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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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Did you know that there is a way to pay for medical expenses that actually increases your paychecks? If you make monthly medical loan payments or take expensive prescription drugs, you may benefit from opening a flexible spending account. An FSA increases your take-home pay by allowing you to pay for medical expenses with your own pre-tax money. It can even be used to cover dependent care expenses (like daycare for your child)! Learn how an FSA can help you start saving money today.


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Did you know that the number-one limiting factor of RPM is in your engine? In this third installment of the four-part series on the basics of a car engine, EricTheCarGuy discusses the role of the valves, how they are kept in place, and how the camshaft opens and closes them via the springs. Discover the difference between the crank shaft on a manual vs. automatic transmission, what "sister cylinders" means in regards to a 4-cylinder engine, and how your car's oil pump works.


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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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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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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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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.


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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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Was your mountain bike chain damaged while chasing wild trails? In this second of two lessons on repairing bike chains, Art's Cyclery teaches you how to identify, remove, and replace bad links in your bicycle chain. Learn how to retain the old pin so that you can use it to attach new links, how to line up and insert new links (using the tool you created using the previous lesson), and how to get the newly repaired chain flexible enough that it can make the journey home.


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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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Create a DIY tool for repairing your bicycle chain out on the trail using an old spoke or coat hanger! In this first of two lessons on repairing bike chains, Art's Cyclery teaches you how to take a simple piece of metal and some pliers and bend the metal into a device that can hold your chain in place when making emergency repairs out on the trail. It's easy to make and vital for a quick chain fix!


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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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In part six of eight lessons from EricTheCarGuy, 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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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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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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In this conclusion to the series of eight, EricTheCarGuy takes apart and explains the parts of an automatic transmission, and 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 the function of check balls in the valve body. Finally, get advice on how to handle problems with your own car's transmission and perform transmission diagnostics.


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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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