Lifehacker readers teach us how to patch our bike tires in a pinch, how we can relieve itching with meat tenderiser, and that burning bras could save our lives.
Fix a Bike Tire without a Repair Kit
Vigleik shared a way to fix a flat bike tire in a pinch:
My friend and I went biking in the mountains, and his tire went flat.. it was a three hours walk back to civilszation. No repair kit or spare tube in reach. Just a strap on my buddy’s sunglasses. I tied lots of knots around and besides the hole in the tube, put it back in the tire and we were on our bikes in no time. Completely air tight for two hours!
dizzytired followed up with another way:
A friend of mine got a flat on his mountain bike once and also without tube, patch kit or anything, yanked the tube out and stuffed the tire with leaves from the side of the trail. Rode on it for another hour, no problems. Although he never said anything about the mess afterward.
Use Underwear as a Firestarter in the Wild
Photo by midorisyu
Terry points out that undies are a great survival tool:
On starting a fire – I read somewhere that many hunters found frozen to death have matches in their pocket. The problem is that they couldn’t get any wood burning (usually because it’s too wet). The point being that [it]isn’t getting a spark that’s difficult, it’s getting the spark to ignite your fuel. The solution? Burn your underwear. They say it goes up fast, and burns hot enough and long enough to ignite even wet tinder.
Print PDFs Straight to Dropbox to Save Time
Sara’s got a clever way of saving a step when she needs to stick something into Dropbox:
I have just set up this combination of Mac’s Print to PDF function and Dropbox. I thought of this because I always seem to be saving PDFs to the web receipts folder (Order confirmations, boarding passes etc.). I’ve been using Dropbox, and thought I should be able to print a PDF to my Dropbox instantly. And it is real easy to set up:
- Make an Automator script that just uses the Copy Finder Items and select Dropbox (or an underlying folder) as the destination.
- Save this script in the folder Library/PDF-Services. Whatever you name it will be the option in the menu.
Now when you print this script will be one of the options.
Relieve Mosquito Bite Itching with Meat Tenderizer
Photo by Dano
This weekend MacGyver taught us a few ways to relive itchy bug bites with uncommon materials. Now reader dafairlie shares another way of curing that frustrating mosquito bite itch:
My wife is a pediatrician and to [relieve]itchiness from insect bites she always recommends meat tenderiser instead of any other over-the-counter medicine.
The explanation goes something like this:
Insect bites itch because their saliva (an anti-coagulant) causes an allergic reaction on the “victim”. The meat tenderiser breaks down protein in order to soften the meat, but the insect’s saliva is also a protein. So, if you break down the saliva protein, the itch will stop.
Identify Unused Junk with a Two Box System
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Andrew shares his way of identifying which ol’ junk should be tossed out:
When I read your article about 30 Day Lists it reminded me of my own system of how I keep junk down in the house. I have a box, all these miscellaneous things I cannot find a place for go in that box, the rubix cube, presents from grandma, etc. I have another box along side of it, if I use something from the first box, it moves into box number two. About twice a year, anything that has not made it into box two is thrown out, and the cycle repeats. Just saw it as an interesting method for all the other organisers out there.