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by AD3
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace Issues
Replies: 30
Views: 1881

Re: Furnace Issues

So I'm going to assume it's an oil furnace, since it seems from this thread that you might be in New England. First, is the oil tank at a reasonable level? Has the oil been filled at a time where it could have gone below level? If you don't know, get an old plastic bowl. There's a starter button on...
by AD3
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace Issues
Replies: 30
Views: 1881

Re: Furnace Issues

Hello everyone, I have a 28 year old furnace that has been having issues with the fan starting up. My furance works sporadically, there are times when the unit works without any problems, and there are times when I start my heater and all I hear is noise. I wanted to see if anyone else has had a si...
by AD3
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace Issues
Replies: 30
Views: 1881

Re: Furnace Issues

1. Unless I missed it, you don't actually say what kind of furnace you have. I assume gas. 2. There are several things that can cause intermittent ignition. One of the other posters has described the sequence of events when starting a gas furnace. 3. Unless you really really want to figure out the ...
by AD3
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace Issues
Replies: 30
Views: 1881

Re: Furnace Issues

I have a gas furnace of a similar age. It's a Trane 80XL. The usual startup sequence for mine is that first the inducer blower starts up. It's a small blower that creates a slight negative pressure ("induced draft") in the combustion chamber. After a few seconds of run time, IF a sensor determines ...
by AD3
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace Issues
Replies: 30
Views: 1881

Re: Furnace Issues

I had similar issues when the utility company wasn't providing enough voltage to the house. If I was drawing other load in the house, there wouldn't be enough voltage for the igniter to get hot enough. The utility company refused to come to the house without a request from a licensed electrician. T...
by AD3
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace Issues
Replies: 30
Views: 1881

Furnace Issues

Hello everyone, I have a 28 year old furnace that has been having issues with the fan starting up. My furance works sporadically, there are times when the unit works without any problems, and there are times when I start my heater and all I hear is noise. I wanted to see if anyone else has had a sim...
by AD3
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DMV Registration Fee in California
Replies: 8
Views: 990

Re: DMV Registration Fee in California

ray.james wrote:
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:55 pm
Probably 'transportation improvement fee.'
If the increase is 50 bucks, they probably valued the car at 5K- 15K range.

This reminded me to refuel my cars this weekend before the 20 cent hike kicks in on Nov 1st.
Thanks! Your information was spot on about the reason for the increase.
by AD3
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DMV Registration Fee in California
Replies: 8
Views: 990

Re: DMV Registration Fee in California

sailaway wrote:
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:26 pm
Have you verified last year's fee?
What do you mean by verified? My bill last year was $110 this year its $149.
by AD3
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DMV Registration Fee in California
Replies: 8
Views: 990

DMV Registration Fee in California

Hello everyone, Yesterday, I got a bill from the DMV in California about my upcoming registration fee that is due in January. I was alarmed at how much of an increase the price was over my last year bill that I wanted to post this to see if anyone else in California saw an increase from the DMV? It ...
by AD3
Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your news?
Replies: 131
Views: 9140

Re: Where do you get your news?

WSJ, NYT & Bloomberg app.

No Television news or video news.
by AD3
Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Wall Street Journal to close Google loophole entirely
Replies: 155
Views: 26247

Re: The Wall Street Journal to close Google loophole entirely

If anyone wants a copy of the Wall Street Journal as a PDF, you can get it by downloading it from Github. But it only works with Mac computer.

https://github.com/tdonovan58/wsj

This repo contains a single Bash script which will download an entire day's edition of the Wall Street Journal.
by AD3
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LibreOffice
Replies: 24
Views: 2930

Re: LibreOffice

I'm not sure if you are aware of Microsoft HUP (Home Use Program), if your employer has a license with Microsoft you are able to get Microsoft Office Home & Business 2016 or Office Professional Plus 2016 for $9.95. Link is listed below:

https://www.microsofthup.com/hupus/home.aspx
by AD3
Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax preparer charging for past tax PDF's copies
Replies: 49
Views: 4003

Re: Tax preparer charging for past tax PDF's copies

Vanguard Fan 1367 wrote:I am wondering what the charge was for the PDF copies? That certainly would make a difference.

I think that in some circles a dollar a page is not an unusual charge for paper copies of records.
It was a $20 fee, it was based on what they could find. Which was 5 years worth of taxes documents.
by AD3
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax preparer charging for past tax PDF's copies
Replies: 49
Views: 4003

Re: Tax preparer charging for past tax PDF's copies

I have heard of CPAs charging for PDFs before. Seems a bit like like being charged for butter for your dinner roll in a restaurant. I don't know why the past returns were required and how fast they were needed, but I wonder if there would have been a charge a few weeks after the end of tax season. ...
by AD3
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax preparer charging for past tax PDF's copies
Replies: 49
Views: 4003

Re: Tax preparer charging for past tax PDF's copies

I would say he is being penny-wise but perhaps he is a low budget operator!? That is, perhaps you selected him because he doesn't cost much!? Therefore it's probably fair, though short-sighted, for this guy to ask for a fee. The fact that I pay my CPA a lot of money entitles me to a "free" pdf. :) ...
by AD3
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax preparer charging for past tax PDF's copies
Replies: 49
Views: 4003

Re: Tax preparer charging for past tax PDF's copies

betterdays wrote:Check with your local library. Mine has a input device which reads the paper copies and will create a PDF file on a USB drive or send it as a PDF attachment to a email address. No Charge!

Thanks for the advice, never thought about that.
by AD3
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax preparer charging for past tax PDF's copies
Replies: 49
Views: 4003

Re: Tax preparer charging for past tax PDF's copies

For those of you who still pay CPAs to do your tax returns, you might want to give TurboTax or something similar a try. My parents were paying hundreds each year to pull all of their information together for their CPA, and all they got from the CPA was a fancy booklet with estimated tax forms. Well...
by AD3
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax preparer charging for past tax PDF's copies
Replies: 49
Views: 4003

Re: Tax preparer charging for past tax PDF's copies

zuma wrote:He can justify charging you because, as mentioned, time = money.

Do you know if the PDF version had already been created when you made the request? If not, it would take some time to create it.

The PDF version are already created, he just needs to find them.
by AD3
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax preparer charging for past tax PDF's copies
Replies: 49
Views: 4003

Tax preparer charging for past tax PDF's copies

Hello everyone, Long time visitor to site, but a new user nonetheless. I recently filed my taxes a few weeks ago, while doing so I requested PDF files of my past taxes. My long time EA stated that in order for him to send them to me I found need to pay a fee in order to receive them. I was curious i...