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Looking for a great do-it-yourself way to add interest and color to your home? Thinking about painting a statement wall? Consider stenciling—with elegant designs and easy to use stencils, your paint project just got easier. In this lesson, Cutting Edge Stencils demonstrates how to use an interlocking stencil to update a wall. Learn how to align stencils, make sure your design is level, and how to use the registration to ensure correct spacing. Beautiful just got easy.

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Using just 2x4s, build a bike rack in your garage or shed to keep all of your family's bikes organized. This project can be planned out using math formulas so that all of the angles and lengths are exact. Or you can use a sliding locking bevel and a straight edge. Either way, you will no longer have to worry about falling over bikes dumped haphazardly in your garage.

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Want to save yourself an expensive trip to the garage? Using this tutorial, you can prepare any area of your car for priming and save hours of tedious labor. Collision Blast shows you how to back mask, apply protective paper and plastic so that even the most unwieldy spray gun can’t leave you with primer between panels or elsewhere. Watch at home or follow along.

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Does gathering around the dinner table mean a night of loose, wobbly chairs? In this DIY home repair lesson, learn how to tighten loose dining chairs using only a few tools and some glue. Paul Allen Carter from Urban Castle Solutions will walk you through step-by-step to a safer and more comfortable dining room set. You’ll save money by doing this repair yourself and be on your way to getting many more years out of your furniture.

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Create designer wallpaper without designer prices! This lesson from Cutting Edge Stencils teaches you how to use stencils, paint, tape, and rollers to make easy but original and elegant wallpaper patterns. Learn how to eyeball your stencil placement, layer multiple stencils, and decorate your wall without trouble or mess. This lesson also covers bending stencils around floors and ceilings to get a natural wallpaper look.

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Just because your washing machine cleans your clothes doesn’t mean that the machine itself is clean. Soap build-up can make your washing machine dirty and inefficient. So, clean your clothes and your machine with this lesson from How I Pinch a Penny. A cup of bleach is all it takes to get your machine sparkling, suds-free, and efficient. After all, everyone loves the smell of fresh, clean laundry...and saving money.

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Are you tired of living in debt? Are you ready to take control of your finances? Focused Spender is here to help you achieve financial security, beginning with the first step outlined in Dave Ramsey’s “The Total Money Makeover”: building an emergency fund of $1,000. Whether $1,000 seems too insignificant to be a cushion or too monumental a figure to save, learn why it is essential that this sum of money be set aside, and get creative tips to help you raise it.

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You can light my fire anytime using this sure-fire fire starter! Sarah Mock from How to Pinch a Penny shows you how to take old things lying around the house including egg cartons, shredded paper, and dryer lint to make an easy fire-starter that will let you light your bonfire or fire pit on the first try (not to mention, put old materials to a good use)!

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Want to add a little spice to your kitchen wallpaper? Use a stencil to paint a border running above your counters and appliances! This lesson from Cutting Edge Stencils teaches you to tape your stencil in place, apply your paint evenly with a roller, and remove your stencil without smearing or bleeding your paint. This simple technique for stenciling a border can add an simple but classy accent to any room.

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Have you been rolling your fitted sheets into balls and stuffing them in the back of the linen closet? Don't worry, everyone struggles with folding a fitted sheet. Fortunately, How I Pinch a Penny has a surprisingly simple trick for folding a fitted bottom sheet. After watching this lesson, you will be able to nest the sheet's corners together, align the edges, and end up with a fitted sheet folded nearly as neatly as Sarah's.

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You're stenciling a damask or all-over stenciling project, but how you do approach stenciling those tricky corners? This lesson from Cutting Edge Stencils walks you through stenciling corners using a roller and stencil brush. Learn how taking the corner one wall at a time, then filling in the overlapping area with a brush, can give you clean, sharp corners.

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Are tired of buying laundry detergent at the store? Try making your own at home! You’ll need borax, washing soda, a bar of soap, and a microplane grater. This lesson will show you how to make powder detergent and gives you the exact ingredient measurements for making laundry detergent at home. Your detergent will be good for top loading and front loading high efficiency washers. Take DIY to the next level with this little tip.

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Part seven of eight lessons exploring and explaining the inside of an automatic transmission, in this video Eric the Car Guy reveals the inner workings of the transmission's valve body. Learn how each valve corresponds to a different action in the rest of the transmission. See an example of an accumulator, and find out how they provide support and make sudden shifts feel smoother when driving, functioning almost like shock absorbers.

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In this conclusion to the series of eight in which Eric the Car Guy takes apart and explains the parts of an automatic transmission, the mystery is solved: find out what caused this particular transmission to fail. See the hazards of a burned out clutch ring, and get an explanation of what check balls do in the valve body. Finally, get advice on how to handle problems with your own car's transmission.

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In part six of eight lessons from Eric the Car Guy, we're now far inside the depths of an automatic transmission. See how clutch rings are splined to the gear assembly, and get a general explanation of how every part of the transmission serves to take the engine's power and multiply its torque for maximum efficiency. Also take a look at the valve body of the transmission, which directs fluid throughout the transmission.

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A budget gives you the “big picture” of your finances—how much income you have coming in, and the total expenses you are paying out. But if you are trying to reduce your debt and become financially responsible, a cash flow projection can help you stay within your budget, and also plan day-to-day spending. In this lesson from Focused Spender, learn the difference between a budget and a cash flow projection, and how they can both help you become financially secure.

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Keeping your bicycle chain well lubricated will ensure a smooth ride, maximize power transfer to the wheels, and increase the life of the chain—and only requires a few minutes of your time! In this lesson from Art’s Cyclery, learn how to thoroughly clean your chain and make sure that each link in the chain is lubed. Short on time? Watch and learn the faster version of the chain lubing process. Whichever way you do it, this important maintenance is well worth the little time it requires.

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In your desire to become financially secure, you’ve implemented a budget—and that is an excellent thing. But a budget will not give you a complete snapshot of your finances, so learn how to track your money on a daily basis! Not only will you be reminded when bills are due, but tracking your money also helps you stick to your budget and achieve your financial goals. In this lesson, Focused Spender reviews three tracking options (Mac vs. PC, free vs. paid) to help you find which is right for you.

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If your dog chews, shreds, or otherwise destroys your house or barks for hours when you leave, it is most likely a symptom of separation anxiety. According to the London Dog Listener, if your dog thinks of itself as the leader of the pack, it will become stressed when you leave and show its anxiety via destructive behaviors. Learn how to demonstrate to your dog who the real alpha is, and watch its worry (and bad habits) disappear.

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