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by mouses
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 37
Views: 2189

Re: noisy generator

I just talked to Generac. They're in cahoots with something called MobileLink that will email or text. Doesn't say anything about wifi. Looks like it's some cellular connection. Not sure I want to fork out $295 for the device and $99 a year for their cellular service when I already have cellular ser...
by mouses
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 37
Views: 2189

Re: noisy generator

I hope the OP has been instructed on how to change the oil in the generator. It should be done every 100 hours of operation (about 4 days of continuous operation) or once a year, whichever comes first. The replacement oil should be synthetic (I like Mobil 1), but Generac wants the first 100 hours t...
by mouses
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 37
Views: 2189

Re: noisy generator

I hope the OP has been instructed on how to change the oil in the generator. It should be done every 100 hours of operation (about 4 days of continuous operation) or once a year, whichever comes first. The replacement oil should be synthetic (I like Mobil 1), but Generac wants the first 100 hours t...
by mouses
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 37
Views: 2189

Re: noisy generator

Our Generac was installed in a Generac-branded metal housing that has this egg-crate foam-looking "stuff' in the lid. I'm not sure about around the insides on the walls. But when the lid is closed, the sound is muffled considerably. RM There is some stuff on the sides (not sure how many sides as I ...
by mouses
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 37
Views: 2189

Re: noisy generator

This is part of the reason that I would never purchase a whole house standby generator. Other reasons include the fact that they consume a huge amount of fuel, they only work at that location (what if you need power somewhere else?), and the huge price tag... I hope the OP has been instructed on ho...
by mouses
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 37
Views: 2189

Re: noisy generator

Our Generac was installed in a Generac-branded metal housing that has this egg-crate foam-looking "stuff' in the lid. I'm not sure about around the insides on the walls. But when the lid is closed, the sound is muffled considerably. RM There is some stuff on the sides (not sure how many sides as I ...
by mouses
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 37
Views: 2189

Re: noisy generator

iamlucky13 wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:35 pm
I suppose the simplest thing to do is to shut it down and start it up as desired, so you can at least have quiet at night for example, if you are willing to have the power off for that duration.
The question is, how long can one have the power off if the temp is, say, minus ten degrees.
by mouses
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 37
Views: 2189

Re: noisy generator

I see that my note above that the noise was not as loud as I remembered when it was doing its first weekly test today was because in test mode it is 55db while in normal mode it is 67db. I just noticed that on its spec sheet.

I already addressed the neighbors issue in a previous post.
by mouses
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 37
Views: 2189

Re: noisy generator

Conversation in a restaurant??? Where do these people eat?

I see they also say:

Central Air Conditioner at 20 feet – 68dB

My AC is a few feet away from the generator, and much quieter.

I suspect the character of the noise may matter.
by mouses
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 37
Views: 2189

Re: noisy generator

Unfortunately, Generac is the Yugo of generators. They spend money on commercials, not on the product. Kohler is the way to go. The engines are quieter and the enclosure is designed to protect the unit from weather while attenuating noise. Too late :-) I did ask in here about brands, and Generac go...
by mouses
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pull kids from school for vacations?
Replies: 122
Views: 4361

Re: Pull kids from school for vacations?

I don't have kids in school so please enlighten me. When people say schools don't "allow" absences, what exactly does that mean? Do they like fine you or something? What authority exactly do they have to say no? I would think the kid would remember the vacation time and bonding time with family far...
by mouses
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with Cox compatible modem
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: Help with Cox compatible modem

I just avoid the modem/router combos. Arris/Motorola modem only should also be just fine. Shop Amazon and eBay for the best deal. There are used Hitron/Zyksel for ~$25 on eBay. I do not know about the serial number range from a previous poster. The installer logs the serial number in the system and...
by mouses
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 37
Views: 2189

Re: noisy generator

Share your power with the neighbors. They are hearing the same noise One next door neighbor has a generator already, as loud, but I don't hear it due to its location, and he doesn't hear mine when he's inside his house. The other next door neighbor, a summer resident only, has loud parties til 4am ...
by mouses
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 37
Views: 2189

Re: noisy generator

How far is the generator from the building? I've seen a wooden buffer wall, about 6-8 ft tall, installed between the house and generator. Obviously it depends on the placement and home configuration to allow this. Without going out and measuring, I'd say 12-15 feet from the house. It's at the back ...
by mouses
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 37
Views: 2189

noisy generator

Today I had a 16kW Generac generator installed, the type that runs on natural gas and goes on and off automatically. Somehow I had forgotten reports that they can be noisy, and I had gotten this blissful idea that things would tick along like clockwork if the power failed. Well, the things sounds li...
by mouses
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guidelines About Deposits on a Contractor Job?
Replies: 12
Views: 783

Re: Guidelines About Deposits on a Contractor Job?

I've paid upfront for landscaping work where the company had been around for a long time, very well-established. Similarly I paid a small outfit upfront when we signed a contract before doing anything. Take that for what it's worth. I'd probably not pay up front for someone who I didn't have a cont...
by mouses
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with Cox compatible modem
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: Help with Cox compatible modem

Be careful that the box says Cox compatible. If it does not, Cox's system may not accept it. They have a database of serial numbers and will only allow modems with those serial numbers to connect.
by mouses
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: "Breaking" a CD: On a Specific Date ??
Replies: 12
Views: 770

Re: "Breaking" a CD: On a Specific Date ??

I do this. I check the web to be sure the interest has been credited.
by mouses
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: unlicensed repair guy possibly spent our material deposit
Replies: 25
Views: 2764

Re: unlicensed repair guy possibly spent our material deposit

The Better Business Bureau might help. At least they will try. I idiotically gave several hundred dollars in advance to a guy who never showed up and after I got nowhere they made several efforts to contact him. Didn't succeed but at least he has a ding if anyone looks him up on their website.
by mouses
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need new email address. Gmail or ???
Replies: 70
Views: 5080

Re: Need new email address. Gmail or ???

Gmail is fine, especially if you couple it with a pc client such as Thunderbird. Isn't using Thunderbird for Gmail just adding another layer of complexity? I can just log onto Gmail with any browser, from anywhere. What benefit does Thunderbird (or any computer-resident email program) add? I like h...
by mouses
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why buy thicker hardwood?
Replies: 16
Views: 2163

Re: Why buy thicker hardwood?

I'm an old house freak, so I'm used to talking about 100 year or older houses and their being restored. You can't restore something that's trash to begin with.
by mouses
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: michael survivors
Replies: 16
Views: 1941

Re: michael survivors

You don't need online backup if you have thumb drives in appropriate places besides your home. I can't imagine why people leave important files online, just waiting to be hacked. Here's an article on about one of the houses that survived, one of those from a photo where everything else was leveled. ...
by mouses
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: would someone explain to me
Replies: 8
Views: 818

Re: would someone explain to me

People can discuss anything under the sun in the consumer board as far as I can tell. I really doubt that helping the planet is controversial. I would love to see whoever deleted this explain their reasoning.
by mouses
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: would someone explain to me
Replies: 8
Views: 818

would someone explain to me

Why the thread about how we can change our buying and other habits to help the environment seems to have vanished?

I found remnants of it in my cache. It was called Things I can do to reduce carbon footprint.
by mouses
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need new email address. Gmail or ???
Replies: 70
Views: 5080

Re: Need new email address. Gmail or ???

Gmail is fine, especially if you couple it with a pc client such as Thunderbird. That's what I use. However about once a day I check gmail with a browser as it has no way to say Don't do spam filtering, and what it considers spam is mostly real email. They recently redid the interface and broke fin...
by mouses
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Puerto Rico all over again
Replies: 6
Views: 1289

Puerto Rico all over again

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/12/us/looting-stores-hurricane-michael.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage Judging from the above article and the Times photos of Hurricane Michael's devastation, Florida is in as bad shape as Puerto Rico. This seems 100% likely to happen again repeate...
by mouses
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crawlspace flooding issues - builder liable?
Replies: 16
Views: 1043

Re: Crawlspace flooding issues - builder liable?

Besides determining what is the cause of the problem, and I don't know what type of professional does that, some type of engineer I would guess, if a sump pump would solve it that is not a big deal. I have an industrial strength sump pump, a Zoeller M53 Mighty-mate Submersible Sump Pump, 1/3 Hp, in ...
by mouses
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV recommendation for my father
Replies: 52
Views: 2244

Re: TV recommendation for my father

Reading half way through the replies, I am suddenly very glad I got rid of my tv years ago. I did look for a replacement small tv but they all seemed to be made of that plastic that has an outgassing smell. For what it's worth, my mother in her eighties was very happy with Cox because when she had t...
by mouses
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Just Divorced -- Need Help [looking for new credit card]
Replies: 72
Views: 6597

Re: Just Divorced -- Need Help

WhiteMaxima wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:09 am
pay down your debt 1st even you have to eat cat food. once you debt become zero, your credit score will be high again.
I don't know where the rumor that cat food was a cheap food for humans got started. People are better off eating rice and beans, nutritious and cheaper.
by mouses
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Just Divorced -- Need Help [looking for new credit card]
Replies: 72
Views: 6597

Re: Just Divorced -- Need Help

I haven't had time to read all the responses, but if your credit is lousy can you even get a decent card? Probably should have applied for one before the divorce financials were finalized, assuming your credit was good before this. If the ex-wife was running up bills she didn't pay, I guess you coul...
by mouses
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How are RMD's handled if you have more than one IRA account?
Replies: 3
Views: 528

Re: How are RMD's handled if you have more than one IRA account?

As log as you take the total amount required, you can take it out of any subset of the accounts. I have my traditional IRAs in CDs and I always take it out of my lowest interest rate CD.
by mouses
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: “$1000/month job is worth $300k in retirement funds” // What are some retirement jobs you would actually enjoy doing?
Replies: 103
Views: 9598

Re: “$1000/month job is worth $300k in retirement funds” // What are some retirement jobs you would actually enjoy doing

Part time or full time, whichever tickles your fancy. Also it doesn’t necessarily have to earn $1000/month. It could be more or less, as long as it’s not zero. Personally, I think I would enjoy being a teacher, but haven’t really thought about this in depth, so I figured I’d ask all of you :) Depen...
by mouses
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Purchase - Sellers Request Help with Repairs
Replies: 69
Views: 3052

Re: Home Purchase - Sellers Request Help with Repairs

Now that I've read about the gut job and then this major problem shows up, I would run away, not just walk away. I'm having an advanced septic system put in, a state requirement due to distance from a body of water. It comes with a notification system for things malfunctioning. I guess simpler syste...
by mouses
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What did you buy today
Replies: 108
Views: 7508

Re: What did you buy today

Knockoff dayquil and nyquil, knockoff 12 hour sudafed, bananas, and some whiskey. All for medicinal purposes. Flu season has begun. :( Already had lemon, honey, yogurt, rice, bread for toast, and garlic. A can of chicken soup somewhere. I did see that there was some movement in the stock and bond m...
by mouses
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Purchase - Sellers Request Help with Repairs
Replies: 69
Views: 3052

Re: Home Purchase - Sellers Request Help with Repairs

If something were going on like the sellers were elderly and poor I might fork out $2000 at closing. It depends on how much $4000 is to you, the price of the house, etc. It sounds like you can't afford $4000 though.
by mouses
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Feeling Guilt among family/peers
Replies: 42
Views: 5164

Re: Feeling Guilt among family/peers

I can't imagine why you told people what the engagement ring cost, as it seems like boasting. In that case, no wonder there is resentment.
by mouses
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone done a Hair Transplant?
Replies: 79
Views: 5694

Re: Anyone done a Hair Transplant?

After an initial attempt(s?) that were obviously wrong, Joe Biden seems to have gotten good results. In the meantime, instead of a combover, which never looks right, I have seen several guys with Brutus cuts that seem to work well.
by mouses
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbors tree branch growing too close to my house
Replies: 48
Views: 3816

Re: Neighbors tree branch growing too close to my house

Any branch of neighbor's tree reaching over the property line you are permitted to cut down as long as the tree will not die from it, is common law. A nice neighbor would not let a branch get to your windows and over the roof. A nice neighbor probably has no idea what his or her tree is doing in yo...
by mouses
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Formula for when to buy in bulk
Replies: 41
Views: 3225

Re: Formula for when to buy in bulk

On a small scale, I calculated that buying a large bottle of Acetaminophen Costco saved money vs a smaller bottle anywhere else - even if I threw out most of the pills when not usable. I don't think you're supposed to throw pills out, rather take them to drop off places. Our local police station ha...
by mouses
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medicare drug question - days or pills?
Replies: 18
Views: 827

Re: Medicare drug question - days or pills?

I think this is straightforward, but I will add this tidbit. I had a prescription where I took two a day and "more if you are having an issue." There was no way the insurance company could cope with the latter directions, so my doctor wrote a prescription for three a day (or something, I forget exac...
by mouses
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbors tree branch growing too close to my house
Replies: 48
Views: 3816

Re: Neighbors tree branch growing too close to my house

Talk to your neighbor. Pay the cost yourself unless the neighbor volunteers. That will be more likely to ensure a neighborly outcome. Hire an arborist not "someone with a chain saw." Not only is this safer, but the results will be better for the tree. I believe everywhere someone has the right to tr...
by mouses
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Office Computers
Replies: 5
Views: 805

Re: Office Computers

I am very happy with Lenovos. HPs have had recurring problems.
by mouses
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 191
Views: 11004

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

Ignore all the negative news you see out there. There are lot of big money games being played by wall street to manipulate the stock price and they have way of controlling the news you see out there. This is a parody right? I mean you are making fun of the cult right? No? Well just to be clear ELON...
by mouses
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: UPS mailbox experiences?
Replies: 14
Views: 731

Re: UPS mailbox experiences?

There was one in our neighborhood. The guy who ran it shut down with no notice and the last I heard people had no idea where to get the mail that they had not picked up yet.
by mouses
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cap One vs Fidelity CC My experience so far
Replies: 7
Views: 855

Re: Cap One vs Fidelity CC My experience so far

I really like my CapOne card, for all the reasons noted above. I log into the website, I see everything, I can redeem the rewards for credit to my account, the possible fraud handling is convenient. I have a 1.5% Chase card as a backup, and the rewards credit only is available after that month's bil...
by mouses
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which is better CD - rates and terms?
Replies: 65
Views: 5443

Re: Which is better CD - rates and terms?

If I had to choose a CD, I would split between the 24 mo. 3% CD and Synchrony's 15 mo. 2.75% CD or the 16 mo. 2.836% CD on the secondary market, although the latter only has 10 qty available atm, and you'd have to pay a brokerage fee for buying from the secondary market which will bring the yield d...
by mouses
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What purchase saved you the most money?
Replies: 136
Views: 12666

Re: What purchase saved you the most money?

sambb wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:04 pm
ivy league education has had largest ROI for me
MIT. Instant credibility when job hunting, especially for a female in a technical field. Now ageism has wiped that out, but it worked well for several decades.
by mouses
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What purchase saved you the most money?
Replies: 136
Views: 12666

Re: What purchase saved you the most money?

Buying a modem the day I signed up for comcast (vs leasing one) probably has saved me $1000+ over the years... Yeah, I bought a modem when I signed up with Cox about fifteen years ago. They want me to upgrade now, but only rent. (I tried upgrading with a bought one last year from some electronics p...
by mouses
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Small, Portable, and Ductless Air Conditioners]
Replies: 60
Views: 3770

Re: [Small, Portable, and Ductless Air Conditioners]

I'm having this exact problem about my garage, which in NC summer is uninhabitable. I only need to reduce the temperature and humidity to non-sauna levels. I don't need it fully climate controlled, and weighing my options. Mini split: best end result, most efficient, only require 3" hole through th...
by mouses
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sellers remorse - selling business
Replies: 44
Views: 4725

Re: Sellers remorse - selling business

nalor511 wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:23 pm
Just do it, happy wife, happy life.
Rude comment about this sexist expression.