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by graeme
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mosquitos
Replies: 42
Views: 3161

Re: Mosquitos

My entire city is sprayed for mosquitoes regularly during the warm months. It does a good job killing bees, butterflies, and even some birds but don't affect mosquitoes. Still, the city gets to say they're spending $40,000 a month to attempt to 'do something'.
by graeme
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Filling Concrete Driveway Cracks - Best ways?
Replies: 7
Views: 1322

Re: Filling Concrete Driveway Cracks - Best ways?

Last year I filled a large number of driveway cracks to keep them from getting worse and to prevent weeds from growing in them. First, a pressure washer, wire brush, and putty knife was used to clean out loose soil, sand, and debris from the cracks. Next, I cut strips of foam backer and stuffed it i...
by graeme
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Bad Experience With Angie's List
Replies: 36
Views: 3922

Re: My Bad Experience With Angie's List

A flooring and woodworking contractor years ago came and had a large 'Angie's List' sign on their truck. The contractor kept trying to substitute cheap, low quality wood and paint items when others were specified. Basically, there were trying to minimize costs to just get the job done and get paid b...
by graeme
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: (Water Filtration System) Miracle we are all not dead
Replies: 61
Views: 5330

Re: (Water Filtration System) Miracle we are all not dead

The type of water filter depends mostly on what you're trying to do. Our house is in a farming area with high nitrates and pesticide runoff in the municipal water. To fix that, I installed a five stage reverse osmosis system in the utility room and then ran water taps to the bathroom and kitchen. We...
by graeme
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Top Carrier
Replies: 18
Views: 1250

Re: Car Top Carrier

Driving an old Honda hatchback cross country was okay until I got to some hill country. At that point I discovered the car top carrier added a lot of drag and made it quite hard for the little hatchback to climb hills. I sold the carrier upon arrival and the drive back went much better.
by graeme
Tue May 28, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any experience with/recommendations for custom PC building sites?
Replies: 13
Views: 806

Re: Any experience with/recommendations for custom PC building sites?

The SA Forum thread for building PCs has been great for several years and guided me in building several gaming desktop systems. Link: https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3774409 To track part prices for a PC build, pcpartspicker.com is useful. Most components have been ordered ...
by graeme
Mon May 27, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drinking water systems
Replies: 8
Views: 651

Re: Drinking water systems

Are you working for better tasting water, trying to filter out toxics, or both? Living near farms made our water frequently high in pesticides and nitrates, so an RO system did great filtering and also improved taste.
by graeme
Tue May 21, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wiper blade replacement
Replies: 30
Views: 2541

Re: Wiper blade replacement

My mechanic commented that people keep throwing away expensive wipers on their car. Refills for the wipers on my Lexus are $8 each at the dealer and seem to last more than two years in the midwest.
by graeme
Fri May 10, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mosquito control in Central Va
Replies: 22
Views: 1582

Re: Mosquito control in Central Va

My city sprays the entire city for mosquitoes during the summer each year. We no longer have bees or butterflies and the day of each spray I find a few dead birds in the yard, but the mosquitoes are the same. When looking for backyard mosquito solutions, eliminating any standing water, having backya...
by graeme
Tue May 07, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: B&H Photo will pay your sales tax [payboo]
Replies: 21
Views: 2522

Re: B&H Photo will pay your sales tax [payboo]

That's an interesting business model for a credit card. Unfortunately, my state isn't eligible.
by graeme
Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Metal roof- anyone switch from asphalt to metal?
Replies: 12
Views: 1455

Re: Metal roof- anyone switch from asphalt to metal?

2 yrs ago I was seriously thinking about metal roof, then my insurance agent talked me out of it due to the higher premiums for ins. Apparently firefighters have a much harder time putting out a fire with a metal roof. So I roofed with asphalt shingle again. That's interesting as I've heard the opp...
by graeme
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury car recommendations?
Replies: 107
Views: 9656

Re: Luxury car recommendations?

I'd check out Lexus ES350 if you're looking for a sedan. I just got one for my wife and she loves it. Nowhere as fun to drive as my 340i (BMW) but noticeably more luxurious and comfortable. When I was looking for high reliability and luxury, it came down to Toyota Avalon or Lexus ES350. After test ...
by graeme
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a good website(s) or resources for used car reviews?
Replies: 24
Views: 1519

Re: Is there a good website(s) or resources for used car reviews?

Forums for specific vehicles many times illustrate common issues and solutions. The user reviews about specific vehicles on Edmunds.com can be helpful as well. If there have been issues, it's many times discussed.
by graeme
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lock Strategy for New House
Replies: 40
Views: 2723

Re: Lock Strategy for New House

Instead of just reinforcing the strike plate you may want to consider reinforcing the entire frame with a type of 'door jamb armor' so it's cannot be easily kicked in. Do you have children? We found it helpful to not have keys on the house or garage at all. Some Simplex mechanical keypad locks have ...
by graeme
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Replacing Bathroom Counter "Drop-In" Sinks
Replies: 5
Views: 502

Re: Help Replacing Bathroom Counter "Drop-In" Sinks

With a similar situation a few years ago, we ended up ordering a granite composite countertop and sink as one piece from Home Depot. It included splash-guards where it was up against the wall. When it arrived, I disconnected the plumbing and removed the old countertop, sink, and old faucet first. Af...
by graeme
Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medicare annual physical vs wellness visit
Replies: 54
Views: 3018

Re: Medicare annual physical vs wellness visit

Similarly, my employer based insurance is a high deductible plan where yearly physicals are supposedly free. After calling the insurance and my doctor's office to see how that worked, they said a physical would be fully covered if the doctor found no diagnosis (i.e. no codes) and also didn't order a...
by graeme
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best quality car - Lexus?
Replies: 56
Views: 6336

Re: Best quality car - Lexus?

Purchased a 2008 Lexus IS350. All scheduled maintenance was done as scheduled. Touch screen failed at 105,000, front brake calipers froze and boiled brake fluid at 106,000. Dash was part of a class action suit and recall because the plastic used was so soft you could draw initials in it with your fi...
by graeme
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair or Sell 2002 Avalon
Replies: 32
Views: 2374

Re: Repair or Sell 2002 Avalon

If you're happy with how the Avalon drives and feels in general, I'd repair it. You know the vehicle, the maintenance needed, and the status of all components. With a newer used vehicle, you're starting over with everything and spending several thousand dollars to do so. Buying a used vehicle doesn'...
by graeme
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kid schooling - not learning much academically. Looking for suggestions.
Replies: 117
Views: 6047

Re: Kid schooling - not learning much academically. Looking for suggestions.

Hope this topic is allowed here, as I don't know where else to go. My 5-year old kid is in kindergarten at a local catholic school in south Jersey. Based on the assignments, he already knows what they are taught in class. For example, they are teaching counting 1 to 10. But, he can count to over 10...
by graeme
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stand up desks: Jarvis vs UpLift vs ?? (Help me shop)
Replies: 34
Views: 2625

Re: Stand up desks: Jarvis vs UpLift vs ?? (Help me shop)

I spend half my time standing and half on a bar stool in front of two monitors. Instead of purchasing something, I used a couple 1x12 boards elevated by some books for a couple weeks to get the height and placement correct. The monitor stand (board) is one height and the keyboard / mouse / coffee st...
by graeme
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adult Games / Board Games - Recommendations
Replies: 55
Views: 3765

Re: Adult Games / Board Games - Recommendations

We've had good luck with Dixit and Resistance playing with family from ages 12 to 70.
by graeme
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fax without a telephone line
Replies: 23
Views: 2332

Re: Fax without a telephone line

There are online services that let you upload a document and have it be faxed to a specific phone number. Many of these let you send a few each month for free.
by graeme
Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need A Chromebook Recommendation
Replies: 16
Views: 1486

Re: Need A Chromebook Recommendation

Our Asus Flipbook started having battery and screen problems after about ten months, so we followed the Asus process and sent it in to be repaired under warranty. When we got it back it had the exact same issues and was now out of warranty.
by graeme
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole house water filter? How to interpret test results??
Replies: 7
Views: 688

Re: Whole house water filter? How to interpret test results??

Living in a community near large amounts of farming, a concern every spring in our area is the amount of nitrates and pesticides that end up in the drinking water. To address that, we added a reverse osmosis water filter with separate output taps in the bathrooms and kitchen. The entire installation...
by graeme
Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mice [updated - not a mouse]
Replies: 54
Views: 4279

Re: Mice

Sticky traps can work well. Steel wool can be used to fill interior holes such as where a water pipe goes into a kitchen cupboard and prevent mice going through. If possible, try to figure out where they are entering the house.
by graeme
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quitting w/o notice
Replies: 132
Views: 9023

Re: Quitting w/o notice

Several local companies nearby have a policy of viewing anyone giving notice as a security and/or liability risk. As soon as anyone gives notice, they're escorted by security to their vehicle without any chance to even return to their desk. This is an 'at will' employment state.
by graeme
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to determine the maintenance schedule for newer cars?
Replies: 18
Views: 1362

Re: how to determine the maintenance schedule for newer cars?

As someone that tries to do all preventative maintenance on vehicles so they last a long time and are very reliable, I understand the frustration of not having a printed maintenance schedule. The owner manual sometimes has initial info such as for oil changes. Beyond that, searching online forums fo...
by graeme
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Shaver/Beard Trimmer
Replies: 21
Views: 1940

Re: Electric Shaver/Beard Trimmer

Are any of these beard trimmers fairly quiet? My Wahl trimmer works well but it's so loud I need to use foam ear plugs while using it.
by graeme
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Battery backup sump pump recommended?
Replies: 11
Views: 787

Re: Battery backup sump pump recommended?

For backup sump pumps, I like the ones powered by water pressure. Liberty Pumps makes some that are simple and can be installed to automatically operate if the main sump pump doesn't work for some reason.
by graeme
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cell phone insurance
Replies: 25
Views: 2051

Re: Cell phone insurance

Personally, I drop my phone once in a while so a good case like the Otterbox Defender is worth it. If phones are lost or damaged in other ways and repair costs are too high, the insurance could make sense.
by graeme
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: App to record calls (manually).
Replies: 5
Views: 723

Re: App to record calls (manually).

The Android app "Call Recorder - ACR" should work for this.
by graeme
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What does a typical homeowners insurance policy have?
Replies: 15
Views: 2637

Re: What does a typical homeowners insurance policy have?

Once you have the homeowners insurance set up correctly, create some records of what you own. After a fire, tornado, or flood it can be very difficult to remember all the items in your home. One recommendation says to video your home once a year, walking around with a video camera opening drawers an...
by graeme
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daily Driver (Car) Over 100K Miles?
Replies: 96
Views: 7447

Re: Daily Driver (Car) Over 100K Miles?

After owning several Hondas and keeping one 1991 Honda Prelude to 296,000 miles, I sold it when the air conditioning needed expensive repairs. Our family driver is a Honda Pilot with 176,000 miles on it that we hope to drive to around 300,000 miles. Watching the reliability of Hondas, it's looking a...