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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 ...
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Alternatives to 'shoe tree'

Are there any cheap alternatives or homemade solutions to a shoe tree? I tried stuffing old newspaper into my formal shoes, but it creates a musty smell after a day or two.
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Colouring electrical wire

I have recently been working with a string of RGB LEDs to use as Christmas tree lights. Unfortunately, the lights are supplied with 3 colours of wire, Red, White and Green. To use them on a ...
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How can I humidify a room without a humidifier?

It's winter, it's cold, and the heat is constantly blasting throughout my house. This is making the air very dry and uncomfortable to breathe, particularly at night when I'm trying to sleep. Are ...
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How can I eat my bagel when I lack a knife to cut it?

I brought a bagel into the office for breakfast, but the only knife in the office sharp enough to cut bagels has gone missing. I tried to shove it into the toaster anyways, but it was too big. I've ...
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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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Make monitor higher on desk [closed]

I used to have textbooks beneath my computer monitor, but I sold them to get some money back. Now my monitor's several inches too low. Instead of paying $40 for a new stand, is there a way I can make ...
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How can I open an iPhone's SIM card slot without the included pin?

When purchased, iPhones come with this pin that you use to open the slot on the side to insert your SIM card. Now it's way beyond me how it's happened but out of the 3 iPhones I have I only have the ...
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Safe Alternatives to Dildos [closed]

I realize this may initially come across as juvenile, but hear me out. Sexual health is very important, and having regular sex may not be achievable, ideal, or safe for everyone. Masturbation is an ...
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Replacement for a bathroom water drain cylinder

I have a water drain in the bathroom like the one on this picture Unfortunately, the man who mounted it has lost the plastic cylinder which is inside it. This cylinder has to be there to stop the ...
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Warming up when getting out of bed in morning [closed]

My bedroom has a heating problem. It's very cold in the morning. I bought a fan electric heater which works great. However I normally don't leave it on at night as it gets too hot and makes noise. I ...
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Cable lock with lost key

It appears the key to my bike lock broke off my key chain, thus rendering my lock (and to some extent the bike) useless. Is there anything that a cable lock with no key can be useful for? It’s ...
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Working with acrilyc/plexiglass

I'm working a personal project, where I want to make a mood light, I'm using LED strips and I plan to use plexiglass to diffuse for the light, issue is that I don't own a heat gun to bend it as I want ...
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What can I punch?

I'd like to punch something like this to destress: I don't have one though. What general household items can I put together to allow me to do the same? Moderator note: "Mind hacks" are off-topic ...
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How can I easily design my coffee with coffee maker? [closed]

I would like to design my coffee with shapes like hearts or any other possible shapes using the coffee creamer but I find it hard. Any suggestion? I've tried creating a design in a typewriting, ...
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Adding a belt hole without a leather punch

I don't want to invest in a leather hole punch, so how could I add an extra hole (or some other solution)?
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How to tell if surface is level

I'm renting a room and the floor is not very even. I plan on wedging some cardboard/cloth/felt sticky pads beneath some surfaces (such as my chair and bed). The first step is to test in which ...
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Alternative to using an egg [closed]

What else can be used as a substitute to an egg? Example: If I was going to bake a cake and one of the ingredients is to use 1 egg, what can be used if I don't have any eggs?
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Alternatives for when you just can't find your bones?

Bones, also called collar stays, are those tiny little things that go in the collars of men's dress shirts. They are super easy to lose. What quick and dirty alternatives are there for when you are ...
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Makeshift stand for large tablet

I'm on a small holiday in a camping trailer, and amongst loads of other stuff I brought my iPad and a keyboard. But I didn't bring a stand for my iPad. Do you have a suggestion for a makeshift stand ...
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Body temperature, without a thermometer?

Even though I think everyone should have one, but some don't. So my question is, how can someone check their body temperature for a fever without using an oral thermometer? Is there a life hack for ...
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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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Easier way to remove the stem from a strawberry?

I always have trouble pulling off the stem from my strawberries. Is their a better way to take the stem off without leaving part of the stem still on? Maybe some sort of household tool I can use?
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Take off a tag without scissors

I need to take off a tag without scissors. I also can't just rip it off because I have a broken wrist (which is also my dominant hand). I'm ideally looking for something easy and around the house. ...
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How can I shower without a towel?

It keeps happening. I take a shower, then discover that I had put my towel in the laundry. Or all my towels are dirty, and I'm reluctant to shower because I don't have a towel (hygiene issue...). Or ...
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Trick to measure the size of a mattress

I need someone to measure a mattress for me, but he says he can't because he has nothing to measure it with. I'm currently about 800 miles away from him, so I can't just take the bull by the horns and ...
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How to clean the inside of a desktop computer without a vacuum

Say I open a desktop computer case and it's very dusty -- not an uncommon situation. However, Oh no! I forgot my vacuum! What else can I use to thoroughly clean the inside of the computer? I ...
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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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Temporary Phone Protection

I recently purchased a phone which is very new on the market. So new, it doesn't have any fitted cases for it yet. What could i used as a temporary case or bumper to protect the edges and back of the ...
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Turn Smartphone into Headlamp

Last night I was changing my oil and using my smartphone as a flashlight (yes it did get dirty, and no I don't care). In the midst of the job I started wishing I could strap my phone to my head and ...
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Make icepacks for a coolbag/coolbox

I'd like to make some extra icepacks to put in my coolbag. The 2 commercial icepacks it comes with don't maintain the temperature for long enough, so I've tried supplementing them with plastic bottles ...
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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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Can laser pointers defend you from wild cats? [closed]

As I'm sure many are aware, laser pointers work great for distracting house cats and even some dogs to the point of insanity. Does this have the same effect on larger wild cats? Would a laser pointer ...
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Make a hacksaw blade suitable for use with food

I have some frozen meat that I would like to be able to cut while frozen so that some can be used now and the rest frozen for later use. It's to hard to cut through with a knife, so a saw would be ...
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How to get a drenched currency note dry?

Normally when I keep money in my back pocket of my jeans I forget to remove it before putting it for wash. How do I get, say a $50 note, to dry up quickly without using any electricity-based products ?...
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How to clean a keyboard without a vacuum cleaner [duplicate]

This happens with my system that is kept near an open window. Dust gets accumulated over a period of 2-3 days beneath the keys, on the keyboard head and on the keys a bit. How do I clean a traditional ...
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How can I remove impurities from water easily when my water purifier is not working? [closed]

There are some situation where I have to face this problem when my water purifier is not working properly. So what I can do so that I can remove impurities from water. There are some issues with water ...
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How to prevent ice cream from melting without a refrigerator?

There are times when you are at work where you have the best ice cream parlor in town around the corner from your office. But you want to take the ice cream home and enjoy it there. Is there a way to ...
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What are some quick ways to cool off at home, in extreme heat, if the electricity has gone out?

But without actually spraying water on yourself and getting wet
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Cheap way to hang a poster without frame

I bought a poster 135*85 cm without a frame. When i try to hang the poster with double-sided tape on a self made wooden frame, the poster will be down in a few hours. Because of the size there are ...
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How to light a match?

A match is usually an easy thing to light. However, if you go camping the way I do the lighter area alway seems to get wet and useless. That is if it isn't worn down anyway. I am talking about 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 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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Clothespin alternatives

I usually hang my clothes outside in the Summer, I do this in the winter as well, but I usually hang them inside in the winter. In the summer the wind is a force that can blow your clothes down if not ...
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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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Makeshift cooler after buying icecream or beverages at the beach

When offering to buy icecream and beverages for me and my friends at the beach, and then discovering that the shop is a little farther away then expected, how do you suggest transporting the icecream ...
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How to improvise a dust pan and brush?

If I spill something dry on the floor I'll use a dust pan and brush to clean it up. Like this: But say I don't have one at hand. What standard office supplies can I use the improvise these? I also ...