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How do I fill a hot water urn that doesn't fit in the sink?

Here's a solution that my friend came up with: Take a bunch of Styrofoam cups Cut out the bottoms of the cups Stack them up Put the wide end of the top cup under the faucet, and the (cut open) ...
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How do I fill a hot water urn that doesn't fit in the sink?

Similar to @Shokhet's answer you can also use a clean dustpan, as shown below: Source: Trupser.com
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How can I quickly cool a water bottle?

Always keep one bottle of water in the refrigerator (or freezer if you prefer a block of ice that will thaw throughout the day). When it's time to go somewhere, swap your room temperature bottle for ...
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How can I quickly cool a water bottle?

Submerge the bottle in a bucket of ice water [1]Fill a bucket with ice water and add a pinch of salt, which helps the water absorb the heat energy from the can or bottle. Wrap your bottle in a wet ...
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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 do I fill a hot water urn that doesn't fit in the sink?

Step 1: Get a smaller container which actually fits in the sink. Step 2: Fill it up. Step 3: Dump it into the larger container Step 4: Repeat Steps 1-3 as needed.
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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 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 to quickly dry wet sneakers?

You could try to fill it with paper (e.g. newspaper), then you could put them in front of blower. If the paper gets wet, replace it (or use the fan if you have one).
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How to stop rim of water bottle becoming smelly?

Don't let it touch your mouth while drinking. Wash it with vinegar to help further remove the smell from bacteria. This will also, to an extent, help prevent bacteria from building up again as quickly....
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What should I do without hot water in the shower?

Warm some water on the stove to wet down your hair and maybe take a sponge bath. Use deodorant, wear clean clothes.
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Fastest way to boil water?

Use electric kettle (it takes only 1-2 minutes to boil the water). If it's still too long, use the microwave for around 30 seconds to 1 minute (on high power). But be careful as water boiled in a ...
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How to shoot a video underwater using your smart phone?

I've done this before simply by taking two ziplock/sandwich bags, one inside the other. I take both bags, inflate them slightly by blowing into them, seal them tightly, then gently push on them to ...
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How to dry out a wet phone?

In case the phone fell into water there is a high risk of short circuits due to the electrical conductivity of water. This does not only cause damage to the parts but can also lead to an overheating ...
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A book fell in a sink full of water. How can I dry it?

Air drying the book is probably your best bet to avoid any structural damage. Find a cool and dry room with good air circulation, and use a fan to keep the air circulating. This description from the ...
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What can be used besides rice to keep moisture out of salt?

I don't know if the mechanism (for either rice or anything else) is actually a desiccant or mechanical action for breaking the clumps after they form, but I have seen movie theaters (where they are ...
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Does boiling tap water make it potable?

OK, I'm going to go out on a limb here... To answer the question directly, the answer is an emphatic No. If there is something 'wrong' with the water to start with, then simple boiling in a kettle ...
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Fastest way to boil water?

Make sure you put a cover on the can. Not a tight cover; just something to keep the top of the water from losing heat (see this question). If that's still not fast enough for you, you have a few ...
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Showering while avoiding patch to get wet

Don't downvote, hear me out... Take a latext condom. Cut the tip/end off. Roll/slip the condom over the patch.
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How can I stop my shower from dripping

My wife came up with a brilliant solution that worked instantly: Using a piece of waterproof tape, she stuck a length of cotton to the shower head that reaches down to floor level. Instead of drips, ...
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If I break a water pipe, is there a way to stop the flow while I go turn off the water?

You are under the sink, so the following things should be readily available: bucket or large container towels pieces of plastic (old wrappers, garbage-bag, etc.) Let me first say; do this as quickly ...
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How can I quickly cool a water bottle?

Fill a bottle about half full and lay it on its side in the freezer with the neck tipped up just enough so that the water doesn't block it. Just before you leave take it out of the freezer and fill ...
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How can I humidify a room without a humidifier?

Large bowl of water in the room with you. I do this when the kids have stuffy noses/colds.
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How to save the water wasted while waiting for the shower to heat up?

This solution only works if you have a separate bathtub in your bathroom. I'm pretty sure that all the water for your bathroom (shower, sink, toilet tank, bathtub) comes from the water heater to your ...
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Fastest way to boil water?

Perhaps you're thinking about this the wrong way. Rather boil water quickly, try to have a large quantity of boiling/hot water on hand. Get a giant thermos, you can usually find these at Asian ...
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How to make an ice pack that doesn't leak

The best option is to use a frozen sponge inside of a Ziploc bag. This works because when the sponge melts it will use it sponginess to soak up the water and make sure it doesn't leak. From thekitchn....
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How to transport liquids without spilling?

The trick is to sort of isolate your arm and shoulder from the rest of your body when you're moving, so that your body's moving but the combined unit of your arm, shoulder, and hand carrying the drink ...
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How to make Ice melt slower?

You can improve your bucket by: insulating with aluminum foil and/or using a cooler insulated with Styrofoam. draining the ice as soon as water has accumulated. And if you make your own ice make ...
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