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Re: Surge protectors

Are we talking "peak HP" or "rated HP". Blenders often mix up the two. http://www.cookingforengineers.com/article/287/Understanding-Blender-Specifications/print Most assuredly, the Ninja blender is listing peak HP (the website says "2.5 horsepower peak"). Even if it wa...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surge protectors
Replies: 37
Views: 2395

Re: Surge protectors

Just as a side note, when it comes to blenders, I wish I had asked my parents' for their beehive blender before they lost it. That was a great blender. It had to be a couple decades old and was loud as all get out, but it was great for milkshakes and smoothies. I don't know if the new Oster Beehive ...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surge protectors
Replies: 37
Views: 2395

Re: Surge protectors

As for fixing the broken wall units, I'm in a rental so I'll ask my landlord to fix them. I'm not savvy in this area and do not have the time/effort to research the problems. But thanks for the info. Before you call the landlord, did you check for GFCI outlets like the one nisiprius posted? Sometim...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surge protectors
Replies: 37
Views: 2395

Re: Removing a beehive from mailbox newspaper holder

Hint: For years, the wasps annually took over my sprinkler system control box. I'd get rid of them, and they'd return. Until I received the tip about the most amazing nest prevention: http://www.amazon.com/Tanglefoot-300000430-Waspinator/dp/B002BKMO42/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1371926656&sr=8-...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:55 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing a beehive from mailbox newspaper holder
Replies: 34
Views: 3455

Re: "best" online booking service for hotel room?

I either book directly through the hotel (when on business travel, this seems to be the most reliable way to get the appropriate rate for my travel reimbursements) or I use AmEx's travel website. AmEx always seems to be in the same price range as Orbitz or Expedia. I think hotels are less likely to ...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "best" online booking service for hotel room?
Replies: 27
Views: 2063

Re: How to fix pop-up sprinkler head?

When I have a sprinkler that pops out, I always dig down to the T off the zone line to make sure the whole thing is okay. If there was external trauma (e.g. hit by the lawnmower, tripped over by someone, etc), there could be damage below ground. It could also be an issue with the standoff or T off t...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to fix pop-up sprinkler head?
Replies: 13
Views: 866

Re: dim leds?

Can you find some UV film that is placed on sunny windows to cut sunlight glare? It usually has a gray cast to it and might help. This, but make sure to get the cling sort and not the sticky sort. I have an aversion to bright alarm clock displays (even on the dimmest setting, they're far too bright...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:01 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: dim leds?
Replies: 5
Views: 712

Re: Surge protectors

I would suspect GFCI tripping or outlet damage before circuit breaker or fuse tripping, since the circuit breaker or fuse would knock out an entire range of outlets. GFCI would be limited to those outlets in the series (which could just be the one outlet) and GFCI protection can be tripped for a var...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surge protectors
Replies: 37
Views: 2395

Re: Girlfriend moving in, lots of student loan debt

dgdevil wrote:This thread is ancient. Maybe OP can give us an update on things?

Unlikely. The OP last visited in January 2012. People really should check the dates on posts before replying to two year old threads.
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Girlfriend moving in, lots of student loan debt
Replies: 69
Views: 8503

Re: Pet fish recommendations

Bettas can take a little bit of abuse. My betta in his 5 gallon tank was the only one to survive the weekend of roommate hell that killed about $200 worth of imported cichlids in a larger tank (let's just say turning off the AC when it's 100F outside and dumping a ton of food in the tank is a great ...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet fish recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1661

Re: Pet fish recommendations

At 3 gallons, you might want to go with the 10W heater instead of the 7.5W heater. You can hide it behind a decoration or fake plant to make it less obvious. A 7.5W might not be strong enough to maintain an even temperature. Even 10W is a bit low, but would be slightly more able to maintain temperat...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet fish recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1661

Re: Sprinklers for the bottom of a sloping lawn

I'm not sure on the pressure issue, as I haven't rigged up something to hook up the pipe-threaded pressure tester I have. I just found a thread online that says the SAMs have a more "stubborn" spring than the regular 1800s, but one can take the head apart to replace the spring. Perhaps tha...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sprinklers for the bottom of a sloping lawn
Replies: 10
Views: 1115

Re: Pet fish recommendations

If one uses a heater in the fish tank, make sure when changing water that the new water is the same temp. But I would see if I could get away without all the accessories. My home is kept at about 78-80 during summer A/C season, but 'cold' water out of the tap is closer to 90 degrees, so it cannot b...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 19, 2014 10:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet fish recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1661

Re: Sprinklers for the bottom of a sloping lawn

When the zone is off, a solenoid valve turns off the water. Are you saying that you want the water to remain in the pipes between the solenoid and the sprinkler heads? What is that 3 gallons at the most? Doesn't water left in the pipes have bacteria and mold growing in it after a couple of days? Do...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 19, 2014 10:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sprinklers for the bottom of a sloping lawn
Replies: 10
Views: 1115

Re: Pet fish recommendations

The only thing that can be in a small enough tank to move is a betta, as LowER already said. I would however recommend a very simple filter and at least a 1.5 gallon bowl (preferably a 3 gallon setup). Don't use those little betta cups and don't try to put any other fish in a small tank. A single go...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet fish recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1661

Sprinklers for the bottom of a sloping lawn

My front yard is small, but has a slope. I've found the appropriate irrigation run time to keep water from running off the lawn when the zone is on, but I can't figure out how to fight the effects of gravity on the sprinklers at the bottom of the slope. Those three sprinklers constantly have a littl...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sprinklers for the bottom of a sloping lawn
Replies: 10
Views: 1115

Re: Options/guidance for a lazy person to be fit

As I read this thread, I see the usual responses about how to exercise and how to diet which I think the OP knows about. There are some responses directed to motivation, but how does one get motivated to be motivated? Also what about the time commitment? I ask this because someone close to me could...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Options/guidance for a lazy person to be fit
Replies: 79
Views: 5509

Re: Honda Fit, Civic

Do Civic and Accord have the same ground clearance? Victoria Ground clearance is one of the criteria in my car spreadsheet, but I could not find official numbers online for Honda. Supposedly Consumer Reports has unofficial ground clearance numbers for car models that they review, but I don't have a...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Fit, Civic
Replies: 32
Views: 3057

Re: Honda Fit, Civic

Great input! I live in CT and visit NH often in winter. CRV is larger than I want but the upcoming HRV is of interest. Is there a reason you can't wait for the HRV to come out, if it interests you? If you can wait 6 months, you can see if the HRV turns out to be something you'd want more. Maybe it ...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Fit, Civic
Replies: 32
Views: 3057

Re: Who else hates choosing a car?

*IF* you can afford it, there's no issue with getting a new car to replace a 10 year old car with 150k miles. Those 15 year old 200k mile Toyotas and Hondas you hear people talking so much about started out new at some point in the past. Anyways, even thinking about that, you're falling into the tra...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who else hates choosing a car?
Replies: 75
Views: 6406

Re: Assisted Living Residence and Care Agreement - Questions

A few things to check into or be aware of: First, PA has very extensive filial support laws. You say your mother has the resources to afford the unit. However, if she ever runs out of resources, the facility can (and likely will) send you the bill and you will have to pay for it. There have been sev...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Assisted Living Residence and Care Agreement - Questions
Replies: 30
Views: 2919

Re: Toys for a Lazy Cat

Check out a cat feeding ball-dry food is poured in and there are adjusting holes. This requires the cat to bat around the ball and only one piece of food comes out at a time. This makes our cat slow down to eat instead of gobbling it all down (and barfing it back up!) I have one of those for my eld...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toys for a Lazy Cat
Replies: 46
Views: 2919

Re: Car did not start: To dispose? How?

The only thing giving me pause about the Accord LX is you can't get the beige interior with the MT option. Black interior, even with silver exterior, just seems like a bad idea, particularly right now when 98F seems like a "cool" day. I don't care about the interior color, for as long as ...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car did not start: To dispose? How?
Replies: 70
Views: 5551

Re: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?

Just got an email with another good reason for subscribing locally. The local newspaper has partnered with a national newspaper to provide free access to the e-edition of the national newspaper with a subscription to the local newspaper. Normally, it's $99/year for an e-edition subscription to the ...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?
Replies: 86
Views: 6210

Re: Do you deviate from the owner's manual?

I personally never paid much mind to the octane rating, although I'm sure if I looked, a '99 Civic is just fine on regular gas. I do recall the manual recommending Chevron gas and Chevron happens to be the cheapest gas station directly on the route between home and work, so I do follow that recommen...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you deviate from the owner's manual?
Replies: 35
Views: 3164

Re: Tapatalk Integration

I'm still pro Tapatalk, but I would settle for a more mobile friendly design which doesn't seem to have happened either... Oh gawd, anything but this. As a person who still uses a desktop computer, I have to say nothing irritates me more these days than going on to a new "mobile friendly"...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:45 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Tapatalk Integration
Replies: 46
Views: 12831

Re: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?

Just got an email with another good reason for subscribing locally. The local newspaper has partnered with a national newspaper to provide free access to the e-edition of the national newspaper with a subscription to the local newspaper. Normally, it's $99/year for an e-edition subscription to the n...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?
Replies: 86
Views: 6210

Re: Car did not start: To dispose? How?

Glad it turned out to just need a new battery. Interesting that the OP's original inclination was to consider disposing of a car that wouldn't start. Batteries are consumables and standard maintenance items that need to be replaced every few years (a 5-year warranty is fairly typical and in my expe...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car did not start: To dispose? How?
Replies: 70
Views: 5551

Re: Car did not start: To dispose? How?

If the vehicle is going to be sitting without being run for significant periods of time, as 1997 and 110,000k suggests I'm not sure that follows as mine is a 1995 with 120k and I drive almost every day. My 1999 Civic has 92k miles and also gets driven every day, but only about 10 miles unless I hav...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car did not start: To dispose? How?
Replies: 70
Views: 5551

Re: Toys for a Lazy Cat

For "chunky" cats, my vet doesn't make any specific recommendations other than the standard advice a doctor would give a human: portion control and exercise. Also, you want to gradually slim down cats, as they can have health complications from losing weight too quickly. So ready yourselve...
by Mudpuppy
Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toys for a Lazy Cat
Replies: 46
Views: 2919

Re: Erasing hard disk that have died

Also, good note about SSDs. The way SSDs reserve cells means it's pretty much impossible to do a software-based wipe of an SSD. The OS does not have access to every cell within the drive, only the drive firmware does. Either encrypt the entire SSD to begin with or only buy SSDs that have a WORKING ...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Erasing hard disk that have died
Replies: 40
Views: 3282

Re: Erasing hard disk that have died

An alternative to DBAN is to mount a Linux distro and use dd to write zeros to the drive. dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=1M I do this because I've found DBAN doesn't work on some computers. The idea that you need multiple passes is urban legend. One pass is enough. Nobody has demonstrated the abili...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Erasing hard disk that have died
Replies: 40
Views: 3282

Re: Erasing hard disk that have died

Clicking noises are not a good sign, but if the drive is still accessible, software methods will work just fine. I personally prefer DBAN, but any of the software methods mentioned by others will work. If the drive is no longer accessible by software, then you basically have to physically destroy it...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Erasing hard disk that have died
Replies: 40
Views: 3282

Re: Homeowner responsibility for water service line

The subdivision where I live was built in the early 60's. There have been 3 homes that I know of here that had their water line rust and burst. It floated their yards. These old pipes were not copper but galvanized. When I re-landscaped my yard, I decided to replace the line at that time while the ...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowner responsibility for water service line
Replies: 45
Views: 2057

Re: Homeowner responsibility for water service line

This is a way to detect water leaks. Turn all the water off in the house then look at the water meter. If the dial is moving, there is water going through the meter. If everything is off in the house, there is a leak somewhere. Nope. All that does is tell you that there IS a leak. The commenter alr...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowner responsibility for water service line
Replies: 45
Views: 2057

Re: How secure are Vanguard/Fidelity Apps?

As a computer security professional, I find the mobile OSes to be inferior to the desktop OSes when it comes to baseline security features. So I don't use my phone for anything I would consider to be a "high security" connection. At my house, all financial transactions happen from a speci...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How secure are Vanguard/Fidelity Apps?
Replies: 14
Views: 2003

Re: Auto Accident/Insurance/Repair Question

For all the non-police officers out there suggesting the blame or at fault is shared on this one, stop talking. :wink: The accident happened because someone ran a red light. That's the at fault driver. Simple as that. If the not at fault driver was always expected to know what the at fault driver w...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Accident/Insurance/Repair Question
Replies: 37
Views: 1902

Re: How secure are Vanguard/Fidelity Apps?

My work provides me with Virtual Private Networking with strong security and anti-virus protection on the corporate network. I always connect to the VPN before running any app with confidential information. Using the VPN this way is not against the policy of my employer, although gambling and porn ...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How secure are Vanguard/Fidelity Apps?
Replies: 14
Views: 2003

Re: Homeowner responsibility for water service line

I would point out that someone in San Jose, CA doesn't have to worry about water lines that are deeply buried to avoid the frost line. That means costs will be much less than someone in a climate that experiences freezing, since the piping will be much closer to the surface. That means it will be ea...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowner responsibility for water service line
Replies: 45
Views: 2057

Re: FICO Scores: Which one do you get?

Now that I get one form of the many FICO scores (as others have pointed out, there are oodles of scores) for free on my Discover card statement, I don't bother paying for a score. It's all so variable anyways. And if a creditor wants to deny an application, they'll find some reason, regardless of th...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FICO Scores: Which one do you get?
Replies: 20
Views: 1706

Re: How secure are Vanguard/Fidelity Apps?

As a computer security professional, I find the mobile OSes to be inferior to the desktop OSes when it comes to baseline security features. So I don't use my phone for anything I would consider to be a "high security" connection. At my house, all financial transactions happen from a specia...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How secure are Vanguard/Fidelity Apps?
Replies: 14
Views: 2003

Re: "Only a fraction of Americans directly own stocks"

My first gut reaction: And only a fraction of Bogleheads directly own stocks too... Since most people interact with the stock market via mutual funds in their retirement plans, it's not surprising that there's a low rate of "directly owned" stocks. But after reading the article, it's clear...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:36 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Only a fraction of Americans directly own stocks"
Replies: 27
Views: 3332

Re: Homeowner responsibility for water service line

In this part of CA, the homeowner is responsible for any breaks in the line that occur after the water meter. This caused a lovely back and forth between myself and the water company when their installation of a new water meter caused a leak at the water meter box. After a couple of weeks of the wat...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowner responsibility for water service line
Replies: 45
Views: 2057

Re: Neighbor's Fireworks

Fireworks that leave the ground are illegal in my town, yet every block had someone setting off aerials this year. You can report it to the dispatch until you're blue in the face and nothing will come of it. There's just too many people breaking the law for them to get everyone. Even though a cop ca...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor's Fireworks
Replies: 50
Views: 4451

Re: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?

What you get is mostly pablum supplemented with gobs of AP and Reuters articles. Unfortunately, most people don't realize that "news" is really controlled by just a few sources. When traveling I noticed almost every radio station and TV station (local or not) will frame the story with a s...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?
Replies: 86
Views: 6210

Re: do you lie about your finances to friends

I am govt employee, so if you know my name, you can find my salary. I keep a copy of the Bogleheads guide to investing promenantly displayed in my office. I get people asking me what it's all about, in which I state that it's the best investment book you'll ever need to read. I preach the boglehead...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: do you lie about your finances to friends
Replies: 103
Views: 8964

Re: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?

I still pay $9 a month for the local newspaper. There are some real personalities in the local opinion columnists and a very good investigative reporter that takes the time to go into more detail than the TV news reporters. I think $9 per month is more than reasonable to support these journalistic a...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?
Replies: 86
Views: 6210

Re: Bad paint job - Course of action help pls

As for the paint crew, the original contractor was not happy and sent emails threatening to place a lien on the property with some strong language. I offered to pay him a sum in exchange for a full release/waiver (the difference between what was left on his quote and what the next crew quoted) and ...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bad paint job - Course of action help pls
Replies: 28
Views: 2540

Re: do you lie about your finances to friends

Speaking of public information. When I worked for the state, my salary was public information, as was everyone else's. If you wanted to know what someone else made, you just had to walk over to the library and get out the salary book for that year. The only hard part was knowing how to spell your f...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: do you lie about your finances to friends
Replies: 103
Views: 8964

Re: do you lie about your finances to friends

How you should answer depends on why they're asking, rarely is it helpful to disclose info about your own finances to someone who has no intention of doing anything differently. If they just want to vent (and not change) then you listen because you're their friend. If they actually want real advice...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: do you lie about your finances to friends
Replies: 103
Views: 8964
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