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Sun Aug 16, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New construction final walk-through
Replies: 12
Views: 1369

Re: New construction final walk-through

+1 Check that every outlet works! Bring a small appliance or even a night light. If you have light switches that control outlets, make sure that when you walk in the room and flip the switch that the proper outlet is activated. Do you have a CO monitor, fire extinguisher, smoke detectors? If your ga...
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Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Old credit cards- cancel, cut up, or just leave them be?
Replies: 10
Views: 1157

Re: Old credit cards- cancel, cut up, or just leave them be?

If you want to keep the credit cards because of a large credit line be sure to use them at least every six months. CITI will definitely cancel your card without any warning. You will get a letter stating it is already a done deal. You could charge a small purchase, pay it off, and then forget it for...
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Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Seller conceals known defects: fraud question
Replies: 53
Views: 5758

Re: Seller conceals known defects: fraud question

So sorry to hear of the outcome for you and your daughter. There is definitely a lesson for all of us to learn in this. Do you know what should be done in the future to protect against losing the earnest money? Could her realtor have done more? Did she need an attorney to look over the contract befo...
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Wed Aug 05, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: visit to san diego next week
Replies: 13
Views: 1063

Re: visit to san diego next week

If you like the zoo, also visit the SanDiego Zoo Safari Park with tram tours, various shows including cheetah and birds, and many other interesting things.

http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/

USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
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Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast wants me to buy a new modem (I think)
Replies: 53
Views: 2845

Re: Comcast wants me to buy a new modem (I think)

Here is the link to the Comcast DOCSIS Devices website. The model that is available at Costco is the Motorola surfboard 6141.

http://mydeviceinfo.comcast.net/
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Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast wants me to buy a new modem (I think)
Replies: 53
Views: 2845

Re: Comcast wants me to buy a new modem (I think)

Comcast has a list of approved modems that are compatible that you may purchase either from them or from an outside source. The surfboard model is one that is approved and is available for around $75 at Costco. It is compatible and it works well with Comcast. Much cheaper than renting from them.
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Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furniture Pads for moving
Replies: 12
Views: 905

Re: Furniture Pads for moving

+1 Costco

Package of 2 pads, 72 inches x 80 inches each $19.99 Light blue or navy blue.
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Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon FIOS Userguide
Replies: 4
Views: 399

Re: Verizon FIOS Userguide

If you are using wifi, check to see if any phones are set to pick up the wifi connection. Is you wifi password protected? Does the phone "know" the password? I would be concerned about that. Wifi may be used to connect to phones, tablets, kindles and use your connection speed.
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Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving Container Companies for LONG distance move
Replies: 8
Views: 839

Re: Moving Container Companies for LONG distance move

I just helped family member move using Penske truck and Simple Moving Labor (through Penske). You can hire them to just load, unload, both, or there is even an option for them to drive the truck as well. Only used the load labor part and they did an excellent job packing the truck. You select either...
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Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon Late March
Replies: 34
Views: 1948

Re: Zions, Bryce, Grand Canyon Late March

Bryce and Zion are both beautiful in different ways. The "narrows" at Zion is remarkable and look up at the walls to see climbers not only climbing the sheer walls, but sleeping there overnight. Bryce had snow in May, but I guess it depends on the weather for the year. Hoover Dam is well w...
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Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ross Root Feeder
Replies: 24
Views: 1717

Re: Ross Root Feeder

I have used the Ross Root Feeder. Purchased the first two from a local garden supply and a replacement one from Amazon. Yes, I used them so much that one literally wore out. I used them when planting new trees on a totally barren lot. Hint - use a splitter on your hose and you can water two trees at...
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Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Has anyone had experience with missingmoney.com?
Replies: 14
Views: 1551

Re: Has anyone had experience with missingmoney.com?

IF the money is for you, claiming it is free as mentioned by other people. Usually your state Treasury dept. has the funds. You will need to file a form, either online or by snail mail, and they may ask you to prove identity. You can check on the address and phone numbers online and use the legitima...
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Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Builder wants to put a retaining wall on my property
Replies: 52
Views: 4724

Re: Builder wants to put a retaining wall on my property

You mentioned that your property slopes to the alley. If they build a retaining wall are they going to consider water runoff and the possibiliyt of it undermining the wall? Does the wall need proper drainage to prevent backup on your side of the wall? Lots of things for you to consider before signin...
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Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping Rebate Sites
Replies: 7
Views: 1296

Re: Shopping Rebate Sites

I have personally used fatwallet for several years and received the cash rebates. On the rare occasion that the cash rebate was not properly credited, I have sent an email to fatwallet with attached invoice and promptly received the credit WHILE they were still investigating. They respond quickly to...
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Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Request: PA residents familiar with Lancaster and Conshohocken
Replies: 5
Views: 437

Re: Request: PA residents familiar with Lancaster and Conshohocken

Yes, I meant 222, not 4222 --- my error and I edited original posting.
Not being from the area. it is difficult to view maps and figure out the logistics since actual traffic and road conditions vary.
Google maps suggest either I76 or 202 to Conshohocken. Any preference for either of those routes?
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Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Request: PA residents familiar with Lancaster and Conshohocken
Replies: 5
Views: 437

Request: PA residents familiar with Lancaster and Conshohocken

I have a request for PA residents who can help me to help a family member who is moving to the Malvern, PA area from out of state. The family member needs to take a test at a testing center in either Conshohocken or Lancaster. I do not live in the area and can't provide any meaningful help. Looking ...
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Thu Jun 11, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question regarding today's Vanguard webinar on Retirement
Replies: 0
Views: 372

Question regarding today's Vanguard webinar on Retirement

During today's webinar on Retirement Planning a speaker alluded to the difference between "assuming" an IRA from a spouse and inheriting a spousal IRA. I did research and yes, there are differences and benefits and planning is important. So, what if the spouse decides to disclaim the spous...
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Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Floor Tiles or Ice Skating Rink?
Replies: 9
Views: 1405

Re: Floor Tiles or Ice Skating Rink?

I encountered the same problem when outfitting a college dorm bathroom. The floor was so slippery I was afraid we would be paying for trips to the Health Center, not just tuition. I purchased an outdoor floor mat that you use at the entrance to a home. It really gripped the floor, but was a little r...
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Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning Las Vegas vacation with a couple of side trips
Replies: 16
Views: 1461

Re: Planning Las Vegas vacation with a couple of side trips

The more expensive tour of the Hoover Dam is worth the money. They take you inside the tunnels within the dam's face. I have been on the short tour as well as the longer tour (different trips) and believe the longer one is worth the time and cost. Zion Park is lovely and be sure to look up at the si...
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Wed May 20, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Just used my chip credit card for the first time!
Replies: 44
Views: 3554

Re: Just used my chip credit card for the first time!

Not many stores actually have chip-enabled readers. Walmart is one that does and it works well. One thing though - you have to leave the card in the slot for a brief time to actually complete the transaction. It is not a simple slide in/out move as you do at gas pumps.
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Tue May 19, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comodo Firewall Software
Replies: 0
Views: 184

Comodo Firewall Software

The price is right - free, but the latest version of Comodo Firewall is definitely more problematic than helpful. It installs Geekbuddy as part of the download and there is no option not to install it. The Firewall was certainly not as user-friendly as past versions and created conflicts with softwa...
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Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer college credit courses for high school students
Replies: 24
Views: 1928

Re: Summer college credit courses for high school students

Do you have any idea which college the student will attend? Because some colleges/universities have online information that discusses in great detail what courses can be subsituted from a community college to their university. USUALLY courses for the MAJOR are not accepted in lieu of taking the cour...
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Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: DIY distance moving
Replies: 38
Views: 3573

Re: DIY distance moving

Yes you can do it with assistance at each end. I have been looking into this too. Penske is associated with a company that provides labor. Minimum charge of 3 hours. If you want more detailed information you may PM me.
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Sun Apr 12, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LiveWatch Alarm System -anyone?
Replies: 17
Views: 2116

Re: LiveWatch Alarm System -anyone?

Several houses ago and before installing a security system we had a large dog. I can tell you firsthand that the dog was not a deterrent. In fact the police stated that we were fortunate that the dog did not attack them, but only barked because they have seen dogs blinded with oven cleaner. Our dog ...
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Sun Apr 12, 2015 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How should I name my home Wi-Fi network?
Replies: 55
Views: 5374

Re: How should I name my home Wi-Fi network?

I can see the names of various people in my neighborhood or they use their address. IMO this is not a very good idea. Use something that will not identify you or your address.
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Sun Apr 12, 2015 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unsolicited offers to buy your house
Replies: 14
Views: 2225

Re: Unsolicited offers to buy your house

Have you tried "googling" the phone number to see if it is listed as a realtor? If it is a realtor you could sign a paper giving them a percentage commission for bringing a buyer, but only that buyer. This worked for us. A realtor showed up and said he had two buyers to show the house. We ...
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Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best portable mattress/bed?
Replies: 12
Views: 1274

Re: Best portable mattress/bed?

Aerobed makes a high quality queen size with an attached headboard which prevents yours pillows from falling off. Costco carries this item. Comes with self-contained electric pump.
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Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning my back yard?
Replies: 41
Views: 6050

Re: Cleaning my back yard?

Absolutely use "Wet and Forget." That stuff works wonders and dries up the moss. And I also agree with previous poster that Costco has the best price for the largest size container.
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Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: required info on personal checks
Replies: 15
Views: 1320

Re: required info on personal checks

Two years ago the Dept. of State returned my request for PASSPORT renewal because I sent a check with only last name and no address on it. They said I needed to send a check with my full name and street address. After I went through all my old checks, I found one for an account that was still open t...
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Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can't access Turbotax Online from Vanguard site
Replies: 18
Views: 1465

Re: Can't access Turbotax Online from Vanguard site

I just called Turbo Tax Customer Service number and they only thing they can do to help is to have the customer access TT directly without going through Vanguard. Their position is that the problem belongs to the Vanguard side of the server issue, not Intuit's. I guess Vanguard will be getting a lot...
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Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: urgent: how to identify top surgeons for a procedure
Replies: 49
Views: 4354

Re: urgent: how to identify top surgeons for a procedure

U.S. News & World Report - Best Surgeons
Here is the link for Philadelphia:

http://health.usnews.com/doctors/surgeo ... delphia-pa

Best of luck to you for a successful surgery.
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Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Online Savings bank
Replies: 50
Views: 9612

Re: Best Online Savings bank

AMEX has an online savings account. The interest is not quite as high as Ally, but if you need fast and accurate ACH transfers AMEX is excellent. Use AMEX as the hub and link to other accounts.
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Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Other tax" on my NJ paystub
Replies: 3
Views: 475

Re: "Other tax" on my NJ paystub

Here is some useful info:

FLI --- Family Leave Insurance
HCS --- Health Care Subsidy (part of Disability)
WFD - Work Force Development (part of SUI)


I haven't lived there is awhile, but the taxes are deductible on your 1040.
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Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: woman's bathrobe gift
Replies: 7
Views: 891

Re: woman's bathrobe gift

The biggest problem is sizing which seems totally random these days. Just make sure to estimate the approximate size and the ability to return it.
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Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Instruments and kids
Replies: 31
Views: 2057

Re: Instruments and kids

TRC - I need a little more information. For example, does your child want to play in the school band? If so, a different instrument than playing with the strings in orchestra. Some instruments work for both the band and the orchestra, such as the woodwinds. If your child is serious, then private les...
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Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED Christmas lights?
Replies: 19
Views: 3989

Re: LED Christmas lights?

We purchased LED lights last year at Costco. Very pleased with the look in white lights. We replaced white lights that we used for many years and wanted an upgrade. Costco NEVER lowered the price during the Christmas season and after Christmas the lights were shipped away and never reduced in price....
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Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard's Voice Recognition
Replies: 18
Views: 1545

Re: Vanguard's Voice Recognition

The service works well and speeds up transactions, talking to rep. No problems with identification of voice during multiple uses.
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Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity AMEX chip EMV cards
Replies: 5
Views: 1111

Fidelity AMEX chip EMV cards

I received a call from Fidelity AMEX today that my card was compromised and they are replacing it. I called back using the number on the card and they are replacing it with an EMV card (chip and pin.) I should be receiving it next week. Online the account already shows a new number and my last trans...
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Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mold in dishwasher
Replies: 14
Views: 1370

Re: Mold in dishwasher

Any porous substances with mold should be discarded. Is the water hot enough in the dishwasher? Is your water heater set high enough? Is the dishwasher LEVEL on the floor to allow for proper drainage. Are you using the "dry" setting to evaporate extra water or just "air drying?"
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Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Samsung or LG Washer and Dryers (reliability and repairs)
Replies: 23
Views: 3888

Re: Samsung or LG Washer and Dryers (reliability and repairs

+1 for LG Front loading washer and LG gas dryer.
Remember to clean the washer's filter occasionally.
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Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issues with home inspector?
Replies: 24
Views: 1306

Re: Issues with home inspector?

Did you receive any type of homeowner's warranty from the seller when you purchased? Not saying they are very helpful. We have had them in several houses and both times they were totally worthless. And to even start the process you have to pay to have someone look at the problem, so ask LOTS of ques...
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Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Depot Breach - zip codes revealed
Replies: 43
Views: 6826

Home Depot Breach - zip codes revealed

I have used several credit cards at Home Depot, but yesterday everyone in line was paying with cash. Krebs has reported a 99% correlation between credit cards for sale online and the zip codes of HD stores. Here is a link to the zip codes: http://krebsonsecurity.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/hd_zip...
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Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to Eastern PA - need advice
Replies: 29
Views: 2212

Re: Moving to Eastern PA - need advice

I need to be near the airport for work travel, but I do not have to go into center city. I just do not want a long commute when doing business traveling, especially if I leave early in the morning. Does anybody live in one of the 55+ neighborhoods and have any experience with them? How is resale sin...
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Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have experience with Chimney Saver protectivecoating?
Replies: 1
Views: 319

Re: Anyone have experience with Chimney Saver protectivecoat

Several houses ago we had a chimney that seemed to have a drizzle of water coming into the fireplace area. We had it inspected and everything was fine. We had the roof flashing looked at and it was fine. However, one of the many people we had investigate recommended coating the outside of the firepl...
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Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Death of family member - what to do financially
Replies: 26
Views: 3470

Re: Death of family member - what to do financially

Have you read this website regarding probate in the state of VA? http://www.virginiaestatelaw.com/ Also check http://www.missingmoney.com for unclaimed money, property, safe deposit boxes. You will probably need to make a trip to visit to get this process started, but maybe reading ahead would help ...
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Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to Eastern PA - need advice
Replies: 29
Views: 2212

Re: Moving to Eastern PA - need advice

Thank you for all the responses so far. I ruled out Bucks. I researched Chester Springs and saw a lot of well and septic. We have been through those problems with past homes and would like public water and sewer in the future. If I am looking at Chester County vs. Montgomery County are there things ...
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Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to Eastern PA - need advice
Replies: 29
Views: 2212

Moving to Eastern PA - need advice

We will be moving to eastern PA and would like some advice from Bogleheads in the area. Requirements: city water, city sewer and natural gas for utilities. School district not as important (except for resale) since we are past that stage. Another requirement would be no more than one hour from PHL a...
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Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Europe travel: best card for ATM cash
Replies: 33
Views: 3428

Re: Europe travel: best card for ATM cash

ATM card from a US bank using a 4-digit numeric code works well in Europe. If it has a VISA logo, just go to the Visa website and look up all of the ATMs to use in the European cities you will visit. Never had any problems getting euros by using this methodology.
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Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building a home
Replies: 17
Views: 1678

Re: Building a home

Very broad question, but consider whether building on a lot outside of a development or within a development because you may have to drill a well, put in septic, source of heating. Without additional information there are so many variables, but you have many options depending upon the builders avail...
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Fri May 23, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning Divided Light Windows
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Re: Cleaning Divided Light Windows

My method is using hot water and vinegar and microfiber cloths for washing. Try to wring out the cloth so it is not dripping wet. Then dry with clean microfiber cloth. I tried using the various implements, but they did not fit well between the divided windows and took too much time. Do not wash in d...

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