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How To: Make a poplar wine rack

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a poplar wine rack. First, cut the top, bottom, and sides of the rack. Then, use a router to cut out the center of it. Now, assemble the rack together by using wood glue. After this, measure the length of the diagonals, then add in pieces of wood that are criss crossed throughout the box. Next, keep these in place with some wood glue and then place wine bottle on the inside of them. This will make a great wine rack for any home and you can paint it as we...

How To: Clean an iron with Martha Stewart's REAL SIMPLE

What's the best way to clean an iron? It is inevitable that it will eventually need a good cleaning. Your dress shirts look crisp, but over time your iron might look the worse for wear. This simple technique gets rid of mineral spots on the iron's plate and cleans out caked steam vents. Learn how to clean an iron with the folks from Martha Stewart's REAL SIMPLE.

How To: Clean your bong the cheap and easy way

No one wants a dirty bong so make your mother proud and keep your bong spick and span. You will need iodized salt and bottle of rubbing alcohol aka isopropyl alcohol. These items are very inexpensive. Apparently you can really shine up any glass with this stuff. Use half a bottle of the alcohol for the body and the rest to clean out the pieces. This will clean even the grungiest of equipment as this video will attest to, although, we didn’t get to see the before shot.

How To: Kill bed bugs by using boric acid

Boric Acid is often used to treat or eradicate bedbugs. However, it doesn't work particularly well. It has to be ingested to kill them, but they don't necessarily consume it. There would need to be a bait that they can ingest that contains boric acid. Unfortunately, people are the bait that they respond to. Cockroaches, on the other hand, ingest it, because they clean themselves. Therefore, it gets ingested in that way.

How To: Cut crown molding square dead ends

Here's a video that shows how to create a square dead end molding for additional design to your household. 1. Take the two pieces of crown molding and move them to the power saw. 2. Set the saw to 45 degrees right and cut a 90 degree outside corner in one of the moldings by setting it flat against the fence with the bottom of the molding up. 4. On the other piece of molding flip it upside down as compared to the first molding and make the same cut. 5. Now, move the saw to 0 degrees. 6. Take t...

How To: Install post and dowel fencing

My how-to on Post and Dowel Fencing. My buddy Sven and I, with the help of landowner Rex, installing a massive post & dowel Fence. You need a level, post hill driller, rock bar, and stakes. There are terminator, corner and line posts that have holes specifically for its position in the fence. It's like Lincoln logs that snap together. Lengths of the post vary, but you want 1/3 of the post underground. This is great for lining your property or farm.

How To: Hold small nails when hammering

This video shows you how to hold small nails without hitting you fingers with a hammer. Get a piece of paper and push the nail through the paper. Position the nail where you want it and begin hammering it in. Before the nail is totally in, remove the paper and continuing the hammering. You can cut a little slit into a piece of cardboard putting the small nail into the slit before hammering. You can also put the small nail between the teeth in a comb before hammering.

How To: Fold a bra for compact storage

In this how to video, the Beverly Hills Organizer, Linda Koopersmith demonstrates how to fold a bra for compact storage. The storage of your clothes and underwear makes a huge difference in the appearance and longevity of your garments. Watch this organizing tutorial and you will be properly folding and storing your bras in no time.

How To: Remove the odor of garlic from your fingers

Garlic is a delicious, salubrious and stinky vegetable. Learn how to remove its garlicky stench from your hands with this handy video tutorial, which suggets, among other things, using lemon juice to get rid of the unwanted odor. For specifics, and to get started cleaning your own hands, watch this handy how-to.

How To: Take sticky labels off easily

In this tutorial, we learn how to take sticky labels off easily. All you need to do this is a blow dryer. First, set your dryer to the highest heat setting possible, then blow the air onto your label for 2-3 minutes. Keep the heat in constant contact with the label, then after a few minutes, you will be able to pull the label off right away. You can use this on anything from lotion bottles and aspirin bottles to water bottles and plastic containers! This is a great way to remove the labels wi...

How To: Cope, or cut, molding to fit your room

When installing baseboards, crown molding ("moulding") and chair rails, it's tempting to cut 45-degree miters at the corners and hope for a sure fit. The problem is that most walls aren't square. Joining two 45-cut molding pieces may give you a square joint, but a square joint may not work for your crazy corner. In fact, it seems like every wall is just a “hair” out of square. This problem could be due to a framing error or a buildup of drywall compound in the corner. But even a perfect miter...

How To: Do your laundry while at college

In this video, you will learn how to properly do laundry at college using a washer machine, dryer, laundry detergent, and laundry card in an hour and a half. Learn how to choose the correct wash/dry cycles that coordinate with your type of laundry. (colors/whites/delicates)

How To: Use an angle grinder safely in home construction projects

Angle grinders are very powerful and useful tools, but like many such power tools they are extremely dangerous if you don't know how to use them. This video goes over a variety of must-know safety precautions that you should take before using an angle grinder to grind for your own construction projects. It covers proper eyewear, fire protection, and setting up the device for use.

How To: Start a STIHL trimmer or brush cutter

In this tutorial, we learn the proper way to start a STIHL trimmer. Before you begin, make sure you are wearing the proper protection gear. Next, check the fuel level, throttle trigger, stop switch, cutting tool, and harness. Everything should be tightened and in good starting condition. Make sure you are away from any obstructions before you turn on the cutter. Pull the starter grip and guide it to rewind it properly. Pull the rope several times, then move the choke to the starter position. ...

How To: Iron a shirt quickly and easily

Ironing a shirt is simple and easy when you follow the suggestions outlined by Matt McGuire in this tutorial. You will need an iron, wrinkled shirt, and ironing board. Lay one end of the shirt on the board. Take the iron rubbing it from side to side, pressing out the wrinkles. It is a good idea to fill your iron with water prior to heating it up. This allows you to steam your clothes making it even easier to get a clean press. When done ironing this section, lay the other portion of the shirt...