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i’d like to start a separate blog with a bunch of how to… information.  i think it’d be very useful.  kind of like a wikihow or yahooanswers or something like that, only more dependable and more practical.

i don’t have a lot of information, but here’s a couple to start:

HOW TO…

…fix a toilet that keeps refilling: step 1. take off the lid.  step 2. see if there’s any leaks.  you’re losing water in your reservoir somehow which is causing your toilet to think it’s empty and therefore it must refill.  step 3.  if there are no visible leaks, your chain for your stopper might be too tight.  try loosening it (a little at a time, you don’t want it too loose).  observe for a little while (couple seconds to a minute) and see if the water level has gone down.  this fixed the problem for me.

…unscrew a faucet spout that doesn’t loosen: if you have a faucet spout that just keeps turning when you try to unscrew it, look at the spout itself and see if it has 2 small gaps on the inside perimeter of the faucet.  if it does, get a flathead screwdriver or pair of pliers to fill in one or both of those gaps and start turning it to loosen it.  it’ll take a little effort, but this should work.  you have to unscrew these spouts from the inside, it’s just as simple as grabbing the outside and unscrewing it like a normal spout.

…clean your mighty mouse without taking it apart (for macs): unplug your mouse. find a sheet of paper.  turn your mouse upside down so that the trackball is touching the piece of paper.  wipe the mouse over the sheet of paper so that the ball is rolling on the sheet.  do this vigorously until dirt particles come out.  you almost might need to clean the inner edge of the trackball when all the dirt has surfaced.  it should work like new after you do this.

…open up a cd case (a little outdated i know): use your thumbnail or index fingernail and slide it across the front left side of the cd packaging (the space on the front face of the cd that goes the vertical length of the cd on the left side).  after this, it’s pretty easy, just unwrap the cover where you sliced it with your nail.  the packaging should come off easily.  the only tricky part now is taking the sticker off the top side of the cd.  you’re on your own for that one.

…use an intersection where the signal lights have gone out because of a power outage: i know this isn’t really a step by step process, i just think there’s a lot of people out there who don’t know what to do.  and if they do, a lot of people don’t follow it.  you’re supposed to treat it as a 4-way stop sign.  this means that the first person who gets to the intersection gets to go first even if there’s a lot of cars going in one direction over another.  if 2 cars get there at the same time, the person to the right has the right-of-way.

as you can see, it’s not complete, but maybe someday…  anything you’d like to add?

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Written by enoch

September 28, 2010 at 12:10 am

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