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What do I do with a desk whose varnish has worn away, and doesn't allow my mouse to work smoothly?

A mousepad may be an option :) Alternatively, in one case, I just took a single sheet of 8x12" white paper, and taped it to the desk... It worked perfectly. Every few months or so (depending on ...
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What do I do with a desk whose varnish has worn away, and doesn't allow my mouse to work smoothly?

If you don't mind your desk being covered, and you want to keep the large useful mouse area (so that a mouse pad is not enough), a large desk mat sounds like an option. These are essentially ultra-...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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Desk(s) configuration problem

I really think that in your case, several independent desks are a better option. You will surely not do audio editing while becoming the next Shakespeare writing stuff on paper. What I would do (and ...
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Tablet for treadmill

Consider velcro tape. Stick the soft side on your tablet/laptop and the 'catchy' side on a part of the treadmill. I have done for my phone on my car dash and it works like a charm. You will have to ...
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Hack to make a chair harder to recline

Your chair seems to be a variation of a Torsion chair, perhaps Torsion R. If the back is loose it is probably broken and in need of repair. I would not try to hack a repair for this: if you put too ...
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How to remove really old masking tape?

I had masking tape residue on my glass window that was 2 years old. Goo gone and baby oil did work. NAIL POLISH REMOVER removed the dried adhesive in an instant!
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How to remove really old masking tape?

I stupidly used masking tape to stick SD cards to my desktop so I wouldn't misplaced them. Only meant to leave it for a day or two, but a month later when I was ready to use them there was tape ...
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Cheap Method to Extract Oil

Normally, oils are extracted from vegetable material using various combinations of temperature and pressure during a distillation process. Oily materials can be squeezed directly. A Walnut can be ...
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How to remove the wheels from casters on a chair, to remove hair?

You can pop the wheels from their axles with a large flat-headed screwdriver, they're just push-fit. Speed is the trick - they're somewhat resistant to a continued hard force, but if you 'surprise' ...
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How to add a Headrest to this chair?

So I agree with the comment that getting the right chair through your company may be the best and easiest option. But not every company supports that and we are all about hacks here anyways :-) ...
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Sitting pillows of a couch keeps moving from place

The existing surface of the couch (under the cushions) looks smooth and possibly it interacts with the existing surface of the bottom of the cushion. Acting one against the other might cause the ...
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Preventing Bed Resonance

The easiest and cheapest would be to put some carpet squares under the bed posts (on the floor) - you could even double or triple them up - cut them into squares then glue them together to make them ...
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Make a door move gradually?

There is a device referred to as a "door swing damper" which resists the ability of a door to swing freely. It does not close the door nor does it only hold the door in an open position. It works for ...
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Suggestions on keeping a computer chair from moving or being climbed on?

Assuming that plywood covers the back of two long sides, but none covers the two short ends: Position the desk so that one of the short ends touches a wall. When you finish working at the desk, pull ...
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How can I stow my webcam behind my monitor?

As an owner of a 3D printer, my first thought is to print a caddy, but that sort of solution isn't for everyone. On the other hand, if you have a conveniently shaped container that you can fasten to ...
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How can I stow my webcam behind my monitor?

Maybe put (stick) a small cardboard tray on top of the monitor support. When you don't want the camera on top, lift it off the monitor and put it on the tray. (Find or make the tray by cutting-down ...
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How to protect floor carpet while using office chair?

A certain Scandinavian home goods store sells 100x120cm rigid plastic (PET) floor protectors for €25, which work very well and should be within budget if they're in your area or deliver there, but any ...
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What do I do with a desk whose varnish has worn away, and doesn't allow my mouse to work smoothly?

There are also self-adhesive plastic sheets (shelf liners) that can be trimmed to size for applying directly to the desk surface. The differences of this over existing mouse pads may be a shorter-life;...
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What do I do with a desk whose varnish has worn away, and doesn't allow my mouse to work smoothly?

In a pinch, try repurposing a manila folder as a mousepad. The mouse may or may not slide better than the sheet of paper you're trying, but the manila should last longer wear-wise.
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