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Many 'how to' videos can be found online

February 15, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
You can learn a lot by logging onto the Internet. For instance, building your own wine cellar, learning how to salsa dance, or getting rid of unwanted wrinkles. All you have to do is log on and learn. There are several "how to" Web sites where you access free videos on thousands of subjects.In this era of YouYube, MySpace and Facebook, anyone with a digital camera and a computer can post videos on just about anything imaginable. There are a number of sites that specialize in "how to" videos. Some of them are posted by experts, with step-by-step instructions. Others are posted by amateurs, ranging from the humorous to the bizarre.

One clothing store owner has perfected the art of tying a tie. In a few minutes, you can learn how. Watch here.

Want to learn how to hold a pair of chopsticks? Watch here.

Or how to make a quilt? It's all online and it's all free. Watch here.

A number of Web sites, including ExpertVillage, eHow, and MonkeySee, have thousands of customized videos, some professionally made, others posted by amateurs.

These how to videos can be very practical. If your iPod is on the fritz, instead of searching for your user's manual, just go online for step-by-step help. Watch here.

There's plenty of expert advice online, like a child safety pro who teaches parents how to childproof their homes. Watch here.

If you have two left feet and want to learn how to dance, you can find videos on a variety of dance steps from learning the mambo (watch here) to the meringue and swing dancing (watch here and here).

Having trouble getting your kid to finish his homework? One parent posted an instructional video. Watch here.

One woman claims her facial massage can help you look fresher and reduce wrinkles. Watch here.

Online, you can learn how to give your car a tune up (watch here), house train your dog (watch here), do magic tricks (watch here), and if you're really adventuresome, milk a cow by hand (watch here).

While you can find expert advice, remember many videos are posted by people who may think they're experts, but they may not know more than you about the topics they're explaining.

 

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