Questions tagged [retrieval]

Hacks related to retrieving an item from an unreachable location.

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How to retrieve item from storm drain?

Today I lost my keys in a storm drain [insert embarrassment emoji here]. This is not directly in the street but attached to a building. Unfortunately, it is impossible to open the drain either from ...
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Phone-line tennis-shoes

A novel form of littering seems to be to hang a pair of tennis shoes (tied together by their laces) over a telephone line. Can you think of an easy way of getting them down?
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How do I extract a small object from a vacuum cleaner bag?

While vacuuming, I heard the typical 'kaclink kaclink' of a larger solid object being sucked up. I think it might be an earring I lost a few days ago, so I'd like to get whatever it is out of the bag. ...
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What hack can I use to find a small screw that falls in the floor?

I was fixing my laptop, and as you may know, laptops have a lot of small screws to take out when you are fixing it. One of the screws fell into the floor (the floor has carpet on it), and I was unable ...
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How to retrieve items from under a refrigerator?

I dropped a AA battery this morning, which conveniently rolled right under the fridge. Using a flashlight, I was able to see that it was about 12 inches (~30cm) back. I tried reaching for it with a ...
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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 do I get lint out of a headphone jack?

Spending most of its life in my pocket, the headphone jack of my phone frequently gets clogged up with lint. Usually I can tweeze it out, but this time I forgot, and tried to plug in my headphones, ...
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How can I clean a vase that I can't reach inside?

I have a tall vase with an unusual shape. The top opening is too narrow for me to get my hand, or even a large brush, into it. I left some flowers in there for a bit too long, and the inside of the ...