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by forgeblast
Fri May 31, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 383
Views: 55707

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: 1863

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 ...
by forgeblast
Fri May 24, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone make custom t-shirts?
Replies: 8
Views: 559

Re: Anyone make custom t-shirts?

I have used custom ink for my small business it was only 4 shirts. I found them super easy to deal with. They even offered suggestions once the design was done and the customer service top notch. I tried to get a screen made by a local guy but he never called me back. So i went with them.
by forgeblast
Mon May 20, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arc'teryx - Anyone else here splurge?
Replies: 30
Views: 3971

Re: Arc'teryx - Anyone else here splurge?

I love first ascent gear. Life time warranty no questions asked. Their lined guide gear pants are awesome for the winter.
We have an outlet store near us and every now and then you can find first ascent there when we do we pick it up.
by forgeblast
Mon May 20, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have a GMC Acadia? Or similar?
Replies: 27
Views: 1615

Re: Anyone have a GMC Acadia? Or similar?

I have only one experience with it. A friend had one, it was in the shop chasing an electrical issue more then they had it. They finally got something else. Very small sample size.
by forgeblast
Fri May 17, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Careers in art
Replies: 91
Views: 4722

Re: Careers in art

Daughter is starting college and contemplating study/fields in art. She will be going to a local public state college. She is a talented artist. My first reaction is it isn't a very practical choice, but I honestly don't know. Options include art teacher, art therapist, graphic design, web design e...
by forgeblast
Fri May 17, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking to Purchase First Home - How to Consider Aging Roof?
Replies: 17
Views: 967

Re: Looking to Purchase First Home - How to Consider Aging Roof?

Considering purchase of an updated, nearly turnkey 28-year-old house in northeastern USA. However, the original asphalt roof has never been replaced. Is it considered normal in a four-season climate for asphalt shingles to last that long while still having some life remaining? Is it fair to wonder ...
by forgeblast
Tue May 14, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home improvement: french drain or dry well?
Replies: 15
Views: 6074

Re: Home improvement: french drain or dry well?

When we ran our gutters and the drainage I hit a spot where It was a shelf of rock. I had to make a mini-dry well. Basically dug a 3x3 hole, ran the pipe to it and filled it with gravel.
by forgeblast
Tue May 14, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: U-Pack or Similar? (Household Transport Services)
Replies: 9
Views: 559

Re: U-Pack or Similar? (Household Transport Services)

This coming summer, I plan to move my downsized household goods about 350 miles from one state to another. I am evaluating all my options. Has anyone used U-Pack or a service like U-Pack? This is where you pack a a large steel cube they bring to you, and then they transport the cube for you to your...
by forgeblast
Fri May 10, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window replacement - any advice? Lessons learned?
Replies: 63
Views: 12661

Re: Window replacement - any advice? Lessons learned?

Dear Bogleheads: I live in the Northeast. My house and windows are 40 years old. The windows are overdue for replacement. I am in the process of getting quotes from Anderson Renewal and Pella. There are about a dozen windows of various sizes. I was wondering if you have replaced windows in your hou...
by forgeblast
Fri May 10, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good town to stop on I-81
Replies: 42
Views: 3291

Re: Good town to stop on I-81

Just watch the pothole right at the pa state line on I 81. Lol when we lived in nc we knew we were in pa due to the roads :)
by forgeblast
Tue May 07, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: grubs and skunks
Replies: 17
Views: 1520

Re: grubs and skunks

We use milky spore and gardens alive beneficial nematode product. Seems to really cut down on them.
by forgeblast
Tue May 07, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bare root trees - best place or website to purchase from?
Replies: 40
Views: 2451

Re: bare root trees - best place or website to purchase from?

Look at your local conservation district. Our county conservation districts all have seedling sales in the spring. If your planting where there are deer 5' tubex tubes are recommended, they are also pushed into the ground to keep voles from eating the roots. I used lawyer nursery but they recently r...
by forgeblast
Fri May 03, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2019
Replies: 95
Views: 7667

Re: Gardening 2019

Zone 5b here. Redoing our garden. Building (almost done) with our movable gothic arch greenhouse. This will let us open up the ground and plant all year long in NE PA. We are going to be following elliot colemans winter harvest handbook. You have a plan that you used for the greenhouse? I've been w...
by forgeblast
Wed May 01, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2019
Replies: 95
Views: 7667

Re: Gardening 2019

I have my greenhouse frame built, and in position now its just putting in the fencing. I am putting the fence 1' underground to stop moles/voles. Pa soil is really rocky. I have a lot started inside, and should be getting dwarf mulberry and choke berry delivered soon. Same with the elderberry. We pl...
by forgeblast
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kids fishing gear
Replies: 23
Views: 1146

Re: Kids fishing gear

If you have a dicks sporting goods or even a big lots they normally have some smaller poles that are very inexpensive. I would (did) throw a bobber on the pole and let the kiddo practice casting all over the yard. (Remember to throw the bobber away because it will end up cracked). My daughter would ...
by forgeblast
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How far would you commute?
Replies: 104
Views: 4882

Re: How far would you commute?

Each commute is different even if its the same amount of time. I commute 30 mins but my drive is not stop and go. I am driving rural roads where deer, and farm animals on the road are a major concern. Stop and go is different and much more stressful in my opinion. I would start looking for jobs and ...
by forgeblast
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 383
Views: 55707

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

I am on the second book out of three of The Passage series. (its also a tv show on fox). I enjoy it so far, the characters are well written.

Also working on the Darkest minds book series, its more of a teen book but it held my attention.
by forgeblast
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your hobby and how did it come to be your hobby?
Replies: 88
Views: 6683

Re: What is your hobby and how did it come to be your hobby?

1. Gardening, Love it. Putting in a new winter harvest garden/greenhouse this year. I also do a lot to our property, permiculture wise. We have a few acres enrolled in CREP and have worked at replanting trees. Even do maple syrup, and hunt mushrooms, planting ramps (leeks) this year too. We live on ...
by forgeblast
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Soon to be dad, how to prepare
Replies: 127
Views: 6280

Re: Soon to be dad, how to prepare

Breath, relax once there here you will be fine. 1. Enjoy the ride--every age brings something new. 2. Be there--be part of them growing up 3. share traditions, stories, etc or make new ones. My thought on parenting is that I am parenting for my grand kids, everything that I do or share will end up b...
by forgeblast
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2019
Replies: 95
Views: 7667

Re: Gardening 2019

Zone 5b here. Redoing our garden. Building (almost done) with our movable gothic arch greenhouse. This will let us open up the ground and plant all year long in NE PA. We are going to be following elliot colemans winter harvest handbook. This has required fencing in an area 20x30. We bought critterg...
by forgeblast
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solution for a thick wallet
Replies: 58
Views: 5207

Re: Solution for a thick wallet

Ridge wallet, I went from a huge wallet done to this. Works great for cards, clip is great for cash.
by forgeblast
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Clipless pedals for a hybrid bike
Replies: 48
Views: 2321

Re: Clipless pedals for a hybrid bike

I don’t like changing the cleats for spin bikes and my road bike - it’s too easy to get cleats put on just differently enough that it annoys me - so I keep my Look cleats on my good road riding shoes and bought a decent but not amazing pair of cycling shoes that I put SPD pedals on for spin classes...
by forgeblast
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Better elementary school - switch soon or wait
Replies: 29
Views: 1569

Re: Better elementary school - switch soon or wait

I agree. I'm looking beyond the rankings and at the statistics. The statistics aren't great but maybe others more familiar with school stats can say if they would be at all concerned: EOG Math: 68 EOG Reading: 66 Economically disadvantaged: 38.3% Retained in 3rd grade: 17% One year teacher turnover...
by forgeblast
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Better elementary school - switch soon or wait
Replies: 29
Views: 1569

Re: Better elementary school - switch soon or wait

Kindergarten is a direct reflection on what they come in knowing. As they move through the grades that will change. If your happy with the school, if your happy with the staff and how they communicate with you then stay happy. I teach elementary, if you have any questions please ask. Thanks. How im...
by forgeblast
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Better elementary school - switch soon or wait
Replies: 29
Views: 1569

Re: Better elementary school - switch soon or wait

Kindergarten is a direct reflection on what they come in knowing. As they move through the grades that will change. If your happy with the school, if your happy with the staff and how they communicate with you then stay happy.
I teach elementary, if you have any questions please ask.
by forgeblast
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3799
Views: 1093328

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins amazing book, with challenges for personal growth. I cant say enough good things about this book.
by forgeblast
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Propane Weed Torch?
Replies: 27
Views: 2415

Re: Propane Weed Torch?

I am using https://www.johnnyseeds.com/growers-library/online-tools-calculators.html and doing the movable gothic hightunnel. I bought the tubing bender from them. I need the gothic due to our snowloads, I am planning on doing growing year round following elliot colemans book the winterharvest handb...
by forgeblast
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Propane Weed Torch?
Replies: 27
Views: 2415

Re: Propane Weed Torch?

Do you have any experience with the mini dragon touch. I just need to kill weeds that grow in my 3 car brick paver driveway and patio in south florida. How long will the small tank last? Not sure on the mini dragon, I have the https://flameengineering.com/collections/heavy-duty-torch-kits/products/...
by forgeblast
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Screening Buyers of Goods on Craigslist
Replies: 30
Views: 2864

Re: Screening Buyers of Goods on Craigslist

Yep, Im on google maps too because of my business. But its more then just click and find the exact address through Facebook, one more step.
by forgeblast
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, do you have (unwise financially) friends? And how do you deal with them?
Replies: 76
Views: 3963

Re: Bogleheads, do you have (unwise financially) friends? And how do you deal with them?

No one wants to be told what to do, especially with his money. I get that. No one likes unsolicited advice. I get that too. But seriously, how do I deal with a friend who is ruined financially due to behavioral issues, and comes to me every couple of days complaining of an event (small or big) that...
by forgeblast
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Screening Buyers of Goods on Craigslist
Replies: 30
Views: 2864

Re: Screening Buyers of Goods on Craigslist

What are ways to "screen" buyers of goods to eliminate the non-serious or potentially problematic buyers? Do you use Facebook? I've gravitated to the Facebook marketplace because I can normally see the person profile pictures and posts plus anyone that has searched for something similar will get no...
by forgeblast
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do we have any New Jersey teachers here?
Replies: 15
Views: 1185

Re: Do we have any New Jersey teachers here?

[/quote] in regards to certs. she is fully certified to teach elementary as well as TESOL (i believe) in both NY and NJ. [/quote] Just because you are certified to teach on one state there is not always a direct reciprocity. When we moved to NC to teach, our Pa certs did not line up and we had to ta...
by forgeblast
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men's travel shoes. One pair for hiking/biking/walking/dining
Replies: 56
Views: 3940

Re: Men's travel shoes. One pair for hiking/biking/walking/dining

Look at danner. They are for me, the best shoes out there. I am on concrete floors all day long and I go through one pair a year. Out of the box excellent fit. They have a bit dressier ones that can do multiple duty.
by forgeblast
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 383
Views: 55707

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

alphabeta01 wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:19 am
I have a tweenager, who is very interested in Science fiction. Is there a way to know which of these books are appropriate for that age level?
https://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/tween
by forgeblast
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Screening Buyers of Goods on Craigslist
Replies: 30
Views: 2864

Re: Screening Buyers of Goods on Craigslist

Use facebook marketplace, you can see their profile, and where they are from.
by forgeblast
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 383
Views: 55707

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Half way through the Passage, by justin cronin The funny thing is that it must have been a free sci fi kindle book I remember reading a bit of it. Its also a show on FOX right now so it will be interesting to see where they take it. Overall a good book. Update: finished the passage trilogy. The 3rd ...
by forgeblast
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Propane Weed Torch?
Replies: 27
Views: 2415

Re: Propane Weed Torch?

https://flameengineering.com/ is the one I just got. There are certain plants like mint, that roundup just will not take out. This is from them called flame weeding 101 When flame weeding, the most effective method is to catch weeds early, from 1-4 inches. At this small stage, flaming is nearly 100%...
by forgeblast
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inspection Negotiations for New Home Purchase
Replies: 25
Views: 1605

Re: Inspection Negotiations for New Home Purchase

318 is an awesome tractor. Many parts still available. I have one, and its a beast. Snow blower attachments, there are bucket attachments for it too. Depending on the shape its in and what attachments you have you might get $2k for the tractor alone. I went through an added a small electric fuel pum...
by forgeblast
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fishing Kayak recommendation
Replies: 50
Views: 2479

Re: Fishing Kayak recommendation

I am in market for a fishing kayak. I am just starting out looking at various options. Here is some more information on the application: 1. I am looking for a tandem kayak, I plan to fish with my kid (11 yrs. old). 2. I am not experienced kayaker; anything that is easy to use for beginners would be...
by forgeblast
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Switch from average day care to fancy one?
Replies: 31
Views: 2018

Re: Switch from average day care to fancy one?

Head Start is a Federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. We have a head start program in our school. Licensed early education teacher, who also has to make home visi...
by forgeblast
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Switch from average day care to fancy one?
Replies: 31
Views: 2018

Re: Switch from average day care to fancy one?

Depends....1. Does the first day care transition into more of a Kg(kindergarten) setting, if it does they will be fine. if it doesn't, then the second one will be better. Daycare with that transition of sitting at desks, lining up, doing work, doing independent work is so helpful for KG. A big bonus...
by forgeblast
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backyard sport court, turf, etc
Replies: 12
Views: 1057

Re: Backyard sport court, turf, etc

There are places out there (I saw on craigslist near philly) that sell used astroturf for pretty cheap. I am thinking that what you need to do is address the drainage, why is it damp. Do the gutters drain there, if so put in some 4'' perforated pipe and direct the water away from that area. You coul...
by forgeblast
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need to ethically reneg on a large eBay purchase
Replies: 39
Views: 4942

Re: I need to ethically reneg on a large eBay purchase

Contact the seller, you will find most are decent. If there were other bidders they may return the deposit.
by forgeblast
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking about getting back into archery
Replies: 12
Views: 1251

Re: Thinking about getting back into archery

Just clarifying, going re-curve or going to go compound? Does the range have a preference? I think bear still makes a great re-curve. As for compounds since you will not be in a tree find someone selling a bow a few years old and save a ton of $$. I no long hunt, but still shoot my compound bow, and...
by forgeblast
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HOA wants to install speed bumps that my car won't clear
Replies: 50
Views: 5154

Re: HOA wants to install speed bumps that my car won't clear

https://www.google.com/search?q=can+i+sue+an+hoa+for+putting+in+speedbumps&rlz=1C1GGRV_enUS757US811&oq=can+i+sue+an+hoa+for+putting+in+speedbumps+&aqs=chrome..69i57.14701j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 a lot of discussion on them. Is the road public or private? if public then they would need to go thr...
by forgeblast
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: permanent markers
Replies: 6
Views: 588

Re: permanent markers

for the garden, I saw lee valley had copper foil garden markers that when you write on it, an impression is left so even if it fades you can still read it.
by forgeblast
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Switching schools for part of the year - bad idea?
Replies: 22
Views: 1289

Re: Switching schools for part of the year - bad idea?

Public School Teacher here. What type of personality types are we dealing with as far as your kids go. Introverted, will have more difficulty but if your kid is an extrovert then I see no issue with it. Especially at the elementary age kids are resilient. They will easily make new friends. We have k...
by forgeblast
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 383
Views: 55707

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Neuromancer , by William Gibson. I've read this book several years ago in paperback. Several years ago, my husband and I gave our ~1,000 book sci-fi paperback collection to a good friend's son. I'm now "recollecting" those books on my Kindle. That is a great one! I really love his world that he cre...