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How do I stop cars from tailgating?

What is/are safe way(s) to deter tailgaters? I'm looking for a way to give a polite message to the driver that is tailgating that they are following too closely and could potentially cause an ...
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How can I avoid hurting my fingers when using a hammer

Whenever I have to hammer a nail into something (the wall for a picture mount, a piece of wood for a project, etc.), I hurt my fingers when I slam the hammer against the nail. Even when I don't hit my ...
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How can I safely trim my fingernails without a fingernail clipper?

On very rare occasions, I've found myself camping in the middle of the wilderness when I realized that I had forgotten to pack a fingernail clipper. I really hate having long fingernails. Especially ...
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How does a blind passenger not die, if driver becomes unconscious

I am driving a 2017 Honda Ridgline with automatic transmission, cruise control, and lane keep assist engaged. Traveling at the legal speed of 70MPH (112KPH) suddenly I become unconscious. If my ...
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What is the best way to light a hard-to-reach candle wick without burning your finger?

What is the best way to light a candle when the wick is difficult to reach? My candle is similar to the one pictured below (large, glass, with a somewhat enclosed top), and I usually use either ...
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How to break a 2x1 meter glass in a safe and handy way?

I have a 2x1 meter (0.3cm width) glass door that I need to dispose of. The recycling center told me they do not accept such large items. So, I need to break it into smaller pieces, to be thrown into ...
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Someone locked their bike to mine - now what?

I park my bike every workday in a relatively busy UK city street where bicycle theft is fairly common. I use a very sturdy lock and always chain it through both wheels and a bike rack. Even so, I lost ...
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How can I safely grate a small food item without cutting my fingers?

When I am grating a block of parmesan cheese and the block becomes particularly small, I often fear that I will slip/the item will be completely grated and I will cut/grate my fingers. I've used ...
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How can I light the very back of my fire?

My fireplace is quite deep, and I always struggle to light the back of it with a normal length match - I don't like getting sooty hands, and I worry about burning myself. The longer matches are quite ...
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What office equipment can I use to safely observe a solar eclipse?

As looking at the sun is Not A Good Idea™. A common hack is to use a colander to project many instances of the eclipsing sun onto a surface. The upcoming solar eclipse in Europe will be taking place ...
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How can I prevent spiders coming into my house?

I live in an apartment in a first floor, and in the last few days we noticed two spiders through the hallway. The problem is that these spiders are of a really poisonous kind called Araña de rincón (...
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How can I safely destroy a hard disk?

When a computer need to be replaced, I remove the hard disk. However it seems a hell of a job to physically destroy the hard disk without heavy tools, which i don't have. What is a safe way to ...
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Stay conscious and focused while driving

I believe this problem is well known to most drivers: there are times you just feel your eyes closing while driving, even if you slept well the night before. Ideally, you would stop the car in a gas ...
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Healthiest way to haul over-sized object in an automobile

I notice that when I haul things that don't really fit, by leaving the rear hatch on my car/suv/crossover open there is a tendency for exhaust fumes to circulate up to the drivers area. Renting a ...
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How to protect my belongings at the beach

Summer is coming up and it's beach weather. So whenever I go to the beach, I'm always conscious that someone might want to try and steal my stuff. So what would be the best way to protect/hide my ...
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How to plug a twisted electrical wire

In the part of the world where I live, some workers carry multiple pieces of long wires in case the power source is far away, so they can connect various wires and reach the plug. Since most of ...
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How to make sun view glasses from home supplies

I would like to watch the solar eclipse tomorrow, however I do not have sun-view glasses. I know this question has already been asked for office supplies here, the only answer so far is the pinhole ...
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Check for electricity in a socket without tools?

How can I check if there is electricity in a power socket without a tester or any other specialized tools? Note: The method should not involve the destruction of the socket or my whole power supply!
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Is there an effective way to clean up shattered glass from a floor?

Whenever I try to clean up broken glass, I always find small pieces even after cleaning it up several times. Is there a way to get rid of broken glass?
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How to comfortably carry a pen drive in any attire without risk of physical damage?

I often find pen drive necessary with me at all times. However, I'm having trouble finding an appropriate way to carry it with me. Earlier, I used to keep it in my wallet. But carrying the wallet in ...
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Preventing children from attacking my house

How it started? Last weekend, I had a little Halloween party in my house, all the theme ornaments brought the children from the neighborhood attention to my house. Especially because it's not a common ...
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How can I improve air quality in my car?

Cars tend to have low air quality due to driving in an environment of exhaust and other fumes, dust, etc. Is there anything that will help with this?
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What is the quick remedy when we burn our taste-buds while consuming a hot drink?

Sometimes, without knowing the temperature of the hot coffee or hot water, we burn our taste-buds by sudden take of hot drinks. This causes our taste-buds in the tip of the tongue burn and for the ...
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Remove styrofoam protection from under the fridge by myself

I have ordered a new fridge and it came packed in styrofoam protection, including on the bottom. I need to remove that but I don't know how. The fridge is to heavy to lift by myself. Even if a ...
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Keeping flash drive safe in daily usage

Everyone has some things like, they should always have with them, mobile phone, wallet, calendar, etc. In my case, I also have a USB flash drive, where all my data is stored, which I need every day ...
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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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Removing a wasp or bee

The majority of the time if you leave a bee or wasp alone, they shouldn't sting. If a wasp has landed on your upper arm for example, and it looks like it is about to crawl up your tshirt sleeve, you ...
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Secure hand luggage on airport

Sometimes when travelling by plane you have to wait for some hours on some airport, and if you're like me you get a little tired when travelling. So how can you secure your hand luggage, to some ...
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Night driving issues

Due to my new job, I have to drive at least one hour each day after I finished working at night and I'm getting really tired while driving back home... I'm afraid I'll get hurt or cause an accident in ...
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How do I remove this lock?

I accidently locked a master lock Street Cuff to our bed's headboard. The funny part is I lost the keys to unlock them. The headboard does not come apart. Any idea to get it off besides using an angle ...
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How can I pad a laptop-sized bag to improve safety for a laptop?

I have a backpack with a laptop compartment (the top half of this compartment can be opened with a zipper). That compartment is just about the right size for my laptop that I would like to carry in ...
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How to differentiate between natural and synthetic fibers quickly?

I'd like to comply with and apply this advice immediately from this comment by user Kopanoak, UNDER the actual news article, but how do I discriminate between these fibres easily, swiftly, and ...
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How can I repel pigeons from roosting on my apartment balcony?

Ahhhh, It's spring. I'm on the top (6th) floor of an apartment building that has an open balcony with a beautiful view… that I recently share with some pigeons. I would much rather the pigeons ...
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Prevent garage door opening by accident

I have a common modern garage door, which has a remote-opening system. There are a couple of 4-button key fobs that look like this image. Several times I have walked into my garage to find the ...
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How to safely display an electric car's battery pack at a car show?

My SO built a custom electric car which has a large high voltage battery pack in the trunk. We occasionally take it to fun local car shows. The battery pack generates a lot of interest so we like to ...
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Screw is rusted to the point that it is completely rounded off. How to remove?

I've got an outdoor ceiling light fixture. Think this: A few months ago, due to an accident, the fixture itself broke completely. As in, the socket that the light bulb goes in smashed and broke ...
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How can I automatically open my chicken coop door in the morning?

Every morning I walk outside to let my chickens out of their coop. Every night, I need to lock them back in to keep them safe from predators. Is there something I can rig up to automate this?
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How to rid toxic all purpose cleaner?

I recently used an all purpose cleaner that I found out was a highly toxic un-vetted product, according to the EWG. I used it on a couple of shelves. I obviously threw the product away, but how do I ...
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How to fill the gap between stairs steps?

I want to find some kind of carpet or mesh that could come underneath or on the stairs (if is a thin carpet - but the preference is to have it underneath) for stairs with gaps like this: (Picture ...
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How to keep toddler from lifting the hvac grate on the floor?

We have an 18 month old who spends a lot of his time hanging around the living room area with toys and such. Gated off with baby gates to prevent him from going down the hallway or into the kitchen. ...
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Way to carry a wedding band on your person when it's not on your finger

I'm searching for ways to carry my wedding ring on my person when I want to remove it from my finger. (The band is an indestructible, smooth, wedding band.) The difficulty is that the band has to ...
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How can I adjust the mask to my nose if the mask doesn't have the silver adjuster?

I have masks very similar to this one It doesn't have the adjuster, like the one in the white mask or the one in the last picture. As a replacement for the silver adjuster, I've thought in using ...
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Destroy discs in bulk

On a similar note to How can I safely destroy a hard disk?, I have dozens of CD and DVD discs that need to be destroyed before disposal. While I've seen shredders which promise to destroy discs, this ...
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Where to store face mask at the office

Here where I live, we are required to go with a face mask where social distancing isn't possible. So when out on the street I need to wear a mask. At work, I have my own cubical where no one is nearby ...
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How do I make sure no wire bristles are in or around my grill before I use it?

This article describes a potentially serious problem from eating food off a grill that has been cleaned using a wire brush. The bristles dislodge from the brush then lodge in the food, then enter the ...
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How to insert plug into child-proof Schuko outlets?

In Finland (and several other countries), all outlets and extension cords are required to have child protection shutters. They are small plastic covers inside the outlet that are supposed to open when ...
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removing/disabling LED lights in kids shoes

Some kids sneakers have built-in LED lights which light up when you walk on them. For various reasons, a person would like to permanently disable the lights. Is there a safe way to do so? Asking ...
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keeping cats out of open loft

I have rented an apartment, that has open area above the kitchen cabinets where the ducts and electric items are. Any advice what to put up to prevent cats from jumping from counters to top of duct ...
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How to build a protection for your head, neck and back for practicing new flips! [closed]

I recently stumbled upon a YouTuber called "pigmie" who didn't get over the fear of doing a double backflip as he could land on his head and get a serious injury. So he build his own protection (the "...
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How can I prevent my hands from knife cut during cooking?

I am not a expert cook and facings too much difficulties during cooking . One of them is knife cuts. Mostly I cut my fingers. How can I prevent my hands from knife cut during cooking?
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