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Power windows are great until they quit working. Here's how to fix one.
Be careful not to smash fingers in the window gears, and wear rubber gloves and safety goggles for protection when disassembling and repairing a car window.
Step 1: Replace blown fuse
If more than one window is on the fritz, try replacing the fuse first. Otherwise, leave the fuse disconnected for safety while you inspect the window's inner workings.
If you hear the motor trying to work when you press the up or down window controls, it's probably not a blown fuse.
Step 2: Remove door panels
Use a panel removal tool to pry off the panels on the inside of the car door and pull back the coverings to gain access to the mechanics inside. Use a screwdriver to remove any screws needed to get the coverings off.
Make a note of where to put the screws back later.
Step 3: Check for jam
Look at the gears inside to see if a jammed cable may be keeping your window off track so that it is stuck down or up. If so, set it back on track.
Consult electrical wiring diagrams for your car in the manual to learn how the window functions.
Step 4: Follow the wiring
Follow the wiring to search for any corroded connectors or switches that may be keeping your window's motor from working, and replace any bad ones.
Use a voltmeter to test the voltage at each point along the wiring.
Step 5: Fix bad gaskets
Replace or repair the seal on any loose or faulty gaskets if the window won't roll up or sticks in some places.
Step 6: Consider a new motor
If your window needs a new motor, decide whether you can replace it yourself, which will depend on your mechanical experience, available tools, and the type of car.
Step 7: Reassemble
Reassemble the window and door parts, using contact cement to hold the plastic insulating layer in place if necessary. Enjoy your working windows!
Did You Know?
Windshields were first added to vehicles in 1904. If the windshield became dirty or obstructed the view of the driver, it could be split in two, allowing the debris to fall off the top half of the glass.
How to Follow Japanese Etiquette
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Knowing a few things about Japanese polite society can spare you a lot of
Step 1: Know how and when to bow
Know how and when to bow: A slight dip of the neck and shoulders is
sufficient for a casual hello to friends; a 30-degree bow from the waist is
standard upon meeting a business associate or being introduced to someone;
a 45-degree bent-over bow is only used if you're meeting someone important,
showing gratitude, or apologizing.
Japanese men bow with their arms at their sides, palms against their legs;
women bow with their arms straight in front of them, fingers clasped.
Step 2: Observe dining etiquette
Observe dining etiquette. Eat nigiri sushi with your fingers and sashimi
with chopsticks. Cleanse your palate between bites with ginger; don't use
it as a topping. For soup, use your chopsticks to pick out the solid food
and then drink the liquid directly from the bowl. Feel free to slurp noodle
soup -- loudly. Tipping is not only unnecessary, but insulting.
Use condiments like soy sauce and wasabi sparingly; to do otherwise implies
that the chef didn't season the food properly.
Step 3: Follow chopstick etiquette
Know chopstick etiquette: In a nice restaurant, don't rub them together to
smooth down splinters; it's unnecessary, and sends the signal that you
think the restaurant is a dive. Don't point them at anyone or jab them into
Step 4: Bring some gifts
Give a modest, impersonal gift to a Japanese business associate;
specialties from your hometown are ideal. If you're visiting someone's
home, bring something that can be shared, like alcohol or a cake, rather
Step 5: Show respect for business cards
Offer business cards with both hands, information facing the recipient, and
take theirs with either your right hand or both. Spend at least 15 seconds
reading their card or you'll appear disrespectful.
Don't shove a business card in your back pocket and sit on it -- that's
considered the height of rudeness.
Step 6: Follow business meeting etiquette
If you're at a business meeting, always wait to be seated by your host;
where you sit is predetermined by your status. If you're served tea or
coffee, accept it as is, which may or may not be with milk and sugar. Take
a few sips even if you don't want it.
Step 7: Don't blow your nose; do pick your teeth
Never blow your nose in public, or eat or drink while walking; such
behaviors are viewed with disgust. But it's perfectly acceptable to use the
toothpicks provided by restaurants to clean your teeth at the table.
Did You Know?
Young people in Japan consider it rude to phone someone without texting
them first to see if they're available.
How to Do Burlesque Hair
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You can't do burlesque without burlesque hair -- retro 'do's from the 40s
and 50s. See which vintage style best suits you.
Step 1: Make pin curls
Make pin curls: Take sections of damp hair -- the amount depends on how big
or small you want the curls to be. One by one, wrap sections around your
finger, and then clip them to your head with bobby pins. Let them dry
naturally; then release them into soft waves. Make adjustments with your
fingers and set with hairspray.
Step 2: Try victory rolls
Try victory rolls, popular during World War II. Part your hair in the
middle or on one side, then section off the hair from the front of the ears
forward. Hairspray one section, and wrap it around two of your fingers so
you form a large barrel curl; then pin it to the top of your head. Spray
again. Repeat for the other side. The rest of your hair can be styled any
way you like.
Step 3: Create Marcel waves
Create Marcel waves, a great retro look for short hair. Blow-dry hair
straight. Then, instead of rolling hair around a curling iron, clamp the
hair in sections, and keep reversing the iron as you pull it down the
Step 4: Get retro bangs
For an easy, everyday look, dye your hair jet black and get your bangs cut
very short and angled up at the temples, in the style of '50's pin-up queen
Step 5: Accessorize
Add a burlesque hair accessory. Find authentic ones at vintage shops or
reproductions at accessories stores. Now you're stylin'!
Did You Know?
In the 18th and 19th centuries "a burlesque show" simply referred to a
comedy show. Burlesque didn't come to be associated with striptease until
How to Comfort Someone Who Has Lost a Loved One
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The loss of a loved one can leave partners, friends, and family devastated.
To ease the burden, offer whatever solace you can.
Step 1: Allow them to grieve
Allow the person to grieve in their own way. Don't judge their behavior,
which may be erratic at first. Unpredictable moods are normal.
If you tend to be a caretaker, now is the time to dial it back. You can't
Step 2: Show empathy
Comfort the grieving person with genuine sympathy for their loss without
assuming to know how they feel. Avoid giving advice.
Step 3: Change the environment
Suggest a walk or a drive to remove them from their environment for a short
time. They will need their strength in the coming days, so a little relief
might be appreciated.
Step 4: Listen and absorb
Listen and absorb any need they may have to dwell on the past or obsess
about regrets regarding the loved one. Right now they need to vent and your
unconditional regard is crucial.
Step 5: Take on tasks
Offer to take over everyday tasks, like grocery shopping, child care, phone
calls, and final arrangements if the grieving person was a family member or
very close to the deceased. Running interference and handling phone calls
will save their energy and will allow them time to think or rest.
Step 6: Support them with silence
Support them with silence and hold their hand or hug them. Don't push them
to express emotion, even if their brave smile seems to suggest that
something is being repressed.
It will take time to get through the loss. Don't stop checking on them and
offering your shoulder -- even months later.
Step 7: Get clinical help
Suggest clinical help if the person seems unable to come out of it,
especially if they demonstrate difficulty functioning, thinking, acting, or
speaking, or they exhibit excessive bitterness, substance abuse, or social
Did You Know?
According to the Federal Trade Commission, the average cost of a funeral in
America exceeded $10,000 in 2010.
How to Do Burlesque Makeup
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Before you strut your stuff, you've gotta paint your face. Get the look
with these makeup tips and tricks.
Step 1: Prep your lids
Apply a neutral eyelid base, from lash line to eyebrows; then brush a
neutral shadow over that.
Step 2: Add some shimmer
Put some shimmer under your eyebrows, from the highest point of your brow
to just beyond the outer edge. Then brush some shimmer on the lids.
In burlesque makeup, eyebrows should be very dark and very polished, with a
pronounced natural arch.
Step 3: Create a hollow
Create a hollow by brushing a brown or mauve shade into the outer corner of
your eyebrow crease. The darkness of the color is up to you.
Step 4: Line your eyes
Line your eyelid with black liner, drawing wings at the end of each lid for
cat eyes. Then glue on fake eyelashes, which are de rigueur when you do
Experts recommend liquid eyeliner for a more theatrical look.
Step 5: Add white liner
Line the inside of your bottom lids with white liner to open them up and
make your eye whites brighter; then brush a little black mascara on the
Step 6: Add some red
Brush on some blush, color your lips blood red, and you're ready to sizzle
in your sexy burlesque makeup!
Did You Know?
Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese's birth name is Heather Sweet.