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How to Stay Healthy when Working from Home

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

If you have the luxury and convenience of working from home, it is much easier to maintain a steady commitment to your health as opposed to working in an office, which brings with it the stress of gridlocked traffic commutes, fattening vending machine lunches, cramped cubicles limiting movement for exercise, etc. Still, being surrounded by the comforts of home while you work can make staying healthy a challenge as well. Here is how to stay healthy when working from home.


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How to Test a Voltage Regulator

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Voltage regulators are commonly found in cars and other electronic equipment. A voltage regulator will limit the maximum amount of voltage from a power source and prevents a device or alternator from shorting and overheating. Signs of a bad voltage regulator in a car includes dimming or pulsing lights or a dead battery. Luckily, testing whether your regulator works is fairly easy as long as you have a multimeter and follow the correct procedures.


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How to Mount an ISO Image

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT

This wikiHow teaches you how to use an ISO file without first burning it to a disc by "mounting" it onto your computer's CD drive. You can mount an ISO on both Windows and Mac computers.


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How to Measure Luggage

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

If you’re taking a flight somewhere, chances are you’ll need to bring some luggage along. Since airlines have requirements for the size and weight of the luggage you can bring on the plane, you'll need to measure your luggage correctly. Start by making sure you know what you’re getting when you purchase a new bag. Then take the most common measurements, including linear inches, weight, and height, depth, and width. Taking these measurements ahead of time can save you a headache at the airport.


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How to Avoid Gaining Weight over Thanksgiving

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie...holiday weight gain is practically a national sport. Wouldn't it be wonderful if this blessed bingeing session (for once) didn't wreck your waistline woes? Enjoying Thanksgiving doesn't mean unavoidable weight gain! Put in some planning time, learn to reframe your attitude towards the Thanksgiving foods themselves, and you're headed for more Holiday enjoyment and less Holiday overloading.


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How to Control Johnson Grass

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Johnson grass is an invasive grass species that can grow alongside a lot of popular crops. If Johnson grass isn’t controlled, it can kill most of those crops or at least decrease crop production. You can prevent the grass from spreading by plowing immediately after you harvest, till frequently, and use Johnson grass-free seed and feed. You can also use herbicides to kill already growing Johnson grass. Finally, you can control Johnson grass growth in your lawn by removing the plants by hand and monitoring the area.


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How to Escape from Dangerous Forest Animals

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Observing animals in the wild can be a great experience, but an encounter with a wild animal can turn dangerous quickly. Many wild animals in the forest will attack humans if provoked. The best way to avoid an attack from a forest animal is to leave them alone. However, if you do find yourself in a dangerous situation, there are some tactics you can use to escape and get to safety.


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How to Soundproof a Door

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Your home is supposed to be a place where you can relax and unwind, so loud noises coming from outside your door can be very disruptive. Cut down on the exterior distractions by taking the time to soundproof all of your doors. You can even choose a basic solution, such as placing a rug before the door. If you are concerned about an exterior door, replacing all of the weatherstripping is another great option. Keep trying out solutions until you find the one that works for you.


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How to Make a Milk Tart

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Melkterts, roughly translated into milk tarts from Afrikaans, is a South African treat mostly consisting of a pastry stuffed with a creamy filling made from milk, sugar, flour, and eggs. There are a few ways to make this tasty treat, read on to learn how to make your very own melkterts!


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How to Put Up a Hammock

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Before you can lay down and relax in your hammock, you have to hang it up. You can hang your hammock up outside or inside, using trees or walls as supports. It’s important you use the right tools to hang your hammock so it’s secure when you're laying in it. Make sure your hammock is hung up high enough so you're not resting on the ground when you get in!


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How to Gauge Your Ears

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Ear gauges are a bold and stylish way to express your individuality. If you've always wanted to gauge your ears, you can do so from the comfort of your home. Just get your ears pierced at a local studio, then use professional tools like tapers and surgical tape to stretch the holes out over time. As long as you have patience and practice good hygiene, you can gauge your ears safely.


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How to Sew Patches

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT

You can sew patches to cover up a hole, or as an embellishment on a fabric item. There are several things you can do to ensure that your patches serve their purpose and look good, such as sizing the patch material, securing the patch in place before sewing, and using the right type of stitch to secure your patch in place. Try sewing on your own patches the next time you need to cover up a hole or embellish something.


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How to Do Tile Painting

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Many people believe that the only way to color a tile is to glaze it in a kiln, but you can actually paint tile yourself at home! If you do the right prep work, it’s a quick, easy task that will let you re-color your flooring or bathroom, or even add a decorative element to your floors, counters, or mantel. Learning how to choose the right supplies, prepare your tile for painting, and paint and seal your tile correctly will help you re-do your home quickly and inexpensively.


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How to Wear Glitter on Your Face

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Glitter makes just about everything better. Whether you are secretly a mermaid or just like all things sparkly, you can't go wrong with adding a little bit of glitter to your makeup routine. While using crafting glitter can irritate your skin, cosmetic-grade glitter is a safe alternative. You can find it online and in well-stocked beauty shops. The application process is quick, simple, and totally picture-worthy.


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How to Make Giblet Gravy

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Giblet gravy is a delicious gravy that is perfect as a topping for turkey, mashed potatoes, and any other Thanksgiving fare. The gravy is made by simmering the giblets of a turkey, including the liver, heart, gizzard, and neck, then adding the roast drippings from the rest of the cooked bird as well as thickening. The result is a delectable gravy that is a great way to use parts of the turkey which might otherwise go to waste.


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How to Get EU Citizenship

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Citizenship in the European Union (EU) comes with the ability to work, travel, or study anywhere in the EU without a visa. The road towards citizenship can take several years. To receive EU citizenship, you must actually apply for citizenship in an EU country. The process for citizenship varies from country to country. In general, you will need to live in the country for a certain number of years, gather proof of your eligibility to be a citizen, and submit an application. Citizenship tests, language tests, and an application fee may also be required. If you have already been living in an EU country for a while, however, you may have a strong chance at getting citizenship.


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How to Cook Strip Steak

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Strip steaks are one of the simplest, richest meats you can cook. Steak does not require a lot of work to get right, and fussing with marinades and spices can detract from the naturally delicious flavor of a good cut of meat. That said, there are a lot of ways to cook a strip steak so that it comes out exactly how you'd like it.


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How to Dye Feathers

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT

If you need to dye feathers for a costume or craft project, you can easily do so using fabric dye, food coloring, or even powdered drink mix. Simply mix the color bath in a bowl and submerge the feathers. Leave them in until they reach the desired shade, then take the feathers out of the color bath and rinse them out. Let them dry, then use them however you wish.


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How to Grow Cactus Indoors

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Cacti are typically desert-dwelling plants that thrive in dry and hot conditions, but these plants also make excellent indoor houseplants. Cacti are quite low-maintenance, making them an ideal plant for new gardeners and a great housewarming gift. The secrets to growing healthy cacti indoors include providing them with plenty of sunlight, not overwatering, and using the right soil.


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How to Fold Up a Pop Up Tent

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Many people use pop up tents as quick, easy shelters but find folding up the tent to be an unexpected hassle. Storing the tent involves folding the poles together and then over each other. This collapses the tent into a circle that you can seal in a bag until you need it again. With a little knowledge of folding techniques, you can pack away your tent until the next time you need it.


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How to Find Your Car in a Crowded Parking Lot

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT

You step out of the grocery store or work building and realize you have no idea where your car is parked. For many people, this is a recurring problem, and in large, crowded parking lots it can be difficult to remember exactly where your car is waiting for you. Locating your car doesn't need to be a stressful task, and there are many helpful strategies for making sure you don't forget where you parked.


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How to Keep Ticks Away

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

If you want to stay far away from those pesky ticks that inhabit your property, you’re definitely not alone. Ticks are small insects that survive by attaching to animals and consuming their blood. Luckily, there are many actions you can take to keep ticks away from you and your yard. Keep ticks off of your body by wearing full-coverage clothing and spraying your body with a repellent before heading outside. Keep ticks away from your property by landscaping well and by growing tick-repelling plants.


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How to Gut a Turkey

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 GMT

When you buy a turkey from a farmer or grocery store, you will likely have to gut it, which means cleaning out its inner organs, or innards. While hunters often do this themselves, the average cook who buys a turkey from the store still needs to know how to gut it in order to prepare it for a meal. Gutting a turkey is a straightforward process, as long as you have the correct tools for doing so.


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How to Season Pinto Beans

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Pinto beans are a tasty and nutritious type of bean with a speckled red and tan exterior. Whether you like to eat your pintos in chili, burritos, or dip, seasoning your pinto beans will make sure they are their most flavorful. By salting your pinto beans and adding spices, you can make your favorite recipes shine.


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How to Remotely Restart a Windows Machine Through Command Line

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

This wikiHow teaches you how to restart another computer on your network from your own computer by using the Windows Command Prompt app. You cannot remotely restart a computer with Command Prompt if you haven't previously set the computer up to be remotely restarted, nor can you remotely restart a computer that isn't on your Internet network.


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How to Stretch Suede Shoes

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:00:00 GMT

You can easily stretch shoes, even if they’re made of the famously finicky fabric suede. A suede-safe stretching spray will do the trick if you just need a bit of a stretch. For tougher jobs, invest in a stretching tool designed for shoes, heels, or boots. If you have trouble, or you're worried about damaging expensive shoes, consult a shoe repair specialist.


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How to Increase Your Lung Capacity for Singing

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Singing demands a lot of lung capacity, so breathing exercises are essential for even the most experienced singers. Since breathing properly will help protect your singing voice, start by making sure your technique is solid. To fill your lungs completely, inhale through your nose and fill your belly with air without raising your shoulders or chest. Try inhaling and exhaling for various counts to exercise your diaphragm. In addition to breathing exercises, aerobic exercise is a great way to gain lung capacity, so start walking, jogging, biking, or swimming at least 30 minutes per day.


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