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by Mrs.Feeley
Mon May 23, 2016 5:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet care if you are older or can't care for them?
Replies: 7
Views: 942

Re: Pet care if you are older or can't care for them?

If you are in a position to volunteer with a rescue specific to your pets, such as labrador, golden retriever, etc., doing so will give you some contacts that may later prove to be helpful. I have a number of friendships developed from my volunteering. While having someone to help me was not the re...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri May 13, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Best Reader Sunglasses
Replies: 20
Views: 832

Re: The Best Reader Sunglasses

And Clark Howard, here, says even $1 sunglasses protect your eyes the same as expensive ones. Is this true? Hard to believe, actually. http://www.clarkhoward.com/paying-too-much-for-sunglasses It would be worthwhile to find out if the UV blocking in cheap sunglasses is as effective as that in sungl...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri May 13, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Best Reader Sunglasses
Replies: 20
Views: 832

Re: The Best Reader Sunglasses

I bought several pair of reading sunglasses--with the reading lens on the bottom, clear on the top--from this little business Boomers In the Know (http://www.boomersintheknow.com/). They were cheap enough that I keep a pair in the car, my purse, office, etc. I had planned on getting a pair of prescr...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu May 05, 2016 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?
Replies: 24
Views: 1561

Re: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?

When you mention compacting fill.... Around our house where the fence gate is located there's lots of highly sandy soil filled with teeny tiny gravel. Is this what you mean by compacting fill? It probably won't make good fill. If the gravel is rounded, it won't pack well. You want crushed gravel th...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu May 05, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?
Replies: 24
Views: 1561

Re: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?

Thank you everyone for all the wonderful comments and advice! I've been forwarding them on to my husband and he is grateful for all the advice offered. This cedar rail fence is a very low fence circling our yard and running mostly through gardens. Don't think it would be possible to replace the post...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu May 05, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?
Replies: 24
Views: 1561

Re: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?

Somebody mentioned "pressure treated cedar"? never heard of that. Normally pressure treated lumber is pine or doug fir, and the stuff rated for ground contact can last 25+ years in dirt. There is a lot variation in cedar and it might last only 5 years or as long as 15-20 depending on the ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu May 05, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?
Replies: 24
Views: 1561

Re: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?

If you just have a handful of posts to install, I would avoid using concrete. Yeah it's easy and quick, but after a few years of freeze/thaw cycles, you have a wobbly post in the ground with concrete on the end of it. Also, it is a royal pain to replace a post if one should rot on you. We always se...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu May 05, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?
Replies: 24
Views: 1561

Re: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?

Concrete is the most rigid mounting and is what fence companies usually do for gate posts, but it also causes the post to rot the fastest because the concrete basically forms a bathtub around the post holding water in the wood. This has been my experience as well. Rot resistance posts placed direct...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed May 04, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?
Replies: 24
Views: 1561

Re: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?

FWIW: I put up a fence in the late 80's. I had no experience when I built it, but read up on it. This is what I did: Hole was 6 inches deeper than the bottom of the post. Gravel at the bottom of the hole (6 inches), plus a little more (couple inches) around the side after the post was in the hole. ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed May 04, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?
Replies: 24
Views: 1561

Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?

Any fence builders here? Here's a question from my better half about planting posts: He's re-doing a section of our cedar rail fence. He built the fence and planted the posts years ago, and for years helped his granddad build fences on the farm. For the most part farmers would simply plant posts in ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1972

Re: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?

Maybe I should just get a wok! LOL Good heavens, no! Have you any idea what a fire hazard those can be! A little sesame oil and some bok choy and the whole thing can go up in flames! I am joking, just joking people. :beer Boglehead wok: old cast iron frying pan with badly warped bottom. That is som...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1972

Re: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?

I don't think warnings about using prudence when cooking under a broiler are overly dramatic. When I was a kid my mom regularly put out grease fires when broiling chops. Which is why I rarely use our oven's broiler and certainly not for anything greasy. :D
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1972

Re: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?

I only use the broiler for browning fish after I've baked it. And I keep the broiler pan far from the heating coil. Otherwise microwaving fish works really well. I lost an oven to a catastrophic fire while baking chicken. The chicken pieces were uncovered on a lower rack but somehow grease spattered...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Frying Pans
Replies: 71
Views: 7041

Re: Cast Iron Frying Pans

I've used my large cast iron frying pan for baking deep dish pizza and it works very well. Inspired by this thread and the pizza-making one, I recently bought a Lodge cast iron pizza pan ($35 from Walmart.com). Oh my! The pizza crust crisps nicely on it. Better than on a pizza stone. And using it is...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trying to get a copy of a $20 receipt
Replies: 16
Views: 2080

Re: Trying to get a copy of a $20 receipt

I've had insurance companies refuse to speak with me about billing matters pertaining to my husband's doctor visits. I've also had go-arounds on the phone with employees of the company that manages our healthcare Flexible Spending Account who have refused to tell me why a reimbursement claim for my ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:24 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 17365

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Don't forget to join the Madison Bogleheads for our bi-monthly meeting, this Saturday, April 9, noon at Sprecher's Pub on John Q Hammond Drive on the far west side. Fun, great conversation and burgers. See you there! If you'd like to join our Google Mail group to learn more about out get-togethers, ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: phone gizmos plugged into electrical outlets
Replies: 20
Views: 2114

Re: phone gizmos plugged into electrical outlets

Do those actually work? I seem to recall seeing years ago dubious ads for extensions via regular phone service that were supposed to work that way but didn't. My husband bought one of those gadgets from a late-night TV ad. That was 25 years ago. He claimed the principle was that the household elect...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you pay for yardwork?
Replies: 61
Views: 5668

Re: Do you pay for yardwork?

Although I do the yard work myself when I got bids last summer they ranged from $40-$45 for mowing and trimming. We have a third of an acre which is very hilly.
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question: Should we sue the cable company?
Replies: 26
Views: 3774

Re: Question: Should we sue the cable company?

In general home owner's insurance doesn't usually cover sewage backup damage unless you have a special rider. Even then the riders are usually quite limited. Ours covers only $25K in damage. Sewage backups can cause a lot more damage than that.
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unwanted cold call from Mass Mutual agent
Replies: 45
Views: 3369

Re: Unwanted cold call from Mass Mutual agent

Information on the names, jobs, and even salaries of government employees including teachers is usually freely available through publicly accessible government databases. It's part of the public record. My husband gets these sales calls all the time. Usually at work. He also gets a lot of junk throu...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 17365

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Hello- First post here. I would like to be included on the email notifications for upcoming meetings in Madison.... Who and how do I email..? Thank you! You can join our group by sending an e-mail to Madison-wi-bogleheads@googlegroups.com Or you can send me an e-mail via Private mail and include yo...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:56 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 17365

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

I just found this message board can somebody tell me when and where the next meeting is in Madison Hi, Mary! Our next meeting is Saturday, April 9, at noon at Sprecher's on John Q. Hammond Drive, on the far west side. Drop me a private e-mail if you'd like to be added to our Gmail list and kept inf...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get rid of poison ivy
Replies: 58
Views: 3255

Re: How to get rid of poison ivy

Not a good idea to mow over poison ivy even if it's dead. The sap will become airborne and can burn your lungs. I keep hitting it with Roundup until it reaches the stage of advanced obliteration. I keep a bar of Burt's Bees Poison Ivy Soap by the sink in the summer. If you can wash your skin with it...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bad service - Dispute transaction with credit card company?
Replies: 14
Views: 1547

Re: Bad service - Dispute transaction with credit card company?

I suspect that botched hair-coloring jobs are a common occurrence in the salon business as it seems everyone has a horror story about coming home from a salon with a hairdo straight from Monsters Inc. You said your wife got a cut/color job. Was the haircut she ended up with acceptable? That would me...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Mar 19, 2016 1:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I have my kids participate in school fundraisers?
Replies: 78
Views: 5351

Re: Should I have my kids participate in school fundraisers?

My parents refused to allow me to sell stuff for fundraisers when I was a kid. I was faintly annoyed by not being allowed to go door-to-door selling stuff with my friends, but not terribly annoyed because I usually went with them anyway. I remember one time asking my friend, who was older and wiser ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Growing dahlias
Replies: 6
Views: 595

Re: Growing dahlias

I live just north of you and find growing dahlias very easy. I would say my overall gardening skills are poor to average. :D In the fall you need to dig them up, separate the tubers and store them in the garage wrapped in plastic for the winter so they don't dry out. I bought one potted plant from a...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Making new mulch bed yourself - what do I need?
Replies: 35
Views: 2420

Re: Making new mulch bed yourself - what do I need?

Forgot to add that when we want to kill off grass or weeds we rake leaves over the area and leave it ideally for a year, even two, but sometimes just a few months helps. Otherwise the easiest way to get rid of vegetation is to pull it up with a pitch fork. That way you can dig up the soil underneath...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Making new mulch bed yourself - what do I need?
Replies: 35
Views: 2420

Re: Making new mulch bed yourself - what do I need?

A prior owner of our house used some super heavy-duty landscape fabric around some of the bushes and walkway edges and twenty years later it still seems to be working pretty well. We dump new wood chips on top of it every few years and rake away the old stuff and haven't had any problems with weeds ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Duct cleaning
Replies: 36
Views: 3115

Re: Duct cleaning

I have posted this photo here before, I think. This was before we moved into our present home- the smell when we took possession was "wet dog" and I had to have the ducts cleaned before I could sleep here even one night. Very much worth it. And yes, I viewed the filter before they began a...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dogs & my mailbox
Replies: 37
Views: 2477

Re: Dogs & my mailbox

It appears as though my mailbox and nicely landscaped area has become the public bathroom for all of my neighborhood dogs. I work from home and watch various owners walk their dogs past my driveway and every single one of them stops to do their business. I'm guessing it's a scent / territory thing ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ever successfully appealed a property tax asssement?
Replies: 27
Views: 2337

Re: Ever successfully appealed a property tax asssement?

I've filed appeals four times and each time the assessor's office lowered the assessment to the home value I suggested. This includes appeals I've filed for relatives' homes in other cities. I start by finding similar homes that have sold in the past year within roughly six blocks of the residence. ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Frying Pans
Replies: 71
Views: 7041

Re: Cast Iron Frying Pans

Here's a video showing how Lodge cast iron skillets are made. Really interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cqmsaf ... e=youtu.be
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bread - The Cost and Convenience
Replies: 94
Views: 9249

Re: Bread - The Cost and Convenience

I use one of the no-knead Bread in a Pot recipes that are popular these days. I bake the bread in a $35 cast-iron Dutch oven from Walmart.com. So much better than any bread from the store, no matter how artisanal. And it takes only minutes. I usually bake about one loaf a week. Sometimes more for gi...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Freezing Credit at TransUnion
Replies: 3
Views: 540

Re: Freezing Credit at TransUnion

I had a similar experience as you did Likegarden at Transunion. I've also had problems getting a free credit report from them. Like HueyLD I get the impression that Transunion does not want to deal with free credit reports or people who want to freeze their credit.
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Feb 12, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 17365

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

If you're in southern Wisconsin join us tomorrow (Sat., February 13) for the Madison Bogleheads meeting at noon on at Sprecher's Pub, 1262 John Q. Hammond, Dr., on Madison's far west side. See ya there!
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:39 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 17365

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

If you happen to be in southern Wisconsin consider joining the Madison-area Bogleheads for our bi-monthly meeting. Noon on Saturday, February 13, at Sprecher's Pub on John Q. Hammond Drive on the far west side near Costco's. See you there and stay warm!
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wife just got a VM from a debt collector [Voice Mail]
Replies: 44
Views: 4619

Re: Wife just got a VM from a debt collector

We often get calls from debt collectors searching for people who lived in our house years ago. I used to get calls from debt collectors searching for a long-gone renter neighbor. Your caller might be looking for someone else. If they do claim that you have a debt be sure to ask for proof of the debt...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Plan on your Credit Card Getting Hacked once a year....Some Tips....
Replies: 72
Views: 5386

Re: Plan on your Credit Card Getting Hacked once a year....Some Tips....

Retail vendors (Target, etc.) are even more breach prone than I had thought. I recently listened to a webcast about protection of identities. A security firm has surveyed a large number of U.S. retailers and discovered that most of them didn't have unique identities for their users. At the lowest l...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Banned from Home Depot Returns
Replies: 100
Views: 17400

Re: Banned from Home Depot Returns

FYI :happy Home Depot Return Declined: http://consumerist.com/2015/07/20/home-depot-declined-my-return-but-ive-only-returned-one-thing-there/ It would appear from Toons' post that returns made of items purchased with store credits may trigger some sort of blacklisting in the big retail return datab...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Plan on your Credit Card Getting Hacked once a year....Some Tips....
Replies: 72
Views: 5386

Re: Plan on your Credit Card Getting Hacked once a year....Some Tips....

1.) Have a separate Credit Card for stored payments on-line and don't use it for anything else. This makes it unlikely that this number will be Breached and so you won't have to change cards when your other one for daily use gets hacked. I have a card with a low credit limit that I use exclusively ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Feb 06, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warning on Amazon Subscribe & Save
Replies: 44
Views: 4608

Re: Warning on Amazon Subscribe & Save

Interesting thread. I recently signed up for Amazon Subscribe & Save and after the first month found that the prices on most of the items shot up significantly. Most notably almost $10 on a bag of dog food. I ended up cancelling several items. Time to investigate chewy.com.
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unwinding day old terrible car deal for mother-in-law
Replies: 186
Views: 17446

Re: Unwinding day old terrible car deal for mother-in-law

A few years back in our community a local car dealership sold a pricey mini-van to a developmentally disabled woman with no down payment and a loan based upon income that did not exist. She took the sales contract home to show her dad with whom she lived. He called the GM immediately and explained h...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: perfectly happy with cable
Replies: 131
Views: 8195

Re: perfectly happy with cable

When my husband and I were first married cable was $28/month. That was 25 years ago. At the time we thought that was a lot but cheaper than going out to the movies once a week. Slowly the cost increased until ten years later it was about $70/month for basic cable, no HBO or special channels. We cut ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nutritional supplements - beware
Replies: 38
Views: 2782

Re: Nutritional supplements - beware

I recently watched a special on PBS featuring Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. I found it on-demand... maybe it is still out there. He has good advice about how to eat healthy. I think of his advice when I am grocery shopping & I'm spending a lot more time in the produce aisle! I also watch...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do retirees care about their credit score?
Replies: 35
Views: 2515

Re: Do retirees care about their credit score?

Our insurance company (Amica) pulls our credit reports once a year. When I asked an Amica rep whether they use credit scores to determine insurance rates like many other insurance companies do, the rep hemmed and said are were not allowed to reveal how insurance rates are set or what factors they us...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tax Free Investments for the Disabled?
Replies: 11
Views: 850

Re: Tax Free Investments for the Disabled?

Tax-free ABLE accounts for the disabled are coming down the pike. Here is the entry from the Bogleheads Wiki: https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/529-ABLE_plan And here's an article from the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/29/your-money/tax-free-savings-accounts-for-disabled-are-expected-in-201...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pizza Stone / Homemade Pizza Advice
Replies: 58
Views: 4587

Re: Pizza Stone / Homemade Pizza Advice

I have this one:

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products ... DUCTSEARCH

Pre=heat at 400F for about a half hour. Some say an hour. I leave it in the oven all the time.
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to get patio/deck awning cleaned
Replies: 4
Views: 455

Re: Where to get patio/deck awning cleaned

I would attack it with a scrub brush and a bucket of hot soapy water with a light detergent. Then hose it down. Go over it twice in this fashion. If you can't reach it all on a ladder take it down and scrub it and dry it on the lawn. Why pay someone hundreds of dollars to do this when it's probably ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Brewers: Where do you brew?
Replies: 6
Views: 639

Re: Home Brewers: Where do you brew?

I always cooked the brew on the back porch and then fermented in the basement. I had to lug it back up to the kitchen to bottle it. I don't brew any more because my basement in present home is too warm for a proper ferment. And lugging 40# of brew up and down stairs isn't fun. The main reason I gav...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Brewers: Where do you brew?
Replies: 6
Views: 639

Home Brewers: Where do you brew?

Years ago I gave my husband a home-brewing starter kit for a gift and he loved it. For many years he brewed his own beer. Then we moved into a new house where the layout in the basement is cramped, there isn't much room beside the basement sink where he liked to place his brew bucket/gear for easy b...

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