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Nikko-chan

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It was just a few years ago I learned what those little tabs on the sides of the saran wrap/tin foil/wax paper were for.

In case someone else doesn't know, you push them in to keep the roll in place and from popping out when you pull out the wrap/foil.

Seriously??  Well I've learned another new thing today...

me too

blue2000

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  • Two kitties - No waiting. And no sleeping either.

I swear to you, I had no idea you could use a toilet plunger to clear a clogged sink drain. I'm going to try it on the bathtub drain next.

Didn't work on mine. I got the most disgusting black goop out of the drain (seriously, I have no idea what this stuff is ??? :-X ) but it is still running slow as heck. Also tried boiling hot water, vinegar, and baking soda. Nada.

I am allergic to some ingredients in chemical drain cleaners, but I may have to put a mask and gloves on and go for it anyway.
You are only young once. After that you have to think up some other excuse.

oogyda

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Have you disconnected and cleaned the "p" trap?  You should be able to loosen it by hand.  Have something under it to catch the water and be prepared to be grossed out. 
It's not what we gather along the way that matters.  It's what we scatter.

TootsNYC

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It was just a few years ago I learned what those little tabs on the sides of the saran wrap/tin foil/wax paper were for.

In case someone else doesn't know, you push them in to keep the roll in place and from popping out when you pull out the wrap/foil.

Seriously??  Well I've learned another new thing today...

Don't feel too bad--I don't think they used to be there .

Lynn2000

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Have you disconnected and cleaned the "p" trap?  You should be able to loosen it by hand.  Have something under it to catch the water and be prepared to be grossed out.

Even before we got to discussing pipes popping off, I went and checked my bathroom sink pipe, to make sure the remarkably fast draining water wasn't just draining into the cabinet because the pipe broke. All seemed fine. I don't know what the blockage was--old toothpaste, maybe? But it is sure gone now.
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blue2000

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Have you disconnected and cleaned the "p" trap?  You should be able to loosen it by hand.  Have something under it to catch the water and be prepared to be grossed out. 

Well, there's something I didn't know! ;D

I don't think it is possible in my case though. A search under the sink produced a very corroded pipe and no pipe wrench. Don't know where the dang thing got to. I think I might have to keep trying with the other methods and leave the pipe to the landlord.
You are only young once. After that you have to think up some other excuse.

Dindrane

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My bathroom sink gets a lot of hair in it (even though I never brush my hair over the sink, I have to at least style it there, as the only mirror in the apartment is right over that sink). Chemicals don't work, vinegar and baking soda don't work, hot water doesn't work. The hair gets wrapped around just about everything and won't budge. I finally went out and bought a plastic tool called a Zip-it that has little sharp prongs sticking out from a flexible strip of plastic. You stick it down your drain and pull it back up again, and it catches the hair so you can pull it out.

It did end up popping the drain stopper off the little metal thing that makes it go up and down, but it didn't break it. Since I live in an apartment complex, we're going to have the maintenance people come and fix that, but I don't think it's all that complicated to fix yourself.


oogyda

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It was just a few years ago I learned what those little tabs on the sides of the saran wrap/tin foil/wax paper were for.

In case someone else doesn't know, you push them in to keep the roll in place and from popping out when you pull out the wrap/foil.

Seriously??  Well I've learned another new thing today...

I learned that little trick from my Grandma about 45 years ago.  Didn't think to ask if they've "always" been like that.
Don't feel too bad--I don't think they used to be there .
It's not what we gather along the way that matters.  It's what we scatter.

gramma dishes

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It was just a few years ago I learned what those little tabs on the sides of the saran wrap/tin foil/wax paper were for.

In case someone else doesn't know, you push them in to keep the roll in place and from popping out when you pull out the wrap/foil.

Seriously??  Well I've learned another new thing today...

I learned that little trick from my Grandma about 45 years ago. Didn't think to ask if they've "always" been like that.
Don't feel too bad--I don't think they used to be there .

I have a feeling that that's just how virtually all boxes were made at the time and you just had a brilliant Grandmother who came up with that excellent trick!  I can't wait to go downstairs, pull out all my waxed paper, aluminum foil and plastic wrap rolls to try it out.   :)

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How to flip a coin without having it go helter-skelter. My husband was flipping a coin over and over in his hand to entertain the cat and I asked him how he could get it to keep going straight up and down, each time. Has to do with flicking the finger with the thumb, I guess.

He couldn't believe I didn't know how to do it; I got better but still am not as steady as him.

He still hasn't figured out how to teach me to skip stones--one of those things I probably will never master, while his skim for dozens of yards.

Seraphia

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DH just boggled my mind the other day with this one.

I've been doing some baking recently, which meant we had to stock up on some things. I was in the kitchen dithering between two containers, trying to remember which one I had put the baking powder in. I said to DH: "Now, I know one of them is fizzy when you taste it, but I can never remember which one."

"Oh, that's easy," says DH, "Soda - that's where soda pop gets its name."

....I had never, ever, realized that. Derp!
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Blondie

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How to flip a coin without having it go helter-skelter. My husband was flipping a coin over and over in his hand to entertain the cat and I asked him how he could get it to keep going straight up and down, each time. Has to do with flicking the finger with the thumb, I guess.

He couldn't believe I didn't know how to do it; I got better but still am not as steady as him.

He still hasn't figured out how to teach me to skip stones--one of those things I probably will never master, while his skim for dozens of yards.

When trying to skip stones, flick your wrist like you are throwing a frisbee in a straight line. That is what it finally took for me to figure it out.
"He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which." Douglas Adams

Free Range Hippy Chick

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Sourdough bread starter is flour, water and yeast. Food for sourdough starter is flour and water. All containers that have been used for either starter or food must be washed up INSTANTLY and not left until the dishwasher is full or you have a sink full. That stuff is the same as the flour and water glue that the nursery children use, and if you let it dry, it hardens on and sticks like...

Well, like glue.

cwm

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How to flip a coin without having it go helter-skelter. My husband was flipping a coin over and over in his hand to entertain the cat and I asked him how he could get it to keep going straight up and down, each time. Has to do with flicking the finger with the thumb, I guess.

He couldn't believe I didn't know how to do it; I got better but still am not as steady as him.

He still hasn't figured out how to teach me to skip stones--one of those things I probably will never master, while his skim for dozens of yards.

When trying to skip stones, flick your wrist like you are throwing a frisbee in a straight line. That is what it finally took for me to figure it out.

See, when I was taught, it was different. You bring your hand back to the side, and as it's being let go, you snap your wrist forward to give it backspin to skip it. Dad could always get it all the way across the river, I could only get it halfway, but if I tried the frisbee method, it just plopped and sank. Like a stone.

I'm telling on BF for this one. When he was cleaning the last of the ick out of his basement, he accidentally managed to kill the pilot light on the water heater. So no hot water. I had to wash the dishes anyway, they were getting RANK (a week of not being washed and in standing water will do that). So I rinsed one pan out well, filled it, and put it on the stove. What could wait for the hot water and dishwasher got a cold water pre-wash with soap and loaded, and all the pots and pans that are hand wash anyway waited for the hot water and got a good scrubbing. Then I started cooking dinner.

He came home and was surprised that I had managed to wash the dishes with hot water. Because if it doesn't come hot out of a pipe, there's obviously no way to do it, I suppose? I told him his stove was working, and could heat water very well if necessary, and he just started laughing because he never would have thought of that.

perpetua

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OK, this is really embarrassing, but I figure it's time to out myself if only to give you all a good laugh at my expense.

My mum, gawd rest her soul, was blessed with the gift of... perkiness. Sadly I did not inherit her genes in this department and am very definitely not. Consequently, when she put her bra on, she never had to do any... adjusting; she just did it up and was good to go. I learned how to do mine from watching her.

It wasn't until I went for my first proper bra fitting at about the age of 35 - until then I'd always measured myself using the sizing guides - that I realised you were supposed to... adjust yourself so all of you was pointing in the same direction, so to speak.

I dread to think how many years I walked around with the girls looking like Marty Feldman as a result.  :-[

BTW, whoever posted the zip tip - thank you! I never knew that either. You saved me from chucking away my favourite pair of jeans.