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 someone else has opened the drawer and then closed it all the way.
Position the diary so it is 1 cm from the edges of the drawer. Then you know if someone took it ...
You could do that; but, it's much simpler to make a laptop sun shade from a cardboard box.
Open the flaps and put the box on its side. Put the laptop inside the box and the shadow will allow you to see the screen much more easily.
The upside to this hack is that you'll be able to use your laptop in normal circumstances too.
There might be even more ...
Disabling the light does not seem to be an option, but you can avoid the bright light going directly into your eyes by
shading your eyes with one hand as you approach the light
wearing a hat with a broad peak, like a baseball cap, to shade your eyes
putting on a pair of sunglasses as you approach the area
closing your eyes to a squint so that they admit ...
Assuming you have difficulties sleeping when the sun shines even at night, consider using a sleep mask instead of blocking all of those windows. I often sleep with a mask in summer and a well-fitted one stays in place all night long, so you can put it on in the evening and still be protected in the morning.
Unfortunately there are vast differences in quality ...
Removing floor tiles is not a long-term project. Depending on room size etc. they may be done already.
If they aren't:
ask them how long they need.
work from a friend's home (or the local library) for the duration.
Alternatively: offer to help out. Intermittent noise indicates they're swapping between drilling out the tiles and removing them. If you remove ...
Be aware that what you hear is the result of conduction. The walls, ceiling, and floor (and things sitting on the floor such as your table and chair you're sitting on) have become source conductors. Simply isolating (seismically) 'yourself' will reduce the noise level you experience—minutely, in your case.
First, try to get away from what you cannot change ...
My trick is to hold the nozzle under the running tap as you fill the sink to wash the dishes. This has the twin benefits if removing the crud, whilst stopping it from being wasted because it contributes to the detergent being used for your washing-up.
There is a bit of an art to it though, you obviously want to avoid excess water getting INTO the bottle, so ...
Obtain a paired bung-and-syringe:
Uncap the bottle
Insert the stepped bung into the bottle opening
Insert the syringe into the plastic bung
Invert the whole thing and hold the body of the syringe in one hand and the plunger of the syringe in the other (so it's like a lollipop, with the syringe being the stick)
If the bung is not a great fit, consider ...
I once had neighbours who left the protective plastic bags over the seats of their car, that it was delivered with. I presumed so that the seats stayed in nice condition. The problem was, their nice car seats were horrible to sit on and to look at, and IMO the logic was flawed.
Here, you want to cover your nice devices in film so they don't get scratched ...
I assume that the top floor is directly under the roof, probably with (double) tilted ceiling - following the shape of the roof.
If that is the case, then the best thing you can do is to invest in a very good thermal insulation of the roof. You will thank yourself for this both during the summer, and during the winter.
And if you want to do a proper job (and ...
Do not know where you are from, but in France, some are able to sell their excess electricity to the state and have the option of purchasing extra electricity from the state at a very reduced price in times when their system is down for whatever reason.
You may also wish to store some of your electricity in batteries designed for such storage.
BU-413a: How ...
Your pet is doing what works. You do the same thing. We all do.
Many would want to find as simple a solution as you have to help their pet find a workable 'door bell.' Your issue is that you need to find another to replace the one your pet discovered.
My father always gave us 'a choice' of possible solutions to a problem. One was the (undesirable) one we ...
I purchased washing up liquid in a pump bottle from some fancy manufacturer once, and I've retained the bottle which I now fill up with the regular soap.
I imagine any pump bottle will suffice; in these days of COVID you can probably find any amount of hand wash pump bottles you can refill and a couple of pumps will eject enough soap, plus help use a ...
The most simple answer is: If you can hear it, they can hear it as well.
If you can't hear it, there's no way to know besides asking them.
In a physical sense, sound is a vibration of air. It spreads in all directions from its point of origin. It can cause objects to vibrate as well (that's how microphones work) and can be spread further by objects that ...
When you release water into the toilet bowl by using the toilet flush handle, it is opens a drain using a link to a plunger inside the bottom of the toilet tank.
If the plunger does not open fully, there will not be enough water to flush the toilet.
You can verify this by watching as you twist the handle to flush the toilet. Let the tank fill. Flush. Watch ...
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 I am on the way of implementing it for my own needs):
understand which are the activities I have to do;
understand which resources (computers, monitors, paper, ...
There are a couple of ways to go to minimize the stale smoke odour.
Easy and Expensive odour elimination hack:
Rent an ozone generator and let the ozone work within the closed apartment for a while. This is the best non-destructive way. Here's more information Note the safety precautions necessary with ozone.
Hard and Inexpensive odour elimination hack:
If you're looking for something lifehacky for this and you're not too bothered about the end result aesthetic you could lifehack upgrade the blinds. I make this recommendation instead of suggesting window films, sleep masks etc because you didn't state this was just for sleeping, or that you want it dark all the time. By having the blinds better able to ...
Have you heard of static cling?
Some kinds of plastic film will stick to glass without adhesive using only static electricity. When you do not want the effect, you peel it off and roll it up for storage. Unroll it for reuse. Easy on, easy off.
You would be most interested in Light Block Window Film. There are all different kinds of window films—UV blocking ...
Depending on where you live, there might be e-bike or e-scooter rental services around. These companies put a number of devices out on the streets in big cities, but collecting all of them to recharge the batteries is too much effort. So they contract people and pay them to recharge their devices, usually paying the current end customer power prices.
At this moment, the cat out-smarts you. It is the time for you to take revenge :)
so she's forced to meow or learn a cat chime
That is your solution. Stop reacting in any way when the cat uses the abhorred trigger. Do not even raise your eyes. If your eyes are closed, do not open them. You become deaf to the wrong signals of the cat.
Install alternatives. ...
I haven't found a way to avoid it, but this is the easiest way to deal with it:
When the buildup becomes problematic (clogging the nozzle), unscrew the top and drop it in a mug filled with warm water. Leave for a few hours.
The soap mostly dissolves, any remaining crud is easily scrubbed off.
This happens 1-2 times over the life of a bottle.
I make my own burritos with home-made tortillas, and reheat them from room temperature, from the fridge, and from frozen. There are two keys:
wrap the burrito in a paper towel. This absorbs any stray moisture instead of your tortilla doing that
use less than 100% power. This gives the heat a chance to even out throughout the burrito.
I will occasionally ...
Slide a butter knife between the rubber gasket and the metal base, it will open just enough to release the pressure. The lid will easily come off after the hissing stops. Any thin object that can lift the gasket slightly will work.
This is not speculation, It worked for me just now and did not damage my mug or cap in any way.
Let's concentrate on the music first.
Humans hear sounds in 2 different ways:
The air vibration (sound wave) travels into the ear channel, causes the eardrum to vibrate as well, which is then translated to nerve impulses.
The sound wave causes tiny vibrations inside our own skull, which is transferred to the eardrum and then translated to nerve impulses.
Actually, when you keep the pen upside down for a long time, they dry or ink flow is irregular. The gravitational pull is a reason, you can even try this with 'markers'. Sometimes the ball pens also dry off if they are not used regularly.
My hack is to obtain a length of bamboo or similar and tape it to the curtain rod at one end, and to the shelf at the other end. Shown as the orange line in this picture.
Then hang some fabric from the pole, and direct the fan vent right at it. This should prevent the air from being blown to the other end of the room. As long as you don't completely block ...