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Wiper squeaking is usually caused by bad wiper blades. Check and replace them.


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There are "vibrating watches" for this. They're wristwatches that vibrate when your alarm goes off. Or take wireless headphone (earplug) for using it with your phone. Good luck for that :)


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The squeaking noise is often made by friction as the hinges rub. If that's the case, I will turn the doorknob and pull straight up, basically lifting the door so that it presses against the top of the hinges, which are less likely to squeak.


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Make sure your mouth is closed completely. You can bite slowly, which might sound quieter, though it is really just enlongating the sound.


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this will sound ridiculous, but bear with me.When I have a specific time that I HAVE to wake up at (say for a flight or train), before I go to bed I will repeat to myself "I need to wake up at 6:30" about ten or fifteen times and it may not wake me up right at that time, but I will generally wake up within about +/- 15 minutes of the intended time. I ...


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The squeaking is caused by two major factors: Hardening of the silicone, graphite, or rubber wiper blade. Dirt on the blade, or less commonly on the windshield. If cleaning the windshield and wiper blade does not resolve the squeaking, then buy new blades. The hardened rubber will be ineffective at removing mud and leaves from the windshield, and in severe ...


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This trick only really works with chips, and might also be a bit unappetizing. Put the chip in your mouth, and don't bite it right away. Let it soften a little from your saliva. It won't taste quite as crunchy, but it also won't sound so crunchy. After that, bite more slowly with your mouth fully closed, as Doug said.


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To have speakers audible by you, and not others implies either that you have the volume turned down so that due to sound volume diminishing with distance it blends in before reaching others, or use of active cancellation. However active cancellation requires to phase shift one of two channels, and when done using speakers wave theory implies that at other ...


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I found standard cylindrical earplugs are prone to falling out because they are too long: they protrude from the ear, so every time you move your head on the pillow, the earplugs are pushed sideways. I solved this by cutting them in half, making 2 short cylinders. Note: this works well in my case. If you roll up the earplug and insert it completely into ...


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They actually make blender sound enclosures which will dampen a blender's noise considerably. These are generally designed for retail applications (i.e. expensive), but you can draw on the basic design for inspiration. In a previous living arrangement, I actually built an MDF box/cabinet to cover and store luggable appliances along the back of the counter ...


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Two options: Use a thick foam mouse pad. Using a mouse on a hard desk will amplify the sound. Take the mouse apart and insulate around the click switches (see image). Felt, or thin foam would suffice, but the key is to maintain the function while adding something to dampen the sound (Disclaimer: I have never done this!). As a third more drastic option, ...


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I've found that the best option to bring any technology in the shower is to use a Ziploc bag. I prefer bigger ones, but sometimes small ones can work. You should squeeze all of the air out of the bag; you can do this by physically squeezing it with your hands or by sucking out the air with your mouth. Ziploc bags are transparent, so you will be able to see ...


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Blend it in a blender. Chips require you to also add some salsa or in general a "wet" component, celery or carrots don't. Carry it to work in a container of some kind and use a spoon to eat.


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Might want to take a look at Bone Conducting Headphones They're basically what you're looking for. I'm very tempted to get a pair for myself.


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Apparently, the way you grab the chalk influences in the noise: if you fully grab it, putting your forefinger over it, it will eliminate vibrations. Also, write without making a lot of pressure. Break the chalk in two chunks and write with one of it so the edge is softer. Avoid old chalks as they are harder. And don't put your hand over the chalkboard ...


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Stop using plastic bags to cover your speakers.Change the stuff you use to protect your desk speakers. Use something instead of a thin plastic bag that is: inexpensive easy to find easy to install an effective barrier (protection) against juices, etc. easily replaceable after "used" handy in case of a bigger spill on (or near) your work area audio neutral ...


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There are aftermarket products, like Rain-X, that you apply to the windshield which are meant to improve visibility, but also have a great side effect - they eliminate squeaking wiper blades. This is not their intended or designed use, but they should solve the problem you are having in two ways: by making the water bead up, you won't have to run the ...


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To me, this is more of a manners question, as crunchy foods are meant to be crunched. So, offer some chips (etc.) to your workmates before snacking. Explain they are welcome to any and apologize for any 'ravenous munchings' they might overhear from your cube. Then devour like a Cookie Monster. They'll find you charming & amusing. In my cube environ, I ...


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Try listening at the front door of each apartment. Doors are often worse sound insulators than walls, so it should be pretty clear which apartment the sound comes from.


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There are some silicone putty earplugs that stay in much better. The brand I'm familiar with is called bio ears. They mould into your ear giving them some of the advantages of the custom fitted ones, as well as being more comfortable than effective foam earplugs.


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Best way I can suggest: ask. Ask the ones on your floor closest to your shower; ask the ones above and below your apartment. If they don't know offhand, they probably aren't being bothered by it. If they hem and haw, they probably are. If they fetch a shotgun, well -- they probably won't. Another clue -- if you can hear them, they can hear you. If you ...


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The reason that kettles whistle is because of the holes in a kettle spout. Kettles usually have two plates for the spout cover. Your kettle might not have one of the plates. You can fix this with a bottle cap and some common tools. First bend the bottle cap with pliers (you can also use a hammer) so that the sides are up. Now use sandpaper to get the bottle ...


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Squeaky wipers (also an annoyance for me) result from: Dry surface Dry wiper blades Wiper motor issues So for each one of the above, try these: A simple trick (if the problem is not #3), is to use the sprinkler to moisten the windscreen before turning on the wipers (yes, even in rain). This way the glass is completely wet before the cycle starts. Replace ...


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Quoting from this page: Birds are very sensitive to their environment during the breeding season. In particular, you take a big risk when you move a nest, even if you move it a short distance. The bird may abandon the nest and anything in it. Additionally, it is illegal to disturb the nests of birds protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. ...


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Get a plastic raven and place it somewhere they can see it. It will frighten them off. If the thought of the little birds starving bothers you, wait till the chicks have flown the nest, and prevent the next brood from starting. I got a plastic raven to scare off sparrows from nesting in my gutter. You have to place it so it's visible from above, and you ...


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I am in a similar situation at home. I get up to go to work at around six in the morning whilst my wife and two very young children (2 and newborn) continue to sleep. If I make too much noise and wake on of the kids, that usually wakes everyone in the house. I find preparation is key, I make sure that I've done as many things the evening before as I can. ...


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Virolina provided a good answer: speakers make the air vibrate, and plastic bags are going to be affected by those vibrations because they're so thin and lightweight. My suggestion is to avoid using speakers altogether. Just use earbuds or headphones! And when you aren't using them, you can keep them in a plastic bag. EDIT: I posted this answer before the ...


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I can just add a detail to michaelpri's answer of using a Ziploc bag. This may be safer to use outside the shower without direct water influence but best is you test it with toilet paper, for example, or just something that is easy determined if it's got wet or not. Pinch little tiny holes into the plastic bag with a small needle. Place the speaker ...


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There are various options you can try to achieve to complete the second way (2). Placing the mints in a little bag - instead of carrying them around in a metal container, where they're bound to rattle, you could instead carry them in a little pouch type bag. (Albeit un-stylish, it removes the rattling). Something like below is what I imagined would suit ...


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For a temporary solution you can simply put a scarf or any other kind of fabric over the mouse or only over the button you want to silence. Then just use it as normal, with the fabric between your fingers and the mouse. I've used this at school, while the teacher was talking and I was playing games and needed to click furiously. Without the scarf the teacher ...


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