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I'm walking in a busy street, then my flip flop suddenly breaks, what to do now?

I have seen my girlfriend fixing this problem with hair elastics which she is always carrying on her hair or in the bag. Put this elastic around your foot and under the flip-flop
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I'm walking in a busy street, then my flip flop suddenly breaks, what to do now?

Go to the nearest cafe and take some cocktail tooth picks and use them to keep the strap in place. You can do this by pushing the strap back through the hole and then pushing the cocktail sticks ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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How would you sharpen nasal scissors?

I've figured it out! For anyone who's curious, here's how to sharpen nasal scissors. You will need: 1. a sort-of-rough edge (the glass panel of a modern digital weighing scale did the trick for me) ...
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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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I'm walking in a busy street, then my flip flop suddenly breaks, what to do now?

I think your biggest problem will be having anything on you to fix a flip-flop with if you are just walking down the street unprepared. But from the pic you posted, the first thing that comes to mind ...
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I'm walking in a busy street, then my flip flop suddenly breaks, what to do now?

Since you stated that : I'm walking in a busy street, then my flip flop suddenly breaks what to do now? You can use chewing gum if you have one and then chew it till it become little bit soft and ...
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How to prevent keys/keyrings from snagging on clothes

Use a thicker, better quality ring to replace the smaller ring. The wire type key ring holder is meant for quick attachment of keys to a tag, not long term use in a pocket. You can find an assorted ...
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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 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 remove bicycle oil/grease from waxed jacket

You could try leaving salt or some other absorbent grainy material in contact with it. This would ideally absorb the oil. As the jacket is waxed, the oil shouldn't be penetrating the material at all ...
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Fixing a micro usb socket.

I have known people who may have dropped their devices while plugged in to have this problem. What sometimes happens is the plug will put pressure on the port and bend the support tab away from the ...
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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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