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How to glue wood pieces together nicely without clamps?

I'm trying to nicely glue together several pieces of wood like pictured below. The tool for this job is a clamp or multiple clamps. I don't have a clamp though. Is there some other way to nicely glue ...
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How to Fix a Hole in your Waterproof pool?

During the summer you always face the issue of getting the pool ready, whether this pool is large or small or dirty or rather clean. One of the worst instances is when the pool has a hole in it. And ...
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How to control my sinuses when I lose my handkerchief

I am living in middle east, so it is common around here to develop sinuses. I have been affected by it for so long I can't remember feeling well. I lost my handkerchief and there is not a single ...
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How to remove lint from a shirt without a lint brush?

I am at the office right now and thanks to a new cotton jacket I wore on the way here, my shirt is covered in lint/fluffs. Obviously this looks terrible and I would like to avoid making a bad/unclean ...
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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 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 make an adapter for a micro SIM?

I currently have an iPhone 4S and these models use a 'micro-SIM' which is smaller than a standard SIM Card (see below): The thing is I need to move the SIM from the iPhone (micro-SIM) into an older ...
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What can I use in place of a spanner / wrench?

I was looking to tighten and loosen a couple of nuts and valves on my radiator in an attempt to get it to cool down once in a while, but found that I have no spanners or wrenches that would be ideal ...
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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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What is the best setting on iPad for reading eBooks [closed]

I am an avid reader of eBooks and I do that mostly on an iPad. But there are many people who warn of deterioration of eyesight due to continuous exposure to the screen of an iPad. But I can't give up ...
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How to quickly cure headaches without medicine

I've experienced this sometimes when I go for hours without water or little food and suddenly I experience a headache that gradually gets worse as time goes on. Until now I used to just pop a pill and ...
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How to undo a stubborn knot without using fingers

I don't really have nails because I bite my fingers so it's quite difficult for me to undo some knots. What is an easy way to untie knots when fingers just can't do the job? Referring to knots in ...
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How to stop paper curling up

Sometimes paper is stored in a roll, mainly drawings or wrapping paper. When you try and lay it out flat it attempts to go back into a roll meaning you have to hold down the edges all the time. How ...
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What else can I use as CD case when I don't have a case for CD? [duplicate]

I have many CD/DVDs without a case, because I buy empty CD/DVDs in a bundle of 25 or so. Also Many product CDs come without proper cases. Some of the CD's plastic covers also come torn and for some ...
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How can I get food unstuck from my teeth while at work?

I work in an office environment where I don't have access to toothpicks or floss. I do sometimes remember to bring some to work, and when I have them they're the obvious solution, but often I've run ...
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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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How to make a cellphone tripod?

I want to take a photo of myself. Ideally, I should use a tripod, but I don't have one and do not want to buy one. What can I use instead?
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How to determine if US paper money is genuine?

Say I do business with somebody and they pay me with a $100 bill. I want to know if it's real or not. I've already held it up to light to inspect the fibers of the paper, but I want to know if there's ...
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How do I know if my car tires have enough air without a guage?

It is appropriate to do a quick vehicle inspection on occasion. It would be good to know if a tire needs air. Is there a way to know without having to use a tire gauge?
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Replacement For Slow Cooker

I bought a cookbook a few hours ago and I have just realized that I need a slow cooker. I don't have one and I do not have the money to buy one (I'm saving up money). What is a good replacement for a ...
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How to light a candle without a lighter or a match

There are times when I need to light a candle, but I don't have a working lighter and I am out of matches. I need to create a makeshift match (or at least something to produce fire) so I can light the ...
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Improvised air thermometer

Lately I've been discussing about the temperature inside a shed with a friend. Due we had no thermometer, we couldn't check our intentions. So how could we improvise a thermometer next time? We can ...
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How can I improvise a magnifying glass?

Are there any ways to improvise a magnifying glass with common things you could find at any house? (Or if not, less common things that aren't too rare to find.) For example, in case you have some ...
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Make coffee with no coffee filters?

I woke up this morning to no filters for our coffee maker. We use standard sized basket type filters: Any thoughts on what could be used to replace the filter? I could resort to seeping the loose ...
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How to clip/clamp/clutch/pinch side of faulty old LCD monitor screen?

Probably due to old age, the screen of my old Sony SDM M51 monitor flickers. The Sony representative advised that inside the lower left side (hereinafter abbreviated as LS) of the monitor (as depicted ...
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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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How to keep a laptop cooled down

Sometimes my laptop heats up too much and it will shut down my computer (it also burns my legs if it's on my lap). Nothing permanent has happened yet, but I'm afraid that it will sometime. I use it in ...
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How to strip coating off of wires without a wire stripper

I am getting into robotics, and when I was building something, there were a bunch of wires that were too thin to get stripped by my wire stripper. I also tried sanding down the wire with sandpaper and ...
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How to open a privacy lock doorknob without the key?

I have an interior door with a twist lock. It locks from the inside and on the outside takes this type of key: However, I lost the key, and seem to have locked the door before my last exit. What can ...
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How to improvise a mesh tea strainer or filter?

My metal mesh tea strainer rusted so I discarded it, but I have failed to find a replacement strainer because this teapot was likely purchased overseas. This differs from my other question because I'...
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How to cook without using electricity or gas?

What are the legal methods of cooking which doesn't involve electricity or gas (or at least without paying for it)? I'm looking for life hacks which allows me to cook by using alternative source of ...
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effective catfish bait that stays on the hook without aidel

usually when im fishing for catfish i use regular old chicken livers but i find that depending on the age etc. that they sometimes regularly fall off the hook. i know there are products and stuff but ...
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Substitute of styrofoam protection of appliances

What can be a good substitute of styrofoam protection of appliances which somebody wants to transport, but has already lost the original styrofoam protection? We often by something new and after ...
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How to store loose CDs and other discs without scratching them?

At home I have a load of loose disks that I have either lost the case for or it never had a case in the first place and these usually end up getting scratched up and quickly become unusable, not to ...
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How to steep but separate leaves in a teapot without a mesh strainer?

My metal mesh tea strainer rusted so I discarded it, but I have failed to find a replacement strainer because this teapot was likely purchased overseas. In a teapot, how else can I filter the tea ...
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How can I confirm if meat is cooked without a thermometer?

We all know meat should reach a certain temperature whilst cooking before we eat it. This temperature is 160-165°F for most meats. But what if I don't have a thermometer? How can I reliably confirm ...
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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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Mixing coffee without a spoon

I often encounter a situation where I have coffee, hot water, sugar, and Styrofoam cups, but no spoon. How do I effectively mix the ingredients?
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What are more efficient alternatives to walking?

What can you use to move at a faster pace more efficiently than regular walking (especially for longer distances, like going to school or work)? I know that you can use bike, but usually it's illegal ...
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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 to boil milk without a pot?

How to boil milk for a cup of coffee without a pot? Kettle sounds reasonable, but it's difficult to clean it after use.
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How to shoot a video underwater using your smart phone?

I have iPhone, but solution probably can apply to all smart phones. I know that I can buy a waterproof bag/pouch or special underwater cameras, but who remember it to buy it before going to the trip? ...
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How do I save my lenses of my spectacles from scratches

I don't like to use the box which was provided for carrying my specs in. So how do I save my lenses from scratches when I am not wearing it, without using a spectacle case?
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How to open blister packs without cutting yourself? [duplicate]

There are some very annoying blister packs (such as memory cards, pendrives, superglue, etc.) where whole pack is laminated with hard material and there is no way to open it without the scissors or ...
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How to fix a keyboard with a missing leg?

Sometimes I come across a keyboard where one of the legs on the bottom have come off leaving it wobbly and somewhat irritating to use. Are there any simple fixes for this avoiding a new keyboard?
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How can I keep my phone from falling over when watching videos? [closed]

Now and again I like to watch a video on my phone, I also want to have my hands free to do other things or just simply because it more comfortable but I find due to most phones not being particularly '...
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How can I clean an area rug without a vacuum cleaner?

I have a 5' × 7' area rug with a fairly long nap and no vacuum cleaner. I try to keep it fairly clean, but when walking over it, the dirt is fairly noticeable that sticks to my bare feet. It's ...
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How to fry potato so that it becomes crispy without an oven or a fryer?

After cutting the potatoes I put them in boiling oil in a pan and then mix them while they get cooked, but it takes like an hour and they hardly become crispy. I don't have an oven so all I can use ...
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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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How to restore Sticker's stickiness?

I have some old stickers from my collection that are almost fallen off of their backing paper. I was wondering if there's a decent way to restore them and they would still be stickers (would be able ...