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How can I keep cables from falling off of desks when unplugged?

I'm sure that this is a common cable management problem: you have a bunch of cables running up to your desk that when you unplug you don't want to fall off but instead remain in an easily accessible ...
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Listening to music in cubicle without headphones

I work in a cubicle environment. It's okay that we wear headphones, but after wearing them all day it can get uncomfortable. In addition, occasionally I have to leave my desk and/or hear when someone ...
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How to prevent people accidentally turning the lights off from leaning on the switches?

The office I work in has light switches located near an elevator. This switches control the lights in my department. It is a fairly often occasion where, when waiting for the elevator to arrive, ...
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Prevent rubber bands from ageing?

I daily get rubber bands, I collect them and store it in one of shelves so that I could use them later. At certain times, when I require it for use, they would have changed their form to a sticky- ...
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How can I keep an office chair cool enough to avoid causing perspiration?

I'm in an office environment. Like many office workers, I have a chair! When I'm sitting in said chair, my body heat seems to get absorbed by the glorious, cushiony, cloth-covered padding I'm sitting ...
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How to prevent static electricity/static current

I had been getting very much of static current to a point where I am afraid of touching things. Even the shock had me overturn my coffee mug on me and my laptop. But now I am afraid of touching a ...
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How to stop static shocks on the office?

Here in the office we suffer a lot with static shocks, all day long when people touch each other, open a door or grab a coffee. It's really a pain. This is what the office looks like: We have A/C on....
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How to avoid embarrassing situations when I have sweaty hands?

I suffer excessive sweating in my hands, and that causes me embarrassing situations like, when I shake hands with others, being asked to fill a paper form (and return it soaking). Of course, I can ...
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How to make your desk at work less reflective?

For about a year I have the following problem at work: My desk at work is very white and very reflective. There is no curtain. I cannot move the desk or paint it. Other spots are taken. I thought ...
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How can I keep a USB mini 2.0 (or other) cable from tearing?

What are some ways to protect the ends of a USB mini 2.0 charging cable (or other thin insulated wire) tearing up? Anytime the electrical outlet is at a height greater than the device it is attached ...
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How to help an office coffee 'club' succeed?

My department recently tried to start a coffee 'club'. The admin bought a Keurig coffee maker, it came with some sample K cups, and she put up a sign saying everyone should bring in K cups for ...
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How to remove superglue from a desk?

I recently went away for the weekend and came back to work to find a pot of superglue was left on its side and now there is glue everywhere. I have managed to remove the pot of glue from the desk and ...
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Desk(s) configuration problem

I'm moving to a new house and getting new office furniture. I am a computer programmer and audio engineer. This means that I need multiple computers, large speakers, and 2-4 screens on my desk(s). I ...
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How can I keep an awning window open?

My office has a metal-framed awning window (i.e. a casement hinged at the top). To stop it closing under its own weight, it has an arm either side, the other end of which slides along a vertical track....
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How to prevent being startled by co-workers while listening to music at your desk?

Doesn't seem to be a good solution available. I've heard of mirrors, but those have certain limitations. Wondering what methods people have found for avoiding surprises in the office.
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How to prevent an inket printer from clogging up from lack of use?

I tend to print, at most, 5 pages per month: usually 2-3 black and white pages, and 1-2 color pages. In the past 3 years, I've gone through 4 inkjet printers because they all clog so fast. I've ...
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How to compensate for sinking / uneven floor in office

I rent an office on the 2nd floor of a 2 story building. The carpet is the standard blue you find everywhere. Certain sections of my office floor are slanted downwards with some sections (mostly the ...
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Prevent phone base from being dragged by cord

Suppose I have a desk phone similar to this one: Or maybe one that's even smaller, like this one: When using it, and moving around a bit, getting up from my seat or whatnot - the cord extends (it's ...
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How to prevent plugged-in vacuum cleaner cord from getting tangled?

I'm searching for a lifehack that will help prevent a plugged-in vacuum cleaner cord from getting all tangled up. The vacuum cleaner cannot be easily unplugged, and multiple people use it. The best ...
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An alternative (cheaper) option than offering towel service at the gym

We have just got a gym facility at my work, however, we do not currently offer towel service as it is quite expensive. Does anyone know of any alternatives to offering this service? For example, a ...
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Simple cheap solution to plug in one pair of heaphones into two audio sources(two laptops)

I have a nice comfy pair of over the ear headphones which i would like to plug in to two audio sources(two laptops or one laptop and one phone). Are there any cheap solutions for this, like a reverse ...
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Safety pin of fire extinguisher broke, how to make it active in terms of need?

Just as a measure of safety, office have fire extinguishers. But one of its safety pin seems to be broken half the way. Replacing it now itself, being a solution, if I am in middle of a fire, how ...
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How to store different sized folders at my desk?

I have several folders for different files. The problem is, they are all different size and not all of them are made of hard paper but some are made of plastic etc. I think it is no problem storing ...
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Remember Appointment - without mobile phone [closed]

I have the tunnel vision. I know that I have an telco at 14:00 this day. But if a team mate asks me for help at 13:45, then I walk to his desk and then it is likely that I forget the telco. An alarm ...
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How to repel ants invading my bottled water?

The last couple of months have seen an invasion of ants in my office building. They are mostly a minor nuisance except that they keep getting into my opened bottled water where they collect on the ...
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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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Any Hacks to control Central Cooling System at workplace /office?

Just wondering if there are any hacks to control/alter the thermostat of central/ducted cooling units in my office? The cooling unit keeps throwing cold air all day long and by end of day I am totally ...
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I am looking for ways to send emails efficiently

I have a standard email to reply to all enquiries from my website, however I need everytime to edit few words, such as the name of the person, dates, codes, etc. Do you know a way of doing this fast ...
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How to waken myself when sleepy without causing much distraction to other employees? [closed]

This question specifically ask about the afternoon energy slump, I am curious on what things can I do in order to waken myself up without causing much distraction to other employees in my office? ...
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Any use for pencils with broken lead? [closed]

I have quite a few pencils that are essentially useless. Attempting to sharpen them ends with the graphite snapping off before I can write the first letter of a word. I know it's not the pencil ...
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How to get out of a tag-back scenario [closed]

not 100% sure this is on-topic, if not I apologize... My workplace organizes a summer weekly Friday happy hour, and whoever gets to organize it picks the person to organize it next. My friend and I ...
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Cheap way to get a clear plastic coffee table? For lying underneath it and using a windows 8.1 tablet on top [closed]

**I put this in lifehack stack exchange because I think also an alternative to the below could be built out of easy household obnjects that I just not have thought of I'm going to use a windows 8.1 ...