Questions tagged [substitute-tool]

A tool exists, but you don't have it. Use this tag when searching for a substitute for a tool you don't have.

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How to blow smoke rings safely? (workaround sought)

There is a vaping epidemic currently in the U.S. Along with many others, my teenage son has discovered vaping. I have explained to him why doctors don't consider this safe for teens and we're making ...
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How do I pull the rubber plug out of this despenser

Is it possible to pull the plug (white object in the bottle in the image) out with no special tool.
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stylus replacements [duplicate]

i've recently lost the stylus to my phone, and seeing as how i've got some commissions needing to be finished, i really need help on what to use for a replacement. i've tried just about everything- ...
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Homebased neurofeedback therapy

I've been looking in to neurofeedback as a therapy for increasing focus, but I don't want to spend 100 dollars a session for 50 session to essentially play a video game that monitors my brain. I ...
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Substitute for mortar and pestle

Are there common household items that can serve in place of a mortar & pestle? Specifically, something with a little grit (not a porcelain / stainless steel bowl) to grind things up finely.
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Unlock LED TV buttons without remote?

As I had lost my TV remote but I am operating it with side panel of LED. unfortunately I had locked keys and unable to unlock it. I can't change the channel or volume. when ever I press the side panel ...
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How do I get dogs to stop chronically barking?

I have a neighbor that never shuts up their hunting dogs, and they bark constantly day and night. Is there a device or life hack to make dogs shut up? I would like to try more passive approaches to ...
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How can we utilize the empty tissue roll? [closed]

How can we utilize an empty tissue roll in an interesting and innovative way?
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Convert bunch of pages to book

I have around 300 A4 pages. I want to compile these into a book-like form. So I have a 3-Ring Binder. I don't have a 3-Hole Punch. I am looking for DIY method where I can do it in the smartest way ...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

I lost the key to a closet and I need to open it. I don't need for the lock to remain operative after the operation, so I accept "radical" solutions. The key is of this type: I have no experience of,...
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How to reuse the spare and wasted coffee cups and glasses [closed]

I have some extra cups and glasses which have no use now.Is there any tips to reuse the wasted coffee cups and glasses in a useful and interesting way?
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How to use the spare and wasted tooth brushes?

Is there any tips to reuse the wasted tooth brushes in a useful and interesting way?
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Cut electric switch board

I want to add a new switch and socket to a switch board. How can I cut it without using any machine? I don't know the exact material it is made up of but it can be best described as a 1mm thick sheet ...
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How to unscrew a hexagonal screw without the corresponding key wrench?

Whenever I have to deal with a hexagonal screw I never have the right key wrench. So, is there a way to manage a hexagonal screw without the corresponding key wrench?
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How can I add an affordable unofficial swing table to a Stressless recliner?

What can substitute the official table? It feels extortionately overpriced at $600 USD.
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An alternative (cheaper) option than offering towel service at the gym

We have just got a gym facility at my work, however, we do not currently offer towel service as it is quite expensive. Does anyone know of any alternatives to offering this service? For example, a ...
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When the striking surface on box and book matches wears down with plenty of matches to spare, what do you do?

99% of the time, there will always be matches left over by the time the striking surface is completely useless. Buying strike anywhere matches is not a fix, since that's avoiding the question entirely ...
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How to quickly switch between typing and drawing?

I sometimes have to make drawings and writings very quickly in succession. For example, I will type 5 to 10 seconds, and then draw something for 5 to 10 seconds, repeatedly. This means that I have ...
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How to read bar code without having bar code reader/ scanner?

As we have seen that In the digital world of today, every service is taken by machinery. You all now that in shopping malls and in almost all the shops ,seller sells their products by scanning them ...
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How to weigh a small item without a scale?

I need to weigh a small item. Let's assume that it's up to 20 pounds (~9 kg). A tabletop scale would make this really easy,             &...
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Screw hole is too deep for my screwdriver to unscrew. Help

https://sta.sh/0a47f1rqs4k I'm trying to open my radio and my screwdriver is not narrow enough to reach the screw.
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Something to keep the fizz of cola bottle

I am looking for some trick or gazzette to keep a bigger bottle of coke longer so that it doesn't lose all the fizz everytime it's opened again! Something which could keep the CO2 longer so that a ...
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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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What to use as a bandage substitute?

I've always wondered what I could use In case I ran out of bandages. So, it made me wonder, what exactly could I use to complement bandages. Note - The answers should be household items and not ...
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How can I remove the bearings from a hard drive motor?

I've dismantled many hard drives and harvested the magnets from them. I've also removed the bearings from the arm which reads the platters. I've been told and seen on youtube that it should be ...
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How to dry shoes quickly after washing them?

I washed my shoes some 72 hours ago; at the moment they are still too damp for me to wear. I know that there are shoe dryers available, but that is not what I want because I only wash my shoes ...
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how to pull out shaft from pulley of wheel

I want to know if there is any way that I can pull out the old bearing from this bone saw machine. If anyone knows of any tools to be used please do send me a link of it or a photo.
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How to fix zipper-pulls on back pack? Is there an effective substitute that's easy to come by?

I've had my backpack for 8 years so I guess it should come as no surprise that my zipper-pulls are finally falling apart. However, is there an effective substitute zipper-pull I can make from ...
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How to activate sodium acetate hand warmer without the button?

I recently bought four hand warmers. Two work fine, but of the other two, the buttons are very difficult (or as of yet impossible) to click and don't active the solution. Does anyone know a way to ...
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What are the other substitutes for an iron?

Assuming I have a rumpled shirt and there's no electricity, how can I press the shirt instead of usual ironing?
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What household substitutes are there for cotton buds?

My ears are really itchy and there are not any cotton buds at home. I was vaguely advised to use the bottom end of my pen to scratch it, but that seems dangerous. So are there any household ...
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How to increase shoe size

I have a shoe that I've been using for close to a year now and now it feels very tight when I put it on, is there anything I can do to enlarge the size other than getting a new one? I want to know if ...
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Opening a box without a knife

Fairly often, I need to open a sealed box, but I don't have a sharp knife handy. The box is typically sealed with packing tape or fiber tape. My solution is typically to grab my keys and use a key ...
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How do I open this watch without special tools?

I need to change the battery of this watch. Is it a screw cover? How can I open it without any special tools?
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Cleaning bathroom tiles without chemicals

I need to clean my bathroom tiles, but I don't want to use any of those special cleaning liquids. Is there a way to clean bathroom tiles using common household products?
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How to catch a loose parakeet without running him down?

I have two pet parakeets, neither of which has their wings clipped. We frequently open their cage and let them fly around the house, and this is rarely an issue as they generally stick to a couple ...
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How to be rid of mosquito larvae in bird bath [closed]

I have a birdbath and in the summer it accommodates many mosquitos' eggs. It's concrete, so I would rather not pour it out each time. I also don't want to poison the water as to not harm the birds. I ...
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How can I unclog my headphone port on my phone? [duplicate]

So, my phone rather surprisingly spends a lot of its life in my pocket. In the course of its day to day life, it gets what I assume is pocket lint in the headphone jack. This buildup has made it so ...
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Killing flies with your bare hands [duplicate]

Are there any seasoned members that can recommend approaches to successfully kill flies with only your bare hands. I am interested with solutions that can help me deal with pesky flies while they're ...
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Cheap Method to Extract Oil [closed]

I'm intending on building a few shelves from scratch, including chopping down the wood, and then treating it. With my budget tightening up, what are some easy to access methods of harvesting oils from ...
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How to make yourself stop grinding your teeth during the day (without a guard)? [closed]

If you've had a lifelong habit of grinding/clenching your teeth, how do you make yourself stop it during the day? For the night I know you can get teeth guards, but for the day you don't want to wear ...
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Cut a paving slab easily?

How can I easily cut a thick paving slab/flag-stone to the size I need without specialised tools? The slab is around 2 inches thick, and very heavy. They are similar to the image below.
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Opening and tightening small screws

How can I open and close the tiny screws of my mobile phone if I don't have any type of tool to open that tiny screw? Suggest me the ways too by which I can make screwdrivers at home according to my ...
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How to cut glass without a glass cutter

I need to cut a 3mm thick sheet of glass of 40cm x 30cm to 20cm x 20cm, but I don't have a glass cutter. Are there any reliable techniques to cut the glass while being precise and getting a defined ...
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How do I dry off without a towel [closed]

I have had a "problem" many times were I forget to wash towels. I take a shower and BOOM! I have nothing to dry off with. The worst part is I shower in the bathroom closest to the busiest part of my ...
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How can I destroy sensitive documents without a paper shredder?

I have some documents that have sensitive information on them, which for obvious reasons I do not want others to get their hands on. How can I destroy these documents so that others cannot read them? ...
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Improvised dice tray

A dice tray is container that you can cast dice into that will prevent them from rolling off the table or knocking game pieces. Ideally, it should have - A relatively small footprint to not take up ...
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How to reduce the noise from my household washing machine

I have a washing machine in my home, once the spin cycle starts, the vibration is very annoying. I live above a tenant and he complains that he can hear the vibration above. Any suggestions on how to ...
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How can I scratch lottery tickets?

So here's the thing. I tend to keep my nails trimmed pretty short. I don't often have coins in my wallet. Those were always the top two ways to scratch off lottery tickets that I've been told. ...
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Low tech solution to crush chicken bones effortlessly

I am looking for ideas for some kind of device that I could build from simple elements (wood, stainless steel screws, bolt for axle) and possibly some woodworking (I have a router) in order to assist ...