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What is the best way to light a hard-to-reach candle wick without burning your finger?

Pasta burns alright, so you can use some non-cooked spaghetti noodles to reach those hard to reach candles.
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What is the best way to light a hard-to-reach candle wick without burning your finger?

Tear off a strip of paper: Twist it tightly: Light it: Light the candle: Scream frantically as the flame reaches your fingers lick the thumb and forefinger of your other hand and use them to pinch ...
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How to start fire with wet fire wood after it has been raining or snowing

Water usually only penetrates the outer layers of dead wood, so your best bet is to use a knife or hatchet to strip away the damp outer layer. Gather some kindling, dead wood that is about as wide as ...
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What is the best way to light a hard-to-reach candle wick without burning your finger?

You can use a bigger lighter some matches. some long matches.
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How can I light the very back of my fire?

Spaghetti is a cheap food, and is flammable before it is cooked. Source It can be used to reach the back of the fire quite well.
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How to light a candle without a lighter or a match

I did a Google search for "battery paperclip fire" finding many entries one of which is >> here Take an AA, AAA, C, or D size battery. With a knife cut the circumference of the battery at the ...
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Hacked Chanukah Menorahs

When I was in Yeshiva, I saw someone use empty beer bottles, in which your standard order white Shabbos candles just so happen to be an exact fit. Sorry, I didn't take a picture. If you don't have 8 ...
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Hacked Chanukah Menorahs

I always remember to bring my own menorah ;-) ....but here are some things I've seen done. You can use Styrofoam cups, a favorite of my friends': Another option would be to use a Styrofoam plate, ...
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How can I light the very back of my fire?

I'm assuming you're building your fires in the more "traditional" way, something like this: This method has a few drawbacks... I'm guessing that you're looking to light your fire from the front and ...
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How to start fire with wet fire wood after it has been raining or snowing

Doritos Use Doritos (or other chips) as a fire starter. It turns out that the chemicals, powdered flavors, and oil in the chips make the perfect combination for combustion and snack. If you change ...
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What is the best way to light a hard-to-reach candle wick without burning your finger?

Try turning your candle upside down, so the flame from the lighter goes straight up to the wick.
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What is the best way to clean up the spider webs?

I use the vacuum cleaner, with the long tube but without a brush. When most of the spiderweb has been removed you can use the duster or the item in your picture to remove the leftover bits, keep your ...
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What is the best way to light a hard-to-reach candle wick without burning your finger?

Using duck tape, tape a match to a chopstick. Light the match, and then light whatever you need to light.
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How to light a candle without a lighter or a match

When I don't have a lighter or matches to light up a cigarette, I usually use the heating part of a toaster. Not sure if you can reach it with a candle...
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Safety pin of fire extinguisher broke, how to make it active in terms of need?

If you're in the middle of a fire, you shouldn't be posting on Lifehacks SE, you should be evacuating the building. (joke) The general rule is, only fight a fire if it's either quite small, or you ...
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How to light a candle without a lighter or a match

You can use a dry spaghetti noodle placed on hot oven (some people also suggest Doritos), when it start burning try to light a candle. You can also use a hot charcloth (See: lighting candles with ...
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How can I light the very back of my fire?

Assuming you're lighting something like paper or another easily burned material under the wood, you can try lighting rolled up newspaper or some similar material. Use one or two pages at a time, ...
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How to light a match?

Preparation is key. Don't go into the woods unprepared. Matches are not the only answer, but if you can't build a fire without them, then look for "strike anywhere" matches. They still make them, ...
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How to start fire with wet fire wood after it has been raining or snowing

Whenever you are hiking collect the bark of fallen birch trees (Please leave the living trees alone!). It's white, looks like paper and burns really well. I had a bag of it in my backpack when I was a ...
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What is the best way to re-dry already seasoned firewood

The moisture from your car is probably too little and it can't affect the wood. You have to check if the roof is leaking water or the floor is wet. If the floor is wet then water may be coming from ...
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What is the best way to light a hard-to-reach candle wick without burning your finger?

Using a standard disposable lighter like the one pictured in your question. Use your index finger to strike it, you can hold the lighter with your thumb and middle finger at the base, while holding ...
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What is the best way to light a hard-to-reach candle wick without burning your finger?

Using a grill lighter (long neck) or fireplace matches will give you the required distance.
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How to start fire with wet fire wood after it has been raining or snowing

Fire from wet log This was actually one of the summer camp challenges in outdoor organisation I was at kid. It was called fire from a wet log. You were supposed to start a fire using only: knife axe ...
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What is the best way to clean up the spider webs?

I did it today. I had to clean lots of spider's web. The best thing is to use a piece of wood and just hover it, the web sticks to the wood. You don't need to clean the wood just keep doing it in ...
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How can I prevent the flame of a matchstick going out as I light a barbecue?

It's actually pretty simple, if the wind is blowing out your match, all you gotta do is block the wind with your own body. After the match is successfully lit, cover it from the wind with your free ...
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How can I prevent the flame of a matchstick going out as I light a barbecue?

The old smokers' trick used to be to keep the matchbox half open & dip the struck match slightly into the hollow end [the end away from where the open visible matches are] just as the initial ...
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How do I make a very strong magnifying glass?

It sounds like what you want is something to concentrate light, not necessarily magnify anything. For the former, you can simply use multiple mirrors. You can use normal flat mirrors (for example, by ...
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How to light a match?

I am a long time camper and backpacker and have always kept my matches in a small plastic water proof container. Right now they are in an old prescription bottle. If/when the striker strip wears out ...
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How to light a match?

Strike-anywhere matches exist and solve this problem. Be aware that they are not legal for passenger or cargo planes in most of the world. They're basically the original matches. The ones that ...
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How to light a candle without a lighter or a match

If you have an electric stove, set it on high, wait for it to glow red, touch a Q-tip to it, wait for it to ignite, use to light your candle.

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