How to Adjust Shock Tension on the Trail

1.Ride for a few minutes on the trail.
2.Determine if your shocks are too stiff - you are getting bumped around - or too soft - they travel up and down with every pedal stroke.
3.Stand above your bike and look down at the top of the front shocks.
4.Turn both knobs at the top of the shock tubes clockwise to stiffen your shocks.
5.Turn both knobs counterclockwise to soften your shocks.
6.Try to turn the left and right knobs equally. For example, if you tighten the left knob one full rotation, do the same to the right. 
Rocky terrain usually requires softer shocks.
When going for speed or riding a smooth trail, tighten your shocks. 
Warnings: Biking is a physically demanding sport that could result in serious injury. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity. 

How to Select Accessories for Your Camcorder

1.Don't think about accessories until you've decided which kind of viewfinder you want in your camcorder: the optical viewfinder or the small-screen liquid crystal display viewfinder.
2.Ask your friends who have camcorders what accessories they have and which ones seem to be the most useful.
3.Go to a store that sells camcorders and the full range of accessories available for your model. Ask questions - the salesperson should know more about camcorders than you do.
4.Consider a lighting system for your camcorder if you're going to be shooting at night or in shadows.
5.Decide whether you need a tripod. Fast-action (sports) coverage calls for one, but family events might not.
6.Remember that sound enhances your videos.
7.Be sure to consider playback. Choose a system that will allow you to play back through your television set.
8.Plan to buy a carrying case for your accessories if the one supplied with your camcorder isn't large enough to hold everything.
9.Include one spare battery with your camcorder.
1..Remember that most accessories can be bought later, after you decide that you really need them. 
You can wait till later to see if you need a lighting system - some units work well in low-light conditions.
You may want to select a camcorder that allows an outside audio source, such as a handheld microphone.
Nickel-cadmium camcorder batteries should be used until they're fully discharged, and recharged only then. If you try to recharge a partially used battery, it may develop a "memory," and its life may be shortened. Buying a spare means you'll usually have a backup if your primary battery runs down.
If you have a long day's shooting ahead of you, try this: Cycle both batteries through your camcorder two days before the event, so that both are discharged. Then arrange it so they're both fully charged just as you're ready to leave.
Buy an extension cord to go along with your battery recharging system, and take it along with you in your carrying case. 
If you're planning to use your camcorder under conditions where you have to plug the charger into a wall socket, be careful to avoid electric shock. Don't use your camcorder on house current if it's raining or wet where you plan to shoot.   

How to Insert a Banner Ad Into a Web Page With FrontPage

1.Start the FrontPage program and open the appropriate web.
2.Open the page the banner will be located on.
3.Click on the Insert menu and choose Component. Select Banner Ad Manager.
4.Choose the height and width of the banner. Keep it in proportion to the rest of the Web page.
5.Select the effects you wish to see in the banner ad. Choose None for a static banner; the remaining options are for animation.
6.Type the URL the banner will link to in the Link To box, or click Browse to select the link address.
7.Add the images that will appear on the banner. For banners using animation, add multiple images and change the order to achieve the desired effect.
8.Click OK and save the page when finished.
9.Preview the page by choosing Preview in Web Browser from the File menu and selecting the desired browser. 
Make sure the banner is small enough that it doesn't irritate or annoy visitors but will grab their attention. Some users will click out of a site if the banner annoys them too much.
Use graphics and animation sparingly in banners. Remember that the larger and more frequently appearing graphics contribute heavily to the page's download time, plus, they will distract viewers from your own page content.
When uploading the Web page to your ISP, be sure to include all of the images used in the banner.   Steps:
1.Start Dreamweaver and open the desired page.
2.Click in the spot where the stamp will be located.
3.Open the File menu and select Insert, then Date.
4.Choose a format for the day, date and time.
5.Select the Update Automatically on Save to have the date change automatically; otherwise, the date will be saved as plain text and not be updated.
6.Click OK and save the page when finished. 
Tips: The date inserted is the date on your computer, so double-check that it's correct.   

How to Pack a Kids' Lunch Without Sandwiches

1.Do you have one of those kids who could eat pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner? A slice of leftover cheese or vegetable pizza from the night before can turn into today's quick lunch entrée. Try frozen bagels or mini-bagels for a fun way to have leftover pizza.
2.Make a batch of muffins, wrap them individually and put them in the freezer. Just pop one in the lunchbox in the morning and it will be defrosted by lunchtime.
3.Leftover chow mein or fried rice can make a fun lunch. Remember to pack a fork or chopsticks.
4.Make roll-ups instead of a sandwich. Just lay a thin deli slice of ham or turkey on top of a thin deli slice of cheese and roll them up. Spread on light cheese spread or canola mayonnaise before you roll it up if desired. Cut them in half and wrap them in foil. Throw in a few wheat crackers to complete the meal.
5.Leftover fried chicken breast or chicken breast strips can be a nice lunch alternative. To keep the chicken cold, pack a frozen box of fruit juice next to it.
6.Make nachos. Pack a small bag of reduced-fat tortilla chips and fill a small plastic container with light cream cheese or cheese sauce topped with salsa.
7.Try vegetable sushi - seaweed rolls or bean curd shells filled with rice. Add a single-serving container of soy sauce, available in many Asian food markets.
8.Pack a picnic with crackers, cheese, meat slices (choose lean salami, ham or turkey), and some fresh fruit. The kids can make their own cracker sandwiches.
9.Make a graham cracker sandwich. Spread a graham cracker with light cream cheese or peanut butter. Sprinkle the peanut butter with mini chocolate chips for a peanut butter cup sandwich.
1..Pack a whole-grain bagel with a light cream cheese spread.
1..Pack soup with a spoon and some oyster crackers or other fun crackers. This works great during the colder school months. 
Tips: Remember to keep hot foods hot (in insulated or vacuum-sealed containers) and cold foods cold (with frozen juice boxes or ice gel packs).   

How to Buy a 10th-Year Wedding Anniversary Gift

1.Decide between the traditional gift and the contemporary for the 10th anniversary of your marriage. When shopping for a couple, keep both partners in mind.
2.Celebrate number 10 with tin and aluminum gifts, if you're sticking to ancient tradition. Place your gift in a pretty aluminum bucket from a gardening store, or choose an antique toy made from tin; aluminum is also used these days for modern-looking lamps and picture frames.
3.Choose a contemporary gift of diamond jewelry. To spare your wallet, choose tiny studs for her, diamond cufflinks or tie tack for him.
4.Select or make a gift enclosure card, and remember to make it personal.
5.Wrap your gift with care and thought. If possible, deliver it in person. 
Think creatively when searching for a gift. Tin could mean a tin of homemade cookies, gourmet coffee or buttons the couple collects.
Fun "diamonds" include baseball tickets, rhinestones and crystal. 
Warnings: Consider both halves when choosing gifts for a couple. Maybe that means one thoughtful present instead of two.   Steps:
1.Decide what your spouse might consider an ideal gift: traditionally based or contemporary-minded.
2.Take the traditional approach and shop for silks and fine linens. Silks can be bedding, a beautiful pair of kimonos, or window hangings.
3.Opt for a modernist approach and give pearls. A string of freshwater pearls is beautiful for her, and perhaps he would like a pearl-studded tie tack.
4.Gems, the other contemporary option, are considered precious and semiprecious stones and can be costly. Interpret freely and give your partner gem-colored glasses or dishware.
5.Enclose a gift card.
6.Wrap your gift or have it wrapped. If possible, deliver it in person. 
Tips: Take a creative approach to the pearl theme and give pearls of the sea, such as a plate of fresh oysters or caviar.   

How to Do a Backstroke Racing Start

1.Wait for the referee to tell you to get into the water.
2.Place your feet against the wall of the pool, beneath the surface of the water. Reach up with your hands and grab the backstroke handholds on the base of the starting block. In this position your knees should be up against your chest with your back facing the opposite side of the pool.
3.Pull with your arms to compress your entire body up against the starting block. Do this only after the referee tells the swimmers to take your mark. Your body is compressed into a tight ball now, ready to explode outward.
4.Push off with your legs, launching your body up and out, and swing your arms back over your head to extend them as far back as they will go. Do this at the sound of the starter (usually a gun or horn).
5.Arch your back and try to enter the water with your hands first and then your head. Your body should be completely extended as you enter.
6.Begin kicking as soon as your legs are underwater. Angle your hands and head slightly toward the surface of the water.
7.Begin stroking as soon as you break the surface. 
Warnings: Make sure to arch your back enough or else you will back-flop. 
Overall Warnings: If you have any condition that would impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, please consult a physician before attempting this activity. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. 

How to Select Educational Software

1.Consider your child's age, then add two years to determine which products are age-appropriate. For example, your 7-year-old can probably use software titles that claim to be for children 9-12 years old. (One exception: don't buy programs that require the player to read if your child is a pre-reader).
2.Think about your child's interests. There are games devoted to almost every interest imaginable, and your kindergarten son is far more likely to use (and therefore learn from) a program about dinosaurs than one that teaches how to count in Spanish.
3.Decide what you want your child to learn - and not learn. Some games, even for very young children, have violent or insensitive content you may not want your child exposed to.
4.Talk with your child's teacher. Since many schools now have computers in the classroom, your child probably has some favorite programs at school. His or her teacher can recommend similar titles for you to purchase.
5.Read some product reviews. Spending $30 on software is a total waste if your child can't navigate the program or loses interest after 45 minutes.
6.Try before you buy. Most toy stores have demo CD-ROMs and PCs set up for you to try a program you're considering for purchase. Unless it's a gift, you might want your child to try it out, too.
7.Look for patterns. You're bound to buy a few duds now and then, but look for similarities among the games your child really enjoys. It's your best guide to picking winners in the future.   

How to Raise Baby Chicks

One Day to Four Weeks Old
1.To teach chicks about feed, put a piece of newspaper under feeder, sprinkle a commercial feed on paper and fill the feeder the first day you get your chicks.
2.Sprinkle baby grit on feed after the third day. Sprinkle lightly, as if you were salting your food.
3.Dip each chick's beak into water before you place it in the cage. A 1-gallon chick waterer will water 50 birds.
4.Provide a heat source (a light bulb) for chicks. Use one 250-watt bulb for 50 chicks in cold weather and one bulb for 100 chicks in warm weather.
5.Place the light bulb about 18 inches above the floor.
6.Leave room in the cage for chicks to get away from heat if it gets too hot for them.
7.Maintain a temperature of 90 to 95 degrees F the first week; reduce by several degrees each week until you get to 70 degrees F.
8.Place cardboard or empty feed sacks around the outside of the cage for a while to keep cool air from blowing on chicks.
9.Place an inch of wood shavings, rice hulls or ground cobs on the bottom of the cage.
1..Provide six square inches (1/2 foot) of space for each bird. 
Tips: Use an additive in the water to ensure a healthy start for your chicks.  
Four Weeks and Older

1..Increase floor space to nine square inches (3/4 foot) of space per bird.
1..Add another waterer.
1..Use a grit feeder to feed free-choice grit. You may need to go to the next size of grit - check with your feed store or pet store.
1..Allow chickens to go out into a fenced pen on warm, sunny days. 
Overall Tips:
Talk to your county agricultural agent if you have questions or problems.
Feed chicks a commercial chick starter for eight weeks.  Overall Warnings:
Watch for sick birds, and treat them or remove them from the flock.
Do not use cedar chips, sawdust or treated wood chips for bedding.
Never let chicks run out of water. 

How to Adjust a Mountain Bike Seat

1.Loosen the quick-release lever or bolt below the seat to slide the seat up or down.
2.Rotate the pedals so that one is close to the ground at the lowest point of the revolution.
3.Place the heel of one foot on the pedal.
4.Slide the seat up or down so that the leg on the pedal is completely extended. This is the ideal height of your bike seat for most conditions.
5.Tighten the quick-release lever or bolt under the seat to set the height.
6.Test the height by placing the ball of your foot on the pedal. Your knee should be slightly bent in this position.
7.Lower the seat a few inches on steep mountain bike descents for stability and safety in case of a crash. 
Tips: After you determine the ideal height, put a piece of colored tape around the seat post at the point where it enters the frame of the bike. This way you can slide your seat up and down and then easily return it to your favored position. 
Warnings: Mountain biking is a is a physically demanding sport that could result in serious injury. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity. 

How to Insure Goods Moved by Movers

1.Ask, at the outset, about the difference between "valuation" (liability coverage) and regular insurance, as well as cash value coverage (what that used TV is worth today) versus full replacement coverage (what it will cost to replace that TV).
2.Inquire how much - if any - insurance is included in the company's estimate.
3.Have antiques and other high-value items appraised before the move. Obtaining an appraisal may also be necessary for the transferral of your homeowners' insurance policy to verify the value of your personal property.
4.Take photographs of your antiques and other valuables.
5.Use a video camera to inventory the contents of each room.
6.Get everything in writing before the move.
7.Sign a 'conditioned inventory,' a list of all the items you are moving and the exact condition of each item, if you are moving a long distance. You will sign this again at your destination. Check the inventory carefully before signing. Anything missing or damaged should be noted on the inventory.
8.Contact the mover to file a claim if there are damaged or missing items at your destination. The law allows you up to nine months after delivery to file a claim against your mover; it is best, however, to file as soon as possible. 
The minimum coverage amount is usually 30 to 60 cents per pound per article. So if you have an item that weighs 100 pounds and you have 30 cents per pound per article coverage, the movers' liability for that item is no more than $30.
On local moves, you can ask for an inventory, but if you are paying by the hour, figure inventory time into your costs.
In the absence of an inventory, you can still document anything damaged or missing on the bill of lading. Review this with the driver and have him sign any notations you make regarding damaged or missing items. 
Warnings: If you pack boxes yourself and there is damage when you reach your destination, the damaged goods will not be covered unless there is evident exterior damage to the outside of the box. You will be covered if the movers packed it, whether there is exterior damage or not.