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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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Wall art is expensive, but stenciling is a great way to make a statement wall that won’t break the bank! In this lesson from Cutting Edge Stencils learn about the necessary tools (a stencil, foam roller, brushes, paint, tape, and paper towels), and the proper techniques to achieve an evenly colored stenciled wall. Finally, learn helpful tips like how to remove paint if you accidentally roll off the edge stencil, and how to continue your stenciled design around 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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Changing the look of your room and need some painting tips? In this second-to-last lesson from a series on how to paint an interior room, Russ Olinatz reveals his own tools for preparing paint for the second or third coat. Then, he demonstrates the paintbrush techniques he uses when painting close to molding, such as “feathering off” and brush angle.


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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 are almost finished painting a room! In this fifth and final lesson in a series on how to paint an interior room, Russ Olinatz walks you through the crucial, conclusive steps. He applies the last few coats paint (one more coat than he had initially planned; painting is a dynamic process!), then he tops it off with freehand techniques to create the appearance of a straight line between the wall and trim. Finish up, take a seat, and enjoy the new view.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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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!


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Whether mountain biking or road biking, packing efficiently for whatever length of ride is critical. In this lesson from Art’s Cyclery, learn what is essential for your ride, including fuel, and a repair kit for fixing flats, and the different size packs to hold it all. And though mountain biking can require more supplies, these can be stored inside a hydration pack, which is standard gear for a mountain bike ride. Whether you are stuck with a flat or low blood sugar, don’t be caught unprepared!


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