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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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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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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 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 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 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 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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Hole Punching Thick Packets

Option 1: Printers and some large stationery stores (such as Staples or Office Depot) offer a service called "drilling". They can create perfect holes through thick stacks of papers. Option 2: ...
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How to remember not to leave my USB key at the seminar room?

In pouch of your bag that you put your remote in, in a place that you will see when putting your remote away, leave a note or something that will remind you to grab your dongle and put it in there too....
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Prevent pens from falling out of shirt pocket

Firstly, the length of the pen should be less than the length of the pocket. Secondly, the grip of the holder should be tight enough to hold the cloth of the pocket.
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Alternative way to have clear non wrinkle protection layer covering for these electronic devices?

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 ...
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Randomizing papers

Sit down with your stack of documents and a D100 (gaming equipment, usually seen as a pair of D10, one designated as tens and the other as units). Roll the die, and count down the stack the number ...
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What office equipment can I use to safely observe a solar eclipse?

Solar Viewer for partial or total eclipses or sunspots To make an effective and safe solar viewer for eclipses and sunspots, get a shoe box or larger and cut two 1" holes in one end and tape a white ...
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How to seal envelopes without licking

To expand on the "wet sponge / cloth / finger concept": As we are dealing with multiple envelopes, I recommend layering the flaps of the envelopes, slightly staggered, so that the sticky parts of the ...
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Hole Punching Thick Packets

Home version of the drilling solution. Get your papers stacked and clamp it between to boards and onto a sturdy work bench. Mark your needed holes on the top board. Now get a drill, the diameter the ...
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How to repair or replace the cover to a spiral bound notebook?

I am having a similar issue - front cover is coming off but the back cover is in tact. My plan is to remove the front cover, flip the back cover aroud on the spirals so that it is before the front ...
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How to repair or replace the cover to a spiral bound notebook?

Inspired by your situation, I decided to repair the cover of my huge spiral bound notebook which had torn along the perforations splitting it into two pieces. It sounds like the same thing that ...
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Convert bunch of pages to book

If you have a hot melt glue gun you can achieve a similar result to professional book binding by making a cover out of a piece of card the same size as 2x the front sheet plus the thickness of the ...
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How do I block other people from viewing my desktop screen?

Use the polarizing filter of the monitor itself. I suggest trying the following with an old laptop or LCD monitor first. After dismantling, remove the outer layer from the monitor. Now the monitor ...
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How do I block other people from viewing my desktop screen?

Use your favorite search engine and look for monitor screen privacy filter or similar. They are plastic sheets which you apply to the monitor (easily removable and re-appliable countless times) ...
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