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by forgeblast
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me understand Google Drive
Replies: 17
Views: 1550

Re: Help me understand Google Drive

Teacher here too, our school became a google school. we use the gsuites for education. Its a really Powerful program. With drive you can link other email accounts. This will allow you to share and retreieve from one place. https://teachercenter.withgoogle.com/?__utma=173272373.1569325443.1457108642....
by forgeblast
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1980s Vacuums vs Today
Replies: 27
Views: 2636

Re: 1980s Vacuums vs Today

Dyson hands down. we have two, the first a corded animal model will suck up drywall dust and not spew it into the house.
the second is our v6 cordless. Got it refurbished from dyson and its excellent.
by forgeblast
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men's No-Cotton Travel Pants / Shirts Suggestions? Other Tips from experienced world travellers?
Replies: 115
Views: 5643

Re: Men's No-Cotton Travel Pants Suggestions? Other Tips from experienced world travellers?

J295 wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:46 pm
Eddie Bauer Travex
Meets all your requirements.

These are great Pants!! my favorite are the
https://www.eddiebauer.com/product/mens ... ype=&size=
They move, stretch are very comfortable and are just my go to pants.
by forgeblast
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mowing Business
Replies: 11
Views: 1795

Re: Mowing Business

College Students....
by forgeblast
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MMORPG games
Replies: 59
Views: 4435

Re: MMORPG games

I avoided WOW. Star Wars Galaxies was an awesome sandbox game. I was in a highly ranked rebel guild, and we had our own town, spaceport etc.... Then two things happened. Star wars nerfed a lot of combat and their Jedi. Then WOW hit....Star Wars became a ghost town. It was amazing how everyone left f...
by forgeblast
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disciplined with finances, but not so with diet
Replies: 217
Views: 9768

Re: Disciplined with finances, but not so with diet

Any bogleheads any diet wisdom? I've always been disciplined with saving money but can't seem to apply the same discipline to my diet. I have tried weight watchers, Jenny Craig, beach body, keto, my fitness pal...I lack discipline and get hungry. Just this week I decided to start eating the same th...
by forgeblast
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MMORPG games
Replies: 59
Views: 4435

Re: MMORPG games

Guild wars2, Everquest, Everquest 2, Star wars galaxies, LOTRO, rift, diablo 2, hellgate london, secrete world, and a few others. I loved playing them pre kiddo. We have a PS4 now and I will play Star Wars Battlefront 2 and The Division every now and then but its rare I can play a game for a long pe...
by forgeblast
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 354
Views: 50154

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

shawndoggy wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:01 pm
anyone have any good references for post-apocalypto kinda stuff? Loved Warday, Z is for Zacharia, On the Beach, etc as a kid. More recently really enjoyed the Silo series. Not really into the fantasy concepts.
There was a whole series out called The Deathlands by james axler good easy reads.
by forgeblast
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engagement Ring (Affordable)
Replies: 138
Views: 7347

Re: Engagement Ring (Affordable)

I used diamonds direct. I was able to go in look at a few different cuts, and then they set the diamond.
by forgeblast
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun
Replies: 171
Views: 12673

Re: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun

Many ranges will have beginner classes. You do not have to own a gun to attend, you can borrow theirs. There was one near me run by NRA certified instructors and all you had to bring was one or two boxes of ammo. I highly recommend these classes. Often people will develop issues that could have been...
by forgeblast
Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Purchase of 2018?
Replies: 255
Views: 19524

Re: Favorite Purchase of 2018?

Used copies of "Forks To Knives" it changed the way we eat. I lost over 20 lbs, dropped from a 36 to a 32 waist and have been feeling excellent. To the point where I have been working out now 2-3 times a week, but the mental change of just feeling really, really, good has made it worth it! The funn...
by forgeblast
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Driving from MA to FL - recommendations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2038

Re: Driving from MA to FL - recommendations?

I will be driving from MA to FL around New Years'. I may do the shorter but stressful Route 95 path all the way, or may drive out to around Scranton and take 81 to 77 down, for the scenery and to avoid the Northeast Corridor gridlock. The decision will partly depend on weather and what time I leave...
by forgeblast
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pesticides for residence
Replies: 26
Views: 1670

Re: Pesticides for residence

I have had great success with Diypestcontrol dot com I use their talstar product. It is granular and flow able (backpack sprayer). We live where there are a lot of tick due to the high deer population. Talstar when we first used it, we actually had a line of ants leaving the area walking on top of o...
by forgeblast
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen refresh/remodel ideas
Replies: 36
Views: 2456

Re: Kitchen refresh/remodel ideas

We just did a total kitchen remodel. Where we moved our kitchen from a small room into our larger mudroom. It was easily twice the size of our original galley kitchen. It was one of the few things we could do to increase the value of our home. We were and are extremely glad we did. We found a few st...
by forgeblast
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kid schooling - not learning much academically. Looking for suggestions.
Replies: 117
Views: 5886

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

An IEP is a document which lays out a plan for students with disabilities to help them succeed while in public school. We have/had 3 children with IEPs. You could always give public school a try. I think they would offer more in the way of gifted programs. I've seen bright 5-year-olds become very a...
by forgeblast
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kid schooling - not learning much academically. Looking for suggestions.
Replies: 117
Views: 5886

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

Elementary teacher here. What I see with my Kindergarten classes is that kids come in on a ton of different levels. By the end of Kg and going into first grade they are pretty much where they need to be. Starting in 2nd grade you can ask for testing to see if they are gifted. IF they are then the te...
by forgeblast
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Purchase of 2018?
Replies: 255
Views: 19524

Re: Favorite Purchase of 2018?

Used copies of "Forks To Knives" it changed the way we eat. I lost over 20 lbs, dropped from a 36 to a 32 waist and have been feeling excellent. To the point where I have been working out now 2-3 times a week, but the mental change of just feeling really, really, good has made it worth it! The funny...
by forgeblast
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New England travel ideas, summer 2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1374

Re: New England travel ideas, summer 2019

Cape cod is awesome! lots to do you could even take a whale watching tour. We love the bay side Brewster is where we go.
In Boston try to catch a Red Sox game at fenway, there is also the history tour or duckboats.
You could drive up to salem too.
by forgeblast
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Teachers, Professors, and others with lots of vacation days: what do you do in the summer?
Replies: 49
Views: 4341

Re: Teachers, Professors, and others with lots of vacation days: what do you do in the summer?

The first week off from school I take it real easy. The stress of the last month of school is brutal and I need a week to recover. Constant naps, etc the stress leaving my body makes it so I really cannot do much that first week. My wife and I both teach so the first weeks off are difficult since we...
by forgeblast
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we sell farmland to coal company?
Replies: 33
Views: 2050

Re: Should we sell farmland to coal company?

I would 1. get an appraisal on the land. 2. If you are even thinking of selling contact a land lawyer. 3. Is there forest on the property, can it be logged before they mine? There is probably a lot, I mean a lot to negotiate. The amount they will pay on top of the % of royalty, plus if there are oth...
by forgeblast
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crawl Space Fixin's - Do you really need it?
Replies: 20
Views: 2209

Re: Crawl Space Fixin's - Do you really need it?

We passed on houses that had drainage issues. They were really nice, but I did not want to deal with sump pumps that had to run constantly. It also made the house feel colder. 6k to have it fixed seems like a decent price, what was the cost break down?
by forgeblast
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pixel 3 early adopters: any feedback?
Replies: 42
Views: 3389

Re: Pixel 3 early adopters: any feedback?

I have an otter case, but no screen protector. The screen protectors I wanted did not fit the phone (multiple reviews) so I decided to wait until they make the product fit.
by forgeblast
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pixel 3 early adopters: any feedback?
Replies: 42
Views: 3389

Re: Pixel 3 early adopters: any feedback?

Have it and love it. Big upgrade over our other phones. Even went google fi with it and enjoying the service.
by forgeblast
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Children's Books for Gifting
Replies: 16
Views: 820

Re: Children's Books for Gifting

Harry potter, The warrior series (about cats), A series of unfortunate events.
Then picture books there are a lot out there for the younger kiddos.
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/bookwizard/ is a good tool.
by forgeblast
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comic books
Replies: 22
Views: 2364

Re: Comic books

@mmcmonster that is a great set up!!
by forgeblast
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all 50-60 year old homeowners with kids/families
Replies: 36
Views: 4209

Re: Calling all 50-60 year old homeowners with kids/families

We just did a major renovation. We moved our kitchen to our mudroom and our mudroom to our galley kitchen. It has been a life changer. SO glad we did it. This was the one thing that we could do to really increase the value of our home. It made the kitchen a new hub there is no wasted space and we pu...
by forgeblast
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How did YOU choose your career?
Replies: 149
Views: 9009

Re: How did YOU choose your career?

Was not sure what I wanted to do. My parents were a teacher and a pipe fitter. I worked a lot in High School in Retail Sales and through college in warehouses did not want to do either. Did really well in math in high school but my spelling skills were horrible(thank you spell checker :) ) and our s...
by forgeblast
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NJ Pension - Purchasing Service Credit
Replies: 20
Views: 1441

Re: NJ Pension - Purchasing Service Credit

I have bought back all my years of service credits I can. PA lets us spread the payments out. I will be able to retire earlier since I bought them.
by forgeblast
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 354
Views: 50154

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MT6ZAS5/re ... TF8&btkr=1

The Genius Plague
great book!! Just finished it and really enjoyed the entire book. Hard to put down read it in a day. lol
NSA, Code breaking, and more and that's just the first two chapters.
by forgeblast
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Too many choices for my next TRUCK
Replies: 99
Views: 7573

Re: Too many choices for my next TRUCK

I had a great discount through our buying program and ended up with a 2014 dodge ram 1500. My friend has a Ford raptor, but because we live in the rust belt. His is starting to rust. He is hoping with the aluminum that ford is now using that it will keep it rust free so he put a deposit down on a ne...
by forgeblast
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best strategy basement mold
Replies: 27
Views: 2360

Re: Best strategy basement mold

We use de- humidifiers in our basement and just used rhino tuff cleaner and mold preventive. Seems to be working great. Before you put the floating floor down. I remember being told to do a test. Take plastic and duct tape it to the floor for a day or two to see how much moisture is in there. IF the...
by forgeblast
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Conservation Easements
Replies: 10
Views: 648

Re: Conservation Easements

Not an Easement, but we have two conservation things on our property. We have Clean and Green it allows anyone who owns over 10 acres to enroll wooded property in it and you do not pay taxes on it, but you have to keep it wooded. We also enrolled 3 acres into CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement P...
by forgeblast
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electronic pest control devices
Replies: 4
Views: 647

Re: Electronic pest control devices

Did not find them to work. Glue traps, snap traps and bait boxes around the house yes.
by forgeblast
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Timber as an alternative - didn't work so well...
Replies: 34
Views: 5587

Re: Timber as an alternative - didn't work so well...

For us anything over 10 acres that is wooded we can enroll in "Clean and Green" which means we do not have to pay taxes on, and we promise not to dump or make it into a landfill. Hardwood timber is what is all around us, and depending on the species and grade prices can been great. The grade is what...
by forgeblast
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor Play toys for toddler
Replies: 31
Views: 1847

Re: Indoor Play toys for toddler

A variety will be more fun. There are the bigger cardboard blocks that kiddos like to build with, right after Halloween we would go and buy dress up clothes, hats etc. Ours loved to draw, paper and art supplies were a must, still are. We also had the videos "meet the...."letters, vowels, etc a great...
by forgeblast
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Headlamp for dog walking
Replies: 32
Views: 2432

Re: Headlamp for dog walking

I have a few Petzl and love them. I use them all the time and have had them for years. We used them the other day when we were replacing a bathroom vent. Very useful!!
by forgeblast
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to open a sealed up fireplace?
Replies: 13
Views: 1233

Re: How to open a sealed up fireplace?

I would have it checked out by a professional before you start using it. there could be something nesting in there, from bees to bats, even squirrel nests. And you want to make sure there are no cracks in the liner, or you may need to put in a new liner. My neighbors house burned down because there ...
by forgeblast
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 8471

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

Home security when your home, I would look at something that prevents the door from being kicked in like the strike master 2 series of door jams, and we also put anti break film on our windows. Our doodle is big, and will let out a nice bark if needed.
by forgeblast
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 8471

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

Not sure, you can turn the alarm on yourself, the cameras themselves will not trigger the siren alarm. There are alerts for movement that you get and you can set your "zones". but as far as the alarm seeing movement and then triggering the siren that doesn't happen with the cameras we have. Thank y...
by forgeblast
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 8471

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

Not sure, you can turn the alarm on yourself, the cameras themselves will not trigger the siren alarm. There are alerts for movement that you get and you can set your "zones". but as far as the alarm seeing movement and then triggering the siren that doesn't happen with the cameras we have.
by forgeblast
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1950s home. Replace drywall and insulation or repair it
Replies: 19
Views: 1782

Re: 1950s home. Replace drywall and insulation or repair it

For me yes I would do it. But be aware once you open the walls you will have to fix what you may find. In our case we were lucky we found a bare wire that a mouse had chewed on. There are ways to insulate too, you could do a small thin coat of spray foam and then put in a higher r value. The spray f...
by forgeblast
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: secure land for donation for county park
Replies: 17
Views: 1611

Re: secure land for donation for county park

There are federal programs that allow you to to this and can help you walk through the process. Your local department of ag is the starting point. We have enrolled 3 acres of property in what is known as CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program) basically they rent it from us for 15 years. We ...
by forgeblast
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips for staying active / injury-free into older age
Replies: 162
Views: 14855

Re: Tips for staying active / injury-free into older age

In my 20's I ran 3xs a week, worked out and did aikido. As we were moving to a different state I had a box of books fall and take out my knee. Was unable to do a lot and then had our house so that took all that time. In my 30s I hiked and my daughter was born. With a friend we would go three times a...
by forgeblast
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black Friday is coming.. what's on your list?
Replies: 82
Views: 8198

Re: Black Friday is coming.. what's on your list?

Black Friday for me is prepping for the shop local craft shows around us. Hopefully selling out of all the things I made this year. Next year I plan on taking it easier and only doing one craft show instead of a lot. I used to work retail and hated black friday, it was such a brutal day.
by forgeblast
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What purchase saved you the most money?
Replies: 136
Views: 13227

Re: What purchase saved you the most money?

fujitsu halcyon mini-split with heat pump, saves us a lot of money all year long.
Putting in LEDs.
Renting landscaping equipment vs buying.
by forgeblast
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Assisting aunt with sale of palm trees
Replies: 6
Views: 1089

Re: Assisting aunt with sale of palm trees

ram wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:20 pm
forgeblast wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:48 am
I think 411 is the national dig before you call number.
I think he is looking for "call before you dig number" :)

( Added: It is 811)
Thanks, though we just got something in the mail that said the other number. thanks for the heads up!
by forgeblast
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Assisting aunt with sale of palm trees
Replies: 6
Views: 1089

Re: Assisting aunt with sale of palm trees

see if there is a local ag department near you they might have a "forester" or someone on staff who can help with the sale and tell you everything you need to include. Around us, having a forester on your side while it costs some makes sure your not taken advantage of. They can also help set up sale...
by forgeblast
Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 8471

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

We have the ring system. Doorbell and four plug in camera around our house and in our barn. 100 a year to store all the alerts we get in case we need them. They were very easy to install did them all in a day. The doorbell is wireless/battery the others are plug in and connect to our wifi. Overall r...