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A Pig Roasting Box for Dummies (2-by-4 Week 5) - The Freelance Files DCCCLIII
Ever wanted to roast a whole pig? Well, apparently enough people asked about this one that eHow's title crew scraped it up -- twice, once under "pig roasting box" and once under " caja china ." Contributor Fred Decker , who published (by our unofficial coun...

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Pergolas for Dummies (2 by 4 Week 4) - The Freelance Files DCCCLII
We're spending this looking at a distressingly common error at eHow, an error we suspect lies at the feet (or fingers) of one of their "expert" content editors (we suspect this because one of our staffers had the exact same problem with a DMS editor). Whoev...

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Building a Kiosk for Dummies (2-by-4 Week 3) - The Freelance Files DCCCLI
We didn't exactly perform an exhaustive search of the DMS¹ websites while finding candidates for 2-by-4 week; still we came up with enough posts for almost a month. Heaven only knows what would have happened had we performed the search a couple of years ago...

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Adding On for Dummies (2-by-4 Week 2) - The Freelance Files DCCCL
It's only Monday, day two of our 2-by-4 week* and already we're finding that some self=appointed eHow freelancers gave their content editors so little to work with that it's impossible to determine which is the dumbass. Since we don't know who "edited" " Th...

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Archery Targets for Dummies (2-by-4 Week 1) - The Freelance Files DCCCXLIX
Just a few days ago we ran across an eHow post that reminded us of a recurring problem at the site. In one of our DotD posts we saw  that either the "contributor," the content editor, or both seemed confused about dimensional lumber. The materials list for ...

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Cassette Tapes for Dummies - The Freelance Files DCCCXLVIII
One hoary old adage says we should never send a boy to do a man's work. Yes, we know, sexist: the hoary old adage-makers were pretty bad that way. Whatever the case, we have a different adage here: never send someone who's never used something to explain ho...

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Access Panels the Dummy Way - The Freelance Files DCCCLXVI
Several of our Antisocial Network staffers have had the same surprise over the years: plumbing is buried in the walls, meaning a plumber has to cut through the drywall to fix a leaky valve or rearrange the plumbing for a remodel. DIYers often find themselve...

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Crown Molding for Cabinets, the Dummy Way - The Freelance Files DCCCLXVI
The Antisocial Network DIY staffers have a sort of general rule: the more "elegant" a DIY project iw supposed to look, the harder it is to complete. Rustic planters? easy. Wainscoting? medium. Crown molding? a royal pain. That's why we look carefully every ...

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Analog Clocks for Dummies - The Freelance Files DCCCXLV
Except for the short-lived fad a couple of years ago that found millennial males sporting oversized wrist watches, many youngsters rarely see a clock with hands -- what's known in the trade as an analog clock -- any more. That could be because they so infre...

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Map Distances for Dummies - The Freelance Files DCCCXLIV
distance measurement with gmap-pedometer.com If there's one thing our research team has learned over the past couple of years, it's that many of the self-appointed freelance writers in the Demand Media¹ family are quite willing to say truly stupid things to...
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