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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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How can I eat my bagel when I lack a knife to cut it?

Knives are useful tools for cutting bagels and applying delicious spreads such as peanut butter or cream cheese, but luckily if you are missing this implement, you can still enjoy your bagel with 3 ...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

The trick of how to kill flies is the approach rather than the item used. Flies have nearly 360 degree vision, so sneaking won't help. First, wait for them to land somewhere that you can strike ...
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How can I improvise a magnifying glass?

If you have a smooth, cylindrical drinking glass made of clear glass, you could fill it with water and allow the convex shape of the glass to magnify the object behind it. Alternately, if you have a ...
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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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What is the best way to open clamshell packaging?

Wikipedia has a nice solution: Household scissors or a utility knife are sometimes used to open difficult packaging. Tin snips are effective for tough plastics; the higher mechanical advantage of ...
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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 humidify a room without a humidifier?

Hang out your laundry to line dry in your house rather than putting it in the dryer. This will release a lot of moisture into the air. Depending on how often you wash your clothes, this may be enough. ...
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How can I humidify a room without a humidifier?

'Traditional' humidifiers look like this: It's just a ceramic container with a hook that hangs over the radiator. Fill it with water, and the water evaporates as the radiator heats it. You can ...
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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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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

First of all, make your job easier. Open the blinds/curtains at a window or turn on a single light to attract them to land on a smaller area. When closing in on them with your tool of choice, come in ...
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How to seal the plastic bags airtight after opening without using rubber band?

Used plastic bottle which has lid will help to keep the plastic bag sealed and works as a container. This will seal the bags which has liquid also if used properly. Cut the bottle above the body and ...
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How to shred papers/letters without using a shredder machine

Soak the papers with ordinary water and immediately crumple and squeeze them to compact lumps. Nobody is ever going to read those again! This method doesn't take a lot of time and does not involve ...
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How can I humidify a room without a humidifier?

You can put many houseplants in the room, they will increase the humidity naturally. Take some pots with plants which have big leaves. Some examples: Fern Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) Additional ...
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How can I remove the cork from a wine bottle when I don't have a corkscrew?

Shoe Method One way to loosen the corkscrew is to remove your shoe, place the bottom of the bottle in the foot hole (to protect the glass), and then bang the shoe against a stone wall repeatedly ...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

This is what I use: Make fly strips. Take a sticky tape, usually duct tape and stick it together to form double sided tape. Now hang it around, you can attach pieces of food to attract even more ...
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How can I get food unstuck from my teeth while at work?

If I've had a take-out lunch, upon finishing lunch I'll often have an empty soft drink cup and a straw. I've found that the tip of the straw can often work a bit like floss. The open part of the ...
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I forgot my toothpaste and it is impossible to buy in this situation, are there any substitutes?

Here is what I use with qoutes from livingthenourishedlife.com: Baking Soda - If mixed with salt it works even better and it is natural and can whiten teeth. like sea salt, you can just dip your ...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

The reason that flyswatters are more effective than a magazine is because of the holes. Moving a newspaper, magazine or other flat object through the air very quickly actually creates a buffer of air ...
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Adding a belt hole without a leather punch

I used to use a heated nail. Simply, hold it with pliers, and heat its tip up for a minute or so on the stove fire. Keep your belt stretched firmly (you can hold one side of the belt under you foot, ...
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Is there a way to erase pencil without a standard eraser?

You can use a rubber band. Rubber bands remove pencil matter as well as erasers do. You have to be careful what you erase and what rubber bands you use, though. You may be able to use correction ...
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How can I humidify a room without a humidifier?

If the room is small, you can create a solution using a bucket of water and a few kg of table salt (sodium chloride or potassium chloride). Dump a large amount of salt into the bucket, and add water ...
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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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What is the best way to open clamshell packaging?

I have found it easiest to run a razor knife / utility knive along two adjacent sides, avoiding the sealed edge. The plastic is very hard and durable where the seal is, but it is relatively thin if ...
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Adding a belt hole without a leather punch

Use a power drill with a small drill bit the size of the hole you want. Put a piece of scrap wood under the belt first. After the drill bit penetrates the belt, move the drill up and down to clear ...
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Mixing coffee without a spoon

Pour solid ingredients into a cup Pour about a third of a cup full of liquid into the cup Swirl cup gently until mixed Fill cup with remainder of liquid
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How to cut paper without scissors?

The fold-and-rip method works or doesn't work based on the type of paper you are working with. Paper that is made on rolls (most office paper, newsprint, paper towel, etc) has a 'grain'. The pulp ...
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How can I improvise a magnifying glass?

If the reason you are having trouble reading the small type is because you are farsighted/nearsighted, or because it is dark (causing your pupils to dilate and your vision to get fuzzier) you may find ...
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How to store loose CDs and other discs without scratching them?

I always use standard A4 printing paper. Very cheap and available almost anywhere. Put each disk on a piece of paper, right at the centre. Then fold the long edges, next fold the short edges, like ...
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