How to Rid Your Home of Mosquitoes

1.Treat the areas outside your home first, as this is where mosquitoes breed. Various sprays and foggers are available for this purpose. Go to a home and garden store or consult a pest control firm for recommendations on what to use in your area.
2.Remove every source of standing water you can find around your home. This includes water sitting in old tires, in flowerpot saucers, in tin cans, in barrels or in birdbaths, which should be cleaned thoroughly once a week. Also make sure rain gutters are cleaned out so that a blockage doesn't allow standing water to form.
3.Keep doors and windows closed tight, or make sure they have tight screens with no holes if they are left open.
4.Seal any exterior holes in your home that might allow mosquitoes in. Pay special attention to areas with utility holes or dryer vents. Seal or screen these openings as appropriate.
5.Consider installing a trap that attracts mosquitoes with heat by making them think a "warm body" is in the vicinity. Mosquitoes are then trapped or electrocuted.
6.Check your clothing and skin before you come inside. Mosquitoes often enter a house by "hanging on" to a human host. Pay special attention to your ankles and neck. 
If you find a large area of standing water where mosquitoes are breeding on public property, notify your area's mosquito control office or health department.
General "bug zappers" tend not to kill a lot of mosquitoes, although they may attract them to the area. Testing has also shown that sonic mosquito repellers are ineffective. 
Warnings: Mosquitoes can carry infectious diseases, including malaria and encephalitis. If you become ill after receiving a mosquito bite, contact your physician immediately.   

How to Ride a Sharp Corner on a Bike

1.Brake before cornering if you need to slow down, then release the brakes throughout the turn.
2.Choose the straightest line through the turn by starting on the inside of the curve and finishing on the outside.
3.Lean your bike into the turn rather than steering with your handlebars.
4.Put the outside pedal at the lowest point in the pedal rotation. This will prevent the inside pedal from hitting the ground.
5.Push down as hard as you can on the outside pedal. This puts your body weight over the tires to increase traction.
6.Round out the turn and resume pedaling.  
Tips: The more weight you can put on the outside pedal, the faster you'll be able to corner. 
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 Dress Up Plain Towels

1.Choose a solid-color towel that picks up a color from the bathroom or kitchen wall, floor, fixtures, etc. Then stitch a band of grosgrain ribbon in a contrasting color that's also part of the decor. Image a.)
2.Stitch on a washable purchased trim - such as flat lace or braid - as a border on the towel. You can also attach lace to the ends of towels for an airy look. Image b.)
3.Machine-embroider a pattern onto the flat-fabric (non-loopy) bands that are typically near the hem of the towel. Fabric stores sell satin thread that gives an especially nice effect when used for machine embroidery. Image c.)
4.Machine- or hand-embroider words ("kitchen", "his," "hers," "imagine," etc.) or monograms onto the towel. Image d.)
5.Cut a band of fabric that matches the room's curtains or wallpaper. Sew it to the towel as a ruffle below the hem or as a flat band above the hem.
6.Cut a design from fabric for an appliqué (or use a purchased appliqué) that will harmonize with your bathroom decor - then overcast the appliqué's edges with a zigzag stitch onto your towel. This might be a rooster that matches the wallpaper and collectibles in the kitchen or a rose that complements the pink on the bathroom walls. click photos to enlarge  
Practice on an old towel to get the right settings on your sewing machine (stitch width, length and tension, for example). Machine stitches tend to tighten up on towels.
Most fabric glues are not sturdy enough to hold up through the many washings that most towels endure, so it's better to sew on the embellishments.
Buttons and faux gems can be used in moderation. But they can be scratchy and sometimes are too fragile for the washing machine.   

How to Avoid Plagiarism in a Research Paper

1.Cite a source any time you state an idea that you yourself didn't originate.
2.Give sources for quotations, and be sure to quote any string of three or more words that comes from a given source.
3.Paraphrase with care. Since copyright law protects the expression of an idea, you may be accused of plagiarism if your rewritten version is too similar to the original.
4.Cite when in doubt. The overall idea is to cover your bases, leaving no question about which ideas came from you and which came from others.
5.Contact your teacher or professor if you're struggling with your paper. Work out a solution together instead of taking the plagiarism shortcut. 
Consult related Hows for tips on researching and citing source material.
Consider taking a class on writing a research paper. 
Be careful not to plagiarize a fellow student's work accidentally. The best way to avoid this is not to read your colleagues' work.
If, on the other hand, your teacher or professor encourages collaboration, then make certain you cite a clever idea that came from a fellow student.   Overall Warnings: To reiterate, plagiarism can get you kicked out of school. Know the rules and ask your teacher or professor to clarify anything you don't completely understand about plagiarism. 

How to Troubleshoot Your Refrigerator

1.Make sure the cord is plugged in and that the breaker hasn’t tripped.
2.Check the settings on the temperature control if the fridge is too warm or too cold. This is the dial that's usually located at the top front or right rear of the refrigerator.
3.Note the ambient temperature of the kitchen. If the fridge seems to be running for a long time, it may be that the room is just warm. If that’s not the case, make sure the door isn’t being left open and that the door gasket is sealing.
4.Vacuum the coils under the fridge. Dust may be keeping them from cooling properly.
5.Be sure that the appliance is at least 4 inches from the wall to ensure enough circulation to the coils on the back.
6.Notice if the light comes on, but the motor doesn’t run. The temperature control may be turned off. If the control is properly set, you may have a bad thermostat.
7.Change the switch if the bulb is staying on when the door is shut. You can check this by pressing the button located along the hinged side of the door. The light should go off when you press it.
8.Listen for unusual noises. Are the shelves rattling? You may need to tighten the supports on the back wall. Items on the shelves may also be the cause of the sound, such as glass bottles clattering together.
9.Remove the base grill. Is the defrost pan the culprit? Make sure it’s on its tracks and that the felt pads are in place.
10.Check the condenser fan under the fridge. Sometimes paper stuck in it makes a racket. If there is something there, be sure to disconnect the power before you attempt to remove it. 
Unplug the refrigerator before you access areas with fans or motors.   

How to Make a Professional-Quality Rain Stick

1.Draw a spiral from one end to the other on a 3- to 6-foot length of PVC pipe 2 inches larger in diameter.
2.Drill holes along the spiral every 1/4 inch. The drill bit should be just a little smaller than the diameter of a bamboo skewer; you want to be able to hammer the skewer in tightly, but not so tight it splinters or breaks.
3.Cut bamboo barbecue skewers a little shorter in length than the diameter of the tube.
4.Hammer the skewer pegs into the holes.
5.Use sandpaper to smooth any ends of the pegs that stick out.
6.Decorate the rain stick with paints, papers or tissue paper.
7.Apply a coat of water-based polyurethane when the paints and glues are dry. Add more coats to make it shinier. Sand lightly between coats with very fine sandpaper.
8.Cap one end of the tube.
9.Put some unpopped popcorn, beads, dry beans, pebbles, seeds, aquarium gravel, rice or other dry filler into the tube.
1..Put the other cap on.
1..Experiment with the amount of filler for a sound you like. When you're satisfied, use painter's caulk to glue the caps on. 
Ask plumbers, electricians, and plumbing or electrical supply stores for scrap PVC.
Use rubber stoppers for the ends. You'll find these in the plumbing department of the hardware store or at a plumbing supply store.
Black PVC pipe is more lightweight, easier to work with, and louder than the white type.   

How to Troubleshoot Your Freezer

1.Check the power supply and fuse breaker if the freezer won't run at all.
2.Defrost the freezer if it isn't getting cold enough. Also make sure the temperature is set correctly, the door is closing and sealing, and the defrost timer is functioning properly.
3.Reset the thermostat if the freezer is too cold or too warm. If that doesn't fix the problem, replace the thermostat.
4.Check out the defrost heater, defrost timer and defrost limit switch if the unit won't defrost at all.
5.Test the timer by turning the dial until you hear it click. If you hear the compressor kick on, you have a faulty timer. If the freezer isn't defrosting properly and turning the dial turns off the fan or compressor, replace the timer. 
Don't attempt to make repairs to the compressor, evaporator coils or condenser coils. They are sealed and best left to a professional repair person.
Unplug the freezer before accessing any of the internal parts.   

How to Raise a Vegetarian Baby

1.Deciding whether or not to breast-feed is a personal matter, but it is considered the best way to meet an infant's nutritional needs. It also helps boost the immune system.
2.Give soy-based formula if you decide not to breast-feed. Soy is less likely to cause allergies than cow's-milk-based formulas. Do not give regular soy milk to a baby less than a year old. It is not designed to meet a baby's special needs.
3.Avoid iron supplements during the baby's first three months, unless your pediatrician prescribes it. Babies are born with high iron stores and usually have enough to last about three months.
4.Introduce solid foods at about four to six months. This will vary from baby to baby.
5.Begin with rice cereal, which is easily digestible and the least likely to cause an allergic reaction.
6.Introduce other foods slowly. You can buy commercial baby foods or puree your own fruits and vegetables in a blender. If you buy prepared foods, buy ones that are free from added sugars, preservatives and any other additives that your baby does not need.
7.Feed your veggie baby the same as any other baby - except you won't be introducing animal products. You can follow the nutritional guidelines in any baby book and adapt them for a vegetarian diet.
8.Avoid letting other people convince you that it is necessary to start your baby on cow's milk. When your baby is old enough to come off formula, you can give him or her regular soy milk, juice, water, rice milk and any number of other nutritious beverages.
9.Make sure your baby is eating enough solids before weaning off of formula or breast-feeding. You want to be sure that all nutritional bases are covered.
1..Find a pediatrician who supports you in your decision to raise a vegetarian child. 
As you would with any baby, you may want to give a multivitamin to ensure that your baby gets optimal nutrients.
Get in touch with other veggie parents, via the Internet or other sources, and share tips on what works best with their children. 
If you have any questions or concerns, contact a physician or other healthcare professional before engaging in any activity related to health and diet. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.   

How to Play Variations of UNO

Two-Player UNO
1.Play normal UNO, but with only two players.
2.Count Reverse cards as skip cards, and immediately play another turn.
3.Play another turn right away after you play a Skip card.
4.Play again after you play a Draw Two card or a Wild Draw Four since your opponent's turn is taken by drawing cards. 
Tips: Save your word cards as long as you can, then play them in a straight run to win the game without giving your opponent a chance. 
Challenge UNO

5.Play normal UNO with three or more people.
6.Keep track of each player's personal point total at the end of each round.
7.Leave the game when your personal point total reaches 500. You are "out."
8.Play until only two players remain. Those players play one more hand of Two-Player UNO (see above rules), and the winner of that hand wins the game, regardless of points. 
Speed UNO

9.Play normal UNO.
1..Play out of turn if you have the exact same card as the card previously played. Do this only before the proper player plays the next card.
1..Continue play with the person to the left of the person who last played a card, even if that person played out of order. 
If a red 5 is played, for example, and you have a red 5 in your hand, you can play it immediately even though it is not your turn.
On Draw Cards, the person who would have had to draw still must draw even if another Draw was played on top of it out of order. The new Draw card counts, too.
On Wild Draw Four cards, the player must pick a color before a Wild Draw Four can be played on top of it.
Do not replenish the draw pile. If the draw pile runs out, draw cards no longer cause people to draw, and if you can't play, skip your turn.
If you have doubles in your hand, you might as well play them at the same time.   

How to Buy Plumbing Fixtures

1.Determine which fixtures you require. A sink? Faucets? Shower heads? A new tub?
2.Measure the space available for each fixture. For example, if you are buying a kitchen sink, measure the size that will fit in your sink base cabinet.
3.Make a note of any special requirements for any fixtures. For example, if you are looking for a faucet, make sure it matches your sink (faucets can have a single control or separate hot and cold water knobs). If in doubt, ask the salesperson or your plumber.
4.Visit several plumbing supply stores or major home centers.
5.Browse the fixtures and compare prices.
6.Make sure that your selections meet code in your area. For example, in many areas shower diverters are required to have anti-scald protection. Ask the salesperson or you plumber if you're in doubt about a specific fixture.
7.Check with your plumber about any fixture before you buy if you are uncertain about its suitability for your purposes.
8.Purchase your selected items and arrange for delivery. 
Plumbers often mark up fixtures considerably. This is particularly true of high-end items such as whirlpool tubs. You may be able to save hundreds of dollars by purchasing the unit yourself.
Keep an eye out for items on sale or floor models.
White is the most popular color for fixtures. Non-white fixtures are generally 5 to 20 percent more expensive than white ones.
When selecting fixtures, consider your tile, cabinets, vanities, countertops, and other surrounding items in the home.