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by Yooper
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend dish drainer (rack)
Replies: 41
Views: 2208

Re: Recommend dish drainer (rack)

Just for what it's worth, we got this 5 years ago and it's still going strong (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000IZ793S/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1). Used 3 or more times per day, handles heavy pots/pans without a problem. No rust (which shouldn't happen unless the rubberized coat...
by Yooper
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric bill with LED
Replies: 102
Views: 6882

Re: Electric bill with LED

On average, about 4 Kwh per day (we average 19-24 Kwh per day, depending on the time of year). I track gas and electric bill usage on an spreadsheet. More in the winter when it's darker and less in the summer when it's lighter - of course the furnace blower increases usage during the winter as well....
by Yooper
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: are pre-fabricated / manufactured homes a bad investment?
Replies: 99
Views: 6627

Re: are manufactured homes a bad investment?

I live in a modular/manufactured home and am pleased with it. To clarify, it arrived as two halves on trucks. Cranes set it on the basement/foundation, workers tied it together, plumber connected the main water supply and septic output, electrician connected it to the main power, and that was that. ...
by Yooper
Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Correct oil for snowblower
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: Correct oil for snowblower

Is it new or have you had it for a while? For what it's worth (and I'm secretly hoping someone wiser than I will chime in) I was told by my Ariens dealer's mechanic when I bought my blower, that for the first two oil changes to use non synthetic oil so it will break in properly. After that, go synth...
by Yooper
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any one have a Rotimatic?
Replies: 6
Views: 1233

Re: Any one have a Rotimatic?

@Dottie57 and @onourway, the rotis the machine makes are like a tortilla that puffs up, definitely not oily. @frugaltigris, I did look up roti making on Youtube and it looks like a very long process! I don't think I would have the time to make them, thus the interest in the rotimatic. I guess I wil...
by Yooper
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I take a pretty big pay cut to become a diplomat?
Replies: 32
Views: 3847

Re: Should I take a pretty big pay cut to become a diplomat?

What sort of "diplomat"? The FS employs people as Facilities Maintenance/General Services/Administrative/Human Resources/Security/Financial Management/Information Management/Nurse Practitioners/etc., (on the support side of house and work to ensure the actual "diplomats" can perform their functions...
by Yooper
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I take a pretty big pay cut to become a diplomat?
Replies: 32
Views: 3847

Re: Should I take a pretty big pay cut to become a diplomat?

What sort of "diplomat"? The FS employs people as Facilities Maintenance/General Services/Administrative/Human Resources/Security/Financial Management/Information Management/Nurse Practitioners/etc., (on the support side of house and work to ensure the actual "diplomats" can perform their functions)...
by Yooper
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can salt water kill weeds permanently?
Replies: 18
Views: 2931

Re: Can salt water kill weeds permanently?

Get a gallon of Pronto Big N' Tuf from Tractor Supply. Mix it as directed (I go stronger - because I hate weeds) and it'll do the trick. You need some patience, a week to 10 days, but then it's total devastation. A gallon will last you a lifetime. It's my go to potion for anything I want gone.
by Yooper
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit Freeze - Free and Now Extended To Children Under 16
Replies: 1
Views: 610

Credit Freeze - Free and Now Extended To Children Under 16

https://www.freep.com/story/money/personal-finance/susan-tompor/2018/09/06/equifax-freeze-credit-breach/1156255002/ Apparently in two weeks time you'll be able to initiate free credit freezes (and free unlocks). I was always under the impression you couldn't freeze children's credit (mine has been f...
by Yooper
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?
Replies: 40
Views: 1816

Re: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?

Think it's time to get a new dryer. Seriously though, you're saying with the dryer on there's no perceptible movement on ANY of the vents? That seems to indicate no air is being pushed through the dryer duct, or worse - it's being pushed through, but not getting to the vent itself. And venting some...
by Yooper
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?
Replies: 40
Views: 1816

Re: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?

Think it's time to get a new dryer. Seriously though, you're saying with the dryer on there's no perceptible movement on ANY of the vents? That seems to indicate no air is being pushed through the dryer duct, or worse - it's being pushed through, but not getting to the vent itself. And venting somew...
by Yooper
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor Fencing question
Replies: 50
Views: 4104

Re: Neighbor Fencing question

I'm in the camp with Livesoft and Squirm. Most people are "nice people", but if slighted (or even if they perceive to have been slighted) can go sideways and THAT can make things almost unbearable. Besides, he probably felt awkward approaching you in the first place. Graciously say yes and for a sma...
by Yooper
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bench vise recommendation
Replies: 20
Views: 1371

Re: bench vise recommendation

My experience has been that the most unstable thing about my HF vise is the bench it is attached to. An $800 vise would be no more stable. OP - Agreed. To me this is the most important thing, making sure your vise is rock solid. Which means reinforcing an existing workbench, or building one with th...
by Yooper
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gurgling noise from sink
Replies: 28
Views: 2433

Re: Gurgling noise from sink

See if you have an AAV (Air Admittance Valve) under the sink. You'll recognize it right away since it branches off from the P trap, goes up a bit and stops. And has a funky top. The funky top is the AAV. It allows air into the sink pipe to allow venting. I've been told that eventually they can stick...
by Yooper
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]
Replies: 47
Views: 4351

Re: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]

Just for the record, I experienced no side effects from either the the first or second shot. Although I got a tetanus booster at the same time as the second shot (tetanus was in the other arm) and that arm hurt like the devil for two days.
by Yooper
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]
Replies: 47
Views: 4351

Re: Shingrix

Check your local Health Department. I got my first one at our local Meijer store in late April and when I went back for the second dose they were out and weren't sure when they'd be getting a resupply. Evidently there's a shortage all over. They helpfully mentioned the health department and sure eno...
by Yooper
Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pop up tent camper
Replies: 24
Views: 2896

Re: Pop up tent camper

Interesting, bought my first last month (Rockwood Freedom 1940LTD). New. Go over everything with a fine toothed comb. Have them help you raise it and set it up. Again, go through it with a fine toothed comb. Pack it up, go through it with a fine toothed comb. Make sure the seal when it's closed is c...
by Yooper
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home maintenance question - rust beneath caulk in tub
Replies: 13
Views: 1281

Re: Home maintenance question - rust beneath caulk in tub

I've had good luck with Ospho (google it). Used it on a utility trailer which sits outside all the time and so far so good. I did minimal "prep" before applying it, and then painted over after. I'd dry it out, get rid of any rust as best you can (given the tight tolerances), spray in a healthy dose ...
by Yooper
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bears!!!
Replies: 60
Views: 5584

Re: Bears!!!

I'd first check with the neighbors and see what works for them. If that wasn't applicable, I'd bite the bullet and buy a bear proof garbage can. Expensive - but you're done. The problem with ammonia and electric barriers/fence is the sanitation workers. If your luck is anything like mine, the one si...
by Yooper
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier for humid basement. I want one that lasts.
Replies: 37
Views: 11100

Re: Dehumidifier for humid basement. I want one that lasts.

I purchased a 70 pt. Frigidaire dehumidifier April 2017 and it ran like a champ in my finished basement. I cleaned it up and stowed it away in a dry area in October. This May one year later it was not working. It came on, the blower ran and even the compressor would run a bit before throwing an err...
by Yooper
Fri May 18, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dash camera
Replies: 19
Views: 2998

Re: Dash camera

I picked this up (Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam 2.4" LCD FHD 1080p 170 Degree Wide Angle Dashboard Camera Recorder with Sony Exmor Video Sensor, G-Sensor, WDR, Loop Recording ) on Amazon about a year ago and am happy with it. I mounted it in front of the rearview mirror so it's very unobtrusive from the ou...
by Yooper
Thu May 17, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hot food flavoring (sauces, spices and peppers)
Replies: 51
Views: 3864

Re: Hot food flavoring (sauces, spices and peppers)

I simply stem about 20 or so habanero peppers, put them in a blender with just enough water so they puree. Pour mixture into a saucepan and gently boil until most of the water is gone. Add some vegetable oil, a little bit of salt to activate the taste buds, cool and pour into a jar to store in the f...
by Yooper
Thu May 10, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to remove garden hose nozzle that is stuck on a hose
Replies: 41
Views: 9800

Re: How to remove garden hose nozzle that is stuck on a hose

Perfect excuse to buy a bench mounted vise. C'mon, you always wanted one. Clamp that baby in, slap on a pair of vise grips and let'er rip!
by Yooper
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mowing with a ZTR - sharpening blades
Replies: 22
Views: 1909

Re: Mowing with a ZTR - sharpening blades

This is the one I use for my JD: https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200422360_200422360 - Ron Another vote for the MoJack. Use it regularly to get under and clean the grass from the deck on my zero turn, as well as for taking the blades off to sharpen. It's VERY stable and never had a ...
by Yooper
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Could you support family on 1 income?
Replies: 88
Views: 7174

Re: Could you support family on 1 income?

I am the sole provider for my family. I wish that weren't the case, as my anxiety due to being the sole source of income is paralyzing. My wife has been a stay at home mom, and has recently become unable to work even if she wanted to, so that is our reality. We make some sacrifices. Vacations are m...
by Yooper
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car sideview mirror
Replies: 25
Views: 1542

Re: Car sideview mirror

It's a 2013 Toyota....I've never bought parts before...so I will look around, thanks. OK, this thread prompted me to get a replacement passenger side mirror outer cover for my wife's 2012 Sienna (she snagged it on the garage door when backing out) - been putting it off for a while. Ordered a gray o...
by Yooper
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Builder wants $800 to vent a gas cooktop
Replies: 53
Views: 5039

Re: Builder wants $800 to vent a gas cooktop

I'd go the exterior vent route. If you do, ensure the exhaust duct is at least 6" to the roof penetration (I think 6" is the standard, but others here would know much more about that than I). And of course the roof penetration matches the duct. This makes upgrading to a better/higher capacity hood a...
by Yooper
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Inverter Generator vs Standby Generator
Replies: 78
Views: 4370

Re: Portable Inverter Generator vs Standby Generator

More concerned about the furnace control board. These seem to be sensitive to generator power. These variable speed fans need to be pretty close to 60hz at all times. Just as a data point, I've run my Trane high efficiency natural gas furnace on a Briggs and Stratton 7,500 watt (non inverter) gener...
by Yooper
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House Hunting Concerns With Well
Replies: 41
Views: 4024

Re: House Hunting Concerns With Well

Case depth refers to how far the protective casing (used to be metal here but now it's PVC) goes down into the ground. Well depth is the actual depth of the well (where they stopped drilling). Not sure about "level" or "water zone", although water zone might refer to where water was first hit.
by Yooper
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House Hunting Concerns With Well
Replies: 41
Views: 4024

Re: House Hunting Concerns With Well

Every time I try to read this thread my brain short circuits.

Subject concerns "water". Original poster named "Dowse". If their avatar was a forked stick I'd probably lose consciousness....
by Yooper
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cookware Brands - Demeyere?
Replies: 43
Views: 4614

Re: Cookware Brands - Demeyere?

Bought a set of Demeyere Apollo 17 years ago. Love them (used on both gas and electric ranges) and they look as good as new. Used daily.
by Yooper
Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Buying a plot of land for retirement
Replies: 35
Views: 3949

Re: Buying a plot of land for retirement

With that kind of time frame you're in the driver's seat, a nice place to be. I'd be regularly looking around and keeping a list of places you like and the reasons why. Take a look at them, walk the property. Time permitting, I'd like to see the property in it's best and worst condition. Where I liv...
by Yooper
Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blocking URLs/Sites on home network for kids
Replies: 33
Views: 2006

Re: Blocking URLs/Sites on home network for kids

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm and add whatever additional sites you'd like. Of course if this is a commonly shared computer, then the restrictions would apply to all who use it.
by Yooper
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Something weird this day came
Replies: 22
Views: 3010

Re: Something weird this day came

Hints of the "Red-Headed League"..........
by Yooper
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Echo as security device
Replies: 11
Views: 1565

Re: Amazon Echo as security device

My father had his own low tech version of this decades ago that became a family legend. He would leave the radio on low set to a talk radio station. He was notoriously lax about security in general, so on occasion when you'd walk up to the door, not only would the door be open, but the keys would b...
by Yooper
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen features
Replies: 108
Views: 9290

Re: Kitchen features

If I had my "perfect kitchen", it would include a hole in the prep counter/cutting board that dumped directly into a garbage bin. Ideally slightly slanted down so any juices would drain as well. I get soooo tired of picking stuff up off the floor that falls as I try to (carefully) get a handful/kni...
by Yooper
Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen features
Replies: 108
Views: 9290

Re: Kitchen features

If I had my "perfect kitchen", it would include a hole in the prep counter/cutting board that dumped directly into a garbage bin. Ideally slightly slanted down so any juices would drain as well. I get soooo tired of picking stuff up off the floor that falls as I try to (carefully) get a handful/knif...
by Yooper
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier for humid basement. I want one that lasts.
Replies: 37
Views: 11100

Re: Dehumidifier for humid basement. I want one that lasts.

This time, I decided on a strategy of ignoring energy use (and CR ratings) and just buying the cheapest unit I could find, $100 at Menards last fall. For what it's worth, you might want to check with your power company, mine provides $75 rebate if you purchase an energy star unit. Per year, not per...
by Yooper
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: <gulp> Expensive mistake
Replies: 56
Views: 10598

Re: <gulp> Expensive mistake

mouses wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:24 pm
TSP = teaspoon.
Au contraire, NEVER capitalized, otherwise I'd think they meant Tablespoon and forgot the B...
by Yooper
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stay the course?
Replies: 65
Views: 8335

Re: Stay the course?

Thanks. I’m not even going to check my balance then. Don’t wanna know. :shock: Which is probably the best. The only way I was able to "check my balance" from 1993 to about 2003 was when I'd get my paper statements once a month. I was auto contributing the entire time and didn't know any better, so ...
by Yooper
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best epoxy/glue for sticking plastic to plastic
Replies: 29
Views: 3139

Re: Best epoxy/glue for sticking plastic to plastic

I always like Hardman (https://www.theepoxysource.com/Epoxy.htm). Find out what type you need based on what you're bonding, then look for the quantity you need on line.
by Yooper
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WHY do wireless routers need periodic reboots?
Replies: 117
Views: 10268

Re: WHY do wireless routers need periodic reboots?

Add me to the rarely reboot club. Picked up the cheapest one I could find at Walmart years ago. The only time it's been rebooted is when there's been a power outage (perhaps once a year), and it works like a champ. It gets heavy usage (when everyone's home in the evening we're talking 5 or so device...
by Yooper
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Career "advice" for someone without college
Replies: 39
Views: 2561

Re: Career "advice" for someone without college

If he's personable, smart, and driven, he could do very well. Exactly. In fact, if he's the above he CAN do very well in ANY job. I've always felt that if a person has goals and decides they WILL achieve them - they do. No limits. I also second the idea of trades (plumber, electrician, etc.) Might ...
by Yooper
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Discussing a 529 with your kids
Replies: 79
Views: 6290

Re: Discussing a 529 with your kids

I think "staythecourse" 's paragraphs were directly related, and perhaps should have been one paragraph. I.e., if you want my money to pay for your school, I'm willing to fund this, but not that. I don't think they were saying they would dictate WHAT their child studied, just what type of studies th...
by Yooper
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Discussing a 529 with your kids
Replies: 79
Views: 6290

Re: Discussing a 529 with your kids

Our plan is to basically tell them, "Your 529 is x amount. Our suggestion would be for you to go to college xyz, or any other college/university that your 529 would cover all costs. However, it's your money so you can spend it any way you'd like. Keep in mind though, anything that's in excess of wha...
by Yooper
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Sharing" Internet/WiFi with neighbors?
Replies: 38
Views: 2881

Re: "Sharing" Internet/WiFi with neighbors?

In which case, utilize the nifty little exclamation point icon in the upper right hand corner of a post you feel should be called to the attention of moderators and they'll review. That's what it's there for.
by Yooper
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Earning with your hands vs. investing
Replies: 9
Views: 1312

Re: Earning with your hands vs. investing

No advice, but I admire her principles. That sort of person would be interesting to have a cup of coffee with and talk. I'm sure I'd come away having gained something.
by Yooper
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help my 7 year old daughter invest $50 of her Christmas money
Replies: 30
Views: 2825

Re: Help my 7 year old daughter invest $50 of her Christmas money

"wise girls" would buy mom and dad a $50 gift card to their favorite restaurant and when presenting it to them would smile and say something along the lines of "You're the best mom and dad in the world. You do so much for me that now I saved up some money I can do something for you!" Talk about "goo...
by Yooper
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well pump froze; no water.
Replies: 11
Views: 1766

Re: Well pump froze; no water.

You sure it's frozen? Normally up north when well diggers dig a well and put in a pitless adapter it's well below the frostline for that region. The pipe to your house connects to the adapter and then any number of configurations can be used. In my case the pipe (plastic) runs 300' from the well to ...