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Hacks related to warming up or cooling down people, places, or things.

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How to keep your hands warm in winter while working on a laptop?

It's really cold here nowadays so I usually have a quilt over me. My problem is that I can't get my laptop under the quilt because I won't be able to see what I'm doing. Because of this, I have to ...
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How can I quickly cool a water bottle?

Sometimes I only have 10-15 minutes and I have a water bottle out, but it's near room temperature. I need it to be near freezing, but I don't have time to do anything. Usually I will just put it in ...
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How can you get your car as cool as possible on a hot summer day without air conditioning?

Assuming your air conditioning doesn't work, how can you get the interior of your car to cool down? Especially in traffic jams, where the car isn't moving very quickly. I want to cool the interior ...
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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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What is the quickest way to cool down a room-temperature drink without pouring it over ice?

I just bought box of Coca-Cola cans that have not been refrigerated. I have a group of people coming over soon, and I want the Cokes to be cold by the time the group arrives. What is the best method ...
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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 keep the windshield from freezing over?

Winter is coming. And as I don't want to spend time defrosting my cars windshield I would like to know: How can I keep it from icing over every night? I have tried the de ice spray but it is too ...
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How can I quickly cool coffee to a drinkable temperature?

Most of the time before going to work I really enjoy eating my breakfast while watching some documentary, but then I notice that I am quite late so I will hurry to eat my breakfast. Then the problem ...
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What is an inexpensive way to warm my sheets before getting in them?

In the winter we keep our house colder than we do in the summer. As a result, my sheets are always colder than I'd like them to be before I get in them. I sleep in my boxers regardless of the time of ...
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What is a cost effective way to eliminate heat loss through windows?

As winter approaches in the Northern hemisphere, one can feel the cold air near interior windows. How can I reduce the amount of heat lost through windows? Essential criteria: cost must be less ...
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What should I do without hot water in the shower?

I just woke up, it's -20 degrees Fahrenheit outside, I have to be at work soon, and now I just found out that the hot water heater isn't working, so the water is freezing cold! I'm smelly as can be ...
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4m² Room for Gaming PC - Temperature issue

I've got a little room in which I use my Gaming-PC. In Summer, i've got a little temperature issue. Not seldom, temperature of the room goes to 45°C (<30°C outside). This is my little hot gaming ...
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What can I do to stop my eyes from drying out when I'm driving?

When I'm driving in hot weather I use the air conditioning to keep cool. This keeps most of me comfortable, but it dries out my eyes no matter where I point the blowers. I then have to turn the air ...
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How can I more quickly warm up the interior of my car during winter?

In the winter, after turning on the ignition, it takes approximately 15 minutes for the vents in my car to begin blowing hot air. Before that time, the vents blow cold air even if the "heat" setting ...
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How can I keep pizza warm on the trip home?

Many of you know that problem, after work you go and get some "Pizza to go" from the Italian restaurant. When you arrive at home it is not really warm anymore no matter whether you put it in a bag or ...
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How to quickly warm up a toilet seat

In the winter, the porcelain toilet seats can get extremely cold and are just unpleasant to sit on in the event that 'doody' calls. Is there a quick way to warm up the toilet seat to make it more ...
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How to have cross ventilation in a single window room?

I live in a two bedroom house and my room only has one window. The wall adjacent to the door on the left has the single window. Next to the window is a bathroom. The room overlooks the front of the ...
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Where should a fan be aimed for maximum cooling of a room with one opening?

In a hot, closed room with just one opening (say, the door), where should a moveable fan be aimed for maximum cooling of the room. What is the science behind it? For example since hot air rises...if ...
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How to heat up burritos, without the frozen middle

When I put a burrito in the mirowave, (I put a paper towel around it), it comes out with the middle frozen. I need a way to prevent this. So far, I have tried: Heating them up longer, making them ...
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Quick way to defrost food?

Frozen food is very convenient, but defrosting it can be a pain in the neck. Normally (especially for small items) I could easily defrost frozen food with a microwave, but I don't own one! Simply ...
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How to hard-boil an egg in the microwave safely?

It's quite dangerous to hard-boil an egg in the microwave as it may simply explode and making a big mess. Cleaning the microwave after that kind of accident to avoid a bad smell can be a miracle. Are ...
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How to sleep in a hot room?

It's 40 degrees celsius / 104 degrees fahrenheit outside and in my room it's 30 degrees celsius / 86 degrees fahrenheit (I don't have air conditioning). How am I suppose to sleep in such a hot room? P....
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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 is the best winter clothing strategy for keeping warm?

What life hacks you can apply to make you warm? In example heated clothing, what kind of layers of fabric to use to keep you the warmest, own inventions, etc. So in general, what is your best winter ...
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How could I warm up my feet while sitting at my desk?

Sometimes when the weather is cold, my feet feel cold and uncomfortable while I am sitting at my desk. How could I warm up my feet while sitting at my desk?
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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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What is the best way to cool off with an oscillating fan without having it blowing directly on me?

I use an oscillating fan to stay cool at work because others like a warmer temperature than I do. I've noticed considerable buffeting when the fan is blowing directly on me. Our office is laid out in ...
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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 can I keep an office chair cool enough to avoid causing perspiration?

I'm in an office environment. Like many office workers, I have a chair! When I'm sitting in said chair, my body heat seems to get absorbed by the glorious, cushiony, cloth-covered padding I'm sitting ...
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How to heat your room efficiently?

How to heat a medium-sized room more efficiently in winter time without pay too much for electricity? I've already insulated my window and door by using some weather seal strips. So my first guess ...
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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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How to keep something at a cool room temperature?

So it's the middle of summer, and I have some high-cacao dark chocolate, the sort that will start to melt if you so much as look at it funny. I don't want it to melt, but the obvious way to get food ...
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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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Avoiding sunlight in school assembly area

This is my school's assembly area : The place is generally used for the assembly and various other things. But the problem is that it receives a lot of sunlight and it is difficult to use it during ...
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How can I keep my face cool while on the move?

On those hot summer days it can be really hard to keep your face cool while on the go. You can buy portable hand fans, but carrying it around is a real hassle. What can I do to keep my face cool while ...
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How to make Ice melt slower?

I am making a cool air equipment on a bucket with a fan above the closed bucket lid. The problem is that the ice on the bottom of the bucket (kept in a packet/bottle) melts faster. I tried using salt ...
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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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How can I keep the top floor of my house cool?

I live in a two story, sun facing house. During summer, and even winter, it gets very warm. The bottom floor is an open area lounge/living room/kitchen. There are plenty of windows and a balcony ...
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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 increase humidity indoors

I would like to increase the humidity of my room. The room is heated with a hot water radiator pipe: hot water flows through the pipe that runs along the walls. I cannot control the temperature of the ...
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How to Avert / Deflect refrigerator heat in room?

I am living in a tropical country right now, it gets pretty hot (~45 °C) in here. Now, I have single room home which has my desktop & a refrigerator. As obvious, in order to make ice in high ...
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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 can I improve air conditioning effectiveness in my old car?

Assuming that the system is working properly, has enough refrigerant, fins are not bent, cabin air filter clean (or not on this model), how can I get better results in a very sunny and hot climate? ...
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How to clean “reddish/ brownish” grime/ deposit marks from the Silicone Rubber lid gasket of a hot water Thermos Flask

How can I clean the grime from this rubberized sealing gasket on my Zojirushi Thermos Flask? This is mostly for hot water sipping, a yogic/Asian practice. The location of its basically where the lid ...
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How to keep a mug on the desk warm?

Every time when I make a tea or coffee especially in winter time, it's get cold very quickly. How I can keep my hot beverage warm long enough to enjoy my drink? Please keep in mind, that I don't ...
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How to warm up milk for the baby during a trip?

Especially during winters, it is necessary to warm up the baby's food to room temperature, relatively quickly. We usually end up hunting a restaurant or a cafe with a microwave/hot water (and ...
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How can I keep 2 blankets together on a bed?

I try to use two blankets in the winter when it gets cold, but tossing and turning separates them. In the morning, I'll often wake up with one at the foot of the bed. Is there any trick to keeping ...
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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 can I warm up a bathroom without a heater?

I used to be cold in the bathroom when taking a shower, even in every season. The curious thing is that I don't feel cold when taking showers at gyms, because those bathrooms and showers have been ...
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How to iron clothes at high temperature setting?

I have observed if I iron clothes at higher temperature setting, it fades away the color of my clothes. But if I lower the temperature then, it doesn't iron the clothes well and it takes more time to ...