Introduction: A Collection of Random Useful Tips

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My sister and I went around the house noticing random stuff we made and decided to just post it here to help out people in the world!

Tips included in this instructable:

*Earring Hanger
*Bobby Pin Holder
*Short Halogen Lamp
*Binder Clip Hanger
*Bulletin Board
*Necklace Hanger
*Fix Your Umbrella!
*Don't Smash Your Fingers - Tool Tips Month
*Don't Lose Your Screws - Tool Tips Month
*Hot Glue Stuff Without a Hot Glue Gun - Tool Tips Month
*Be More Accurate with a Hammer - Tool Tips Month
*Keep your Dog's food bowl ant-free - Tool Tips Month (?) :-)

Step 1: Earring Hanger

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1. Thumbtacks (number depends on how long your hanger is)
2. Pipe Cleaners or a wire clothes hanger
3. Earrings

Take the pipecleaner or wire and tie them aroudn the thumbtacks as shown in the picture. Shove the thumtacks in the wall and hang earrings from the pipecleaners! Success!

Step 2: Bobby Pin Holder

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1. A magnet of some sort
2. if your magnet didnt come looking nicely like this one, then get some sort of box if you wish
3. Bobby pins

If you dont have a nice looking thing like what we had, then grab the magnet, get the box (make sure it's not a super thick box that it blocks the magnetism) and glue it either on the inside of the box or outside if you want. Then put the box on the table where you want your bobby pins to be and make sure the side with the magnet is on top. Now place your bobby pins on it. Now you won't lose them!

Step 3: Short Halogen Lamp

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1. Halogen lamp
2. Screwdriver

(I'm sort of doing this from memory, so there's probably details i'm leaving out or making up -_-)
Begin by unplugging the lamp. I can only imagine the nasty shock this thing can induce. Unscrew the base of the lamp from the rest of the lamp and pull out as many of the metal cylinders as you want. IF you have to, take apart the base of the lamp or cut the wires then solder them back togehter or something. Make sure you don't remove the part of the lamp with the power switch. Now screw the base to the bottom of the remaining cylinders.

This is good if you have no space to put the lamp or if the light doesnt spread to the other side of the room and only gives light everywhere if its in the middle, on top of a desk, and in this case, on top of a printer -_-.

(i'll try to look at the lamp one day and put in more detail about this. I think for the excess wire you can just pull it through the hole in the bottom. that also adds more slack if you want to put it on a higher desk or something)

Step 4: Binder Clip Hanger

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1. Screws (2)
2. The metal clip part from a three ring binder (or however many rings you want.)

Remove the metal part from an old messed up binder. On the ends of the binder clip thing, there should be some sort of screw-like thing that held the binder to the cardboard. Remove that. The only thing i could think of was dremeling it off, then taking a drill bit about the size of the hole and drilling it out cleanly.

Now you're left with a binder clip that has two holes near the ends.
Now find somewhere to hang it. Screw it in place by putting the screws into the holes.
Unlock it like you normally would and hang stuff! It's surprisingly strong.

Step 5: Bulletin Board

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1. Posterboard (2, or 1 posterboard, and 1 piece of cardboard the same size. same difference.)
2. Thumbtacks or screws to hang it
3. wire or string to hang it

Get two posterboard and put them together using tape, glue or some other adhesive. Make a hole in the corners of the two. Either screw in screws into those holes and hang it like that, or fasten the wires in the holes and hang it from a thumbtack or screw. My sister somehow kept that thing hanging with a thumbtack. And she's had it for quite a while now.

Now thumbtack it up!

Step 6: Necklace Hanger

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1. and old coat rack, or whatever that thing is.
2. Necklaces.

Get an old coatrack thing that no one likes that just made your room look weird. Now screw it in somewhere. Hang necklaces or whatever you want from it. Fin.

Step 7: Fix Your Umbrella!

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Being the lazy fool i am and seeing how quick this project is, i decided to just add this to this instructable rather than making another one!

1. One broken Umbrella or something similar to this with a handle(broken near the handle)
2. A vice if necessary.

Look at the pictures for more clarification if necessary.

1. Fully separate the broken handle from the rest of the umbrella at the point of breakage. For me, i just pulled it off. (picture 2 shows the damage and 3 shows the separated pieces)

2. Use a vice or pliers and grab the piece of the umbrella pole thats shoved into the handle and yank it out (pictures 4-6 show the separated pieces).

3. You can either clean up the messy part of the umbrella pole thats on the rest of the umbrella or just leave it. i left it. if your umbrella had a spring, slide that on over the remaining part of the umbrella pole now simply slide the handle onto the umbrella pole. simple! (pictures 7-9 show how the umbrella comes together and the finished product).

4. You have a camera, so model your work!

5. Make a sign so that you can rub it in when your dad gets home, just in case you're asleep.

Step 8: Don't Smash Your Fingers - Tool Tips Month

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1. Cardboard or some other thing like foam or even pliers
2. A hammer
3. A nail

This is really easy and yet i never do it. I've ended up with countless smashed fingers in this month alone trying to make stuff for instructables that failed utterly :-(.

1. Cut off a small rectangle of Cardboard and rip it in the middle of the short side. This is pretty self explanatory but look at the pictures if you really need to

2. Stick the nail into the small rip you just made (okay, i know it's not a nail, i couldn't find one! so i just used a screw).

3. Hammer your nail while avoiding purple balloon fingers!

Step 9: Don't Lose Your Screws - Tool Tips Month

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1. Screwdriver
2. Screw
3. Magnet

If you have a non-magnetic screwdriver like me, then you're probably always losing your screws after they come out. To put an end to this, get a strong magnet, probably an old harddrive magnet, and stick it on to your screwdriver. You can put it near the handle if you want it to just stick to the screwdriver, or closer to the tip if your magnet is too weak. This way, after the screw comes out, it'll just fly onto the magnet!
Losing the tiny magnets sucks the most...

Also, i lose my screws all the time when i take apart electroncis. i don't know what it is, i always manage to have on less screw than when i began.
To combat this, i made a magnetic platform to put all the screws after i take them out. it helps especially if you have super small screws. IT also lets you make cool screw trees!
1. Magnet (stronger the better i suppose.)
2. Some sort of box or case (Plastic)
3. Glue

Glue the magnet on the inside of the plastic box. my magnet was big so it fit in the whole box and now i just put it on my magnet. It's super simple and requires no thinking
(pictures are on their way)

Step 10: Hot Glue Stuff Without a Hot Glue Gun - Tool Tips Month

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1. glue stick (for hot glue guns)
2. A candle, probably those small tea cup candles (if that's what they're called)

This one's easy and it's saved me plenty of times when i couldn't find the glue gun. This isn't exactly the neatest way, but it gets the job done. All you have to do is hold the glue stick over the flame until it turns clear. Then just smudge it onto the spot you want it.

Also, I'm thinking you can make some sort of tube slightly larger than the diameter of the glue stick out of aluminum (maybe an aluminum can) or some other metal. Make a cone out of metal with a small hole at the end and weld it or something to the end of the tube. Now just stick the glue stick in there and as it heats up, push it through the tube! I have yet to try it and am fairly certain it will work. any ideas on it?

Step 11: Be More Accurate With a Hammer - Tool Tips Month

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A hammer

This one is quite obvious, but it took me a while before i actually started doing this. in addition to holding the screw twith something like cardboard or foam, you can lower the risk of smashing yourself even more by holding the hammer closer to its head. I found i got much more accurate hits on the nail and avoided getting the nail in at an angle. It feels way more balanced, too.

**Unfortunately, i had no camera, and so i had to edit a random hand on a hammer with -_-
btw, is way way better than ms paint. if you don't want to get gimp or photoshop, google it's a life saver.


23wgranholm (author)2017-05-23


Lol. I like this

mikolynn (author)2013-02-13

nice tips! I like the cheap style in them!

mrsthursday (author)2012-05-13

You is my kind of do-it-yourselfer.

bubot17 (author)2012-04-05

Asians :D

HMice (author)bubot172012-04-06


tdc2202 (author)2012-03-06

Maybe something to keep you from burning your hands?

tdc2202 (author)2012-03-06

You are really funny!

vishalapr (author)2011-06-11

Nice tips, rated 5* well done

DarthHeizenberg (author)2011-01-03

Excellent idea!

St Jimmy (author)2010-09-03

I'll definitely keep this in mind next time my umbrella breaks, and lol at those pictures!

november21 (author)2010-04-01

You can also use a tie rack for this

alvincredible (author)2010-01-01

read fool! <3

tranoxx (author)2009-12-29

 In step 8, why are you trying to hammer a screw?

piddle01 (author)2009-09-19

I've got the same headphones you do....... I hate them. They break so easily its not even funny. How long have yours lasted?

Wafflicious (author)2009-02-19

This is great! 5 stars. Except I think the hammer one would make it harder because of lack of leverage.

Jakeg (author)2008-04-22

I love your icon. I love birds!! There the best, and sooo cute. I have a parakeet named Baby-Blue

Yerboogieman (author)2008-03-23

the only things you will ever need is WD-40 and duct-tape, is it doesnt move and should use the WD-40, if it moves and shouldnt use the duct-tape

plzspoilme25 (author)2008-02-24

maybe not Instructable, but hey why didn't I think of that, come on its nice to have simple little things thrown in, to help make our instructables a little easier......btw i love the glue stick and candle thing, got an idea......use like a potpouri pot that is heated from underneath with the tealight candle, (or like item) and make a glue pot......(i don't like glue guns much) and dip what u need glued or use toothpick or popcicle stick (which ever size u need) and then the glue dries in the pot, for next time.....

WriotE (author)2008-02-08

The binder hook thing is fwackin brilliant!! NICE.

inventionsarerad1243 (author)2008-02-07

what the heck, i just did a binder clip hanger yesterday and didn't even know you did it. ahah i'm new to instructables so i don't exactly know how to make an instructable, but since you already did it, i guess it's too late... anyway, good instructable.

hahah thanks, it's cool , isn't it? :-) great minds think alike, friend.

roflmaozedong (author)2008-02-07

that's useful! i like the binder clip idea and i never thoguth to use cardboard or anything when hammering. I always smahs my fingers too!

Prometheus (author)2008-02-07

A good culmination of simple tips that can help everyone.....Nice work for multiple tips on a project.

Prometheus (author)2008-02-07

I recommend finish nails over thumbtacks, but still a well-conceived idea.

Prometheus (author)2008-02-07

I just want to add that to increase the efficiency of a torchier lamp such as the one shown, line the "reflector" with the shiney side of aluminum foil.

incorrigible packrat (author)2008-02-05

Love the binder idea. The stubby halogen lamp makes it much less likely to burn down your house.

cprocjr (author)2008-02-04

great ideas but UCLA is 100 times better then USC or as i call it SUC.

Bran (author)cprocjr2008-02-05

Actually, I believe UGA is better than both. ;-P

alvincredible (author)cprocjr2008-02-04

LOL! i respect your opinion, but USC is better nonetheless :-) haha jk. I admit UCLA has its good parts too, but both my parents were from USC and the trojans are incredibly good at football :-). The best guy on our football team got a fullride scholarship to UCLA and USC cuase he's got skills. He first chose UCLA, but changed his mind to USC :=). maybe one day ill see him on tv. i should get his autograph now before he graduates then sell it on ebay once he becomes famous

Gjdj3 (author)2008-02-05

Oh, and by the way, I think that "coat hanger" is a tie hanger. My dad has one of those.

Gjdj3 (author)2008-02-05

These are really cool. They look like they help a lot to get organized. +1!

zoxx (author)2008-02-04

step 4 is especially rad to me. cool thx.

alvincredible (author)zoxx2008-02-05

yeah! that's my favorite one just because it's so simple and obvious. i don't kn ow why it was never done before -_-

darkmuskrat (author)2008-02-04

8 is so useful to me, thx +1

no, thank you :-) ahah yeah it is for me too becuase i always managed to smash my fingers :(

bambauer (author)2008-02-05

Very Good Ideas! I especially like the shot of driving a screw in with a hammer...never thought of trying that!

GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-04

Not an Instructable, BUT, this is actually really good ideas. If you show tips on tools, you can add it to the Tool Tips Month challenge.
And by the way, your sister looks A LOT like my friend at school.
Does her name start with a C?

haha no, her name starts with an H. haha i should do a tool tip thing. i want an instructables shirt! I'll try adding stuff fwith more detailed instructions. i did a cursory job cuase it was the midnight before school and i knew that if i didnt do it then, id never get to it. :-) thanks for the input

Oh, darn. You should do a tool tip thing.
And me too, I want a Robot T-Shirt SO BAD!!!
Kiteman has 6 (I think).

kiteman is my hero. All his instructables are so useful. i'm just not as clever as he is. and he is so informed. kiteman, if you're out there, win me a shirt! :-)

sardines454 (author)2008-02-04

the binder hanger is very neat. i just drilled one to my desk. thanks!

LOL it is! i was cleaning out my school binder becuase the semester ended and as i was doing it, it ripped down the crease. so i just took it apart and noticed that the rings were still in good shape. ahha it was totally on impulse and didnt even think it would come out that great. i have it on my desk too aahha

Rob K (author)2008-02-04

Lots of cool ideas. The only thing I see that could be better would be to flip the images of the short lamp upright instead of sideways.

alvincredible (author)Rob K2008-02-04

thanks! yeah, the images are sideways becuase iwas doing this the midnight before school, which was today, and so i just did a cursory job and meant to fix it tonight. ahha thanks for the input!

xrobevansx (author)2008-02-04

this is not an instructable. great little ideas, but not an instructable.

joejoerowley (author)xrobevansx2008-02-04

Sure it is. Its a collection of ideas. If any thing this is a mega- instructable. The projects are all self explanatory so no instructions are needed.

Scupper (author)2008-02-04

Some very good ideas. Practical ideas using ordinary items used in everyday life.

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