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How to get mice out of the ceiling

Late at night, not a creature is stirring, except for the mice scratching away in the ceiling - as I am a renter, I can not access the ceiling, nor do any damage to the property. The real estate agent ...
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How to unblock a blocked drain without acids/chemicals?

Is there a way to unblock a totally blocked drain (especially kitchen) without using acids or strong chemicals? I like to avoid acids and chemicals in general for many reasons, one of them is the ...
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How to naturally keep bugs away?

I hate bugs and do not want them entering my room. I tried various products but none of them performed as expected. There is gotta be a way to naturally, without also damaging me or my items keep the ...
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How can I affix pictures/photos to a wall cleanly without damaging the paint on the wall?

I want to surprise my mom by affixing her pictures for her coming birthday. All the photos are rectangle with dimension of 5 X 15 cm like shown below, just the bare photopaper (no frame), and the ...
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How can I charge a single rechargeable battery?

I have a battery charger that requires batteries are charged in pairs. However I have a wireless keyboard that uses three batteries. Is there a (safe) way I can charge all of the batteries at once? I ...
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Tumble-drying a fitted sheet without getting other things tangled in it

If I put a fitted sheet in the tumble dryer with other things, it will try to kidnap smaller items and twist them into one or more of its corners so that they can't come out and don't get dry. Anybody ...
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How do I unclog a sink without a snake or liquid plumber? [duplicate]

So my sink got clogged somehow. I've tried plunging it, but it hasn't seemed very effective. I don't have a snake or liquid plumber on hand though. How can I unclog it?
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How can I clear my shower drain without drain cleaner?

While showering I notice that the drain starts to clog and water start to accumulate, but yet its not totally clogged. What can I do to prevent further clogging, while still being able to continue my ...
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How can I fill the house with a pleasant smell at the last minute?

We have some guests coming over in an hour and I'd like to have our house to have a pleasant smell when they arrive. However, we don't have any air fresheners or anything like that on hand and I have ...
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Removing mold from walls without use of harmful chemicals

I have mold in the corner of my kitchen. Usually remove it with mold-removing chemical products like bleach spray and it work perfectly. But recently some people told me these chemicals are harmful ...
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What can I do when the handle breaks and falls off my screen door?

I have a screen door on my house that has a handle like this: But the handle broke so now it's loose and falls off easily when pulled on. It left about a half inch of square steel shaft: I can order ...
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How to get Urine stains out of carpet

I recently got a puppy, and he is still not quite house trained. I attempt to clean up his accidents right away, but they still leave a small stain. I can see small circles on the carpet where he has ...
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How can I add new keys to a keyring without hurting my fingernails? [duplicate]

Adding new keys to a keyring is a fiddly job - you have to prise apart the parts of the ring and hold it open long enough to get the new key on. My current method is to pull it apart with my nails ...
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How can I repair a broken jewel case?

I have a jewel case in which a cd came. The tab in the corner is broken: The tab is gone, so the front falls off whenever opening the case. I've tried using duct tape, clear tape, etc. and the ...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

Fact: Flies move fast. Very fast. That's why you need something that moves even faster – like a fly swatter – to kill a fly. But what if you don't have a flyswatter handy? Then, how can you catch and ...
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How can I light the very back of my fire?

My fireplace is quite deep, and I always struggle to light the back of it with a normal length match - I don't like getting sooty hands, and I worry about burning myself. The longer matches are quite ...
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What's a better way to put clothes in a drawer?

Usually I fold my clothes and then stack them according to their type. The result looks something like the following: source But this doesn't really work very well, as it's more difficult than I'd ...
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How to keep your hands warm in winter while working on a laptop?

It's really cold here nowadays so I usually have a quilt over me. My problem is that I can't get my laptop under the quilt because I won't be able to see what I'm doing. Because of this, I have to ...
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How can I remove the bag from my bin more easily?

When removing a plastic bin bag from the bin, the vacuum created and subsequent air pressure makes it difficult to remove. With drilling holes into the bottom to let air in as a last resort as this ...
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How to open a door without it creaking?

The obvious answer is to oil it. But until then, is there any way to open it without the terrible creaking sound? Once in a while it has opened quietly. I think putting pressure on certain parts of ...
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How can I prevent the bin bag falling into the bin?

Further to my other bin-related woes, sometimes, when the bin* is getting full (but not overfull - there's still room in there), the edges of the bin bag will slip down, making it a disgusting job ...
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How do I find all the bits of a broken necklace?

A necklace with lots of very small pearls broke, and they scattered all over the floor. I would like to find all of the individual pearls and reconstruct the necklace, but is there a quicker way to do ...
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How to plug a twisted electrical wire

In the part of the world where I live, some workers carry multiple pieces of long wires in case the power source is far away, so they can connect various wires and reach the plug. Since most of ...
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How to fasten a length of plastic rope which is just too short

If I have less rope than necessary to tie multiple knots fore safety, and I am trying too tie both the ends to an iron rod (similar to how I have depicted here with another rod in between or straight ...
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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 ...
QuyNguyen2013's user avatar
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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 ...
Martin Tournoij's user avatar
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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 ...
Amirreza Nasiri's user avatar
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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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