From The Tips Box: Sticky Hinges, Apple TV, Spaces Wallpaper

From The Tips Box: Sticky Hinges, Apple TV, Spaces Wallpaper

Readers offer their best tips fixing things around the house without WD-40, get Apple TV working without the remote, and a neat Spaces feature in OS X Lion.

Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons — maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in — the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Email it to tips at

Use Cooking Spray as a WD-40 Substitute

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Wffjr3782 shares a useful household maintenance tool:

My girlfriend’s front door was squeaking, and WD-40 isn’t something she has around her apartment. So I went to the cabinet and grabbed her cooking spray and sprayed it on the hinges. Two months later, still no squeaking! She was very happy with me!

We’ve talked about some of cooking spray’s household uses before, but Wffjr3782 makes a good point — it’s applicable pretty much anywhere you need some sort of lubricant.

Give OS X’s Spaces Different Wallpapers

Misterfuzz discovers a hidden feature on OS X Lion:

A neat feature in Lion: You can individually change the wallpaper in your Spaces by dragging the settings window between them.

Of course, if you haven’t made the upgrade, you can still do this and more with previously mentioned Hyperspaces.

Get the Apple TV’s Wi-Fi Working Without the Remote

Photo by Ryuichi IKEDA.

Patrick lets us know how to work around a missing remote to get the Apple TV’s Wi-Fi back up and running:

I lost my Apple TV remote a while ago, and found this really helpful article on what to do if you lost the remote, and your Apple TV isn’t connected to Wi-Fi. Basically, you have to plug in the Apple TV via Ethernet, control it with an iOS device’s Remote app, set it up with any regular IR remote, and then enable the Wi-Fi with that. For some reason you can’t enable the Wi-Fi using the iOS Remote app.


  • Like the idea about the cooking spray. Another similar one is to use butter or margarine on door hinges to stop the squeaking. It stays on for ages as it’s more solid than oil. A builder I know goes around doing this in all his finished houses, just before handover. Nothing worse than a brand new house with squeaky hinges.

  • Hyperspaces is not supported under Mac OSX Lion. In the words of the developer: “Mac OS X ‘Lion’ has caught and killed Hyperspaces.”

    Shame, because I hadn’t seen it before and it does indeed look superior to Mission Control.

    Progress? No. Is antigress a word? 😉

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