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by forgeblast
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cricut Maker Machine questions
Replies: 8
Views: 804

Re: Cricut Maker Machine questions

My mom had one for scrapbooking. It was a very cool machine. I sold it on facebook marketplace as I had no use for it once she was done with it. You can normally find a bunch on there for cheap. There are cartridges that change the font etc....but that is all I know about it.
by forgeblast
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow tires
Replies: 54
Views: 3503

Re: Snow tires

I have had Blizzaks and love them. Check out a place like tirerack.com for reviews and to see what types of snows will fit your vehicle. We live on a gravel road, so my wifes jetta normally had studded tires. She went with an explorer so we need tires soon for her as the coopers were just not super ...
by forgeblast
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water hammer
Replies: 27
Views: 2113

Re: Water hammer

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Oatey-Quiet-Pipes-Washing-Machine-Water-Hammer-Arrester-38600/100069256 and if you look above the picture it they have a ton of different models to arrest water hammer. We had it so I cut into our two copper pipes and soldered two in place and we have not had it since. We...
by forgeblast
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Months Leading up to Retirement
Replies: 19
Views: 1745

Re: Months Leading up to Retirement

With our state pension system, we have meetings for anyone planning to retire within the year. They give you a breakdown into what to expect retirement wise, to make sure you pick your beneficiary, etc. They also want you to get your paper work in so that there is no delay from last day to when your...
by forgeblast
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stinky Front Loader (Washer)
Replies: 39
Views: 2299

Re: Stinky Front Loader (Washer)

What we do is to make sure the last load we run that day is whites with bleach. Then as soon as its done keep the door open and it stays smelling nice.
by forgeblast
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Email agreement differs from contract. Help with dispute in NY
Replies: 30
Views: 1690

Re: Email agreement differs from contract. Help with dispute in NY

The other company that showed an interest I would definitely be contacting them. I think that with the Squad A vs B issues the grass there seems greener then it really is. People are leaving, and it seems like a lot of people are leaving. This will stress the entire system. Can you use that as lever...
by forgeblast
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: High School Kid - in soccer
Replies: 14
Views: 1424

Re: High School Kid - in soccer

If he is going to do cross country/track, you may want a stride analysis done. I love to run, but developed knee issues. They came from a weak hip and muscles that were just not firing on one side of my body. My PT looked at my film of me running on the treadmill and said look right there. My one ar...
by forgeblast
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite brand of tofu?
Replies: 7
Views: 629

Re: Favorite brand of tofu?

depends on what we are making, If its something to be baked, we use extra firm, if its something that will be blended mixed we use a silken.
Wegmans near us has some pre-pressed which makes it real easy open and go. I usually buy store brand since I will be flavoring it anyway.
by forgeblast
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How many estimates do you get when you need work done on your house?
Replies: 43
Views: 2681

Re: How many estimates do you get when you need work done on your house?

One company asks for $1000 before they will schedule it. Then they want half of their pay on the day of the job and the other half when the job is finished (unless financing through them). The other company is asking for half on the day on the job and the other half when it is finished (unless fina...
by forgeblast
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Security camera questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1212

Re: Security camera questions

We use the ring, have 5 cameras, all run off plug in power (did not have to run lines) and wifi. Set the alerts for what you want or live view. its a great system for us.
by forgeblast
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get quicker hot water
Replies: 45
Views: 2491

Re: How to get quicker hot water

A post like this reminds me of how blessed we are in America. We worry about getting instant hot water while much of the world worries about getting drinkable water. Yes, BUT some of us worry about wasting water while waiting for it to heat up. As I explained to our plumber when I increased the pow...
by forgeblast
Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Teaching Resources?
Replies: 17
Views: 853

Re: Teaching Resources?

https://www.daveramsey.com/store/youth dave I though had a board game that went with the program too...
by forgeblast
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher Finally Installed - Sample Tabs [of Finish Quantum Power Ball Tabs]
Replies: 29
Views: 1400

Re: Dishwasher Finally Installed - Sample Tabs [of Finish Quantum Power Ball Tabs]

Use a rinse agent, and just throw the pod into the bottom of the dishwasher do not put it in the little bin.
by forgeblast
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When is private (elementary) school worth it?
Replies: 100
Views: 7800

Re: When is private (elementary) school worth it?

Teacher here, While in public school ask for a giep evaluation (gifted individualized educational plan) otherwise your paying out of pocket to get one done. Then once you have that, you can have input on what his strengths are and how to best grow them. The eval will also see if there is any Masking...
by forgeblast
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 413
Views: 66013

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

https://www.amazon.com/Fall-Dodge-Hell-Neal-Stephenson/dp/006245871X Fall by Neil Stephenson will be out June 4th!!!! It's out and got a ton of bad reviews. I'd skip it. I finished it, I liked the description of the USA but most of the book was spent in the virtual world---that got old. SO im back ...
by forgeblast
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Purchasing an old home 100yrs +
Replies: 33
Views: 2321

Re: Purchasing an old home 100yrs +

I helped a buddy of mine renovate his grandfathers home. I wish he subbed it out but he was short on time and money. The electrical had to be gone over, outlets and gfi's added to bring up to code. Might need a new larger box. The plumbing also had to be redone, had some weird pipe connections and s...
by forgeblast
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Working in a different city
Replies: 32
Views: 2024

Re: Working in a different city

This is where a pro/con list comes into play. List everything and then have your wife do a pro/con list and then see what overlaps. The things she see's as a pro might be a con and vise versa. I teach, so having a long time with my kiddo has been priceless. I think you will find that during the scho...
by forgeblast
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pest Exterminator DIY
Replies: 27
Views: 2118

Re: Pest Exterminator DIY

My impression was always that it was illegal to use the serious pesticides/termiticides, like Bifen IT, Taurus SC and Dominion 2L unless you are actually licensed by the state. Is that not the case? Different states different rules. On the site it has where the products are legal and where they can...
by forgeblast
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pest Exterminator DIY
Replies: 27
Views: 2118

Re: Pest Exterminator DIY

My impression was always that it was illegal to use the serious pesticides/termiticides, like Bifen IT, Taurus SC and Dominion 2L unless you are actually licensed by the state. Is that not the case? Different states different rules. On the site it has where the products are legal and where they can...
by forgeblast
Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: On-Going Dishwasher Issues
Replies: 23
Views: 1732

Re: On-Going Dishwasher Issues

Putting a GFI outlet behind an installed dishwasher is not a good idea since it requires the dishwasher be removed to get to the outlet to reset if it trips or to test. GFI outlets are prone to tripping. My solutions would be to move the outlet to underneath the sink and use a pigtail cord to the d...
by forgeblast
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question on a concrete driveway
Replies: 15
Views: 1636

Re: Question on a concrete driveway

Rebar on chairs, do not let them say to you that they will pull it up when pouring.
by forgeblast
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: French Doors Suggestions/Tips?
Replies: 11
Views: 1177

Re: French Doors Suggestions/Tips?

I have done this and later switched back to high quality Anderson sliding glass doors that are very well insulated. The key is having a good installation. Installing windows and doors separates the good carpenters from the rest. Make sure you get a good installer as there is some work needed to tra...
by forgeblast
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tactics to pay off Mortgage Early??
Replies: 60
Views: 6333

Re: Tactics to pay off Mortgage Early??

After reading the automatic millionaire, we decided to do this.
Figured out how much one-two extra payments a year were, divide it across our bill and then set it and forget it.
by forgeblast
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Upcoming pension decision
Replies: 8
Views: 704

Re: Upcoming pension decision

Just wondering do you have kids? If you do can you designate one of them with the 100% survivor benefit. Just a head's up to @forgeblast, the IRS does not allow 100% continuance survivor benefit for non-spouse contingent annuitants if the beneficiary is more than 10 years younger that the pensioner...
by forgeblast
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Upcoming pension decision
Replies: 8
Views: 704

Re: Upcoming pension decision

Just wondering do you have kids? If you do can you designate one of them with the 100% survivor benefit. With the thought that they would give you that money if needed? My wife and I are both educators. When it comes time for deciding for the pension, we are both thinking of doing 100% survivor and ...
by forgeblast
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pest Exterminator DIY
Replies: 27
Views: 2118

Re: Pest Exterminator DIY

http://doityourselfpestcontrol.com/ I prefer to use bifen IT for perimeter spray, also safe for indoor use as well. I have been using it for years now since I gave up the pest control monthly ripoff costs from my Termite company. I still have the Termite contract though. I use them and use biffen I...
by forgeblast
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: land survey cost
Replies: 21
Views: 1320

Re: land survey cost

we bought 1.5 acres and intend to build. we need a survey completed including water/electric, boundary, tree grouping and topographical measurements. 40% of the land will not be surveyed as it is on the other side of a creek, is hilly and is not buildable. two estimates are in the range of $3500-$5...
by forgeblast
Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thought provoking non-fiction for 3rd grader
Replies: 51
Views: 2526

Re: Thought provoking non-fiction for 3rd grader

What helped me to become and stay a reader was an adult library card when I was 5. My mom said if he wants to read it let him. That was some power there, we had a weekly bookmobile come near our house and I could take out anything I wanted. A library still holds such a great place in my heart. I oft...
by forgeblast
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you buy parts for DIY Auto repairs
Replies: 46
Views: 3448

Re: Where do you buy parts for DIY Auto repairs

Rock auto has been a lot cheaper then any brick/mortar store.
by forgeblast
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stump Grinder - Ridiculous Side Hustle??
Replies: 51
Views: 7492

Re: Stump Grinder - Ridiculous Side Hustle??

I have been enjoying clearing some trees from my 3 acre lot. I grew up running a chainsaw so easy trees to cut down are no problem. I hired someone for the dangerous ones. I noticed that it is rare that the tree feller has a stump solution. I have a 32 HP Kubota Tractor, and an F250 diesel truck. I...
by forgeblast
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Physical activity suggestions for a non athletic youth
Replies: 189
Views: 9584

Re: Physical activity suggestions for a non athletic youth

This has worked for me, might work for him. We watched forks over knives and made a switch to whole food plant based with very little oil. My daughter helps us cook and gets to pick a meal a week to prep/plan. I also for the winter bought a 100.00 spin bike off facebook marketplace. So many you tube...
by forgeblast
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirees that have hobbies that make money - what are they?
Replies: 26
Views: 3328

Re: Retirees that have hobbies that make money - what are they?

Not retired but I have summers to myself...like a mini retirement every year. A friend was getting married and asked for handmade gifts. I heard of love spoons that the welsh made and though a spoon how hard can that be...that was in 2012. I have been carving greenwood (wet fresh wood not kiln dried...
by forgeblast
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long Distance Mover from Rockville MD to Bellevue WA
Replies: 16
Views: 1190

Re: Long Distance Mover from Rockville MD to Bellevue WA

We used ABF U-Pack. They drop off a semi, you put in your stuff, put in the bulk head and only pay for the space you use. I would go to harbor freight and buy a bunch of movers blankets, and a tarp or two, but it was easy for us to use their service.
by forgeblast
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House centipedes in an apartment
Replies: 20
Views: 1763

Re: House centipedes in an apartment

glue traps?
by forgeblast
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Managing joint finances when one is a perfectionist
Replies: 122
Views: 8266

Re: Managing joint finances when one is a perfectionist

Often one person takes it over. You will get answers of all types. Tip - figure this out before getting married. I do the finances, DW does the cooking. Coming up on 39 years married, 41 together. Works for us. Yes!! I do the finances, cooking, grocery shopping, wife does the cleaning and folding t...
by forgeblast
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disciplined with finances, but not so with diet
Replies: 242
Views: 14394

Re: Disciplined with finances, but not so with diet

I changed my diet, lost 20 lbs the first month ten the next and have kept it off for over a year. I saw pictures of me at the beach and was not happy... I ate a pretty normal SAD diet (Standard American Diet) and it was catching up to me. A buddy of mine show me his weight loss over a year with FOK ...
by forgeblast
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: White collars- How much is your work downtime?
Replies: 203
Views: 17791

Re: White collars- How much is your work downtime?

Teacher--I have maybe 30 mins a day to eat lunch and hit the bathroom. Other wise its on all the time...I have no time between classes each one is waiting for the next so you got to go you hold it. I do have one prep at the end of the day but half of it is doing parent pick up....so I might have 40 ...
by forgeblast
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Piano keyboard suggestion
Replies: 21
Views: 1791

Re: Piano keyboard suggestion

by forgeblast
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Place to Sell Plastic Car Model Kits
Replies: 2
Views: 301

Re: Best Place to Sell Plastic Car Model Kits

Ebay , who knows you might have a bidding war.
by forgeblast
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn Tractor Recommendations?
Replies: 26
Views: 1931

Re: Lawn Tractor Recommendations?

I have had 3 John Deere, still running two. My first was an LT160, great little machine hauled everything and anything from stone to fire wood. Due to the abuse, it lasted 12 years (with the engine bolts cracking but the motor still great). I then bought a 1989 318. This is a workhorse, with the att...
by forgeblast
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Problems with POS System
Replies: 18
Views: 2089

Re: Problems with POS System

I like square a lot more then paypal, if your looking at the two systems. Square gets you your $ quickly next day in most cases, where paypal there are hoops to jump through.
I only use it for a simple craft business but they have the ability to generate a lot of reports and to collect tax etc
by forgeblast
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Some Computer Science Career Advise?
Replies: 56
Views: 4969

Re: Some Computer Science Career Advise?

No experience in this field but I am a creative type. I, myself would stay to see the project finished. I would also listen and see what HR can do, if its nothing then you know.... If your able to retire then the money is not the motivating factor and the motivation for moving is the title etc... Wo...
by forgeblast
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing a truck - thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 6974

Re: Purchasing a truck - thoughts?

My friend bought a ford--his reasoning was that the aluminum frame would last a lot longer in the rust belt we live in then any other truck....Just gives you something to think about. Unfortunately your friend made a rather expensive mistake. Only the bed and cab is aluminum on the F-150. The frame...
by forgeblast
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ISP rural area what are my options?
Replies: 23
Views: 2059

Re: ISP rural area what are my options?

We have frontier, its painful at times. But researching satellite providers they make frontier look good.
Unfortunately we are also in a cell dead zone.....so frontier it is....
by forgeblast
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your best deal from Craigslist
Replies: 34
Views: 2486

Re: Your best deal from Craigslist

Used to use craigslist now I use marketplace. I like seeing a profile to know who i am dealing with and not walking in blind. My best deals from marketplace 1. $39 dollar sauna, came apart fit my in my truck easy. Just needed a new heater. 2. Black walnut log free!. I posted looking for one ( I carv...
by forgeblast
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing a truck - thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 6974

Re: Purchasing a truck - thoughts?

I have a dodge ram, really like the truck. It does everything I ask I need it to do...Haul stone, wood, gravel etc.... My friend bought a ford--his reasoning was that the aluminum frame would last a lot longer in the rust belt we live in then any other truck....Just gives you something to think about.
by forgeblast
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Desk: Where can I found one like this?
Replies: 16
Views: 1952

Re: Desk: Where can I found one like this?

Looks like an IKEA desk.
by forgeblast
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Idea for a basic drawing book for granddaughter...
Replies: 28
Views: 1560

Re: Idea for a basic drawing book for granddaughter...

I teach elementary art. My students love drawing animal, zoobooks are a great resource. So is "the artists guide to drawing realistic animals by doug lindstrand, and drawing animals by normand adams and joe singer. A nice set of pencils from 2b-6b and a gum eraser, also a Light Table. It lets you tr...
by forgeblast
Fri May 31, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 413
Views: 66013

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

https://www.amazon.com/Fall-Dodge-Hell- ... 006245871X

Fall by Neil Stephenson will be out June 4th!!!!
by forgeblast
Thu May 30, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cordless Drill: Bosch PS32-02 vs Makita FD07R1?
Replies: 31
Views: 2160

Re: Cordless Drill: Bosch PS32-02 vs Makita FD07R1?

Good evening: We are purchasing a home and I will need to do a few things around the house. I am not very handy, but am trying to become more so. As such, I would like to buy a good drill that I can "grow" into and that will last for several years. I do have an immediate use for it already (bought ...