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What to use as a bandage substitute?
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At a pinch, for small cuts and bruises, consider making a make-shift plaster with a small piece of tissue paper held down with sticky tape (any kind). If you don't want the tape to stick to your skin,...

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How do you open a bottle like this?
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Googling around, I found these tips, which all basically say to slice off the inside cover. Take a sharp knife and carefully slice off the plastic top. I used a steak knife and slowly cut it. I was ...

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How to weigh a small item without a scale?
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This is based on BrettFromLA's seesaw idea. Get a wooden board (any material will do - it just has to be straight). Put 1L of water (1kg) at one end and your item at the other. Carefully put a pencil ...

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How can I lock the pump of a JASON soap pump bottle?
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There’s a tiny screw thread just under the head, where the nozzle piece joins the stem. You’ll need to ‘waste’ (or use) one pump or so of soap. Push the head all the way down, then twist it clockwise ...

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How to get rid of bad breath while fasting?
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The thing that serves as the major reservoir for bad breath (or the bacteria that cause it) is the tongue. Brush your tongue, and you should have better breath. This doesn’t resolve all sources of bad ...

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How to reuse a note book paper that can't blank?
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There's a technique used in the old days called cross writing to write new material at a different angle across the existing lines of text on a piece of paper. A crossed letter is a manuscript ...

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How can I remove skin oil from my phone's screen?
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I've found clean microfibre cloths to be quite effective on their own with phone smudges.

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Quicker alternative to twisty-tie on a bread bag?
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Try a heavy-duty clip, like a bulldog clip (the link is to a picture on thedealsdiscount.com - see picture below). Scrunch up the end however you like, and clip it on. To get your bread, just squeeze ...

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How to be sure not to get stolen baggage in a night bus?
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Get a bicycle cable lock - the kind with a long, flexible cord that coils like a spring. Thread the cable through the luggage handle and secure it to any convenient post in the luggage area. Be ...

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Lost my car keys inside my car. I am definitely unable to find them again despite 5 peoples paid me for a 700 Km ride tomorrow evening
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Based on your comments, you actually have a second engine tucked away in the boot/trunk of your car, and your keys are underneath that engine, out of reach. The rear sets of a Yaris fold down. ...

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How can I mount my surge protector using these holes
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In each of the 4 holes, the opening in the middle is for a screw or nail. Turn the devise sideways (rotate it 90 degrees), put the head of a screw through the hole, then let the device slide down a ...

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How to get rid of bad breath
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Try brushing your tongue. From Colgate: You may brush twice a day and even sneak in an extra toothbrushing after lunch, but until you learn how to clean your tongue, you may not be able to get rid ...

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How can I determine the duration of a power outage?
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Set up a webcam and a simple CCTV-style recording, and leave a light on. When you get back, scan through the footage at high speed. If the CCTV rides through the outage, you'll be able to tell when ...

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How to staple 4-1/4" booklets with normal staplers?
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If you don't mind a small crease per staple, make the main fold, fold one side in (partially) again. Then staple over the fold. Please excuse the low quality of the ascii 'diagrams': Main fold: -----...

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What is the easiest way to count down 60 minutes?
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Before the exercise, determine your resting heart rate. Find a nice, restful spot and sit/lie there. Count the time using your heart rate.

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How can I determine if a pump bottle's nozzle can be locked?
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If the pump is completely down when you buy it, and you need to ‘unscrew’ the nozzle prior to first use, it has a screw thread and should be lockable (by doing the reverse).

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How can I tie up or fasten a pump bottle's nozzle, if it can't be locked?
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The simplest way would be to remove the pump mechanism altogether and find a screw-cap with the same thread to close up the bottle. Pump the mechanism dry, then pack it separately. You could try ...

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What's the easiest way to care for a wound on upper back?
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If it’s just precision you’re after, not reach (i.e. you don’t have a problem manipulating your arms to reach the spot), consider setting up 2 mirrors facing each other, at a slight angle. You need ...

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How can I quickly remove water from my shower curtain?
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The problem with using 1 squeegee is that you don't have anything on the other side of the floppy material. Try using 2 squeegees, one in front and the other behind the curtain, pressing against each ...

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Archiving digital documents for a long term usage
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There are 3 aspects to this: the data survives; software exists to read the data; and hardware exists to run the software. To ensure the data survives, copy it multiple times, to multiple things (...

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Fast and Easy way to put-on pants (that need a belt)
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I'm assuming this is related to nursing or medical procedures, rather than servicing people too lazy to buckle their own belts. This means you have some latitude with positioning your patient. Start ...

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Best configuration for sleeping in car
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(Disclaimer: I'm not medically trained and this isn't medical advice; and I know from experience that sleeping in a car isn't ideal.) If you need to sleep in your vehicle, a sleeping bag provides ...

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Use 52/56oz liquid soap refill bottles directly?
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For the liquid soap brands I'm familiar with, refills have a narrower neck than the dispenser bottles. If there's plenty of soap in the refill container, quickly insert the neck of the refill into ...

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What's an effective way to label cell phones?
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Get a cheap transparent phone case and slip a piece of paper with the required details between the phone and the case. This hack doesn’t require special adhesives, doesn’t mark the phone, and doesn’t ...

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How to be alerted when someone enters my room
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Just lock your door. People who want to enter would likely knock or call out. Even if they don't, trying the handle is likely to make some noise. Either way, you will be in control of when people are ...

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How can I peel vegetables without scraping my fingers?
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In addition to Stephie’s excellent tips, you can also try copying what commercial peeling systems do: use something to separate the item from the hand. One way to do this is to hold the item firmly ...

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Wallet that can only hold 2 cards
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Credit cards are about the size of business cards, so anything that accommodates a business card has a fighting chance. Some physical diaries have plastic or leather slots or ‘pouches’ that take a ...

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How to better see mosquitoes?
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Don’t do anything to your room. Just lie on the floor, face up. Ceilings are usually a fairly large expanse of plain white and the mosquito will have a hard time using it for camouflage.

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An alternative (cheaper) option than offering towel service at the gym
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There used to be an ad about a paper towel (kitchen towel) that was said to be so absorbent that, at a pinch, it could be used to towel off after a shower. (This might be the ad. #include "disclaimer....

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Texture paint on a wall
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You're asking about colour matching. Try using a phone or tablet app that can display a colour wheel. Fill the screen with a colour that's close to the target colour, put your device against an ...

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