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The Ultimate Quick Fixes for Commonly Jammed Items Quiz
by Staff
Looking for a quick fix for your jammed stuff? You'll find it right in your own home. For five quick fix ideas for commonly jammed items, take this quiz.

If your jeans zipper is stuck and it won't budge, what's the best thing to do?

  • Cut the jeans open with a pair of scissors and throw them in the trash.
  • Rub a dry bar of soap up and down the zipper teeth.
  • Spray the zipper with WD-40.

How can you be prepared for a stuck-zipper emergency at all times?

  • Keep an emergency phone on hand at all times as well as a first aid kit.
  • Keep a needle and thread on hand along with a new zipper, so you can sew it in when needed.
  • Keep a small bar of soap handy so you'll have it when you need it.

The open drawer of your dresser sticks. What's a good solution?

  • Rub the wax of a candle along the rails or tracks.
  • Bang it closed with a hammer.
  • Rub the rails or tracks with a damp cloth.

Can you use candle wax as a preventative treatment for drawer tracks that aren't smooth?

  • Why certainly!
  • No, it doesn't work except as treatment for drawers that are already stuck.
  • Yes, but be careful to drip the wax on carefully.

Your front door key keeps sticking in the lock and you have to struggle to get it out so you can leave your house. Before calling 911, what can you do?

  • Smear a thin layer of olive oil on both sides of the key.
  • Rub molasses on the key.
  • Call a locksmith.

The closet door key won't turn left or right. What could happen if you keep working at it and you aren't careful?

  • You could end up with half a key in your hand and the other half in the lock.
  • The closet door might come off its hinges.
  • The key might begin to turn after all.

What should the old lady who lives in the shoe do if her home's laces get knotted?

  • Get each of her many children to work at the knot.
  • Dust them with talcum powder to loosen them.
  • Use the shoe polish method -- on the laces.

What else could be loosened with talcum powder aside from shoelaces?

  • fabric string
  • yo-yo strings
  • a sailor's knot

You tried to change the light bulb and it broke in the socket. How do you extricate the pieces?

  • Make plasticine balls and jab them at the light bulb pieces to pick them up.
  • Call an electrician.
  • Press a bar of soap firmly into the socket and use it to unscrew the bulb.

What safety precaution should you take before trying to remove broken light bulb pieces from the socket?

  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Cut the power.
  • Put on a life jacket.