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Finding a gold ring lost in the lawn

If you have 5-10 year old sons, daughter, nieces and nephews (basically kids you trust with a ring), get a group of them together and tell them that whoever finds the ring in the grass will get $20 (...
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How to find a hole in a bicycle tire tube quickly

Take a bucket full of water (the bigger the diameter is, the better) and push your inflated inner tube into the water - section for section. As long as the hole isn't like really, really tiny, you ...
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How to find a hole in a bicycle tire tube quickly

Use soapy water if you don't have where to submerge the tire: Take soap and some water and make soapy water solution (liquid soap dissolves faster) Start to apply soapy water on the tire with your ...
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Finding a gold ring lost in the lawn

Obvious but expensive answer: wave a metal detector over your lawn. Maybe a friend has one you could borrow?
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Finding a gold ring lost in the lawn

Go outside that night with a very strong flashlight or preferably a higher-intensity floodlight. With any luck, the glint of any metal object will stand out considerably compared to anything else you ...
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What hack can I use to find a small screw that falls in the floor?

Ah. This is why you should always have spare screws on hand. Fortunately, there is a way... Light Method Most screws are silver. Shine a flashlight into the carpet and look for little silvery glints. ...
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How to shred papers/letters without using a shredder machine

Soak the papers with ordinary water and immediately crumple and squeeze them to compact lumps. Nobody is ever going to read those again! This method doesn't take a lot of time and does not involve ...
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How to peel an orange?

That question has been asked on cooking.stackexchange before, and the answer by Jolenealaska (and originally by blogger E is for Eat) quite qualifies as a life hack: Basically, you cut off both ends ...
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What hack can I use to find a small screw that falls in the floor?

I have done this. Lie down on the floor and get your eye as close to the level of the carpet, then look around. You'll have an easier time spotting the lost screw this way because it'll rise up along ...
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How to quickly peel a bag of potatoes

The Super Peeler Warning: only do this outside This method takes some time to prepare, but you only have to prepare it once and every other time you do it, it will be ready. You need a bucket, a hose, ...
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How to find a hole in a bicycle tire tube quickly

You may need to use water, as others have said, but before you do that.... Get the tube and partially inflate it Hold the tube to your ear and slowly rotate it When you hear the air hissing out, you ...
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How to stop snow from sticking to the shovel

Look at how other people have solved the problem of making snow slide off. Or rather, of making themselves slide off of snow. Meaning, wax that snow shovel like a pair of skis or a snowboard. You can ...
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Finding a gold ring lost in the lawn

First of all, do not assume it is in the garden unless you are absolutely certain. If there is any possibility it is somewhere else, then those other places must be systematically searched. Do not ...
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What is the most efficient way to fold a map?

After some research, I have found another great way to fold a map, called the Miura fold. The Miura fold comprises just two steps. In the first one, you fold the map in 5 parts, like a long accordion....
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How to shred papers/letters without using a shredder machine

My first answer here isn't so much a hack as it is using something that is on the market to achieve what you want. Have you ever heard of paper shredding scissors? Basically they are a pair of ...
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How to quickly cure hiccups

There are lots of purported folk remedies for hiccups. Inasmuch as some of them work at all, it isn't clear to what extent this is for physiological or psychological reason, or just because hiccups ...
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How to swim before work (wet towel and clothes problem)?

Get a locker at the gym that you can leave things in during the day. Leave your towel & swim suit hanging there during the day and pick them up (mostly or completely dry) on the way home. Use a ...
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How to remove creases from my shirts without ironing?

How much time do you have? I can save you a lot of effort... Take your shirt and thoroughly wet it in the sink/tub. Wring/squeeze all the water out of it that you can. Toss it in the dryer with a (...
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Dispose of sensitive paperwork

Place the shredder somewhere where you'll pass by it many times during the day. Shred a few papers every time you pass by it. It'll still take a while, but it's not such a daunting prospect when you ...
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What is the most efficient way to fold a map?

I like to fold a map in half and then maybe in half again (in the same direction) until the general area I am interested in is available on the front and back side of that strip. Then I'll fold that ...
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How to peel an orange?

I really like the Tupperware Orange Peeler. It is used by dragging the hook end around the orange skin, which opens the peel up all the way to the flesh of the orange. Then it's a simple matter of ...
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How to shred papers/letters without using a shredder machine

Use a 5 gallon bucket half filled with water; add enough paper to absorb most of the water and let sit for 24 hours; attach a paint mixing drill attachment to your power drill and power stir the ...
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What hack can I use to find a small screw that falls in the floor?

The best "hack" is the way you look for the screw. Do what pilots do. Move the eyes one section at a time, pausing for a moment, looking at that little bit of the sky. Instead of sweeping the eyes so ...
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How do I apply cold solid spreads (butter/cheese) evenly on breads/sandwiches in a short time?

This is how I do it: Get a knife and cut thin slices of butter. Lay the butter slices on the bread, if the air in the room is warm the butter will become more soft for several minutes If the air in ...
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Wallet won't close because there's too much money in it

As a former taxi driver, I used to have to carry a day's cash intake on my person, at least long enough to take it to the bank and deposit most of it. I routinely found it more than I could close ...
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How to stop snow from sticking to the shovel

A great hack for this problem is to use non-stick cooking spray. This will do exactly what it does with pans, it will make the snow not stick. You just have to spray a generous amount of the spray on ...
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How to quickly peel a bag of potatoes

Leave the skins on, thats where the vitamins and fiber are. People pay stupid amounts of money for potatoes with skins on from processed food manufacturers and we get potatoes from the store and peel ...
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How to quickly remove a splinter

General considerations General measures for successfully removing splinters are: Take it easy - in a hectic rush the splinter may break and will then be much harder to remove. Do not put pressure on ...
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How to remove creases from my shirts without ironing?

Since everyone rely on having a dryer (which I don't have) I'll suggest a different solution. You can carefully fold the shirt and sit on it, your body temperature will do the rest. You have to wait ...
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How to avoid background reflection Computer display

As long as you can't block the major light sources easily, then you need a Monitor filter (wikipedia), which has anti glare or anti reflex/reflective behaviour. These can be bought commercially for at ...
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