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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: 59
Views: 6206

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: 59
Views: 6206

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: 59
Views: 6206

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: 1672

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: 15
Views: 1371

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: 14281

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: 70
Views: 5888

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: 12672

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: 1060

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: 1060

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: 59
Views: 6206

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...
by forgeblast
Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humidity in basement
Replies: 65
Views: 4155

Re: Correlation between temperature, humidty and mold in crawl space?

I am going to try it on my deck next spring. Because we need to replace a few boards, but for mildew we had some on a door in our basement, it cleaned it right off and then we sealed it. Just did this saturday. It was a darker door but it did not mess with the stain or finish. Over all I liked the p...
by forgeblast
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humidity in basement
Replies: 65
Views: 4155

Re: Correlation between temperature, humidty and mold in crawl space?

https://www.rhinohide.com/ is a product we used in our basement. The two part cleaner and sealer should really help us out. On top of that we added a continuous dehumidifier. With the amount of rain we had this summer we were really afraid that mold was growing.
by forgeblast
Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cell phone plans--google fi?
Replies: 22
Views: 1933

Re: cell phone plans--google fi?

Cycle, we are low data users, due to the fact that we are on wifi all the time. We rarely have a signal with verizon near our home so its wifi or nothing. We live in the endless mountains region of PA which causes a lot of cell issues. I would say we are both between the 1-2 gb per month range and t...
by forgeblast
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cell phone plans--google fi?
Replies: 22
Views: 1933

Re: cell phone plans--google fi?

In my neck of town, AT&T has the best cell coverage. You can use Cricket (running on AT&T towers) and try it yourself $35/mo for 5GB Tmobile cell towers, use mint mobile $15/mo for 2GB data. I use mint mobile now since I moved from BFE to metro. If you are using HTC one m8, you can replace the batt...
by forgeblast
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cell phone plans--google fi?
Replies: 22
Views: 1933

Re: cell phone plans--google fi?

Thank you all!
No comcast/xfinity....we are out in the country. Direct tv and dsl(Frontier).
Really appreciate the information. Love the fact that our bill will be much much lower!
by forgeblast
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cell phone plans--google fi?
Replies: 22
Views: 1933

cell phone plans--google fi?

Hi everyone. Wife and I have htc one m8 phones that need a bit of upgrading as we are getting some crashes and the battery life is just not there anymore. We live in a dead zone, and have verizon. The verizon home network extender works and gets us to three bars, with out it at the house we might ge...
by forgeblast
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions on Phonics & Reading programs for 4 year old? Pre-K to Kindergarten
Replies: 27
Views: 1238

Re: Suggestions on Phonics & Reading programs for 4 year old? Pre-K to Kindergarten

We used meet the letters, meet the phonics, etc there is a whole selection of them. They worked great for us.
by forgeblast
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to pay for upcoming medical / IVF expenses
Replies: 73
Views: 4705

Re: How to pay for upcoming medical / IVF expenses

PM sent. Wife and I went through infertility. We had to do countless IUI's and 5 IVF's before we had our daughter. 100K in debt before she was here, and we just snowballed our way out of it. We looked at adoption, we looked at foster to adopt but we had three last fertilized eggs in a freezer when w...
by forgeblast
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone ever tired of managing hair and consider shaving to go bald
Replies: 59
Views: 4359

Re: Anyone ever tired of managing hair and consider shaving to go bald

As soon as it started going I went bald. I love it, I save a ton on hair products :) It took a few days to get used to it but then it became second nature. Shave it before you go on vacation so you can get used to it. Now the first time shaving it will feel weird, like the razor will cut your head. ...
by forgeblast
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Mini-split [Air conditioner] thread.
Replies: 4
Views: 745

Re: Another Mini-split thread.

We live in a modified A frame, no windows in the upstairs. We had to use a Mini Split system. We were able to get all three bedrooms done, with ac/heat pump. The heat pump saves us a ton in the winter. We went with the http://www.fujitsugeneral.com/us/products/multi/index.html We live in NE PA, and ...
by forgeblast
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YouTube Home workout vidoes
Replies: 33
Views: 2354

Re: YouTube Home workout vidoes

Plant based diet, push ups, pull ups squats and an ab work out run/hike on off days.
by forgeblast
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Massive Student Loan Debt - Fiancee
Replies: 108
Views: 10322

Re: Massive Student Loan Debt - Fiancee

Forget student loan foreignness- it moves too slow and ties you to a job. In the educational field most people do not jump around to different jobs. We just had a teacher retire who went to school here, and worked 35 years in the same room teaching Kindergarten. I taught in three different schools,...
by forgeblast
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Massive Student Loan Debt - Fiancee
Replies: 108
Views: 10322

Re: Massive Student Loan Debt - Fiancee

With Speech/Language Pathologist, is there a loan forgiveness policy if she is serving in a lower income school/setting? Might be worth looking into. My wife was looking into that when we taught in NC since she was elementary ed/special ed.
by forgeblast
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Father Wants a Home Mortgage (Bad Credit Score)
Replies: 43
Views: 3205

Re: Father Wants a Home Mortgage (Bad Credit Score)

I would find out both sides,
and if you dad has check stubs showing he was making double payments that should lead some credibility to his side of the story that he is renting to own.
Seems strange that it was out of the blue something must have happened.
by forgeblast
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone else playing catch-up in their 40's?
Replies: 68
Views: 7339

Re: Anyone else playing catch-up in their 40's?

We moved from low paying teaching jobs in nc to low paying teaching jobs in pa(cost of living is lower) and then went on strike for three years. Worked three jobs to keep the house. Then had infertility issues. 100k and 5ivfs later we had my daughter and that is when we were able to get it together,...
by forgeblast
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: where to learn to sew?
Replies: 33
Views: 2060

Re: where to learn to sew?

4H my daughter just took first place at our county fair for her first sewing project a skirt.
by forgeblast
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Low-earners- What is your profession?
Replies: 306
Views: 40355

Re: Low-earners- What is your profession?

Wife and I are both teachers. Have been teaching 20 years this year. Each making under 80k a year.
Started off making 25k a year.
by forgeblast
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?
Replies: 40
Views: 1748

Re: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?

Wait until the weather gets cooler run the dryer and see where the steam comes from....or put it on all three vents.
by forgeblast
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nest vs Arlo (or other) security camera & system
Replies: 16
Views: 1181

Re: Nest vs Arlo (or other) security camera & system

Ring: we have the door bell (rechargeable), 4 plug in cameras. It covers the entire house, basement and barn. We are very rural and this helps a lot. I was at field hock practice with my daughter yesterday and got an alert. I was able to text my wife that our dog got out of her run and was in our dr...
by forgeblast
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Types of seed for new lawn or sod?
Replies: 24
Views: 1591

Re: Types of seed for new lawn or sod?

Ask at the county ag extension. They will have a good list of what works in your area, they might even be able to do soil tests to tell you what you need to do to amend it.
For us in NE Pa, zone 5 we have to use lime since our soil can become acidic.
by forgeblast
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another car (truck) buying question
Replies: 20
Views: 1362

Re: Another car (truck) buying question

I have a 2014 ram 1500 big horn with the towing package. Love it getting around 20.5 miles per gallon on rural road commute. Take a look at truecar it helped me save money. Also sign up with the parent company to get coupons in the mail got one for 1500 off my truck, and because I have a small carvi...
by forgeblast
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a good Moving Company. All have awful reviews.
Replies: 21
Views: 1012

Re: Looking for a good Moving Company. All have awful reviews.

Years ago we did ABF UPack. they dropped off a tractor trailer...trailer that we filled it and put in a bulk head. They then filled it with other stuff and eventually drop the trailer off at our destination. It was pretty cheap and saved us from having to rent a truck, and we could drive our cars.
by forgeblast
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you save money on groceries?
Replies: 155
Views: 9958

Re: How do you save money on groceries?

We have been doing Plant Based for the last month. Feel great, eating better, and saving money. We still eat fish, but we like to fish so that is free :) I look a lot at where the the big $$ going in the bill, for us its coffee for my wife. After another kidney stone I stopped coffee. To save money ...
by forgeblast
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kemper vs Amica home/auto insurance
Replies: 12
Views: 1095

Re: Kemper vs Amica home/auto insurance

Had kemper, for auto and the rates were sky high, never a claim. Our insurance agent contacted us about our home insurance creeping too high. So we asked her to look and bundle home and auto. She is saving us over 3k a year now! we went with progressive. Kemper was OK at first but it creeps up littl...
by forgeblast
Thu May 31, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need some advice in regards to A/C System
Replies: 29
Views: 1832

Re: Need some advice in regards to A/C System

we went with a http://www.fujitsugeneral.com/us/produc ... index.html halcyon mini-split and heat pump. It was something that instantly improved our home. We run three rooms from one outside condenser, and use the heat pump all winter long. I think for us it was 6k ish for equipment/ install.
by forgeblast
Thu May 31, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you guys do on the side?
Replies: 299
Views: 31744

Re: The Side Hustle

I am an Elementary Art Teacher, Side hustle is I carve wooden spoons, hew dough bowls with an adze, and turn bowls on a spring pole lathe. I do craft shows in the fall and it keeps me really busy all summer long. I also teach spoon carving. I have 12-15 years left in teaching before I retire I would...
by forgeblast
Tue May 29, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solid Raw wood from South Africa infestation?
Replies: 23
Views: 2674

Re: Solid Raw wood from South Africa infestation?

If I remember correctly 156 Degrees is what most hardwoods are kiln dried at and 115 for most softwoods. I would think a penetrating oil, tung oil, or flax seed oil would be a good surface sealer. I use organic flax seed oil in all the spoons and bowls I carve. It does take a bit longer then tung oi...
by forgeblast
Thu May 24, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buy an old farmhouse?
Replies: 52
Views: 5381

Re: Buy an old farmhouse?

We love country living, we are a 1/2 hour from everything and it just becomes part of the drive. I would take a look at the electrical make sure its not knob and tubing. You sound like you have a nice mix of wood and field and there are programs out there that will pay you to change field to forest ...
by forgeblast
Wed May 23, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Teachers: what are your best personal finance tips?
Replies: 91
Views: 13933

Re: Teachers: what are your best personal finance tips?

Wife and I are both teachers. (both 18 years in this year) I would say 1. Start contributing to Retirement as soon as possible, (watch 403b plans kades hit me with a lot of fees, and I am now in fidelity) 2. if you worked outside the state buy back your years as soon as possible. (We taught in NC an...
by forgeblast
Mon May 21, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Detached Garage
Replies: 18
Views: 2447

Re: Detached Garage

Make sure they use chairs on the rebar. Do not trust them to pull the mesh up while pouring it will end up on the bottom. Rebar it and you will not have the issues of mesh.
by forgeblast
Fri May 18, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Growing Fruit Trees and Shrubs
Replies: 30
Views: 2823

Re: Growing Fruit Trees and Shrubs

We are rural, zone 5 lots of deer, and everything else that make growing items difficult. Everything we plant has to be fenced, or tree tubed. We have had luck with hazelnuts, now that they are established the deer do not make a big dent in them. Pear trees, love fresh pears, the hybrids are great. ...
by forgeblast
Fri May 18, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Creating Business - Help
Replies: 9
Views: 756

Re: Creating Business - Help

In PA there was a .gov site that had listed all the forms I had to fill out. DBA (doing business as), what type of company, registering to collect sales tax etc. Then there was the federal forms. Might be something similar in Texas...a gov cleaning house. I'll look into this for Texas. What busines...
by forgeblast
Thu May 17, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Creating Business - Help
Replies: 9
Views: 756

Re: Creating Business - Help

In PA there was a .gov site that had listed all the forms I had to fill out. DBA (doing business as), what type of company, registering to collect sales tax etc. Then there was the federal forms. Might be something similar in Texas...a gov cleaning house.
by forgeblast
Thu May 17, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cape Cod Vacation
Replies: 11
Views: 1471

Re: Cape Cod Vacation

We go to Brewster and just love the cape.
by forgeblast
Mon May 14, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Infrared Sauna at home
Replies: 21
Views: 3292

Re: Infrared Sauna at home

I do not have an IR sauna, I have one with the wall mounted heater and rocks. I really love it. I use it almost 3-4 times a week. I do not dump a lot of steam on it, I like the dry heat. I was able to get my sauna for 40$ (yep) on craigslist it just needed a new heater. That heater was 500$, but in ...
by forgeblast
Thu May 10, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Fire/Burglar Safe
Replies: 21
Views: 1624

Re: Home Fire/Burglar Safe

Stack on makes a nice safe.
by forgeblast
Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 321
Views: 45230

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Just finished, Silo, Shift and Dust great books thank you for that recommendation.!!Blackbirds by chuck wendig not as much science fiction but a good read. His writing style is great no wasted words.
by forgeblast
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen features
Replies: 108
Views: 8859

Re: Kitchen features

We are doing a remodel now. almost finished! no lazy susans in the corners (we lost a little space) but went with a three drawer corner unit. smaller spice and pan racks next to the stove and an island with garbage cans built into it. We had a very small galley kitchen and moved our kitchen to a dif...
by forgeblast
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your own General Contractor
Replies: 33
Views: 3300

Re: Your own General Contractor

Aside from pure skill, a GC has relationships with subs and the subs have an expectation of future work from the GC So true!! plus the subs will know the codes better. We opened a wall found 3 buried junction boxes all hot. Electrician sub came up the next day even though he had other places he was ...