Category: Life Hacks

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May 13th, 2015 by Thys Du Plooy

South Africans like most people love a bit of wine, but usually afterwards the bottles just go to waste. Here are a couple of very interesting little “life hacks” you can use to give them a new lease on life.

1. Make unique pots for your plants

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2. Knives for butter and cottage cheese

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3. Beautiful and unique chandelier

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4. A one-of-a-kind soap dispenser

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5. Cork key chains

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Clean Gas Stove or Braai featured image
May 12th, 2015 by Thys Du Plooy

We have a gas braai that is always just hell to clean. If you have problems with baked on grease and black stuff, you need to watch this video. When I get home I will be doing this!

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redneck fixes 21
April 16th, 2015 by Thys Du Plooy

Give credit to those rednecks. They really know how to make a plan. We go around and buy the appropriate parts or get things fixed using the right tools or a handyman. Why? These are all perfect examples of their ingenuity!

#1 Now who needs one of those stupid delivery trucks!

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#2 Nah! My wine glass is still working perfectly well

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#3 The new doorstop has been installed

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#4 We upgraded to a fancy new porch light

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#5 I decided to pimp my car with this custom new petrol cap

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#6 The DIY answer to: “I forgot a fork”

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March 25th, 2015 by Thys Du Plooy

DIY projects that I love best are the ones that cost nothing or almost nothing. There are so many things that is probably lying around the house, up in an attic or in a shed that can be re-purposed brilliantly in your home.

Have a look at some of these ingenious ways people created nightstands and the start digging through your old stuff…

1. A simple trolley suddenly becomes elegant

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2. A stack of old coffee table books

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3. An old barrel

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4. Two crates stacked

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5. A small desk (dual purpose in small spaces)

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6. Old magazines

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7. A wooden block

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8. Cinder blocks

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9. A chair with a lamp fitted to it.

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10. Some old planks put together

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breakfast hacks 2
March 23rd, 2015 by Thys Du Plooy

One of the big reasons why people don’t like making breakfast is because it eats into their previous morning time before work. If you barely have time to get ready for work, you often don’t have enough time to put together a healthy breakfast.

So let’s make things a little easier and do all the work in the evening. Here are two very easy ways to cut down the time you would need in the mornings.

Healthy oats in a jar

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This is definitely one of the easiest things you can make. You don’t even need to cook the oats for this. The basis of the “Oats in a jar” is oats and some milk (or water if you prefer it).

One of the nicest ones you can do is to add about half a cup of oats and a cup of milk to a nearly empty peanut butter jar. If you don’t have a peanut butter jar, any other jar would work.

You can then add frozen berries, banana, protein powder, flax seed and cinnamon to taste. Give it a stir so that everything is mixed and put in the fridge.

Tomorrow when you get up, it will be good to go!

Pre-packed smoothie ingredients

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Smoothies are one of the rockstars of the breakfast world. If you prepare only one portion daily from scratch it takes some time.

We therefore suggest that you get 5 zip-lock bags and make enough pre-packed smoothie ingredients for a working week. In a smoothie you are ideally looking to have protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber in abundance.

You can therefore combine the following ingredients in different combinations every day to keep things interesting:
Kale, berries, cinnamon, banana, orange, flax seeds, whey protein, spinach, almonds, oats, peanut butter, chia seeds and apple.

After you have made your five different smoothie packs you pop them in the fridge for the week ahead.

You should also buy a tub or two of greek yoghurt to mix it up with every week. You can then swap this with milk every other day.

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D.I.Why?
March 16th, 2015 by Thys Du Plooy

Claiming I am a good handyman would not be a half-truth, but a full lie. I do get by however and there have been a few successful projects that haven’t resulted in mutilating injuries to myself. All of them have however been for a reason.

There are however projects that people undertake for absolutely no apparent reason. Below we detail 19 of the most useless DIY projects that people have undertaken. The efforts of these individuals put into their projects just leaves with a bit of a “DI-Why?”

Cardboard Chair

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The exact way you should build a chair that you only want to use once.

Book Plant

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Oh you’re so clever. You did an amazing job of ruining a perfectly good book and turning it into a ridiculous pot plant thing

Handbag

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Step 1: Collect 1 558 little thingies from the top of soda cans.
Step 2: Mangle your fingers in an attempt to create this handbag.
Step 3: Go on a walk about and never come back. You should not breed.

Denim Slippers

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Due to the extreme nature of ugliness involved in these denim slippers, we can’t show any more. We are very proud of you for using the pockets that use to keep your butt warm to now keep your feet warm, but please stop being creative. You are hurting

Tub Couch

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Yes. That is a much better use for a beautiful tub. Ruin it and make a stupid couch of it.

Pallet Bed

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Reclaiming wood: good on you.
Your precious little angel looking like a porcupine from all of the splinters: not so good on you

Doll Parts Clothes Rack

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So little Tracy doesn’t want her doll anymore. Let’s turn it into the creepiest clothes rack in the history of the world

Homemade Shoes

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So why not make my own shoes? Because you have no talent making shoes and their are horrible!!!

Wine Bottle Lights

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Why not disappoint your guests by having wine bottles hanging from the ceiling with no wine in them!?!? The poor person who did this must be sitting with so many cuts and is probably still bleeding

Cork Tree

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I want a willow tree in my home. I could buy a plant or build one from 13 809 corks…

Knitted Casual Ware

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Is fashion suppose to make your eyes bleed?

Panelbeating

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Pay for an expensive panel-beater? Never! I’ve got this!

Origami Bow-Tie

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Origami bow-tie. Right up there with the clip-on tie. Pure class

Denim Couch

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Need something ugly in your home? Why not re-purpose 12 pairs of denim and turn them into this monstrosity?

Clothes Pegs Pot Plants

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Nauseatingly beautiful. No. Just nauseating

Book Chair

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How would you ruin a nice chair and a couple of classic novels? Why I would build a chair of course rendering both useless and then I would plomp my ass down on it!

Origami Vase

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Respect for the next-level origami skills. It is also as practical as a soccer balls filled with lead

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rubber band hacks
March 16th, 2015 by Thys Du Plooy

Life Hacks really start adding value when it involves things I have in my home and it actually applies to things I need help with.

Too often there are amazing hacks that really helps you with absolutely nothing except if you were perhaps a polar bear… stuck in a tree… trying to train a cat… to dance on a tightrope. That would be really cool to, but you wouldn’t really find yourself in situations where that becomes necessary too often.
Let me introduce our here: The Rubber Band.

Everyone has a few lying around the office or at home and they have a number of uses apart from the obvious: shooting them at your kids.

The video below shows you how to remove tough lids, prevent spoons from falling into bowls and keep your glasses on your face… Well just watch the video already and find out for yourself.

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quick breakfast hacks
March 12th, 2015 by Thys Du Plooy

The idea with hacks is that it is supposed to make your life a lot easier. Breakfast should be a quick and easy meal.

So over the next few weeks we will be bringing you a couple of breakfast hacks every week to help you save time in the mornings.

Eggs in the Microwave

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This is one I have been doing for some time. With so many people trying to get in more protein and less carbs these days they often want an option for quick and easy protein. This one is both cheap and easy to do and you don’t need to wash any pans.

You can either make it for breakfast or take the raw eggs to work and make it in a microwave oven there.

What you’ll need:

  • Two eggs
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    Yep. That’s it.

    How to prepare them:

  • Crack the two eggs into a microwaveable bowl
  • Put in the microwave on high for 2 minutes
  • After one minute, open the microwave and stir it a bit
  • After two minutes, open the microwave and eat it
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    If you want to add a bit of flavor to it you can add a little cheese or pieces of tomato or ham in after 1 minute.

    Bacon in the oven

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    Why bacon? Because bacon of course.

    This is a fairly easy, healthy and relatively quick one. The ingredients you’ll need are shown below, however the foil is an optional extra. It does however help in making the clean up afterwards a bit less painful.

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    As you put it all together, you should end up with it looking like this:

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    How to prepare them:

  • After the bacon has been laid out, put them in a cold oven and then turn it up to 200 degrees Celsius / 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • You can then start checking it from around 15 minutes
  • After 15 minutes they will be cooked and by 25 minutes they will be crispy, so cook’em as you like’em
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    These are just the first two that we will be sharing now with more coming every week. The idea is to make sure that you steadily build up a couple of options for breakfast that normal people can make and actually afford.

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    interesting coca cola facts
    March 12th, 2015 by Thys Du Plooy

    A cold glass of Coke on a warm day is one of the best things you can have to quench a thirst. Over the years people have however found a number of very interesting uses for Coke.

    After you have read this you might start thinking that it is something that every handyman should keep ready with his stash of duct-tape and Q20.

    Fact #1: Insect Repellent

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    Put some Coke in a bowl about an hour before your outdoor party and place it away from where you and your guests will be. Any unwanted insects and bugs will be too busy drinking the sweet and acidic soda to bother you and your guests.

    Fact #2: Removes Stains From Clothes

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    Fact #3: Loosens Burnt Stuff

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    Burnt on food can ruin a good pan if you can’t get it off. To save your good cookware, pour some Coke in the pan and let it soak overnight. The next morning, all that burnt food should come right off.

    Fact #4: Makes Your Car Battery Last Longer

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    Corrosion on a car battery can cause problems with your vehicle, however if you simply pour some coke over the battery terminals you can clean it up in a flash.

    Fact #5: Removes Marker Stains

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    If someone accidentally got marker on your carpet, pour some coke over it and then scrub with a soapy solution. The marker stains should come out easily.

    Fact #6: Cleans Stained China

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    You can soak your vitreous China in Coke for a few hours, and those set in stains should come out easily.

    Fact #7: Eliminates Grease Stains

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    If you ever get grease or oil on your clothes while cooking, simply pour some Coke in the washer with the clothes. (And maybe wear an apron next time.)

    Fact #8: Fixes Bad Dye Jobs

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    If you ever find yourself with a horrible dye job, soak your hair in Diet Coke and remove any permanent hair dye with ease.

    Fact #9: Removes Gum

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    Soak the gum and the hair in Coke for 15 minutes and then the gum will wipe out easily.

    Fact #10: Strips Paint

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    If you soak a towel in Coke and then lay it over the paint for a few hours, the paint will come off when you remove the towel.

    Fact #11: Cleans Oil Stains

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    All you have to do is pour the coke on the stains, let it soak and then rinse it all off, including the oil stains with some water.

    Fact #12: Cleans Coins

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    After a while, pennies can become pretty gross. To clean them up, simply put them in a bowl with some Coke and in a few hours, they will come out looking like new.

    Fact #13: Kills Snails & Slugs

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    The high acidity of the soda makes it incredibly effective when trying to kill the pests.

    Fact #14: Cleans Tile Grouting

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    Tile grout can be one of the most difficult places to clean, but a can of Coke makes it easy. Simply pour the Coke on the floor, let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe the coke and dirt away.

    Fact #15: Cleans Chrome

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    Simply pour the Coke onto the dirty chrome and wipe with the aluminium foil to make that chrome shine like new.

    Fact #16: Cleans a Toilet Bowl

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    Cleaning the toilet is easily one of the least desirable chores there is, so this quick tip makes it incredibly easy. Simply pour a can of Coke into the bowl and let it soak over-night. The next morning, scrub the toilet with a brush and it all away.

    Fact #17: It Can Dissolve a Tooth

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    iphone tips and tricks
    March 12th, 2015 by Thys Du Plooy

    Every time you get a new phone you spend hours on it trying to figure out as much as you can. Personally I always feel that I am missing half of what these wonderful little devices can do… and I am right more often than not.

    To many times in the past I have chatted to friends only to hear about ANOTHER feature that I didn’t know about.

    So to help you out a bit we have put together a couple of iPhone Tips and Tricks that might make life a little easier for you (not to mention turning you into the oracle-of-the-iPhone).

    iPhone Tip #1

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    There is an undo function that allows you to go back if you make a mistake writing a text message, email, or editing a photo. Simply shake your phone and this option will pop up.

    iPhone Tip #2

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    Double-tapping the spacebar will automatically end the sentence with a period and start a new one for you.

    iPhone Tip #3

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    As long as the camera app is open, you can use the volume buttons to take a photo.

    iPhone Tip #4

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    You can teach Siri how to properly pronounce words by saying, “That’s not how you pronounce______ ” and she will then give alternatives for you to choose the correct one.

    iPhone Tip #5

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    By holding down the capture button in the camera app, your phone will take a series of photos so you can get the perfect shot.

    iPhone Tip #6

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    You can control the scrubbing rate of streaming video/audio by moving your finger down the screen.

    iPhone Tip #7

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    You can see the timestamps of your text messages by sliding your texts over to the left.

    iPhone Tip #8

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    Swipe left on the Compass app and your iPhone will work as a level.

    iPhone Tip #9

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    Your phone will charge much faster if you turn on “Airplane Mode” while charging.

    iPhone Tip #10

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    Instead of having your phone vibrate or ring when you get a call or text, you can have it emit an LED flash. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility, then scroll down and turn on “LED Flash for Alerts.”

    iPhone Tip #11

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    You can set a timer for listening to music or audiobooks before bed. Just launch your Clock app, choose the Timer button in the lower right and set the timer for however long you want your media to play. Then, tap “When Timer Ends,” scroll to the bottom and choose “Stop Playing”. Now you’ll never have to turn off your music again after falling asleep.

    iPhone Tip #12

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    You can create a longer passcode with letters instead of numbers. Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and turn off “Simple Passcode.”

    iPhone Tip #13

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    You can find out what airplanes are flying about you. Just ask Siri “what flights are overhead.”

    iPhone Tip #14

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    Your phone will read texts aloud. Start by going into the Settings app. Choose General, tap Accessibility and then turn on the Speak Selection feature. After you’ve done this, the “Speak” option will always appear when you highlight text.

    iPhone Tip #15

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    Change the vibration pattern for notifications. Go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone > Vibration > Create New Vibration. You’ll be able to tell who is calling or texting you just by the vibration.

    iPhone Tip #16

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    If you hold down the “.” on your keyboard, a menu will pop up with a list of web suffices to choose from, saving you the time of typing it out.

    iPhone Tip #17

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    Take a screen shot by holding down the home button and the on/off button at the same time. The screen shot will then be saved in your camera roll.

    iPhone Tip #18

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    You can access all of your email drafts easily by holding down the “Compose” icon. It will then give you a list of all of your previous drafts.

    iPhone Tip #19

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    Create shortcuts in no time. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Add New Shortcut. Enter a word or phrase that you use a lot and what you want the shortcut to be. Now, every time you type that shortcut, the whole word/phrase will appear.

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