin bag (trash bag) outside without it dripping all over me?

The bin bags (trash bags) I have just bought in a roll of 100 of have small holes in the bottom, presumably so that they can compress when tied off. The downside of this is that if the bin contains ...
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How do I vacuum under furniture without moving it?

I vacuum my carpet once a week, and I would like to vacuum under furniture (sofa, etc.) once a month instead of every six months. Is there a way to vacuum or clean under the furniture in some form or ...
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What is a permanent solution for black mold?

Mold-removing chemical products are good but the mold keeps growing back. What is an efficient permanent solution?
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How can I test for electrical current through bare wires without a meter? [closed]

Similar to this question, but I'm asking specifically about bare wires, with no socket. I don't want to flip a breaker switch, or blow a fuse. How can I test for a current in the cable(s) without a ...
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A book fell in a sink full of water. How can I dry it?

How can I dry out a book that falls into a sink of water (or similar) and gets soaked? I've tried: Using a hair dryer to blow the pages back and forth until they're dry It wasn't that great an idea,...
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How can I prevent windows from steaming up at night?

It's winter here, which means that in our old house the windows get condensation forming on the inside overnight in the rooms where people sleep. Sometimes there is so much that it streams down and ...
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How do I fold a fitted sheet?

Try as many times as I can, it always ends up a mess. I have fitted sheets that are partly elasticated (just at the corners), and elasticated all the way around the edge. I can't fold either type well....
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How do I clean a whiteboard that hasn't been cleaned in a while? [duplicate]

I have a whiteboard (dry-erase) that hasn't been cleaned in a long time, and that now has stuff dried on it. Even though it was originally written with dry-erase markers, it's been too long, and they'...
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How can I avoid getting static shocks in the winter?

Some days, it feels like everything I touch gives me a shock. Car door, metal sink, even the dishwasher. What can I do to reduce static shocks?
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I'm in the rain without an umbrella, how can I get home quickly without getting too wet?

Often, a problem I encounter is that in rainy seasons the rains come really suddenly. It is really difficult to find stores or pedestrians who are kind enough to lend an umbrella to a stranger (in ...
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How do I pour from a mug without having it drip so much?

Pouring things from a mug or similar container almost always seem to end up in dripping; some containers fare better than others, though. A mug is terrible, most coffee pots are okay-ish, but I've ...
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How to remove screws with stripped heads?

As the question states, I am looking to remove a thoroughly stripped screw (the head is stripped) from a hard disk drive. My main issue is that I have no power tools available to remove the screw. How ...
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How to cover nail holes effectively and inexpensively?

I am moving out of rental, and there are some nail holes in the wall. I don't want to use spackle, because it would require me to repaint the walls, and I don't want that. What is an alternate ...
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Tricks for opening very tight jars

What are some tricks for opening seemingly impossible-to-open glass jars, like the one pictured below? ATTEMPT: I have tried twisting as hard as I can, but clearly that hasn't worked so far. I have ...
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How can I (painlessly) add or remove keys to my key ring?

One of the most excruciating things I have to do is to add or remove some keys from a key ring. I have to dig my way into the crack of the ring with my nails, which really hurts. What else can I do ...
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What is the best way to light a hard-to-reach candle wick without burning your finger?

What is the best way to light a candle when the wick is difficult to reach? My candle is similar to the one pictured below (large, glass, with a somewhat enclosed top), and I usually use either ...
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How can I stop my shower from dripping

My shower thermostat cartridge is old and it leaks, so my shower head continually drips. I am planning to rebuild my whole bathroom in the next couple of months, but until then, how can I stop the ...
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If I break a window, how can I keep out cold air while I buy another?

It doesn't happen often, but occasionally one of the old windows in my house breaks, and I have to go and buy a replacement. How do I keep the winter air out (better than hanging a towel by the ...
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How can I remove gum from carpet?

Sometimes, chewing gum inevitably gets on the carpet. How do I get it back off? I've tried using ice to harden the gum, and lifting it off, but it didn't freeze down far enough.
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What is the best way to get rid of steam on a mirror?

What is the best and continually way to get rid of steam and fog on a mirror? The picture below is what I mean: Image from: vivaitalianmovies.com In the past, I've tried using soap and toothpaste on ...
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How can I keep my door locks from freezing during a winter storm?

My house has a detached garage and occasionally the lock gets frozen during a winter storm so that I cannot insert my key to unlock the door. I have plenty of methods to open the lock after it is ...
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How to dust Venetian blinds?

I have Venetian blinds in my home. I have a feather duster, but it does a terrible job, removing (at most) a third of the collected dust. I've also used a standard dust cloth, which does a good job, ...

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