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eHow is a how-to site that provides written, printable instructions as well as video tutorials.

eHow is a fantastic how-to site that includes both videos and articles, though the focus is more on print instructions than video. The service enlists the help of professionals to create the more than 300,000 articles on the Web site. From learning how to tie a tie, to how to caulk, the site has it all. But if you're looking for video, you're not going to find much on eHow--it's designed to provide step-by-step text instructions. Sometimes--especially when figuring out how to build something like a deck--that's ideal. But for simple topics like learning how to throw a baseball, a video works much better. In those cases, we tend to use sites like 5min or Expert Village instead.

As the service is ad-supported, you will be forced to sit through commercials on the company's videos, but that's not a big deal--they're only 15 seconds long and run before the clip. We should also note that the site's video player doesn't offer all the extras that you may find on other online tutorial services, so you'll probably find yourself moving the slider back quite often to figure out how to do something.

However, video isn't what eHow is all about. The site is ideal when you want to bring instructions with you wherever you need to complete a task. Unlike some competitors, you don't need to sit in front of my computer to see how to sand wood flooring when you use eHow; you can print out the instructions and read them. On complex projects, having an option to print instructions is ideal.

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