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Hacks specific to the home, as opposed to a public place or place of work.

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how to remove adhesive residue from ventilator cover without damage

I used the filter put on ventilator cover(like sticker), but it wasn't peeled off completely. It also tainted by dust so looks dirty. The ventilator cover is made by plastic. How can I remove it with ...
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Prevent Riding-Mower deck v-belt from slipping in tall or wet grass

My Yardman MTD riding mower has a deck with a belt that's engaged only when I want to start cutting grass. The deck belt loops around a number of pulleys, and sometimes slips when I go too quickly in ...
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Could I remove the back-light from an LCD screen and let sunlight illuminate it from behind?

I like to use my laptop outdoors, but it's often so bright outside that I can barely see my screen - even with the brightness turned all the way up. I've often wondered: What if opened a LCD screen ...
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How can I conceal windows without any adhesive or replacing the vertical blinds?

Please see the pictures below. To reduce the light levels to aid in sleeping, how can I block sunlight and the midnight sun for the duration of the midnight sun e.g. 6 months? How can I blacken a bed-...
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How to cool the top floor of a 3 storey house?

I live in a house with 3 storeys. There are two bedrooms (including my bedroom) on the top storey i.e. 2nd floor, and 2 on the bottom storey i.e. ground floor. The living room and kitchens are on the ...
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How do I get rid of the cold cigarette smell in a room?

I recently moved into a new apartment, during the visits everything was airy so I couldn't detect this problem, but after moving in, I quickly realized that the old tenants were smoking inside, ...
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Alternative way to have clear non wrinkle protection layer covering for these electronic devices?

So I’ve tried kitchen cling film and it’s neither easy to apply and keep clear and non wrinkly, nor feels thick/ strong protection enough to prevent scratches & impact damage. It’s also a mess ...
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How to make people stop hanging their clothes on stairs

Recently I slipped when a jacket was hung over the start of the railing of stair and it gave me a bad back pain but home people are not listening or not to hang it there as it is the first thing they ...
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Desk(s) configuration problem

I'm moving to a new house and getting new office furniture. I am a computer programmer and audio engineer. This means that I need multiple computers, large speakers, and 2-4 screens on my desk(s). I ...
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How to keep toddler from lifting the hvac grate on the floor?

We have an 18 month old who spends a lot of his time hanging around the living room area with toys and such. Gated off with baby gates to prevent him from going down the hallway or into the kitchen. ...
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Sound insulation over laminate flooring?

We recently moved in a new property it's a two bedroom flat with laminate flooring in the entrance hall and in the lounge. I bought a rug but downfloor neighbors complain when our children play, run ...
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Mosquito net smell

Yesterday,I covered the windows of my room with a mosquito net which I purchased recently (Taped it along the windows). This managed to keep the mosquitoes away but however, the smell due to the nylon ...
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Better location for deep freeze: garage or inside the house?

Now with health care leaders advising that we minimize how often we leave the house for shopping and such, a deep freezer chest to store a month (or more)'s worth of perishables has become a pretty ...
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To pour liquid medicine into a Teaspoon/ Tablespoon (for exact measure) from a dark glass/ plastic bottle without wastage, spillage or dripping?

To pour liquid medicine into a Teaspoon/ Tablespoon (for exact measure) from a dark glass/ plastic bottle without wastage, spillage or dripping? Found these similar ones, but they are bigger ...
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Cheap way to make screens for doors/windows?

I live in New Zealand and buying pre-made screens for windows and doors are expensive. Looking for a cheaper alternative way to make them myself to help my pest control.
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How do I live with noisy neighbors?

The situation I live in a small appartment in a densely populated building (6 floors, 24 apartments per floor). I have no furniture. I work on the floor. I sleep on the floor. My downstairs neighbors ...
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Does keeping a pen in the wrong orientation gradually decrease the quality of ink?

Ball point pens Unused I like to buy pens from one certain brand (Montex Megatop; cheap good quality pen). I often buy 3-6 in advance and store them in the almirah. But I have noticed that for some ...
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How to reduce intensity of air flow from my window AC unit

How to reduce intensity of air flow from my window AC unit in Asia during a curfew / in condo lockdown? I emphasize again: Currently in Asia (so do not think US style) Currently in Curfew/ ...
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Make a home massage bed alternative without drilling a hole in the bed?

For a professional massage, a massage bed with a hole for facing down and breathing is used. Is there any way to make one for our bed without drilling a face hole? For example, I tried to use an ...
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How to disable our outdoor motion light?

I live in a house with a roommate and one door that leads in and out of the house. My roommate recently installed a motion activated led flood light near the door so they could see outside at night ...
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Is there a technique to check if the people downstairs can hear us running on a treadmill without asking them?

So, I have a treadmill placed on a floor mat. The floor vibrates due to the force of running and my sofa vibrates due to this. Not just treadmill, if I do cardio exercises on a rubber mat, the floor ...
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Toilet blocked and need to unblock

my toilet is kind of blocked. If I try to flush it normally, the water doesn’t go through, it kind of fills the bowl and then slowly drained. But if I just poor a bucket of water into it, then the ...
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How To Restore a Whiteboard Coated Surface?

I have a whiteboard wall and it's now looking dull. Is there a way to restore to its original condition?
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How to avoid bad taste in mouth while inflating balloons?

I inflated balloons recently for my child's birthday. After five balloons or so, I had bad taste in my mouth. Drinking water helped a bit, but the bad taste stayed for few hours. Any way to avoid it,...
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How to keep money out of sight at home?

I want to keep a few dollars each month out of sight from family members, but I don't want to use a wallet or piggy bank. So what would be better way to do this?
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Any ideas on how to fix this broken kettle?

Found this kettle morphy richards 108399 broken. On the image below, and as any kettle, there is a button to open the top lid. The mechanism is a small stick, shown in picture 2 that pushes the zone ...
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How to eliminate humidity / bad smell on an apartment?

My current apartment has a Central Air System, which means the same ducts are used for cold and warm air. I have noticed the weird humidity smell that comes out of the ducts and fill the apartment ...
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Make a door move gradually?

I saw a gadget somewhere before, but can't find it anymore. One end should be attached to the wall and the other to the door (of a cupboard). It prevents door from moving freely in both directions, it ...
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Wedding ring lost in bedroom [duplicate]

Can you find my ring that I dropped in my bedroom? I heard it hit the floor but I cannot find it anywhere. I have gotten on my hands and knees using a flashlight but have yet to find it.please help me
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Best way to stop USPS from delivering past tenants' mail?

I recently started renting and moved into a suburban house in the US where almost every day I receive other people's mail. It is addressed to one of six different past tenents for my address. For the ...
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How can I lower my washing machine sound?

My washing machine got more and more lounder and shaking after I have been used 6 months . So I like to lower machine sound and less shaking so what I need to put around the machine ?
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Is there a way to avoid dust inside the house and thus the need of cleaning so often?

I profoundly dislike dusting, but getting rid of dust is a necessity. It seems to me -- although it might be just an impression rather than a fact -- that lately way more dust gets on all surfaces ...
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How to microwave flour tortilla without making it wet

I sometimes make homemade burritos, with a mix of fillings wrapped in a flour tortilla, and I reheat the leftovers in my microwave for later meals. By the time the fillings are near the temperature I ...
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DIY sound insulation material for high frequencies

Some component in my computer emits an annoying high pitched sound, like a constant screetching. I'd really like to dampen the sound while providing enough air flow for the computer. The computer is ...
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How to level a picture frame hung on a single nail?

I spent an hour perfectly measuring the position of 3 nails to hang 3 identical picture frames on my wall. Everything went fine and I'm certain that from a mathematical point of view the nails are ...
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How to prevent vehicle engine oil from staining dark asphalt?

I want to park a vehicle that has a little oil leak on an area paved with dark asphalt. For reasons outside of my control, the asphalt is not allowed to show any oil stains, and I cannot put a rubber ...
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How do I keep the kiddie-pool from getting scummy and gross?

We have a kiddie pool in the backyard that the kids enjoy playing in during the summer. My family tends to forget to drain the pool, so water may stay in it a few days... or a week... too long. Is ...
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How to know what material shower floor is made of and what cleaning products to use on it?

I have a shower in a new house, and the floor of it is dirty. If I google "how to clean shower floor" the answers I get largely depend on the type of floor. I have no idea what the floor is made of (...
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TV cords showing

Does any one of you geniuses out there have a good life hack on hiding TV cords from a TV that is mounted on the wall? Preferably a decorative hack. I want them completely hidden.
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Double-sided tape residue on painted wall, how did I remove it?

I've tried everything warm water and soap , hairdryer and knife .. etc ... I need something effective . Can someone help ?
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How do I get rid of a flying insect, specifically cockroaches?

The cockroaches entering my house seem to be flying more often than not. How do I get rid of them?
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Demagnetize a tool

I am trying to demagnetize this vise grips. They became magnetized because of repeated times that small magnets on my work bench stuck to the vise grips. I tried the method where you hit it with a ...
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Get rid of drain flies (sink flies, filter flies, sewage flies)

Since I moved into my house I started noticing drain flies coming into my bathroom and kitchen. Sometimes there are a lot of them, I once counted more than fifty. In my bathroom there is a septic put ...
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How to clean outside of windows and doors

It has been a long time since I shifted to our new house and I noticed that a lot of dirt and webs has converted our main door and windows. I am looking to clean them up but I don't think a microfibre ...
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How can I tell if there was a power cut while I was out?

I have a battery recharger that shows no indication when the batteries are fully charged. I'm supposed to assume they are fully charged after 8 hours. If I leave the batteries to charge while I'm out ...
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Need sensor to sound remote alarm when dog crosses a line

We have a dog (rescued from a puppy mill) that goes to the back door when she needs to go out, but she doesn't make any noise. After a couple of minutes, she does her business right by the back door. :...
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System to adjust ropes to different lengths

I could sure use help with something to adjust the 2 ropes to different lengths. Both ropes are adjusted to about the same length, so the small platform that the ropes go to, is level. The platform ...
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How to get rid of paint smell

We are painting the whole house one room at a time, but as I suffer from asthma, I avoid the smell as much as possible but right now the whole house smell of paint, although I have opened windows. ...
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How do I make a lid for this bin?

There's a popular chain of home furniture store, which shall go unnamed, from which I've gotten a couple of bins which look like this: Unfortunately for me, that store doesn't sell lids for these ...
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How to make slippery rug stay in place

We have a rug at the entrance of our home. It is too much slippery, and despite putting a heavy shoe rack over it, it stills slips and it become a mess, all jumbled up. I don't understand why. we do ...

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