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How can I destroy sensitive documents without a paper shredder?

If you have a fire pit, or something similar that can contain a small fire, burning the documents will make it very hard to recover the information. Just be sure that the part where the information is ...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

Very few if any closets open inward -- which means the hinges will have their pins on the accessible side. Just drive the pins out of the hinges, and the entire door can be pulled out of the frame (...
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How can I destroy sensitive documents without a paper shredder?

Blender or food processor with water. Turn it into pulp.
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How can I destroy sensitive documents without a paper shredder?

There isn't much substitute for the standby methods, burning or shredding. Most secure is to crosscut shred, then burn, and finally disrupt the ashes by grinding into fine powder or washing down a ...
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How can I destroy sensitive documents without a paper shredder?

Bath full of water, and then a sharp knife swilled around once they are nice and soggy will do a great job of destoying everything. Add bleach or something corrosive to ensure ink is wreaked beyond ...
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How can I avoid losing or missing a SIM ejector tool?

Keep it in the box in the same housing where it was supplied, along with the mini-manual you get, and the receipt. If you didn't keep the box, put in a small plastic bag (like a coin bag) inside a ...
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How can I scratch lottery tickets?

Any type of plastic card may work, you probably have one in your wallet, so fairly accessible.
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

Vintage locks employed two concepts, sometimes individually and sometimes together. A warded lock has structures within the lock, called warding, which are designed to fit in notches carved into the ...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

I should suggest trying a bobbypin or a smaller flathead screwdriver if you'd like to save it. From my experience, these types of locks are very easily opened, even with almost no skill in ...
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How can I avoid losing or missing a SIM ejector tool?

If it has a small hole on its rear end, put it on your keyring. Some designs don't have this, some do.
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How can I scratch lottery tickets?

Also if you are a into music you may have one of these in your pocket that can do the trick.
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Finding primary keyboard keys in the dark - alternative to purchasing adhesive dots

Most ordinary (cheap or expensive) keyboards have a little bump on the home keys. A lot of keys can be found by dead reckoning from there, and the function keys, Esc, etc. on a full sized keyboard ...
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How to dry shoes quickly after washing them?

Speaking from experience on the farm, during the winter months where our shoes/boots would get soaked from melting snow and needing them dry for the next day: putting them on/near a furnace register ...
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How can I scratch lottery tickets?

You can use the edge of a key. Turn the key so that the sharpest edge along a flat edge is used to scrape the scratch area. I couldn't find a picture, but it is the same technique you would use when ...
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How can I destroy sensitive documents without a paper shredder?

If you don't mind manual labour, you can tear it by hand. Since tearing it by hand isn't perfect, you can cut out the important part and scatter it across different locations. This will avoid people ...
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What can be used ( instead of / for ) a plastic straw?

My favorite solution is actually no tool - having observed the surge of drinks that get served with a straw, I still remember when it was perfectly acceptable to drink either out of a glass, cup or ...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

The original image of the key is interesting to me. You could just wander into the local locksmith and ask if they have a set of keys that might fit. There's a limited number of variants on these keys ...
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How can I avoid losing or missing a SIM ejector tool?

If you are using case for your phone - consider dropping it inside when you put the case on.
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Finding primary keyboard keys in the dark - alternative to purchasing adhesive dots

Sometimes, a good hack is a proper solution. Just buy a keyboard with lit keys. You can find plenty of them even at very low prices. If the keyboard is a laptop keyboard (you did not mention) then one ...
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How to activate sodium acetate hand warmer without the button?

They just need a localised physical shock. Try slapping with a wooden ruler, flat side on & not so hard that you burst it. The clicker is a nucleation site, the shock waves start the reaction ...
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What to use as a bandage substitute?

At a pinch, for small cuts and bruises, consider making a make-shift plaster with a small piece of tissue paper held down with sticky tape (any kind). If you don't want the tape to stick to your skin,...
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How to weigh a small item without a scale?

Create a makeshift see-saw out of a board with a fulcrum in the middle to raise it. Put a bucket on each end of it. Move the board on the fulcrum until it balances. Put the item in one bucket. In ...
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How to use the spare and wasted tooth brushes?

I use old toothbrushes for cleaning multiple surfaces in multiple ways. For grout: I drill a small hole in the center of the head, push a small bolt through, add nut, tighten, cut off the toothbrush ...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

Other suggested methods of removing the hinge pins or picking the locks are good. You can also try to depress the latch via a thin wire if the door opens out or a thin plastic card if the door opens ...
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How can I destroy sensitive documents without a paper shredder?

Take the papers to your local copy shop and let them shred it for you. This is probably the easiest way to take care of them. For example, Fedex/Kinkos will shred documents for 99 cents per pound (...
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How to cut glass without a glass cutter

A carbide scribe (for writing on steel) makes an admirable substitute glass cutter -- in fact, before wheel cutters were common, hardened steel scribes were used routinely. In fact, anything that ...
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How to fix zipper-pulls on back pack? Is there an effective substitute that's easy to come by?

I've replaced a broken pull (just the tab part that lets you get a grip on the slider) with a small split ring, similar to what are used for key rings only smaller. These are available in hardware or ...
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What to use as a bandage substitute?

Any clean cloth will do. Best is washed at 90C or boiled. If in doubt iron it at high temperature. Tear into suitably sized strips. Use just like ordinary bandages. To fix it you can use duct tape ...
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Finding primary keyboard keys in the dark - alternative to purchasing adhesive dots

Glow-in-the-dark paint, such as this, just above or below a key (or if the keys are indented, in the grooves of the letters) might help orient you. Of course the paint needs to be "charged" ...
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Air Conditioner/Coolers best substitute

Ok so this question has been around quite some time. I'm going to answer anyway since the most effective way - from my experience - hasn't been mentioned yet. There are lots of ways to help you deal ...
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