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How can I avoid hurting my fingers when using a hammer

You can use a piece of cardboard to hold the nail. There are some variation in this method: make a hole and put the nail inside, you can tear the cardboard when the nail is embedded enough make a cut ...
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How do I stop cars from tailgating?

For someone aggressively tailgating, they generally want to pass, so you can slow down and pull to the side, or change lanes if possible, so they can pass you. You don't want to have them around you ...
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How to break a 2x1 meter glass in a safe and handy way?

If you are not in a hurry you could try selling the glass to someone in one piece. Put it on craigslist or facebook or whatever local buy/sell service is popular where you live. Who knows, maybe ...
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Check for electricity in a socket without tools?

Plug in a working electrical appliance (like a phone charger) and see if it works.
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How can I avoid hurting my fingers when using a hammer

To make sure you don't hurt your fingers, you can use a clothespin to hold the nail in place. Image from Pinterest This is very safe and probably more effective than using your fingers.
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How do I stop cars from tailgating?

Examine your environment. What's the speed limit? Are you going too slow, or is the tailgater going too fast? Is there a way they could pass you, or you could move out of the way? Give them an opening,...
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How can I avoid hurting my fingers when using a hammer

There's clothespin trick, but that one is almost a meme at this point. So, how about the traditional approach: Set the nail. Place the tip of the nail where you want to drive your nail and just ...
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How do I stop cars from tailgating?

Many are suggesting to use the brakes which seems a very risky proposition. Someone used the following technique on me when I was inadvertently tailgating a corvette that was driving irresponsibly (...
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What is the best way to light a hard-to-reach candle wick without burning your finger?

Pasta burns alright, so you can use some non-cooked spaghetti noodles to reach those hard to reach candles.
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What is the best way to light a hard-to-reach candle wick without burning your finger?

Tear off a strip of paper: Twist it tightly: Light it: Light the candle: Scream frantically as the flame reaches your fingers lick the thumb and forefinger of your other hand and use them to pinch ...
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How can I avoid hurting my fingers when using a hammer

The trick is not to hold the nail when you are swinging your hammer hard. Hold the nail and gently tap with the hammer just enough so the nail will stick in the wood without having to hold it. After ...
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How does a blind passenger not die, if driver becomes unconscious

My wife is not blind, but I have run this identical scenario with her in case I have a heart attack or stroke or something. Step 1: Put the car into neutral. Since the engine is still running, brakes ...
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How do I stop cars from tailgating?

I generally do the following:: Ease off on the accelerator This slows us both down and reduces the potential impact of a later collision It also makes it easier for them to overtake and more likely ...
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How can I avoid hurting my fingers when using a hammer

I don't carry clothespins in my toolbox, but I DO have needlenose pliers. Just hold the nail with them until you get it started. Really good with small brads!
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What is the best way to light a hard-to-reach candle wick without burning your finger?

You can use a bigger lighter some matches. some long matches.
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How can I light the very back of my fire?

Spaghetti is a cheap food, and is flammable before it is cooked. Source It can be used to reach the back of the fire quite well.
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How can I safely trim my fingernails without a fingernail clipper?

As you pointed out, a knife is not a good idea. You can use a standard pair of scissors safely though. If you don't have that, then (as much as I hate to say such a thing) bite them.
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How can I avoid hurting my fingers when using a hammer

Don't hold the nail with thumb and forefinger! Instead hold it between forefinger and middlefinger, fingernails resting on the wood. Now when you hit your fingers it won't hurt nearly as much. And ...
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How can I safely grate a small food item without cutting my fingers?

There are a variety of devices to solve this problem, my first thought would be thimbles if you don't want to buy one, but I would encourage just getting such a device, there's both rotary and flat-...
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How can I safely trim my fingernails without a fingernail clipper?

While working in construction I would tear/split my nails fairly often, I found using simple wire cutters and tidying up any ragged edges with a fine grit sand paper worked pretty well.
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Stay conscious and focused while driving

These are some tricks that work for me: Having a cold beverage to drink (while driving, but carefully) works very well for me. I guess it's better if it has caffeine, I usually use Coke, but even ...
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Stay conscious and focused while driving

The only safe option is to avoid getting into this situation in the first place with better planning. If you do end up like this, the only safe thing to do is pull over and rest. Nothing else will ...
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Keeping flash drive safe in daily usage

There are USB flash drives that that are designed to be carried on a key chain (or necklace). If you can't or don't want to invest in a new drive, get a small pouch which can be securely attached to ...
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What office equipment can I use to safely observe a solar eclipse?

A common method that I was taught at school is to create a pinhole projector type thing. You can do this by making a small (pinhole) piercing in a sheet of paper and hold it above the ground until ...
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How can I safely trim my fingernails without a fingernail clipper?

I actually use a pocket knife all the time, but only ones with serrated blades. Since they're serrated, you're able to keep the nail in the groove and just take off small chunks at a time. If you ...
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How do I stop cars from tailgating?

I had a friend tell me his "trick" today for deterring tailgating and I actually gave it a shot on my commute home. Basically, if a car is following you too closely, you can pretend to adjust your ...
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How can I safely destroy a hard disk?

TL;DR probably you don't need to, unless you want visual, physical proof of data loss. Chances are that what you really want to do is "be sure it cannot be read". Now you've probably heard that ...
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How to safely display an electric car's battery pack at a car show?

Display your battery pack through a window. A sheet of rigid plexiglass will be transparent enough to see everything but stop anything from touching the dangerous parts of the display. In addition, ...
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