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How to Read an Oil Tank Gauge

If you think your boiler, warm air furnace or water heater has stopped working, the first thing you want to check is the oil tank gauge. By finding and reading your oil tank gauge, you can figure out if the heating appliance in your home is broken or if your tank is out of fuel. […]



How to Evaluate Writing Readability in Microsoft Word

How readable is your writing? To make your writing more useful to your readers, you can check the readability level of your writing with a simple Microsoft Word tool. This tool measures your document’s readability by assigning it what is called a Flesch-Kincaid score. Open Microsoft Word. Click Tools and select Options. In the dialogue […]



How to Read Tatting Abbreviations

Here’s the key to reading the abbreviations used in a tatting pattern. Recognize the basics: r(s) = ring(s); ch(s) = chain(s); p(s) = picot(s). Picots can be: sm p = small picot; lg p = large picot; or designated by just a – (dash) = picot. Learn the verbs: j = join; cl = close; […]



How to Read Cell Phone SIM Memory

You can retrieve contacts, rescue deleted text messages and organize your phone’s memory with a SIM card reader. Most activity on your cell phone is stored on your Subscriber Identity Module, or SIM, card. Every phone has a SIM card because it stores the subscriber key that identifies the mobile user. Once you buy a […]



How to Read an XML From a Web Service

You can write a web service that will read XML data. In fact, XML is the native format for web services in ASP.NET, which is what gives applications on other frameworks (e.g., Java, PHP and so forth) the ability to communicate with each other. The System.XML classes in ASP.NET make it simple to instantiate a […]



How to Read Clarinet Music

When reading clarinet sheet music, it’s important to know that the clarinet reads from the treble staff. Learn how to read a treble staff with help from an elementary school music teacher in this free video on clarinets.



How to Read an Excel Spreadsheet in Visual Basic

Excel spreadsheets are popular files used to store finances and sales analytical data. Programmers can use these spreadsheets to automate process and import data to an application, manipulate the values, and display them for users. It’s also useful to read data from a spreadsheet and export it to a larger database like Microsoft SQL Server. […]



How to Read Illegible Handwriting

Transcribing notes from meetings, making corrections to reports and returning phone calls at work are tasks that take enough time without having to decipher a co-worker’s illegible handwriting on top of it. Use these strategies to help read the words even when the person isn’t around to help you translate them. Find words through out […]



How to Read a Kilowatt Hour Meter

Electrical power is measured in watts, and one thousand watts are known as a kilowatt. The electric utility charges by the kilowatt hour, a unit of one thousand watts per hour. When appliances in your home draw electricity from the power line, it moves through a meter, turning gears whose movements are recorded by numbered […]



How to Read Music on Viola Clef

Many people know how to read music in treble clef (G clef) and bass clef (F clef). Yet many people are unfamiliar with Viola Clef (or C Clef). Viola (pronounced Vee-ola) is the middle instrument of the Violin family. The viola looks like a violin. It is bigger than a violin, but smaller than a […]



How to Get Ebooks for the Ematic Ebook Reader

The Ematic Ebook Reader allows users to view text files. This portable device reads a large variety of ebook formats but won’t read AZW, which is designed for the Amazon Kindle, OPF, LIT, DNL, PKG and a few other formats. There are several sources that offer ebooks that are in a compatible format. Once you […]



Learn to Sew: How to Read a Sewing Pattern

You’ve set up your sewing machine, practiced your stitches, chosen your fabric and pattern, and transferred all the pattern marks. Now you’re ready to read the pattern directions and make your garment. It seems like it would be simple to just follow the instructions, but reading pattern directions can be a bit like reading a […]



How to Read a Glass Thermometer To Check Body Temperature

Daniel Fahrenheit invented the glass thermometer, which contains mercury, to measure body temperature. On one end of the thermometer there is a silver colored bulb containing the mercury. When the mercury is warmed by body heat, it rises in a tube within the glass thermometer. To learn how to read a glass thermometer, check the […]



How to Read a Stock Ticker

Edward Calahan invented the stock ticker in 1863 and the New York Stock Exchange installed the first stock ticker in 1867. Messengers used to run price updates from the exchanges to brokers’ offices prior to the ticker. You may spot stock tickers scrolling across financial websites or on digital displays inside and outside financial buildings. […]



How to Read Volume on a Stock Chart

Stock market traders who use short-term strategies like day trading or buying and selling stock options rely heavily on the information contained in stock charts. To the novice, these charts can be intimidating, packed as they are with graphs, abbreviations and numbers from top to bottom. Actually, a stock chart isn’t very complicated—it just looks […]



Learn to Read Blueprints

Blueprints are easy to grasp once you’ve reviewed them. Once you have the basic experience needed to read blueprints, it’s fun to follow the schematics. Many people try to hit the books, read a website, or take a class to understand a blueprint, but you’ll get more out of these other materials if you first […]



How to Improve a Score on the Critical Reading of the SAT

The critical reading section of the SAT makes up a third of every student’s total SAT score. The section includes 67 multiple-choice questions about vocabulary, literary comprehension and extended reasoning. Although improving an undesirable score on the critical reading section can be challenging, it is possible with the help of a few important strategies. Understand […]