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Here's a collection of fifty how-to tricks that can be understood from a photo or two.
To see even more of them, check out
Handy Tricks 8: Island Handy Tricks
and 40 More Handy Tricks
and Yet More Handy Tricks
and Australian Handy Tricks
and Guatemalan Handy Tricks
and Handy Tricks Volume Six!
For a bunch of things that didn't work, check out How Not To.

First Trick: "The Handheld Food Processor" a.k.a a "Pair of Scissors".

Anna Blaedel chops grapes for sangria. This trick works for all types of food. Didn't shred your lettuce small enough? Sciz them up a bit!
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Step 1: Separate Bananas To Ripen Slowly

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Tom and Millie MacKenzie, my Kenyan hosts on Lamu Island would arrange individual bananas on their kitchen shelves.
I asked why and they said it was to prevent them from ripening so fast.
Apparently they emit ethylene gas which signals the other bananas to ripen. When they're separated they get less exposure.

If instead you want to make them ripen more quickly, put them in a plastic bag together, or with a banana that's already ripe.

Step 2: Lockable Motorcycle Pannier Made from Jerrycan

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Spotted at Emeryville Marina, California.
The maker cut the jerrycan just below the top, beat some shape into the upper lip so it slides over the lower portion of the can, and added a locking hasp.
I couldn't see any sign of a hinge on the other edge. There must be some kind of hook or internal chain to keep the lid down on that side.
A very nice way to protect your valuables on a motorcycle.
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Estwald6 years ago
There are some nasties that merely bring the water to a boil is not enough to kill them. It is recommended to bring water to a b oil and maintain it for 5 minutes. For this reason "auto off" water boiling pots are not recommended for making water biological safe. Quite apparently they were fortunate enough that they didn't have these nasties in their area.
Actually, this is a bit of misinformation. In most cases, simply bringing the water to boiling temperature will pretty much render it safe to drink. This link has some good info on it, along with explanations and a few other useful links:

for an overview, the author states that both cooking foods and pasteurization of milk (and other liquids) happens at temperatures far below 212F

I think one of the main reasons there is so much different info about boiling times out there (bring to a boil, boil for 1/3/5/10/20 minutes, etc.) is because people want to 'make sure' so they just lengthen the given time, but this consumes a lot of fuel (and, if it's not widely available, water).
wsni nakigara4 years ago
One consideration to that would be your altitude since water "boils' at different temperatures relative to your altitude.
Chainslaw wsni4 years ago
Actually, the altitude doesn't matter. As long as the water comes to a boil, any microorganisms will be killed. Milk and water are pasteurized at a temperature of 71°C (160°F), which is far, far below the boiling temp. of water at high altitudes.
The link Nakigara posted goes into more detail on this.
wsni Chainslaw21 days ago

Hi, I just logged in after 4 years. Thanks for your reply. I did not realize that and have since learned more about the process.

Better to be safe...
(You're safe when you boil it.)
ians38 months ago

I just tried this on my ebike front tire (16x5 tubeless) which suddenly deflated on the way home. There was a dent in the rim. Used cargo strap with ratchet. Worked perfect. Then tapped in the dent with rubber mallet. Thankyou. Probably saved me 60 bucks. Gonna carry the strap and compressor from now on though.

svinteen1 year ago

Thank you so much! This seemed so easy, like, how didn't i figure it out? Like a test you failed then in retrospect you saw how easy it was. I made this account to say THANK YOU =D

ants in the freezer? thats not a life hack thats just an unhygienic story.
What about rats? That won't work.
to get rid of rats without mess or smell, you need a box that is easy for them to get into and hard to get out of. commercially sold traps will have an entrance that's like on a spring so they push it down to get in but it snaps up behind them so they can't leave.

Bait it with peanut butter. Rodent's can't resist peanut butter. Once your trap has a vermin in it you can take the vermin wherever you want, like animal control or something (I believe there are rules about deliberately introducing things like this into the abodes of people you don't like)
why would you want to ripen rats slowly? I'm not sure I undersatnd
what do you mean 'rats'?
Hmm, is this under the Water Dish And Barrier step?. I meant, a small bowl won't keep rats off your table. You know, rats, rodents, mice, ratas, vermin, whatever you want to call them. How do you kill them without the sticky, nasty,bloody traps and without the smell of them dying due to poisoning.
I wanted to link you to a "how to get rid of rats the humane way" instructable, but didn't see one! So, I think I may make one. The quick answer: keep food in rat-proof containers, do frequent inspections around your house (inside & out) for entry holes, check to make sure there are no plumbing leaks (rats often are attracted to a house b/c of water, not food), keep tree limbs near your roof trimmed back, and when prevention fails, use the most humane trap possible (no poison!).
Pull out your shotgun from the garage or handgun, aim and fire.
stick an electric rod in the water or something. BZZZZZT!
blodefood2 years ago
About the toilet paper one, there are not always seat covers. If there are paper towels you can use them carefully. Tear them up into toilet paper sized squares before using and use as little as possible. The toilet should flush them ok. Then go to the management of the establishment and let them know there is no TP in the washroom.
Paulus442 years ago
you can put some copperwire round the legs of a table again ants.
wichypoo2 years ago
Try Dr. Bonners Peppermint soap. that repels ants and other bugs.
fredellarby2 years ago
I've used one of these for years and would never go back to a "box".
Everything is visible and with a little time and discipline, everything can be quickly found. Screwdrivers together, pliers, etc. Larger tools go in the middle. It does get heavy after a while as you gather more "regular use" tools.
doo da do2 years ago
I seen an inscrutable that if you hang them up ( I made a S hook from coat hanger) and they seem to last about 4 days longer. (think the gases go to the floor).
shahabg2 years ago
#3 if you don't have a squeegee a snow shovel is great
RangerJ2 years ago
#28 - Tool bucket. It leads to duplicates of some tools, but I have a bucket for my electrical tools, one for my sheetrock/tile tools, one for my plumbing tools, and one for my carpentry tools. All I have to do it grab the appropriate bucket and go; no looking for specific tools and then forgetting some of them.

HelenaTroy2 years ago
I read somewhree, ages ago, that if you need to lube a screw, run it through your hair: apparently there's enough oil in hair to make a difference. Never actually tried it, so no idea if this works or not
BlackSheep12 years ago
to prevent work-out of nails ... replace them with slender bolts that also have lock washers and nuts (turn the bolt heads to the outside, the washers/nuts inside; if you have thick enough pieces you can countersink the insides to prevent injury).
add them to your ice cream, like sprinkles. :P
Some ants actually taste pretty good, many are quite spicy as a matter of coarse. Though the little black ones pictured here taste nasty. Don't ask. lol
They make a great energy shake for those long distance rides.
if you have acetone (in nail polish) that works well too since it eats plastic
doo da do3 years ago
Make bannana hanger from old clothes rack. The bananas will last about a week. The said hanger was made from an instructable site. Search hanger it should get you on the right track.

Pressure washing is a great technique to clean the carpet. Its more beneficial and easy than other methods.
I'd like more detail on this one, looks like you tapered the skis?
KauaiHawaii3 years ago
The trick to getting the tire to seal on the rim and then inflate is applying GOOP between the rim bead area and tire.
GOOP can be made by taking a handful of baking flour and mixing with dish washing liquid such as Joy and a little water. Apply liberally.
Then use ratchet strap on center of tire to apply pressure and help seat tire.
Inflate with air compressor. Done. : )
No thanks!
They are beautiful to look at. If when I move, I have taller ceilings, I'd like to make a loft bed and this would be the perfect "staircase" for me. I couldn't risk the usual ladder type steps since I'm not a teenager anymore! Plus, this would be great storage!
bleary23 years ago
sorry, but that is disgusting....
I am a fan of skulls. I have done two myself.. I agree with Metal blade. Hot water maceration or cooking and then pulling the meat off. I have a nice clean white skull of a wild turkey exactly one week after I brought it home. I put the head into boiling water as soon as I cut it off. I boiled it for as long as it took me to prep the turkey for roasting. I then shut the hot water and let it cool. I then pulled off all loose tissue and meat. Then I boiled it the next day for about 15 min, and repeated. Three days ago.. I boiled it, let it cool and sat down and pulled all the meat off. I used the back of a spoon to rub down to the bone and get all the meat off. The fossa did separate and I was left with several pieces of the skull... nothing broken, just separated at the fossa. I then let the skull pieces dry for two days. Yesterday, I pulled any remaining chunks of meat off.. I think there was one small one. Then I took out my super duty liquid nails glue and gently glued all the fossa pieces back. I also glued the articulations at the jaw and beak so that the skull could be picked up in one piece. I am very very happy with it. I will run a q tip over it dipped in a drop of bleach in a few minutes to polish it up nicely.
I have seen several skulls just left to rot.. they get a very weatherized creepy look to them.. and they all had bits of brains and fur left in them.. not to mention the teeth usually fall out.,
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