All of us have been clumsy on more than one occasion, but it sure does hurt when you accidentally damage a prized device or need a tool that you cannot use because you're without the right size battery. See the tips in this article for some great workarounds.
Mouthwash. Rice. A handful of quarters. What do these household items have in common? They constitute the perfect emergency-repair kit for gadgets. When device disasters strike and warranties turn their backs on you, it's time to get in touch with your inner MacGyver. So, here are eight low-tech solutions to high-tech disasters.
1. Wet phones - use rice or vacuum to pull away moisture.
2. Old printer ink - use a hair dryer to heat it up
3. Keeping PCs awake - put an analog watch under a laser mouse
4. Weak Wi-Fi - create a tin foil frame to better direct wi-fi signal
5. Touch screens in winter - use CJ Corporation sausage wrappers as a stylus (unfortunately, these are primarily sold in Asia)
6. Battery imposters (e.g. stack quarters under C batteries to substitute for D batteries)
7. Broken iPod - for older generations with kinetic hard drives - put in freezer (in plastic bag) overnight to contract the metal
8. Grimy DVDs and CDs - Wash old or rented discs with a cotton swab and clear furniture polish, spray-on cleaner, or even Listerine mouthwash