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Five ways to tear packing tape without any tools

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Maybe you have attempted to tear packing tape with your bare hands, but failed big. The more you keep wanting to break it and the angrier you are, the harder it may be to break it, and it is so embarrassing especially if your friends are watching you.

Sometimes you just have zero tools available to you when you really want to tear the packaging tape. Based on different methods and different tapes, the reasons for failing to tear it successfully may be different. This video will show you some methods and demonstrate the precise steps and conditions to successfully tear the tape without any special tools.

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Change engine oil quickly, safely and correctly for a Subaru

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Did you know if you have your oil changed at a non-dealer garage, they might install the wrong oil filter? Last time I had my Subaru oil changed at a non-dealer garage, they installed a wrong filter because it has the wrong bypass pressure for a Subaru. So it is important that you use a correct filter.

Most of the time going to a dealer for service is more expensive. So in this video I am showing you the easiest way to change your oil in under 20 minutes. You want it to be quick, but also safe. For a Subaru Forester, there is no need to jack up the car, the SUV is high enough, and the oil drain plug is within arm’s reach from the front. If your head is too large or your car’s clearance is too low, watch my other video on how to raise your car safely without a jack:  https://youtu.be/KwJRQKDszyo

You need to loosen the drain plug first. If your arm is not strong enough, watch my other video on how to use your foot to loosen it:
https://youtu.be/C074os54sQM?t=97

I put an oil pan in a box. The box will catch oil splashes and it also lets me adjust the pan under the car more easily. If you don’t have an oil pan, watch this video about how to make a zero cost oil pan:
https://youtu.be/aPYtICiotEc?t=26

My oil filter socket fits the correct oil filter from Subaru, but it is too small for the Metrostreet filter. If you don’t have an oil filter wrench, watch my other video on how to remove the filter without purchasing a filter wrench:
https://youtu.be/QPVs03aZjmc

Lastly, when you pour oil, there are various ways to do it without using an oil funnel:
https://youtu.be/QHIiFG0FlSw

Best car battery troubleshooting, correct diagnosis and proper fix with certainty

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What is the difference between a Hydrometer and a load tester? Can epsom salt recondition a battery with sulfation? Depending on what is the problem and what tools you have, there are different ways to resolve your problem. Some of these may work for you, some won’t, this video will explain to you the “why” part, i.e. what are conditions under which the solution will work for you and what are the limitations.

We propose various steps for you to diagnose your car battery problems, and suggest alternative ways to test if you don’t have the best tools.

Diagnose car battery problems & find proper fix, everything you need to know about a battery

Note, with my old cars, when I did not have a voltage meter, I used the method of disconnecting the battery when the car was running. But now new cars may have more sensitive devices, and since the voltage may spike without battery connected, it may cause some electronics malfunction. So it is safer if you use a voltage meter (if you have one) instead.

We should also remind you that the charge-discharge cycle will shorten the battery life. When your battery passes hydrometer specific gravity test but fails the load test, you have no other option but to perform the charge-discharge cycle. But if it is something other than this condition, don’t cycle unnecessarily.

When you need to replace your battery, if a bigger battery costs the same as the smaller one, you can choose the bigger one even if it is wrong sized, check out my other video on how to replace with the least cost: https://youtu.be/hymGI0ra7gE
A bigger battery may mean either the dimension is bigger or more importantly the weight is higher which means it has more lead.

Another important factor is the price. Big stores such as Costco, Walmart, Home Depot have high volume, and can sell the same quality items at lower price. The smaller stores auto specialty stores such as AutoZone, O’Reilly, Pepboy may give you better service, but higher price for commodity products.

In addition to the weight, sizes, and prices, you should also pay attention to the number of years warranty the battery provides. Note that free replacement is more valuable than the pro-rated “warranty” which may only take about a few bucks off the price of the new one, if you buy it from them again.

Below some samples prices:

Walmart:
$50 ValuePower brand: 12V car battery with 1-year free replacement warranty.
$94 EverStart Maxx brand: An included five-year warranty (three years free replacement and two years prorated) provides peace of mind.

homedepot:
$89 Exide brand. SPRINTER 12 volts Lead Acid 6-Cell 35 Group Size 550 Cold Cranking Amps (BCI) Auto Battery
2-year free replacement
$99 Exide brand. SPRINTER MAX 12 volts Lead Acid 6-Cell 35 Group Size 650 Cold Cranking Amps (BCI) Auto Battery
3-year free replacement

Costco:
$79 Interstate brand: three years free replacement.

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Best Bidet: How to Select, Install and Use a Bidet

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This video starts with comparison of different kinds of bidets and will show you the best way to install a bidet on a conventional toilet. Installation will take about 20 minutes. We’ll walk you through our detailed 10-step instructions. It is actually quite easy, requiring no special skills at all. Even though each owner’s manual comes with some instructions for you to follow, since many popular brands have very similar products, we will discuss some overall principles and the strategies so that this video can be applied to your situation. The sample product used in this video is a Biobidet model BBC-70 simplet.

A bidet is far better(cleaner and healthier) than toilet paper, because a bidet will rinse away fecal residue and remove almost all odor. Paper won’t do that. It will bring comfort to people with hemorrhoids. But do you know how to use it? Watch to the end of this video to get the answer.
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Optimal: Install FLUIDMASTER DUOFLUSH without wasting water | dual flush conversion system

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Did you know that if you are not careful, converting a single flush system to a dual flush system could actually waste more water? Using our optimal installation guide, we show you how to measure your water so that you can save the most water. We spent a lot of time on the adjustment because if each person flushes 6 times daily, that is 2000 flushes a year per person.

The installation instructions from the manufacturer aren’t the best. First, it didn’t discuss how to adjust the blue clamp on the refill valve. Second, adjustment for the half flush from this manufacturer may require you to waste too much water before finding the right point on the dial. We provide the optimal Golden Section solution to waste a minimal amount of water while testing.

People who are accustomed to the single flush system may accidentally push the lever down when they intended to half flush. Since liquid waste is more frequent than solid waste, pushing down the lever by mistake would cause more water waste. In this video we provide one simple solution to swap the half dial and the full dial.
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Since different viewers may have different questions in mind, here are the timestamps so that you can click and skip to the sections you’re interested in:

The Golden Section algorithm description:
https://youtu.be/m6C1YULrPCU?t=126

Swapping the half dial and the full dial:
https://youtu.be/m6C1YULrPCU?t=749

Duoflush installation:
https://youtu.be/m6C1YULrPCU?t=255

Flush valve dial adjustment:
https://youtu.be/m6C1YULrPCU?t=413

Refill Valve installation:
https://youtu.be/m6C1YULrPCU?t=805

The blue clamp on the refill valve adjustment:
https://youtu.be/m6C1YULrPCU?t=879

What to do if the dial adjustment is out of range:

If you have the “dual flush” system from Danco, you can watch this video:
Save Water: Convert Toilet into Dual Flush, Best Install, Explanation & Tips
https://youtu.be/1RDGznJm-U8

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A few toilet or plumbing related issues can be found below:
Slow Draining: Easy 5 Seconds Toilet Flush Test and Solving the Slow Flush Mystery
https://youtu.be/_EP7LZdnMXo

5 Different Ways To Make Your Toilet Use Less Water
https://youtu.be/CtSzDN6ann8

Toilet siphon effect, when plunger, auger and snake fail:
https://youtu.be/_EP7LZdnMXo

Big Mystery of the Adjustable Toilet Flapper Solved
https://youtu.be/BDy9d_B6xRM

5 Ways To Unclog Toilet Using A Garden Hose
https://youtu.be/l91Uqb1iRLg

How To Unclog Bathroom Sink
https://youtu.be/em8erX6yA9s

How To Unclog Kitchen Sink
https://youtu.be/JgBu1WK5DdI
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