Questions tagged [substitute-tool]

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DIY Stylus made of Broken/Old Stylus

I broke my Jw Concept XP-03 Pro Graphic Battery Free Stylus, and I'm hoping I can still fix it but I think it wouldn't work. My uncle also tried to fix it but it didn't work. How can I make a DIY ...
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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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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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How to clean glass without glass cleaner?

I'm all out of Windex/glass cleaner and I want to clean a very dirty window without leaving streaks. I have both a microfiber cloth and paper towels available. What can I use instead of glass cleaner?
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How do I repair a popped button when not at home?

I'm at work and a button pops off of my oxford shirt. I don't have a sewing kit with me (because I'm at work) and I don't want to look like I'm a slob or homeless. How do I fix the button back on ...
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How can I clear my shower drain without drain cleaner?

While showering I notice that the drain starts to clog and water start to accumulate, but yet its not totally clogged. What can I do to prevent further clogging, while still being able to continue my ...
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How to make a sticky mess (a permanently sticky material like sap)?

I have some items I want to add rustic handles to by wrapping them in rope. Imagine a frying pan or feather duster. The items are slippery enough that the rope may loosen or even come off. I would ...
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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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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 to secure the drill bit to the tool body?

I have two pieces set of precision hand drill. One of them had the drill bit became loose and detached, which makes it no longer usable. Product information (copy of text in English found on the ...
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Substitute for a tablet stylus

I do a lot of sketching and drawing on my iPad. I usually use a stylus, but I recently lost mine. I can draw with my fingers, but I would prefer to use a stylus because it's just easier and I can do ...
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Air Conditioner/Coolers best substitute

It is too hot here. Nearly touching 40°C. And I cant afford to buy an AC or a Cooler right now. So, what would be the best substitute which I can afford or can make by my own?
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What can be used ( instead of / for ) a plastic straw?

A lot of beverages are difficult to drink without a straw such as smoothies and drinks with crushed ice to name two. If you're confined to a bed, that's another accessibility issue. Plastic straws ...
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How to open a beverage can that has a broken tab?

I believe using force is not an option as it contains carbonated beverage.
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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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How to clean crevices of electronics without compressed air?

For cleaning keyboards and other computer components not reachable with a cloth, I generally use a can of compressed air. However, the can is empty. What else can I use that would be a general ...
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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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If I break a window, how can I keep out cold air while I buy another?

It doesn't happen often, but occasionally one of the old windows in my house breaks, and I have to go and buy a replacement. How do I keep the winter air out (better than hanging a towel by the ...
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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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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 to cut paper without scissors?

I have some paper that I need to cut down to size but do not have any scissors (not that I am very good at cutting in straight lines with scissors anyway...). I was wondering if anyone had any ...
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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.
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What can I use in place of an allen wrench?

I misplaced my allen wrench set. I'm not going to buy a new one, because I haven't given up hope on finding the old one. In the meantime, what can I use as an allen wrench substitute? I tried using ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to shred papers/letters without using a shredder machine

I have a lot of letters which I would like to throw away. But for security and privacy reasons I will always tear it with my hands, one by one. It tends to get tiring with the monotonous work. So I ...
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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 “recharge” sodium acetate hand warmer without a stove?

I have a pretty standard hand warmer with the metal discs in them to activate them - I did some research and found out that they are Sodium Acetate hand warmers and the disc is used to 'freeze' the ...
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Easy way to crush beans / peanuts?

I am looking for an easy way to crush beans like mongo and black beans, also peanuts. Obviously I can use blender right? But are there any other tools or methods that I can use to crush those kind of ...
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How to keep a desktop computer cooled down

I've just built a new computer, in which the CPU hits some peak temperatures between 65-85 °C. I've read this which states: Your CPU, meanwhile, shouldn't be hotter than 75°C/167°F. Other than the ...
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Ways of waterproofing a watch

I have a non-waterproof watch that I sometimes wear with me. While I could choose not to wear this one, I wear it on some occasions and would rather wear it at these times. I am looking for a way of ...
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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 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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Smell bad but no deodorant

If I ever smell bad because of a physical activity or just in general, and I have no deodorant available, what could I do to reduce or perhaps even eliminate the smell? I know people most likely want ...
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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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Is there a way to erase pencil without a standard eraser?

There are times when I am away from home with my sketchpad and I realize I do not have my eraser with me. Are there any quick tricks to erase pencil marks on a paper without ruining the paper, or ...
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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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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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How to find my way without a compass?

We went for a tracking camp a week ago. While collecting wood for a fire, I discovered that I was lost. My mobile was not receiving a signal and I felt hopeless. If I could only only have found the ...
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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 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 can I keep the interior of my car dry while driving in the rain?

I like to have the occasional cigarette while driving, particularly when traveling non-trivial distances (e.g. 45 - 60 minutes or more). This can be somewhat problematic in moderate to heavy rain as ...
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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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What can replace a shoehorn?

The title says it all... I need something to use instead of a shoehorn. I tried a spoon but this does not work well.
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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 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?