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How do I redact information when my black marker isn't "wet" enough, and the information shows through my blackouts?

If you are able to make copies of the forms, create a digital copy instead. Then you can "black out" the information digitally with any photo editor or your favorite PDF software. Replace the target ...
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How do I redact information when my black marker isn't "wet" enough, and the information shows through my blackouts?

Make a regular copy, then cut out the redacted information on the copy before you send it.
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How do I redact information when my black marker isn't "wet" enough, and the information shows through my blackouts?

Put some opaque tape over the sensitive information before making your copy. You could try masking tape or electrician's tape. You might not want to use the auto paper feed on your copier because ...
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Revive gel pens that stop working?

You want both heat and humidity to get the ball rolling again. So, if just breathing on it hasn't worked, try holding the nib in steam from a boiling kettle for a few seconds. The warm water ...
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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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What is the best way to recondition a whiteboard?

I am a maintenance person at a facility that has 30+ whiteboards. I have done ALL of the suggestions I found online. The whiteboards we have here will stay clean and work fine for 3 days after ...
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How to remove charcoal droppings on an eraser?

You need to erase on a blank sheet of paper or a rougher surface to "sand" the dirty part of the eraser out. You can erase on your desk surface to get those dirty crumbles out. Your eraser is getting "...
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Prevent rubber bands from ageing?

Rubber bands become brittle with age due not so much to oxidation but rather to evaporation of volatiles in the rubber/plastic material they are made of. These volatile parts of their plastic/rubber ...
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What to do with left over calendars of previous years?

If you can keep them until 2026, the days will be aligned the same as they are in 2015. ie Jan 1st is a Thursday and 28 days in Feb. EDIT : More explanation. You can use a 2015 calendar as a 2026 ...
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Randomizing papers

Take a well shuffled deck of cards and paperclip a card to each one in turn. Then sort them into deck order A..K spades followed by A..K hearts, A..K diamonds, A..K clubs.
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How can I remove gel (?) Ink from a book?

If all your attempts at removal fail or you do indeed damage the paper in an attempt at doing so, I suggest what I would have probably done instead of writing directly into the book: Use a matching (...
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How can I use an eraser without smudging?

Big fan of pencils for both office & study as well as sketching & artwork. Different erasers are designed to work with your particular pencil and paper selection, so there are a few issues to ...
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How to create lock on notebook?

Get a small padlock. Drill out or punch a hole through the notebook edge that is a bit bigger than the padlock's shank (the curving part, also called the shackle). You then can lock it at will. If you ...
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How to COMPLETELY peel off a sticky price tag or label on a book or item without the gunky residue?

Use a hair dryer and pull perpendicular. It softens the glue so that it stays on the sticker instead of the book. Glue residue can be removed with white spirits. However, some glues are really hard ...
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How to remember not to leave my USB key at the seminar room?

First of all, I don't think there's anything you can do to prevent it - you can improve your chances to remember. And so - Some ideas: Use reminders to remind you to take it at the end of the class ...
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How to remember not to leave my USB key at the seminar room?

Try an old memory hack called a checklist. There's a reason that mission-critical personnel use check-lists. Everything necessary is included Join the club. You're in good company—pilots, organizers, ...
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Dry Erase Marker Issue: Mixed Colors

Drag the red marker over a paper towel while rotating it. Do it a few times over a day or two. The rough absorbent surface will help remove the black flakes of pigment.
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How to revive dried up pens

The idea is that the tip is clogged. And you want to allow it to flow again. -- You may try to dilate the tip (and slim the ink) with heat to allow the ink to flow. Other answers have already ...
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How to seal envelopes without licking

Use a cool mist humidifier. I discovered this by accident one day. Stuffy nose & allergies so I brought a humidifier to work. Just run the glue part of the envelope back & forth across the ...
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How do I redact information when my black marker isn't "wet" enough, and the information shows through my blackouts?

Take a copy of the document, cut out the sections you want to redact. Put a blank sheet of paper behind it (optionally with black behind the holes, according to how you want the redacted sections to ...
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How to create lock on notebook?

You don't say what you consider expensive, but a quick search shows quite few locking notebooks that fall under $20 and some of them are less than $10. Product Search: Locking Notebooks under $20 ...
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How to hold together large packet of paper

Use binder clips: They hold tightly, are relatively inexpensive, are available in large sizes and cause minimal damage to the paper (they do not puncture it as staples do).
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How can reuse partial notebook to go waste

Tape the old pages together, or use a paperclip to hold the old pages together. If it's a spiral notebook, simply rip out the old pages.
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Damaged Gears from a Paper Shredder

I honestly doubt you'll find replacement parts for 2 reasons: Most people don't bother repairing any appliances anymore because buying new is cheaper than paying for repairs. Manufacturers don't want ...
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How to mend a worn-out notebook cover, and replace it

If the problem is not that the cover needs replacing, but has writing all over it, my hack is Cover it with adhesive fabric or film, which you can buy by the sheet or by the roll. Images from Amazon
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How to re-form a bent paper clip?

Okay, so. Secretly, a metal is a set of grains of regular crystal lattices which are stuck together -- both internally and along grain-boundaries -- by "metallic bonds." Metallic bonds involve ...
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How to create lock on notebook?

It depends on how secure it needs to be, if very high security is needed you must keep it in a safe, however this is expensive. A chest with a padlock is the next option but is still probably out of ...
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How do I staple a few sheets of paper in the middle using a normal stapler?

1) Put the paper on a soft but firm surface like a piece of Styrofoam, or even a couple layers of corrugated cardboard (like from a cardboard box). 2) Open the stapler. Position the head where you ...
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Prevent rubber bands from ageing?

Keep them under water in a sealed container. Water will retard the outgassing of volatile solvents in the rubber and help keep them supple for a longer period of time.
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