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Get ready for the rainy season by installing new gutters. In this DIY home improvement lesson, Ron will teach you how to install gutters to promote proper drainage around your property. Learn how to find the slope of the eaves, how to cut and and hang your gutters and downspout, and how to ensure that your new gutter system doesn’t leak.
Did you know that transplanting plants at the wrong time of day or into dry soil conditions can send them into shock? For many plants, the trip from the nursery to your container garden can be a stressful experience. Sunset Magazine shows you how and when to transplant so that your plants thrive in their new home.
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.
Drawing can be difficult and intimidating if you weren’t born with the hand of an artist, but like every other skill, it can be learned through exercise and repetition. In this lesson from Drawing Teachers, Michael teaches about 3D elements such as the vanishing point and horizon line while showing you step-by-step how to draw a 3D house. For this exercise, you’ll need a paper, ruler, pencil, and pen. Once you master this lesson, you’ll be able to draw any boxy design in 3D.
Everything's coming up roses when you make these gorgeous crêpe ribbon flowers! Part one of two, this lesson from craft addict Erin Bassett teaches you how to fold, sew, and paint your ribbon. Select a patterned crêpe ribbon that is thin, flexible, and delicate, then fold and sew the ribbon into a circle with needle and thread to create your flower’s petals. Paint the ribbon's edges, and then spray your whole flower with glitter mist and add color accents.
Like every good pet parent, you think your dog is the best. Prove it, by training your dog to do awesome tricks, like playing dead. Watch and learn as Julie Posluns of Treatpouch.com trains her dog Delilah to play dead using only a clicker, treats, and 10 easy steps. You and your dog will soon be the life of the party.
Knock it out of the park with help from this power bag drill! This lesson from Performance Factory Baseball teaches you an exercise to improve the explosive power and drive of your baseball bat swing. The lesson offers tips for the stance, form, angle, and direction of your swing. This drill will also develop hand, wrist, and core strength.
Pesto is a versatile Italian sauce—traditionally used on pizzas or pasta, it makes an excellent spread on sandwiches, potatoes or even fish (Chef Pesto prefers his on salmon). While there are many other ways to incorporate this sauce into your food, pesto itself is easy and quick to make. Chef Pesto prepares a basic recipe that can be augmented to satisfy your flavor cravings. Simple enough for a child to make, but delicious enough for everyone, enjoy some fresh pesto with dinner tonight!
Holidays and birthdays often mean expensive travel plans and gifts. If you are working to pay down your debt and are on a strict budget, you may be tempted to call the occasional birthday meal out or housewarming gift an “emergency,” justifying the use of a credit card to make the purchase. Instead of digging yourself deeper in debt, create a “sinking fund”! Learn how to plan all year for expected expenses, so that you don’t find yourself in a financial crisis come the holidays.
Have you been looking for healthy vegetarian meals that taste good? Korean recipes might be the way to go. Learn how to make a simple and mild soybean sprout soup that beautifully complements this colorful bibimbap recipe with a side of namul, or cooked vegetables. This vegetarian dish still packs plenty of protein, and its colors will make your mouth water. Watch this lesson to learn about Korean foods, ingredients, and culture!
Stir-frying is one of the simplest and most versatile methods of cooking. The technique does require planning and preparation, but each successive stir-fry you create will increase your confidence and improve your timing when it comes to cooking ingredients. In this lesson, learn what the five main components of a stir-fry are, and how they can be used to create infinite flavor combinations. Heavy on vegetables, stir-fries are some of the healthiest, quickest, and most delicious meals to make.
Whether you use your machine for gaming, video and photo editing, or animation, maximize your resources by using a computer suited specifically to your needs. In this first of four videos from his series on how to build a computer, Carey Holzeman demonstrates that it’s really not that complicated. Get started by figuring out what hardware you’ll need (if you’re stumped, Carey’s got some recommendations for you) and learn how to connect the power supply.
A unique take on a holiday classic, this 1966 recipe for Italian chard stuffing remains the most popular ever published by Sunset Magazine. Mix sweet crumbles of Italian sausage with wilted Swiss chard and milky bread to form the perfect texture for stuffing. Learn how to make this perennial favorite just in time for your Thanksgiving feast.
Learn how to build the main piano chords—major, minor, diminished, and augmented—that form the basis of harmony. The second in a series of seven, this lesson will teach you how to recognize and play bright and dark interval patterns to achieve musical chords that are frequently used in both the harmony and melody of songs. Once you have learned these patterns, you are well on your way to mastering any chord you encounter in piano music!
Curious about the vast world of wine? Start by learning the fundamentals. Sunset Magazine walks you through the basics of processed Vitis vinifera, from choosing the best corkscrews and wine glasses to determining tasting notes. You’ll also learn how to aerate vintages and save a half-empty bottle of wine for another day.
Are you hosting a barbeque this summer, and want to impress your carnivorous neighbours? Grill the perfect steak! Begin by marinating your meat with this simple recipe. Then, learn to light your barbecue with just the right amount of charcoal and newspaper - and cap your grill to adjust the flame’s heat. Discover the fine points of placing, rotating, and flipping your steak, and see how to tell when your steak is cooked through. Make sure to let the juices cook the meat once it's off the coals!