How to Change Cartridges on a Laser Printer


Steps:
1.Turn off the printer.
2.Open cover or front of printer. (You should be able to do this easily, without tools.)
3.Remove the existing toner cartridge by pulling its handle or top. Carefully lift it out or up toward you.
4.Save the cartridge for recycling or refilling.
5.Remove the new toner cartridge from its plastic bag. Use scissors if necessary.
6.Gently shake cartridge from side to side.
7.Remove tape from bottom of cartridge.
8.Put new cartridge in printer. You might need to push, but you shouldn't need to force it.
9.Close the printer cover.
1..Turn on printer.
1..Print a test page. If toner smears, repeat test page until it prints cleanly.  
Tips:
If your printouts have light streaks, you can often eliminate the problem temporarily by gently shaking the cartridge, then putting it back in. (This redistributes the toner within the cartridge.)
Immediately wash any toner-soiled clothes in cold water.    

How to Grow Butterfly Weed (Asclepias)

Choosing Butterfly Weed
Steps:
1.Look for plants at nurseries in late spring through summer, and into fall in warmer climates.
2.Buy plants in 4-inch to 1-gallon containers; small plants transplant better.
3.Choose healthy-looking plants with signs of new growth in leaves and flower buds. 
Planting Butterfly Weed

Steps:
4.Plant butterfly weed in full sun in well-drained soil.
5.Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting hole.
6.Place the plants no deeper than they were growing in the containers.
7.Set the plants 1 foot apart.
8.Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost.
9.Water well until soil is completely moist. 
Caring for Butterfly Weed

Steps:
10.Cut off dead stems in late winter or early spring using bypass pruners.
11.Watch out when you're digging in the garden in spring - butterfly weed starts growing late in the spring. 
Overall Tips:
Grow butterfly weed in zones 4 to 9 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
Butterfly weed doesn't need yearly mulching and fertilizing, and it can take a hot, dry place in the garden.
Flowers and seedpods are attractive additions to indoor arrangements.
True to its name, butterfly weed does attract butterflies to the garden.   

How to Check a Wound for Infection


Steps:
1.Protect yourself. Scrub your hands thoroughly with soap and water, and put on latex gloves to prevent the spread of infectious disease.
2.Remove the bandage and dressing from the wound. Dispose of them immediately, handling them only with latex gloves or tweezers. The best means of disposal is burning, but wrapping them in plastic and throwing them away in the trash can is suitable for most situations.
3.Check the wound for any pus, swelling, redness or faint red lines radiating from the wound.
4.Feel the area surrounding the wound for any heat.
5.Ask the injured person if he or she has experienced any pain or chills.
6.Look for swelling or tenderness in the lymph nodes, located under the armpits, in the groin and neck areas, and behind the ears.
7.Take the person’s temperature. Consider a temperature higher than 100 degrees F a possible sign of infection.
8.Contact a doctor immediately if you observe any fever, chills, swelling of the lymph nodes, or red lines radiating from the wound, or if you are in any doubt whatsoever.
9.Gently draw a circle with a pen around any reddening of the skin to help monitor whether the infection is spreading.
1..When you finish examining the wound, apply a fresh dressing and band-age the wound. 
Warnings:
If you see signs of infection or have questions or concerns, contact your doctor.
Infectious diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis are transmitted via the exchange of bodily fluids. Protect yourself by wearing latex gloves, and use responsible means of disposing of used bandages and gauze. Tweezers and any implements used to check a wound should be disinfected by soaking in isopropyl alcohol immediately after use.
Some people are allergic to latex gloves. Use latex gloves only if you know you are not allergic to them.   

How to Purchase an Annuity


Steps:
1.Decide who will own the contract, who will be the annuitant, and who will be the beneficiary(ies).
2.Consult with an estate planning attorney or qualified tax adviser if the selling agent cannot answer your questions about those three important contract entities to your satisfaction.
3.Sign the annuity application papers only after reading all associated paperwork and, in the case of a variable annuity, after you have received a current prospectus.
4.Be prepared to make your first deposit with the application by virtue of a personal, certified or cashier's check.
5.When you receive your annuity contract, read it carefully and file it with your other important legal documents. 
Tips:
Sometimes people who cannot medically qualify for life insurance choose an annuity to provide a death benefit to heirs.
Annuities can be held in living trusts.
You can have more than one beneficiary, owner or annuitant.
If you purchase a fixed annuity, make sure the underwriting insurance company has received the highest ratings from agencies such as AM Best, Standard & Poors, Moody's Investor Services, and Duff & Phelps.
Treat your annuity like an insurance policy and file accordingly. 
Warnings:
Annuities aren't for everyone - make sure you choose an appropriate type of contract for your financial situation. Avoid buying an annuity if you think you might need most or all of the money you intend to invest for emergencies.
Though changes in contract titling can be made at any time, problems may arise if annuitant, owner and beneficiary designations are not made with care.
Unlike with life insurance policies, the death benefit of an annuity is not entirely tax-free to the beneficiary.
Though most agents are honest and ethical, beware of those that prey on the elderly and propose annuities when bank CDs mature. Less savvy investors may be attracted to the tax-deferred growth of an annuity without having it clearly explained to them that if they need their money, they may not be able to get all of it without paying a company-imposed penalty; also, they may be forced into purchasing life insurance even though they don't need another policy.
Be careful when designating a trust as the owner of an annuity, and consult with a qualified trust adviser or an attorney who specializes in estate settlement.
If you're purchasing an annuity as part of a 1035 exchange (see the glossary), be extremely careful that all IRS paperwork is completed and properly filed with the appropriate companies and agencies, and that you keep copies of everything you sign.   

How to Change Your Eating Habits if You Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Steps:
1.Modify your intake of dairy products (especially those from milk,) which can aggrivate an irritable bowel. Many IBS patients find that yogurt doesn't bother their bowels.
2.Eat dietary fiber: whole-grain breads and cereals, fruits and most vegetables. Fiber helps to mildly distend the colon, which seems to reduce colonic spasms.
3.Eat enough fiber so that your bowel movements are soft, formed and easy to pass without straining, but avoid over-the-counter high-fiber supplements, which may cause bloating and increased bowel irritability.
4.Avoid large meals, which cause the bowel to become overly distended and hyperactive. Instead, choose several small meals throughout the day to keep your GI tract more in balance.
5.Avoid apple and grape juice if you suffer from a great deal of flatulence; also pass up the chocolate, caffeine, alcohol and sorbitol (an artificial sweetener found in some dietetic products.)
6.Stay away from high-fat foods. Fat is a strong stimulus of the colonic contractions that aggravate the irritability of the bowel.
7.Avoid gas-forming foods, such as beans and cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, turnips and brussels sprouts.)
8.Practice moderation and selectivity when eating. For example, don't slurp down two milkshakes on an empty stomach or sit in front of the TV eating half a jar of pickles and a bag of pork rinds.
9.Keep a food journal, and write down which foods cause you intestinal distress for at least a month. Look for patterns, and avoid the offenders. Share your findings with your doctor.  
Tips:
Women are affected with IBS three times more frequently than men. Doctors speculate that reproductive hormones make women more prone to developing IBS.
Dairy products are a valuable source of calcium and should not be entirely eliminated from your diet. If you're lactose intolerant, talk to your doctor about lactase tablets. 
Warnings: 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 Eat Well, Spend Less at College


Steps:
1.Study your college food plan options and know their weaknesses. Are you on a point system per meal or item eaten, or do you pay a flat rate per quarter or semester?
2.Know whether you are a bulk eater or someone who just snacks a lot. Choose the plan that best fits your eating habits.
3.Invite yourself to a friend's dorm or cafeteria. Often colleges don't care where you eat and have trouble tracking how much you eat.
4.Eat seconds whenever possible, or box up food to take with you for later.
5.Assume that if doors are unlocked and food is on display, it is meant for your liberal consumption.
6.Visit friends in fraternities and sororities for meals.
7.Read the school papers and other local rags for restaurant deals and coupons.
8.Shop at the discount stores where you can buy in bulk.
9.Cook at home if you have the option.
1..Work in food service for extra cash and free meals, either at a campus facility or in the restaurant industry.
1..Find a rich girlfriend or boyfriend who likes to eat out. 
Tips:
The resourceful student is rewarded.
Eating well is not the same thing as eating a lot. Know the difference. 
Warnings: Stealing is stealing - even if you're hungry. Be sensible when you opt for the five-finger discount.   Steps:
1.Decide what you want to learn about. Do you want to master a foreign language? Brush up on your calculus? Learn about history?
2.Get books on the topics you're interested in by going to your local bookstore or library, or by shopping online.
3.Visit a museum if it's art that intrigues you: seeing the actual artwork is much more engaging than listening to a lecture or perusing Janson's "History of Art."
4.Take trips to new places. Learn about their history, ecology and whatever else you find interesting.
5.Chat with grandparents about their childhoods to discover how history played out in the lives of people you know.
6.Join a reading group for lively discussions about literature.
7.Find a foreign language group to help you with the trickier aspects of the language you're studying. A better - though more expensive - option is to visit a country where the language is spoken.
8.Take up a new sport. You'll learn all sorts of new things about your body and how it interacts with the world around it.   

How to Play With Your Rabbit


Steps:
1.Buy some toys for your rabbit. Plastic Slinkys, hard plastic baby key rings, hard plastic baby rattles and small unvarnished, unpainted baskets are great rabbit toys.
2.Cut the cardboard from a roll of paper towels into halves or thirds and stuff it with hay. Clean toilet paper tubes work well, too.
3.Get on the floor with your rabbit and give him one of the toys. Rabbits, like cats, are independent. Let your rabbit come to you. Rabbits are also very curious. They will want to check you out.
4.Shake a rattle and then place it on the ground near your rabbit. He will probably pick it up and toss it.
5.Play games like hide and seek with your rabbit or have him find alfalfa pellets hidden in your closed hands.
6.Pretend the Slinky is sneaking up on him. He will lunge at it and pretend to attack it. Roll the cardboard tube toward him or stand it up on end. He will pick it up and toss it or push it over. Then let him have it and toss it around.
7.Leave these toys in your rabbit's play area so he can play on his own when you aren't there to play with him. 
Warnings:
Never play with toys that can be harmful to your rabbit - anything with nails, staples, varnish, paint or things he can catch his nails on.
Make sure all toss toys are light and small so that your rabbit can easily pick up and toss them.   

How to Find a Sexual Abuse Support Group


Steps:
1.Look in your phone book in the blue pages (or government services) under Health or Women to see if any hotlines are listed that could help you connect with a local group.
2.Check the yellow pages under Social and Human Services, Health Services, and Women's Services.
3.Ask if the phone company publishes a directory or other reference guide of health services in your area.
4.Call your local information, at 411, or the 800 operator, at (800) 555-1212, for help locating services in your state.
5.Contact local health centers, crisis centers or mental health centers for a referral to a local group.
6.Check with your therapist or counselor, if you have one, to find out if they hold group sessions for survivors.
7.Contact colleges and universities near your home, since date rape and other incidents of sexual assault are of great concern to students.
8.Check with your church, temple or other religious institution to find out if it offers any type of support.
9.Opt for a group or chat room online if you prefer to talk with others from the comfort of your own home. Find out what exists by doing a keyword search for words such as sexual abuse, survivor, forum and support group. 
Tips:
Remember that you are not alone. Meeting with others who have survived sexual assault will help you deal with the effects and learn how to go on.
If you can't find any support groups in your area, ask your clergy person or rabbi, or a counseling center, to help you start one.   

How to Grow Blue Stars (Amsonia)

Choosing Blue Stars
Steps:
1.Look for plants at nurseries in spring and summer.
2.Buy blue stars in 4-inch to 1-gallon containers.
3.Choose healthy-looking plants with signs of new growth in leaves and flower buds. 
Planting Blue Stars

Steps:
4.Plant blue stars in light shade in well-drained soil.
5.Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting hole.
6.Place the plants no deeper than they were growing in the containers.
7.Set the plants 12 to 18 inches apart.
8.Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost.
9.Water well until soil is completely moist. 
Caring for Blue Stars

Steps:
10.Shear off the old flowers with scissors or bypass pruners in summer when the plant has finished blooming.
11.Apply a light application of organic fertilizer on top of the soil; follow package directions.
12.Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost in spring.
13.Water well weekly until soil is completely moist in summers with no rainfall. 
Overall Tips:
Grow blue stars in zones 6 to 8 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
One species of blue stars, Amsonia tabernaemontana, can grow in zones 4 to 8.   

How to Preserve Leaves With Sand


Steps:
1.Select and pick mature leaves from your garden.
2.Prepare a drying box by filling it 1/4 full of dry river sand.
3.Lay the leaves flat on the surface of the sand.
4.Sift more river sand gently over the leaves until they're completely covered.
5.Place the box in a warm, dry area with maximum air circulation.
6.Keep the leaves in the sand for five days.
7.Check the leaves. If they are not yet dry, gently sift the sand back over them after inspection and let them continue drying for a few more days. 
Tips:
Thick leaves such as magnolia will dry more slowly than thin leaves such as maple or liquidambar.
Use the dried leaves when making wreaths, bouquets or swags.
Spray with firm-hold hairspray once the arrangement is complete.