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by shunkman
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord & Live Television
Replies: 45
Views: 2938

Re: Cutting the Cord & Live Television

Does anyone remember when cable TV started - TOLD us - no commercials. But with areas locked in to certain providers and rising cost, we cut cable 3 years ago, use rabbit ears. Save over $100 a month, but it was more the principle. We do have basic internet so we use Amazon Prime fire stick. So tir...
by shunkman
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smart Garage Door Openers
Replies: 34
Views: 2193

Re: Smart Garage Door Openers

I installed the MyQ device on my garage door a few months ago. So far it works but a word of caution. I was limited to connecting five remote devices (Ex. clickers) to my garage door opener at one time. For most people this is not a problem but for me it was. I had a clicker for each of two motorcyc...
by shunkman
Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Semi-Dry, Delicious, Complex But < $15 Wines Exist?
Replies: 29
Views: 2668

Re: Do Semi-Dry, Delicious, Complex But < $15 Wines Exist?

I like the Almaden Chardonnay box wine. Don't knock it until you have tried it. Equates to about $3 per bottle.
by shunkman
Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have an issue with Corelle plates?
Replies: 38
Views: 3596

Re: Anyone have an issue with Corelle plates?

I love Corelle because it is durable, thin, and lightweight. We did break a Corelle plate once but I cannot remember how. I can pick up a whole stack of Corelle with one hand. I couldn't do this with standard ceramic dishes.
by shunkman
Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich [is it a good value]
Replies: 40
Views: 2414

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich [is it a good value]

joelly wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:38 pm
I love Popeyes. Haven’t try the sandwich though. I usually just got the chicken, the spicy ones. They should bring back the wings. Yummy!
I believe Anthony Bourdain (RIP) was also a fan of Popeyes. That's enough of an endorsement for me...
by shunkman
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich [is it a good value]
Replies: 40
Views: 2414

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich [is it a good value]

Popeyes certainly has won the free publicity contest with the release of its chicken sandwich. Unless I order from the dollar menu, I don't consider fast food to be a good value. I have not tried the Popeyes sandwich yet. I understand that the Popeyes sandwich and the Chick-fil-a sandwich both use M...
by shunkman
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HVAC check ups?
Replies: 46
Views: 2975

Re: HVAC check ups?

I have a Rheem gas furnace/AC. The system was new when I moved into the house in 2005. I have never had the system serviced. I change the filter twice a year and make sure that the outside condensing unit is clear of any debris. That's it. Maybe I have been lucky.
by shunkman
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal Employee Burn or Sick Leave [before retirement]
Replies: 125
Views: 9602

Re: Federal Employee Burn or Sick Leave

MikeWillRetire wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:12 pm
I think it is more of an ethical decision.
Sick leave can only be used for legitimate purposes, which are listed in the Code of Federal Regulations in 5 CFR 630.401a. Using sick leave without a valid reason would involve both you and your agency in a fraud.
by shunkman
Sun May 12, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ever Had an Animal Stuck in Chimney? What Did You Do?
Replies: 32
Views: 2329

Re: Ever Had an Animal Stuck in Chimney? What Did You Do?

I found a Wood Duck (deceased) in the chimney of our summer cabin. This is not really that unusual so I installed a chimney cap after that.
by shunkman
Thu May 09, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good town to stop on I-81
Replies: 42
Views: 3593

Re: Good town to stop on I-81

I second Staunton VA. Stay at the Stonewall Jackson right in downtown. Downtown is small but quaint. Eat at the Mill Street Inn right across the street from the hotel, it is good. The hotel has pet friendly rooms (don't know how many). We travel 81 a few times a year, and always stay there. +2 for ...
by shunkman
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Neighbors sump pump pipe on my property
Replies: 25
Views: 3277

Re: Neighbors sump pump pipe on my property

Do you consider this neighbor to be a GOOD friend? If not, I would tell him he needs to find another solution that does not impact your property.
by shunkman
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to find an engineer to inspect a dam wall
Replies: 27
Views: 1999

Re: How to find an engineer to inspect a dam wall

Does the County even know that this dam exists? In many areas, private lakes with dams must be drained each year so a costly safety inspection can be performed. The inspection is paid for by the dam owner. This could be a huge liability.
by shunkman
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $29 collections notice
Replies: 31
Views: 3057

Re: $29 collections notice

Getting dinged on your credit report is only one problem. If this debt is not the settled, you probably won't be approved for a future mortgage until the collection has been resolved. Best to take care of this now, one way or the other.
by shunkman
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning shingles (moss & mildew)
Replies: 27
Views: 2935

Re: Cleaning shingles (moss & mildew)

I like the look of moss on our roof, so I just let it grow. Most data I've seen is mixed on whether it damage/helps/has no effect on asphalt shingles. That being said, there is a period of a few years before the moss grows over the mildew that's not very pretty. The roots of the moss grow under the...
by shunkman
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning shingles (moss & mildew)
Replies: 27
Views: 2935

Re: Cleaning shingles (moss & mildew)

I simply use a 50/50 bleach/water solution in a garden sprayer. After spraying, the moss died, dried out, and washed off on its own. I also removed the tree that was shading that area of the roof.
by shunkman
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Definite roof leak - roof inspector or roofing company?
Replies: 16
Views: 1403

Re: Definite roof leak - roof inspector or roofing company?

I suggest having a roofer look at it. My leak turned out to be a rubber boot around a vent pipe. The roofer fixed it on the spot for $100.
by shunkman
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pharmacist - Need advice
Replies: 27
Views: 2512

Re: Pharmacist - Need advice

I feel for your wife. For years, I was a loyal customer of one of the big three pharmacy chain stores. It was conveniently located about 2 miles from my home and I was on a first name basis with the pharmacist. The pharmacist was always very helpful and friendly and she was the main reason I chose t...
by shunkman
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas / Electric Fireplace only produces a low flame
Replies: 13
Views: 1088

Re: Gas / Electric Fireplace only produces a low flame

Possibly a problem with the pressure regulator? Maybe try shutting the gas off at the source for a five minutes and then turn it back on slowly?
by shunkman
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Facilities Management Career Path?
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Re: Facilities Management Career Path?

Before retiring, I spent 25 years working for MegaGov in facilities management. Most of the upper managers now have engineering degrees. I had some previous facilities management experience but no college degree. I still achieved much more than I had hoped to when I first started working for MegaGov...
by shunkman
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you blame for unhappiness in retirement?
Replies: 53
Views: 4061

Re: What do you blame for unhappiness in retirement?

Sometimes I am unhappy in retirement and I attribute this to some health problems that I am dealing with.

An early retiree who has good health has a thousand dreams. A retiree without, has only one.
by shunkman
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Button Down Shirts / Travel Pants / Light Jacket? Other Tips from experienced Boglehead world travelers?
Replies: 179
Views: 15102

Re: Button Down Shirts / Travel Pants / Light Jacket? Other Tips from experienced Boglehead world travelers?

I have travelled extensively by motorcycle. On these trips, everything I wear is synthetic except for wool socks. And everything I wear is either gray or black in color. With these "color" choices, I never have to worry about matching outfits and everything can be washed in one load of laundry (no s...
by shunkman
Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to the Yucatan, some logistics questions
Replies: 11
Views: 706

Re: Traveling to the Yucatan, some logistics questions

Don't trust the ATM machines even at the big established banks. I had unauthorized funds withdrawn from my account using the Santander Bank ATM in Playa del Carmen.
by shunkman
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New stick vacuum?
Replies: 15
Views: 1515

Re: New stick vacuum?

A few months ago we purchased the Dyson D8 cordless and we really like it. We use it just about every day compared to the hassle (mostly psychological) of using the corded vac which was lucky to be used once a week. Maybe once a month we still use the corded vac for the carpeting to get a deeper cle...
by shunkman
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Public Library computers
Replies: 51
Views: 4038

Re: Public Library computers

It has been my understanding that connecting to ones own mobile hot spot is considered a relatively secure connection. Is this not the case?
by shunkman
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Logistics help needed with Grand Canyon trip
Replies: 25
Views: 1331

Re: Logistics help needed with Grand Canyon trip

I have hiked to the bottom twice. I cannot really help you with your specific questions but here are a couple of other suggestions. Let the mules carry your gear. I did it once without the mule service and once with. The hike back up was much more relaxed without the burden of a heavy backpack. Also...
by shunkman
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grocery shopping strategy
Replies: 146
Views: 10211

Re: Grocery shopping strategy

I also use Walmart pretty exclusively. I find the quality and price better or at least comparable with others, plus their self checkout (when I use it) and bagging process (by the cashiers) seems to be more efficient than the local full service groceries. Also it's closer. Several different variabl...
by shunkman
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grocery shopping strategy
Replies: 146
Views: 10211

Re: Grocery shopping strategy

We do most of our grocery shopping at Aldi which competes with a Walmart in the same shopping center. This is supplemented with a trip or two to Costco every month and we patronize the local butcher shop for meats. For seasonal produce, we have many farm stands available in our area.
by shunkman
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: End of an era - Boeing 727
Replies: 35
Views: 2607

Re: End of an era - Boeing 727

I've always had an affinity for tri-motors. The Ford is probably my favorite, but the 727 certainly has a place in my heart, too. I flew in a Ford Trimotor a few years ago. It flies just like an oversized Piper Cub. I flew in a Stinson tri-motor (like the Ford) and to my surprise the engine gauges ...
by shunkman
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: End of an era - Boeing 727
Replies: 35
Views: 2607

Re: End of an era - Boeing 727

iamlucky13 wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:46 pm
I've always had an affinity for tri-motors. The Ford is probably my favorite, but the 727 certainly has a place in my heart, too.


I flew in a Ford Trimotor a few years ago. It flies just like an oversized Piper Cub.
by shunkman
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: End of an era - Boeing 727
Replies: 35
Views: 2607

Re: End of an era - Boeing 727

My very first jet flight was aboard an Eastern Airlines B727. I think I was around 10 years old. A beautiful aircraft indeed.
by shunkman
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fender Bender backing out of garage. File a claim with insurance?
Replies: 21
Views: 1710

Re: Fender Bender backing out of garage. File a claim with insurance?

Edmunds recommends OEM body parts...

"When it comes to collision repairs, make sure you are getting OEM parts, since aftermarket body panels may not fit properly or have proper crumple zones for crash safety"

https://www.edmunds.com/car-maintenance ... parts.html
by shunkman
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fender Bender backing out of garage. File a claim with insurance?
Replies: 21
Views: 1710

Re: Fender Bender backing out of garage. File a claim with insurance?

Does the fender need repair or complete replacement? If replacement is required then you need to decide if the replacement fender will be a genuine Toyota part or an aftermarket part. Considering this is a 2015 model, I would choose the genuine Toyota fender if I intended to keep the car for several...
by shunkman
Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the truth - paper towels vs. electric hand dryer?
Replies: 38
Views: 2487

Re: What is the truth - paper towels vs. electric hand dryer?

Blowers suck. Generally, when I exit a public restroom that provides blowers only I head for the nearest paper napkin dispenser and use them to dry my hands. So nothing is really being saved.
by shunkman
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bathroom Dripping-Potential Leak Question
Replies: 20
Views: 1332

Re: Bathroom Dripping-Potential Leak Question

When my house was built, the plumber failed to glue all of the PVC sewer vent pipe fittings. Periodically, I would hear dripping water behind the wall and stains eventually developed. I traced this to an unglued fitting in the attic. Are there any sewer vents nearby?
by shunkman
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Tire Quality Seconds/Blems??
Replies: 31
Views: 3655

Re: Costco Tire Quality Seconds/Blems??

About 5,000 miles ago we had new Michelin Defenders installed on our Mazda 3. These replaced a worn set of Michelin Premiers. Both sets were purchased at Costco. The new Defenders are notably quieter than the Premiers ever were. And sometimes new tires seem to quiet down after they are broken in.
by shunkman
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A "super mega roll" of toilet paper = 6 "regular rolls:" is this possible?
Replies: 80
Views: 6106

Re: A "super mega roll" of toilet paper = 6 "regular rolls:" is this possible?

So many consumer products and grocery items are shrinking in size. I find this very disappointing. Grocery store (including Aldi) Orange juice recently decreased again to 52 ounces. We buy the Kirkland (Costco) brand of TP and we trust Costco enough to ensure that we are getting a good value.
by shunkman
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Subaru Forester Vs. 2019 Rav 4
Replies: 58
Views: 9378

Re: 2019 Subaru Forester Vs. 2019 Rav 4

My primary driver is a 2008 Rav4 that I bought new. It now has over 130,000 mostly trouble free miles on the clock. The 2019 Rav4 looks tempting. The safety improvements over the past 10 years are pushing me to seriously consider this. When buying used, you likely will not get the latest safety feat...
by shunkman
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Granddaughter needs $ help for university
Replies: 111
Views: 10586

Re: Granddaughter needs $ help for university

It is my understanding that one should not need a cosigner for a legitimate student loan?
by shunkman
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best strategy basement mold
Replies: 27
Views: 2519

Re: Best strategy basement mold

We have a below-grade family room. We run a ceiling fan 24/7 and a dehumidifier set at 50%. Mildew is no longer a problem for us.
by shunkman
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mice [updated - not a mouse]
Replies: 54
Views: 4513

Re: Mice

Wirecutter recommends this trap. Tomcat Press ‘N Set Mouse Trap
by shunkman
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Commercial lease to federal gov’t
Replies: 7
Views: 758

Re: Commercial lease to federal gov’t

Purchase options (hasn’t been brought up. Does GSA typically want a purchase option?) Response: Occasionally such as when it is a new construction project with a long-term lease. Any other qualifiers/disqualifiers they may want? Response: Besides environmental concerns, including flooding plain res...
by shunkman
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Commercial lease to federal gov’t
Replies: 7
Views: 758

Re: Commercial lease to federal gov’t

Typically the lease rate is negotiable but the government will rarely pay more than the fair market rate. You can expect that the GSA will negotiate this in good faith. Depending on the annual lease rate the GSA may obtain a formal appraisal but for smaller leases this is usually not required. Below...
by shunkman
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Commercial lease to federal gov’t
Replies: 7
Views: 758

Re: Commercial lease to federal gov’t

I worked for a federal agency for 35 years with 25 years of those years in facilities planning, acquisition, and management. Most likely you will be required to sign a lease that was prepared by the GSA. Usually these GSA leases are written to protect the government, and NOT the landlord. I strongly...
by shunkman
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee grinder
Replies: 56
Views: 4594

Re: Coffee grinder

Everyday for the past year I have been using the Capresso 560 Infinity conical burr grinder. This was Wirecutter's 'budget' recommendation. So far I am completely satisfied with this grinder.
by shunkman
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why Purchase an Automobile using Premium Gasoline?
Replies: 68
Views: 3428

Re: Why Purchase an Automobile using Premium Gasoline?

While we are at it, what's the best brand of oil to use?
by shunkman
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why Purchase an Automobile using Premium Gasoline?
Replies: 68
Views: 3428

Re: Why Purchase an Automobile using Premium Gasoline?

Do people believe some brands use 'special' detergents in their gas that is worth paying a premium on? According to AAA and Consumer Reports using gasoline brands with "special detergents" is worthwhile. "Location and price drive gasoline sales, according to a new survey by the American Automobile ...
by shunkman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sneakers with good arch support
Replies: 33
Views: 2063

Re: Sneakers with good arch support

I'm a big fan of Saloman trail hiking shoes for everyday use. I carry some extra body weight and no other brand that I have tried seems to offer the support that Saloman shoes do.
by shunkman
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For real liquid cod liver oil.........?
Replies: 16
Views: 1309

Re: For real liquid cod liver oil.........?

When I was a kid my mother made be take a teaspoon of cod liver oil every morning. It was hard to get down but the worst part was burping it up the rest of the day.
by shunkman
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bosch dishwasher odor
Replies: 56
Views: 15859

Re: Bosch dishwasher odor

I have a Bosch dishwasher that is about 3 years old. I never noticed any odors but after reading this post I cleaned the filter for the first time. There was some gunk but not that much considering that I never cleaned it before. I am OCD so I always rinse before putting dishes in the machine.