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Hacks related to retrieving an item from an unreachable location.

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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 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 ...
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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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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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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 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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How do I get this magnet from under my refrigerator

I dropped a magnet tonight and it fell in an enclosed space where can barely move it or slide it out from under my refrigerator. I've been trying to get it, but my hand is too big and it won't fit. ...
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