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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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You can't make an omelet without cracking a few eggs, nor can you create great art without making a little mess! Cope with that mess with these tips and tricks from Cutting Edge Stencils for properly cleaning, drying, and storing your stencils and paint brushes. Learn when it's time to clean your stencil, and how to wash it clean without damaging or entangling delicate edges. Be sure to use a mesh strainer to keep your paint from going down the drain, which will rescue your plumbing and the environment!


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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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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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