Life hacks have become synonymous to comfy living in the modern times. But about 100 years ago, when my ancestors were not as lazy as I am today, there still were some life hacks that were amazeballs.
Here is the modus operandi of the smarties from those times!
What would one do if the house was on fire? They would 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. If a fire breaks out, dash one or more of the bottles into the flames, and any serious outbreak will probably be avoided.
For this, they used to fill a wide mouthed bottle with hot water nearly to the brim, and press affected part of hand tightly against mouth of bottle. The suction would pull down the flesh, and steam would soon draw out the splinter.
The familiar difficulty of lighting a match in a wind could be to a great extent overcome if thin shavings were first cut on the match towards its striking end, as shown in the picture. On lighting the match, the curled strips caught fire at once; the flame was stronger and had a better chance.
If a dog tried to attack you, you could put up resistance with a stick, a hat or almost anything that would keep the dog at a distance. You could then kick the dog away.
According to Gallaher's, "Having decided which side you wish the tree to fall, cut alternatively a downward and inward cut as shown. When about half through, proceed to cut the other side a few inches higher, and finally pull tree down by means of ropes."
"A loose gate latch of an ordinary shape generally allows the gate to swing open. The latch in this picture prevents that. When screwed to gate post, this latch will be found to swing in position to secure gate."
Roll the cork under the sole of the shoe, this will reduce size of cork without injuring the smooth surface.
Wrap the bottle in a flannel and keep it in a crock beneath the cold water tap. Allow it under the tap for ten minutes and the wine will be cool, just like you want it.
The painting should be dusted off and then gently rubbed with a cut part of a potato. The dirtied surface of the potato must be constantly cut off. Finally it should be rubbed of with pine linseed oil.
Drive several brads in the centre of the sole. Another method is to soak the sole in oil where only the heel stays out of the oil. This will combat the squeak sound of new shoes.