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How can I swallow pills more easily?
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After struggling with this for years, I finally found a solution that works 99% of the time: Viscous liquid. Using a thicker liquid, lets me swallow pills without it touching my throat and triggering ...

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How can I tell if there was a power cut while I was out?
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Lifehack: Avoid the power cut all together. Connect your battery charger (and other critical devices) to a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply). It has a built in battery so it will continue to run your ...

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How to remove solidified paste from toothbrush
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Hold the toothbrush under boiling water and that gunk should come right off. This is also a great way to disinfect a toothbrush as the hot water will kill any bacteria.

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Is there a way to avoid dust inside the house and thus the need of cleaning so often?
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Buying a Hepa filter is an option, but they are expensive and noisy. The real life hack would be to take a 20x25 inch Merv 8+ furnace filter and fit it into a cardboard box. Then use a computer case ...

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How to extend the lifetime of a rechargeable battery?
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Cell phone batteries (and everything else nowadays) uses Lithium Ion batteries. Unlike previous generations, these don't have a "memory" effect, so there's no need to completely discharge them all the ...

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Keep forgetting reusable grocery bags when I go shopping
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Instead of shopping bags, let me introduce you to my replacement solution: The Bin Unlike with shopping bags, you can carry all of your groceries in one trip! I just throw everything into the bin and ...

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Pet detecting sensor
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This sounds like a job for an UHF RFID sensor and a collar tag to go with it. However, that's going to be quite expensive. The alternative is going to be setting up two IR (infrared) beams across the ...

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How to cross a river on foot?
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If you are an adventurous sort of person, you can make a rope bridge with a climbing rope and a small pulley: Make sure to use a strong climbing rope and winch it tight (tying is not enough) or you ...

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How to reinforce or protect USB-C cable from connector damage
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Get a wireless charging case that fits the phone (similar to the one pictured below). This will allow you to protect the phone while also charging it wirelessly so that if it gets knocked, the ...

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How to hard-boil an egg in the microwave safely?
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Frameshift: You want to boil an egg easily, so your first instinct is the microwave. Instead may I recommend an even easier way, the rice cooker! Put a cup of water in the bottom of the cooker and ...

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Make coffee with no coffee filters?
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Tea Bags If you happen to have any tea bags left over, you can sacrifice one to make a great cup of coffee. Unlike paper towels, this option is guaranteed to be food safe. Cut the bag open with ...

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Remove Peanut Oil Stain from Carpet?
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While I was researching the solution provided by @computercarguy I came across a product that works even better: Oxy Power Shot - This stain had been set in for months and it took it right up like it ...

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How can I charge a single rechargeable battery?
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First of all, do NOT just short circuit the battery charger with a piece of foil to force it to charge your battery individually. Looking at the spec sheet provided, your charger outputs 3V to each ...

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Make a door move gradually?
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You can take advantage of the eddy currents generated by magnetic fields to build a dashpot. Simply attach a strong neodymium magnet to a rod and then place the contraption inside a conductive metal ...

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Is there way to convert straight horizontal bar into angled one?
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Why not make your own? All you need is some pipe at the hardware store and two 45 degree elbow joints like this one: Connect this to each end of your pipe and then attach two smaller pipes as grips ...

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How to keep Super Glue tip tube clear
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Thinking out of the box: Don't use Super Glue at all. No matter what you do, when exposed to air it will harden. Instead buy a 2 part epoxy (for a very similar price). Not only is epoxy much stronger, ...

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How can I more quickly warm up the interior of my car during winter?
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Frameshift: Don't wait for the car to warm up. Warm yourself directly: A car seat warmer will pull energy directly from the electrical system to start heating within 60 seconds rather than waiting ...

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My monitor turns off when fridge starts. How can I stop this?
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There's actually a tool designed to solve this problem. Search for a: "Hard start capacitor" - The problem is that your fridge compressor motor draws too much current thus depriving other devices on ...

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Unlock LED TV buttons without remote?
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On some modern smart TVs you can download an app for your phone that will pair with your tv over the wifi network and allow you to control it that way. This is true for my roku tv.

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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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High tech solution: Laser distance meter Park behind another car at a comfortable distance. Hold the meter out the window and measure that distance. The next time you go to park, use this tool to ...

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I keep wasting a ton of time on the internet, lifehacks for productivity / will?
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The thing that was most effective fore me was to separate my work computer and browsing computer. It sounds silly, but just having your internet browsing computer in another room makes a big ...

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How to beat morning blues
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Set a light-bulb to turn on automatically before you wake up. Humans are designed to wake up naturally with Sunlight, so you want to simulate that by getting a high color temperature bulb (5000k+) and ...

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At what part of the toilet should I aim to reduce the pee splashing?
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The fluid dynamics of this question could prove challenging so instead I will refer you to the manufacturer's recommendation. Many are now including "aim points" to encourage users not to wave about ...

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