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by SVariance1
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refinishing a Basement - Contractor - Contracts
Replies: 15
Views: 817

Re: Refinishing a Basement - Contractor - Contracts

Some contractors can be flaky especially if they are busy. If he has done good work in the past then it can be worth putting up with mild amounts of BS vs dealing with the headaches of a poor job. I agree. I am hoping to use him. I just feel a little uneasy about buying the floor without seeing a c...
by SVariance1
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refinishing a Basement - Contractor - Contracts
Replies: 15
Views: 817

Re: Refinishing a Basement - Contractor - Contracts

I thought I was clear but I guess not. I clarified the text. He would like for me to buy the flooring now and then he would deliver a contact shortly prior to the start date. I would prefer to see a contract and then buy the materials. Why does he want it in this order? Are you going to buy the flo...
by SVariance1
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refinishing a Basement - Contractor - Contracts
Replies: 15
Views: 817

Re: Refinishing a Basement - Contractor - Contracts

I was wondering if anyone would have any thoughts on the following issue. I will be hiring a contractor to refinish a basement. The approximate cost will be $15,000. I will be required to buy the flooring and have it at my home a few days before the work is to begin. Here is the issue. There is no ...
by SVariance1
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refinishing a Basement - Contractor - Contracts
Replies: 15
Views: 817

Re: Refinishing a Basement - Contractor - Contracts

I was wondering if anyone would have any thoughts on the following issue. I will be hiring a contractor to refinish a basement. The approximate cost will be $15,000. I will be required to buy the flooring and have it at my home a few days before the work is to begin. Here is the issue. There is no ...
by SVariance1
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refinishing a Basement - Contractor - Contracts
Replies: 15
Views: 817

Re: Refinishing a Basement - Contractor - Contracts

I do not think the floor needs to be there for many days, if any, in terms of acclimation. The floor is vinyl that looks like wood.
by SVariance1
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refinishing a Basement - Contractor - Contracts
Replies: 15
Views: 817

Refinishing a Basement - Contractor - Contracts

I was wondering if anyone would have any thoughts on the following issue. I will be hiring a contractor to refinish a basement. The approximate cost will be $15,000. I will be required to buy the flooring now (prior to seeing a contract) and have it at my home a few days before the work is to begin....
by SVariance1
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Raising/Eliminating a Drop Ceiling in a Basement
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Re: Raising/Eliminating a Drop Ceiling in a Basement

Are you sure you don't have any other renovations to do? If you wanted to move a water or drain line above, having the drop ceiling might be nice for easy access. I don't think 2k seems outrageous. How many square feet are we talking about? And would the contractor be doing any texture and final pa...
by SVariance1
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Raising/Eliminating a Drop Ceiling in a Basement
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Raising/Eliminating a Drop Ceiling in a Basement

I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on spending extra money to get rid of a drop ceiling in a basement. The cost would be an extra $2,000, if it can be done. The contractor would have to see what is inside to determine if the drop can be eliminated. The overall benefit would be a higher ceili...
by SVariance1
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Old Shower handles
Replies: 21
Views: 2058

Re: Replacing Old Shower handles

The picture shows. :sharebeer Hopefully someone has some ideas. We had some old fixtures that needed replacing. It turned out they were from a European company. I found that out by taking a photo and showing it to a plumbing supply warehouse near us. Sometimes you can look for a similar photo by us...
by SVariance1
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Old Shower handles
Replies: 21
Views: 2058

Re: Replacing Old Shower handles

Mike, I can't see it either. Two of the most popular sites for hosting images for free and without registering are https://imgur.com/ and http://tinypic.com/. Imgur has gotten a little more complicated. I think you'll find tinypic is easiest. You may have to fill out a captcha, but otherwise it's a...
by SVariance1
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Old Shower handles
Replies: 21
Views: 2058

Re: Replacing Old Shower handles

I can not see the picture, photobucket reports an issue. If I could see it I could probably identify it from the look alone, I spent several years in the wholesale plumbing industry. Getting replacement handles is always an option. There are few that manufacturers don't have options for and even th...
by SVariance1
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Old Shower handles
Replies: 21
Views: 2058

Re: Replacing Old Shower handles

I can not see the picture, photobucket reports an issue. If I could see it I could probably identify it from the look alone, I spent several years in the wholesale plumbing industry. Getting replacement handles is always an option. There are few that manufacturers don't have options for and even th...
by SVariance1
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Old Shower handles
Replies: 21
Views: 2058

Re: Replacing Old Shower handles

I can not see the picture, photobucket reports an issue. If I could see it I could probably identify it from the look alone, I spent several years in the wholesale plumbing industry. Getting replacement handles is always an option. There are few that manufacturers don't have options for and even th...
by SVariance1
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Old Shower handles
Replies: 21
Views: 2058

Re: Replacing Old Shower handles

I would definitely paint them before considering cutting access through a wall. Who knows what you may find or how much it would cost to do that. I recently remodeled our bathroom and we painted the fixtures and sconces. This was cost effective and they looked like new fixtures. Good luck! How did ...
by SVariance1
Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Old Shower handles
Replies: 21
Views: 2058

Replacing Old Shower handles

I wanted to see if I could get an opinion on replacing old brass shower handles with new ones that are more modern. I do not know the brand of the handles (they were in my shower prior to moving in about 14 years ago.). My plumber told me that the only way to replace them would be change the valves ...
by SVariance1
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work
Replies: 41
Views: 1953

Re: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work

I can't find this: There is no: "Up" radio station tune button. Press and hold the "1" radio station preset button at the same time. Perhaps you have the navigation system in your Highlander? What trim level do you have? "Limited"? I do have the navigation system in the highlander. It is a limited.
by SVariance1
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work
Replies: 41
Views: 1953

Re: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work

Some Year-Model Toyotas have an anti-theft system that will disable the radio after battery removal. Do this to reset the system... Insert the key into the ignition. Turn the ignition switch to the "On" position without starting the engine. Press the power button on the stereo to turn it on. Press ...
by SVariance1
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work
Replies: 41
Views: 1953

Re: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work

Some Year-Model Toyotas have an anti-theft system that will disable the radio after battery removal. Do this to reset the system... Insert the key into the ignition. Turn the ignition switch to the "On" position without starting the engine. Press the power button on the stereo to turn it on. Press ...
by SVariance1
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work
Replies: 41
Views: 1953

Re: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work

Something likely fried when the installer shorted a wire when your battery was replaced. They will not fix anything becuse you cannot prove they damaged anything and if they don't admit it you are hosed. Most likely it should be just a fuse or two blown but could have been the entire audio system b...
by SVariance1
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work
Replies: 41
Views: 1953

Re: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work

AAA replaced the battery. I called them up and they said there is nothing we can do for you. I am going to call them again. I could be wrong, but I don't think AAA does car repair. +1 AAA does emergency roadside service. They changed out a battery. Not their fault. The problem occurred immediately ...
by SVariance1
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work
Replies: 41
Views: 1953

Re: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work

AAA replaced the battery. I called them up and they said there is nothing we can do for you. I am going to call them again. I could be wrong, but I don't think AAA does car repair. +1 AAA does emergency roadside service. They changed out a battery. Not their fault. The problem occurred immediately ...
by SVariance1
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work
Replies: 41
Views: 1953

Re: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work

I was wondering if anyone has had any success in trying to get a dead radio and back up camera to work again. I had the battery replaced on a 2009 Toyota Highlander and since then, the backup camera and radio no longer work. I have taken it to the dealer, local auto shops but no one has been able t...
by SVariance1
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work
Replies: 41
Views: 1953

Re: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work

obafgkm wrote:
SVariance1 wrote:AAA replaced the battery. I called them up and they said there is nothing we can do for you. I am going to call them again.
I could be wrong, but I don't think AAA does car repair.
They do not do car repair but I think they caused the problem.
by SVariance1
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work
Replies: 41
Views: 1953

Re: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work

AAA replaced the battery. I called them up and they said there is nothing we can do for you. I am going to call them again.
by SVariance1
Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work
Replies: 41
Views: 1953

Re: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work

I was wondering if anyone has had any success in trying to get a dead radio and back up camera to work again. I had the battery replaced on a 2009 Toyota Highlander and since then, the backup camera and radio no longer work. I have taken it to the dealer, local auto shops but no one has been able t...
by SVariance1
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work
Replies: 41
Views: 1953

Re: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work

My wife took it to the dealer and I assume that they checked the fuses but I do not know for sure. AAA replaced the battery and they will not help me. I do not think this system has a code to enter
by SVariance1
Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work
Replies: 41
Views: 1953

Toyota Radio and Backup Camera No Longer Work

I was wondering if anyone has had any success in trying to get a dead radio and back up camera to work again. I had the battery replaced on a 2009 Toyota Highlander and since then, the backup camera and radio no longer work. I have taken it to the dealer, local auto shops but no one has been able to...
by SVariance1
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop CD ROM Tray Keeps Ejecting
Replies: 4
Views: 440

Re: Laptop CD ROM Tray Keeps Ejecting

I disabled the drive to prevent it from coming out. I called the company from which I bought it and asked for a partial refund. They offered me a small amount of money and I accepted the offer. I guess if I ever need the drive, I can enable it.
by SVariance1
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop CD ROM Tray Keeps Ejecting
Replies: 4
Views: 440

Laptop CD ROM Tray Keeps Ejecting

I was wondering if anyone would have a suggestion as to how to fix a new laptop with a cd rom tray that keeps popping out. I have tried a few suggestions from google searches but nothing has worked other than to disable the drive. I know that I could take it to back to the store and return it but th...
by SVariance1
Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HP Laptop - Black Screen - Help
Replies: 14
Views: 1209

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: 1209

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: 1209

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: 1271

Re: Small Clear Trash Bags for Bathroom

FraggleRock wrote:I find this site to be useful
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i ... 1RUC5KIGDV


Yes, but I value the opinions of people on this site more than the average person who comments on Amazon.
by SVariance1
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Small Clear Trash Bags for Bathroom
Replies: 9
Views: 1271

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: 3128

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: 3128

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: 3128

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: 3128

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: 3128

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: 3128

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: 3128

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: 3128

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: 3128

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: 3128

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: 3128

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: 3047

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: 3047

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: 3047

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: 3047

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...