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10 wet weather 'life hacks' you should know about

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(WMBF) - With rainy weather forecasted through the weekend, we wanted to share some of the best rainy weather “life hacks” we found on the internet.

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1. Salvage broken umbrellas with enameled wire

A gust of wind can ruin a perfectly good umbrella, but instead of tossing it in the trash, here's a quick and cheap fix recommended by BusinessInsider.com:

Buy some enameled wire at a hardware store and cut off a 6-inch piece. Match up the rivet holes of the broken stretcher pieces, and insert the wire through the holes. Wrap it around and keep wrapping and threading the wire through the hole until there's no more room. Twist the wire ends together and trim.

See full instructions here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Dont-chuck-that-broken-umbrella/

2. Carry a supply of dry plastic grocery bags.

Most people probably have dozens of these stuffed in a cupboard or drawer somewhere. Grab a handful and keep them in your jacket pocket or purse when you're out and about – keep your wet umbrella in them and keep wet clothes and shoes separated in them.

3. Save suede with paper towels

Here's another tip from BusinessInsider.com:

“Rain can ruin suede shoes, but it doesn't necessarily mean doom. First, spot-clean the suede with a pencil eraser, then wet the entire shoe and use a soft sponge to gently rub the fabric until all of the salt, dirt, and grime are gone.

Next, stuff the shoes with paper towels or newspaper and allow to dry, inserting a shoe tree once you're done.

You can always protect your suede shoes in advance by spraying them with a suede protector.

4. You stay drier by running, not walking in the rain.

Seems like a no-brainer, but there has been some debate over whether walking leaves your body less exposed to raindrops, or running simply gets you out of the rain faster.

The debate is settled, and a YouTube video from MinutePhysics explains why running is the better strategy if you want to stay as dry as possible. Of course, there are safety concerns about running on wet and slippery surfaces, so this is NOT a recommendation, simply a statement of fact!

5. Silence noisy rain gutters with some rope

This tip comes from LifeHacker.com, citing a tip from the Family Handyman:

Caulk around the gutter drain and install a length of nylon or poly rope (Figure A). The water will wick down the rope instead of free-falling and hitting the elbow.


6. Put wet devices in a bag of rice

Everyone should know this old trick by now – whether you dropped your iPhone in the toilet, or left your tablet in the rain, if you turn it off and put it in a bag of rice as quickly as possible, the rice will absorb the moisture and there's a chance you can salvage it.

BusinessInsider.com recommends you leave the device in the bag for 24 hours before trying to turn it on again.

7. Pack a pair of back-up socks

No matter how lightly you tread, there's always a chance you'll step into a puddle. Don't let it ruin your day – break out that pair of back-up socks you had the foresight to bring along and your feet will thank you!

8. Make a DIY rain guard for your camera with an old CD spindle

Here's another cool lifehack from LifeHacker.com, and it couldn't be simpler: grab the plastic case or cover from that old 50-CD spindle you never use anymore, measure the diameter of your camera's lens, cut a hole that size in the spindle cover, wrap it with gaffer tape, and attach a plastic sheet around it.

You can find the full instructions here: http://lifehacker.com/5991275/make-a-diy-camera-rain-guard-from-an-old-cd-spindle

9. Make your own homemade rain repellent solution

This tip comes from eHow.com – a simple solution can be made with half a cup of rubbing alcohol, and one cup of filtered water. Swirl the bottle to mix the two ingredients. The site says the bottle will feel warm, but not hot. Wait until the solution cools before putting the cap, and then spray the solution on the exterior of a clean and dry windshield, and use a dry rag to wipe until it is dry.

Find a the recipe for a solution closer to the store-bought repellent here:


10. Review the AAA's guide for wet-weather driving techniques.

Make sure you know how to get out of a skid, avoid hydroplaning, get out of a muddy spot, and generally drive safely in wet weather conditions. Check out AAA's comprehensive guide here: http://exchange.aaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Get-a-Grip.pdf

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