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  1. MacFett

    MacFett Well-Known Member

    It depends on your climate. Last I put rice in a bag as a desiccant it was a mass of mold in 24-36 hours and made things worse than just being wet.

  2. cwhatever

    cwhatever Life Goes On Guide

    i hear you on that. just change every 12-24 hours and should be fine and here in fla we all use air cond. from april till oct anyhow, so climate is nice inside.
  3. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    A few notes on that from a day sailor:

    1. Disconnect ALL power sources (wires, internal and external batteries etc.) IMMEDIATELY upon discovering the electronic item is wet.

    2. If the phone was dropped into salt water or water that's contaminated with potentially corrosive chemicals, mud or other debris, first wash the phone off with clean fresh water. Rinse with distilled water after shaking out as much residue as possible, and shake again. (For tube equipment, or fragile things, use discretion here.) Rinse and clean internal batteries in a similar manner.

    3. After you've removed as much clean water by physical means (shaking, draining, towels etc.), use a desiccant and/or a warm oven to speed the evaporation of the remaining moisture. NOTE: USE HEAT AT YOUR OWN RISK!

    Rice is a cheap home brew desiccant that works best when its been stored in a low humidity area prior to using it as a desiccant. Table sugar is also a commonly found desiccant, BTW. Silica gel desiccant can be purchased in larger packages from various sources, including some auto and marine supply stores, scientific supply stores, retail stores (Wal-Mart has some) and other sources. You might want to look for and buy a good commercial desiccant while you're using the rice trick.

    Hope this helps!
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  4. cwhatever

    cwhatever Life Goes On Guide

    i know 2 who have done the rice trick and worked fine without all that other work, the rice is plain and simple and they have been using their phones now for over 6 month, so you can believe or not, what you hear ,or beleive what has been done to prove it. sorry you live in a bad climate area!! things don't work for everyone everywhere or in diff climates. and me, if going by water i have a case to put my phone in that allows me to use and take pics, hear, ect.... and floats so no worries for me. just sayin!!
  5. Epicurean

    Epicurean Well-Known Member

    I have seen the rice trick work twice. The trick is, as stated further up-thread, you have to start with dry rice and put it in a bag with dry air (like from your air-conditioned house).
  6. cwhatever

    cwhatever Life Goes On Guide

    Have company on their way over and you forgot to put drinks in the fridge. Place your drinks in a large pot and cover with ice. Sprinkle 2 cups of salt on top of the ice and then fill the rest of the pot with water. Your drinks will be ice cold within 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. cwhatever

    cwhatever Life Goes On Guide

    If you have already sealed an envelope and realized you forgot to put something in it, place the envelope in the freezer for a couple hours. It will pop right open so you don't have to get another envelope.
  8. cwhatever

    cwhatever Life Goes On Guide

    with a set of torches and a welder, a coat hanger and duct tape (the 200mph one) you can make or fix anything!!!:rolleyes::):D
  9. chris4x4

    chris4x4 Well-Known Member

    Im thinking about this.....and......I think you may be right. :)
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  10. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    McGyver? is that you?
  11. cwhatever

    cwhatever Life Goes On Guide

    could beeeeeee, ya never know!!!!!!!!
  12. cwhatever

    cwhatever Life Goes On Guide

    If you have some eggs that are about to go bad, have your own chickens that produce more than your family could ever eat, or they are on sale so you buy way more than you need. Don't just let them go to waste. You can freeze them! You can mix them up and place 2-3 in a Ziploc bag. Lay them down flat in the freezer then stack them upright once they are frozen to save on space. You can also crack a dozen of them into a bowl, beat them (I was told not to freeze eggs unless they are mixed/beaten not sure why but I mix them anyways) then poor them into an ice cube tray. One cube is equal to one egg. Once they freeze. dump them into a large Ziploc bag or freezer safe container.
  13. cwhatever

    cwhatever Life Goes On Guide

    After cooking fish boil a little vinegar in a pot and let it boil. The nasty fish smell will disappear almost instantly leaving your kitchen smelling clean again.
  14. cwhatever

    cwhatever Life Goes On Guide

    For picture frames with two holes, hang them evenly and easily by placing a single strip of masking tape over the back covering the two holes. Mark each end of the tape where the holes are located for hanging the frame. Take the tape off and place it on your wall. Make sure it is level then hammer a nail in at each pen mark.
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  15. cwhatever

    cwhatever Life Goes On Guide

    You know those drip pans that you place under your flower pots to collect all the water that drains from the drains holes? Fill those up with water instead of watering the plant directly. This will allow the plant to soak up water through the roots when it is needed so you will never risk over watering. It also makes it a lot easier to tell when you need to water your plant again. Whenever the drip pan is low or empty just add more water.


    Use a tackle box to organize and store all you medicine and first aid supplies.

    Don't store medicine in you medicine cabinet!! Due to frequent water usage (i.e. showers, baths, hand washing) bathrooms often contain a lot of moisture in the air. This can greatly shorten the life of your medicines, causing them to go bad long before the expiration date listed on the bottle. Medicines last longer when kept in a dry, dark and slightly cool location such as the pantry or bedroom closet.
  16. Epicurean

    Epicurean Well-Known Member

    Ever go to a gas station to fill your car up, but the pump doesn't lock so you can do other important things like wash windshield, check oil, get out of the rain? For most cars you can use your gas cap to prop the pump into a locked position while your car fills up. Just wedge it under the handle until it stays in the locked position when you let go.
  17. saywat?

    saywat? Well-Known Member

    ^thats a safety hazard
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  18. MacFett

    MacFett Well-Known Member

    The way the safety mechanism works, a gas cap may not pop out when your tank is full.
  19. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven -.. --- - / -.. .- ... .... Moderator

    Here in MA they will turn the pump off from inside if they catch you doing that. It is actually a fineable offense.
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  20. pbf98

    pbf98 Well-Known Member Contributor

    I've tried this one before, and it has never worked sadly. I have tried them while I was at a national BPA Conference and there are 1000s of other students ranging from 9th grade to people in there 60s, and the elevators were always packed and always stopping on every floor. Some one had mentioned this while we were at the Hilton in Anaheim so we tried it, the first few times it seemed like it worked, but in after that using the same method it didn't. Then the next year in DC I tried it while I was in the Omni Shore being that I and my roommates were on the top floor.

    I myself have never had any success with this
  21. cwhatever

    cwhatever Life Goes On Guide

    When I use to live in connecticut and go to new york city. that works about half the time and I think it's the procedure if you don't do it just right it won't work.
  22. Epicurean

    Epicurean Well-Known Member

    I never had a problem with mine.

    Wow, I didn't realize it's a safety hazard so I will change my ways.

    Are all the pumps like that in MA or just the stations that disable the locking mechanism?
  23. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven -.. --- - / -.. .- ... .... Moderator

    All self serve stations are required by law to remove the locking mechanism.
  24. AntimonyER

    AntimonyER AF Addict VIP Member

    Yeah, I don't use them after I had one pump not stop and gas gushed out for a couple seconds. I was more pissed about the money that just wasted, than the danger tho :p
  25. cwhatever

    cwhatever Life Goes On Guide

    To peel a kiwi cut off the top and bottom, slip a spoon between the skin and the flesh. Twist the spoon around the the entire kiwi (keeping it between the skin and flesh the whole time). Then just pop the skin off.

    Use Press'n Seal saran wrap to line your refrigerator shelves. When the shelves get dirty, just remove the wrap, toss in the trash and replace. No more scrubbing nasty food spills

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