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Drying clothes: windy but cold outside vs warm(ish) inside?
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The best hard facts are the ones you establish for yourself under your specific conditions. One experiment is worth a thousand good opinions. — Bill Nye, the science guy. Determine which ...

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How can you stop sweat from running into your eyes while at work in 40+ degree Celsius weather?
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Sweatbands are available in a number of colours that may match your uniform and be acceptable as an unobtrusive and necessary accessory for unusual weather (work) conditions. They are light, cheap, ...

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Demagnetize a tool
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There are a few ways to destroy a magnet. By impact Rough handling (dropping, hitting, etc.) a magnetized item can weaken it as well as creating one from iron bearing metal. That's how tools become ...

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Where to put used-but-usable clothes (a.k.a. alternative to "The Chair")?
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I put worn-once-but-not-dirty back in the wardrobe but change the direction of the hanger hooks so that they can be immediately identified as "half-way." Facing forward vs. facing backward. In ...

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How to hide a little device for some years?
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If you are willing to make an investment, consider hiding your paraphernalia in plain view! Make a personal statement to any and all to see that you have taken the challenge to make a commitment to ...

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Alternatives to using writing paper for writing practice
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I use a sheet of Magic Water Painting Paper by Kuretake. It costs about $5 Canadian for an 8½" x 11". It can be ordered online. I have been using the same sheet taped to a piece of plexi-glass for ...

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How can you estimate the fill-state of an opaque bottle?
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If you keep the bottle in the refrigerator like my wife does, when you take it out the condensation on the side of the bottle will tell you the level exactly within a few minutes. In a rush? Breathe ...

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How to pour out liquid from pan
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Use a guide bar for pouring. I learned how to do this kind of thing in a lab using a glass rod and a cylindrical container. A similar technique can be used for your household situation. Find a spoon ...

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Cheapest way to enhance soundproofing for an apartment door?
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You've already done what you can by blocking gaps around the door. Next, You can try hanging mover's mats from strong portable over-the-door hooks Overlap the opening on either side of the door as ...

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How can you get algae out of of a glass bottle?
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Use sand. If you are close to some source of sand, you could put some into the bottle and swirl it around to "scrub" the bottom of the bottle with some hot soapy water. Sand is fine in size, abrasive,...

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How do I stop my room's lock from being opened with a coin without unscrewing it?
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At its simplest, a door hook on the inside of your door will do the job for about $2. at a hardware store. You twist the hook into one side of the door and the loop on the door frame (or vise-versa). ...

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How to safely display an electric car's battery pack at a car show?
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Display your battery pack through a window. A sheet of rigid plexiglass will be transparent enough to see everything but stop anything from touching the dangerous parts of the display. In addition, ...

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Remove string from vintage caster wheels
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A seam-ripper can be used to penetrate the tight wrap and cut several layers of it at once. Push the point through the knot to cut through it. After this, there will be loose threads (and hair) to ...

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How do I make a lid for this bin?
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Plastic plant-pot saucers are inexpensive, come in a variety of sizes and colours, are light weight, strong, tough, and when flipped over are tops for bottoms. You can find them in hardware stores, ...

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How to get rid of bad breath
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First. Are you sure you have bad breath? Is there any chance you have halitophobia?People with halitophobia are paranoid about the smell of their breath. They often misinterpret other people's ...

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Rising to the Challenge - Mattress on top of Roof
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The flexibility of the piece is the difficulty to overcome. The air blast will make keeping the shape of the mattress difficult so it will let airflow distort it. It will be tough to fasten it ...

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How to completely be rid of bed bugs
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Heat and diatomaceous earth. One key to getting rid of the little suckers is to raise the temperature of infested materials above 140°F. They will nest in tiny places such as inside the grooves of ...

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How can I stop plastic bags that cover computer speakers from vibrating?
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Stop using plastic bags to cover your speakers.Change the stuff you use to protect your desk speakers. Use something instead of a thin plastic bag that is: inexpensive easy to find easy to install ...

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Which style of ice cream scoop is most effective?
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The HACK: It ain't the tool. It's the temperature. … How to Set Your Ice Cream Freezer Thermostat to Hit the Optimal Scooping Temperature Ice Cream is Best Scooped at a temperature of zero to +6 ...

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How would one digitize a thick book into a PDF version in the most time-efficient way, using only a camera and a computer?
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You can convert your book to a PDF in about as much time as it will take you to read it through, maybe a bit longer. You will need a sheet of glass to hold the book, spread open, facing downward. ...

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How can I close rice bag?
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Introducing the Divide and Conquer HACK: When you buy in bulk quantities, redistribute some of each different food stock into a smaller container for frequent use that is easy to handle and closes ...

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How to flip the page without causing too much noise?
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Do What The Professionals Do… [a How To, and WHY] Professional broadcasters (radio announcers, voice actors, etc.) read material from different sources such as news stories, scripts, public service ...

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How can you stop sweat from running into your eyes while at work in 40+ degree Celsius weather?
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Consider using antiperspirant along your hairline and along your forehead above your eyebrows to lessen the amount of sweat from your face. If you weren't aware, antiperspirant is not only used under ...

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Could I remove the back-light from an LCD screen and let sunlight illuminate it from behind?
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You could do that; but, it's much simpler to make a laptop sun shade from a cardboard box. Open the flaps and put the box on its side. Put the laptop inside the box and the shadow will allow you to ...

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How can I clean my papers from someone's coughs?
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Bake your notes in a pre-heated oven for a few minutes. According to what virology online, 56°C / 133°F for 15+ minutes — hardly enough to do any damage to your notes that you'd notice. Here's more… ...

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Shared tools always getting lost
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A place for everything and everything in its place. You mentioned that you tried to use Tile (an audible signal device) to locate items; but, that its efficiency is limited due to the high noise ...

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Fasten silicone glasses holder to arm of the glasses
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You missed a loop. Two, in fact, on each end of the glasses holder cord. Bend the elastic loop in half and put one arm of the glasses through both loops of the "8" formed by the bent loop. For ...

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Signing a new credit card
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Banks and financial institutions prefer the miserly thin line you dislike. Forgers love thick lines that disguise small irregularities in a bogus signature. It's VERY difficult to forge a signature ...

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How to be alerted when someone enters my room
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At its simplest, a door hook on the inside of your door will do the job for about $2. at a hardware store. You twist the hook into one side of the door and the loop on the door frame (or vise-versa). ...

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How to avoid doing dishes (after microwaving food)
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The best way to avoid doing dishes is to not use dishes. Dish hack: Eatable dishes. This is not original but inspired from advertising which suggests crackers, rusks, toasted bread, pita were "...

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