How to Use and Maintain the Gear You Got for Christmas

Take care of your gear and your gear will take care of you.

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Two of the biggest shopping days of the year are over (but the deals aren’t done yet), and you’re probably already getting those products delivered to you. But some items, like cast-iron skillets, don’t exactly come with an instruction manual.

Put your new gear and products to good use and make sure they last for a long time with our helpful guides and how-to’s — you don’t want to have to replace your new stuff next Black Friday.

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How to Sharpen Kitchen Knives the Right Way

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Here Is Sean Brock’s Recipe for the Perfectly Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet

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The 25 Best Things to Cook with a Cast-Iron Skillet

The limits of a cast-iron skillet are typically one of two things: a general lack of imagination or foods with exceptionally high acidity. This guide fixes one of these things.

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4 Mistakes You’re Making with Your Cast-Iron Skillet

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How to Refurbish a Vintage Cast-Iron Skillet

A little rust never hurt nobody.

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Having Problems Seasoning Your Cast-Iron Skillet? This Method Is Faster and Easier.

The single largest drawback to owning and cooking on cast-iron skillets is the application and maintenance of seasoning.

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3 Tips to Making Pie in a Cast-Iron Skillet, the Right Way

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Motoring


It’s Not Too Early to Brush Up on Winter Driving Tips

We spoke to Wyatt Knox of Team O'Neil Rally School about winter driving skills and cold weather car necessities.

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Here’s How to Wash Your Car Properly Without Damaging the Paint

Pollen and dirt are almost entirely unavoidable and can be much more than just an eyesore -- they put your precious paint at risk.

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Outdoors and Fitness


How to Clean and Maintain a Pocket Knife

With proper care and attention, any pocket knife — even the cheap ones — can become a generational heirloom.

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How to Clean All of Your Outdoor Gear

From rain jackets and down jackets to hiking boots and tents, make your outdoor gear last by keeping it sparkling clean.

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How to Re-Waterproof Your Jacket

Save yourself a few dollars by learning how to revitalize it with the right tools and a few simple steps.

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How to Care for Leather Boots in Winter

Follow a few easy steps to protect your leather boots from damage this winter.

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Style


You Can (and Should) Tailor Your Jeans to Fit You Perfectly. Here’s What You Need to Know

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How to Break in Raw Denim, According to the Experts

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How to Hand Wash Your Jeans

You've invested in raw denim, so learn how to wash it.

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How to Break in a Pair of Boots the Right Way

With advice from Eric Kinney of White's Boots.

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How to Winterize Your Shoes and Boots

You can make it through winter without having to buy a new pair of shoes. With the right preparation and maintenance, your existing shoe collection can be winterized.

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How to Re-Wax a Canvas Jacket the Right Way

If you're lucky enough to own one, you need to know how to re-wax it properly — instead of just buying a new one.

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Tech


To Take Better Photos, Start Shooting in Manual Mode. Here’s How

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The TV Settings You Should Change Right Now

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Why Some iPhone Users Should Immediately Switch to Dark Mode

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7 Google Chrome Settings You Should Change Right Now

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4 Mistakes You’re Making When You Charge Your Phone

What's the best way to charge your phone? What habits should you bend over backwards to avoid? We talked to a battery expert to find out.

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This Simple Trick Will Boost the Audio Quality of Spotify and Apple Music

Do you subscribe to Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited or YouTube Music? You may not be getting your money's worth.

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If You Own an iPhone, Here’s How to Cut Your Monthly Bill In Half

Google's cell phone service, Google Fi, now works with all new iPhones. It's a great way to manage your data and cut the cost of your monthly cell phone bill.

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7 Ways To Be More Productive on a Mac Without Spending a Dime

These seven quick, free tips can boost your productivity on macOS and help you get more done in less time.

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How to Turn Your Sonos Into Computer Speakers

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7 Simple Productivity Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your PC

Here are 7 tools, features and options for productivity tricks you should know about Windows.

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8 Settings to Change on Your Smartphone Right Now

New phone? Here are the tweaks you should make right away to ensure you get the most out of it.

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The One Tip Every Sonos Speaker Owner Should Know

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How to Tune the Most Important Component in Your Stereo System

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How to Take Care of your Vinyl Collection

For the best listening experience, you want to make sure your vinyl records are in tip-top shape.

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Watches


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Horological DIY: How To Open A Screw-Back Watch Case

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How to Use Your Watch for More Than Just the Time

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