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by HogsAndApples
Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Independent up sell? Balancing Tires / Cleaning Brakes?
Replies: 15
Views: 971

Re: Independent up sell? Balancing Tires / Cleaning Brakes?

I appreciate everyone's take. I'll be looking for a new independent. And, in the meantime - I learned a thing or two. To the independent's credit, after I said no to the cleaning of the brakes - he inspected them anyway and when I picked up the car he said the brakes were as clean as a whistle and n...
by HogsAndApples
Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Independent up sell? Balancing Tires / Cleaning Brakes?
Replies: 15
Views: 971

Independent up sell? Balancing Tires / Cleaning Brakes?

Finally found an independent I thought had a good reputation to service my Honda. Per the maintenance minder it was due for an Oil Change and a tire rotation only. They suggested I have the tires balanced ($15 ea.) and that they clean the brakes after the long winter ($140). In addition, they wanted...
by HogsAndApples
Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window Installation - any pre-work you'd do?
Replies: 9
Views: 926

Re: Window Installation - any pre-work you'd do?

Thanks so much! This was helpful ... nice to know it should be a pretty easy job. In our case it is a two day job or a day and a half. The picture window is like 3 windows in one and is BIG - they are allowing a day and/or 1/2 a day for that with 3 installers. They'll finish up with whatever time th...
by HogsAndApples
Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window Installation - any pre-work you'd do?
Replies: 9
Views: 926

Window Installation - any pre-work you'd do?

I'm having new windows installed soon and I was wondering if some might have some advice about any pre-work I can do to make the job easier for me and for the installers ... They told me to clear about 5 feet around each window and I'll be covering the air vents to keep out any dust or debris in the...
by HogsAndApples
Sat Feb 20, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VCR / DVD Player Suggestion for older television
Replies: 7
Views: 629

Re: VCR / DVD Player Suggestion for older television

First, thank you all for your suggestions. I know this is old technology, but it would be nice to be able to record with the old TV until we have finished some other needed repairs we are currently working on and then explore new options. Nice to know the prices have come down - I imagine we'll enjo...
by HogsAndApples
Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VCR / DVD Player Suggestion for older television
Replies: 7
Views: 629

VCR / DVD Player Suggestion for older television

Hi! Our main TV is a 1998 Phillips Magnavox. Still runs well and uses rabbit ears. It has a place for a "video in," and the L and R "audio" as well as a place for an antenna cable and that is about it. The DVD / VCR we have is giving us problems (eats the tape) and we'd like to r...
by HogsAndApples
Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to deal with dentist phobia
Replies: 25
Views: 2603

Re: How to deal with dentist phobia

I've had some issues and they are better now. You've already identified that the sounds at the dentist is a problem - me too! A while back I had to have some fillings re-done and I've had some root canals, but to tell you the truth cleanings could be difficult also. One of the things that helped me ...
by HogsAndApples
Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IRS IP Pin Questions for those who have previously applied
Replies: 0
Views: 201

IRS IP Pin Questions for those who have previously applied

I have 3 IRS IP Pin Questions for anyone who has applied for one online or via snail mail: 1. When you applied online (system is currently down) - how long did it take to get the IP Pin number - did you get it immediately? 2. If you applied by mail, how long did it take to get the number? And, can w...
by HogsAndApples
Mon Dec 28, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uncomfortable gift situations
Replies: 27
Views: 3192

Re: Uncomfortable gift situations

I donate gifts that don't resonate with me and appreciate the giver for having shared. If a product doesn't function, and I don't have a receipt, I might mention it to them - I would hope someone would mention it to me. However if it was a tiny thing and didn't matter much, I'd just let it go. I do ...
by HogsAndApples
Sun Dec 27, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Turn off water heater on vacation?
Replies: 66
Views: 6517

Re: Turn off water heater on vacation?

Have you called the manufacturer of your water heater? So here is basically what I do and some thoughts. I'm not a plumber, nor do I have any experience in this area, just a homeowner who took down a few notes and caution - reader beware in case my note taking was not on target. (In addition to the ...
by HogsAndApples
Sun Dec 20, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage door not flush in one spot w/ floor question
Replies: 13
Views: 1473

Re: Garage door not flush in one spot w/ floor question

Many thanks for everyone's suggestions. First, it turns out the patch work that needs to be don on the garage floor is very small and as it is winter where I live and the directions for the patch product I want to use say that the weather needs to be 45 degrees or higher for three days - well, that'...
by HogsAndApples
Sat Dec 12, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage door not flush in one spot w/ floor question
Replies: 13
Views: 1473

Garage door not flush in one spot w/ floor question

I'm looking for your suggestions/advice and/or a good handyman forum that you folks know of and/or might recommend to help me with the following issue: My garage door is level and is flush with the cement garage floor - however there is a minor dip in the garage floor (about 16" long) I'd like ...
by HogsAndApples
Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows - are these two equivalent insulators? hue?
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Windows - are these two equivalent insulators?

Reasons I was thinking of going without the low-e coating (which necessitates the absence of Argon due to manufacturing): 1) What if I don't replace the rest of the windows? Would a slightly hued bronze window stand out next to the other clear windows? The windows I'm replacing need replacing, there...
by HogsAndApples
Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows - are these two equivalent insulators? hue?
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Windows - are these two equivalent insulators? hue?

I'm choosing new windows and like the look of clear glass, so I will be eliminating the grids from the windows. If I choose not to have a low-e coating, the double pane glass will be insulated with air rather than argon. Currently I have traditional single pane, double-hungs with grids and storms - ...
by HogsAndApples
Fri Nov 20, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Writing Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for your e-commerce website and/or blog
Replies: 6
Views: 389

Re: Writing Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for your e-commerce website and/or blog

I think $1000 or more is a lot of money for a small biz to pay too. The question is, "What is the risk?" It's hard for me to know - I'd the risk was small. EmergDoc - you're right - a lot of people say I am nuts for actually attempting to write up these things. Many simply copy others. The...
by HogsAndApples
Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Writing Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for your e-commerce website and/or blog
Replies: 6
Views: 389

Writing Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for your e-commerce website and/or blog

I was curious to see how others on this list compiled there Terms of Service and/or Privacy Policies for their blogs or smaller e-commerce sites. Did you write one up yourself and then go to lawyer or simply post it? Did you / do you have any good resources out there when it comes to writing such do...
by HogsAndApples
Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home heating issues
Replies: 53
Views: 6593

Re: Home heating issues

If it was me I wouldn't rely on one contractor, I'd get a couple of other reliable folks out there and see what they say. I've often found that this yields new information that can be quite helpful.
by HogsAndApples
Thu Nov 12, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any suggestions quality basement window replacement?
Replies: 5
Views: 617

Re: Any suggestions quality basement window replacement?

Thanks! I'll check into Andersen. I had before, but wasn't able to find an installer. I'll take a second look.
by HogsAndApples
Thu Nov 12, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OPM breach and credit freeze
Replies: 296
Views: 36882

Re: OPM breach and credit freeze

Regarding IRS form 14039 - this is the first time I've heard of this. I was informed my information may have been released in a large hack earlier this year. Is this good advice for anyone whose SS# and/or other id information may have been breached? I did skim the thread, but want to make sure this...
by HogsAndApples
Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any suggestions quality basement window replacement?
Replies: 5
Views: 617

Re: Any suggestions quality basement window replacement?

Epsilon: The windows are not under a porch. The screens with the new United hopper windows would be inaccessible because they remove from the inside and due to the head room in the basement - it would be humanly impossible to get my hands/arm in through the top of the hopper to remove them. I have n...
by HogsAndApples
Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any suggestions quality basement window replacement?
Replies: 5
Views: 617

Any suggestions quality basement window replacement?

My unfinished basement has 3 wood hopper style windows (home built in the 50's). They likely are the originals and we were thinking of replacing them. They do not all have screens and do not all open. We want screens - the whole idea is to be able to have ventilation so we can do some projects down ...
by HogsAndApples
Tue Oct 27, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overhead steel garage door: Polyurethane? Polystyrene?
Replies: 4
Views: 457

Overhead steel garage door: Polyurethane? Polystyrene?

I have to replace my overhead garage door. I wanted wood, but cost-wise it doesn't work for me. I'm looking at Clopay, CHI and Haas doors. I'd love a bright white door - as many of the metal doors appear to have a slightly grey cast to them in comparison to a home that is painted white. I live in th...
by HogsAndApples
Tue Oct 27, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Steel vs Fiberglass [entry door] - which is stronger?
Replies: 35
Views: 3163

Re: Steel vs Fiberglass [entry door] - which is stronger?

I appreciate everyone's comments and suggestions and learned something interesting along the way about ships? Hmmm? Thank you everyone!
by HogsAndApples
Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Steel vs Fiberglass [entry door] - which is stronger?
Replies: 35
Views: 3163

Steel vs Fiberglass [entry door] - which is stronger?

I'm looking into purchasing new wood windows with aluminum cladding and a new entry door for my garage. I've done some homework on the companies and products and am looking at Marvin, Anderson, Pella along with a local company as well as a ProVia Steel Door as an outside entry door to our garage (no...
by HogsAndApples
Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rotted Sill - Options?
Replies: 15
Views: 1652

Re: Rotted Sill - Options?

The way the sill is connected to this window turns out not to lend itself to the repair methods suggested above. What we will be doing is getting some adhesive backed flashing to cover the sill possible starting on the glass for a good seal. This won't be pretty, but the window sits on the back of t...
by HogsAndApples
Thu Sep 24, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rotted Sill - Options?
Replies: 15
Views: 1652

Re: Rotted Sill - Options?

Thanks for the many perspectives and replies! So helpful. Yes, we are certain we are replacing the windows - that was part of the dilemma - how much to invest in repair and protection from further rot while giving us time to investigate and purchase the new windows. We've been told all kinds of thin...
by HogsAndApples
Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rotted Sill - Options?
Replies: 15
Views: 1652

Rotted Sill - Options?

I live in Western Ny and have two windows in need of replacement. I discovered recently that both have some rot in them. I am unsure if I have the expertise to repair them in part because I haven't done such work before and in part because I am not sure what I will run into. Rotted Sill - what to do...
by HogsAndApples
Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone use pre paid cell phone planns???
Replies: 27
Views: 2714

Re: Anyone use pre paid cell phone planns???

I have an unlocked Iphone and use T-Mobile pre-paid. I've spend anywhere from $35 (wifi use only no data) to 60 per month depending on need. Usually I spend $40 for 1 gig of data and use wifi where possible.
by HogsAndApples
Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Invest in a larger gutters? downspouts? or skip it altogether
Replies: 10
Views: 1257

Re: Invest in a larger gutters? downspouts? or skip it altogether

FrugalInvestor and all - I appreciate your advice.

How interesting a downspout with a cleanout filter box. I'd never heard of such a thing - that would sure save some time and energy. Sounds like they work well for you. Are there any cons to cleanout filter boxes?
by HogsAndApples
Sun Sep 20, 2015 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Invest in a larger gutters? downspouts? or skip it altogether
Replies: 10
Views: 1257

Re: Invest in a larger gutters? downspouts? or skip it altogether

celia, There do not appear to be any holes in the gutters. It appears to happen only in a real downpour - so how often depends on how many downpours we have. It doesn't happen with a regular rain. dan99, thanks for the suggestion. Adding a downspout would entail making a new connection with an under...
by HogsAndApples
Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Invest in a larger gutters? downspouts? or skip it altogether
Replies: 10
Views: 1257

Invest in a larger gutters? downspouts? or skip it altogether

I have two gutters (A and B) in separate areas of the house that overflow if there is a downpour - and only if there is a downpour. The gutters are clear - no debris and the underground drains are clear and run well. Gutter A is at the end of low slope area of a relatively small section of roof - it...
by HogsAndApples
Fri Sep 11, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Easy way to clean cement brick basement walls?
Replies: 10
Views: 980

Re: Easy way to clean cement brick basement walls?

Mingus, Thanks for your take on the situation. And we have no efflorescence.

Many thanks everyone for your thoughts - the added perspective is quite helpful.
by HogsAndApples
Fri Sep 11, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Easy way to clean cement brick basement walls?
Replies: 10
Views: 980

Re: Easy way to clean cement brick basement walls?

Thank you all for your thoughts. Maybe I should just leave it alone? The house inspector said we ought to wash it down and paint it if we were to sell. (unfinished basement though) On the very few areas I tried to clean - it is ridiculously difficult and so hard to get it all off. Even on the one ci...
by HogsAndApples
Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: BCBS Hack - being offered CSID? anything else I should do?
Replies: 2
Views: 483

BCBS Hack - being offered CSID? anything else I should do?

BCBS in my area of the country was recently hacked. I called the number and was told that my name was on the list. The sales rep rattled off a list of services they provide - which in my case included monitoring * my credit report (I'd have to unfreeze the big three credit bureaus to take advantage)...
by HogsAndApples
Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Easy way to clean cement brick basement walls?
Replies: 10
Views: 980

Easy way to clean cement brick basement walls?

I need a little wisdom from those who have been there: The paint on area of our basement is in need of repair. It has been tested professionally (XRF gun) and does not contain lead. The issue is how to clean it as easily as possible without the majority of it falling in the gutter (drains water to t...
by HogsAndApples
Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Catch 22 Painting Issue and RRP
Replies: 4
Views: 957

Catch 22 Painting Issue and RRP

A few years ago I became aware of the issues of lead paint. I was hoping to get a painter to paint the windows of my home (the rest is sided). With the new laws painters are suppose to abide by the RRP rule: http://www2.epa.gov/lead/renovation-repair-and-painting-program Apparently many don't - I'm ...
by HogsAndApples
Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for steam mop
Replies: 18
Views: 2299

Re: Recommendations for steam mop

I love the idea of a steam mop. I'll be interested to hear what folks come up with. I can tell you that I tried the smaller versions that are said to be helpful in cleaning counters, etc. and was displeased with the model I tried. This was a few years back. When I see them advertised I always wonder...
by HogsAndApples
Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much to send to set someone up in an apt (Vegas)?
Replies: 8
Views: 1479

How much to send to set someone up in an apt (Vegas)?

I'm looking for a bit of wisdom here. I've had a request for money from a relative who will be living in subsidized housing in Vegas. They want to live in an unfurnished apartment because they say that the furnished places they have to choose from are usually filled with people who may be triggers. ...
by HogsAndApples
Sat Aug 15, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Browsers and Security - a question
Replies: 12
Views: 1756

Re: Browsers and Security - a question

I appreciate the additional information mudpuppy, Bob Beeman, richardglm - thank you.
by HogsAndApples
Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anti-smartphone [basic phone + paper planner & address book] anyone??
Replies: 42
Views: 3705

Re: Anti-smartphone [basic phone + paper planner & address book] anyone??

OP - its been my experience that you are not alone. There is a perception by many that you must be available, on top of things and immediately respond. However, this perception is NOT shared by all - by any means. I do use a paper calendar as my main calendar - I've never lost it - I don't feel emba...
by HogsAndApples
Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attackers can access Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive files without a user's password
Replies: 6
Views: 1391

Attackers can access Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive files without a user's password

I happen to come across this today. Anyone have any additional thoughts on this. Seems like a wild, wild west out there. Attackers can access Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive files without a user's password The so-called "man-in-the-cloud" attack is said to be a common flaw in most cloud-ba...
by HogsAndApples
Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Browsers and Security - a question
Replies: 12
Views: 1756

Re: Browsers and Security - a question

Thank you everyone for your thoughts suggestions, resources and comments! This was VERY helpful. I will follow up again with this financial organization as the person I talked with gave misinformation and I want them to know I take this seriously. I agree - now that I have a greater understanding - ...
by HogsAndApples
Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Browsers and Security - a question
Replies: 12
Views: 1756

Browsers and Security - a question

When signing into a financial organization while using Chrome - instead of a nice green padlock, I received a yellow padlock with a triangle and it said, "This site uses a weak security configuration (SHA-1 signatures), so your connection may not be private." My browser and my computer sof...
by HogsAndApples
Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help! How to transfer email and contacts? (Mac)
Replies: 3
Views: 479

Help! How to transfer email and contacts? (Mac)

I've recently obtained a Mac with the Yosemite OS, my older Mac is running OS 10.6.8. The migration of information was not what it should be and there were issues .... due to this I have to transfer my email addresses, my "on my mac" mailbox folder" and my address book by hand. I was ...
by HogsAndApples
Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Mail Option?
Replies: 13
Views: 2299

Re: Best Mail Option?

Great information! Mudpuppy and all, I was told by the local post office that I could put in a forward on my mail - diverting all mail to the POB for one year and then put in another ... taking care of the extraneous mail that is delivered to the street address. (If I go this route, I will also try ...
by HogsAndApples
Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Mail Option?
Replies: 13
Views: 2299

Re: Best Mail Option?

Are there any drawbacks to having a PO Box other than having to go to the post office?
by HogsAndApples
Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Mail Option?
Replies: 13
Views: 2299

Re: Best Mail Option?

normaldude and FandangoDave5010 thank you both for such great information!
by HogsAndApples
Fri Jun 05, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Mail Option?
Replies: 13
Views: 2299

Best Mail Option?

My home is served by an auxiliary route by the local post office. This means that there is no regular post man and in addition they use the route for trainees. This has been going on for while ... the problem is that anything out of the ordinary is an issue. For example, if I travel - they cannot pu...
by HogsAndApples
Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Air: Spend $ on RAM or Faster Intel HD Graphics?
Replies: 54
Views: 5254

Re: Macbook Air: Spend $ on RAM or Faster Intel HD Graphics?

Based on your description I would opt for the 8GB RAM and going with the 5000 Graphics Processor assuming there is no difference in processor and that the storage capacity is the same. I don't know why you say a new MacBook is "hard to come by"? I would also consider the number of years I ...
by HogsAndApples
Fri May 01, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Car - Required Maintenance Question?
Replies: 13
Views: 1836

Re: New Car - Required Maintenance Question?

Thanks everyone for your replies, guess I'll jump on the new vehicle and enjoy! I appreciate the your perspectives and thoughts. Sorry to see the 18 year old vehicle go -- still a lot of good car left -- just not worth the price to continue to fix it. The seatbelt was literally deteriorating before ...

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