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How can I keep placards dry when demonstrating in the rain?

I'm planning to attend some demonstration these coming days. However, winter is upon us, and there's going to be rain. And the placards are made of paper; thick paper board, but still paper, which ...
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How would you find a torn page (to repair) in a large book

I enjoy problem solving (Lifehacking). Recently, someone asked me how I would find a torn page (to repair) in a large book. "Large" is the operative word here. It is inconveniently large — ...
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Sticky notes are not sticky - How to avoid it?

We brought the sticky notes box 3 years before and we left the room untouched. Now when we thought of using those stationery items, we thought we might use the sticky notes for my new office. But to ...
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Solutions or suggestions for removing label from metal can?

Does anybody have any solutions/suggestions for removing a paper label, whole and undamaged from a metal can, a canned good? The can can be either opened and empty, or unopened and full. About the ...
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Best way to remove dry seal on paper?

For example I've already tried putting a towel in between the paper with dry seal and flat iron, it makes the job done but Im still looking for easier way
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How to paint a circle pattern on a big piece of paper

I need some ideas on how to make a circle pattern on a large piece of paper, e.g. A0 ISO format. I have searched for a special paint roller online but in my case the circles must be 60mm equaly spaced ...
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How to stop holed paper from tearing

Don't you hate it when you have holed paper in your 3-ringed binder, and you act very careful to not shake the binder, but then on accident, you do? This causes a small tear in a lot of the pages, ...
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How do I refold a paper reference guide when I can't tell what order the folds go in?

I can fold the vertical crease in the center, but after that I have no clue how to fold it back to how it was, along the folds it already has. Is there some method I can use to figure out how to fold ...
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How do I keep thermal labels from fading?

I'm using thermal labels as contact information and descriptions on the backs of wood products that I sell. I was thinking, that if I could cover the label, with a clear permanent coating, that it may ...
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How can I clean my papers from someone's coughs?

A friend of mine has been ill of flu since many weeks ago. Today, while meeting him, he was reading some of my papers and while reading them he coughed several times. I already washed-cleaned ...
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Writing with finger/nail

I'd like a material I can wrap around my wrist and write on with my finger/nail. My first thoughts are something like suede leather, the sort you'd find on a journal. I also need to be able to erase ...
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How can I remove decades old tape from paper without damaging the images printed on paper?

How to remove decades old clear tape from paper without damaging the paper or image that is printed on the paper?
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How can I prevent a receipt from fading?

I have seen a question here about how to restore a receipt that has faded. What I want to know is how to prevent receipts from fading in the first place. I have some receipts from a recent vacation ...
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What can be used ( instead of / for ) a plastic straw?

A lot of beverages are difficult to drink without a straw such as smoothies and drinks with crushed ice to name two. If you're confined to a bed, that's another accessibility issue. Plastic straws ...
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Alternatives to using writing paper for writing practice

I'm currently learning a logogram language (characters instead of Latin letters). Everyday, my practice includes writing on paper. I use printed grid paper, designed to help for writing characters: I ...
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Removing Paper glued to wood

I have a letter glued onto plywood and want to remove it. What is the best way?. I haven’t tried anything yet because it is an historical document.
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How to keep a lot of paper in a file?

When I keep my papers in a file, they tend to stick out when there are too many of them, and especially when the file becomes too thick. The paper keeps slipping out and the file stays bulged out even ...
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What chemicals to use to whiten recycled paper

I'm planning of recycling used paper. I first shred the paper into small bits, grind and blend the paper bits into a thick pulp by adding water and color (white dye or something else) and then ...
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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 sure a document stays long term readable?

In case of very long term storage, what are the ways to make sure that a document remains readable? I am thinking about a conservation in the order of magnitude of 100 years. I am interested in ...
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Physical Text To Digital Text

Let me first prefix this question with, I have no idea which StackExchange site would be most appropriate for this question, but I thought LifeHacks might work... In 1998 my Mom's side of the family ...
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Fuse / patch two papers side-by-side without noticeable seam?

Today I got a raffle ticket which is used for our seminar party last night. The ticket was torn in half by scissor so that one half is in the rolling bucket and the other half is the guests' hands. ...
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Pencil Mark On Vintage Poster

How can I remove pencil marks from a Vintage Poster without damaging the poster itself? I have an Original, 1939 New York World's Fair poster, with a pencil mark on it. I'd like to find out how to get ...
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How to remove a strong sticker from book

I borrowed a math book from a library. And my 5-year-old cousin decides to put some Dragon Ball Z sticker on a few pages of the book. The stickers seem to be very strong. how can I remove the stickers ...
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How to staple 4-1/4" booklets with normal staplers?

I'm designing a pocket-sized booklet (4-1/4 x 11), so I'm taking common US letter sized paper and folding it the tall way. It's my goal that anyone can download the booklet-formatted PDF and print ...
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Posters / attaching paper

Okay so I wanna make a poster that at least looks like I didn't cut it in half, glue it back together and leave it in a sauna for a while so I was wondering if there was an easy way to attach papers ...
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How to write with a pen upside down?

You are lying in bed and want to write something down into you notebook. You have a hardcover notebook so you can hold it in the air and write. You try to write something with the notebook being above ...
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How to organize printouts of books?

I usually print out PDFs to read them on paper. For example, I print out my textbook chapter by chapter so it's easier to take them to the classroom. Since I have annotations on those printouts I ...
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How to clean paper hat?

I have a very delicate white paper hat that has turned yellow on several areas. How can I whiten it? Can I bleach it? Send it to the dry clean? ...Paint it? I have considered using soapy water but I'm ...
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How can I remove gel (?) Ink from a book?

My sister wrote the wrong name in a bible that's to be presented and displayed in two weeks. It's shiny paper that is beige in color. The back side of the page is different color printed pattern. She'...
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Can I make a paper organizer with a small footprint?

I don't have much floor space for my stuff and have a really hard time getting organized. Any suggestions would be helpful.
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How to perfectly pick only one tissue paper from a tissue box?

I was trying to pick only one tissue paper from a tissue box. But each time it comes out with 2 or more pieces. I just fed up separating it one by one after picked it up.
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How can I remove scraps of food from books?

Sometimes I read books while eating, then scraps of food, such as fragments of biscuits will come into books, too internal to be removed easily. I usually use pencils to push them out, but after that ...
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How can I mass produce confetti?

In a relatively close future, I will be attending an event in which a very large amount of confetti would be appreciated. As in, litres of them. These would have to be produced in the smallest time ...
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Removing ink/toner from smudges on thick paper

I have already looked at this question, and whilst some of the answers might suit my case, I thought I should put this to the community, as my situation is slightly different. I printed out some ...
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How do I staple a few sheets of paper in the middle using a normal stapler?

The fold line is in the middle if you orient it as "landscape", it would become a brochure, or book. I have a regular stapler that can't reach the middle in its normal state. Stapler can be opened, ...
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Is there any way to restore faded receipts?

Many stores are using receipts that, intentionally or not, fade over time. I bought something about a year ago that I never used and I want to return it. But the receipt is faded to the point of ...
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How to make custom colored paper

I love making a craft made from paper. Currently I have difficulty to find colour specific paper such Teal coloured paper. I expect I will get the same issue when I need specific coloured paper since ...
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Unwrinkle paper

I was writing on a sheet of paper for something important. I used the eraser and accidentally scrunched up the paper a bit, not ripping it but wrinkling it. Is there a way to fix the paper and make it ...
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How should I re-attach the top sheet of paper that has come loose from a stapled group?

Background At school, I receive a lot of thick paper packets that are 40 or more pages long. Our printer automatically can staple packets of up to around 150 sheets, so the packets are stapled nicely ...
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How to hold together large packet of paper

Large packets of paper are often used for play scripts and large internet printouts. Stapling them would not work; the stapler is not that powerful. What can I do to put together this large packet?
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How can I effectively organize disparate files?

So I moved out of mom & dads last year. I've saved every bank statement, every bill, every home insurance letter, basically everything piece of mail that wasn't a credit card offer. My desk is a ...
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What is the most efficient way to fold a map?

When I'm sightseeing I usually like to get a printed map of the city. It is often more useful than a digital map since I usually don't have an Internet connection abroad, besides occasional Wi-Fi, and ...
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How can I quickly and easily attach two (or more) piece of paper together with tape?

I have hundreds of sheets of printed music, all single A4-sized sheets. Many sheets need to be attached (along the long side) to form one long sheet of music made up or two, three or four single A4 ...
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How to separate paper from college block?

I've always had issues with some college blocks not allowing the paper to be ripped off perfectly, since the tear line isn't thin enough. Is there any trick I could use to never have this issue again?...
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How to create lock on notebook?

I keep a personal journal, and I would like to lock it. There are several personal journals with locks on the market, but they are too expensive. How can I lock a 5-subject ring notebook?
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How to avoid paper sticking together in a printer?

A problem I've often had when loading paper into a printer is when two or more sheets get stuck together. This is unnoticeable when you put a big stack of paper into the printing tray, but becomes a ...
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Alternative to White-Out

In multiple instances, I have made a mistake in pen on a colored or decorated piece of paper. White-Out would be too obvious because the page wasn't white to begin with. What can I do/use/lifehack ...
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How do I redact information when my black marker isn't "wet" enough, and the information shows through my blackouts?

So, I need to redact some information on my tax returns before sending them into my insurance company as proof of citizenship (or something, I'm not sure what exactly they needed them for). The ...
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How do I remove ballpoint pen ink scribblings from a laminated piece of cardboard

I have scribblings on a old box cover with what seems like ballpoint pen ink. The toy box itself is a thin printed cardboard coated with a layer of laminate. The pen marks themselves are rather old. ...
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