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What can be used ( instead of / for ) a plastic straw?

My favorite solution is actually no tool - having observed the surge of drinks that get served with a straw, I still remember when it was perfectly acceptable to drink either out of a glass, cup or ...
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Reshape plastic containers

This definitely exist, It is called Precious Plastic, it is a project started by Dave Hakkens. It is a collection of Open-Source machines designed for recylcing and reusing thermoplastics. There are ...
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How can I repair cracked LDPE without a plastic welder?

Styrene/butadiene copolymers such as Goop bond somewhat to polyethylene, and are flexible and elastic, though they harden with years of exposure to light and air. Polyethylene "candles", such as P-...
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How to repair a dent on my water bottle?

I don't know how tall the water bottle is but you can easily push the dent out using the handle of a wooden spoon, it's thin enough to fit through the mouth of the bottle yet stiff enough to apply ...
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How to separate plastic grocery bags?

If I'm in the produce section, I touch a piece of wet produce to moisten my finger tips and open the produce bag. If I'm checking out, I either touch some moist produce in my cart, or hold a small ...
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Checking microwave proof containers

The standard method when I was young, and microwave ovens were new to the consumer market (i.e. had only recently started costing less than a used car), the standard test of any cookware was to fill a ...
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How to separate plastic grocery bags?

I'm surprised no one mentioned this. I know this is not a direct answer to your question, but another answer is to take your own bags! I know, I know, but hear me out - if the issue is simply that you ...
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How to repair silicone rubber?

I saw in a YouTube video recently (from King of Random, he was making a mold of a roast chicken) that casting silicone doesn't stick to anything except silicone rubber (he discovered the exception at ...
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How can I repair cracked LDPE without a plastic welder?

I'm not exactly sure what a "plastic welding kit" is, but I've made almost identical repairs with a Benzomatic propane torch (the blue can). The trick (in my case) was getting the pieces lined up ...
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How can I repair cracked LDPE without a plastic welder?

I have repaired similar plastic items (in my case, a compost-holder) by pre-drilling holes and driving woodscrews into a suitably shaped piece of wood somewhere behind it. Your picture is not too ...
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What are these black spots in Plastic lids

It may be fungus. If so, soaking it in vinegar for about 15 minutes and then washing it as regular should do. The discoloration may not disappear completely, though.
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How to fix sticky plastic?

This is a problem that has been discussed on Korg forums: Where to get replacement joystick bezel and LCD bezel? As many have noted, the joystick bezel and the bezel around the LCD on the PA3x have a ...
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How to restore transparency of scotch tape? Information is now hidden behind said tape

No. The polypropylene tape has not lost its transparency although it may appear discoloured. Furthermore, no known lifehack will restore the printed image. It will not now be possible to read the ...
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How to separate plastic grocery bags?

Look at the edges of the bag. Don't mess with the end of the bag where the opening is. The edges are often folded in an accordion-like way. If you put the edge between your fingers and rub, you can ...
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How to separate plastic grocery bags?

I struggle with this, and will not lick my fingers, etc. I bought some Silicone Key Wraps, and put an extra one on my key chain. I just rub that silicone ring down on the bag, and POOF, it separates ...
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How to separate plastic grocery bags?

I realized today after a friend's post about this that my method seems uncommon yet easy. I see only one person mentioned it among other methods within their post. Put the bag flat between hands with ...
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How to repair a dent on my water bottle?

Fill it with sand, salt, sugar, or some other granulated material. Use a dowel to pack it down. With enough pressure in the correct area, the dent will pop out.
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How to repair a dent on my water bottle?

Put the empty bottle with lid on in the freezer. After a few hours, take the bottle out and put it in the hot sun. The pressure of the expanding air hopefully will pop the dent out.
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How to repair a dent on my water bottle?

I found that just blowing compressed air into the bottle will expand the area you want to its original shape.
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How can I make my mouse clicks louder?

You can use AutoHotKey to add a sound to every mouse click. ~LButton down::SoundPlay, E:\sounds\ldown.wav Check out the Key List to find the names of the keys. I believe they are LButton, RButton, ...
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Dirty mouse of dried cream

Same as any other electronics. Buy some low percentage rubbing alcohol, 70% or so, and soak the whole thing for about 20 minutes. Rubbing alcohol is not conductive. Buy a gallon of distilled water. ...
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How to fix the broken plastic of headphone/earphone wires?

Use heat shrink instead of tape. That won't slip around after it shrinks around the damaged area.
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Checking microwave proof containers

Polypropylene plastic (abbreviated as PP) and designated as a type "5" (shown embossed in the container mold as a "5" inside a recycle triangle) is classified as a microwave oven "safe" plastic.
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I can’t change this plug. How to open it while keeping it’s shape?

Here is the way I repaired my vacuum cleaner polarized power cord moulded nylon and rubber plug that needed repair. A replacement (from Sweden - I'm in Quebec, Canada) was over $110 plus 15% ...
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How to fix watch wristband made out of plastic

The plastic that flexible things like wristwatch bands are made from is essentially impossible to glue together, because the oils that are milled into the plastic to render it pliable prevent glue ...
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How to remove or kill pathogens from stuff that is locked up in a room for more than a year

If the stuff has been in your home for 2 months, most parasites, bacteria and viruses are probably dead. I guess the highest chances of survival have things like mold (if there is any moisture left) ...
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How to fix sticky plastic?

Korg is a major worldwide brand. It is most probable that they have heard of similar situations among the millions of units they produced over the years. Contact them korg.com for their input on what ...
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Remove labels from grocery plastic bags

In order to remove the label from the bag, the bag must be made from a material strong enough to resist the ripping forces. The free bags for vegetables in the shops (they are the ones which usually ...
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Remove labels from grocery plastic bags

As for removing labels from these bags, I’m afraid I must agree with other writers here - apart from label-stacking or painting over the bar code with a sharpie, there’s little you can do, the glue ...
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Remove labels from grocery plastic bags

Besides taking care to not stick the label very well (try to stick only a corner, if possible, but you need to be careful to not lose it before paying), I don't have any other idea for the flimsy bags....
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