How to Telemark Ski Chutes

1.Scope out the chute before you ski it. Note any rocks or trees to avoid, and note the line you'd like to ski.
2.Slip into the chute and point your skis perpendicular to the slope. This way your skis hold you in place without moving.
3.Lean your upper body down the hill by planting your right pole in the snow below you. It will be difficult to convince your brain to lean downhill, but try it and notice the difference.
4.Spring up into the air and rotate 180 degrees to perform a jump turn (see "How to Telemark Jump Turn," under Related Hows).
5.Slide your right foot back while rotating in the air. Now you'll be primed to land in a telemark position.
6.Land the jump turn facing the opposite direction from where you started.
7.Dig your uphill edges into the snow to slow down, and repeat the jump turn to the left.
8.Try to link the jump turns together down the chute. 
Tips: Practice jump turns before skiing down a narrow, steep chute. With practice, you'll be able to turn down a chute that's only as wide as your skis while remaining in control. 
Warnings: Skiing is a physically demanding sport that could result in serious injury. We recommend that you seek the proper training and equipment before undertaking this activity. 

How to Replace the Element in an Oven

1.Turn off the power to the oven at the breaker box.
2.Take out the screws holding the element bracket in place. These will be on the back wall of the oven, or sometimes on the top.
3.Pull the element toward you a little bit until you see the wires behind it.
4.Unscrew the leads and take the bad element out.
5.Hold the new element up while you attach the wires to it. Don't stretch the wires any more than you have to.
6.Line up the element while tucking the wires back in. Be sure not to pinch the wires between the bracket and the back wall.
7.Fasten the brackets, making sure they're tight.
8.Restore power to the appliance.   

How to Add Text Over a Movie in Premiere

1.Open or create a project.
2.Open the File menu and select New, then Title.
3.Use the text tool to enter your text into the Text window.
4.Edit your text with the commands in the Title menu.
5.Open the File menu and select Save As, then save and name your title.
6.From the Clip window, locate the frame that you want to contain the text.
7.With that frame displayed, drag the Clip window into the Title window. You can now see how your text will look in the frame that is to contain it.
8.Modify as needed.
9.Drag your text into a Superimpose Track on the Construction window. Place your text under the frame that's going to display it.
1..Click on your text clip to select it.
1..From the Clip menu, click on Transparency.
1..Select key settings in the box that appears. Make any adjustments that may apply to the specific key setting.
1..Click OK.
1..From the Construction window, drag your text clip to cover the number of frames that will display it.
1..Preview your movie using the Make Snapshot command from the Make menu.
1..Save your project. 
Tips: You can experiment with drop shadows, shapes, colors and other variations.   

How to Create a Budget for Your Wedding

1.Talk to your spouse-to-be about what kind of wedding you both want. Discuss what kinds of flowers, colors, venues, clothing, invitations, music and food you prefer.
2.Make a list of what you'll need: a wedding consultant if you're using one, a ceremony location, a reception venue, food, beverages, cake, flowers, photography, entertainment, attire, invitations and so forth.
3.Prioritize this list. What means the most to you? Is the cake more important than the music? Where can you pinch pennies without sacrificing your vision?
4.Meet with both sets of parents to find out how much money, if any, they are willing to contribute. Be gracious, grateful and understanding, no matter what their responses.
5.Calculate how much money you currently have available, how much you think you'll need and how much you will have to save. Keep in mind that the average wedding in the United States costs about $15,000.
6.Make a plan to save what you need, using a savings account or certificate of deposit. Consider selling stocks or mutual funds if necessary.
7.Divide your budget according to your priorities. For example, if your top priority is the dress and your second priority is the venue, you might plan to spend 20 percent of your budget on the dress and 15 percent on the venue.
8.Visit at least four vendors or suppliers in each category (florists, photographers, caterers, consultants, etc.) and compare prices.
9.Use a checklist to make sure you ask all of the vendors the same questions. Note their answers in your budget notebook and review your notes before making a decision.
1..Keep a record of the estimated and actual costs of each item in your notebook.
1..Keep all contracts, agreements, receipts and vouchers in the notebook.
1..Review your budget after each purchase to make sure you're on track. If you're $50 over budget on the cake, maybe you can save $50 by cutting the cost of favors or eliminating those electronic turtledoves.  
Use professional vendors if possible. You'll have no recourse if your Uncle Marty forgets to load film in his camera and only notices it after the wedding.
Pay with a credit card whenever possible, in case of a dispute with a vendor or merchant.
Get every contract or agreement in writing.
Pay for as many items as you can at least two weeks before the wedding. Writing huge checks is not a pleasant way to spend the first days of your marriage.   

How to Collect Milk Glass

1.Understand that milk glass is an opaque white, blue or green glass. Most pieces were manufactured in the late 1800s.
2.Realize that true antique pieces of milk glass are very valuable. However, many reproductions are on the market, and it is often hard to tell the difference between an original and a reproduction.
3.Look on the bottom of the piece for a patent date or company name. This will help you determine the age of the piece. The amount of wear on the object can also be a clue.
4.Know that some of the most popular milk glass items are animal-covered dishes. Often the animal cover will not have a date or other identification, so collectors must be particularly careful about purchasing these pieces.
5.Buy a milk glass pricing guide and familiarize yourself with the colors, patterns and values.
6.Ask for the provenance of the object before purchasing anything. The provenance is the history and authentication of the item.
7.Purchase milk glass from antique shops and collectors. You might also find a few pieces in the collections of older relatives.
8.Attend milk glass conventions and join a glass-collecting group in your area. 
Tips: The National Milk Glass Collectors Society convention is being held April 13-16, 2000 in Dublin, Ohio.   

How to Write a Thank-You Note After a Job Interview

1.Send the note the day after the interview.
2.Check your interviewer's name and title, and be sure of the correct spelling. Get her or his card for this very purpose, or check with the secretary or receptionist.
3.Use your computer or typewriter, a nice printer and nice stationery.
4.Address the recipient by a formal Mr. or Ms. unless you have a prior relationship, or the interview was so in-depth and successful you feel it would introduce a false note of formality.
5.Thank the interviewer for a great interview, and then describe what made it great: good fit, exciting exchange of ideas, a wonderful opportunity.
6.Convey that you are definitely interested, favorably considering or whatever the case may be.
7.Toss in a few facts to demonstrate your interest. For example, "I was pleased to see the new cardio care wing," or, "The sales numbers were impressive."
8.Describe your expectations. For example, "I will look forward to meeting with the CEO."
9.Complete your letter with any number of closings, including "sincerely," "yours truly" or "gratefully."   

How to Remove Corrosion From Aluminum

1.Remove the crystals and gray discoloration with fine wet/dry sandpaper dipped in mineral spirits. Don’t try to polish the aluminum; simply rub it until it’s bright again.
2.Wipe down the metal with a clean rag and some mineral spirits to remove grime and debris left from the sandpaper.
3.Allow the aluminum to dry.
4.Apply a chromate primer and allow it to dry completely.
5.Paint the aluminum or leave it with just the primer coating on it. 
Warnings: Avoid lead-based primers, which cause a chemical reaction with aluminum when wet.   

How to Do a Pull-Up

1.Stand under a pull-up bar. If you're taller than the bar, stand facing it.
2.Choose which two-handed grip to use. Pull-ups are usually done using the pronated (overhand) grip, meaning that the palms of your hands point away from you, with your thumbs pointing toward each other.
3.Chin-ups are done with a supinated (underhand) grip, in which the palms of your hands point toward you and your thumbs point away from each other.
4.Grasp the bar. Some gyms' pull-up bars are more than 7 feet high and require a stepping stool or other assistance to reach the bar.
5.Keep your arms straight and simply hang off the bar, keeping your body vertical. Try not to rock or sway back and forth.
6.Relax your shoulders. Try not to hunch them so they touch your cheeks.
7.Try not to arch your back. Unless you're taller than the bar, keep your knees straight and together.
8.Pull your chest up toward the bar by bending your arms. Try not to jerk any muscles as you pull up. The motion should be smooth. Keep your hands at the same position on the bar.
9.For beginners, pull your body up so that your chin can reach over the pull-up bar. For a more difficult exercise, pull your body up so that your chest makes contact with the bar itself.
1..Pause for a moment before you start lowering yourself back down.
1..Slowly begin straightening your arms and lowering yourself toward your starting position. Keep your torso straight, try not to rock back and forth, relax your shoulders and keep your legs together.
1..Pause once you've lowered yourself completely to hanging position, then repeat the exercise.  
Your hand position determines which back muscles are being targeted more than others. A wider grip on the bar works the lateral muscles, while a narrower grip works the middle back area.
If the standard pull-up is too difficult, try using an assisted pull-up machine at a local gym. Follow the instructions printed on the machine.
For an easier pull-up, place a chair underneath you as you do the exercise. Keep one foot on the chair and the other hanging to the side. As you raise yourself, straighten the leg that's on the chair for assistance. Use as little assistance from it as possible in completing the pull-up. 
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 as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.   

How to Buy Backpacking Rain Gear

1.Thumb through a couple of reputable outdoor magazines for articles and reviews on equipment purchases to find out the most-recommended models and manufacturers of outerwear. If there is a particular product which interests you and you can't find a review, call the manufacturer and ask if the product has been reviewed in an outdoor magazine.
2.Decide how much you're willing to spend for comfort. The ideal rain gear is lightweight, breathable and truly waterproof, and is likely to be expensive.
3.Consider whether the waterproofing is bonded to the fabric - as is the case with Gore-Tex - or is laminated on the fabric as an additional coating. Coated nylon rain gear usually isn't breathable despite the claims - if you go with a laminated product claiming to be waterproof and breathable, choose one from a reputable manufacturer.
4.Look for sleeves which are long enough to pull over your hands if the wind becomes nippy or rain begins to fall, and with cuffs to adjust for an easier fit with or without gloves. The hood should be adjustable, and roomy enough to fit over a wool cap. A hood with a brim is ideal.
5.Try your rain gear on with a backpack to make sure the hood and jacket fit comfortably with a pack, and that the jacket is still long enough to cover your rear end.
6.Make sure the rain gear isn't insulated and is roomy. You can always add layers underneath for warmth but you can't remove insulation that's built into your gear.
7.Try to pull the pants on and off with boots, making sure the zippers are high enough on the calf to allow for a quick change.
8.Check the zippers and Velcro closures to make certain they close securely and are covered with flaps to protect these openings from the wind and rain. 
Find out if you will need to use an additional sealant on seams and zippers to ensure your gear is waterproof.
Buy a reputable brand from a reputable outdoor company, and make sure there is a return policy and warranty in case you have a problem. 

How to Create a Centered Telemark Stance

2.Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Image a.)
3.Shift your weight so each foot has the same amount of pressure.
4.Bend at the ankles, knees and waist slightly. Image b.)
5.Center your shoulders and hips above your boots.
6.Perform a mental body check. Make sure you are comfortable, with no muscles, bones or joints stressed.
7.Slide down a gentle slope while pushing one foot forward and one foot back, alternating several times. Image c.)
8.Adjust your body to the terrain so your stance remains centered.   
This stance is dynamic - your body will reposition itself in response to variations in the terrain.
Test your stance by having a friend give you a nudge. You should be able to remain upright over your skis with little effort.