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Questions tagged [winter]

Hacks for overcoming the snow, ice, and any other difficulty caused by winter.

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What's the best way to avoid slippery (frozen) outdoor stairs

My outdoor stairway has been very slippery this winter. I've regularly removed most of the snow and ice, but the last thin (and almost invisible) layer of ice covering the stone steps has been ...
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How to interface puffy coats with gloves in order to avoid exposed skin

I have a puffy coat. The wrist cuffs are simple elastics. I have two pairs of gloves, one of them with a velcro closure and another with a drawstring closure. None of the glove closures are big ...
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Pack Down and Smooth Snow in Yard so Kids Can Ski

I have two small kids who are learning to ski this year. We're about to get a snow storm and have an adequately-sloping yard as such that if the snow was packed and smooth, they could practice some ...
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Best way to get a sleigh up a hill without human effort?

As I saw someone pulling/carrying a sleigh up a hill, I thought of what would be the best way to get this sleigh up a hill (But without any effort of someone). An idea would be to just bring it up ...
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What is the best hack to remove bubbles? [duplicate]

What is the best way to remove "woollen bubbles", that arise on woollen clothing after some time?
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How to activate sodium acetate hand warmer without the button?

I recently bought four hand warmers. Two work fine, but of the other two, the buttons are very difficult (or as of yet impossible) to click and don't active the solution. Does anyone know a way to ...
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Deep snow - Walking technique? …without any additional equipment

Is there any technique that helps not to sink into the snow with every step and/or walk more efficiently? With standard hiking shoes. The focus of this question is not on keeping feet dry and/or ...
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What is the best way to re-dry already seasoned firewood

I have purchased few cubic meters of already seasoned firewood and I have been hapilly burning them in my wood stove. They are stored in my detached, non-heated garage. Over time I realized that more ...
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Windshield wipers freezing During Freezing Rain

What is the best way to keep windshield wipers in good (low ice build-up and ready to be used but not a partial job because of above mentioned ice build-up) working condition during a snow/freezing ...
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Is there a way to avoid condensation of water on the inside of window panes?

I live in a house with older double glazed wooden windows and when the outside temperature falls below 10 or 15 degrees Celsius, the window panes start dripping with water in the mornings (inside temp....
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How do I keep salt from eroding a concrete driveway?

I've noticed over the past few years that my concrete driveway is slowing eroding away. I've read the road/rock salt can erode concrete, so I'm attributing the cause to salt. Source of salt: I don'...
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How to keep your hands warm while biking outside without using bulky gloves

I live in Germany and as Ned Stark never got tired of saying: Winter is coming. I ride my bike to work in the morning and back home in the evening. As of right now, my biking gloves manage to keep my ...
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How to deal with cold hands at home [duplicate]

I work on my computer at home as a freelancer and my hands are often so cold I have to put them under me thighs 50 times a day to warm them up. Are some kind of winter indoor gloves, or some other ...
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What is the best way to use a tower fan and an oil heater to heat a room quickly?

I have a finned oil heater and a tower fan. I need to heat my bedroom quickly, during the winter, as this bedroom has no central heating. The finned oil heater has 7 fins about 4cm apart. The tower ...
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How to wake up for work easier during winter?

I have an annual problem - waking up for work in winter. The cold forces me to bond with my bed and blankets a little longer, and it also makes it hard for me to get out anyway. My average arrival ...
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How to keep gloves from getting sweaty?

When shoveling snow in the winter, if my gloves are warm enough to keep my hands warm, they tend to sweat and get the gloves wet from the inside out. How can I prevent this?
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How to get rid of frozen snow

I was out of town for the weekend when we got snow. By the time I got home, we had a warm day which partially melted the snow, followed by a freezing night which refroze everything. I tried chipping ...
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How to stop snow from sticking to the shovel

It has been snowing a lot lately and I don't have a snow blower, so I have to shovel. Every time I shovel a row of snow, some of it gets stuck and I have to waste time banging it on the ground. This ...
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How to quickly clean car windows from road salt?

Winter stinks. For those of us who drive on heavily salted roads, how do you clean off your windows from the salt? Of course, there are wipers on the front, but what about the sides?
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Avoiding static electricity [duplicate]

I've found that often, in the winter, I collect static electricity like nothing else. I'm not sure if its the cold, or my coat, or something else, but it's something I'd rather avoid, if I can. What ...
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How to improvise snowshoes? [duplicate]

We rarely have snow where I live, and when we do, I want to enjoy it the most. However, walking in snow is hard, and to get to fun places I need snowshoes. It seems a very simple device - just a ...
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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 to open a frozen padlock

How can I open a frozen padlock? Spraying WD-40 didn't help and I don't have access to deicer spray at the moment. I'm not sure what else to try.
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Use a T-bar as a snowboarder without pain

This question got more attention (answers) on Sports, so please respond here. I'd describe myself as a rather experienced snowboarder respectively T-bar rider. I used to fall out the T-bar when I was ...
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How to remove snow from a roof

I am interested in removing snow from one-storey buildings or higher. Buildings which do not have flat roofs. This is needed because of several reasons: When the snow become much it can accidentally ...
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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 open a frozen car door?

This evening I left work and found my 2-door car covered with a little ice and a lot of snow. I was able to unlock the driver side door, but the door was frozen stuck. I pulled on the handle and the ...
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How to start fire with wet fire wood after it has been raining or snowing

In the winter when there is snow or in the other seasons after it has been raining all the wood on the ground is wet. When I go to the forest or somewhere in the nature and need to make fire it is ...
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Remove snow and ice on car windshield without ice scrapper [duplicate]

Sometimes I am caught off guard when winter starts early and I find myself at some place away from home, my car covered with snow and I don't have an ice scraper on me. I typically just turn on the ...
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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 remove ice formation inside the car windows

So being so cold as it is. My car doesn't see the sunlight, and therefore there is condensation forming on the inside of the windshields. I could get most of the ice out by placing the heater ...
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How to avoid being infected by a colleague

My colleague who has his desk next to mine in the office has a cold. What can I do not to become infected? Some precautions are widely known, such as washing hands as often as possible, not touching ...
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How to walk through deep snow at a faster pace and keep feet/legs dry as possible?

It just got done snowing about 30 inches, and my pregnant wife is having a strong craving for some tacos. We don't have any beef or chicken to make tacos at home. The taco place is only about a mile ...
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How can I make my shoes less slippery?

I have a pair of shoes which are very slippery on snow, ice and other smooth surfaces. I sometimes have the problem at home if the floor is wet. How can I make them less slippery or in other words - ...
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How to quickly dry the thermals in winters without squeezing or hanging them?

The tags on thermals say: Do not squeeze. Do not hang. So, what would be the quickest way to dry them during winters? I do not have a dryer.
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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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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 do I quickly thaw the ice in frozen pipes?

I sometimes visit a relative's house, and sometimes her water pipes are frozen. Is there a way to quickly thaw them, insulation aside? I'm not looking for a permanent solution, I am just looking for a ...
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What can I use for an improvised ice scraper?

I live in a mostly temperate zone that occasionally has freezing rain. What can I use for an improvised ice scraper from items in my car or on my person for those times when I am away overnight from ...
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How can I prevent windows from steaming up at night?

It's winter here, which means that in our old house the windows get condensation forming on the inside overnight in the rooms where people sleep. Sometimes there is so much that it streams down and ...
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Removing ice from the windshield

Related: How to keep the windshield from freezing over? Let's say I've ignored their advice and woken up with a thick coating of ice on my windshield, as I did yesterday. What's the fastest way of ...
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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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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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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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What is the quickest way to defog car windows?

If I don't warm up my car in the mornings the windshield gets so foggy that I can't see. The Heat/AC doesn't seem to help fast enough, and wiping the windshield leaves streaks. How can I deal with ...
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How can I keep my door locks from freezing during a winter storm?

My house has a detached garage and occasionally the lock gets frozen during a winter storm so that I cannot insert my key to unlock the door. I have plenty of methods to open the lock after it is ...