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How to dry shoes quickly after washing them?
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Speaking from experience on the farm, during the winter months where our shoes/boots would get soaked from melting snow and needing them dry for the next day: putting them on/near a furnace register ...

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Cat-proofing flexible air ducts
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You could try semi-rigid dryer ducting: It's still flexible, more durable, and only slightly more expensive. This is more than just tinfoil. Besides being stronger, it may also deter them due to ...

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Cutting a screw while minimizing the damaging effect of vibration
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The Dremel style tool with an abrasive cutting disc is your best option. These come in a couple different sizes and durability options. Dremel disks I go for the smaller, heavy duty disks. These are ...

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Keeping the top of kitchen cabinets clean
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I'd suggest getting a range hood to prevent most of the grease from getting to the top of your cabinets. This can be vented outside or even recirculated, but the hood should have a grease trap air ...

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Need sensor to sound remote alarm when dog crosses a line
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You can look into motion sensors. These can be fairly simple, like the ones stores use to detect people entering their store, or it can be something you build yourself. The off-the-shelf kind have a ...

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How to remove or seal in mold mildew on vintage electronic cables
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I know this is an old Question, but several of the answer aren't good solutions. Bleach can destroy the insulation. Isopropyl alcohol won't kill the mold. Baking soda may kill the mold as a dry ...

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What is an easy way to drain a can of tuna?
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I'm going to suggest a combination (and slightly altered version) of Willeke and David's ways. Use a can opener to open the can half way, stand it up on the edge of your sink on the side of the can*, ...

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How to clean wicker plate-holder?
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I'd have to assume this is similar to cleaning wicker furniture. The individual wicker strands might be thinner and the weave different, but the idea is still the same as it's s till the same ...

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Get rid of drain flies (sink flies, filter flies, sewage flies)
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It's possible that the flies are hatching from eggs laid in your pipes, rather than from entering your home. Here's a few things to try: Keep the drains clean and clog free. Make sure that there is ...

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How to fix earphone foam
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Based on my prior comment which the OP confirmed as accepted answer. Even if the company doesn't allow returns or replacements, it's their mess up, so they should fix it, since they are the ones that ...

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How to remove gum from clothing while traveling?
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Besides freezing/icing the gum, like @GC13 suggested, I've heard that using peanut butter works. The oils coat the gum so it doesn't re-stick as well as it may try to break down/dissolve the gum. I ...

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How to build a DIY HEPA filters for a vaccum cleaners (no spare part for sale)?
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There's a 'lot of similar materials out there that will let you build your own versions for a lower price than the store, and since you can't even get your model's filters, this is about the only way ...

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How to remove the smell of chemicals from brand new kitchenware?
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My parents used to have an almost identical meat grinder that we used not all that frequently back in the 80's and 90's. It was old then. The reason I'm telling you this is because it was often very ...

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How can I remove down from my jacket?
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I'd suggest a fabric shaver (aka: clothes defuzzer). It's designed to remove lint and fuzz from clothes without damaging the fabric. It'll likely remove the slightly larger fibers as well. Doing a ...

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How can I remove decades old tape from paper without damaging the images printed on paper?
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I agree with Zeiss Ikon, but there's a technique that I've used somewhat successfully to remove the more visible traces of the glue, but it has risks. Using a razor blade or Exacto style knife, you ...

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Demagnetize a tool
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Beyond the great answer by Stan, there are actually a few tools that'll demagnetize things. Googling "demagnetizer" seemed to bring up a lot of good options, with a lot of places to get them, ...

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How to remove scatches from a metal laptop
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There are plenty of metal polishing/buffing compounds around, as well as buffing wheels for bench top grinders, angle grinders, and roto-tools which all can be Googled. If you have an colored ...

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How to properly eat crumbly food with your hand?
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Something that's been suggested to me is to use chopsticks. You can eat all kinds of sticky food without it sticking to your fingers. I don't know if that counts as a "tool", though. Chips with ...

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How to fix earphone only background music hear
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Those ends are relatively easy to fix. Google "headphone plug end" and you'll find 3 and 4 pole plug ends to replace your broken one, including instructions on how to do it. It'll be cheaper to do ...

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Glass container mess
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Keep the jar vertical while loosening the lid, which should prevent contents from being up against the lid. Once the lid is loose, slowly tip the lid up to open it. This will prevent a large wash of ...

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Removing ice from the windshield
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I know this is an old thread, but I've had amazing results with using RainX. It helps prevent snow, freezing rain, and ice from accumulating. Even when it does build up, it makes it Much easier to ...

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How to avoid splatters when microwaving?
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I know this is an old question, but I have another answer. Just like other answers say to cover the food, well, instead of using 1 time use options, use a "tupperware" lid. You know all ...

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How to take out hidden mice/rat
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You might try stuffing the holes with steel wool or copper wool. Both rats and mice don't like the feel of it and they generally can't chew through it. With the copper wool, if they try, the website ...

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How do I remove ganache from a headphone jack?
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When you put the phone jack into the hole, you smashed anything that was plugging the hole into new places that aren't going the be accessible to cleaning from the outside. You might get luck cleaning ...

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How to keep money out of sight at home?
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I generally don't recommend keeping much cash at home, since there's always the possibility of losing it, getting robbed, or losing the house to a fire or other natural disaster. Even if you keep ...

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Plastic wrap sticking to spine of Blu-Ray disc packages
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I know this is an old Question, but WD-40 works well to remove the glue. Just a few drops, a little gentle scrubbing, and it should dissolve. Then a quick wipe down or wash with dish soap on the ...

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Remove Peanut Oil Stain from Carpet?
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I found a couple articles doing a basic Search, but this one seems to be the easiest to read as well as incorporates the other ideas. Disclosure: I have not tried this myself and I have no ...

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How to make a sticky mess (a permanently sticky material like sap)?
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Using something off-the-shelf, Plasti Dip(R) is explicitly made for this. This stuff is designed for making metal handles on tools easier on hands as well as giving them more grip. You can coat the ...

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Double-sided tape residue on painted wall, how did I remove it?
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I've actually used the same piece of tape to remove the stuck glue. The glue on the tape will usually stick to the glue on the surface really well, then you gently/slowly remove the tape again. Make ...

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prevent my glasses from slipping down my nose
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As someone how's had glasses since the 6th grade, I know the problem well. I now have straight ear pieces and it's even worse. I've just lived with it, but I shouldn't. Hair bands / hair ties Oil ...

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