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8 Tricks to Fix Broken Gadgets with Household Items

submitted on March 23, 2011 by pablos17 in "Member's Lounge"
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

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    Posted by HouTex on March 23, 2011
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    Here's another trick to add to the list:
    For inkjet printers with full ink cartridges that won't print - I have revived old HP ink cartridges (these have the print head built in) by soaking the contacts in a small volume of hot water in a styrofoam cup.

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