Here’s a list of life hacks with clever hints for both everyday and emergency situations. It tells you the smart way to handle many of life’s problems ranging from stopping a mad dog to lighting a match in the wind to rescuing someone from electric shock. Take a look and follow them:
1. Preserving eggs
Eggs can be preserved by simply putting them into a box or tin of dry salt by burying the eggs right in the salt and keeping it in a cool dry place. Don’t allow air to get to the shell. It is possible to preserve them for a very long period.
2. Felling a tree
Once you decide which side you wish the tree to fall, it is very easy. Cut alternatively a downward and inward as shown in the picture. When about half through, proceed to cut the other side a few inches higher, and then pull the tree by means of ropes.
3. Watering plants while away on holiday
You can keep your plants watered even while you are away on holiday. How? Fill a large pail with water, and keep it a little above the level of the plants. Put two or three strands of loosely plait wool together, immerse completely in water, placing one end in the pail touching the bottom and the other end on the soil of the plants.
4. Lighting a match in the wind
The difficulty of lighting a match in the wind can be overcome if thin shavings are first cut on the match towards its striking end.
5. Rescue someone from electric shock
If you are rescuing someone from electric shock, do not attempt to take hold of the person if he is still grasping the wire, unless your hands are protected by rubber gloves, a water-proof coat, or several thicknesses of dry cloth. Stand on glass or dry wood, and try and have the current switched off.
6. Making a water filter
Filtered water can be simply made out of an ordinary perfectly clean zinc water pail, by following the below instructions of the picture.
7. Stopping a mad dog
You can easily stop a mad dog from attacking you by simply using a walking-stick or a hat or even a handkerchief as shown below.
8. Making a fire extinguisher
Making a fire extinguisher is not that difficult. Dissolve one pound of salt and half a pound of sal-ammoniac in two quarts of water and bottle the liquor in thin glass bottles holding about a quart each. Should a fire break out, dash one or more of the bottles into the flames.
9. Steaming out a splinter
To steam out a splinter, fill a wide mouthed bottle with hot water nearly to the brim, and press the affected part of hand tightly against the mouth of the bottle. The suction will pull down the flesh, and steam will soon draw out the splinter.
10. Helping someone cross a flooded stream
You can help someone, who doesn’t know how to swim, cross a flooded stream or river by using this method. Fasten a strong rope to a tree and let a boy swim across the stream and fasten the other end of the rope to another tree on an opposite bank. Make the chair, fasten it to a running loop or a block pulley, and by means of a light rope fastened to the middle of the chair and held by a scout at each end, those unable to swim are safely passed over.