How to Fine-Tune a Bike's Rear Index Shifting

1.Find the barrel adjuster on your rear derailleur. This is a small knob located where the cable housing comes into contact with the rear derailleur.
2.Give the barrel adjuster a half turn in a counterclockwise direction. This will take up a small bit of slack in the cable. Image a.)
3.Try shifting. Problem solved? If not, give it another half turn. Image b.)
4.Give up to two full turns. If the problem is still not solved or your shifting is now much worse, turn the barrel adjuster back to its original position.
5.Try turning the barrel adjuster in the opposite direction. This will put more slack into the cable. Image c.)
6.Work in half-turn increments, as before.
7.Return the barrel adjuster to its original position if you are unable to improve your shifting this way. It's time to go to the bike shop.    
It's even easier to adjust the cable tension if you have a bike stand. Turn the pedals forward as you turn the barrel adjuster slowly. Listen for the clicking to diminish.
Bad shifting can have many other causes: a worn chain or cassette, a misaligned derailleur hanger, worn cable or cable housing, a damaged or poorly adjusted derailleur. If you still have serious shifting problems, take your bike to a bike shop. 

How to Treat a Snakebite

Treating a Poisonous Bite
1.Determine if the snake may be poisonous. Most poisonous snakes in the United States have certain physical characteristics: a triangular-shaped head, slit-like eyes and an indentation between the nose and eyes.
2.Seek medical help immediately if you know or even suspect a snake may be poisonous.
3.Stay calm and lie as quietly as possible if medical care is on the way.
4.Use a commercial snakebite kit if medical help is more than 30 minutes away.
5.Try to keep your body warm.
6.Keep the area that was bitten below the level of your heart.
7.Wrap a bandage snugly several inches above (not on) the bite if it's on an arm or leg.
8.Keep the wounded area immobile and use a splint if possible. 
Tips: Educate yourself ahead of time about what types of snakes are in the area. 
Warnings: Do not use a tourniquet, apply ice or heat to the wound, cut the wound or try to suck out the venom, or take any drugs, including aspirin or alcohol. 
Treating a Nonpoisonous Bite

9.Wash the area of the bite with soap and water and rinse well.
1..Allow the bleeding to stop by itself unless it is severe.
1..Get a tetanus shot if you have not had one in five or more years, or if your primary vaccine series is incomplete.
1..Watch for increasing redness and swelling, red streaks on the skin, puss, fever or increasing warmth around the wound; these are all signs of a possible infection. 
Tips: Bites from nonpoisonous snakes are generally benign and heal without incident.   
Overall Warnings: If symptoms persist or if you have specific medical conditions or concerns, we recommend you contact a physician. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. 

How to Add a Target Link to a Web Page With FrontPage

1.Start the FrontPage program and open an existing web. (See "How to Begin a Web Site in FrontPage" if you don't know how.)
2.Choose Show FrontPage Editor from the Tools menu, or click on the FrontPage Editor icon on the toolbar.
3.Open the page you want and place the cursor right before the text or graphic you want to use as a bookmark (the place where the link will take the viewer).
4.Choose Bookmark from the Edit menu.
5.Type the name of the bookmark in the dialog box and choose OK. A box with a small flag inside it will appear; this will not be visible to the Web page viewer.
6.To link to the bookmark, place the cursor right before the text or graphic you want to be the link (what the user will click to go to the bookmark).
7.Choose Hyperlink from the Insert menu. Click on the Open Page tab and choose the bookmark from the pull-down menu. Click OK.
8.Save the page when finished.
9.Preview the page in a Web browser by choosing Preview in Browser from the File menu. From the dialog box, choose a browser and settings to use.
1..Check your links before and after you upload the page to the Internet. 
Use bookmarks sparingly. Visitors don't want to click on a bookmark and be taken to a link two lines down.
Links to Web sites that are also bookmarks will show up in the FrontPage editor as being underlined by dashes. This will not be visible to viewers.   

How to Give Your Boyfriend a Valentine's Day Present

1.Determine what your boyfriend's gift-related expectations are for Valentine's Day. If he loves the hype surrounding the day dedicated to love, think about an elaborate presentation - perhaps design a treasure map or riddle that will lead him to his gift. If he considers the day just another display of rampant consumerism, present your gift (preferably handmade) in a low-key way.
2.Choose a gift that won't make him panic when he sees it, meaning one box that has an unassuming, nonaggressive size. If he sees eight regally wrapped boxes stacked one upon the other, he'll surely become insecure about his one modest gift to you.
3.Consider asking what he'd like for Valentine's Day to give him a hint that you're planning on giving him something, especially if you're new to the relationship and aren't exactly sure how the two of you might celebrate the day.
4.Plan an unconventional present, say, a singing valentine sent to his workplace or a surprise lunch at that restaurant he's been dying to try.
5.Invite your boyfriend over for Champagne before you celebrate the evening. Give your present after you toast your love.   

How to Show Your Pig in a Showring

1.Make sure your pig is clean and that you're dressed neatly. Check on the dress code for your club or fair barn.
2.Enter the ring when your class is called.
3.Watch the judge at all times.
4.Walk beside your pig with your show stick pointing toward and above the animal.
5.Keep the animal between yourself and the judge, about 10 to 15 feet away from the judge.
6.Remain calm and gently move the animal back where you want it if your pig wanders off.
7.Be polite to other exhibitors.
8.Shake the judge's hand and say "thank you" when leaving the ring after the show. 
Never hit the animal with a stick. Tap it gently on its side to herd it in a certain direction, as you practiced at home.
Don't let the pig bunch up with a group of pigs - this makes it too hard for the judge to see your animal.   

How to Decorate Your Front Banister for Christmas

1.Wrap the banister in evergreen or holly garland. You also can use a glittery artificial garland.
2.Tape Christmas ornaments such as satin-wrapped spheres or shiny plastic apples on the bottom side of the handrail (one between each spindle if you have spindles).
3.Tape Christmas cards onto the bottom side of the handrail as they arrive.
4.Hook candy canes here and there into a holly garland that spirals around the handrail.
5.Add bows made of red-velvet or metallic-gold ribbon. Here and there attach Christmas ornaments of the same color as the ribbon.
6.Place tiny wrapped-and-ribboned boxes along the garland.
7.Add self-adhesive gold or silver stars. A sprinkling in various sizes is especially pretty.
8.Light the garland with small twinkle lights intertwined with the garland, or place icicle lights so they hang below the handrail. 
Tips: If you don't have an active household with pets or children, you can also place items on the edges of each open step on your stairway. Festive looks could include a series of toy Christmas soldiers, angel figures, or teddy bears dressed in red bows.    

How to Mountain Bike at Night

1.Go riding on a clear night when the moon is out for maximum visibility.
2.Make sure your bike reflectors are clean and visible if you will be riding on any roads.
3.Wear bright clothing or put reflective tape on your clothes for riding on roads.
4.Mount a light on your handlebars to illuminate your way. You can also wear a headlamp on top of your helmet to light the path.
5.Step your biking pace down a notch. It is harder to see the terrain, so you'll need to slow down.
6.Expect to take a longer time to ride the same trails you normally ride during the day. 
Tips: Organize a full-moon ride with some friends and turn off all your lights. You'll be surprised how well you see once your eyes adjust to the dark. 
Warnings: Mountain 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 Collage a Tabletop

1.Choose a theme (movies, modern art, miracles) and a color scheme (black and white, multicolored).
2.Collect and cut or tear out the images you want to include. Look for varying colors, shapes and sizes.
3.Cover your surface with a single layer of paper. Any paper is fine, but a solid color like a plain newsprint will be less distracting; cutting and taping is fine.
4.Arrange the images on the paper-covered surface (no glue yet), working from the middle out to the edges. Think of it as a jigsaw puzzle and look for contrast and complement.
5.Leave it alone for a bit; walk around it; see what it looks like from various angles; rearrange it if you change your mind.
6.Carefully lift the paper with your entire collage on it off the tabletop.
7.Transfer and glue the pieces, one at a time, working from the middle out and paying attention to which edges end up on top. Use a rag to smooth each piece down, making sure the edges stick and wiping off excess glue.
8.Allow to dry fully.
9.Coat with two or three layers of polyurethane varnish. 
Ask your friends to save their old magazines for you.
Allow enough time for arranging and rearranging; once you start gluing, you're committed. 
Watch the wind - even a haphazard gust can play havoc with this project.   

How to Prepare Your Home for a Tornado

1.Understand the danger involved and take it seriously. The worst tornado ever to hit the nation killed 606 people in Illinois in 1925.
2.The safest place to be when a tornado hits is inside.
3.Identify a safe spot in your house where you can take cover if you need to. Basements are a good choice because they are below ground. Other options include closets, bathrooms or hallways on the first floor, as long as they are away from windows.
4.Make you sure you have insurance for your home.
5.During a tornado watch, store your car in a garage or underneath a carport to protect it from hail or flying debris.
6.Bring outdoor furniture and yard equipment into the garage or house so it does not get blown around in the heavy winds and injure someone.
7.Find out what kind of tornado warning signals are used in your community and what they mean.
8.Practice a tornado drill with your family so you can see how you will respond if a tornado warning is issued.
9.Educate an existing neighborhood group about safety procedures and set up a plan to alert senior citizens in case of a warning. Or start a new group with your neighbors.
10.Prepare supplies in a waterproof container for an emergency, including candles, matches and a battery-operated radio.
11.Order a free copy of a booklet called "Taking Shelter from the Storm" from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or view it online at
12.Many injuries or deaths resulting from tornadoes occur when buildings collapse. If you are building a new house or remodeling, include a "safe room" - a room built below ground out of reinforced concrete or wood and steel walls that are anchored by a concrete slab foundation or floor.  
After a tornado occurs, do an inventory of the damage for your insurance company.
Repair any serious problems right away to prevent further ruin from rain, wind or vandalism.
Double-check your utility lines and appliances to be sure they were not harmed.
If you smell gas, do not light any matches and take care of the problem right away.   

How to Decrease the Colors in a Picture With a Paint Program

1.Open your image editing program. Locate the picture and select Open or double-click to open it.
2.Look for the Colors or Mode menu command and click it to pull down a menu.
3.Select the color choice for the picture. Use the radio buttons and commands to change the color options.
4.Click OK and preview the picture. If the result is unsatisfactory, open the Edit menu and choose Undo.
5.Open the File menu and choose Save or Save As to save the new picture. 
Most photographs have a color depth of 16 million colors and can be decreased to 256,000 (256K) colors without significant quality reduction. Going below 256K colors, however, can make the image appear jagged, grainy or discolored.
The number of colors is determined by the "pixel depth," which is the amount of color for each pixel. The higher the pixel depth, the more detail in the photograph.
Non-photographic images are generally 256K or lower because they do not require as much detail.
If the color choice is grayed out, the photograph is at the maximum allowable color depth (16 million colors).
Use Save As to save the file under a different name, such as reducedimage.jpg, so that you retain the original file.  
Obtain permission before using any unlicensed or copyrighted clip art.
Be careful not to use images from another Web page without permission from the owner of the site.