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How to press a touch sensitive elevator button without touching it
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Your biggest problem is not the touch sensitive button, but your (justified) fear of contracting germs. My quick-hack for all kinds of surfaces that must be touched but aren't clean is to use the ...

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How to not forget my phone in the bathroom?
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Place the phone somewhere where you have to see it on your way out. One such place is the door handle of the cubicle / toilet. If there's an old-fashioned handle there, you can carefully lay the ...

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Effective ways to dry out books?
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The passive solution Put paper towels, tissue paper, toilet paper or anything that absorbs water well between every single page that got damp. Make sure that part of the paper towels stick out of the ...

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How to pour out liquid from pan
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That's what ladles are for. Simply scoop the liquid into the cup with a ladle or big spoon. Once you have transferred most of the liquid from the pot to the cup, pouring the rest will be much easier.

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How to reinforce or protect USB-C cable from connector damage
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Hang the phone up so it can't be knocked down. Here's a short YouTube video with very simple instructions. You cut the top of an empty plastic bottle (from lotion, shampoo, household cleaners or ...

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My son's socks are stiff
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If the socks are "soaked from his working everyday", I assume they are soaked in sweat. Sweat contains salt, which crystalizes when it dries, making the socks hard. It can also dissolve ...

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Removing bad smell of constant use cotton clothes
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In addition to Weather Vanes answer, there are some things that might affect old clothes more than new ones. Body odor is usually caused by bacteria. If a freshly washed shirt smells again after a ...

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Reducing laundry
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I propose a change in your general approach. You write you use disposable plates and towels to reduce the time expended to wash them. How much time are you expending to go shopping for those in turn? ...

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How can I remove melted chocolate from my phone's headphone jack?
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Instead of heating the chocolate and hoping to get it out, you should cool it down. To avoid any damage to your phone and the battery, completely switch it off. Then put it into the lowest ...

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How can I effectively determine the distance to the car in front of me when parallel parking?
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You could turn on the lights and look for the reflection on the other car. This might not work as well on very bright and sunny days, but in general even a lightly overcast sky is enough to make out ...

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How to clean my humidifier
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Limescale can be dissolved by acids. Vinegar essence is a popular cleaning agent because it doesn't leave residues, but it smells quite pungent. Citric acid works just as well and doesn't smell. Do ...

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Clothes are still dusty after full cycle
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First you should activate the "thorough rinsing" option on your machine (if it has one). Modern washing machines seem to be manufactured mostly for the ads and less for the actual washing ...

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Damaged Gears from a Paper Shredder
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I honestly doubt you'll find replacement parts for 2 reasons: Most people don't bother repairing any appliances anymore because buying new is cheaper than paying for repairs. Manufacturers don't want ...

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How can I conceal windows without any adhesive or replacing the vertical blinds?
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Assuming you have difficulties sleeping when the sun shines even at night, consider using a sleep mask instead of blocking all of those windows. I often sleep with a mask in summer and a well-fitted ...

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DIY door stopper
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A simple DIY idea that has the potential to look good is to make a stuffed animal / plushy into a door stopper. You need to select a plushy that is higher than the door gap and wider than the door ...

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How to remove salt from salted pumpkin seeds
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If there's a crust or a layer of salt on the outside, put them into a cloth (like a clean kitchen towel or a clean pillow case) and rub them for a while. This should remove the salt from the seeds and ...

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Stop ink stains on hand when writing for left-handed people
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Most left-handed people I know turn the page at an angle (which differs between individuals) that allows their left hand to slide above or below the line they just wrote. This certainly needs some ...

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How do I pull the rubber plug out of this despenser
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You might be able to pull it out with a hook. You can unbend things like a wire coat hanger, a very large paper clip or a similar object and then bend it into a long hook that fits through the bottle ...

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How to stabilize a laptop power plug port?
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You could attatch a glue-on cable clip to the laptop and secure the cable in it. Something like this: The clip's inner diameter should be the size of the power cable so it sits tightly. That way the ...

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How to save space in a suitcase of clothing?
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My personal advice is to not throw rumpled clothes in there chaotically. Most people fold their dried clothes of the same type (trousers, shirts, towels, and so on) to the same size in order to stack ...

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Adding a temporary door
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Alternative solution: give your brother ear plugs for the duration of his visit. A pole with a thick curtain can muffle the sounds somewhat, but not much and the curtains needs to be very thick and ...

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Best ways to use free electricity?
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Depending on where you live, there might be e-bike or e-scooter rental services around. These companies put a number of devices out on the streets in big cities, but collecting all of them to recharge ...

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Physics laboratory setup for fluid dynamics experiments
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A fair number of laboratories use toys like Fischer Technik or Lego in simple experimental setups. You could use them or similar, modular equipment to build a frame that connects 2 stirrers with an ...

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How to cut piece of fabric in a way that won't unravel the rest of the fabric?
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The tiny piece you're holding in the picture is not a piece of fabric, it's (for lack of a better word) a "braid" of threads that extends from the seam. This is a very common thing in cheap ...

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Is there a technique to check if the people downstairs can hear us running on a treadmill without asking them?
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The most simple answer is: If you can hear it, they can hear it as well. If you can't hear it, there's no way to know besides asking them. In a physical sense, sound is a vibration of air. It spreads ...

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How can I fix a broken wire?
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I would generously hot glue the area where the wire is split and then wrap tape around it. The hot glue is slightly flexible and would form a new strain relief. Tapering the glue from the original ...

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How to remove or kill pathogens from stuff that is locked up in a room for more than a year
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If the stuff has been in your home for 2 months, most parasites, bacteria and viruses are probably dead. I guess the highest chances of survival have things like mold (if there is any moisture left) ...

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Is there any way to fix these keys?
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Maybe you can find an old laptop for cheap and salvage the keyboard. I don't know which resources are available to you, but you might Go to a scrap yard (preferably one specialized in electronics) ...

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How to tuck in shirt if waist is too small?
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Tailoring shirts is certainly not an easy craft, but if your shirt fits you well around the shoulders, it's very easy to adapt the waist hem to your body. First, practice with an old shirt. If you get ...

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What are some ways of temporarily relieving toothache until getting to the dentist?
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A traditional house remedy is biting on a whole clove. As with most house remedies, they work to acertain extend, sometimes don't work at all, and never solve the underlying problem. Whole cloves ...

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