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How can I effectively patch up holes in insect screen?

Sewing will work. Old fashioned stitches that will just to the job will do, but you might do some more fancy embroidery stitches to improve the looks of the screen, at the same time hiding the damage....
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Fuse / patch two papers side-by-side without noticeable seam?

Turn the ticket over and work on the back. First, clean the desk where you will work. Use good lighting in your work area. Wash your hands thoroughly. Carefully match the two pieces and join them ...
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What domestic glue to put back a phone's LCD?

Replacement screens, event rebuilds, may come with an adhesive strip already attached. This is also how these screens were mounted in the first place. If that is not the case we may use double-sided ...
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New trainers - leaky sole!

The correct answer is to take them back for a refund. They're unfit for the purpose for which they were sold. Failing that, contact the manufacture and get them to repair / replace the shoes. ...
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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 do I remove this lock?

You need a short hook and a bogota lockpick. Master locks are so incredibly poorly manufacured that it typically takes 30-60 seconds to open one you don't know. Sparrows sells decent picks, but buy ...
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Fix a broken loop on a car key

There should be a screw under the emblem - though idk how replaceable that loop is once you get in. It looks like just a small bent piece of metal with an angle at one end & the loop at the other.....
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Fix a broken loop on a car key

This happened to my thumb drive that I like to carry on my keychain. I used Velcro strips to affix it to my key fob. Do you have something else on your keychain that you could attach the key to with ...
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How to reattach headphone cables that have separated

If the connector is not too large, you can use heatshrink sleeve. You need a sleeve with a diameter large enough that you can slide it over the connector, and small enough that it will be a tight fit ...
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Cleaning the back of LCD screen

You got some REALLY BAD ADVICE. You cannot remove the acetone. You have melted the plastic on the back of the screen. Acetone is a solvent for plastic. If the area is very lightly affected, you may ...
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How to avoid ruining the heel of shoes

I have that problem too, here is how I fix it: I obtain a small piece of leather that is smooth on one side and rough on the other. I cut it to cover the damaged zone plus some overlap. I then use ...
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How can I prevent super glue from getting on my fingers?

The easiest way to avoid getting superglue or Krazyglue™ is by using rubber gloves or finger clots to avoid contact. If something goes wrong, you can toss them. Finger clots are great because they ...
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How can I clean under a treadmill belt?

Lay the treadmill sideways. Start it. Use some compressed air (flowing downwards) to "motivate" the dust go out. Since you might not have the compressed air, you might try, sticks, wands, ...
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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 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 to repair synthetic nylon pouch

I think there is two ways you can fix this. 1) Cut a piece of material slightly bigger than the hole in the mesh and stick it with a strong glue... i.e. open the pocket, put your hand in it with a ...
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How to fix shoes worn out inside?

I had the same problem and bought hard insoles. They do not look very comfortable, but they actually are! Because they are harder than the soft leather insoles you might not notice the unevenness. If ...
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How to reattach headphone cables that have separated

I use tape. It works fine, just not very attractive. A little stiffening of the wire is not a problem and the tape reinforces connection between the broken parts.
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How to straighten board game board?

A steam iron (for clothing) should do the job. To avoid marring the board pieces, be sure the iron has never had impure water in the steam passages (distilled or filtered water is recommended). For ...
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How to make dry ball pen work again?

I have always just moistened the tip by licking it just a little and the making small circles on a piece of paper to get it rolling again.
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Fix a broken loop on a car key

If I wanted to avoid paying for a new case, I would probably try making a replacement for it from a cotter pin: You can usually buy a whole bag/case of assorted sizes at the local hardware store for ...
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How do I remove this lock?

In this situation, I put forward following hacks possible: If you had noted down its key number, Masterlock would be able to help you with creating spare keys for that lock. Find out a locksmith to ...
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How to avoid ruining the heel of shoes

Avoid the issue Use a shoe horn to avoid causing this damage to the shoe "counters" at the rear of the shoe. The smooth concave curve of the horn base lets your foot heel slide into the base of the ...
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How to repair my single strand antenna?

Increase the length of the "antenna" by baring the lead of a longer wire and twisting the bare leads of the two wires together to make a splice. Use a similar gauge and material for the antenna ...
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Is there any way to fix these keys?

Maybe you can find an old laptop for cheap and salvage the keyboard. I don't know which resources are available to you, but you might Go to a scrap yard (preferably one specialized in electronics) ...
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Charging pins stuck in AirPods case

The best answer in your case: since you are not skilled in doing precision repairs, please take your device to a professional, before you destroy it beyond repair. This is not about a hack anymore.
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How to patch a slipper?

What about just cutting a piece of fabric to cover the entire piece to the left of the velcro and sewing it in place? Fabric would stay in place and not roll at the edges like tape may.
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How to restore transparency of scotch tape? Information is now hidden behind said tape

By using light. Two scraps of opaque paper: Held up to a light, viewed from the front: Held up to a light, viewed from behind: Now you tell me how to cheaply remove a popcorn ceiling without ...
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