1.With a utility knife, cut a piece of wallpaper a few inches larger than the damaged section.
2.Place it over the damaged section and hold it in place with blue “safety” masking tape, being sure to match the pattern.
3.Use a sharp razor blade to trace the area to be removed, cutting right through both pieces of wallpaper at the same time. Try to make your cuts follow the pattern as best you can. (If possible, align your repairs along a seam.)
4.Carefully remove the top piece of paper and set it aside.
5.Use the razor to lightly score the wallpaper to be removed and apply water to loosen the adhesive (see “How to Remove Wallpaper”).
6.Use a putty knife to remove what you can’t lift off with your fingers.
7.Clean or sand the area underneath the paper until it’s smooth; use spackling compound to fill any dents. Apply primer (sizing) if you’re down to a raw surface on the wall.
8.Apply wall-covering adhesive to the new wallpaper and place it on the wall.
9.Wipe away any adhesive on the surface with a damp sponge, then use a seam roller (see “How to Hang Wallpaper”) to press down the edges of the patch. Wipe the paper clean again.
Tips: Repair a small tear by brushing on some wallpaper adhesive (or even white glue) and pressing the wallpaper back down. Repair a wrinkle or blister by slitting it with a razor and treating it as you would a tear.
1.Do something you both like.
2.Stick with success. The old standby of dinner and a movie is an old standby for a reason.
3.Make a picnic and go to the zoo.
4.Take a bike ride or horse ride, or go skating.
5.Shoot some pool or play darts at a local pub.
6.See a band play at a club.
7.Go to a haunted house or drive around and see Christmas lights. (This is seasonal, of course.)
8.Meet to bake cookies and watch a video.
9.Play miniature golf.
1..Visit a museum, aquarium or theme park.
1..Build a snowman. Have a snowball fight.
Don't order food that will be messy or embarrassing to eat.
Don't go anywhere expensive - casual is best and more comfortable.
1.Find a good preparation book at your local or online bookstore; look for one that includes practice tests.
2.Dig out your old class notes on the relevant subjects.
3.Work through your individual subjects in detail. Your prep book should have tips and practice tests specific to each subject.
4.Study a little bit each day, making it a part of your daily routine. Start studying early so that you recognize your potential weak spots. Buttress these weak spots to increase your confidence and minimize your anxiety.
5.Take as many practice tests as time and patience will allow. Simulate exam conditions as best you can; for instance, make sure you have a 1-hour chunk of time - for each test - when no one will bother you.
6.Learn as much as you can about how the test is organized and structured. For instance, if you can eliminate one or more answers as incorrect, you're better off guessing among the remaining answers than leaving the question blank.
7.Familiarize yourself thoroughly with the test instructions. This will save you time when you actually take the test.
8.Talk to people who've taken the test. Those who have been through the fire often have the best advice.
Try to find practice tests that have actually been given before, rather than made-up practice tests. The more realistic, the better.
Visit the College Board Web site (see Related Sites) for more test preparation tips.
Warnings: Don't study the night before the exam. Instead, let yourself relax as much as possible and get to bed early. Steps:
1.Beware of guarantees that you will receive money.
2.Steer clear of scholarships that ask you to send in money for information or application fees.
3.Avoid scholarships that say everyone is eligible. Scholarships are given for a specific talent, not just because you applied for them.
4.Be wary of scholarship programs that claim they'll apply for you. Only you can complete the application form and necessary paperwork.
5.Stay away from scholarships that request financial information or identification numbers other than a Social Security number.
6.Make sure a scholarship application offers contact information such as a phone number and return address. Make sure the organization has a business listing.
7.Check with the Better Business Bureau. Many times, scholarships with impressive-sounding names or misleading titles such as "fund" and "foundation" are not legitimate.
8.Ignore scholarship offers by phone. Legitimate offers come through the mail.
Tips: Check with your school counselor or adviser, or with your college financial aid office, for legitimate scholarships that are available to you.
1.Choose a person to act as your straight man.
2.Say, "Knock knock," to your straight man.
3.Wait until your straight man says, "Who's there?"
4.Reply with the setup. For example, "Lettuce."
5.Expect the straight man to repeat your setup in the form of a question followed by the word, "who." Here, the straight man says, "Lettuce who?"
6.Reply with the punch line. This will usually be a corruption of the true meaning of the setup or a humorous response to the straight man's reply. In our example, the punch line is, "Lettuce in. It's cold out here."
In another example, if the setup is, "Boo," and the straight man says, "Boo who?," a good punch line would be, "Why are you crying?"
The humor of some knock-knock jokes is based on a variation of the traditional structure of the knock-knock joke itself. For example:
Teller: Knock knock.
Straight Man: Who's there?
Teller: Delores the interrupting cow.
Straight Man: Delores the int ...
Another favorite gag is to confuse the straight man by having him start the joke. Begin by saying, "I have a great knock-knock joke. You start it." The straight man will say, "Knock knock." Observe the expression on his face after you ask, "Who's there?"
When a teller laughs at his or her own joke, the joke loses its effectiveness. This is especially true if the teller laughs before the punch line.
If your punch line relies on a pun, or wordplay, for its humor, emphasize the word or phrase that constitutes the pun by saying it more clearly and loudly than the rest of the punch line.
1.Decide between the traditional gift and the contemporary for the 5th anniversary of your marriage. When shopping for a couple, keep both partners in mind.
2.Ask around for insight into the couple's taste and style, if you don't know them well. Try to think creatively, not literally.
3.Interpret silverware as nourishment. How about serving pieces of soul nourishment à la a spa getaway, a weekend at a bed and breakfast, a gift certificate for dinner or enrollment in a class?
4.Consider a traditional fifth-year gift of wood: a picture frame, firewood, a cello or a salad bowl. Or how about planting a tree for your partner?
5.Interpret clocks - the other traditional gift - to mean watches, calendars, weekend getaways, babysitting, maid or chef services, or a grandfather or mantle clock.
6.Imagine something they wanted and didn't get for a wedding gift, if you prefer unconventional gifts. Consider something fun like tickets to a symphony.
If you do buy silverware, make sure it matches what they have, in spirit if not in pattern.
Monogrammed cake servers make for a thoughtful present. Or how about silver chopsticks?
1.Relax. Athletes cannot perform their best if they are not relaxed. Each player needs to find a relaxation technique and routine that works best for him or her.
2.Think positively. Practice this skill by approaching training and competition with positive goals. Help athletes look at situations in a positive light.
3.Practice concentration and focus. Help children have a clear mind before stepping onto the playing field. Encourage them to leave all other distractions behind.
4.Try visualization. Positive visualization is the ability to imagine a desired outcome, and then make it happen.
5.Learn the game. Encourage athletes to learn everything about their game or sport.
6.Accept discomfort. Learning to push through nonharmful pain and fatigue gives children confidence and enables them to extend their limits.
Work with your children. Parents can facilitate relaxation by ensuring children are on time and ready to play, and by engaging them in casual conversation or other distractions, if necessary.
Watch professionals. Go to games or view them on television. Watching the best rubs off.
Encourage intensity. It's good for young athletes to be passionately involved in their sport.
Reach for the stars. Encourage athletes to have lofty aspirations.
1.Stop performing normal everyday activities with the injured hand - such as holding a cup, unscrewing a lid or ringing a doorbell - for at least a week to allow wrist and hand to rest. This will take pressure off the affected nerve.
2.Set up your work space with adjustable screens, keyboards and work surfaces to eliminate extra strain on the wrists and hands. Position your keyboard so that it is at elbow level. Your forearms, wrists and hands should be in a straight line parallel to the floor as you type.
3.Use a wrist pad with your keyboard. A wrist pad is a cushioned support that rests under your wrists, runs the length of your keyboard and takes the stress off your wrists by raising them to the level of the keyboard.
4.Go on a short break every hour, being sure to stretch and walk. This will help to relax the affected nerve in your hands as well as the rest of your body.
5.Wear a wrist splint at night for one to two weeks. Remember, the splint will provide the best support only when the wrist is straight.
6.Hang your hands over the side of the bed at night, or shake and dangle them as the pain occurs.
7.Massage your hands and wrists to relieve pressure.
8.Alternate heat and cold treatments to relieve pain and inflammation.
9.Take anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen daily for the pain and swelling.
Early signs of carpal tunnel syndrome are a tingling or numbness in the hands, sharp pains shooting from the wrist up the arm, or a burning sensation in the fingers.
Acupuncture and acupressure are alternative forms of nonsurgical treatment worth looking into if symptoms persist.
Risk for carpal tunnel syndrome increases with conditions such as diabetes, pregnancy, obesity and menopause.
See your doctor immediately for treatment if you believe you have carpal tunnel syndrome. It is easier to treat if caught early.
1.Enjoy your enthusiasm for your new hobby, but realize you must work to improve your skills in achievable short steps to avoid becoming discouraged.
2.Join an R/C modelers club.
3.Attend a club flying session and watch the performance of various replicas.
4.Develop friendships with knowledgeable hobbyists within the club. Ask for recommendations on purchasing a scale-model trainer.
5.Visit local hobby shops. Get to know the store owners and clerks.
6.Ask for literature.
7.Subscribe to hobby publications.
8.Do research on the Internet.
9.Join a modelers e-mail discussion list or read submissions to hobbyists electronic bulletin boards.
1..Check your budget.
1..Remember that there will be expenses other than for the trainer replica. You'll also need to buy a radio-control transmitter and may need to buy an engine.
Trainer scale models, like their full-size brothers, are designed to be slow, smooth, stable and forgiving of pilot errors.
Training to fly a radio-controlled model airplane can teach a youngster hand-eye coordination, mechanical skills and the laws of aerodynamics.
Scale-model engine fuel is volatile. Handle with care.
Propellers spinning at high speeds can cause serious injury. Watch your fingers.
Youngsters operating radio-controlled aircraft should have adult supervision. Steps:
1.Concentrate on buying a basic engine if you're a beginning radio-control modeler.
2.Base your choice of engine on the requirements of your specific model airplane.
3.Know your scale-model airplane's dimensions, weight and prospective performance.
4.Realize that electric motors are generally used in the smallest of flying models, whereas full-size gasoline motors can generate sufficient power to propel larger, high-performance scale aircraft.
5.Be aware that most beginning modelers choose glow-plug engines in which a methanol-mixture fuel is fired by a preheated platinum coil. Glow-plug engines are simpler, lighter and require less maintenance.
6.Understand that glow-plug engines come in either 2- or 4-cycle. A 2-cycle engine is less complicated and has fewer moving parts. A 4-cycle engine is heavier and requires more maintenance.
7.Be aware that most modelers look at electric aircraft engines as useful only under certain circumstances.
8.Remember that using an electric engine means you also must account for the weight of the batteries that provide the energy.
9.Check out a miniature gasoline engine - similar to a motor that might power your weed eater or hedge trimmer - as your piloting skills increase sufficiently to allow you to engage in high-speed and aerobatic maneuvers.
Introducing a youngster to radio-controlled flying models can help develop hand-eye coordination as well as mechanical skills.
Always mount a propeller designed for the engine in use, and use the fuel mixture specified by the engine manufacturer.
Use fuel filters and air filters to increase engine life.
Run an engine dry after you're finished flying for the day by disconnecting the fuel line, and then send oil through the engine.
Operating a model airplane engine requires great care. The engines run at high revolutions per minute, which means the propeller spins at a rate sufficient to cause serious injury.
Care is necessary as well because model airplane engines run at very high temperatures.
Check your propeller for damage before starting a model airplane engine. An unbalanced or damaged propeller could harm the engine or could fracture, with the flying debris injuring bystanders. Steps:
1.Set your mind on buying only the basics as you get started in this hobby.
2.Realize that your interests and skill levels will change and increase as you grow in the hobby. What you think you need now may not be useful later.
3.Join a radio-control enthusiasts club. You'll quickly learn what's important in a basic tool and supply chest, and you might find opportunities to buy used equipment.
4.Visit hobby stores and dealers in radio-controlled model equipment. Ask questions.
5.Read about the hobby at your local library or on the Internet.
6.Remember that the fundamental steps in model construction are cutting, shaping and assembling.
7.Plan to gather basic tools for each step: knives, razor edges, small saws, sandpaper, small filing edges, planes, glues, clamps, rubber bands, screwdrivers, nut drivers and wrenches.
8.Invest in a solid, lockable toolbox of sufficient size.
9.Keep your tools clean and organized. You can't use it if you can't find it or it's broken.
Get started in the hobby by heading to your local airfield, meeting fellow enthusiasts and learning from them.
The most common adhesive used by modelers is a cyanoacrylate compound. It comes in different consistencies to join parts, depending on thickness.
Birthdays, anniversaries and holidays are a good time to scatter hints among friends and relatives.
Warnings: Razor edges, knives, glues and other tools can be harmful in the hands of small children. Keep them secured.
1.Say "cheerio" for hello and good-bye. It is considered friendly and more informal.
2.Say "cheers" for thank you and good-bye, or say "ta," which is a slang abbreviation.
3.Be careful on the road. The "Give Way" sign means yield, which doesn't exist as a sign in Great Britain.
4.Use "loo" for bathroom, "queue" for line, "bin" for garbage or trash can, "boot" for trunk (of a car), and "baggage" instead of luggage. Use "chemist" instead of pharmacy, and "tube" or "underground" for the subway. This will avoid any confusion.
5.Use "crisps" for potato chips, and "chips" for fries.
6.Refrain from use of the word "common" to mean popular; in Great Britain, it often means low-class.
7.Avoid "bloody" or "shag" - these are off-color words in England. Use "blooming" and "blinking" instead - words that are comparable to "darn."
Be modest and reserved. Don't initially launch into personal conversations with Brits, or casually make physical contact, such as hugging.
Be quiet. The British often consider Americans loud, especially in public.
Be patient. Service in restaurants, for example, can be slower in Great Britain.
1.Take vital measurements with you when you shop: lengths of walls, wall height under windows, width of stairwell and so forth.
2.Look at the joinery on the floor samples. The pieces should fit together tightly, without wobbles.
3.Check the floor samples for damage such as chipped veneer. This type of damage is difficult to impossible to repair, and if a floor sample shows signs of serious problems, it's reasonable to expect that your furniture will experience the same fate.
4.Choose pieces that are substantial and heavy. Flimsy pieces will be more easily damaged when moved and just won't hold up as well when loaded with books or electronics.
5.Ask about the instructions. Some foreign-made pieces have instructions that were badly translated into English, although some U.S. retailers are rewriting for clarity.
6.Ask whether there's a manufacturer's help line if you have a question while assembling your purchase.
7.Find out how long the piece typically takes to assemble. If you're not handy, you'll probably want to add to the time, but it gives you a starting point for deciding whether this is a project you want to tackle.
8.Look at the instructions if possible to find out what tools you'll need for assembly (a power screwdriver can be a godsend) and to see whether they're easy to follow.
9.Talk to the salesperson about having someone else assemble the piece if you decide the job isn't for you. Most stores can put you in touch with an independent assembly service or, for an additional cost, will assemble the piece for you.
10.Ask about the store's return policy. Be aware that it's sometimes difficult to get pieces back in the box exactly as they were originally packed, so beware if that's a condition for returning merchandise.
RTA furniture generally offers exceptional value - and it has a plus when you move: It can be disassembled. Be sure to save the original assembly instructions to ease reassembly later.
Assemble the furniture in the room in which it will be used. Otherwise you may find it won't fit through a doorway or can't turn a crucial corner.
Warnings: Don't overtighten fasteners during assembly; you can damage the furniture. Some instructions will recommend giving fasteners the last few turns by hand rather than with a power tool that has too much muscle.