Tetsujin
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removing corrosion on the contacts of an Apple USB-to-Lightning cable
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Use a pencil eraser. People have been cleaning electrical contacts with pencil erasers for as long as there have been contacts that needed cleaning. Some examples... One thing to note - those ...

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Does boiling tap water make it potable?
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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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Loud neighbor living upstairs depriving me of my sleep!
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Some people simply don't realise how much noise they make, or how much it impinges on others. I've found - empirically, & without ever actually falling out with any noisy neighbours long-term - ...

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How to activate sodium acetate hand warmer without the button?
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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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How to remove/hide/destroy senstive information written on paper without a machine?
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Ripping it up is as secure as the obfuscation you can apply to the task. A shredder is actually not a very secure method, unless your total shredded quantity is high. Re-assembly is just a jigsaw ...

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Bringing the cold water to room temperature
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Bring to work sufficient bottles to cover an entire day's supply. Fill them in the evening with cold water. The next day they will be the correct temperature, all day. Repeat by refilling in the ...

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How to protect coffee machine from others in a public space?
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5 votes

There is a type of plug/socket combination known as a Walsall Plug, which looks similar to a standard 13A UK plug, but the pins go the other way [90° from standard]... Left, Standard right Walsall... ...

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Repainting measurement increments on tools
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Sugru - not cheap, but simple & resilient. (No affiliation, I just use it a lot for all sorts of things) From Sugru's own web site - 8 ways sugru can refresh and improve well worn products Rub a ...

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How to prevent HDMI cable from coming loose
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This is an adaptation of my own answer on Ask Different, for a similar circumstance. One way to alleviate the pulling action is to try to get the cable pointing in a better natural direction between ...

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How to clean leather wallet that has been soaked in coffee?
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Speaking as one who did inadvertently put his leather wallet through the washing cycle... It is a very soft black aniline leather, so I feared the worst. A lot of colour came out of it, into ...

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How to get rid of bad odour coming out of a water bottle?
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In addition to Paparazzi's obvious but necessary "clean them in warm soapy water" periodically... We get the same thing with re-usable SodaStream bottles which are only ever plain water, fizzed. ...

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How do I get rid of burning toothpaste in my throat?
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Short of seeking medical attention, there's little you can do except drink water or gargle. Presumably, as you took the time to write this question, you are in no immediate physical danger. Any ...

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Fix a broken loop on a car key
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There should be a screw under the emblem - though idk how replaceable that loop is once you get in. It looks like just a small bent piece of metal with an angle at one end & the loop at the other.....

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Reading glasses with zero correction
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Any optician can make a zero correction lens - that's what all their display models are filled with. All you need to do is pick a frame - or ask about old display frames they no longer need...

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How to prevent mobile phone in the car from falling when I use it as GPS?
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There are some countries that don't allow sticking anything to the windscreen, however, in those that do, the recommended place for a portable satnav is in a holder stuck to the screen, out of your ...

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System for splitting costs on shared items and household goods with roommates
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Any solution you arrive at will actually depend on the person responsible for upholding the system being sufficiently respected by the others as actually being in charge. If their 'authority' is ...

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How to wash very muddy sports boots?
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The UK TV show 'Dragon's den' featured an invention by a 15-year-old schoolboy, which is now just coming to market, with the support of an almost unprecedented three of the 'Dragons' from the show. ...

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How to maximize total apple/pear volume in a space limited bag?
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Considering that in a bag of those dimensions & taking the individual objects' sizes into consideration, that there will only probably be one piece of fruit difference in an optimal vs non-optimal ...

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How to get rid of ants
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This really really depends what type of ant. Most you can just keep spraying til they give up, die off or decide somewhere else is more profitable. Destroying their pheromone paths will prevent ...

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How to make a yellowish white shirt become perfectly white again
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There are essentially two types of bleach, chlorine & oxygen. I assume you have tried the first, but not the second. Chlorine bleach is the most common - the one that smells like a really strong ...

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How to clean my hair without being able to wash it?
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Wear a hat. Seriously, if you can't get it wet, you don't want potentially irritating dry chemicals on it either.

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Is there any way to restore faded receipts?
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Obviously, this is not a direct answer to the question asked... but an outside the box alternative. I don't know if this is the same world-wide, however, in the UK at least - a physical paper receipt ...

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How to remove static from clothes and self?
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Any static charge gained in the dryer will be lost on the first grounded object you touch. Your issue is due to subsequent build-up of charge, either from lack of fabric conditioner, which contains ...

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How can i prevent a drinking glass from getting knocked over?
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First time I ever saw this I thought they were joking. I now have one [no affiliation, I just like it] The Mighty Mug Cannot be knocked over; picks up with no effort. Caveat - it does require a ...

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Good way to prevent phone camera from touching table
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I seem to post about this stuff so often I'm going to end up sounding like an advert for it - I have no affiliation, I just like the stuff, it works for a million things, so here goes... Sugru They ...

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How to remove super glue from prescription eye-glasses lens
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Super glue isn't waterproof - it nearly is, but not quite. if you soak in water, it should eventually come loose with no damage at all. It might take some perseverance, as it is nearly waterproof, ...

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How can I attend a contest and go to the airport on the same day?
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I'm going to put this in the answer space even though a) it's not the answer you want & b) the question is off-topic, but also because there is no SE site that will fix this. You're 13; at 13 ...

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Sharing grocery costs and responsibility
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Something I've been doing for 30 years... Plan your menus weekly, so you know pretty much what you'll be eating each day, & therefore its components. Plan on eating things with the shortest use-...

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How to remove foot stink?
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Keep a clean pair of enclosed shoes, rather than open sandals, at work. Carry a spare fresh pair of socks with you to work every day, in a sealed bag to take them home again at the end of the day.

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How to decarbonate ("make flat") beverages more quickly?
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Not certain about the practicality of this solution, but as a child I discovered that putting the chewed end of a stick of liquorice [the real stuff, made of 'wood'] into a fizzy drink would flatten ...

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