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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Have you ever worried that playing tug of war with your dog might encourage negative behaviors? According to Andre Yeu, this game can actually be a wonderful way to train your dog. Andre explains how to minimize risk to your dog by playing safely, and offers techniques to train your dog to start and stop playing on command (particularly helpful for the fragile or elderly). Finally, learn how to train your dog so that you’ll never need to worry about an accidental bite during a friendly game.


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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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Part seven of eight lessons exploring and explaining the inside of an automatic transmission, in this video EricTheCarGuy 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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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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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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