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What hack can I use to find a small screw that falls in the floor?

Ah. This is why you should always have spare screws on hand. Fortunately, there is a way... Light Method Most screws are silver. Shine a flashlight into the carpet and look for little silvery glints. ...
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What hack can I use to find a small screw that falls in the floor?

I have done this. Lie down on the floor and get your eye as close to the level of the carpet, then look around. You'll have an easier time spotting the lost screw this way because it'll rise up along ...
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How do I get lint out of a headphone jack?

Use a 1/16" drill bit. Do not put the bit into a drill! Just grip it between your thumb and forefinger. Press the end lightly into the lint-filled bottom of your headphone jack and spin it clockwise....
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How do I get lint out of a headphone jack?

This can be done quickly and easily with a paper clip and scotch tape: Flatten out the paperclip. Tightly wrap scotch tape (with the sticky-side out) around the top part of the paperclip. Carefully ...
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What hack can I use to find a small screw that falls in the floor?

The best "hack" is the way you look for the screw. Do what pilots do. Move the eyes one section at a time, pausing for a moment, looking at that little bit of the sky. Instead of sweeping the eyes so ...
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How to retrieve items from under a refrigerator?

If it's not too far back, a wire clothes hanger can be used. Locate the battery with a flashlight. Hold one end of the wire hanger, and push the other end of the hanger to the top of the fridge ...
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How do I extract a small object from a vacuum cleaner bag?

Get a second vacuum with a hose attachment. Over the opening of the hose, attach (with duct tape?) a screen that will let through dust and dirt but nothing bigger than, say, a popcorn kernel. Then ...
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How do I extract a small object from a vacuum cleaner bag?

Try using water. Take the dust and put it in a plastic garbage bag and then add water slowly while holding the bag as shut as you can. Now that the dust is wet you can handle it without it blowing ...
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What hack can I use to find a small screw that falls in the floor?

1. Listen to where it went. This might be weird but it is my first resort. When you drop a screw, focus on the sound of the screw hitting the floor while keeping your head still. Keep focusing on the ...
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How can I clean a vase that I can't reach inside?

There is a tool I use for these cases: You can fit it into almost any vase, even if the neck curves. Letting the vase sit with hot soapy water in it for a while can help too.
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How to retrieve item from storm drain?

Similar to Zeiss Ikon's answer, you could bend a paper clip into a hook, and attach it to a piece of string or cord that is long enough to reach down to your keys. It may become frustrating trying to ...
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How do I find all the bits of a broken necklace?

The easiest way to do this is with a vacuum cleaner. Use the hose, but put a thin piece of fabric (such as tights/pantyhose) over the end, fastened with a rubber band. Make sure you adjust the air ...
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How do I get lint out of a headphone jack?

A straightened paper clip with a little turn at the end generally does the trick.
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How can I clean a vase that I can't reach inside?

Here is a good resource for cleaning inside of containers: http://tipnut.com/how-to-clean-the-inside-of-bottles/ For something like this I'd recommend filling the vase with vinegar or vinegar and ...
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How can I clean a vase that I can't reach inside?

I use magic balls to clean inside vases and carafes. They work a treat, and you'll never need to replace them. You just tip them in with soapy water, swirl them around, then tip them out onto a towel ...
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How to retrieve items from under a refrigerator?

A tape measure can be used (reusable) source
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How do I extract a small object from a vacuum cleaner bag?

The trick to this for me has always been surface area. I cut open an old grocery store plastic bag, and lay it on a table. I then cut open the dust bag, and carefully spread it into as thin of a layer ...
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Phone-line tennis-shoes

When we had this happen, we strapped a flame to a broom handle and burned the laces. You could use a butane torch like we did or attach some sort of long match to it. We just duct taped it to the ...
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What hack can I use to find a small screw that falls in the floor?

I usually rub my hands around on the carpet. You will feel it when you go over it then you can look in a more specific area.
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How to retrieve item from storm drain?

If you're lucky and your building is old enough, there might be some blind hooks inside -- these are poles with a hook on the end, used to pull down roll-up window shades that are too high to reach ...
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How to retrieve items from under a refrigerator?

If you have access to the side, you can use a yard stick or broom handle to sweep the contents under the fridge forward. If you have easy access to the front with a couple of inches (3 to 5 cm) ...
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How do I find all the bits of a broken necklace?

In long fiber carpet, the easiest way is to vacuum thoroughly with an upright brush vacuum cleaner, with a new/empty bag/canister. This gets it out of the long fiber carpet better than a simple ...
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What hack can I use to find a small screw that falls in the floor?

Magnet on a tip is not efficient to scan the carpet. Instead, use a sheet magnet to scan the carpet. However, it is much better to think how to not lose the screws rather than how to find them when ...
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How do I extract a small object from a vacuum cleaner bag?

If the biggest problem is making a mess, I would take it outside. Having some dust fly around there doesn't really seem like a problem. And if some of it does reach the ground, rain (Or a bucket of ...
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What hack can I use to find a small screw that falls in the floor?

If you can't find it in the white light with help of magnet, try at black light. Switch off your lights (or wait till dark) and use UV lamp to find it. To your bad luck, most of the silver screws does ...
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How do I extract a small object from a vacuum cleaner bag?

Get a really strong rare earth magnet and run it around the part of the bag that would be the top of the dirt pile. If you feel it connect to something, bring it to the top of the bag and then try to ...
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How do I extract a small object from a vacuum cleaner bag?

If you can find someone who has a metal detector . . . with two large plastic trash bags, sort half of the debris into one bag and test it with the metal detector, keep dividing the contents by the ...
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How do I extract a small object from a vacuum cleaner bag?

The dustbag contains not only dust and dirt - it's also heaving with bacteria, so although I do exactly what you now intend to do, I first take the precaution of wearing a face mask (just a basic dust ...
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What hack can I use to find a small screw that falls in the floor?

Shine a flashlight at as low an angle as possible--you want a reasonably dark room and back off a bit with the flashlight to make the angle lower. (Yes, this is pretty much half of qweilun's answer--...
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What hack can I use to find a small screw that falls in the floor?

I work a lot with non magnetic screws, and even in the case of all the nice preventing tips offered here, I am just a human and from time to time drop them. Having had bad experiences with the vacuum ...
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