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Where to put used-but-usable clothes (a.k.a. alternative to "The Chair")?

I use an IVAR side panel from IKEA (any similar thing, for example a small ladder, or screwing together a few wooden bars yourself will do as well). Lean it agains a wall at a slight angle and throw ...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

Very few if any closets open inward -- which means the hinges will have their pins on the accessible side. Just drive the pins out of the hinges, and the entire door can be pulled out of the frame (...
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Where to put used-but-usable clothes (a.k.a. alternative to "The Chair")?

I always install a hanging rod or hook in the laundry area for just this occasion. They're great for hanging those damp towels you'd use again if the occasion arises, or that out-and-about shirt you ...
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How can I tell if there was a power cut while I was out?

Set the time on an electric clock that uses household current Most households today have a microwave. This has a clock you can set. On nearly all of these the clock rolls back to 12:00 and flashes ...
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Where to put used-but-usable clothes (a.k.a. alternative to "The Chair")?

You can use clothes hanging wall mount inside your wardrobe door. I do the same thing with my two wardrobe. You can use both the doors according to your need. You can buy this kind of wall mount ...
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Where to put used-but-usable clothes (a.k.a. alternative to "The Chair")?

I use a clothes tree in the corner of my bedroom. It might also be called a coat tree or coat rack. I guess that it is still as ugly as "the chair", but it takes up less room.
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How to level a picture frame hung on a single nail?

The hook marked in green has a ribbed top edge. Adjust the position of the picture so the nail is located at one of the indentations, so it hangs level. If it droops one way on a particular groove, ...
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How can I tell if there was a power cut while I was out?

Get a mechanical mains timer - they are very cheap and set it for your 8 hr cycle. It only progresses while there is power, so set it to the beginning of the cycle, plug it in and forget about it. ...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

Vintage locks employed two concepts, sometimes individually and sometimes together. A warded lock has structures within the lock, called warding, which are designed to fit in notches carved into the ...
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How can I tell if there was a power cut while I was out?

Visit antique shops and second hand stores to find an old style electromechanical clock -- the kind with a motor and gears. Put this near the battery charger, plugged into the same outlet. When you ...
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Stained fridge from dry-erase markers

Isopropyl Alcohol If the typical 70% rubbing alcohol isn't removing everything, try the higher concentrations (90%+ solution). The 70% solution works, but not quite as well as the higher ...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

I should suggest trying a bobbypin or a smaller flathead screwdriver if you'd like to save it. From my experience, these types of locks are very easily opened, even with almost no skill in ...
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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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Where to put used-but-usable clothes (a.k.a. alternative to "The Chair")?

I put worn-once-but-not-dirty back in the wardrobe but change the direction of the hanger hooks so that they can be immediately identified as "half-way." Facing forward vs. facing backward. In ...
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How can I work around high doorway thresholds to get a robot vacuum to get access to more rooms?

Two methods: By placing a ramp (which reaches the height of the doorway threshold) By placing a doormat (of height 2 cm or less which falls in the range of Xiaomi robot vacuum) Method 1 - Ramp ...
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Demagnetize a tool

There are a few ways to destroy a magnet. By impact Rough handling (dropping, hitting, etc.) a magnetized item can weaken it as well as creating one from iron bearing metal. That's how tools become ...
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Where to put used-but-usable clothes (a.k.a. alternative to "The Chair")?

Door hooks I use door hooks. They are similar to the wall mounted ones, but require no drilling and can hold more weight than the sticky version. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes ranging ...
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How to sleep in a hot room?

I also faced similar problem when I was in Rajasthan last year. You can use following tips to make your life a bit easier: Do whatever you can to prevent excessive heat build-up in your room. During ...
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Best way to know if someone opens my notebook

Apart from keeping the diary in a locked drawer, here are some steps you can take. Put the diary in a drawer, close the drawer and then pull it back open just a few millimetres. You can tell if ...
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How to destroy personal information on courier package containers?

What I use in these situations is a Sharpie Magnum. In my experience, these are fairly good at blacking out information on package labels. But you have to keep in mind that most of this information ...
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How to deal with kids playing outside my house?

An increasingly common trick in Britain to deter youngsters from an area is to play them classical music. This sort of music is seen as highly uncool and they find somewhere else to hang out. This ...
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Cheapest way to enhance soundproofing for an apartment door?

You've already done what you can by blocking gaps around the door. Next, You can try hanging mover's mats from strong portable over-the-door hooks Overlap the opening on either side of the door as ...
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How can I tell if there was a power cut while I was out?

While the other answers here give some good suggestions for answering your literal question, I caution you that they likely won't solve your underlying problem. Knowing the power went out isn't ...
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How to level a picture frame hung on a single nail?

Use adhesive rubber "feet" on the bottom corners of the frame. These come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. They will not mark the wall, and are removable from the frame later. The rubber feet ...
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How to avoid bad taste in mouth while inflating balloons?

Any short section of tube (a drinking straw, section of pipe, ball point pen with the ink cartridge removed etc) can be used to inflate a balloon without coming into contact with the rubber. Insert ...
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Prevent rubber bands from ageing?

Rubber-band get sticky because they oxidize. A similar question was asked on physics: Is there any way to increase a rubber-bands lifetime? It has a very good answer, but to summarize it: "Keep them ...
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Washing face towels

If you are acne-prone, you should change washcloths and towels very frequently, possibly every day, not just when you feel they are getting "dirty". My personal "hack" for a similar situation1 was ...
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Tips to find misplaced keys somewhere in my house

Someone I know would advise you to look in the fridge first. (And if you are a hot drink drinker, around the kettle or coffee machine.) Seriously, walk the way through the house as you would have ...
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How can I work around high doorway thresholds to get a robot vacuum to get access to more rooms?

I had the same problem. A low-pile, bathroom-style throw rug provided plenty of lift and traction to help the robo-vac cross over a threshold into another room. I tried project board (cardboard) and ...
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