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Hacks related to the usage and control of water (Liquid water, solid ice, and gas steam).

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How do I fill a hot water urn that doesn't fit in the sink?

I have a large container (a hot water urn) that I need to fill with water. I don't have access to a hose, unfortunately, so that is not an option. I did also try stuffing the urn in the sink, but ...
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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 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 to dry out a wet phone?

I unfortunately dropped my aunt's phone in water. I didn't tried anything yet (I'm afraid of a short circuit). Is there a quick and cheap way to completely dry out the internals of this mobile phone ...
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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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How to quickly dry wet sneakers?

I stepped in a deep puddle and now both of my sneakers are thoroughly wet. I've tried opening them up to let them air dry, but this takes far too long. I'm also afraid to put them into the clothes ...
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Fastest way to boil water?

When I want to make hot chocolate, one of the steps is, obiously, boiling water. It seems to take forever. Is there a faster way? The method I am currently using is putting water in a metal can and ...
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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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A book fell in a sink full of water. How can I dry it?

How can I dry out a book that falls into a sink of water (or similar) and gets soaked? I've tried: Using a hair dryer to blow the pages back and forth until they're dry It wasn't that great an idea,...
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What can be used besides rice to keep moisture out of salt?

Often, rice is in salt dispensers to prevent moisture from making the salt become clumpy and possibly get stuck in a shaker. What else can be used to get the same effect?
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How to listen to music in the shower?

How can I bring my little portable Bluetooth speaker into the shower without ruining it? To ensure it is loud enough to hear over the shower on full blast while not noise polluting too much, the ...
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How to transport liquids without spilling?

My question is as simple as it sounds. With the liquid filled to the top of an open container; How to transport liquids in open containers without spilling? Specifically if I prepare myself a ...
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Easy way to remove the sticky pages of a book caused by being wet?

I have an old bible gold edition (recovery version) that has been soaked because of a leak in my ceiling during a typhoon. Now it is dry, but the pages are in poor condition and stick to each other, I ...
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If I break a water pipe, is there a way to stop the flow while I go turn off the water?

Suppose I completely break a hot or cold water PVC pipe under a sink. How can I quickly stop/minimize the flow while I go turn off the water flow, at the pump? Last time something like this happened,...
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How to freeze water more quickly

I want to freeze water as quickly as possible. Let me explain my situation : I have a setup that holds water which needs to freeze to create a surface of ice on which I will be demonstrating ...
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How to save the water wasted while waiting for the shower to heat up?

It takes about 30 to 45 seconds for my shower to heat up. A lot of perfectly good water goes down the drain while I wait for the water to get up to temperature. Rather than letting this water go to ...
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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 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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How to get water out of ears?

I have looked and I cannot find an answer to this! Is there a quick way I can get water out of my ears after being in the pool without earplugs? I will accept the safest, fastest, and most useful ...
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How to keep water from boiling over?

It's very common to boil something (e.g. pasta) and then after few minutes you hear the hissing sound of water boiling over and your whole kitchen is a mess. How do you stop the water from boiling ...
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What's the best way to prevent water from collecting underneath a soap bar?

I've used regular soap dishes for most of my life, but the water would always collect underneath the dish, which is annoying. So I started putting a washrag underneath the dish to collect the water,...
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How to cross a river on foot?

I walk about 1.5 miles to work, mostly along a busy, smelly road. There is an alternative route I could take of similar length along off-road quiet tracks which would be much nicer, but to take this ...
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How to empty a sponge of its soap?

Whenever I use a sponge and any soap-like product to clean a surface, I get the unfortunate effect that the sponge seems to always be full of that product afterwise. I can repeat dozens of "fill with ...
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How can I stop my shower from dripping

My shower thermostat cartridge is old and it leaks, so my shower head continually drips. I am planning to rebuild my whole bathroom in the next couple of months, but until then, how can I stop the ...
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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 make air-free ice?

Air-free ice dilutes drinks less. The naive way is to boil the water. But it seems like a waste of fuel. I have both a stove and microwave. How do I make air-free ice without using as much fuel?
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How to stop rim of water bottle becoming smelly?

I have a water bottle that I use pretty much every day. Admittedly I don't wash it all that often just purely because I don't feel like it / forget when I am home and just want to relax. I have ...
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Showering while avoiding patch to get wet

I wonder what some good strategy are to avoid a medical patch on my skin to get wet when I shower. The patch is located on the elbow, lateral side, as the following picture illustrates:
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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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Ways to improve shower's water pressure?

I have just moved into a new apartment on the fifth floor of a building and the water pressure is dismal. The sinks I can deal with, but not the shower... are there any hacks you can perform on the ...
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How to make an ice pack that doesn't leak

Sometimes when I am playing sports or working out, I hurt something and I need an ice pack. Usually, I will use a bag ice of wrapped in a paper towel, but this always leaks after 15-25 minutes. Is ...
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How to put a dishwasher-proof name identifier on a bone china mug?

I've been given a bone china mug I'd like to take to work. Unless it has my name on it, it will get lost among all the other mugs. (I'd like to leave it on my desk and wash it myself, but some people ...
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How to get rid of tap water taste?

My fiance detests the taste of tap water and has to resort to bottled water even though we both know that it is a waste of money. Is there a way to get rid of the tap water taste?
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How to keep planted seeds watered permanently?

I have some parsley seeds which I want to plant. First of all, I want to plant them in my house then later when they are grown I want to put them in the garden. Many plants first need to grow in house....
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Heat water in two buckets using one immersion rod

I use an immersion heating rod in a bucket to heat the water. The process takes around 10-15 minutes. I wish to heat another bucket full of water simultaneously when the water in the first bucket is ...
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How to stay at the bottom at a swimmingpool

I can solve a Rubik's Cube underwater in a swimming pool but my problem is that I can't stay at the bottom of the pool because of the oxygen in my lungs. How can I stay in the bottom without going up ...
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How to dry out the gasket on my washing machine between washes?

My washing machine has a thick rubber gasket between the door and the cylinder, seen here: The space in that gasket fills with water during each wash and, although we let it air dry between washes, ...
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How to clean a water tank

I've a plastic water storage tank as such with a small lid (12"/30cm in diameter). It has developed a thin slippery/shiny layer inside of the walls overtime and surface of the water has the same ...
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how can I rinse off quickly in the shower?

The water supply in my neighborhood is very hard, and as a result, we installed a water softener. However, now I find it difficult to rinse off when in the shower. I rinse and rinse and rinse and I ...
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how to keep bandages close to hand dry and clean

I bet we've all had difficulties with medical gauze or (tensor) bandages being close to the fingers so that each time you wash your hands or do the dishes they get wet. How do you prevent this from ...
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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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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 can you reuse a disposable water bottle indefinitely?

I like to reuse disposable water bottles as many times as I can so that they get many uses before having to be recycled. Assuming you continue to properly wash the disposable water bottle, is it ...
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How to get rid of bad odour coming out of a water bottle?

Apart from cleaning water bottle daily with hot water, a bad odor always remains. Are these some kind of bacteria harmful to our health? How to get rid of this bad odor and have a fresh smell from ...
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How can I prevent leaves from blocking my gutter guard?

It's been raining heavily here. The tree that is behind my house has grown so that about 5% of its top is over the roof. So there are loads of fallen leaves on my roof. The problem arises when the ...
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Grey water reuse into back of toilet?

If I remember correctly, adding water to the back of the toilet storage tank will cause the level in the toilet to rise(after the next flush). I have a dehumidifier now, and am wondering about ...
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How to remove water spots?

I have a shower with a glass screen to stop the water covering the floor and I try to wipe it down every time using a squeegee in order to prevent the exact problem I am having - I believe the issue ...
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How to wash without running water

I normally have running water from the City - today, the water main broke, meaning I have no running water for the foreseeable next couple of days - I am looking for lifehacks regarding how to clean ...
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Bringing the cold water to room temperature

In my office the water dispenser either gives very hot water or very cold water. So I am forced to mix both to bring the water to normal temperature, or I have to wait for some time to bring it to ...
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How to effectively prevent the shower curtain from snuggling?

My shower curtain does not stay where it belongs. When I start showering I wet it and then press it to the wall, but when I put the shower head up on the shower head holder, the curtain starts flying ...