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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 is the best hack to remove bubbles?

Even high-quality sweaters and warm clothes produce bubbles which makes them look old and worn out. This is usually due to washing and due to ageing. I would suggest you do not use any machines for ...
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How to interface puffy coats with gloves in order to avoid exposed skin

Rather than solving the issue of connecting the gloves and coat (which you've found don't work), try looking at ways to solve the issue of the exposed skin. Some type of "arm warmer" should handle the ...
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Pack Down and Smooth Snow in Yard so Kids Can Ski

Back years ago before mechanical packing equipment, I belonged to a ski club on one of the slopes of Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts. It was run by the members. After a snow, before skiing would start,...
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Are there a budget way to make shoes to not slide at winter?

Maybe you need a two-step approach. I don't have a brand to recommend. I have a technique you might find helpful. Keep your cheap cleats; but, put them on over a pair of rubber overshoes which will ...
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What's the best way to avoid slippery (frozen) outdoor stairs

Sand - small granular particles of insoluble stone. It is a mechanical means to keep your grip as it is hard, and cannot be compressed under your weight. It pits the less hard surface of the ice ...
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How to interface puffy coats with gloves in order to avoid exposed skin

I was thinking along the same lines as Allison. I used this solution for a different purpose some years ago. I had to wear a large gauge on my wrist. I won't go into details. But, the strap was ...
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Pack Down and Smooth Snow in Yard so Kids Can Ski

"Skiing powder" is a condition which many skiers covet; but you are correct that you might need a (compacted) base of snow underneath to make that first, fresh snowfall ski-able. If you backyard is ...
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How can I more quickly warm up the interior of my car during winter?

-30 this morning in Fairbanks Alaska. If you really want to know how to warm and maintain a vehicle during a truely cold winter (not the stuff a lower 48er considers cold) you need to ask an Alaskan ...
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What is the best winter clothing strategy for keeping warm?

I think the top answers already covered most clothing things, but I highly recommend wool and down as they're much warmer for their weight than anything else. My extra cold weather outfit is several ...
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How do I remove white thread flakes from my jacket?

For removing hair and fluff from garments I find it effective to wind sellotape/scotch/parcel tape around my hand, sticky side out, and then pat the garment down. It may be easier to wear it or lay it ...
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Are there a budget way to make shoes to not slide at winter?

Take some old socks, the more coarsly knitted the better, and pull them over your shoes. It really works, people in Croatia and neighbouring countries sometimes do this in winter. Anyway, you asked ...
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Indoor comfortable stairs to run

You might check with local charities concerning where they hold annual stair climb events, and how they obtained permission. These events commonly are run up the stairwells of relatively tall building....
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Best way to get a sleigh up a hill without human effort?

I've seen setups with one drive wheel of a car jacked and blocked off the ground, and a wheel without tire changed onto the axle; two or three wraps of rope or cable around the rim, car running and in ...
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How to open a frozen padlock

Heat the key with a lighter. Then stick the key in the lock. Works every time.
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How to remove ice formation inside the car windows

It happens a lot here in Canada since we have long and cold winters. I tend to use a plastic card from my wallet. It can bend to the shape of the window which is concave inside. It's not very fast and ...
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Indoor comfortable stairs to run

While not the same as running on stairs, a step machine is designed to emulate the real thing, but without the associated risks and taking up a lot less space:
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How to remove ice formation inside the car windows

I had this issue with my 2006 Tundra and its sunroof. The sunroof sealing system is designed with passive drainage and the weep holes can get plugged up, which allows water to overflow/seep inside ...
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How to "recharge" sodium acetate hand warmer without a stove?

Heat up water in kettle or microwave . Pour hot water into s bowl, and place Hester into hot water. It won't take 10 minutes. Make more hot water and add it to bowl as necessary to keep the water in ...
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Deep snow - Walking technique? ...without any additional equipment

In general, when you are faced with difficult physical activity and you'd like to do it more efficiently, one of the tried and true methods of increasing efficiency is to repeat the activity over the ...
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Pack Down and Smooth Snow in Yard so Kids Can Ski

I have tried to pack down snow in my backyard, and the most efficient way of doing so is to sled sideways on a sled (a foam sled is best). If you are getting 10 inches of snow in one day, it will pack ...
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How can I warm my feet in winter without shoes and socks?

There are electrically heated feet warmers. They look like giant boots, wide enough to put two feet in. In themselves these are enough to keep your feet from going cold, but when you use the heater ...
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Are there a budget way to make shoes to not slide at winter?

I put the "webbed" side of Velcro on the bottom of mine. Just cut a long strip and attach it to each side of the shoe. I haven't had any problems sliding after that. Also, I picked up a couple of ...
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How to remove snow on a frozen roof window from the inside

It's possible to buy magnetic window cleaning devices where you have a part that stays outside and you move it around the window using a handle that controls it magnetically. You could leave one of ...
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How to remove snow on a frozen roof window from the inside

I have never tried this, but a hack could be to prevent snow from sticking in the first place by applying some TeflonĀ® based preparation on the outside of the glass (when you can open it). There are ...
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How can I prevent my wristwatch from fogging up on the inside?

The problem is clearly water ingress. If not addressed, the water will eventually damage the watch beyond repair. Remove the back and leave the watch in a warm dry place overnight. Replace the back ...
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Indoor comfortable stairs to run

Have you checked out nearby public buildings? You're looking for stairs that are accessible (i.e. not the fire escape), but not crowded (not the showy staircase in the lobby). Possible candidates: the ...
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What are hacks to make windows more insulated?

When I lived in a cold and draughty apartment, we put sheets of polythene across the windows. The windows had wood frames. First we put up the polythene (on the inside) and secured it with drawing ...
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How I warm my feet in the winter season?

Move your feet around, even if it's just wriggling your toes. Keep your surroundings warm (don't stay outside too long or keep the thermostat too low). Essentially, you need to keep your blood ...
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How I warm my feet in the winter season?

Jogging is a one good way, hot tea, warm sweater.
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