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13 Life Hacks That Will Make Your Father Proud

If there's one thing dads love, it's clever solutions to stubborn, everyday problems. Here are 13 ingenious ways to impress your dad by making simple household items go further.

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1. If there's an arrow next to the pump icon on the gas gauge, it's there to tell you which side the gas tank is located on.

This comes in handy when renting or borrowing a car.
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This comes in handy when renting or borrowing a car.

2. Draw a circle on your golf ball with a dry erase marker to see where you're making contact with your club.

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Assuming your dad is open to a little constructive criticism, this is a clever way to show him how he can improve the accuracy of his swing.

3. Make coffee ice cubes to keep your iced coffee strong.

Dads do not like diluted coffee.
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Dads do not like diluted coffee.

4. Traveling? Store some emergency cash in an empty lip balm tube.

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No one will ever suspect.

5. Open a stuck jar with a piece of duct tape.

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Prove to your dad that you can defeat any jar. With this method, the tape forms a tight grip and applies a lot more torque than you can get with just your hand. (Bonus: It also involves duct tape, and dads love duct tape.)

6. When loading up a taco with ingredients, use a fork to keep it from falling over.

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This allows you to stay focused on the task at hand: packing in as many ingredients as possible.

7. Use toothpaste to restore foggy headlights.

According to WikiHow, standard brand (or cavity-fighting) toothpaste can remove the fog that forms from weathering and condensation. However, toothpaste with additives like mint crystals or whitening solutions may damage the surface.
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According to WikiHow, standard brand (or cavity-fighting) toothpaste can remove the fog that forms from weathering and condensation. However, toothpaste with additives like mint crystals or whitening solutions may damage the surface.

8. Barbecue a chicken on a beer can for a more flavorful, moist bird.

Not only does this barbecue recipe taste good, but you'll win the respect of your barbecue buddies.
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Not only does this barbecue recipe taste good, but you'll win the respect of your barbecue buddies.

9. Store extra paint in baby food jars for easy touch-up jobs.

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It's a pain to match the color of your walls when making touch-ups years later. A small, sealed jar of your paint mixture will solve this problem.

10. A pair of plastic hooks makes the perfect wall mount for tablets.

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According to CNet, among other sources, you can create an easy, hands-free way to view your mobile devices with common kitchen storage hooks. Suddenly, anyplace can be a man cave.

11. Use a piece of rubber band to remove a stripped screw.

According to Lifehacker, the rubber will create resistance and help the screwdriver form a tight seal on the screw.
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According to Lifehacker, the rubber will create resistance and help the screwdriver form a tight seal on the screw.

12. Chill a warm drink super fast by wrapping it in a wet paper towel and sticking it in the freezer.

The wet towel has more energy conductivity than the air and will dramatically speed up the process. Share a cold beverage with your pops faster!
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The wet towel has more energy conductivity than the air and will dramatically speed up the process. Share a cold beverage with your pops faster!

13. Place your burger on top of a piece of lettuce to prevent the bottom bun from getting soggy.

Don't let a juicy burger become a sloppy mess. According to numerous burger aficionados, by laying down a protective lettuce barrier, your bun will be able to handle a lot more meat.
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Don't let a juicy burger become a sloppy mess. According to numerous burger aficionados, by laying down a protective lettuce barrier, your bun will be able to handle a lot more meat.