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Re: Kitchen "Backsplash" question

We used a custom made brushed stainless sheet steel panel when we replaced our range.
I think this was the place we used https://www.stainlesssupply.com
by p14175
Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen "Backsplash" question
Replies: 14
Views: 1999

Re: medical insurance as contract employee

It's up to you whether you want to buy health insurance through Aerotek. I know a lot of contractors who purchase their own insurance in order to cover down times between jobs and to keep the payments consistent.
by p14175
Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: medical insurance as contract employee
Replies: 1
Views: 287

Re: Driving from Rockford, il to Mesa AZ....best route.

If your destination in Mesa is east of Power Rd or Usery Pass Rd (Ellsworth Rd) and you are taking 87 into Mesa instead of I-17, take the Saquaro Lake turn-off (Bush Highway) and get off the Beeline (87) early.

Google Map "Bush Highway, Maricopa County, AZ"
by p14175
Sat Jul 19, 2014 8:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Driving from Rockford, il to Mesa AZ....best route.
Replies: 16
Views: 1745

Re: water bottles and road trip

Buy a 5-gal water cooler (for example: http://www.igloocoolers.com/Coolers/Ind ... Industrial ), pack it with block ice, and drink it as it melts.
by p14175
Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: water bottles and road trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1924

Re: Garden 2014

Here in AZ I have summer squash, melons, okra, and marigolds started. As soon as the garlic and onions are harvested I'll be planting tepary beans.

Daytime temps have finally made it into the 100s. Pretty soon it will be just plain hot.
by p14175
Fri May 16, 2014 3:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden 2014
Replies: 46
Views: 4731

Re: Partials vs implants

I just got 2 implants. The cost was about $3000 each and I don't have insurance.
by p14175
Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Partials vs implants
Replies: 29
Views: 3340

Re: Wanted: Travel Trailer Recommenations

We are on our 4th TT. The first was a stick-built Nomad. I think it was 20ft. It was a really uncomfortable trailer and it didn't hold up well. When we sold it, the door frames had skewed so badly you could see daylight around the doors. That's not to say all Nomad TTs are like this, but we have bee...
by p14175
Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wanted: Travel Trailer Recommenations
Replies: 23
Views: 1841

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing.
by p14175
Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1232408

Re: Shutdown is affecting my Grand Canyon trip! Backup plan?

You might check out sections of the Arizona Trail located outside the national parks and monuments in AZ or maybe some of the hikes highlighted in AZ Highways magazine http://www.arizonahighways.com/
by p14175
Sun Oct 06, 2013 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shutdown is affecting my Grand Canyon trip! Backup plan??
Replies: 35
Views: 3419

Re: Heat Pump

Ductless mini split heat pump systems are a great way to retrofit an older building. Maybe that's what they used.
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/ ... heat-pumps
by p14175
Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heat Pump
Replies: 19
Views: 1968

Re: Any Jeep enthusiasts? They seem to retain their value

In 1999 I bought a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo for $13,500. I drove it pretty heavily, and took it from 60,000 miles to about 225,000, when I finally sold it in 2007 for $1,500. I had a lot of very expensive repairs that started to hit my jeep at about the 150,000 mile marker on a regular basis...
by p14175
Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Jeep enthusiasts? They seem to retain their value
Replies: 25
Views: 2779

Re: Weight Loss Plans?

Any Bogleheads out there try the weight loss plans of Medifast or Nutrisystems? Non-insulin dependent diabetic lost 40 lbs on Medifast (Take Shape for Life) diet. Got A1C down to a good level then started to go off the diet a little and experienced "weight creep". Thinking of going on Nut...
by p14175
Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weight Loss Plans?
Replies: 109
Views: 6638

Re: Object oriented programming for a high school junior

I just purchased the Arduino starter kit and we hope to work on that in the fall. Has anyone had any experience with Arduino? I scanned through one of their books yesterday and the language they use is C and it seems to be similar to Python, but I have zero programming knowledge so I could be way o...
by p14175
Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Object oriented programming for a high school junior
Replies: 84
Views: 6387

Re: Math degrees

From experience, I usually tell kids who are considering majoring in mathematics not to bother unless they plan on getting an advanced degree in some other subject. My BS Math (Computational option) never helped me find work.
by p14175
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Math degrees
Replies: 70
Views: 5502

Re: Round-up and mulching.

I looked up Bishop's Weed. They say it's edible with the leaves and stems tasting like a mild, tangy melding of cilantro, parsley, celery and carrot. It sounds like a great thing to have in the garden .

If you don't like it you could try solarizing the area.
by p14175
Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Round-up and mulching.
Replies: 22
Views: 2203

Re: A Dilemma About Waist Sizes For Pants

I don't know if it was mentioned but zappos.com is a great place to shop online for clothes, shoes, etc. if you can't find the brand locally. They have free shipping and returns. So if you don't know exactly what size will fit you can order a few different sizes and send back the ones that don't fit...
by p14175
Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Dilemma About Waist Sizes For Pants
Replies: 79
Views: 9044

Re: kitchen faucets

We currently have this one http://www.amazon.com/Delta-470-DST-Signature-Pull-Out-Kitchen/dp/B001F7FAUC/ref=sr_1_38?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1364924016&sr=1-38&keywords=delta+kitchen+faucet but it has problems. 1) The main post rusted and doesn't swivel anymore and 2) one of the stream/showe...
by p14175
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: kitchen faucets
Replies: 25
Views: 2397

Re: Any Minimalists on here?

I was looking to buy a pair of minimalist shoes, but they cost too much. I settled for a pair of generic (very inexpensive) water shoes from a well-known big box retailer instead. They are exactly what I wanted.
by p14175
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Minimalists on here?
Replies: 93
Views: 9586

Re: Never Want To Take Out A Loan Again.

My sister and her husband were (are) in a similar situation. A few years ago I fully expected them to be permanently living in an RV somewhere out in the desert. Anyway, my sister moved all their loans and credit cards to a local credit union to reduce the rates. They are living off her husband's in...
by p14175
Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Never Want To Take Out A Loan Again.
Replies: 110
Views: 7504

Re: Women's Work Clothing Recommendations

Try http://corporette.com/ Most of the stuff is pretty pricey, but they regularly post discount codes and information on sales.
by p14175
Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Women's Work Clothing Recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 2323

Re: Looking for recommendations on electric stove

I like the "stove top" idea in this video (at the 10:55 mark).
6 rooms into 1
by p14175
Sat Dec 29, 2012 5:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for recommendations on electric stove
Replies: 7
Views: 680

Re: Any Advice for those of us hit by Sandy? [Damaged Home]

You might want to get an engineer (building inspector?) out at the site as soon as possible and have them put together a report on what needs to be fixed to make the houses habitable. Due to the age of the homes, that may include bringing them up to code (wiring, plumbing, structural) even if there ...
by p14175
Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Advice for those of us hit by Sandy? [Damaged Home]
Replies: 10
Views: 971

Re: Different home replacement value between insurance carri

The quote should be based on what it would cost to build a similar home (cost per sq ft) in today's economy. A lot of people mistake property value for rebuild cost and pay more for insurance than they need to. At least that's what an insurance agent told me years ago. I guess it's reversed in an un...
by p14175
Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Different home replacement value between insurance carriers.
Replies: 1
Views: 199

Re: Good Canister Vacuum?

I have been thinking about a backpack vacuum. Several companies make them. The link below is an example.
http://www.amazon.com/ProTeam-Super-HEP ... m_sbs_hg_2
by p14175
Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Canister Vacuum?
Replies: 33
Views: 2314

Re: Percent of gross income on hobbies

I used to consider going to college and learning new things to be my hobby, but the cost has gone through the roof and I can no longer afford it. :(
by p14175
Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Percent of gross income on hobbies
Replies: 17
Views: 1905

Re: Nasty Job (Yellow Jackets)

Soapy water does a pretty good job too!
by p14175
Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nasty Job (Yellow Jackets)
Replies: 31
Views: 3639

Re: Any classic car horror stories to share?

If you plan on restoring the car yourself one thing you really need is a place where you can keep the car long term and not have to move it -- and also a place to store parts.
by p14175
Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any classic car horror stories to share?
Replies: 12
Views: 1166

Re: How do you live your life?

I make way too many mistakes so I try to learn from them and move on.
by p14175
Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you live your life?
Replies: 94
Views: 41018

Re: A really wonderful tablet if you carry a purse

That's a big step up from the Barbie Computer (aka Motorola Pagewriter) I used when I worked in IT (1995-2004).
by p14175
Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A really wonderful tablet if you carry a purse
Replies: 9
Views: 1020

Re: Best Car Security Device

A steering wheel quick disconnect?
by p14175
Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Car Security Device
Replies: 39
Views: 2017

Re: Using LinkedIn during career change?

What you need is a good transitional title. In my case I made a career change to Mfg engineering, but have since branched out in electromechanical machine design and fabrication. Now I identify myself simply as an engineer since I can work as a mfg engineer, mechanical engineer/designer, circuit des...
by p14175
Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using LinkedIn during career change?
Replies: 7
Views: 1616

Re: Experience with Acoustiblok or similar products?

I had a neighbor who did the same thing. One night I got sick and tired of it and went over to his house and explained to him that I start work early in the morning and need my sleep. Never had a problem with him after that. If you are annoyed by your neighbor's loud music, chances are other neighbo...
by p14175
Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with Acoustiblok or similar products?
Replies: 12
Views: 2865

Re: Federal student loan payment strategy

I would contact the DOE Student Loans and get them to take the loan off deferment, if you can make the payments.
If you can't do that, make sure you at least make the interest payments while the loans are deferred.
Finding work at a "qualified non-profit" can reduce your loans to 10 years.
by p14175
Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal student loan payment strategy
Replies: 7
Views: 1063

Re: Reading Glasses-Have a question

I started wearing glasses at the beginning of the year and I am still trying to find the style that works for me. Right now I use prescription reading glasses (good for about 5ft) at the computer at work, but if I have to go out on the shop floor I wear my bifocal safety glasses. I dislike the bifoc...
by p14175
Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reading Glasses-Have a question
Replies: 19
Views: 1540

Re: How many different foods a day do you eat?

B: 2-egg omelet with ham, chicken and cheese and cooked in butter, Coffee with full fat 1/2&1/2 L: Meatballs with spaghetti sauce, gazpacho (onions. sweet peppers, cucumbers, cilantro, tomatoes), water to drink D: grilled Italian sausage and grilled cauliflower coated with butter and parmesan ch...
by p14175
Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many different foods a day do you eat?
Replies: 40
Views: 3825

Re: Gadgets you use, gadgets you don't, etc.

A pizza stone. I quit eating grains so it doesn't get used any more.
by p14175
Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gadgets you use, gadgets you don't, etc.
Replies: 50
Views: 4490

Re: putting microwave over stove (?!)

We have a range with an overhead oven (1969 GE Americana). At 5'3" I find lifting hot pans and casseroles out the oven to be a bit dangerous. That has kept me from putting a microwave on a high shelf over the stove. When (if) we get around to remodeling our kitchen, the microwave will get its o...
by p14175
Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: putting microwave over stove (?!)
Replies: 17
Views: 5253

Re: how many bogleheads drive jeep wranglers?

I had a 1993 Grand Cherokee. It was an amazing 4x4 and it performed well on the hardcore 4x4 trails here in AZ. I literally paid for the vehicle 2x in repairs before I sold it. Would I buy another one? Nope. It cost way too much to keep alive.
by p14175
Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how many bogleheads drive jeep wranglers?
Replies: 40
Views: 2802

Re: Putting a mattress directly on the floor

You might check with the tempurpedic mattress company about temperature ranges. My FIL discovered that they don't do well with electric blankets.
by p14175
Wed May 30, 2012 4:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Putting a mattress directly on the floor
Replies: 22
Views: 43708

Re: Redoing Floors - Tile

I had a coworker at one time who was buying rental properties. The first thing he would do was strip the floors of everything (carpeting, ceramic tile, wood, etc.) and replace it with linoleum or vinyl flooring with a simple neutral pattern. He even did this in his high-end properties. He said his t...
by p14175
Sat May 19, 2012 6:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Redoing Floors - Tile
Replies: 12
Views: 1346

Re: Retiring to Arizona....somewhere in the valley.

I live in north-central Mesa, about a mile south of the Salt River Indian Reservation, in an older neighborhood with big trees and flood irrigation. It's a pretty nice place.
by p14175
Sat May 05, 2012 4:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retiring to Arizona....somewhere in the valley.
Replies: 18
Views: 2601

Re: Good car for short person?

My sister is 5-ft tall and drives a full-size Chevy pickup without any problems.
by p14175
Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good car for short person?
Replies: 31
Views: 7642

Re: Accelerating K-12: College implications(finance, admissi

I didn't skip any grades. I started 1st grade when I was 4 years old. Being 2 years younger than most of my classmates wasn't bad in elementary school. The age difference seemed to be more obvious in high school. It all equalized after I was in a bad car accident in my junior year in high school. I ...
by p14175
Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Accelerating K-12: College implications(finance, admissions)
Replies: 43
Views: 1523

Re: Noise reduction in 2010 Odessey

p14175 - That is [quite] a process isn't it. I would not feel comfortable taking apart that much but would consider a pro who works on these sorts of things. Cody One test you can do is simply tap the sheet metal body parts (doors, engine hood, roof, under the body, etc.) If it sounds hollow there ...
by p14175
Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noise reduction in 2010 Odessey
Replies: 13
Views: 1779

Re: Noise reduction in 2010 Odessey

We have used a paint-on product called QuietCar ( http://www.quietcar.net/html/about_us.html ) to reduce in-cab diesel engine noise. It works really well.
by p14175
Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:06 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noise reduction in 2010 Odessey
Replies: 13
Views: 1779

Re: highest paying job

A firefighter at a nuclear power generating plant. -- A very uneventful job -- unless something goes wrong.

Race horse breeder might be a good career for someone who likes horses. Are horses still a good investment?
by p14175
Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: highest paying job
Replies: 46
Views: 6181

Re: Ethical Question: Arthritis and Looking for Work

Thanks for all the suggestions. I will definitely leave my cane in the car for future interviews. I'll keep the ADA laws in mind if the matter is brought up. I would like to think most companies are on the up-and-up. Interesting idea: To combine the IT and CAD experience with the manufacturing engin...
by p14175
Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ethical Question: Arthritis and Looking for Work
Replies: 30
Views: 1937

Re: Arthritis and Looking for Work

... your doctor should be able to tell you about the progression of your disease and that would help answer the questions you have about your work future. So... If I get an interview tomorrow should I tell them my doctor says I have X number of good productive years left to work before I'll have to...
by p14175
Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ethical Question: Arthritis and Looking for Work
Replies: 30
Views: 1937

Re: Ethical Question: Arthritis and Looking for Work

II believe your age and being out of the workforce may be more of a problem unless you can use the idea of being a "female engineer" to your advantage since there are not many. I agree. My age and being out of the workforce are definite deal breakers, but I consider being in a male domina...
by p14175
Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ethical Question: Arthritis and Looking for Work
Replies: 30
Views: 1937

Re: Ethical Question: Arthritis and Looking for Work

My question isn't about the arthritis, but arthritis is a good example. It is about whether it is appropriate to discuss a health condition during an interview and risking the chance of losing a job opportunity or not saying anything and pretending there is no problem. Is it really ethical to "...
by p14175
Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ethical Question: Arthritis and Looking for Work
Replies: 30
Views: 1937
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