Questions tagged [substitute-tool]

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Life Hacks for Urine Guard

Urine Guard is a product for animals that protects from them spraying the walls with Urine. I need a substitute for this, because the original product is to small and my pet jumps and sprays. Also, ...
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How can I fix a clogged toilet without calling a plumber?

We've all been there: you're using the toilets, flush the water, and it's still there. Flush again, to no avail. It's utterly clogged. When at home I can simply call a plumber, but: It costs money ...
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What are some substitutes for gloves?

I sometimes have to grab thorny or other rough objects that tear my hands up. I usually try to carry work gloves (just a example), but I don't always carry them and those are expensive. Other things I ...
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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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How to seal the plastic bags airtight after opening without using rubber band?

There are many instances where I open food packets, but am unable to close it airtight after taking out some content. Food packets means, packet of noodles, biscuits, snacks, chips, etc. This ...
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How to quickly cool off a room without a fan?

So, it may be the middle of winter in Canada, but my room is always stifling hot due to a few of things. For one, I have two computers (one of which is usually running) and those produce a lot of heat....
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How to unblock a blocked drain without acids/chemicals?

Is there a way to unblock a totally blocked drain (especially kitchen) without using acids or strong chemicals? I like to avoid acids and chemicals in general for many reasons, one of them is the ...
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Changing a lightbulb high up without a ladder

I have a burnt out lightbulb that's in an open fixture about 15 feet (4.6 metre) high. How can I change it without a ladder or using one of those bulb changer extension arms? I tried the extension arm,...
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What is the easiest way to put on a bracelet ('S-hook') pin with one hand without anyone help?

It is always very difficult for me to put on bracelet hooks with one hand when trying to head out the door. I wear the bracelet on my right hand, which is my dominant hand as I wear a watch on my left,...
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How to moisturize lips on the go?

My lips are very sensitive and in cold and/or dry environments; they tend to crack open and bleed profusely. This problem can leave blood on my lips making it looked I just a ate a large bloody lunch. ...
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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 to measure food without proper measuring equipment?

I bake and cook a lot of food in general, but one problem I always seem to have is that I never have all of my measuring utensils with me. This presents some problems: How much is a ounce, cup, pint ...
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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 the lens from my glasses stop falling out?

I wear glasses, currently they are glass lens, but I do have plastic frames and plastic lens, as well as wire frames. My problem is that my glass lens keep falling off on multiple occasions. I can't ...
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How to brush my teeth without using a Toothbrush or using floss

I usually brush my teeth with a regular(non-electronic) toothbrush and floss with regular floss, but sometimes I don't have a access to a toothbrush or floss. Because of this I either have to go ...
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How can I fill the house with a pleasant smell at the last minute?

We have some guests coming over in an hour and I'd like to have our house to have a pleasant smell when they arrive. However, we don't have any air fresheners or anything like that on hand and I have ...
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What can I do when the handle breaks and falls off my screen door?

I have a screen door on my house that has a handle like this: But the handle broke so now it's loose and falls off easily when pulled on. It left about a half inch of square steel shaft: I can order ...
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Homemade dehydrator without using the oven

I would like a dehydrator, but rather than spending a few twenties on a cheap one that's going to break after a couple uses, I would rather save up for one that lasts for years. The only alternative ...
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What to do if your shaver broke halfway through shaving?

I'm shaving my beard with my electric trimmer, and it breaks when I'm only halfway through*. Unfortunately, I don't have any other shaving device around -- and even if I did have a razor or a razor-...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

Fact: Flies move fast. Very fast. That's why you need something that moves even faster – like a fly swatter – to kill a fly. But what if you don't have a flyswatter handy? Then, how can you catch and ...
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What is a good makeshift coin holder or organizer?

I have loose change that I empty out each day on my dresser. The change always seems to get in the way when I need to use the dresser to write on paper. I'd like to find a way to organize the change ...
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What is a good makeshift bookend?

Whenever I put books on a bookshelf, if the don't fill up the entire shelf, they fall over. I don't have a bookend, and I am lazy and like easy methods. How can I prevent the books from falling over? ...
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What can be used in place of a mousepad?

When I'm at a desktop computer, there are usually mousepads to use, but sometimes I want to use a mouse with my laptop. Using the mouse directly on the table usually results in a less responsive mouse....
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I need to attach two+ pieces of paper without staples, glue, tape, or the like

I have recently, in more than one circumstance, had to attach two or more pieces of paper together when the typical resources to do so were lacking. I have tried: Folding in the corners Folding in ...
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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 forgot my toothpaste and it is impossible to buy in this situation, are there any substitutes?

During my travel I forgot to bring my toothpaste and I just noticed it in a time where it is impossible to buy toothpaste, are there any other things that I can use assuming that I have my toothbrush, ...
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How to clean eyeglasses if no cleaning cloth or cleaning spray is available?

I usually do not carry a cleaning cloth or a bottle of cleaner with me to clean my eyeglasses*. If my eyeglasses get very dirty and I don't have a cleaning kit with me, I would clean them with soap ...
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How can I improvise sunglasses?

Where I live it's usually cloudy and rainy during the winter, so I rarely have my sunglasses with me. But when the sun does come out after it's been raining (we call this a "sun-break") the glare of ...
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How can I remove the cork from a wine bottle when I don't have a corkscrew?

How can I remove the cork from a wine bottle, without it falling into the wine, when I don't have a corkscrew? I'm not talking about flanged corks, or corks that partially protrude from the bottle ...
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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 add oil to a car without a funnel?

Say the oil light turns on in my car, so I check the dipstick and it's low. I have an extra quart in the trunk... ...but I don't have a funnel to pour the oil through. I once tried pouring straight ...
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How do I remove burned-on gunk from an enamel stove-top without using harmful chemicals?

I know I can use oven-cleaner but it's extremely caustic. And I don't want to wear myself out scrubbing. Is there another way?
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How do I open a can without a can opener?

Sometimes I'm camping and my food is in a can but I am without a can opener. How do I neatly open the can? Bashing it with a rock is futile.
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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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How do I open a bottle without a bottle opener?

There are times, when out camping, that a beverage is trapped in a capped bottle and I don't have an opener. How do I open the bottle, preferably with some item I might have in my pockets?
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Plucking a chicken without a machine

Like my username implies, I'm a shochet (though I'm still in training), and I kill chickens. One problem I have is getting the feathers off the chicken once they're dead. I know that I could buy or ...
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How can I test for electrical current through bare wires without a meter? [closed]

Similar to this question, but I'm asking specifically about bare wires, with no socket. I don't want to flip a breaker switch, or blow a fuse. How can I test for a current in the cable(s) without a ...
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How can I sharpen pencils without a dedicated sharpener?

There have been times when I was without a sharpener, and a pencil I was using became dull. I tried using my knife, but that seems to break the point. Am I doing it wrong, or is there a better way to ...
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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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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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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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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 ...