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by shunkman
Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mosquitos! Mosquitos! Mosquitos!
Replies: 102
Views: 6615

Re: Mosquitos! Mosquitos! Mosquitos!

Even though it has been dry, we have noticed that this is a bad year for mosquitoes at our mountain cabin. But it has also been a very good year for lightning bugs. It's hard to enjoy the lightning bugs while you are being bitten by the mosquitoes. A smoky campfire seems to help.
by shunkman
Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cut cable experience
Replies: 34
Views: 2653

Re: Cut cable experience

For me, the best part of cutting the cord was just being able to say good riddance to Comcast.
by shunkman
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Approached to Replace the Roof after Hail Storm
Replies: 18
Views: 1734

Re: Approached to Replace the Roof after Hail Storm

Find a roofer who is trained by the shingle maker. I used GAF shingles and chose a master elite roofer which requires extra training. I am very picky and am very happy with my roof. Most roofers today use crews that they subcontract out to. Where I live in VA, a good roofer is not cheap and their w...
by shunkman
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Approached to Replace the Roof after Hail Storm
Replies: 18
Views: 1734

Re: Approached to Replace the Roof after Hail Storm

I cannot speak to the insurance issue but I would be very cautious doing business with any contractor that approaches you in this manner.
by shunkman
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: United States Postal (Dis)service
Replies: 10
Views: 1192

Re: United States Postal (Dis)service

Sounds like maybe your mail is being forwarded to the address you thought you were moving to and that Post Office is returning the mail because you are not there. I would contact that Post Office ASAP. Not saying this is your fault but most of the time these types of problems occur because the USPS...
by shunkman
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: United States Postal (Dis)service
Replies: 10
Views: 1192

Re: United States Postal (Dis)service

Sounds like maybe your mail is being forwarded to the address you thought you were moving to and that Post Office is returning the mail because you are not there. I would contact that Post Office ASAP. Not saying this is your fault but most of the time these types of problems occur because the USPS ...
by shunkman
Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exterior Storm Windows for Noise Reduction
Replies: 30
Views: 1172

Re: Exterior Storm Windows for Noise Reduction

If you haven't tried one, a sound machine helps a lot too. We don't sleep without it.
by shunkman
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exterior Storm Windows for Noise Reduction
Replies: 30
Views: 1172

Re: Exterior Storm Windows for Noise Reduction

I recently installed a storm door on our home's main entrance that opens into the living room. It made a huge difference. Sounds from the outside were greatly reduced. Sometimes storm windows can be installed on the interior too. I would do whatever it takes.
by shunkman
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbours with a Large German shepard in condo
Replies: 21
Views: 1573

Re: Neighbours with a Large German shepard in condo

Just be glad the dog does not live in one of the units that adjoins yours.
by shunkman
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stainless steel pasta strainer
Replies: 18
Views: 2133

Re: Stainless steel pasta strainer

America's Test Kitchen top pick. We have one and are very pleased. https://shop.americastestkitchen.com/rsvp-colander/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Dedicated&utm_term=BuyNow&utm_content=FathersDay&utm_campaign=Email&sk=1F7EFA004EC0BED7E03933B239F911BC&extcode=&sourcekey=BX20061DA&cds_response_key=&cd...
by shunkman
Thu May 28, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The "Best of" for Aldi?
Replies: 135
Views: 11408

Re: The "Best of" for Aldi?

Grt2bOutdoors wrote:
Tue May 26, 2020 6:00 pm
Try their dark chocolate!
Here's a boglehead tip. Buy their dark chocolate bits and eat them right from the bag. This is cheaper than buying their bar chocolate.
by shunkman
Thu May 21, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 557
Views: 20599

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

We had an Eastern Towhee at the feeder this morning. I had not seen one in many years (north-central PA).
by shunkman
Fri May 15, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 557
Views: 20599

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

The Hummingbirds arrived this morning from their long journey right on schedule....May 15. All 4 hummer feeders have been occupied this morning. It is amazing how they know the calendar. I wasn't sure that I was going to hang a hummingbird feeder at our cabin this year. Then I saw a hummingbird buz...
by shunkman
Fri May 15, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 557
Views: 20599

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

We've had more Rose Breasted Grosbeaks at our feeder in north-central PA than ever before. 3 males and 4 females feeding at one time. We are wondering if there are more Rose Breasted Grosbeaks this year or maybe less food that they normally forage for thus driving them to our feeder?
by shunkman
Thu May 14, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dentist charges $10 for PPE
Replies: 234
Views: 11483

Re: Dentist Billed insurance for D1999 (unspecified preventive procedure, by report) - PPE?

These types of surcharges don't sit well with me. Especially for professional services. This should be built in to overhead. Raise your rates if you have to but don't play the insulting surcharge game with me. It's bad enough already with cable TV companies, airlines, etc.
by shunkman
Sun May 03, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?
Replies: 94
Views: 6601

Re: Best BBQ for the money?

Most if not all of the Weber Q models use small, expensive propane cylinders, not the cheap standard 20lb ones. I've been running my Weber Q on a standard 20lb tank since I purchased it about 12 years ago. The tank adapters are cheap. The Weber Q has been a good choice for me. It gets used about tw...
by shunkman
Sat May 02, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor’s contractor wants to access our property
Replies: 158
Views: 16751

Re: Neighbor’s contractor wants to access our property

Sounds like you need a Temporary Right of Access Agreement. All kinds of things can go wrong. I would not sign any document furnished by the contractor. I suggest that you have your own attorney prepare the agreement and then have the contractor reimburse you for the cost of this.
by shunkman
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roofing Experts... Help me Identify my Shingles (w/ links to pics)
Replies: 16
Views: 1153

Re: Roofing Experts... Help me Identify my Shingles (w/ links to pics)

I am not a roofer. My guess is GAF Timberline HD in weathered wood color
by shunkman
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paypal vehicle deposit, buyer opened case for refund.
Replies: 73
Views: 3594

Re: Paypal vehicle deposit, buyer opened case for refund.

Katietsu wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:45 am
If you meant it to be non refundable, a perfectly reasonable choice, I hope you said so directly.
Better yet a written contract that was signed by both parties. This seems like common sense to me but I appear to represent the minority opinion.
by shunkman
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paypal vehicle deposit, buyer opened case for refund.
Replies: 73
Views: 3594

Re: Paypal vehicle deposit, buyer opened case for refund.

A deadly pandemic is spreading around the world and we're debating whether or not it's appropriate to refund a $200 "deposit" with no written contract? Do you really need this $200 or are you wanting to teach the "buyer" a lesson as someone suggested? Let your conscience be your guide.
by shunkman
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: JD Power Survey re Car Purchase: Legit or Not?
Replies: 5
Views: 337

Re: JD Power Survey re Car Purchase: Legit or Not?

Mine went right in the shredder. Lots of innocuous appearing survey/questionnaire data is used for purposes other than what you think. Are you comfortable donating your time and personal information to a corporation that then sells this data pretty much however they please? If so, then it's probably...
by shunkman
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paypal vehicle deposit, buyer opened case for refund.
Replies: 73
Views: 3594

Re: Paypal vehicle deposit, buyer opened case for refund.

In my opinion you share some of the responsibility for this. I would consider this a very cheap life lesson and refund the money. Playing hardball sometimes can come back to haunt you.
by shunkman
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Small drip from copper pipe
Replies: 46
Views: 2132

Re: Small drip from copper pipe

Agree that SharkBite is one of the greatest inventions for DIY plumbing repairs. Order them from Amazon (cheaper than HD or Lowes) and save a few dollars while reducing potential virus exposure.
by shunkman
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Are Toyota and Honda Cars Superior?]
Replies: 16
Views: 1141

Re: Toyota cars and trucks are simply the best made vehicles that can easily go 200k miles!

As an owner of many Toyotas including one that is four months old, I now think Mazda is a superior brand.
by shunkman
Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boiler cracked - heating alternatives?
Replies: 22
Views: 1134

Re: Boiler cracked - heating alternatives?

How old is the boiler? Is it cast iron? Often the cracked section can be replaced instead of complete system replacement. It's a 1998 WTGO-3 boiler that is described as an "oil-fired water boiler with cast iron sections." The oil servicer recommended a full replacement and didn't mention the option...
by shunkman
Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boiler cracked - heating alternatives?
Replies: 22
Views: 1134

Re: Boiler cracked - heating alternatives?

How old is the boiler? Is it cast iron? Often the cracked section can be replaced instead of complete system replacement.
by shunkman
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car shopping PHEV / ICE / or all electric?
Replies: 75
Views: 6269

Re: Car shopping PHEV / ICE / or all electric?

Why not just buy the beemer you are leasing? BMW residuals are inflated to keep the lease payments low. It's hard to imagine a scenario where buying a BMW at lease end makes financial sense. It would be wiser to buy a different, similar car for market value instead. BMW = Bring Money Withya
by shunkman
Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Insurance Issue
Replies: 6
Views: 534

Re: Auto Insurance Issue

Also from my experience, guaranteed fault is no longer a certainty. My insurance agent has said that those days are gone and many insurance companies will settle between themselves with a percentage fault issued to both parties. I was hit by a driver who ran a red light and was issued a ticket by t...
by shunkman
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roku Express+ or Roku Streaming Stick+ for a Non-Tech Cord Cutter?
Replies: 20
Views: 1488

Re: Roku Express+ or Roku Streaming Stick+ for a Non-Tech Cord Cutter?

Have you thought about Amazon Fire stick? I had Roku sticks for years and the remote always stops working after a few months. I finally switched to Fire stick and like it much more than Roku. We now use Firesticks also after having tried Roku and Apple TV. And we use the Amazon Recast which I belie...
by shunkman
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can we trust wirecutter reviews?
Replies: 41
Views: 5075

Re: Can we trust wirecutter reviews?

I think Wirecutter is a mostly trustworthy product review source. And where else will you find reviews of menstrual cups, vibrators, and marijuana cutters along with reviews of coffee pots and pepper mills?
by shunkman
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does home insurance cover repairing water pipe outside the house?
Replies: 15
Views: 1272

Re: Does home insurance cover repairing water pipe outside the house?

Funny you should ask. I just signed up for new HO insurance (Erie) yesterday. The water and sewer line coverage was optional. I went ahead and got it but it will cost me about $75 per year. A neighbor with the same house and same age had to have his water line replaced. That's why I went for it but ...
by shunkman
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When will 5G be available in Rural US?
Replies: 70
Views: 4696

Re: When will 5G be available in Rural US?

The big phone companies are all eager to invest in 5G for larger cities across Ameria. But what about small towns or counties where the largest town has a population of say, 30,000 that barely have 4g at present? Many of these towns aren't served by Verizon or AT&T but rather by small co-op phone c...
by shunkman
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Troubleshoot brown tap water (cold water only)
Replies: 20
Views: 1415

Re: Troubleshoot brown tap water (cold water only)

Were the fire hydrants flushed recently? This caused us to have temporary brown water and it ruined a load of light colored laundry.
by shunkman
Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Oil?
Replies: 124
Views: 10414

Re: Best Oil?

As someone that also frequents automotive forums, when I saw the topic of this thread I had to check my calendar to make sure that it was not April 1.
by shunkman
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy plastic bags for your home trash bins?
Replies: 99
Views: 7295

Re: Do you buy plastic bags for your home trash bins?

We buy the tall kitchen bags and reuse grocery bags for our small trash cans. I secure the grocery bags in the small cans with binder clips. We do use reusable bags for grocery shopping so sometimes we need to get recycled grocery bags for trash from MIL. We just started recycling other clean plasti...
by shunkman
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon Fios AutoPay Bad Idea?
Replies: 51
Views: 3490

Re: Verizon Fios AutoPay Bad Idea?

I've been a fios customer on autopay for over a decade. No issues. Just understand that $79 a month is before fees and taxes and tariffs and taxes on fees. Expect your monthly bill to be well over $100. My $105 monthly bill is $149 in actual money. My $79.99 FIOS plan is exactly that amount. At lea...
by shunkman
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon Fios AutoPay Bad Idea?
Replies: 51
Views: 3490

Re: Verizon Fios AutoPay Bad Idea?

I'm NOT a fan of autopay for any recurring bill. These days I don't trust anyone or any business with my account access. However, I made an exception for Verizon Fios to get the $120/year savings. I suppose my propensity to save money won out over my concern for account security.
by shunkman
Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Latest Car Dealer Service Gotchya (Mini Cooper)
Replies: 39
Views: 2651

Re: Latest Car Dealer Service Gotchya (Mini Cooper)

Leesbro63 wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:45 pm
chevca wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:12 pm
"This dealer"... um, about all of them do that.

Why do you do all this and seem to plan to continue doing it on a car that isn't even yours?
Fringe benefits. ;-)
Now that's an honest answer...
by shunkman
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Replace the anode rod on your water heater every few years to prolong its life.
Replies: 89
Views: 7664

Re: PSA: Replace the anode rod on your water heater every few years to prolong its life.

I would also recommend replacing the drain valve on any new water heater. You can also retrofit an existing water heater if you're comfortable doing so. The factory valves are plastic valves with a reduced port which makes draining/flushing your water heater more difficult. A full-port brass ball v...
by shunkman
Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Uneven crack in sidewalk in front of my house, am I liable?
Replies: 37
Views: 3357

Re: Uneven crack in sidewalk in front of my house, am I liable?

BogleFanGal wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 4:30 pm
I would definitely get that fixed asap - trip/slip and falls are what PI attorneys live for.
Especially so if you have assets worth going after.
by shunkman
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Replace the anode rod on your water heater every few years to prolong its life.
Replies: 89
Views: 7664

Re: PSA: Replace the anode rod on your water heater every few years to prolong its life.

Maybe it's just me but it seems when I tackle an "easy DIY" plumbing project it usually turns out that it's not so easy. Something else usually breaks in the process. I have much better luck with other types of DIY projects.
by shunkman
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Replace the anode rod on your water heater every few years to prolong its life.
Replies: 89
Views: 7664

Re: PSA: Replace the anode rod on your water heater every few years to prolong its life.

Not really an easy DIY job if you have a Bradford White WH like many of us do. The anode rod in a Bradford White water heater is located at the hot water outlet of your tank. Unfortunately, it is not easily accessible. You must remove the hot water outlet to access it.
by shunkman
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon price gouging
Replies: 61
Views: 3932

Re: Amazon price gouging

Save yourself some money and buy 70 % Isopropyl alcohol ("rubbing alcohol") and use it sparingly on hands for disinfection. As compared to 70 % ethanol - which is used in many hand sanitizers - 70 % isopropyl is equally effective a germ killer + it's cheaper + it's less toxic (isopropyl alcohol = c...
by shunkman
Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon price gouging
Replies: 61
Views: 3932

Re: Amazon price gouging

Broken Man 1999 wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:56 pm

FWIW, I have three different Purell products, and they all have 70% ethyl alcohol.

Broken Man 1999
Walmart brand is only 62%
by shunkman
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon price gouging
Replies: 61
Views: 3932

Re: Amazon price gouging

anil686 wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:38 pm
Actually all the warehouse clubs in my area have hand sanitizer as well at a relatively inexpensive cost for a 67 ounce bottle. It retails there for five dollars....
My local Costco does not carry large bottles of hand sanitizer and I don't know that they ever have since I've been shopping there.
by shunkman
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon price gouging
Replies: 61
Views: 3932

Re: Amazon price gouging

If all else fails cheap vodka would probably accomplish the same thing. Now I'm worried there will be a vodka shortage.
by shunkman
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon price gouging
Replies: 61
Views: 3932

Re: Amazon price gouging

I started noticing a limited supply of hand sanitizer in stores about 6-8 weeks ago. This was before the Coronavirus was making news. I found it at Walmart where I only shop as a last resort.
by shunkman
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First Visit to Keys and Marathon, FL
Replies: 25
Views: 2392

Re: First Visit to Keys and Marathon, FL

Atilla wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:44 pm
In Key West you can always stumble down to the Green Parrot for some afternoon day drinking. :beer
Or the Garden of Eden bar for some naked drinking :sharebeer
by shunkman
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Navigating Comcast Options
Replies: 19
Views: 738

Re: Navigating Comcast Options

Ok, I've been a Comcast package customer for years and years. My bill has been about $200 per month for as long as I remember. They recently tried to hike it bigtime, so I got my armor on and negotiated a new deal with a "base" package plus Showtime and HBO add-ons. Total $185/month. I did give up ...