How to Add Oil to a Hydraulic Jack

Hydraulic jacks are used to lift heavy objects, such as cars. They are standard tools in automotive shops. Hydraulic jacks require fluid to push the pistons that lift heavy objects off of the ground. You can purchase a hydraulic jack, and the oil required to make it function, at an auto parts store. Use these tips to add oil to a hydraulic jack.

Method 1 of 3: Select the Type of Hydraulic Jack
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1. Choose either a hydraulic floor jack or a hydraulic bottle jack: A floor jack has a piston that operates in a horizontal motion. A bottle jack features a piston that moves vertically.

Method 2 of 3: Add Oil to a Hydraulic Floor Jack
1. Prepare the jack: Ensure that the jack is completely lowered. Turn the jack’s release valve counterclockwise to lower the jack if necessary.

2. Locate the oil filler port: The hydraulic jack’s oil filler port is located on the jack’s reservoir. The reservoir is the vertical cylinder mounted on the flat base of the jack. The oil filler port is located towards the bottom of the reservoir, near the flat base of the jack.

3. Add the oil:
Remove the plug or screw from the oil filler port.
Insert the nozzle of the oilcan into the oil filler port.
Pour oil into the oil filler port.
Stop pouring the oil as soon as it begins to leak out of the oil filler port.

4. Close the oil filler port: Replace the plug or screw in the oil filler port.

Method 3 of 3: Add Oil to a Hydraulic Bottle Jack
1. Prepare the jack: Ensure that the jack is completely lowered. Turn the jack’s release valve counterclockwise to lower the jack if necessary.

2. Locate the filler hole: Find the hydraulic jack’s reservoir. The reservoir is the largest external cylinder on the jack. There should be a plug or screw approximately 1/3 of the way down from the top of the reservoir.

3. Add the oil:
Remove the plug or screw from the filler hole.
Place the nozzle of the oilcan into the filler hole.
Pour oil into the filler hole.
Stop pouring the oil once it has risen to a level 1/8 inch (.3 cm) beneath the filler hole.

4. Close the filler hole: Replace the plug or screw in the filler hole.

Tips
Consult the owner’s manual for your particular hydraulic jack. Each brand of hydraulic jack is made differently, and may require unique means of moving through the general process of filling the jack with oil.

Warnings

-Be sure to remove all air inside the jack after filling with fluid. Most jacks can be bled by raising it in its highest position then releasing. This should be done 2-3 times before first use.
-Do not open the overload valves or check valves. Tampering with overload or check valves may damage bearings or springs in the hydraulic jack.
-Do not fill the jack with any fluid that contains alcohol. Brake fluid should not be used in a hydraulic jack.

Things You’ll Need
Hydraulic jack
Screwdriver
Oil
Owner’s manual for the hydraulic jack

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How to See more than 20 results in Gmail search

One could argue that search is Gmail’s strongest suit, yet Google’s Web mail service imposes an odd limitation: When you run a search of your inbox, you see only 20 results per page. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s definitely a hassle. Why can’t Google give you the option of seeing, say, 50 or 100 results per page?better-gmail-search
Programmer Joseph Reddington found that by making a slight change to the URL, post-search, he could increase the number of displayed results to 100.

Of course, it would be hassle of a different sort to have to type in that text every time, so Reddington created a simple bookmarket to do the job. Here’s how to easily change the results you see:

Drag the Better Gmail Search bookmarklet to your browser’s bookmark bar.
Run a Gmail search like you normally would.
After the results appear, click the bookmarklet.
Presto! Now you should see up to 100 matching results, and you can still click the right arrow to see the next 100 (if there are that many).

How to Test the RAM on your Mac

If the RAM on your Mac is bad, then you will run into freezes and data corruption problems, but there is an easy way to ensure your RAM is working properly.

If you have a used Mac, or a newer one, or one that you have serviced to upgrade its RAM, then it is highly recommended to test the system’s RAM before relying on it for day-to-day activities.

RAM is the active work-desk that the OS and applications use for running, and if there is a problem with RAM, then problems stemming from crashes and freezes to data corruption can occur.

This is similar to having a gaping hole on your desk, where things you use like pens, rulers (that is, applications), can fall through and be lost. Alternatively, if you are writing or drawing and have that same hole under your paper, then when you get to the irregular surface, you can puncture the paper or otherwise frustrate your workflow, like data corruption.

To test your Mac’s memory, you can use a number of tools, like the Terminal-based Memtest suite, or the OS X GUI wrapper for it called Rember. However, these run within OS X, and having the OS loaded in the background restricts the memory the OS is using from being tested by these programs. Therefore, to minimize the amount of RAM used while testing, boot to the Apple Hardware Test suite, and run the memory tests from there.

To launch the hardware tests, boot your Mac with Option-D held down immediately after you hear the boot chimes, and the tests will download from Apple’s servers.

If you have a relatively new Mac, then these tests will run automatically when invoked; however, if not, then you will have to click the Test button — but be sure to check the box for an extended memory test. It may take a few hours to complete the extended test, but when finished the system will report any errors it has detected with your RAM.

If you see any errors, then be sure to address them by replacing your RAM. Often, manufacturers will provide lifetime warranties for their RAM, so before purchasing new RAM, contact the manufacturer for its warranty policy.

How to Get Rid of White Spots on Your Nails

Medically speaking, those little white marks that sometimes appear as dots or lines on the fingernail are known as leukonychia. While the consensus still seems a bit out, most sources agree that it’s probably due to nail injury. So be nicer to your hands and read on!

Method 1 of 2: Preventing Injury
1. Be careful with your nails: About six weeks after an injury to your nail bed, a white spot can show up.That means you have a month and a half to forget about that one can of soda that was particularly hard to open. It doesn’t take much — if you have softer nails, even the tiniest of incidents can lead to a white spot.
– So avoid biting your nails, using them to cut things open, and in general putting any weight on them. They’re not claws, you know! They’re not built to withstand a lot of pressure. Just like you’d get a bruise on your skin, you’ll get a white spot on your nail.

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2. Tell your manicurist to be gentle: Most of us have had an experience or two with a manicurist that acted as if our nails killed her childhood dog. Even if your manicurist isn’t taking her anger at her ex-husband out on your hands, exercise caution. All that buffing and filing can damage the nail, too.
-If your manicurist says the manicure has nothing to do with your white spots (which she very well may say), hand her this article and its list of sources. Loads of people say it’s from nutritional deficiencies and she may be of the same school of thought. While that’s possible maybe and on a good day, it’s much, much more likely that it’s due to injury.

3. Switch nail polish and other nail products: Your nails can actually negatively react to certain polishes and the products you use on them.They won’t put up much of a fight; they’ll just get spotty. To cover all your bases — and if you consistently use the same stuff — consider changing. Maybe your nails are just trying to let you know they’re not digging’ on your lotion.

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Method 2 of 2: Using Alternative Methods
1. Eat a healthy diet: If you’d like to make sure your nails are spic and span (and your teeth and your skin and everything else about you), eat healthy. Heck, if you feel like living not being a chore, eat healthy. There’s no harm in it — and it definitely will strengthen your nails (though not necessarily rid you of the spots) — so why not?
-Get plenty of whole grains, fruits, veggies, lean meats, and low fat dairy. The more colorful your diet, the better. Stay away from processed goods and always go fresh if you can.
Some say it’s not enough zinc. Some say it’s not enough protein. Some say it’s not enough calcium. Regardless, all three of these things are good and should be a part of your diet, even if it’s unrelated to spots.

2. Keep your hands as clean as possible: The other theory out there is that it’s due to infection. No one seems to want to pinpoint exactly what that infection actually is, so the only real way to fight it is to keep your hands clean. So wash them at every wise opportunity and carry around sanitizer if you’re feeling ambitious.

3. Let them grow out: In case it wasn’t already clear, this whole white spot thing isn’t that big of a deal. They’re mostly in young women and they’re pretty common (in fact, most people have them at least once While they’re not exactly becoming, they’re by no means head-turning. So let them grow out, stop banging your hands around, and call it a day. No need to lose sleep!

4. Paint your nails! Definitely one way to “get rid” of them: And by the time your nail polish wears off, they might be gone. It’s almost as if the nail polish works miracles (it doesn’t)! What a good excuse to try that new color you’ve been eyeing.
-Use a protein strengthener for good measure. One of those nice clear coats. The stronger your nails are, the less likely they are to get wounded by you messing with them.

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Tips
-Try not to bite your nails.
-Eat a balanced diet, and try to keep your nails from dirt and situations that could lead to damage, which can lead directly to white spots.
-Avoid activities such as washing dishes, gardening, lifting heavy items, closing stubborn slider doors, etc. Whenever you think your nails are in danger, avoid the situation!
-The white half moons near your cuticles are perfectly normal. If you don’t like these, then paint your nails.
-Be very patient with the “growing out” thing. Just remember that they’ll grow out.
-If you aren’t the “patient type” of person and you are uncomfortable about those white spots, polish your nails. You’ll feel better.
-You can also use a neutral colored polish to cover white spots, if you so desire.

Warnings
-White spots on your nails are not a sign of kidney and liver disease, although this is very common misconception.
-If you’re really concerned, talk to your doctor.
-If your entire nail is turning white, that’s an issue. However, by the time your entire nail turns white, you’re going to notice other problems (like liver, kidney or heart failure).But a pro’s opinion never hurts, you know?
-White spots and entire white nails are a totally different issue. The spots don’t grow; they cannot take up the entire nail in time, resulting in your failing kidney. If that were the case, they’d gradually be changing in overall shade. —-Rest assured, your white spots are nothing to worry about.

How to Convert MP4 Files to DVD Format

An MP4 file is a video file format usually compressed into a very small file size, so it can play in MP4 players, such as an iPod. It is akin to an MP3 file playing on an MP3 player. MP4 files can also be converted and burned to the DVD format, with free programs such as DVD Flick.

Instructions
1: Download and install the DVD Flick program linked in Resources on this page.

2: Insert a blank DVD-RW disc into your computer CD/DVD drive.

3: Run DVD Flick by clicking on the desktop icon.

4: Click “Add Title” on the right side of the program screen.

5: Browse and locate your MP4 file on your hard drive and click “Open.” DVD Flick will display the MP4 title.

6: Click “Project Settings” in the program menu bar.

7: Click “Burning” and then “Burn project to disc.” Make sure your DVD burner is selected in the “Drive” category.

8: Click “Create DVD.” This will first convert the MP4 file into DVD file format and then burn the file to the DVD.

9: Eject the newly burned DVD disc.

How to Play an MP4 on a DVD

Although some DVD players can read digital video files in formats other than the ones included on regular DVDs, simply burning MPEG-4 content to a DVD-R disc doesn’t produce entertainment you can watch in your living room. Windows 7 can create and burn DVDs through its Windows DVD Maker application, but this native Windows program can’t import or convert MP4 files. To produce a disc you can watch with your family and friends, you need an application that can convert your video content and burn it in the right format so your set-top box can read your files.

Instructions
1: Understand the basic difference between MP4 and DVD formats. A DVD contains a specialized form of MPEG-2 data, along with files that include menus and extra features. Many camcorders, especially HD-capable equipment, save video data in MP4 format. To put this information on a DVD you can play in your set-top player, you must convert your video information to a DVD-compatible format.

2: Download and install a program such as DVDSoft’s DVD Creator, Daniusoft’s DVD Creator or the open source DVDStyler. These applications can convert your MP4 files to playable DVDs by transforming them into VOB files.

3: Load your MP4 data into the software. Along with necessary data-format conversions, these applications also enable you to edit your footage, add subtitles, process scenes with video effects and create DVD menus. Use a style template to speed up the process of creating menus. If your conversion package includes it, you can use scripting functionality to add chapter jumps so you can start playback at specific points within your video footage. If you set up a multilevel menu system with links back and forth among various scenes or chapters, create buttons with clearly labeled functionality that the viewer can use to trigger specific elements of your video footage.

4: Set your video format to NTSC for use in North America. Insert a blank DVD-R disc into your PC’s optical drive. Convert your footage and burn it to the disc.

5: Insert the DVD into your set-top player. Preview your menus to verify that you’ve set them up the way you want. Screen your footage to check the video quality of the conversion. Create a new conversion of your project if you’re dissatisfied with your menu system, video quality or any other aspect of the conversion.

Tips & Warnings
1. Use single-layer DVD-R media to assure compatibility with your playback equipment.

2. Remember that a single-layer DVD only stores a maximum of 126 minutes of good-quality video; depending on your audio settings, you can exceed the capacity of the disc with your conversion.

3. Converting video footage constitutes a time-consuming process, especially on a slower computer or one with less RAM. Shut off non-essential software and processes that poll for updates at regular intervals before you create your DVD.

How to Stop Instagram from sharing your likes on Facebook

Are you over sharing on Facebook? You might be and not know it if you haven’t checked your Instagram settings in a while.

A certain amount of etiquette should be used in your approach to social media. And toward the top of the things-not-to-do list — right after being outright offensive — is oversharing. No matter how fascinating your life may seem, I’d wager that not one of your followers enjoys receiving an update from each stop you make throughout your day.

If you don’t know about an Instagram setting that I found out about only today, then the app may be oversharing on your behalf, posting to your Facebook timeline each time you like a photo on Instagram. Unless you are following a collection of the most dazzling Instagram photographers and are very judicious with your likes, this type of sharing probably isn’t resulting in a positive contribution to Facebook.

To make sure you aren’t sharing your Instagram likes to your Facebook timeline, you must turn off a setting in Instagram.
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On an iPhone, navigate to your profile and tap the gear icon in the upper-right corner. Under Preferences, tap Share Settings and then tap Facebook.
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Next, you will see a slider for Share Likes To Timeline. Make sure it is turned off.

On Android, the path is similar, though depending on which version you are running, Facebook and its Share Likes to Timeline slider may be listed under Sharing Settings or Linked Accounts.

How to Have a Successful Teenage Life

Everyone wants to succeed in their life, don’t they? Even as a teenager, you can achieve success in your life; it really isn’t that hard. Follow the steps below, and successful teenage years will follow suit!

Steps
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1. Do well in school:
No matter how boring it is now, education will help you be a productive member in society. Strive for excellence in school; try your best, listen to the teachers, do your homework, study, and get good grades. Doing so will help you get into a better college/university, which will enable you to get a great job in the future. School sets you up on the right track!

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2. Do good in your community:
Volunteering can not only improve your community’s status, it could make you happier. Studies show that people who volunteer are less likely to develop depression and other emotional issues than people who don’t. Find volunteer opportunities that interest you, for example, if you love animals, volunteer at an animal shelter. If you like helping people, volunteer at a soup kitchen. If you love helping the environment, plant trees or pick up litter. When you help others, it will make you feel better about yourself. You’re making a big difference in the world, and to top it all off, having lots of volunteer hours will look good on your resumé!

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3. Figure out your goals in life and work toward them:
Start thinking about careers you would like to be in, but make a good choice based on your interests and strengths. This could be your job for the rest of your life! You could also work towards non-career-related goals, such as creating your own fundraiser, getting good grades in school, joining a team sport, etc. Challenge yourself and you’ll be surprised what you can accomplish!

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4. Don’t get into any trouble, legal or otherwise:
It could ruin your future plans. Avoid the peer pressure and ditch the cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs. Abide the law and avoid ending up in the back of a police car. If you’re being pressured into anything, walk away. If you can avoid these things during your teen years, they’re a lot easier to avoid once you’re out of high school and away from peer pressure.

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5. Be nice to your parents and teachers:
Remember, they’re there to help you be the best that you can be. Respect them and value their opinions, even if they annoy you sometimes. Keep in mind that they do the things they do because they care about you and want you to succeed in life. You don’t get to choose your teachers or your family, but you still have to put up with them. Learn how to deal with people now, because when you’re an adult, you don’t get to choose your boss or your co-workers, so learn how to respect them now.

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6. Have good friends to help you out!:
Friends are there to support you and lift your spirits. Be with people who make you happy, and ditch the ones who don’t. Create a group of supportive, loving friends that can help you succeed in life and live your dreams. Find a few really good friends that will stick with you once you leave high school.

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7. Get active!:
Join a sports team at school or out of school. Go for a run around your neighborhood. Take your dog on a nice, long walk. Join a yoga group, go swimming at the local recreation center, do sit-ups during commercial breaks on TV – anything! Just exercise! It helps you feel better, mentally and physically. Studies show that people who get active in their child/teen years will be more active when they’re adults, so start getting active now.

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8. Do what you love:
Adopt a hobby; reading, writing, sewing, singing, dancing, playing a sport, making pottery, etc. It will pass time and help you develop your personality. Experiment and discover new things; you might be surprised to find that you really like them!

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9. Believe in something:
Start believing in a cause, whether it is a social or environmental issue, or even a religion. You will start forming your own ideas this way. Form your own opinions and stand by them. Stand up for what you believe is right.

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10. Live life to the fullest!:
You’re only young for a short time, and before you know it you’ll be an adult that will be lying around saying, “I wish I had done this when I was younger.” Be daring, go out into the world and live life! Life is short, so enjoy it while you can.

How to Boil the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

You would think it was easy to boil an egg. But if you do it incorrectly, you get a greenish ring around the yolk or the inside of the yolk isn’t completely cooked. Timing is everything when you hard boil an egg. If you plan to store the eggs after boiling, keep the shells on them until you are ready to use them.

Things You’ll Need
-Timer
-Saucepan

Instructions
1. Put water in saucepan and bring to a boil. Use enough water that eggs will be covered when added.

2. Add eggs to boiling water and immediately lower the burner temperature so the water is merely simmering, not boiling.

3. Cook eggs for 12 to 15 minutes.

4. Drain out hot water. Run cold water over eggs for about a minute after the timer goes off and let them soak a bit to cool off.

How to Blanch Fruits & Vegetables

When you blanch a fruit or vegetable, you cook it briefly in boiling water and then cool it quickly in ice water. The most common occasion for blanching vegetables is when preparing them to be frozen because the process decreases the enzyme activity that causes frozen vegetables to spoil over time. Fruits are sometimes blanched to soften them and make it easier to remove their skins. When blanching fruit and vegetables, follow blanching times carefully to decrease enzyme activity rather than activating it, and to avoid overcooking fruits and vegetables.

Things You’ll Need
Pot with strainer basket
Kitchen timer
Bowl
Ice
Slotted spoon

Instructions
1. Wash the vegetables and cut them into pieces of your desired size. Wash fruits and cut a small “X” in the bottom of the skin if you are blanching them to help remove the skin more easily.

2. Look up the proper blanching time for your fruit or vegetable on a chart in a cookbook or in the resource.

3. Prepare a cold-water bath with at least 1 gallon of ice water in a large bowl.

4. Boil 1 gallon of water in a large pot. The water must be at a full, rolling boil before you can blanch fruits or vegetables in it.

5. Pour no more than 1 pound of your fruit or vegetables into the strainer basket that fits into the pot. With leafy greens, blanch no more than 1/2 pound at a time. In either case, this will be about 4 cups of fruit or vegetables.

6. Lower the strainer basket into the boiling water, and cover the pot.

7. Start the timer when the water has returned to a full boil. If it has not returned to a boil within 1 minute, there is too much of the fruit or vegetables.

8. Pull the strainer basket out of the boiling water when the correct amount of time has passed.

9. Pour the fruit or vegetables into the ice water immediately so they stop cooking. Leave them in the ice water for as long as they were in the boiling water, after which you can scoop them out with a slotted spoon, dry on towels and use or freeze as desired.

10. Repeat the blanching process with other batches of fruit or vegetables if they did not all fit in the pot the first time.