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Prevent cables of kitchen appliances from breaking when you coil them

You're rolling them too tightly. Cables have a minimum bending radius: get below this radius and you damage the cable. Make loops that are at least 10 cm in diameter. This also applies to the bend ...
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

I am in a similar situation at home. I get up to go to work at around six in the morning whilst my wife and two very young children (2 and newborn) continue to sleep. If I make too much noise and ...
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How can I remove my dryer's lint filter without creating a mess?

Several things come to mind. Put something under the filter to catch the falling dust, a piece of cloth will do, as will a sheet of paper like a part of a page of a news paper. Have your vacuum ...
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

I'd suggest ensuring people close their doors while sleeping (they should anyway, for fire safety and privacy), and you may want to install a noise machine in the hallway, or play a CD of surf sounds, ...
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Prevent cables of kitchen appliances from breaking when you coil them

Coil the cable separately (not around the appliance). You might try using a Velcro-like "hook and loop" tie on the cable to keep it wound. Use Over/Under Coiling so that it unwinds without any twists. ...
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Remove ice from freezer surface

I found the answer to my own question. However, it will only work on some brands and models of refrigerator-freezers. LateralTerminal suggested using a brush on a drill. Instead I used what was on ...
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How can I carry a refrigerator with a Mercury Sable 2001 (aka Taurus)?

There is no safe way to do this. Please don't try. Either have a properly made hitch installed and rent a small trailer, or rent/borrow a suitably sized truck.
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How to remove glass cleaner stains from smart tv

Most sources I reviewed online suggest using only a microfibre cloth slightly dampened with a very dilute solution of mild dish-washing detergent in water. Avoid any products containing ammonia or ...
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Damaged Gears from a Paper Shredder

I honestly doubt you'll find replacement parts for 2 reasons: Most people don't bother repairing any appliances anymore because buying new is cheaper than paying for repairs. Manufacturers don't want ...
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Transporting a used fridge and washing machine

I don't think that you would need to wrap in cling film. If it is a hot day and you start to sweat this could become a nightmare. All of my experience (moving 5-6 fridges/ washing machines in my life) ...
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How to cover hair for a barber to prevent cutting that particular hair?

I suggest a different approach to covering or tying your hair before going to have it cut.You shouldn't have to go to that extreme. Don't rely on a description to be understood the same way you ...
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

If it is your appliance or if they are ok with it, you could remove the bell from the appliances or have a technician do it, is pretty simple. Have a pair of slippers in your car or near the door ...
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Cannot get blender carafe clean

From your description, "actually clean but it's cloudy," it seems that the carafe is scratched or crazed if it is plastic, or if it is glass, it is etched, corroded or covered with an adhering deposit,...
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Cannot get blender carafe clean

The soda-lime glass commonly used for blender jars is susceptible to being surface-etched by food acids. This effect is sensitively dependent on the chemical composition of the glass, and it is ...
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How to cover hair for a barber to prevent cutting that particular hair?

By far the easiest method to get the ponytail that's your goal is to simply stay away from all barbers for a year or more. "But I'll have shaggy hair over my ears and collar!" There are home ...
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How can I unclog a sock in my vacuum cleaner hose, when I can't pull it out with a wire clothes hanger?

Perhaps the hook in the end of the wire became snagged in the hose interior rather than the sock. Ensure that the wire is free to move in and out smoothly. Try twisting the wire after the sock is ...
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Opening a contact lens bottle

These bottles open a bit like the old style ring pulls on a can of drink, where there was a ring you lifted up and pulled kinda sideways, tearing the metal You've managed to "pull the ring off&...
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

Walking around the house is probably loudest when placing feet heel-first to the floor. Walking front-first is a lot better (now it depends on the house: on the concrete floor, you should be inaudible,...
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

You could try sound proofing the kitchen and wash your hands in the kitchen sink. Sheetrock can be used to sound-proof your kitchen. As pseyfert stated with the folding doors this is indeed a good ...
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

You have indicated the action that should be taken which is to isolate the kitchen (sources of noise) from the rest of the household or vise-versa. Kitchen doors are problematic and are rarely used ...
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How to determine what metal is the inside of my kettle?

If it's stainless steel, it may not be very ferromagnetic. Try a very strong rare-earth magnet and test both the bottom and the sides, which may be made of different metals. If there is any attraction ...
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How to straighten board game board?

A steam iron (for clothing) should do the job. To avoid marring the board pieces, be sure the iron has never had impure water in the steam passages (distilled or filtered water is recommended). For ...
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How to remove water stains from TV

Spray just a bit of glass-cleaner or clear rubbing alcohol on a clean, absorbent cloth and polish gently with the slightly damp cloth. If the residue is from dissolved minerals left after the water ...
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Remove ice from freezer surface

You could carefully use one of these. Make sure you don't scratch the surface of your fridge Too show I'm not biased and don't work for this company here's a few more variations. I'm not sure what ...
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Unlock LED TV buttons without remote?

The best choice I would suggest is to buy a new remote corresponding to the brand of your TV. However if you can't because the tv and/or remote is no longer available, I would suggest you to look for ...
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Unlock LED TV buttons without remote?

You can use your Android mobile as a remote if it has an ir blaster. Even if it's not inbuilt in your phone you can make it using a 3.5mm old headphone jack and an IR LED from any old remote (you may ...
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How to build a DIY HEPA filters for a vaccum cleaners (no spare part for sale)?

You ask "where to buy a sheet of material that is has dust filtering properties"? --> a vacuum cleaner bag!? 😀 Also look into car air filters; they often have a folded paper ...
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Better location for deep freeze: garage or inside the house?

Does a freezer chest last longer if it is operated in a low humidity and cooler air conditioned room than it would if it were operated in a high humidity and warmer garage? In the cooler environment, ...
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How do I prevent clothing from getting stained in the washer or dryer?

Logically, solving this problem involves identifying the cause. Identifying what is — and what is not — in common is the first step. Repeated loads of laundry done with as few differences as possible ...
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How to know right power adaptor from monitor label?

The display unfortunately doesn't give you all the information you need. It does tell you the power requirement… 19V DC at 1.58A You can use a power supply with a higher Amperage capability, but not ...
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