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Food:
  • If you get a piece of eggshell in with the eggs while cracking them, use the other half of the eggshell to fish it out instead of trying to use your fingers or anything else.
  • If you want to separate the yolk from the white, take an empty clean water bottle, squeeze the bottle, place the mouth over the yolk and slowly release the bottle. The yolk will get sucked up into the bottle with minimal/no white.
  • When boiling eggs, add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to the water. Makes them really easy to peel and doesn't affect the taste.
  • If you have a room temperature bottle (and esp can) that you want to get cold fast, wrap a wet paper towel around it and put it in the freezer. It'll be ice cold pretty quickly.
  • Microwave rice from TJ's
  • Open a can of corn,put salt pepper and cheese on top, microwave or oven it (super easy lunch)
  • 2 slices of old pizza from the fridge, lay them cheese sides on top of each other and put them in a sandwich maker. Instant calzone.
  • For chulent of course.. Using only navy beans, chulent mix a big no no.
  • If you're going to freeze ground beef, put it in a gallon ziploc and squeeze/spread it flat to fill the bag. You can stack them in the freezer and it'll defrost much faster (without the outside spoiling while the inside is still frozen).
  • To easily melt a small amount of chocolate / butter, put it in a ziploc bag and put that into a mug of hot water for a few minutes. No mess! You can cut a hole in the corner to pipe chocolate too.
  • Shredded cheese lasts longer in the freezer, but will clump up, before freezing add a little bit of cornstarch (1tbs) and shake vigorously. The pieces will stay separate and it'll be easy to use.
  • To cool down baby food without blowing at it (which may add your bacteria to the food) wave your hand at it.
Travel:
  • If you want a hot meal on any plane, bring a tradition soup or oatmeal packet and use the free hot water they offer with tea. Great for traveling in general.
  • Before you go on a long flight, freeze a JJ cappuccino.  If it's frozen they let it on the plane. Once you get up from your nap on the plane there is nothing as refreshing as an iced cappuccino. It should still be freezing but not frozen.
  • When packing a suitcase, put your socks inside your shoes. It will save a little space and stop your shoes from getting crushed.
  • The aisle seat armrest usually has a little button underneath by the hinge that allows you to lift it. Makes it much easier to get in and out of your seat, especially if your tray table is open with stuff on it.
  • When we go on trips My wife packs the childrens clothing in individual ziplocs for each day of our trip. Like that she doesn't have to look for all the matching stuff.
Computers:
  • You can open links a in new tab by clicking with the scroll wheel.

    Quickly toggle between tabs.

    1) Excel and most internet browsers: Ctrl + PgUp/Dn
    2) Google Sheets: Ctrl + Shift + PgUpDn
    3) chrome: control-tab / control-shift-tab
  • Widows+V will open up your clipboard with all recent stuff copied.
Every day/Home:
  • If you are drilling into a wall, open an envelope and tape the flap to the wall under where you are drilling and it catches all the plaster/dust that comes out. Makes cleanup after a small drilling a breeze
  • Open glass jars with rubber gloves, Or a rubber band around the lid.
  • When you first open a bottle of soda or seltzer or pop, begin by slowly turning the cap one-quarter turn and wait about 10 seconds, watching for the small bubbles to slow down, and listening as the sssst of escaping gas gets quieter.  Then turn another 1/4 turn, and wait another 10 seconds till it quiets down.
  • If you get chewing gum on your clothes, put the clothes in the freezer for a bit, it will be much easier to remove the gum afterwards.
Stores:

  • Check out at the pharmacy in the grocery store when the regular lines are long.
Perscriptions:

  • GoodRX.com, even for meds that are covered. My insurance can have a $15 copay, but coupon from GoodRX gets me the medication for $7. When insurance doesn't cover the medication, it's a fraction of the cost. I've seen discounts of 90%
Holidays:
  • After Yom Tov, especially Pesach, make a spreadsheet. What on the menu went over well with guests and kids. What did you run short on and need to have more next time around. What did you way overbuy on. That way there is no need to reinvent the wheel next year.

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« Reply #200 on: June 13, 2020, 10:18:31 PM »
Yup, that's my go-to for leftover pizza.
What is leftover pizza?
Is that like leftover money? Because I have never seen either.

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« Reply #201 on: June 13, 2020, 10:51:49 PM »
Save time while texting!

When you finish a sentence, double tap the space button. It will add a period, a space and capitalize the next letter you type.
i turned off this feature it was annoying for me
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« Reply #202 on: June 13, 2020, 11:00:21 PM »
Talk Faster app for voice notes.

You click to share the voice note and talkfaster is one of the options, select it and play it at a faster speed.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joroizin.talkfaster&hl=en_US

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« Reply #203 on: June 13, 2020, 11:27:40 PM »
i turned off this feature it was annoying for me
You find yourself pressing it twice accidentally? Interesting.

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« Reply #204 on: June 13, 2020, 11:33:47 PM »
https://www.familyhandyman.com/kitchen/diy-kitchen-cabinets/kitchen-cabinets-9-easy-repairs/

Repair a cabinet hinge screw hole with a plug
Cabinets made from particleboard work great in utility and laundry rooms, and they’re fairly inexpensive. But particleboard has a major weakness—it doesn’t hold screw threads very well. So if you swing the door open too fast, the force can rip the hinge screw right out of the cabinet wall. Don’t worry; the fix is easy and cheap. Here’s how to patch things up. You’ll need a bottle of wood glue, a 1/2-in. drill bit and a package of 1/2-in.-diameter hardwood plugs (sold at home centers).

Start by removing the hinge screws on the cabinet and flipping the hinge out of your way. If the accident pulled out a large chunk of the particleboard, glue it back into place and let the glue set up before proceeding with the rest of the repair. Drill out the stripped screw hole to accept the plug. Next, fill the hole with wood glue and install the plug. After the glue dries, drill a pilot hole and install the new screw—you’re all set.

As an inspiration, I just fixed a cabinet hinge that has been broken forever, with some toothpicks.

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« Reply #205 on: June 13, 2020, 11:36:05 PM »
Any advice for a drawer pull that won't stay on, because one of the screw holes in is about 1/8" off from where it should be? It ends up ruining the threading in the pull. Swapped it out for a new one and in a few weeks the same thing happened again.

This style drawer pull:
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« Reply #206 on: June 14, 2020, 12:39:14 AM »
Save time while texting!

When you finish a sentence, double tap the space button. It will add a period, a space and capitalize the next letter you type.

That's not a real hack. A real hack would tell you what to do with all the time saved!
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« Reply #207 on: June 14, 2020, 12:41:24 AM »
What is leftover pizza?
Is that like leftover money? Because I have never seen either.

It's when DW makes homemade pizza. It's never less than an amount to feed 30 people.
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« Reply #208 on: June 14, 2020, 12:48:51 AM »
Any advice for a drawer pull that won't stay on, because one of the screw holes in is about 1/8" off from where it should be? It ends up ruining the threading in the pull. Swapped it out for a new one and in a few weeks the same thing happened again.

This style drawer pull:

Toothpicks/wooden matches are the greatest inventions.  Should work here, too.  The screw will screw into a piece of "wood" in a tighter hole.  Sometimes I need to use two or even three of them per hole.
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« Reply #209 on: June 14, 2020, 12:51:47 AM »
As an inspiration, I just fixed a cabinet hinge that has been broken forever, with some toothpicks.
I'm happy for your wife  :)

I posted it because that came up on google search, But I went to home depot they suggested I should use Epoxy, it worked out well (hopefully)

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« Reply #210 on: June 14, 2020, 06:59:27 AM »
Game changer for those doing multiple things on a computer...
Windows key + arrow>/< will cut the current window to half the screen, side by side
Windows key + arrow  up/down with make it half the screen, up and down

U can potentially make 4 windows visible this way as well.

Play around and you'll see what a blessing it is lol

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« Reply #211 on: June 14, 2020, 08:08:55 AM »
Toothpicks/wooden matches are the greatest inventions.  Should work here, too.  The screw will screw into a piece of "wood" in a tighter hole.  Sometimes I need to use two or even three of them per hole.
...add wood glue for extra strength.
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« Reply #212 on: June 14, 2020, 09:09:51 AM »
Toothpicks/wooden matches are the greatest inventions.  Should work here, too.  The screw will screw into a piece of "wood" in a tighter hole.  Sometimes I need to use two or even three of them per hole.
Does that work with the "machine screws" that handles come with or do you need to get similar sized "wood screws"?
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« Reply #213 on: June 14, 2020, 09:33:53 AM »
...add wood glue for extra strength.
i discovered wood glue in a funny way: was at Lowe’s and I was buying wood to build a shtender ( tabletop stand for books) and I didn’t want to use screws to build it so I asked a Lowe’s worker if there’s some kind of wood adhesive that I can connect wood together without screws, and he says ‘how about wood glue?’ I said yes! That sounds perfect! I knew the concept existed I just didn’t know it was actually called wood glue! ;D
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« Reply #214 on: June 14, 2020, 10:33:36 AM »
Toothpicks/wooden matches are the greatest inventions.  Should work here, too.  The screw will screw into a piece of "wood" in a tighter hole.  Sometimes I need to use two or even three of them per hole.
The problem is that the hole is in the wrong spot, not that it's too big. When screwing the screw back in, I don't know if it'll make a dent in the drawer or if it'll just keep screwing into the toothpicks since they are weaker. Then I'll have the same problem again.
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« Reply #215 on: June 14, 2020, 11:54:00 AM »
Does that work with the "machine screws" that handles come with or do you need to get similar sized "wood screws"?
Even though it is screwing into wood and not metal now, what are you losing by trying before you go out and buy other screws?  I should think it would work, but let me know.

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« Reply #216 on: June 14, 2020, 11:58:26 AM »
The problem is that the hole is in the wrong spot, not that it's too big. When screwing the screw back in, I don't know if it'll make a dent in the drawer or if it'll just keep screwing into the toothpicks since they are weaker. Then I'll have the same problem again.
Are you saying that the distance between holes on the drawer is wider/narrower than the distance between holes on the handle?  Are the holes inside the two handle "prong" sides?

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« Reply #217 on: June 14, 2020, 12:26:23 PM »
Are you saying that the distance between holes on the drawer is wider/narrower than the distance between holes on the handle?  Are the holes inside the two handle "prong" sides?
Yes. What do you mean by "prong" sides?
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« Reply #218 on: June 14, 2020, 01:02:10 PM »
i discovered wood glue in a funny way: was at Lowe’s and I was buying wood to build a shtender ( tabletop stand for books) and I didn’t want to use screws to build it so I asked a Lowe’s worker if there’s some kind of wood adhesive that I can connect wood together without screws, and he says ‘how about wood glue?’ I said yes! That sounds perfect! I knew the concept existed I just didn’t know it was actually called wood glue! ;D
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« Reply #219 on: June 14, 2020, 01:31:55 PM »
I'm happy for your wife  :)

I posted it because that came up on google search, But I went to home depot they suggested I should use Epoxy, it worked out well (hopefully)
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I put on window shades, changed light fixtures, fixed cabinet doors