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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 (or some other appropriate, parent-approved prize). Also have cake & ice cream for those who didn't find it.


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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 will see some bubbles right away. With tiny holes you need some steady hands, more time and a good pair of eyes. Small bubbles are hard to spot. For easiest ...


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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 hand When you put soapy water on the hole you will see soap bubbles appearing. At the same time you can feel the air flow with your hand. Wet hand becomes more ...


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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 might find among the grass. Work systematically. Search the lawn one square at a time. You are much more likely to find something searching one square meter at ...


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Obvious but expensive answer: wave a metal detector over your lawn. Maybe a friend has one you could borrow?


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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. This may take some time, but you'll probably find it. If your carpet is unnaturally thick... Magnet Method Take a powerful magnet (like a bar magnet, ...


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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 of the orange, make a vertical cut along one side, and then unroll the whole orange. I have tried this myself and it works, however results may vary depending ...


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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 chemicals, in fact you don't even need a bucket. Use warm water for comfort, if available. I call this the "papier maché method", although the glue is left out. ...


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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 the landscape of the floor. Bonus points - no extra equipment needed.


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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, a drill, and a new toilet bowl brush. Drill a hole in the bottom of the brush's handle and keep the drill there. Spin the brush a few times to make sure it ...


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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 have found the hole. Not only is this quicker than water, it also works out on the road (as there never seems to be a bucket of water around when you need it).


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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 get serious and do it with actual ski wax, but auto detail wax would help as well. Even a quick Turtle Waxing will help.


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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 use a rake. Do not walk around on, or otherwise disturb in any way the search area. Randomly casting around for the object is a bad idea. The way to find the ...


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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. Now you fold again in 7 parts like an accordion, but slightly turned. An image might help: Source of the image Folding it in this way may seem strange, but ...


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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 swimmer's towel. They work very well when wet, yet wring out and dry quickly. Still leaves the suit wet, though. Get a large Zip-lock™ (or other brand of sliding ...


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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 scissors with multiple (~5) blades and you can use these to quickly shred your paper. This is what I am talking about: These can be found on Amazon here. You could ...


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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 (clean, dry) towel or two. Dry for 10-20 minutes, depending on material. Put your shirt on. Just throwing it in the dryer works somewhat, but wetting it down ...


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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 break up the task.


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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 strip in the other direction accordion-style so I can flip through the folded sections like a book. Photo by Bill Hanscom, licensed by Creative Commons As I ...


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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 getting under the skin with the flat end, then peeling the skin off with your fingers. It's a really handy tool. Here's a couple available on amazon.com


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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 eventually goes away on its own and people only remember that it went away while they were trying something. For medical references, I refer you to threads on ...


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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 the room is cold, take a cup of warm water (or use your hot breakfast tea if you don't mind some butter in it) and put the knife into the cup for several second ...


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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 inside my wallet, especially after I switched to a tri-fold type. My solution was to carry my cab fares and the day's starting wad (enough to change a $50 for a $...


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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 saturated documents; drain mulch onto plastic garbage bag in corner of your back yard and let dry; discard in your trash.


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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 much, concentrate on the floor in little squares, fully studying each square. This technique works even when the color of the item is close to that of the floor....


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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 the best bit off..!


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Bite the bullet and find a place to burn them. It's the only way to be sure. You can plant trees all the way home from the incinerator.


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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 each side of the shovel. This works for both plastic and metal shovels. It might even work with shovels on the beach during the summer, so they don't get sand ...


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If you were to put cash in your wallet like in the picture you've provided, the thickness of cash in the fold of the wallet makes it difficult to close. Alternatively you could invest in a money clip these hold you cash tightly together, when folded in half you can fit a wad in either side of the wallet compartment. You could also use a paperclip, but if you ...


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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 it as it only will push it deeper into your skin, or even it may break. Try to find out what material the splinter is. In case the splinter is not easily ...


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