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How to slightly shrink a film canister?
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Making a container light-tight is much easier than trying to resize a container and lid no matter how slight the alteration. The hack is rather easy after you find a container that 'fits' your ...

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How do I prevent clothing from getting stained in the washer or dryer?
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Isolate which part of your laundry routine is causing the damage to your clothes. Begin your detective work with a careful inspection of freshly-washed articles. Look at each one carefully to ...

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How to heat milk without scalding?
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Milk scalds at or above 180°F or 82°C. The easiest hack is to use a surface thermometer to find the setting on your burner dial that will not heat above that temperature. Place the thermometer in the ...

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Apply a rubber or other insulating layer to a metal watch band
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Topsy-Turvy Stainless Steel Watchband Hack: Rather than pursue the technique of applying a flexible layer of some material to the bottom of your stainless steel watchband, flip the concept. Here's how:...

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How to avoid shortage of toilet paper?
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Design Hack: Move the toilet tissue dispenser. Have you noticed that you cannot see the available supply of toilet tissue until you are at the receptacle? This is good for the decor; but, it's poor ...

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Apply a rubber or other insulating layer to a metal watch band
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I would advise you to visit your dentist for your Lifehacks problem solution. Discuss the issue with the dental technician. In a previous answer, Liquid Acrylic Monomer was suggested as a watchband ...

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How would you have a rewarding snack like cookies locked away, and only accessible at a certain time each day?
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Rather than investing in home security equipment and facilities, you could put appropriate snacks (dry, wrapped, not needing refrigeration, etc.) in a rented bank safety deposit box. You will have ...

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How to fairly select participants from a group of unwilling students?
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Hack: Use results based on student research. Students are asked to specify, and commit themselves to an answer for a task-based question that each can research. Ask students to vote on whether to ...

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What can I use to attach bulky things to my keyring?
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The toughest combination of objects to accomplish what you wish is "heavy duty" or "Janitor's grade" split key rings — use one or more welded small chain links between the rings. ...

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What can I use to attach bulky things to my keyring?
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You are looking for a specific item, which you have never seen and wonder about what such a thing is called. It might not even exist as you imagine it. Rather than look for that "three-lobed"...

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Cancelling echo in a recycled phone microphone-speaker set
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I found the following article that deals with an echo similar to your question. The problem is that the echo is from the other end; however, if you substitute "yours" for "theirs" ...

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Any insight about suspect "acid" stains on new hollow metal door jambs?
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DrMoishe Pippik makes some valid points. My take is similar but include an 'experiment' to determine whether the undesirable mark/anomaly is on the surface of the metal or a discolouration within the ...

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How to make a sticky mess (a permanently sticky material like sap)?
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The HACK used to make a cord-wrapped handle does NOT use anything sticky to hold it it place. The handle wraps are held in place by tension using an old technique referred to as "whipping" ...

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How much soap/detergent is optimal to wash your clothes?
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The Science: Soaps and detergents are made from long molecules that contain a head and tail. These molecules are called surfactants. The head of the molecule is attracted to water (hydrophilic) and ...

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How to dry shoes quickly after washing them?
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HACK: Dry uncooked white rice is an excellent desiccant. All you need to use it conveniently is something to make handling it easy. Try a pair of stockings. First, try to absorb the excess moisture ...

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How to clean Stainless Steel nail clippers without rusting them?
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Normally stainless steel will not rust. Stainless steel remains stainless, or does not rust, because of the interaction between its alloying elements and the environment. Stainless steel contains iron,...

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How to organize paper appliance and tool manuals?
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In their book "Universal Principles of Design," William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler, tell us that there are five different ways to organize information. The acronym is LATCH. ...

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How to organize paper appliance and tool manuals?
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Maybe you're simply looking for products for organizing materials and supplies to use for printed matter. One such source for ideas is Shelf Organization Products Another source of ideas for your ...

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How to organize paper appliance and tool manuals?
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I have been using the perfect hack for your problem for years. It is called a shelf and it is available in different shapes, sizes, materials, colours, configurations. There is a variation to suit any ...

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How to unscrew this screw
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Lifehacks HACK: Use the wrong tool for the job. If you have a pair of long-nose pliers, you have enough clearance to grip the side of the head of the counter sunk screw. You would alternately tighten ...

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How to unscrew this screw
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STOP The screw is holding a "clip." Do not unscrew it until you lift the white piece directly upward. The slot in the white piece is there so that when you lift the white moulded "shell&...

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A better heat & fire resistant suspension hack than the looped elastic fabric I have used here?
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Put the suction cup base on the level glass shelf just to the right of the AC mains plug that I can see in the photograph. The glass shelf is near the position where you now have your mirror and ...

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How can a layperson decontaminate library books?
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Hack the same chemical-free technique using a safe, household appliance in the same manner as the professionals. Heat is a proven disinfectant. Medical professionals trust autoclaves and heat to ...

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How can I 'fool' an induction cooker into thinking that it has a larger pot on the surface?
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Induction-surface sensor HACK: Try increasing the size of the stove-top pot by placing coins, one-by-one, next to the base of the too-small pot until the sensor detects the greater surface area ...

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Killing Flying Insects in Bulk
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Have you tried to use an insect decoy as a deterrent to scare the tiny insects away? Believe it or not, those tiny creatures are very aware of their surroundings. They can be scared away when they ...

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Fast and cheap way to repair plastic eyeglasses?
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The fastest and cheapest kind of repairs to plastic glasses that have broken frames is called Bondic™. It is a UV cured epoxy. Happily, the UV curing light is included in the kit which is available ...

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Removing water stuck inside a double glass cup
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If you have a conventional (not microwave) oven, you can put it into a pan or onto a cookie sheet and bake the glass cup to drive out the water. Heat the oven to slightly above water boiling point. ...

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How to disable our outdoor motion light?
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Get and Install an X-10 wireless home automation system component that will allow you to remotely control the power to the Floodlight by a battery-powered switch you carry on your key-ring. No ...

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How to disable our outdoor motion light?
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Disable the sensor. There are different kinds of security light sensors. Depending on the type of sensor, you may be able to hack the intended purpose of the device for enough gloom of night to help ...

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How to disable our outdoor motion light?
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Remove the motion activated led flood light near the door. Install a normal flood light that can be turned on or off from the top and bottom of the staircase. This is called a "Basic 3-Way Switch." ...

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