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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 located is burned, and use a stick or something to break down the ashes.


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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 easy steps. Rip your bagel into dunkable pieces. Swipe them through the peanut butter or cream cheese. Cram them into your gullet.


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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 against. Waving them towards an area can help, but isn't fully effective. Once it has landed on an acceptable area, approach the fly slowly, not making any sudden ...


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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 clear plastic 2 liter bottle, you can cut off the top part that is rounded, and fill it with water and look down through the water. (Science-sparks.com)


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Plug in a working electrical appliance (like a phone charger) and see if it works.


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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 compound metal snips make it possible to cut such packages open even using little hand strength. These packages can also be opened with an ordinary ...


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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 (and easily put back once the lock is either opened, replaced, or the key found and duplicated). If the pins are peened in place, a tool like a Dremel could be ...


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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. If it isn't a few damp teatowels hung on radiators (assuming they're not electric) will achieve the same effect.


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'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 emulate this with a dish or bowl hanging on your radiator. If you have the space the easiest option is to place a container on top of the radiator. It was not ...


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Blender or food processor with water. Turn it into pulp.


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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 drain.


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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 below the neck where it start to converge. Size can be changed to the need. Twist the packet opening and insert it from inward. Flip the plastic cover outside. ...


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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 slightly behind them, since that's the direction in which they take off. Use a hand vacuum Use a rolled up magazine Use Windex or another glass cleaner (This ...


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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 flies, but you have to throw them out because they may rot if left to long. Try using essential oils as a natural flyspray. These: Smells good and promote ...


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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 straw often fits down over my tooth, so I can kind of get it around all sides of the tooth at once. It's no substitute for floss, but it can work in a pinch.


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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 positive effect will be that they will absorb some unhealthy substances from the air indoor. Of course they will need to be watered regularly.


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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 until the cork eases out of the bottle. This video provides a good demonstration. Just be sure to remove the capsule before trying. This woman adapted this method ...


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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 toothbrush in baking soda and brush like normal. Or you can dissolve it in water first and use the brine for brushing (just like the sea salt). A lot of ...


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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 fluid (a.k.a. white out). But as long as you have a rubber band you should be okay. Also, I have observed that many rubbery objects work for this task, just make ...


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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 chemicals, in fact you don't even need a bucket. Use warm water for comfort, if available. I call this the "papier maché method", although the glue is left out. ...


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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 readability.


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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 you move in a bit from the seal. Cutting along two adjacent sides in an "L" formation allows for easier access to the product, and helps to avoid getting cut by ...


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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 until the salt will absorb no more water. This is what's called a saturated salt solution. The solution will attempt to maintain the humidity level of the room ...


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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 fibers all align in a certain direction (typically with office paper, the long direction). It's quite easy to fold-and-tear this type of paper along this axis. It'...


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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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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 shown in the picture. (Make it a reasonably tight fit, so the disk won't slide around inside this envelope, because paper is slightly abrassive, theoretically.) ...


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Vacuum the vents The fans are designed to keep the components of your laptop cool. When the inside gets inevitably dusty, the fans have to work harder to be less effective. In the worst of cases, it'll look like this: In most laptops, using a vacuum from the outside will be strong enough to get most, if not all, of the dust. If you're comfortable doing so, ...


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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, and the other side with one of your hand, while the other hand is holding the pliers) and point the nail to the spot you want to make a hole, and push into the ...


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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 moving in front of the object you're swiping with, which blows the fly out of the way. As well as avoiding the above, a flyswatter's holes enable it to move ...


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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 out the chaff from the edges of the hole. (if you don't own a drill, you could go to your local home depot - they often have test drills...be discrete....or......


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