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How to break a 2x1 meter glass in a safe and handy way?

If you are not in a hurry you could try selling the glass to someone in one piece. Put it on craigslist or facebook or whatever local buy/sell service is popular where you live. Who knows, maybe ...
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How can I improvise a magnifying glass?

If you have a smooth, cylindrical drinking glass made of clear glass, you could fill it with water and allow the convex shape of the glass to magnify the object behind it. Alternately, if you have a ...
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How can I improvise a magnifying glass?

If the reason you are having trouble reading the small type is because you are farsighted/nearsighted, or because it is dark (causing your pupils to dilate and your vision to get fuzzier) you may find ...
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How to clean out a peanut butter jar for recycling?

I have found that using hot, hot water from the faucet helps to soften the peanut butter and loosen it from the jar's edges and surface. Often times I will fill it with hot water and let it soak for ...
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What is the best way of cleaning the glass on a wood burning stove?

Take some newspaper (or any paper that retains its form well when confronted with moisture and pressure) and crumble it into a ball. Dip the newspaper ball into water. (I hear that the effect is ...
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What is the quickest way to defog car windows?

The fog comes from water condensing on the windshield or windows. The problem is that the air inside the car is warmer and/or wetter than outside. (e.g., https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing....
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How to clean out a peanut butter jar for recycling?

Have a dog?1 Give it to him/her. The dog will love the treat, since it provides a bit of a puzzle. Most of the larger breeds have very long tongues, capable of reaching inside of the jar. And.. of ...
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What is the best way to get rid of steam on a mirror?

The fog is because the mirror surface temperature is below the dew point of the air in the room. That leads to two obvious approaches: Increase the mirror surface temperature, that is, get a heated ...
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What is the quickest way to defog car windows?

Since the fog comes from moisture inside the car a simple solution is to dehumidify the car by filling an old sock with kitty litter and placing it inside the car in an inconspicuous place like under ...
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How to clean out a peanut butter jar for recycling?

To help you get the remainings more easily out of the glass, there are silicone scrapers available in different shapes and sizes. They work quite well. Actually it works a lot better than you could do ...
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Best method of getting a wine label off a wine bottle?

According to Popular Mechanics the most effective method was using baking soda and water: Baking Soda and Water Directions: Three bottles, 16 tablespoons of baking soda and 32 cups of water, ...
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How can I defog a bathroom mirror?

I once discovered, that a hair dryer entirely removes that fog. Simply point the hair dryer at your mirror and blow hot air out. I usually only defog the top middle of the mirror, so I can make sure ...
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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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How can I remove streaks on my windshield from the wipers?

There are several possibilities that can lead to streaks from the wipers: Worn out wipers: replace them Dirt particles or leaves: clean the wipers Wax polish on the screen: clean the screen with an ...
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How can you get algae out of of a glass bottle?

Use sand. If you are close to some source of sand, you could put some into the bottle and swirl it around to "scrub" the bottom of the bottle with some hot soapy water. Sand is fine in size, abrasive,...
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Efficient cheap way to make a door top which is glass material blurr for outsiders which prevents peeping

It is very usefull (and cheap btw) where nothing can be see through it by eyes, but sun (or light from another room) can pass it. So we talking about privacy window films. You can find it (in my ...
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How do I separate 2 drinking glasses that are stuck?

Method 1: Modification on what you have tried. Instead of pouring ice water, Use ice cubes or crushed ice on the top glass. Make sure entire glass is filled up. Also use candle or cigarette lighter ...
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What is the best way to get rid of steam on a mirror?

Here are some methods I use: Shaving Cream Before you shower, wipe some shaving cream onto your bathroom mirror. It will keep it from fogging up so you don’t have to wait to get to work with ...
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What is the best way to get rid of steam on a mirror?

If you have one available you can use a blow-dryer. It's a clever, simple solution to a common problem. Pretty neat!
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Is there an effective way to clean up shattered glass from a floor?

Broken glass pieces are sometimes scattered to an invisible size. It is important to clean these scattered and splashed broken glass in the best way possible. Otherwise, another accident or injury may ...
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How can I clean a vase that I can't reach inside?

There is a tool I use for these cases: You can fit it into almost any vase, even if the neck curves. Letting the vase sit with hot soapy water in it for a while can help too.
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How to clean out a peanut butter jar for recycling?

Put a few tablespoons of flaxseed meal into the glass and rub against the wall with a wooden spoon. The flaxseed will pick up the peanut butter cleanly. Eat the mixture with yoghurt.
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If I break a window, how can I keep out cold air while I buy another?

2 mil or thicker plastic works great. Just stick it up with duct tape and forget about it. If the wind is strong, you can use furring strips and staples to tack down the edges. If the wind isn't too ...
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How do I remove a car window sticker?

For starters try using your hair blower to add heat to the sticker, and see if that doesn't help pulling it off. Next step would be to use a scraper of some sort, i.e. oven scraper or paint scraper, ...
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If I break a window, how can I keep out cold air while I buy another?

Duct-tape My personal favourite for a lot of 'let's fix this quick-and-dirty' situations. No cutting involved, again available at most hardware stores. It's quite strong and will hold a lot of wind. ...
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How can I safely sanitise my smartphone's display?

If the screen itself is not greasy or visibly soiled then you should just wipe it down with a microfiber cloth. If the cloth is clean the screen will be clean. Clean the cloth though sometimes, I ...
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How to differentiate glass from plastic?

Glass will be colder than plastic when you touch it. In addition, glass will warm up more slowly from the heat of your hand, whereas plastic will reach the same temperature as your hand within a few ...
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How to remove sticker from car windshield without tearing it

If it is a plastic sticker, try to heat up the window from the other side of the sticker so it becomes somewhat loose, then you can gently peel it off and it should come right off. However, if it is ...
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What is the best way to get rid of steam on a mirror?

Keep it clean. Use a glass cleaner such as Windex regularly. Use a blow dryer to blow warm, dry air on the window.
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What is the best method of cleaning up broken glass?

First, put shoes on. And turn on all the lights. You'll want lots of light. Pick up anything that might get in your way and move it to some other location: chairs, books, dogs, etc. Then, pick up the ...
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