Are you bothered by robocalls calling you at all hours of the day and night on your mobile phone? Have you tried endless free and paid apps that promise to stop, but never seem to work? Well, we have a simple free solution that is guaranteed to work and stop those pesky robots from calling you when you don’t want them.
There is a setting on almost all mobile phones (Android and iPhone/ iOS) that many people hardly know about or use called Do Not Disturb. This can make a huge difference to remove calls you don’t want.
On an Android phone, go to Settings -> Sounds and vibration -> Do not disturb. If you have an iPhone, use Settings -> Do not disturb. Just search for ‘Do not disturb’ in your settings if you can’t find it. If you just turn it on, all calls will be blocked, which will miss calls you want too. Instead, use the Turn on as scheduled option. You can set the days of the week and time when you want your phone to not make any sounds. For example, you can choose 10pm to 9am, or even 24 hours if you want. If a call comes in during these times, your phone won’t ring, but they can still leave a message. No more 5am robocalls!
Many phones also have custom exceptions. Here you can tell it to still allow calls from people in your contact list so you don’t miss something important late at night. Another custom option is to allow calls when it happens more than once in a certain amount of time, like in the past 15 minutes. If something is really urgent, the caller can still reach you by calling again. However, if robocalls keep calling you many times in a row, you might not want this option. You can also block message alerts using the same method.
We hope this trick will help get rid of of those very annoying robo calls for good.
We have all experienced that sound of water continuously running after you flush a toilet and the tank tries to refill. Instead of stopping, the tank just keeps refilling as water drains back into your bowl. You may also notice that the water fills the tank very slowly.
In most cases the problem can be easily fixed by just cleaning the stopper. Calcium and other minerals can often grow on the drain which breaks the seal and allows water to keep draining. You should purchase a cleaner that removes things like calcium and lime. A good one is called CLR (Calcium, Lime, & Rust Remover). However, there are many different brands.
Before you clean it turn off the water that feeds into your toilet. It can usually be done by turning or pushing/pulling a knob. Once the water is off, put some of the cleaning solution on a paper towel and rub it around the bottom of the flapper that touches the tank drain. You should also rub it on the drain surface itself. It is a good idea to wear rubber gloves when doing this, since the cleaning solution can be harmful if a lot gets on your skin. Make sure to wash your hands after using it and avoid touching your eyes.
You should next fill the tank with water again, but this time stop when the water is just above the flapper seal. You want to have water over it, but not too much. Put in some extra lime cleaner (1/4 cup is good). Allow the cleaning solution to work by sitting overnight. In the morning you can fill it back up and the toilet tank should no longer be draining once it fills. You should also notice that it fills up a lot faster because the cleaner in the water will remove stuff that was blocking water flow.
If this trick does not work, you may need to buy a replacement flapper. Just do a search online, or use Amazon and look for a toilet flapper valve. They come in different sizes, so get the one that matches your drain pipe size (3 inches and 2 inches are the most common).
You can also put some CLR in your tank once per month to help prevent the problem from happening again. This is especially important if you don’t use your toilet very often or go on vacation.
Many people want to replace their bathtub drain stopper with another one. They may also want to remove it and use a simple screen stopper instead which is great for keeping hair from clogging your drain.
In most cases you won’t need any tools to do it. The trick is to first close the drain by turning it by hand, just as if you were going to fill it with water. Next, twist it by hand using the knob until it opens on its own (just like you normally do to open the drain). Carefully turn it with a lifting motion until it moves up. You need to keep it in that exact spot. You now want to keep everything steady and grab the entire drain stopper (wide part). Just keep turning it counter clockwise until it comes off. If it does not work, it may have moved, so repeat everything making sure it is in the slot that allows it to move up and down while you turn it.
This will work for most stoppers, but if you have one that has a screw holding it down, you will need to use a screwdriver to remove it.
The trick to avoid arguments is primarily useful for husbands and wives but there are many other situations where it can be very helpful.
When people live together there is bound to be a certain amount of friction that occurs. It is to be expected. Each person has their own good and bad habits. Let’s imagine a household where the husband has the habit of leaving his clothes lying around on the floor and the wife is upset with having to constantly pick them up.
One Sunday evening when the wife picks up a dirty sweat shirt to throw into the hamper she verbally attacks her husband. ” Were you raised in a barn leaving your clothes all over the floor? You turned out to be one big slob. ” At this point the husband having been attacked responds with his own attack criticizing her cooking and anything else he could think of.
What the wife should have said was, “When you leave you clothes on the floor and I have to pick them up it makes me feel like a maid instead of your wife.” She is still discussing the problem of clothes on the floor but there is no personal attack, so the husband does not attack her. This opens up the probability for a reasonable discussion about the clothes.
The idea in back of this trick is to express how the other persons bad conduct hurt your feelings instead of criticizing them for what they have done. This leads to discussion rather than confrontation.
Many parents complain that if they want their child to do something, they have to nag about it over and over again and it still doesn’t get done. Some of the reasons for this is that children are easily distracted, they would rather play and they have previously gotten out of doing the task by ignoring you.
Here is a different approach to the problem. First, explain why the task has to be done. Let’s say you want them to put their toys away. You might say,” Your toys have to be picked up and put away so you will be able to find them and play with them tomorrow. ” You might also use as an explanation, ” Your toys have to be picked up so nobody will trip over them and hurt themselves.” At this point you might ask the child, ” Will you put them away?” If the task is not done immediately stop back from time to time and simply say, “Toys.”
Another example might be getting the child to help clear the table after a meal. An explanation might be, ” Food spoils when left on the table and it can make people sick. So will you bring the dishes in the kitchen?’ If the chore is not done right away, go back from time to time and just say, ” Dishes.”
Always thank the youngster for doing the task. Let them know their work is appreciated.