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Questions tagged [plastics]

Hacks related to cleaning, manipulating, or conserving plastics.

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Straightening curled in file-folders

Going to my workplace, I usually place file-folders in my bag (see figure 1). However, after some time of using this file-folder, the top and top-right are both curled into the middle (see figure 2), ...
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What are these black spots in Plastic lids

I have been using borosil lunch box from few months, Borosil lunch box After few days of using it there are few black spots started generating at the plastic lid, I tried removing them using ...
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Plastic wrap sticking to spine of Blu-Ray disc packages

One thing that drives me nuts about Blu-Rays is that for some reason the packaging methodology causes the outer cellophane-like wrap to stick to the spine of disc case, so when you take it off, there ...
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How to make an elderly kitchen sink look better

I have moved into a place that has an elderly black sink in the kitchen. I've cleaned it with Lime Away and Bon Ami, but I've made no progress with some discolored lighter areas that become apparent ...
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Removing Liquified Plastic Layer Residue From Notched Metal Surface

I use old electric hob (as shown in the picture) for preparing my food, which takes a while to heat up and then takes even more time to cool down after use. Today I made a grave rookie mistake - as ...
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How to push small button with plastic cover on phone's edge easier?

My phone (Xperia M4 Aqua) has a power button on the edge of the phone. After having a thin plastic cover, the button is required a lot of force to push it. I can cut a hole in the cover in that ...
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How to stabilize a loose/failing USB connection?

I always end up having a 'USB device not recognised' error while I fix my external harddisk to my laptop. Even a slight disturbance causes this error due to the weight of the disk, and I find it ...
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How to repair silicone rubber?

I have a pump which parts are made up of silicone rubber, one of its part has been torned a bit, and I want to seal that crack. None of the adhesive work on it, they don't stick at all. Can anyone ...
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How can I make my mouse clicks louder?

My old mouse was pretty loud so bought a new one, now it is too quiet. Any hacks to make it louder?
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How can I label my left and right ear buds? [duplicate]

My ear buds come labeled left and right, but the writing on them is so small I can't read it without a magnifying glass. The ear buds are made of a very hard, shiny, black plastic that resists being ...
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Dirty mouse of dried cream

I have a gaming mouse and many times when use it, it gets dirtier and dirtier due to the moisturising cream on my hands where they stick onto the edges and I have to use my fingernails to scrape some ...
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How to fix the broken plastic of headphone/earphone wires?

This question is different from the one where the metal wire breaks. It's been a few years since I've used these earphones of my phone, and now the plastic is beginning to crack at multiple points, ...
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How can I repair cracked LDPE without a plastic welder?

The cold weather has brittled my recycling bin and cracks have developed around the lid handles due to being peeled off in freezing weather. It's gotten so bad, that the lid no longer performs its ...
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How to repair a dent on my water bottle?

I have a plastic water bottle that I dropped. It now has a dent in the base, and is somewhat unsteady when standing up. How can I repair this dent without causing cracks in the plastic that will cause ...
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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 ...
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Remove an imprinted logo from an electric device

The Kindle Paperwhite gen. 2 has one annoying flaw: A shiny silver logo directly under the screen (see here). I can mask it with a piece of black electrician's tape, but I'd like to remove it ...
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Creating a stylus holder that attaches to tablet via full sized USB

This is basically what I want for my windows tablet to hold my wacom stylus: http://i.imgur.com/kTeP4b6.png My tablet is maybe 2-3 mm thicker than the height of a USB port so the above pic won't do-...
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Remove ink from coroplast

I'm trying to remove the ink/paint from coroplast signs with a simple trick. Any household item, something not too expensive that I can find easily. I saw once that recycling facilities could remove ...
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How to repair and clean traffic cones?

We have some short and tall traffic cones. Some of them are out of maintenance, and need to be repaired & cleaned. The two big questions are: How can I clean the traffic cones? How can I repair ...
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How to differentiate glass from plastic?

I have a jug of water which is either made of glass or made of some kind of plastic like acrylic or perhaps a kind of polymer. I want a non-invasive method for identifying the bottle's material. The ...
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Flatten plastic playing cards

I have a set of KEM 100% plastic playing cards (stargazers model). They're a premium brand and supposed to be long lasting but after opening the box after not using them for some time I discovered ...
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How to remove smell from a new water bottle?

The new bottle has got a weird smell. I kept the bottle without lid from some time but that didn't help much. It is a plastic bottle. I washed it with plain water. What is a quick solution to ...
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How can I remove grease from controllers?

So, me and my friends were playing last night while eating some snacks, and, as a result of my lack of attention, the controllers got all greasy. I tried using a napkin to clean it, but it still feels ...
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Removing a planter from inside a planter

Last winter, my mother stored a couple of planters by putting one inside the other. The planters are embossed with a decorative pattern on the outside and smooth on the inside, with an inward-curving ...
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Empty bin with bag that is too heavy

Yesterday I had to empty the garbage bin which contained a heavy plastic bag. The bag turned out to be too heavy and it ripped at some point. I decided I had to get some stuff out and put that in a ...
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How to clean a water tank

I've a plastic water storage tank as such with a small lid (12"/30cm in diameter). It has developed a thin slippery/shiny layer inside of the walls overtime and surface of the water has the same ...
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How can I stop the bin liner falling in to the bin? [duplicate]

Often as I fill my bin, the bag sinks deeper and the edge of the bag ends up inside. Inevitably due to my laziness, rubbish then ends up inside the bin, but not inside the liner. This makes me more ...
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How can I easily open plastic film wrapped packages?

Contrary to this question I'm not asking for a way to open thick clamshell packaging, but for a way to open thin plastic film wrapped packages. There are various variations of these wrapped plastic ...
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How to undo a cable tie so that it is reusable

A lot of things come with plastic cable ties on them. Cable ties are very durable and I can only take them off with scissors. Because they're so durable, I want to be able to use them for other things....
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How can I dull or darken this zipper with household products?

I just bought this bag: See that orange zipper? It's way more orange than it looks in this photo. This photo doesn't even do it justice. It is neon, day-glo orange. It's too orange for me, but ...
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How to keep dust from matte/rubbery plastic

Some keyboards, computer mice, and other surfaces use this plastic coating that feels rubbery and looks matte. They are are somewhat "sticky", and are not easily dusted using conventional methods. ...
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How to separate plastic grocery bags?

This is the worst nightmare of every man in the supermarket: opening a plastic grocery bag when you're in a hurry at the self service checkout and there are no helpful cashiers around to help you. And ...
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How to restore a rulers edge?

I have a standard plastic ruler which I have been using for a couple of years and through general use the edge has become not so smooth and quite bumpy. This is somewhat unhelpful when trying to draw ...
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Easy way to remove brand stickers in recyclable materials?

I love to recycle materials but most of the time I have a hard time removing the brand stickers on them. For example, I've finished eating the peanut butter and I'd like to use the peanut butter ...
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How do I remove USB's plastic fragments from the USB port? [closed]

The plastic of my USB thumbdrive had cracked and the one of the fragments was stuck inside the USB port. How can I remove it without damaging my USB port?
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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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What is the best way to open clamshell packaging?

What is the best way to open thick clamshell packaging, like this: I usually use scissors, but it's difficult when the plastic is particularly thick or the item is oddly shaped.