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How to save the water wasted while waiting for the shower to heat up?

This solution only works if you have a separate bathtub in your bathroom. I'm pretty sure that all the water for your bathroom (shower, sink, toilet tank, bathtub) comes from the water heater to your ...
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How to pour out liquid from pan

Use a guide bar for pouring. I learned how to do this kind of thing in a lab using a glass rod and a cylindrical container. A similar technique can be used for your household situation. Find a spoon ...
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How can I keep a USB mini 2.0 (or other) cable from tearing?

The connection between the wire and the connector is a very high-stress area, so the degree of flex the wire experiences at that point is substantial. Better-quality cables will typically include a ...
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How to keep my glasses clean from getting marks

Dust and the occasional grease mark are inevitable. You can train yourself never to put your fingers on your glasses (only touch the frame), that reduces the number of grease marks. Instead of ...
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How not to lose too much warmth while leaving the door open

You could make a homemade doggie door. Open the door enough for your dog. Get corrugated cardboard (maybe from a leftover packing box) that is the same size and shape as the opening, but can also be ...
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Finding a gold ring lost in the house

A gold ring is, in effect, a tuned circuit. Though a metal detector would find lumps of any type of metal, such as nails in the wall, a grid dip meter (GDM), used by electronics and radio amateurs, or ...
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Shared tools always getting lost

A place for everything and everything in its place. You mentioned that you tried to use Tile (an audible signal device) to locate items; but, that its efficiency is limited due to the high noise ...
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How to pour out liquid from pan

That's what ladles are for. Simply scoop the liquid into the cup with a ladle or big spoon. Once you have transferred most of the liquid from the pot to the cup, pouring the rest will be much easier.
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How to avoid doing dishes (after microwaving food)

The best way to avoid doing dishes is to not use dishes. Dish hack: Eatable dishes. This is not original but inspired from advertising which suggests crackers, rusks, toasted bread, pita were "...
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Shared tools always getting lost

In the bicycle shop where I work, each tool board has its own colour of tape wrapped around every tool - this helps people to know where to replace tools when they're done using them. Another ...
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What can I do to automate shaking of a sauce bottle?

Your solution can be as simple as two muffin tins in an appropriate size. As you fill each plastic sauce bottle, put it into the muffin tin. When the muffin tin is full, put another tin upside down ...
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How to pour out liquid from pan

My hack is to pour in two steps First into a pan that can pour, and is large enough not to spill Second into the target container With the pan sizes I have available, this might need to be done ...
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What's a great way to store knives for me?

A knife block? - is there any reason why you don't want this option?
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How can reuse partial notebook to go waste

Tape the old pages together, or use a paperclip to hold the old pages together. If it's a spiral notebook, simply rip out the old pages.
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How to keep Super Glue tip tube clear

I found the following hints for using maintaining the Super™ glue (cyanoacrylate) applicator-tip clear. When opening a new bottle of glue it is important to make a clean cut on the nozzle using a ...
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Fold hack for tons of washed clothes

Folded clothes are easier to store, take up less space and generally look nicer when you are ready to wear them. In some cases rolling clothes will allow them to take even less space, but may appear ...
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How to remove wrinkles to ease ironing

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 1. Prevention Looking at this fabric, these wrinkles have been “created”, either by putting the fabric in a dryer (probably also letting the warm dry ...
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How to quickly remove a splinter

I know this contravenes the original question as it does require a purchase, but that aside, I recommend buying a jewelers loupe (about 20x magnification). I am a carpenter (splinters huh!) and my ...
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Finding a gold ring lost in the house

Here are few methods to find the ring. This might look a bit complicated but this method helped me to find few small objects on floor. Keep a torch in your hand and place your head on the floor in ...
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How to empty a sponge of its soap?

I sometimes set the sponge in the sink directly under the faucet, turn the water on, and leave it for a few minutes. All that water running through the sponge will wash out anything that isn't water (...
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How to empty a sponge of its soap?

Use less soap. Most of us use far more soap than is necessary. You don't need extravagant lather to clean something.
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How can I speed up healing of a cut on stretchy skin?

If it's a small cut in the webbing the most important thing is, to keep the wound moist and pliable, so the stretching doesn't crack it open all the time. This is what keeps the wound from healing ...
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How to keep a vertical row of multiple soap bars vertically instead of typical horizontal one-soap dish?

You could try pressing a round, flat, strong rare-earth magnet into the side or end of each of as many different soap bars you wish. The soft soaps in your photo will easily hold one securely. ...
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What's a great way to store knives for me?

My first thought comprises 3 elements: a dedicated kitchen drawer a non-skid mat 1 or 2 nylon hair combs The first step is simple: Cut the non-skid mat to fit the drawer. Lay it in there. The ...
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What's a great way to store knives for me?

So I don't have that many knives, but I have a similar problem. I ended up making my own knife sheaths from old soda/cereal/cake flour/etc boxes. I used a different one for each knife so quickly ...
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How not to lose too much warmth while leaving the door open

@BrettFromLA's idea is exactly what I would do. But once you establish that the dog is able to use the "dog-flap", you could improve it. The whole thing could be made from plywood with a thin timber ...
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An alternative (cheaper) option than offering towel service at the gym

You can give every employee 2 or 3 towels for free. The catch is that they have to wash them themselves, and they have to remember to bring them to the gym. Most employees will see the gift as ...
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Fold hack for tons of washed clothes

My hack is to work as a team. It is considerably easier to fold large items like bed sheets, duvet covers, bath towels, curtains and table cloths with one person each end. You hold two corners each, ...
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How do I carry my keys, airpods, phone, wallet, and glasses?

I also carry a lot of stuff with me always. Documents, keys, power bank, headphones ... The only solution that actually works for me is a (small) bag where I put everything. I just grab the bag when I ...
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How to extend the lifetime of a rechargeable battery?

Cell phone batteries (and everything else nowadays) uses Lithium Ion batteries. Unlike previous generations, these don't have a "memory" effect, so there's no need to completely discharge them all the ...
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