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by SVariance1
Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HP Laptop - Black Screen - Help
Replies: 14
Views: 809

Re: HP Laptop - Black Screen - Help

As one poster here suggested, connect an external monitor to the laptop's monitor port. If you see a display there, then this tells you that the laptop is at least booting up and that there is a hardware problem with the laptop's display. In that case, two possibilities come to mind: (1) you have l...
by SVariance1
Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HP Laptop - Black Screen - Help
Replies: 14
Views: 809

Re: HP Laptop - Black Screen - Help

Unplug the power and remove the battery. Plg the battery and restart. This has fixed 2 of my HPs. +1 on the above method. Worked for my HP when the laptop keyboard stopped working. And its fast and low tech supposedly reboots some drivers/switches? If not, have you tried some other fixes like remov...
by SVariance1
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HP Laptop - Black Screen - Help
Replies: 14
Views: 809

HP Laptop - Black Screen - Help

I was wondering if anyone here has any thoughts on how to fix an HP laptop (few years old) that turns on but the monitor display remains black. I have tried a few fixes that I found online but none of them have worked. Thank you.
by SVariance1
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Small Clear Trash Bags for Bathroom
Replies: 9
Views: 1104

Re: Small Clear Trash Bags for Bathroom

I find this site to be useful https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_15?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=7+gal+trash+bags&sprefix=7+gal+tras+bags%2Caps%2CNaN&crid=3T81RUC5KIGDV Yes, but I value the opinions of people on this site more than the average person who comments on Amaz...
by SVariance1
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Small Clear Trash Bags for Bathroom
Replies: 9
Views: 1104

Small Clear Trash Bags for Bathroom

Would anyone have a recommendation small clear trash bags for bathrooms? I think 4 gallon is too small. I think the size should be about 7 or 8 gallons. I bought 1000 of them several years ago but they were a little too thin.
by SVariance1
Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flooring for Basement
Replies: 36
Views: 2570

Re: Flooring for Basement

The company says it is 100% water proof
by SVariance1
Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flooring for Basement
Replies: 36
Views: 2570

Re: Flooring for Basement

I am also looking at Coretech Plus. It is apparently the higher end version of Smartcore
by SVariance1
Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flooring for Basement
Replies: 36
Views: 2570

Re: Flooring for Basement

I laid Platon on the concrete followed by underlayment and cheap laminate. In the event of minor water intrusion, the Platon keeps water away from the laminate and the airflow allows the concrete to dry out. I did install some floor "vents" around the perimeter of the room to monitor the ...
by SVariance1
Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flooring for Basement
Replies: 36
Views: 2570

Re: Flooring for Basement

Smartcore vinyl flooring from Lowes. I installed this a few months ago and have nothing but good things to say. Did the install all myself (not handy); super easy. You should put felt pads under your furniture to prevent scratching. I have had no scratching issues thus far for normal use. Sliding f...
by SVariance1
Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flooring for Basement
Replies: 36
Views: 2570

Re: Flooring for Basement

We have 'Luxury Vinyl Tile' in the basement of house because water infiltration is a periodic problem, and whatever raised subfloor supposed to go under wouldn't articulate over to our floor drains. I also would rather actually 'see' if and when we get water as opposed to trusting letting it go und...
by SVariance1
Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flooring for Basement
Replies: 36
Views: 2570

Re: Flooring for Basement

Your figured it out! It looks nice!
by SVariance1
Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flooring for Basement
Replies: 36
Views: 2570

Re: Flooring for Basement

When I refinish, I plan to get a back up municipal pump. At least if the power goes out, the pump will still work.
by SVariance1
Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flooring for Basement
Replies: 36
Views: 2570

Re: Flooring for Basement

I know very little about why a floor could get water damage but if there is a barrier, how could the water penetrate the barrier
by SVariance1
Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flooring for Basement
Replies: 36
Views: 2570

Re: Flooring for Basement

Would love to see a photo! Posting images here is not that easy for me. I have to remember how to do it each time. I store them on photobucket.com and then upload it here.
by SVariance1
Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flooring for Basement
Replies: 36
Views: 2570

Re: Flooring for Basement

That one looks nice and it is only .79 cents per square foot!
by SVariance1
Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flooring for Basement
Replies: 36
Views: 2570

Flooring for Basement

I was wondering if anyone here has an opinion on flooring for a basement. I have a finished basement that I plan to refinish. The basement has had a couple of water issues in the past. I plan to get a new sump pump system prior to refinishing. I am looking at laminate and vinyl flooring which kind o...
by SVariance1
Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax Software - Opinions?
Replies: 23
Views: 2784

Re: Tax Software - Opinions?

Turtbotax and H&R Block indicate that 1 state program is included. I need to file 2 state tax returns. Is this possible with either of these programs?
by SVariance1
Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax Software - Opinions?
Replies: 23
Views: 2784

Re: Tax Software - Opinions?

I am confused by the costs associated with Turbotax. I called them up and they said that because we have two schedule Cs, we have pay twice for the online version. The person said if we get the download, we only pay once because 5 federal filings are included. Can someone please help me understand t...
by SVariance1
Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax Software - Opinions?
Replies: 23
Views: 2784

Re: Tax Software - Opinions?

Thanks for all of the replies. I am probably going to try Turbo Tax. Prior to using an accountant for many years, I did the returns by hand. I would never want to go back to that!
by SVariance1
Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax Software - Opinions?
Replies: 23
Views: 2784

Tax Software - Opinions?

I was wondering if anyone has an opinion on tax software. My wife and I have been using an accountant for the past several years but may switch to doing the taxes ourselves. We file a 1040 along with two schedule C forms for self employment income with the IRS and then file with two different states...
by SVariance1
Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Remove a Broken Screw from Mailbox?
Replies: 19
Views: 1409

Re: How to Remove a Broken Screw from Mailbox?

I tried to use the needle nose but now there is nothing left to grab.
by SVariance1
Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Remove a Broken Screw from Mailbox?
Replies: 19
Views: 1409

How to Remove a Broken Screw from Mailbox?

Would anyone have a suggestion on how to remove a broken screw from this Gaines Mailbox?
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by SVariance1
Sun Oct 09, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bath Tub Stopper
Replies: 6
Views: 983

Re: Bath Tub Stopper

Pictures would be nice to help diagnose. Not sure what kind of stopper you have but many standard ones with the trip lever up near the faucet which can be removed along with the entire stopper linkage assembly. Here is a photo: http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n502/subwaytile/Stopper.jpg
by SVariance1
Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bath Tub Stopper
Replies: 6
Views: 983

Bath Tub Stopper

I have a bathtub with a screw in stopper. Over the past few weeks, the drainage has become slower and slower. I took the stopper out today, used a snake to clear the area and also removed lots of hair. In the process, a screw became dislodged. The stopper attaches into the screw from on top. I think...
by SVariance1
Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deck Repair - Semi Transparent versus Sold Stain
Replies: 10
Views: 782

Re: Deck Repair - Semi Transparent versus Sold Stain

my first deck was originally painted, and that is something you never want to do. the deck on my current house was solid stain. it never peeled. when i replaced it, after much research, i went with semi-transparent. this is personal preference, but the semi-transparent looks a lot nicer. i'll never...
by SVariance1
Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deck Repair - Semi Transparent versus Sold Stain
Replies: 10
Views: 782

Re: Deck Repair - Semi Transparent versus Sold Stain

Any other thoughts on semi transparent versus solid?
by SVariance1
Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deck Repair - Semi Transparent versus Sold Stain
Replies: 10
Views: 782

Re: Deck Repair - Semi Transparent versus Sold Stain

I am willing to put a solid stain on the posts, the narrow perimeter on the outside of the deck (not on the walking area) and the underside of a few steps. I want a contrasting color in white. I do not think the white will look good in a semi transparent.
by SVariance1
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deck Repair - Semi Transparent versus Sold Stain
Replies: 10
Views: 782

Deck Repair - Semi Transparent versus Sold Stain

I am planning on replacing several boards on a cedar deck with new ones and then re-staining the deck. I am trying to decide on the type of stain to use on the deck. I know there is a trade off between the solid and semi transparent stains. Solid stains tend to peel but hide imperfections and look m...
by SVariance1
Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Broken Bolts
Replies: 54
Views: 4095

Re: Removing Broken Bolts

I have tried using a regular drill but I can't get the whole started. I do not have very good equipment.
by SVariance1
Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Broken Bolts
Replies: 54
Views: 4095

Re: Removing Broken Bolts

I think what makes most sense for me is to eventually remove the long vertical insert with the broken bolts and replace it with a new one. I do not have the skill to get the bolts out and I think it would be too expensive to hire someone to do it. By the way, I went to Home Depot and Lowes today and...
by SVariance1
Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Broken Bolts
Replies: 54
Views: 4095

Re: Removing Broken Bolts

It is too heavy and large to take to some kind of machine shop.
by SVariance1
Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Broken Bolts
Replies: 54
Views: 4095

Re: Removing Broken Bolts

I have another idea... There are only four bolts that connect the steel insert into the main frame. If I take the last bolt out, I could lift the vertical insert out of the main frame and have a better chance of getting the bolts out. Alternatively, if I can get the insert out, I could buy a new ins...
by SVariance1
Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Broken Bolts
Replies: 54
Views: 4095

Re: Removing Broken Bolts

With the kind of questions you are asking, I will assume that you are not very handy and do not regularly work on your car, perform repairs around the house, or own much in the way of tools. You may want to pay a handyman or a car mechanic to do this for you, especially if you broke an, "Easy-...
by SVariance1
Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Broken Bolts
Replies: 54
Views: 4095

Re: Removing Broken Bolts

What is the difference between a left hand drill bit an an easy out? A left hand drill bit is just like an ordinary drill bit, except that the sharpened cutting edge faces the other (counter-clockwise) direction. It is meant to be used with the drill in reverse. An easy out is a piece of tool steel...
by SVariance1
Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Broken Bolts
Replies: 54
Views: 4095

Re: Removing Broken Bolts

What is the difference between a left hand drill bit an an easy out?
by SVariance1
Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Broken Bolts
Replies: 54
Views: 4095

Re: Removing Broken Bolts

I think that I must have right hand drill bits. Why would a left hand drill bit work better to remove a bolt. I watched a video with a guy who tapped a hole but the surface was almost flat. I doubt my surface is flat. If I can manage to tap a hole, how would I use the left handed drill bit? Should ...
by SVariance1
Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Broken Bolts
Replies: 54
Views: 4095

Re: Removing Broken Bolts

The bolts can be drilled out. You need the right drill bit, the correct low rpm drill speed and a little lubricant. If you aren't able to do it yourself, you could take it to a machinist who could probably have you fixed up in short order. The elliptical is too large to take to a machinist. I need ...
by SVariance1
Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Broken Bolts
Replies: 54
Views: 4095

Re: Removing Broken Bolts

I think that I must have right hand drill bits. Why would a left hand drill bit work better to remove a bolt. I watched a video with a guy who tapped a hole but the surface was almost flat. I doubt my surface is flat. If I can manage to tap a hole, how would I use the left handed drill bit? Should I...
by SVariance1
Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Broken Bolts
Replies: 54
Views: 4095

Re: Removing Broken Bolts

mrc wrote:
SVariance1 wrote:I have the images. How do I post them? I can't remember how to create a url for it. Is there a way to insert the image?

faq.php#f4r3


I do not see a way to post to the board. Is there one?
by SVariance1
Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Broken Bolts
Replies: 54
Views: 4095

Re: Removing Broken Bolts

I have the images. How do I post them? I can't remember how to create a url for it. Is there a way to insert the image?
by SVariance1
Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Broken Bolts
Replies: 54
Views: 4095

Re: Removing Broken Bolts

texasdiver wrote:There is a special tool for that. Make sure you get the right size.

https://www.amazon.com/Alden-8430P-Grab ... B000H6PM32

and also many videos on youbube on how to extract broken screws and bolts.


That looks like something I used called an easy out.
by SVariance1
Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Broken Bolts
Replies: 54
Views: 4095

Re: Removing Broken Bolts

Enough showing to get a good set of vicegrips on them? Or if just looking to tighten things up, can you drill new holes and just add new bolts? There is nothing showing. You have to look inside to see the broken bolts. Drilling new holes and applying new bolts is an interesting concept. I am not su...
by SVariance1
Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Broken Bolts
Replies: 54
Views: 4095

Removing Broken Bolts

I know this might seem like a strange topic but I know the Bogleheads have lots of knowledge about many things. I have a 14 year old elliptical machine. If I were to purchase a new one of similar quality, it would probably cost $1500. There are four bolts that connect a vertical insert into the main...
by SVariance1
Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: BREXIT - Whats the big deal?
Replies: 108
Views: 12132

Re: BREXIT - Whats the big deal?

In the short run, it is a big deal politically and possibly economically for Europe and the US as well. The stock market could fall substantially in the near term but one could say the same thing about the market without this type of event. No one knows why the stock market falls on any one given da...
by SVariance1
Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "There’s No Need to Fear Stock Market Corrections"
Replies: 15
Views: 3016

Re: "There’s No Need to Fear Stock Market Corrections"

I want to grow my money via the securities markets, which assumes that I will have to take some risk. Until I can figure out a way to grow my money without taking any risk (very unlikely to find this black box), I will continue to invest in the equity markets. During times like this, I may have to e...
by SVariance1
Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: CFP Books (Used)
Replies: 7
Views: 1963

Re: CFP Books (Used)

Why don't use free resources to help you figure it out before you spend any money.
by SVariance1
Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS IRA Rollover Rule Clarification Notice
Replies: 23
Views: 3296

Re: IRS IRA Rollover Rule Clarification Notice

I doubt that this was what was intended (?), but some people (including us) have used this to access a short-term "loan", with no penalties as long as the money is returned to a different IRA in less than 60 days. (There is, of course, the potential loss of any investment returns - or los...
by SVariance1
Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS IRA Rollover Rule Clarification Notice
Replies: 23
Views: 3296

Re: IRS IRA Rollover Rule Clarification Notice

I totally get that this does not affect trustee to trustee transfers. I have read parts of the court case and I will need to read it in its entirely. What I do not completely understand is why someone would choose to insert themselves into the process. There must be some type of monetary advantage t...

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