Bogus!

BOGUS! WD-40 and wood glue

TipmanTim_Woodglue

There is a tip going around that you can use WD-40 to remove a stray bead of wood glue from your woodworking project. Well, I tested it out and it’s bogus. I put two lines of wood glue on my workbench and let them sit for several days. Then,...

Don’t get burned

microwave-oven

There is a bogus tip out there where you can supposedly determine if your microwave is leaking radiation by using your cell phone. The tip goes like this: You put your cell phone in the microwave, (don’t turn the microwave on) then try to call the cell phone from...

Super steamy

waterbottle_tipman

There’s a tip that’s been around for a while about how to clean the inside of your microwave. The tip is to put a glass of water in the microwave and then run it until the water heats to a boil. The tip claims the steam from the water...

BUSTED! Don’t swap out the batteries

battery_tipman

There is a tip out there that says you can open up a 6 volt lantern battery, open it up and take out the 32 smaller batteries inside it. This tip claims that the smaller batteries making up the lantern battery are the equivalent of AA batteries, and you...

BUSTED! Smoking banana peels

bananas

I saw a tip somewhere that you can shine shoes with banana peels. Please, don’t do this — it won’t work. Another tip says you can whiten your teeth with them. They’re pretty bitter tasting and I have no desire to try this, but if you want to, go...

Bogus! Ammonia in a bag

oven

I saw a tip somewhere that recommended putting your cast-iron  stove burners into a gallon resealable bag with some ammonia, and the fumes from the ammonia would strip off any crud from the burners. Well, I tried this out on my own cruddy burners and it didn’t do a...

Something smells funny

Tipmantim-Newspaper

There are so many bogus tips out there and so little time to expose them. Here’s another one: You can remove shoe odors with newspapers. The tip instructs you to scrunch up newspapers and shove them in your shoes. You’re supposed to leave them in overnight, and the next...

Air it out

tipman_hairdryer

This bogus tip is making its rounds on the Internet. It’s actually a video clip that shows how you can easily remove small dents from your car with a hair dryer and a can of compressed air, (the kind you use to clean your computer keyboard). The video instructs...

No exchange

battery_tipman

There is a tip out there that says you can swap an AAA battery for an AA one by simply adding some aluminum foil to the connection. Well, this is bogus. Most battery holders are wired in a series, and not parallel, and you could damage your device using...

Frozen not solid

tipman_icecream

I had a fan tell me you can keep ice cream soft, yet still frozen, by sealing it up in a freezer bag in the freezer once you’ve got it melted to the perfect scooping consistency. Well, this is bogus. I tried it out, actually (with Ben & Jerry’s,...

Dish soap isn’t the answer

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I saw this tip on the website of a national home-improvement store and thought I’d try it. It said to cover your hands in dish soap before caulking — the soap would make it easier to clean the caulk off your hands when you’re done. Well, I tried this...

Bogus microwave pizza tip

Slice of Pizza

There are a lot of bogus microwave-related tips out there. For example, someone told me that if you’re reheating a piece of pizza in the microwave, do it with a glass of water in the microwave oven. The water, apparently, will keep the crust from getting too chewy. Well,...