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The "Sharpie Trick," and a Guide to Sharpening Knives with a Water Stone

Learning to use a water stone is the best thing you can do for your knives, especially nice ones, but learning how can be tricky. Luckily, this (very …

Add an Entryway to a Small Room to Make It Feel More Like an Apartment

Whether you’ve moved back in with your parents or you’re renting out a room, living in someone else’s space can make you feel like you don’t have a …

Speed Up an Old Mac By Disabling These Animations

If you have an older Mac, or your newer one’s just running a bit too slowly for your liking, you can disable some of the cosmetic animations to speed …

Command-line

Cultivate Mental Toughness With the Navy SEAL's "40 Percent Rule"

Developing mental toughness isn’t just about being resilient. It’s also about learning to access your reserve tank when you think you just can’t go …

Study Skills

The Best Way to Pack a Suit or a Dress So It Won't Wrinkle

Top 10 Skills We Wish Were Taught in School, But Usually Aren't

Even though we learn a great deal in school, some of the most essential skills we need as adults aren’t universally, formally taught. Here are some …

Top 10

How to Secure Your Home When You’re a Renter

Owning a home comes with quite a few perks, but chief among them is security. Renters are 85% more likely to experience a home burglary than …

How to Perfectly Measure a Frame When Cutting Mitered Corners

Picture frames and boxes require joining two boards to create a right angle. The cleanest way to do that is cutting 45 degree angles at the end of …

Woodworking

How I Built Better Habits With Calendar Appointments

Old habits die hard. You’ve probably experienced this when you vowed to eat all salads forever, only to crash and burn a few days later. Building new …

The Best Way to Load a Backpack for a Hike

Getting your pack just right is key for having an awesome camping trip. Once you’ve selected the right backpack, use this graphic to load it up so …

Find Opportunities to Learn Computer Science at Google's New Portal

Google has launched a new gateway to help you find computer science resources, programs, scholarships, and other learning opportunities.<p>You can …

Computer Science

How to Reupholster an Old Piece of Furniture

Being able to upholster something at home is an incredibly useful skill. Once you learn to reupholster a chair, you can turn all kinds of thrift …

Home Improvement

Improve Your Posture and Build Balance with a Daily Warm-Up

Proper posture is critical for preventing pain and looking and feeling healthy. Find your body’s imbalances and work to improve them with four simple …

Lifting “to Failure” Isn’t Always the Best Option

Workout plans often recommend lifting a weight enough times that you can barely complete the last rep. It’s called lifting “to failure,” and it …

Exercise

Use Leftover Corn Husks to Bake or Grill Perfectly Juicy Fish

After you’ve shucked fresh corn, you might think you’re left with a pile of trash. Not so: In fact, you can actually use those leftover corn husks …

Cooking

Practice Being Outgoing When the Stakes are Low

You might be shy; you might not be terribly charismatic. But you’re not destined to be that way. Social skills are just that: skills. They can be …

Self-help

Elevate Meat with Spoons If You Don't Have a Roasting Rack

If you don’t make roasts that often or you just don’t have room for a roasting rack, use spoons instead to get the air circulation you want when …

Food

Wrap Scallops In Bacon Without Overcooking (or Overpowering) Them

We love scallops and bacon as much as the next person, but bacon-wrapped scallops have always sounded like a poor use of very expensive seafood. All …

Cooking

The Best Days of the Week to Shop at Popular Online Sites

There’s a best day of the week for buying just about anything, as well as for shopping at brick-and-mortar stores. When shopping online, you can also …

This Video Shows How to Make McDonald's-Like French Fries at Home

Many of us firmly believe McDonald’s french fries are the best french fries. You don’t have to head to the fast food joint for a nearly identical …

McDonald's

Makerbook Is a Huge Collection of Free Resources for Creative Projects

When you’re working on a big project, tracking down free assets is often key to keeping costs down. Makerbook is a collection of a variety of places …

Mockups

How Much to Ask for When You're Negotiating Salary

Negotiating your salary isn’t easy. And one of the biggest hurdles is knowing how much to ask for. As a general rule of thumb, your number should be …

Top 10 Smart Ways to Organize and Upgrade Your Garage

The garage is often a neglected, messy space. With a little organization and a few handy projects, though, we can get much more use out of our …

Build a DIY Mudroom Bench Seat with Secret Storage

Mudrooms are great for storing coats, boots, and other stuff right by the door, but they aren’t exactly furniture-friendly. This creates a great …

Woodworking

Benjamin Franklin - What Good Shall I Do? | The Art of Manliness

It’s the 1970s. A 30-something man makes his way across the Golden Gate Bridge. He’s passed by pedestrians and cyclists, and steps around tourists …

Tie Shoes Smarter with the Ukrainian Lacing Technique

Tying your shoes isn’t particularly difficult, and there are a lot of ways to do it faster. But this Ukrainian lacing technique makes it even …

Make Your Own Noise-Isolating Earbuds from Silicone and Old Earplugs

The best earbuds offer some noise isolation, but if the ones you have are awful or keep falling out of your ears, Instructables user NightHawkinLight …

Consumer Tech

Soundproof Your Room with these Cheap Building Techniques

Adding a laundry room next to a bedroom may be convenient, but you better get used to hearing every door slam and washing cycle. During a remodel or …

Home Improvement

Learn to Avoid the Most Common Design Mistakes with This Free Course

Beginning designers tend to make the same common mistakes. Design Pitfalls is a free course delivered weekly to your email inbox that will teach you …

UI Design

IdentityTheft.gov Shows You How to Recover From a Stolen Identity

Identity theft has the potential to ruin lives, but it can also make you feel helpless if you’re a victim. The Federal Trade Comission (FTC) just …

Identity Theft