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How can I keep cables from falling off of desks when unplugged?

Using Binder Clips: Using Paper Clip: Using toilet paper roll: Some cables are one time use and may be does't required to be plugged in always. In these cases we can remove from the socket and ...
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Listening to music in cubicle without headphones

To have speakers audible by you, and not others implies either that you have the volume turned down so that due to sound volume diminishing with distance it blends in before reaching others, or use ...
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How to prevent people accidentally turning the lights off from leaning on the switches?

You can use one of these light-switch guards designed to cover the switch while still allowing deliberate access: Ironically, these are commonly called "child-proof switches"… although I'll ...
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How can I keep a USB mini 2.0 (or other) cable from tearing?

The connection between the wire and the connector is a very high-stress area, so the degree of flex the wire experiences at that point is substantial. Better-quality cables will typically include a ...
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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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Listening to music in cubicle without headphones

Might want to take a look at Bone Conducting Headphones They're basically what you're looking for. I'm very tempted to get a pair for myself.
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How can I keep cables from falling off of desks when unplugged?

Here's the strategy I've been using so far: Get a large bulldog clip and clip it onto the desk edge. Pull one of the silver arms up, slip your cable through the larger gap in the middle towards the ...
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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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How to prevent static electricity/static current

If you have any non-rubber soled shoes, that's going to be an easy place to start. You don't want to be insulating yourself from the ground if you can help it. As far as clothing, try not to wear ...
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How can I keep an office chair cool enough to avoid causing perspiration?

You can see if you can get a seat mat made from bamboo, like this one They work well for keeping your body cool.
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How to prevent plugged-in vacuum cleaner cord from getting tangled?

If a non-accessible power outlet is the only option you have, I recommend you invest in a short extension cord, just long enough to reach from the original outlet to the floor (to allow the plugged ...
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How to compensate for sinking / uneven floor in office

When I was renting my old house I wanted to use one of the guest bedrooms as an office. I didn't want to use one of those plastic mats for my office chair and the floor was a bit unlevel at the wall ...
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How to get out of a tag-back scenario

Just don't pick him next time. Pick someone else, and perhaps even point out to the person you pick that it would be good to see the duties rotate throughout the group. Yes, you run the risk that if ...
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Safety pin of fire extinguisher broke, how to make it active in terms of need?

If you're in the middle of a fire, you shouldn't be posting on Lifehacks SE, you should be evacuating the building. (joke) The general rule is, only fight a fire if it's either quite small, or you ...
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How can I keep cables from falling off of desks when unplugged?

What causes cables to fall behind the desk once unplugged? The weight of the cable is sufficient to drag the cable down because there isn't enough friction between the portion of the cable on top of ...
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How can I keep an awning window open?

I use a wooden spoon that I cut down to suit my window - see picture. The hole in the end of the spoon goes over the window handle so it can't fall out. For your window it probably wouldn't need to ...
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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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How to stop static shocks on the office?

To discharge your static potential without shocking yourself, take a coin from your pocket and touch it to a metal doorframe or other ground.
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An alternative (cheaper) option than offering towel service at the gym

You can give every employee 2 or 3 towels for free. The catch is that they have to wash them themselves, and they have to remember to bring them to the gym. Most employees will see the gift as ...
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How to prevent static electricity/static current

I have for many years carried a Cross pen in one pocket or another. During dry seasons I've learned to pull it out and carry it in my hand along with mugs, papers and anything else. One zap is all I ...
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Any Hacks to control Central Cooling System at workplace /office?

The cooling system is there for the general benefit of all the people you share an office space with; shutting it off, reducing the flow, or altering the temperature of the flow will cause your work ...
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Any Hacks to control Central Cooling System at workplace /office?

Is it one specific area or the whole office? If whole office, you are at the whim of your colleagues, boss or HR. If localized ... The office thermostats are often thought of as placebo devices or "...
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Prevent phone base from being dragged by cord

You could put non-slip rubber "feet"/tape on the bottom of the console/base of the telephone to help it hold its position when sitting on its support. A small square pad of non-slip shelf drawer ...
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Prevent phone base from being dragged by cord

I had this problem many years ago and my solution was good old blu-tack. In my experience, most offices have it in stationery - or it's very cheap to buy if you get it yourself. I would recommend ...
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How to prevent being startled by co-workers while listening to music at your desk?

You could try bone conduction headphones instead of usual ones. Those conduct the sound not by air but through the bones of your skull, thus leaving your ears free to hear your surroundings. I ...
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How to repel ants invading my bottled water?

You could always keep your bottle on a small brick inside a bowl with water in it. Think of it like a moat for a castle. The would drown in the bowl's water before they get to your bottle. This isn't ...
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How to prevent people accidentally turning the lights off from leaning on the switches?

The long term solution would be to have building maintenance move the switches. I've seen that done, but how long it takes probably depends heavily on how much rent your employer pays and how ...
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How to remove superglue from a desk?

Douse the area in glass cleaner such as Windex. Wait for an hour or so. Scrape at the area with a plastic putty knife or, in a pinch, a credit card. Another option, although a bit more time consuming,...
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Listening to music in cubicle without headphones

It is possible to focus ultrasound so that non-linear effects make audible sound at the focal point. These speakers are used in retail advertisement, museums, libraries etc. where limiting the range ...
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How to help an office coffee 'club' succeed?

I have a coffee machine that uses "pods" and we have an honesty box for the cost of each pod. This may not be able to be done in other workplaces as we have a company culture that makes honesty boxes ...

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