You've had that nasty collision or heard that funny noise in your car: how do you go about inspecting a car to asses damage just like a professional garage would do? With an eye to helping professionals create repair cost estimates, Collision Repair shows you what you need to consider to seek out any car problems. Find out how a garage goes about checking the hood, bumper, fender, door, and more, and learn when it is more practical to replace a part than repair it.
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.
Make cutting glass as clear as... well, glass! Supergokue1 teaches you how to trim a piece of glass down to size for a window pane or any other home improvement project. Learn how to measure and mark your cut line with a level, then use a glass cutter to make your slice, holding the glass cutter like a pencil and applying pressure. This lesson also includes an hint on an unexpected item from your kitchen that will help create a smoother cut.
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.
Painting a room? In this third lesson of five, you will learn the necessary prep-steps between priming and painting an interior room. Russ Olinatz demonstrates how to sand a wall, fill in holes, and vacuum the chair rail. After you learn how to mix and prepare the paint, you’ll finally cut into the molding with your first color coat. In two more lessons, your room will be finished!
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.
What is the torque convertor clutch, and why is it crucial for preventing energy loss in your car engine? In this last of a three part series dissecting and explaining a torque convertor, Eric the Car Guy discusses the torque convertor clutch (also known as a lock-up clutch), and reveals why it can cause your engine to stall when it gets into trouble. This video also reviews the other major parts of a torque convertor (impeller, stator, and turbine) and explains stall speed.
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.
Part 2 of 3 from the Paul's Toolbox series on replacing a popcorn ceiling, this lesson covers applying texture, primer, and paint to your scraped ceiling. Learn how you can use a cake mixer to prepare your mud to the right consistency. See how to use a hopper to spray an orange peel texture on your newly-scraped walls. Make a homemade face mask out of an old t-shirt. Add a good coat of primer and two coats of paint, and you've got a perfectly smooth ceiling where you once had a mess of popcorn.
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.
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)!
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.
How does your car overcome its static inertia and get moving again after a dead stop? It uses the stator, an important component of the torque convertor. In this second of a three part series, Eric the Car Guy explains more about the torque convertor and its stator, including offering a demonstration of how the impeller and turbine work with the help of electric fans. Learn about the stator and its one way roller clutch, and how it helps to get your car moving.
Learn how to create unique and elegant gifts by etching designs into mirrors and glass! This is the first of two lessons on glass and mirror etching from Royal Design Studio and gets you started by teaching you: what tools you will need; how to prepare your materials; basic safety tips; and how to apply your patterns to the mirror or glass. The techniques shown here for burnishing vinyl patterns can be used to secure any sticker or taped design you want etched into a mirror or glass.
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.
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.
Looking to add luxury and style to your home’s décor? Consider using antiqued mirrors for a do-it-yourself project that is customizable and won’t break the bank! Royal Design Studio is here to get your started, with advice on how to learn and practice the technique using inexpensive mirror tiles, and how to remove the paint from the back of the mirror, creating the perfect blank canvas for your patination. Master these basic skills for endless home decorating possibilities!
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.
Continue along on this journey to the center of an automatic transmission with Eric the Car Guy. Part four of eight, this lesson focuses on the clutch assembly and its components, taking apart and explaining the function of each piece. Learn about bearings, the bands that hold pieces in place, the drum, the transmission binders, and the transmission clutch.