Shokhet
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How do I fill a hot water urn that doesn't fit in the sink?
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Here's a solution that my friend came up with: Take a bunch of Styrofoam cups Cut out the bottoms of the cups Stack them up Put the wide end of the top cup under the faucet, and the (cut open) ...

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How to clean blood from white clothes
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My father always told me to use hydrogen peroxide to clean bloodstains from clothing. I've done that many times; it works :) Howstuffworks.com also recommends using it -- they also explain how it ...

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How do I sharpen a knife in the wild?
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I saw a Youtube video on this a while back*....can't find it now, but I'll post whatever I remember. Basically, the way knife-sharpening works is that you shave off little bits of metal, in order to ...

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Looking for a solution to store and carry my knife
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I improvised my own case for my knife. 1. Wrap it in a towel: 2. Put the towel-wrapped knife in a pencil case, and close it: This seems to work, even though the knife is a little too loose in the ...

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How to stop a serving spoon from falling into the food?
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My friends found another Styrofoam solution: stick the serving spoon through a Styrofoam bowl, as shown below.

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Hacked Chanukah Menorahs
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I always remember to bring my own menorah ;-) ....but here are some things I've seen done. You can use Styrofoam cups, a favorite of my friends': Another option would be to use a Styrofoam plate, ...

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How to seal the plastic bags airtight after opening without using rubber band?
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You can use a binder clip, like this one: (image source; used with permission) They come in different sizes; for the packages you have, you might want to use slightly larger-than-average ones. In ...

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How do I remove a bandage from thin skin?
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I don't have any other solution for you, besides using a dedicated adhesive remover like this one. They're pretty cheap, at ~$10 for 50 wipes, though you could probably find them cheaper if you tried. ...

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Quick way to defrost food?
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One thing that my father does to defrost things is to leave them in the sink, under running water. While he does this correctly, this comes with a few caveats from the National Center for Home Food ...

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How do I remove USB's plastic fragments from the USB port?
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I'd suggest using a pair of thin tweezers, like these:

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How can I make squirrels leave my roof without poisoning them?
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When I had problems with squirrels in my garden, I was told that using coyote urine worked as a squirrel repellent; litter critters are scared of big things like that, and leaving a scent is a good ...

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How to get mice out of the ceiling
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Apparently, rodents hate the smell of peppermint, so some friends of mine who have had this problem have used peppermint oil to keep mice away. While my friends just sprayed it around the house, this ...

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Tumble-drying a fitted sheet without getting other things tangled in it
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You might try putting your sheets in a mesh laundry bag, like this one. This will allow the bag to get dry from the dryer, but will keep it separate from other items in the dryer. It's a little bit ...

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How to store cans in a cupboard
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Something my mother uses in miniature for her spice cabinet might help you in your cupboard. My mother bought a small, plastic lazy susan with multiple shelves on it to keep spices on, and that ...

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How do I redact information when my black marker isn't "wet" enough, and the information shows through my blackouts?
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Cut out slips of paper that match the size of the boxes that you want to black out, then tape them in place with clear tape so that nothing is redacted that doesn't need to be. Most photocopiers I've ...

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Easy way to remove brand stickers in recyclable materials?
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I've found that using medical adhesive remover (like this one) works to remove stickers. I happen to have a bunch lying around that I've never used, but you can order them from Amazon (they're not ...

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How do I seek justice against vending machines?
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Since you say your problem is when [...] a corkscrew [...] rotates less than the distance needed for the item to fall off of the end of the corkscrew. I would recommend shaking the machine, which ...

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How can I cut onions without tearing up?
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The problem with cutting onions is that a gas, partially made up of certain enzymes, is emitted by the cut onion. See, for instance, this article by FoodRepublic: The compound to blame? syn-...

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