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by Mapmaker
Thu Oct 29, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Song recommendation for office holiday video
Replies: 17
Views: 837

Re: Song recommendation for office holiday video

Not Christmas songs, but when we did a similar video for the office ( almost all female ) we used Thank You for Being a Friend, and In My Life (Beatles). Not a dry eye in the house. :)
by Mapmaker
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Epoxy Garage Floors
Replies: 11
Views: 1522

Re: Epoxy Garage Floors

I found the original wording from the company’s warranty: Park any vehicle with new tires on cardboard or mats until the tires have approximately 1000 miles of wear. Some new tires (since 2007) have a chemical compound on the outside of the tires that will amber (“yellow”) the areas where the tires ...
by Mapmaker
Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Epoxy Garage Floors
Replies: 11
Views: 1522

Epoxy Garage Floors

I had a company install epoxy (about $2,500) on my 2 car garage floor. I was told not to park my new car on the floor until I had driven 1k miles, as the tires would have a coating that stuck to the epoxy. The floor looks great, and I do want to keep it that way, so I am slowly putting mileage on my...
by Mapmaker
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Durable Couch Recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 1193

Re: Durable Couch Recommendations

Whatever manufacturer you use, if you decide against leather, select Crypton fabric for durability and stain resistance.
https://www.crypton.com/request-a-sample/
by Mapmaker
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I coat my new garage floor with something?
Replies: 27
Views: 3131

Re: Should I coat my new garage floor with something?

I had a contractor do my new garage floor just this week. They spent a couple hours prepping the concrete and spreading the first coat and came back the next day for a second coat and sealer. 20x20 garage. $2350.
by Mapmaker
Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Looking to negotiate a price reduction for a vitamin D test invoiced about triple or quadruple the going rate
Replies: 12
Views: 1497

Re: Looking to negotiate a price reduction for a vitamin D test invoiced about triple or quadruple the going rate

I’m not taking any medication, and since my PCP has a waiting time of four months for a routine visit, I order the basic cholesterol, thyroid, etc. bloodwork for myself every year from DirectLabs and have the work done at Quest. Cost is around $110. Results in a few days. It’s worth it to me. https:...
by Mapmaker
Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stainless steel appliance cleaner - need recommendation
Replies: 42
Views: 2096

Re: Stainless steel appliance cleaner - need recommendation

From Bosch: Wash stainless steel with mild, soapy water and a soft cloth. Be sure to always wipe and dry in the direction of the stainless steel grain. Apply Bosch stainless steel conditioner to a soft cloth and clean the stanless steel surface. Wipe off excess conditioner with a paper towel or soft...
by Mapmaker
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sell or Gift Car Title to Adult Son?
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Re: Sell or Gift Car Title to Adult Son?

Thanks.

Do you know if the value of the car will count as a gift against the federal limit for the 709 form?
by Mapmaker
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sell or Gift Car Title to Adult Son?
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Re: Sell or Gift Car Title to Adult Son?

Thanks. I was able to find an Affidavit of Gift form that I think might cover it. It doesn’t specifically say it eliminates a tax, but it does ask if the transferee is related to the transferor and it is a DOT form, so I think it might be the same idea as in your state.
by Mapmaker
Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sell or Gift Car Title to Adult Son?
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Sell or Gift Car Title to Adult Son?

I want to give my adult son ( not living with me) a car that is worth about $10k. It was my husband’s car before he passed away, and I have no need for it. My son and I both live in PA. Would he or I have to pay state or federal tax on the transfer? I recall reading about selling a car for $1, but c...
by Mapmaker
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to buy parents as a token of appreciation/retirement
Replies: 57
Views: 3865

Re: What to buy parents as a token of appreciation/retirement

If I ever hit the lottery, this is where I hope to take the whole family, including the dogs.
https://www.pawsup.com/
by Mapmaker
Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep
Replies: 17
Views: 1731

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

I’ve stayed at Mt. Alyeska Lodge three times. It is amazing. Lots of hiking right at the lodge. Easy drive to Whittier for the 26 Glacier Cruise. Also easy to get the Alaska RR into Seward from Girdwood. Be sure to spend at least one day in Homer.
http://www.alyeskaresort.com/
by Mapmaker
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood blind alternatives to Hunter Douglas?
Replies: 11
Views: 791

Re: Wood blind alternatives to Hunter Douglas?

I’m doing 10 windows, ea. about 35x70, 2 1/2” faux wood Levolor blinds at Blinds.com for $1,580. Wait for their 50% off sales.
I’m using their referred installer for $200.
I used Budget Blinds for some plantation shutters, and they were certainly not “budget”.
by Mapmaker
Sun May 24, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Landscaping costs - in northern NJ
Replies: 3
Views: 394

Re: Landscaping costs - in northern NJ

I don’t know if it’s really comparable, but I just had a landscaper put in 11 green giant thuja, 5 firs, 2 maples, 2 red buds, 5 viburnum (4 ft.) and 3 truckloads of mushroom soil that they mixed with the builder’s “top soil” in order to seed the lawn. (The seeded lawn with straw was paid by my buil...
by Mapmaker
Sat Apr 11, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taxes on New Home in PA
Replies: 10
Views: 830

Re: Taxes on New Home in PA

Oh my gosh, thank you for the link. They have correct information, and the size of my home in sq. ft, but only land value, not the house. The In Care Of line is blank.
by Mapmaker
Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taxes on New Home in PA
Replies: 10
Views: 830

Re: Taxes on New Home in PA

I think you are right. I handed over the final check to the builder and actually met the guy who was doing the final inspection walking through the house. He told me everything was fine, so I assume he gave the Certificate of Occupancy. The next day, the movers were here, but our county (Cumberland)...
by Mapmaker
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taxes on New Home in PA
Replies: 10
Views: 830

Re: Taxes on New Home in PA

I will have to give the tax office a call next week. I found out that my county sends tax bills in March and July, but I didn’t receive the March bill.
by Mapmaker
Fri Apr 10, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taxes on New Home in PA
Replies: 10
Views: 830

Taxes on New Home in PA

I bought the lot last fall, and I paid cash for a new home. I just moved in a couple weeks ago. Can someone from PA tell me when I will get property tax and school tax bills? Will I pay for the whole year since I owned the land, or just March-Dec when I am living in the house? Thanks.
by Mapmaker
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise cancelled [take refund or future credit?]
Replies: 51
Views: 2834

Re: Cruise cancelled [take refund or future credit?]

Did anyone who requested a refund actually get their refund? The second week of my back to back cruise was canceled while we were on the ship. I immediately requested the refund via the link in their e-mail to me. That was on March 13th. Still no refund. It’s just bizarre that the Celebrity web site...
by Mapmaker
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medical Evacuation Insurance
Replies: 41
Views: 2678

Re: Medical Evacuation Insurance

MEDJET SERVICES ALERT Due to government imposed travel restrictions resulting from the Coronavirus, MEDJETASSIST and MEDJETHORIZON services are currently suspended in the following countries: China Hong Kong Taiwan Macau Services to additional countries may be restricted in the future. Please contac...
by Mapmaker
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Global Entry [wait time for interview]
Replies: 70
Views: 4969

Re: Global Entry

I renewed my Global Entry last year a few months before my birthday expiration date. A new interview wasn’t required, and I got my new card ( same info and picture with a new expiration date in 2024) in the mail within a couple weeks. A month before my birthday, I got an e-mail saying that my truste...
by Mapmaker
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice on moving to Pennsylvania
Replies: 53
Views: 4477

Re: Advice on moving to Pennsylvania

PA is one of the six states that have inheritance taxes. “The rates for Pennsylvania inheritance tax are as follows: 0 percent on transfers to a surviving spouse or to a parent from a child aged 21 or younger; 4.5 percent on transfers to direct descendants and lineal heirs; 12 percent on transfers t...
by Mapmaker
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advanced Excel (Software)
Replies: 11
Views: 1364

Re: Advanced Excel (Software)

We used this site.
https://www.mrexcel.com/
by Mapmaker
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: White Quartz Countertops Yellowing
Replies: 15
Views: 2792

Re: White Quartz Countertops Yellowing

You will get loads of answers from the Gardenweb Kitchen Forum
https://www.houzz.com/discussions/kitchens
by Mapmaker
Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mounting a tv over the fireplace
Replies: 54
Views: 3832

Re: Mounting a tv over the fireplace

Thanks all for the cable and mounting information. I appreciate your time.
by Mapmaker
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mounting a tv over the fireplace
Replies: 54
Views: 3832

Re: Mounting a tv over the fireplace

Bad idea for a number of reasons - heat from fireplace can damage TV or at very least shorten lifespan. And you'll be craning your neck to watch TV unless you have a mount that adjusts vertically (very rare - most allow only tilt). Agreed. It also looks stupid. I haven’t made up my mind yet (still ...
by Mapmaker
Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mounting a tv over the fireplace
Replies: 54
Views: 3832

Re: Mounting a tv over the fireplace

It’s a Napoleon Acies 50 Linear Direct-Vent Gas Fireplace | L50N. Is a direct vent the same thing as an outside air duct/damper? ( sorry. I’m clueless.)
by Mapmaker
Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mounting a tv over the fireplace
Replies: 54
Views: 3832

Re: Mounting a tv over the fireplace

Thanks all. I have to meet with the builder and the electrician tomorrow to decide on electric and cable outlet placement among other things. Right now there are only studs and an outline of the fireplace. The fireplace itself is a modern looking 50” linear gas type. Builder has assured me that he k...
by Mapmaker
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mounting a tv over the fireplace
Replies: 54
Views: 3832

Mounting a tv over the fireplace

New construction. I want to mount a tv over the fireplace. I have Verizon fios for tv, internet and landline phone. Can someone tell me if I have to have a set top box physically attached to the tv, and if so, is there a way to hide it. I read somewhere that in lieu of a set top box, I could use an ...
by Mapmaker
Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruises, where to book?
Replies: 17
Views: 1930

Re: Cruises, where to book?

I’ve transferred many bookings to bestpricecruises.com for additional perks after I’ve booked directly with Celebrity, HAL or Princess. I haven’t had better luck with Costco travel except for their rental car prices, which have always been the lowest. I’ve used Affordabletours.com and Pavlus.com for...
by Mapmaker
Sat Oct 26, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nursing homes. In my area70002
Replies: 4
Views: 750

Re: Nursing homes. In my area70002

Just guessing by your zip code, but try your local Area Agency on Aging. They will help your friend apply for Medicaid and nursing home placement if necessary.
https://jcoa.net/services/apply-for-services/
by Mapmaker
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which prefab shower to get?
Replies: 3
Views: 701

Re: Which prefab shower to get?

Gardenweb has several threads re: Choreograph
https://www.houzz.com/discussions/40003 ... ternatives
by Mapmaker
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cashier's check with husband and wife's name
Replies: 12
Views: 1479

Re: Cashier's check with husband and wife's name

After my husband passed away I had no trouble depositing checks made out to both of us into our joint account. I endorsed the check with just my name and noted for deposit only. This was Santander bank.
by Mapmaker
Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 Days in Seattle
Replies: 24
Views: 1645

Re: 3 Days in Seattle

We had a really nice time on the Shutter Tour out to Snoqualmie Falls, and some great pizza at Serious Pie downtown.
https://www.shuttertours.com/
https://www.seriouspieseattle.com/
by Mapmaker
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiking in Vancouver July 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 625

Re: Hiking in Vancouver July 2019

I was just a visitor to Vancouver, and Grouse Mtn and Capilano were great, but you might take a look at these hikes. The Sea to Sky Gondola was amazing.
https://www.seatoskygondola.com/adventures/hiking
by Mapmaker
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Smile donations to John Bogle Foundation [and other charities]
Replies: 23
Views: 2461

Re: Amazon Smile donations to John Bogle Foundation [and other charities]

Your current charity
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation has received $24,308.87 as of May 2019

All charities have received $134,890,393.33 as of May 2019
by Mapmaker
Mon May 06, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ants - aargh
Replies: 69
Views: 4856

Re: ants - aargh

The only effective method I found is an old fashioned recipe - soaking large cotton balls with 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup water ( optional), and 1 tablespoon boric acid. Ants will take the boric acid back to the colony as poison. It takes 24 hours, but the ants will be gone. Keep the cotton balls ...
by Mapmaker
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is 2 weeks in Amsterdam a bit much?
Replies: 45
Views: 3892

Re: Is 2 weeks in Amsterdam a bit much?

Two weeks is going to be a bit much. Venture out to some other countries during your second week. I’m going to Paris after Amsterdam. I’m debating whether to do one week, or two weeks, or in between in Amsterdam. Why Paris, my husband wants to see Normandy, Dunkirk, all that WW2 stuff. If you decid...
by Mapmaker
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: River cruise, Avignon to Lyon, France
Replies: 36
Views: 2624

Re: River cruise, Avignon to Lyon, France

We cruised to Provence with Avalon and Uniworld. They were both wonderful trips.
This website was very helpful figuring out trains in Europe:
https://www.seat61.com/
by Mapmaker
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel Health Insurance for Peru
Replies: 12
Views: 1024

Re: Travel Health Insurance for Peru

Geoblue has affordable coverage for outside the US. It is also sold at TripInsuranceStore.
https://geobluetravelinsurance.com
by Mapmaker
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood vs Laminate Flooring
Replies: 56
Views: 4936

Re: Wood vs Laminate Flooring

You might consider Audra Max. It is scratch and water resistant, and very pretty installed.
https://www.mannington.com/Residential/AduraMax
by Mapmaker
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: alaska cruise
Replies: 14
Views: 2424

Re: alaska cruise

By “adventurous” I’ll assume you aren’t interested in sitting on a boat, bus, or train, so these are some more active excursions I’ve done in your ports without setting foot on a helicopter or small plane. In Juneau, hike the Nugget Falls trail at Mendenhall Glacier ( booked through the cruise line,...
by Mapmaker
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Global Entry Application turnaround times?
Replies: 35
Views: 4721

Re: Global Entry Application turnaround times?

I applied for a GE renewal on 2/23 and got approved with no interview needed on 3/3 from Philadelphia. I’m surprised they approved my application on a Sunday, but that was the date on the notice.
I’m assuming they will send me a new TT card with the old picture and new renewal date?
by Mapmaker
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: purchasing new furnace tips
Replies: 36
Views: 2430

Re: purchasing new furnace tips

I don’t know anything about furnaces, but the pros on this forum are helpful if you post the question.
https://www.houzz.com/discussions/heati ... nditioning
by Mapmaker
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do I Pay Tax on Husband’s Bonus Check Received the Year After He Died?
Replies: 16
Views: 3032

Re: Do I Pay Tax on Husband’s Bonus Check Received the Year After He Died?

Yes, that is my understanding, too. I think I just have to account for the bonus on my return as miscellaneous income. I was concerned that I would somehow have to file a separate return for my husband.
by Mapmaker
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do I Pay Tax on Husband’s Bonus Check Received the Year After He Died?
Replies: 16
Views: 3032

Re: Do I Pay Tax on Husband’s Bonus Check Received the Year After He Died?

Thanks all. I did find this on page 10 of the IRS publication. Note the last sentence. Wages. The entire amount of wages or other employee compensation earned by the dece- dent but unpaid at the time of death is income in respect of a decedent. The income isn't re- duced by any amounts withheld by t...
by Mapmaker
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do I Pay Tax on Husband’s Bonus Check Received the Year After He Died?
Replies: 16
Views: 3032

Do I Pay Tax on Husband’s Bonus Check Received the Year After He Died?

My husband died in March, 2017, and to say that I am confused about finances would be a great understatement, but I do have one specific question that I hope someone can answer. My husband received a check in January, 2018, for $7k which was a prorated amount of his yearly bonus. I am 67 years old a...
by Mapmaker
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best site for reverse phone number lookup
Replies: 25
Views: 3830

Re: Best site for reverse phone number lookup

I’ve had some success with Who Called Me.
https://who-calledme.com/