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How To: Waterproof your thumbdrive

Systm is the Do-It-Yourself show designed for the common geek who wants to quickly and easily learn how to dive into the latest and hottest tech projects. They will help you avoid pitfalls and get your project up and running fast. In this DIY episode, see how to waterproof your thumbdrive.

How To: Make a USB fan out of old CDs

Sweaty summer day by the computer? Office A/C broke? Watch this how-to video! You can make a simple USB fan using a compact disc, a USB cable, and a small fan motor. It's quick and easy! Don't suffer from the heat. Watch this video tutorial and with these circuitry tips, build a simple USB fan out of some old CDs.

How To: Make a vintage style jewelry box with household items

This video shows how to make a cute vintage looking jewelery box. A cardboard cheese box forms the body of the jewelery box. Other items you will need include mod podge, white glue gesso, masking tape, ribbons, a mirror from a compact, some fabric, and some faux pearls and flowers. Begin my removing the labels from the box. Paint the inside and outside of the walls of the box and the lid. Paint the areas of the box that you just primed with gold metalic paint. Now use the box to trace three c...

How To: Make a newspaper tree

The Professor of Silliness returns with some paper. Watch this instructional video to make a tall tree out of newspaper. You need an old newspaper, masking tape, and scissors. Simply lay out the newspaper pages from end to end and tape them together. Then roll it up at a diagonal, starting from one corner, and pack i it into a compact tube. Use tape to keep the tub intact Use the scissors to cut vertical lines half way down the newspaper tube. Pull out the inner most layer and turn your recyc...

How To: Create a natural Parisian makeup look

What is it about Parisian women that makes them so effortlessly chic and timelessly beautiful? Whether we're talking about Charlotte Gainsbourg, AKA Jane Birkin's daughter, or an older lady like Juliette Binoche, Parisian women really take it easy when it comes to applying makeup, emphasizing skincare instead. And they look gorgeous doing it.

How To: Building a landscape retaining wall in a weekend

In this Home & Garden video tutorial you will learn how to build a landscape retaining wall in a weekend. This video is from www.allanblock.com. You can do it by using the Europa collection from Allanblock. Get the installation details and the location of the nearest dealer from the website. Tolls you need are a shovel, hand compactor, wheel barrow, measuring tape, level, hammer, rake, broom and gloves. This project will require the AB Barcelona, AB Palermo and AB Dover blocks. The first step...

How To: Build a fire pit out of cinder blocks

In this how-to video, you will learn how to build a fire pit. This will be useful if you want to enhance your backyard. You will need the required fire pit tools such as 55 york blocks, 25 wall caps, two tubes of masonry adhesive, ten 50 pound bags of crushed rock, 6 50 pound bags of decorative rocks, and one metal fire ring. First determine the layout of the pit. Lay the blocks to the layout and adjust for a tight fit. Use a shovel to mark where the soil and grass will be removed. Remove the...

How To: Make a bacon & egg pot pie

If it’s a cold and miserable day out then bring the fun of a picnic inside with a bacon and egg picnic pie. It’s not very hard and it makes a family size pie to share with family, friends or to have for the rest of the week. Pie are compact flavorful and fun to eat.

How To: Use the LARGE and SMALL functions in Microsoft Excel

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 616th installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to use the LARGE and SMALL functions to retrieve the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd largest values from a list. You'll also see how to do each of the following:

How To: Fold a CD case with just one sheet of paper

What's a good way to transport compact discs without scratching them when you have no case? Make your own of course... watch this video tutorial to learn how to fold a CD case with just one sheet of paper. With just one ordinary piece of printer paper, you can make two different versions of a glueless CD case. You just need the paper, a pencil, and some scissors!

How To: Build a gravity retaining wall

This video shows us how to build a gravity wall with Allen Blocks. In order to do this, place blocks on top of the base course. You want to make sure that the bottom notch is tight against the front lip of the blocks underneath. Sliding them into place removes any present debris. Running bond is ideal; however, if that is not possible, offset them by a quarter of a block. After making sure the blocks are straight, fill the hollow blocks (and 12 inches behind them) with wall rock. Then smooth ...

How To: Make a mini cucumber for a doll & dollhouse

Showing how to make of a cucumber out of polymer clay. The instructor begins with the color of clay she is going to be using, greens and translucent. She makes six inner 'seeds', then she shapes them around a core piece. Around the middle, she wraps 2 layers of translucent clay, then a light green, and the final dark green outside. The whole time she's lightly shaping the piece into a tighter compact whole, saying this needs to be done while the clay is warm, and not to walk away or take any ...

How To: identify problems with the cotton wood and aster tree

In this Home & Garden video tutorial you will learn how to identify problems with the cotton wood and aster tree. Curtis Smith, extension horticulturist, presents this video along with Judy Nickell, master gardener. Female Junipers make berries and male Junipers make pollens. Lot of people are allergic to the pollens. So, you will be better advised to avoid male junipers in your landscapes. On the other hand berries of female junipers attract birds and are good for increasing bird activity. F...

How To: Levitate a Playing Card

Ever wonder how to levitate something like a real magician? Well, look no further! In this tutorial, learn how to levitate a playing card from a deck of cards and impress everyone you know. This trick is easy to learn and since cards are so compact, you can perform it anywhere! So grab a deck and practice!

How To: Build a retaining wall for your home

To create a retaining wall all you need to do is follow these simple steps. To begin you will need to get many interlocking wall blocks and either sand or concrete. The first step is to plot and measure the retaining wall's size and shape. Use your measurements to figure out the amount of retaining wall blocks that you will need. The second step is to mark off the spots in your yard that you would like the retaining wall to be. Then dig your trenches in these spots to level out the land and t...

How To: Install a wall niche

A wall niche is a great way to add a nice decorative look to a wall. The niche is made of lightweight polyurethane. To install the niche choose the location on the wall where you want to put the niche. Put the niche up to the wall and draw an outline around it. Before you start cutting the wall cut a hole in the wall, use a compact mirror and a flashlight to look up in the wall and be sure that there are no wires or pipes where you are cutting the hole for the niche. After checking to be sure...

How To: Tile large & natural stone tiles

To tile with large format and natural stone tiles onto walls you must first make sure the walls are flat, clean, dry, and free of any dust, dirt, oil, grease, and any other loose material. Ensure that surfaces are suitable and prepared as advised. Then use the Dunlop Universal Bonding Agent where you will be applying the tile. For gypsum plaster and gypsum plasterboard, apply two coats of Dunlop Universal Bonding Agent, diluted with one part bonding agent, two parts water. Then allow primer t...

How To: Spin back on a CDJ turntable

Interested in jockeying discs? Compact discs? If so, you'll want a CDJ, which will let you do with your CDs what your turntable permits you to do with your records. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to spin back on a CDJ turntable while simultaneously setting up cue points. For more, and to get started using advanced spin back techniques on your own CDJ , take a look!

How To: Set cue points on the Pioneer CDJ1000

Interested in jockeying discs? Compact discs? If so, you'll want a CDJ, which will permit you to do with your CDs what your turntable permits you to do with your records. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to set cue points using the Pioneer CDJ1000. For more, and to get started setting cue points on your own Pioneer CDJ1000, take a look!

How To: Tie the Marshall's snare fishing knot

The Marshall's Snare is a compact knot that is both quick and easy to tie. It works best for up or- down-turned hook eyes. The knot will not exceed the eye and can therefor be used by fly fishermen for attaching flies to the leader when a delicate presentation is important. Follow along with this fishing how-to video and learn how to tie the Marshall's snare fishing knot.

How To: Store rope to avoid tangles

This is how to store a rope so it will not tangle. If you have long lengths of rope to carry along on a boating trip or camping adventure, it helps to wrap the rope into an accessible yet compact series of loops. This rope will unwind easily for all your rope tying needs.

How To: Make a cheap, bright police grade flashlight

Make a $100 super bright cop flashlight for less than $10, as shown in the steps of this how-to video. This flashlight is brighter than a Surefire and is so easy to do. You will need a compact flashlight, a Krypton flashlight lamp, a file or drill bit, and 3 volt batteries. Watch this video circuitry tutorial and learn how to modify a cheap plastic flashlight into giving off a stronger, brighter light.