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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 stop snow from sticking to the shovel

Snow sticks to the shovel because it melts on contact with the shovel blade. This can be most easily prevented by keeping the shovel outdoors, so it's cold before you start shoveling the snow. This ...
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Removing ice from the windshield

I've used the spray cans of de-icer and they work great. Looking at the ingredients, they used forms of alcohol to get the job done. So I tried the spray of 2:1 rubbing alcohol to water and it ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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What is the best way to use a tower fan and an oil heater to heat a room quickly?

It takes a long time to heat your room because the heat from the static heater moves to the ceiling so that you don't feel it at the beginning. As you wait, there is more air being heated, and the ...
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What is the best way to re-dry already seasoned firewood

The moisture from your car is probably too little and it can't affect the wood. You have to check if the roof is leaking water or the floor is wet. If the floor is wet then water may be coming from ...
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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 open a frozen car door?

If the lock freezes shut, the easiest way to thaw it is to heat the key with a lighter and use the hot key to melt the ice inside the lock. Following up with a shot of spray windshield deicer (which ...
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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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Removing ice from the windshield

I would prefer you to wash your cars window using water with a hose and it can do the trick unless atmosphere temperature solidify this water(which means if your regions temperature is too low, this ...
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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 start fire with wet fire wood after it has been raining or snowing

Fire from wet log This was actually one of the summer camp challenges in outdoor organisation I was at kid. It was called fire from a wet log. You were supposed to start a fire using only: knife axe ...
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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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Windshield wipers freezing During Freezing Rain

Sticking them straight out works good in snow and ice rain, but is best when used with a towel, socks on the wipers or other waterproof cover. Ice getting into their joints stops them from working and ...
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How to stop snow from sticking to the shovel

Spray Rain-X on to the shovel before shoveling.
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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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