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How do I remove hairs from a caster wheel on a roller chair?

Turn the chair upside down on a desk or on the floor. Use small scrub or tooth brush or mascara brush/wand, and clean the caster with soap water or alcohol. This will remove dusts and keep only hairs ...
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How to remove really old masking tape?

Provided the finish is smooth, I've found a razor blade to work nicely. I've had success cleaning varnished, glass, lacquered, melamine, and epoxy finishes.
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How to remove really old masking tape?

I have had good success with baby oil (just regular Johnson's baby oil). Layer on a goodly amount with a cotton ball. Then wait 30-60 minutes for the oil to soften the glue. Once it is soft try wiping ...
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How to remove really old masking tape?

I tried everthing mentioned and it stayed stuck. Then had a brainstorm; steam it off. So got out steam iron and a wet cloth and steamed it. It was off in minutes. Eureka! I think the heat softened ...
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How to remove really old masking tape?

Perhaps something "low tech" would work: try saturating the spots with a drop or two of olive oil and letting it sit for a few minutes before scraping with your fingernail.
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Rising to the Challenge - Mattress on top of Roof

The flexibility of the piece is the difficulty to overcome. The air blast will make keeping the shape of the mattress difficult so it will let airflow distort it. It will be tough to fasten it ...
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How to remove really old masking tape?

It would depend on what type of finish is on the furniture. If it is an enamel, some kind of solid material laminate or polyurethane finish, then you're most likely golden! You can just use a product ...
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Get wax off of wooden table

Use an ice cube to completely harden the wax. Then scrape it off with something plastic. (Old credit card, used gift card, plastic putty knife, etc.) Source
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How to get rid of carpet indents

You have to wash the carpet. It will soak with water and will return its shape. You can do it in the bathroom with shower or outside with the appliance used for cleaning cars with water under ...
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How to get rid of carpet indents

Vacuum over themThe simplest and easiest option, but not always effective if the marks are deep. Vacuum over them with a crevice toolThe same suction over a very small space is more likely to pull the ...
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How can I keep an office chair cool enough to avoid causing perspiration?

You can see if you can get a seat mat made from bamboo, like this one They work well for keeping your body cool.
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How to get rid of carpet indents

Moisture is quite efficient in removing carpet indents, and this is also a main effect of taking our carpet away to a carpet cleaning service or washing it. Of course this can not be done on a ...
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Tighten loose upholstery button

First, cut the button off the string, making sure the string stays in position as it is now. Next, have a 2nd person compress the cushion as far as practicable and hold it in this position. Re-tie ...
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Bed frame not stable

Place the bed firmly against the wall and place anything heavy like a a set of drawers to the foot end of the bed. If you are able to buy a cheap hammer and some nails, get some very long ones and ...
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How to compensate for sinking / uneven floor in office

When I was renting my old house I wanted to use one of the guest bedrooms as an office. I didn't want to use one of those plastic mats for my office chair and the floor was a bit unlevel at the wall ...
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How to get rid of new mattress smell?

Coming from a place on earth where we can't leave stuff outside all the day due to the weather conditions, I would leave the mattress standing on the long side edge in a ventilated room. This would ...
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Comfortable arm rest

If you need to make the armrest higher, get a pool noodle. Cut to the right length and with a slit, you can slip it on the armrest. Alternatively, there’s pipe insulating foam available at your local ...
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How to remove really old masking tape?

One of my favourite methods removing glue residue from tapes is using another tape. It involves no solvents and thus cannot harm varnish. I use to take some piece of tape, place it over the glue ...
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How to work around European size hardware measurements

Saying European measurements is not a proper terminology and that is the reason you had a confused clerk at the hardware store. There are two standard measurements in the world, metric and imperial. ...
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How do I remove hairs from a caster wheel on a roller chair?

If you don't mind the smell, use one of those: Although being plastic, the material of the rolls is quite thick, and thus doesn't heat up so quickly (Just like the "trick" where you can hold your ...
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What can I use to hang my headphones off my desk?

Are you against putting holes in the edge of your desk? Two finishing/trim nails could work. Hammer them in close together (horizontally spaced) so the cable just fits between the nail heads. Most (...
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How to cover up scratches on wood

There are several options for fixing scratches on wood Small Scratches Use a walnut - break open a walnut, so its meat is exposed. Gently rub the walnut back and forth across the scratch. The oil ...
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Rising to the Challenge - Mattress on top of Roof

Having done exactly this (moved a mattress on a car roof, though not for anything like the distance you intend), I can tell you you'd be ahead to discard the mattress and buy a new one when you arrive....
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Suggestions on keeping a computer chair from moving or being climbed on?

If you can place something around the desk (top, behind, underneath and front to connect on the top again) you can then 'lock' the chair underneath the desk to that item. I would go for a rope and a ...
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Get wax off of wooden table

Another way would be to heat it. It could be done with, for example, fan (wikihow, thriftyfun, yahoo). Then wipe the wax with something not really valuable, e.g. paper towels. Instead of fan wikihow ...
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How to work around European size hardware measurements

If you're trying to get an imperial bolt to screw in to metric nut, that's likely pretty hopeless. Beyond the obvious length and diameter issue you will likely encounter differences in the thread ...
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How do I prevent furniture from leaving dents in the carpet?

Furniture coasters work well. You can also make a furniture coaster from scrap carpet by cutting them into squares (or whatever shape makes you happy). Place the coaster between the leg/foot of the ...
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How to keep chairs from moving across the floor?

Buy duct tape that is the same color as the chair legs, and cut a small piece to put over each "foot" of each chair. This ought to increase friction with the floor and keep the chairs from sliding so ...
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How to keep chairs from moving across the floor?

Cut up a heavy bicycle inner tube glue it. Shave the fuzz off a tennis ball and slit it. Slit a racquetball might work Google rubber boot for chair rectangular
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Preventing Bed Resonance

If you are directly above a crawlspace, you can add some support for the beam (bearer) supporting the floor joists under you. In the illustration, the centre beam would be the problem spot to check. ...
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