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by wageoghe
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New HD tv and non HD stations
Replies: 27
Views: 1285

Re: New HD tv and non HD stations

Are you using an HDMI cable to connect your tv to your cable box? If you are, the tv should usually be able to adjust itself correctly based on the content of the signal from the cable box. If you aren’t using an HDMI cable (and if your cable box supports HD output), I would recommend using one rath...
by wageoghe
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: organizations that help sea animals
Replies: 11
Views: 772

Re: organizations that help sea animals

Not strictly sea animals, but https://www.bird-rescue.org/ is a good one to consider.
by wageoghe
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you learning or studying?
Replies: 112
Views: 9435

Re: What are you learning or studying?

I am an avid reader and read 3-4 books ( science, history, travel, biographies) per month. Last books read were Path between the Seas (read while on Panama Canal cruise), Hue 1968 and now reading Men to Match my Mountains. I have a nice hard cover bound 54 book set of Britannica Great Books collect...
by wageoghe
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Block fireplace draft
Replies: 19
Views: 1244

Re: Block fireplace draft

Maybe you could do something like this :oops:

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=261967
by wageoghe
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with reattaching a wooden door knob
Replies: 6
Views: 480

Re: Help with reattaching a wooden door knob

The end of a wooden golf tee plus glue would work as well. I think the toothpick or golf tee would hold better than wood putty because you will be screwing into, essentially, solid wood. In either case, you might want to drill a small pilot hole into the toothpicks/tee so the screw goes in easier. T...
by wageoghe
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tackling Disney World - Discount on tickets?
Replies: 65
Views: 3933

Re: Tackling Disney World - Discount on tickets?

The cost for water i n the park is $3, and the many find the fountain/tap water hard to drink due to sulfur in the water. They just raised bottled water to $3.50. One key tip is that all quick service restaurants will give you a free cup of ice water if you walk up and ask for it. I like checking a...
by wageoghe
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to contact Amazon support?
Replies: 4
Views: 533

Re: How to contact Amazon support?

If you go to the bottom of the Amazon home page, there is a Help link. If you click that and look around, you will eventually find a Contact Us link that will allow you to email, call, or chat. If you are using an app (at least it works this way in the iOS app), click the upper left icon (three shor...
by wageoghe
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tackling Disney World - Discount on tickets?
Replies: 65
Views: 3933

Re: Tackling Disney World

Get this book. Read it. In addition to great information about every Disney park, it also has great touring plans that you can use to help plan your visit. Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2019 (The Unofficial Guides) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1628090812/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_PlQTBb2MZ6ZHD Also, g...
by wageoghe
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 116
Views: 13837

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History https://www.amazon.com/dp/1416591060/re ... TBbZNTY990
by wageoghe
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to tell contractor you don't plan to pay him. [Roofing]
Replies: 65
Views: 6148

Re: What I learned from my roofing saga.

Congratulations! Good for you for sticking to your guns.
by wageoghe
Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to tell contractor you don't plan to pay him. [Roofing]
Replies: 65
Views: 6148

Re: How to tell contractor you don't plan to pay him.

This is a pet peave of mine (maybe it shouldn’t be). Building materials, mechanical equipment, appliances, etc typically come with clear instructions for how to install them. Sometimes, as in the case of these roofing shingles, installing per the instructions is a requirement for the warranty to be ...
by wageoghe
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to determine the maintenance schedule for newer cars?
Replies: 18
Views: 1320

Re: how to determine the maintenance schedule for newer cars?

On the one hand, you can easily google for the maintenance schedule of any new car and can probably find one that is broken down by mileage increments and maintenance to perform at each. On the other hand, why not just follow the recommendation of the Maintenance Minder (in the case of a Honda/Acura...
by wageoghe
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help me with avoiding liability for personal injury on our property
Replies: 23
Views: 1953

Re: Help me with avoiding liability for personal injury on our property

Around here such retaining walls (adjacent to a sidewalk) were typically built by the city. The land might have sloped (or dropped) towards the roadway and, to put in the sidewalk, the earth had to be cut back further. In these cases, I would guess that the retaining wall is city property, possibly ...
by wageoghe
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Framing concerns for new construction/custom build
Replies: 16
Views: 1690

Re: Framing concerns for new construction/custom build

I don't know if this is really a problem, but, personally, I would be concerned about the trusses, if anything. Trusses are a relatively highly engineered component, as compared to regular dimensional lumber like 2x4s. If parts of trusses are cracking/breaking, I would want a signoff by an engineer ...
by wageoghe
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: “Floating Basement Flooring” - Which Product?
Replies: 5
Views: 581

Re: “Floating Basement Flooring” - Which Product?

If the water/moisture problem is from below, you might consider something like a Dri-Core subfloor. I don’t have experience with the product, but maybe someone else on BH has and can comment.

http://dricore.com/nw/subfloor_about.php
by wageoghe
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AA for a 3 year old and 5 year old for 529
Replies: 15
Views: 1343

Re: AA for a 3 year old and 5 year old for 529

How about target date funds just under when the money will be needed/used (to be a little on the conservative side)?
by wageoghe
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smart plug to reboot router?
Replies: 14
Views: 1366

Re: Smart plug to reboot router?

Our cable modem is plugged into a smart plug. If I am home and the internet seems to be down, I can turn the plug off then on to reboot the modem. This works as long as I am on the same WiFi network as the plug. Note that our cable modem is only a modem, not a combination modem/router. This would pr...
by wageoghe
Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Intro Geology Textbooks
Replies: 17
Views: 1100

Re: Best Intro Geology Textbooks

You didn’t ask about other media besides textbooks, but maybe you’d like a Great Course?

https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses ... ology.html
by wageoghe
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I proactively replace my central AC unit?
Replies: 33
Views: 3033

Re: Should I proactively replace my central AC unit?

A two stage unit, properly sized with a higher SEER rating will be a nice upgrade. Will it pay for itself? Likely not. We upgraded a similar unit. The unit running in the first stage is virtually silent. The old unit would run short cycles at turbo fan mode. It didn't run enough to remove humidity....
by wageoghe
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audio books
Replies: 12
Views: 941

Re: Audio books

Quality is good. I really enjoy my audible.com subscription. I had the 24 credits per year, purchased upfront subscription for a while. That is the cheapest per credit option, but that means a lot of credits to work through. I am now on the 12 credits per year, purchased upfront option. Month to mon...
by wageoghe
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Light Switch Style and Why?
Replies: 12
Views: 1742

Re: Light Switch Style and Why?

I like the Decora. I think it looks better and is easier to operate, especially with an elbow when your arms are full. Whichever way you go, I’d recommend getting commercial grade switches, at least in heavier use areas. I’d also recommend specifying that the “push and pray” wiring method not be use...
by wageoghe
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone 8 case suggestions
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: Iphone 8 case suggestions

I use a Speck Candyshell (plain, not grip) and have been satisfied. I used one on my iPhone 6 and am using one on my iPhone X. It provides good protection without too much bulk.
by wageoghe
Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wireless earbuds for exercise - airpods or ??
Replies: 28
Views: 2399

Re: wireless earbuds for exercise - airpods or ??

Another vote for AirPods. Easy pairing. Easy to use with another iDevice. I think the AirPods probably feel like they fit better than corded EarPods because there is no cord pulling on the pod. Using the case, they can charge from a very low state (10-15%) to 75-80% in 15-20 minutes. I have no compl...
by wageoghe
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Interesting Bitcoin documentary on Amazon Prime
Replies: 8
Views: 1892

Re: Interesting Bitcoin documentary on Amazon Prime

Watched a couple of interesting documentaries on Bitcoin this evening. Available on Amazon Prime. One is slightly dated 2014 but is finding itself in the top results because of increased interest. Still a good show with interesting facts about Bitcoin. If you kinda get Bitcoin, but not really, you ...
by wageoghe
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple 2FA is saving DEVICE passwords in the cloud
Replies: 21
Views: 3072

Re: Apple 2FA is saving DEVICE passwords in the cloud

I would expect apple to encrypt the password. but it is still in the cloud. I know it's in the cloud because I can enter my imac password on my iphone while my imac is offline, and it still verifies. Therefore it must be verifying my password in the cloud. I have two concerns about this: 1) the obv...
by wageoghe
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron
Replies: 27
Views: 2701

Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

I saw a segment of a cooking show on tv where they cooked refrigerated cinnamon rolls with a waffle iron.
by wageoghe
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone Maps with Voice and Bluetooth Hands Free
Replies: 11
Views: 959

Re: Iphone Maps with Voice and Bluetooth Hands Free

What kind of car do you have?
by wageoghe
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 57
Views: 6426

Re: WiFi [extender]

We got an eero recently and could not be happier.
by wageoghe
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience finding gas pump card skimmer?
Replies: 46
Views: 5687

Re: Experience finding gas pump card skimmer?

Another recommendation for Exxon's Speedpass app.
by wageoghe
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to sell my used iPhone?
Replies: 28
Views: 3408

Re: Best place to sell my used iPhone?

I've sold several iPhones to gazelle.com. Not the best to get the highest price, but super easy.
by wageoghe
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to give money to relative traveling int'l - options?
Replies: 19
Views: 1607

Re: Want to give money to relative traveling int'l - options?

How will your relative be spending money on the trip now? Credit card? Debit card? I would give a check. Your relative can deposit it into whatever kind of account he/she has and won't be tempted to take a big wad of cash with them (which may or may not be a good idea).
by wageoghe
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 116
Views: 13837

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

A World Lit Only by Fire and The Glory and the Dream , both by William Manchester. The first is a very good introduction to the Middle Ages, and the second is an excellent narrative history of mid 20th century America. I'm sure that A World Lit Only by Fire is very interesting and enjoyable, but mu...
by wageoghe
Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: bike rack quick release?
Replies: 9
Views: 1441

Re: bike rack quick release?

Why don't you leave the trailer hitch attached to your car and just remove the bike rack from the hitch receiver? Judging by the last photo in the "installed/in use" sequence, it looks like you would just have to remove a pin and slide the rack out of the receiver.
by wageoghe
Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reasonable HVAC Quote?
Replies: 34
Views: 5196

Re: Reasonable HVAC Quote?

to learn about all things hvac: http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/forumdisplay.php?1-AOP-Residential-HVAC you can ask questions about equipment and sizing, but don't post prices. That is a good source of info. I'm surprised that this forum doesn't get more traction here: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/hvac...
by wageoghe
Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reasonable HVAC Quote?
Replies: 34
Views: 5196

Re: Reasonable HVAC Quote?

I just replaced our forced air natural gas furnace and central air last week. Replaced a 16 year old builder grade system. Got three quotes and went with the most expensive which was Carrier brand and work done by reputable local company that had actually installed the original system for the build...
by wageoghe
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs
Replies: 33
Views: 3257

Re: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs

The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret War - Stephen Kinzer
William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life - James Lee McDonough
by wageoghe
Sat May 27, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HondaCare Warranty Transferrable?
Replies: 3
Views: 1160

Re: HondaCare Warranty Transferrable?

I googled "is hondacare warranty transferable" and found this:

http://www.honda-extended-warranty.com/

The answer seems to be "yes" for private party to private party sale.

I've seen another reference that seems to indicate that you have to go back to the he dealer to do the transfer.

Good luck!
by wageoghe
Sun May 21, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window tint (film) on house windows?
Replies: 24
Views: 4210

Re: Window tint (film) on house windows?

Keep in mind that some window manufacturers will void your warranty if you apply a tint to them. Obviously, not a big concern as you can remove before they come out for a repair/replacement. "Some window manufacturers will void the consumer 5 warranty for the unit if any window film is installed on...
by wageoghe
Fri May 19, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to get oil change?
Replies: 35
Views: 3613

Re: Where to get oil change?

From everything I have ever heard and read, on a front wheel drive car, the better tires go in the rear. https://www.tirerack.com/wheels/tech/techpage.jsp?techid=52 This makes no sense. If you put 4 new tires on a FWD car, the front tires wear faster than the rear. From the moment you drive it with...
by wageoghe
Fri May 19, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to get oil change?
Replies: 35
Views: 3613

Re: Where to get oil change?

From everything I have ever heard and read, on a front wheel drive car, the better tires go in the rear.

https://www.tirerack.com/wheels/tech/te ... ?techid=52
by wageoghe
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New HVAC - Assessing Quotes? - Update, New Info
Replies: 40
Views: 5245

Re: New HVAC - Assessing Quotes?

The quote and warranty seem reasonable. We have gotten two Carrier systems in the last few years. The standard warranty is 10 years parts and 1 year labor. I would strongly encourage getting a manual J calculation to determine appropriate system size. If you are replacing all windows, be sure the ca...
by wageoghe
Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon mitigation credit at closing
Replies: 16
Views: 2489

Re: Radon mitigation credit at closing

We paid about $2250 for a subslab radon mitigation system in 2014. Our radon measured just over 4.0, which is the threshold where mitigation is typically recommended. The work included the following: 1. 4" hole through block and brick wall. 2. 4" hole in slab. 3. Scoop pit under the slab hole. 4. Su...
by wageoghe
Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spring Break Trip to Disney World
Replies: 68
Views: 6461

Re: Spring Break Trip to Disney World

Get the book mentioned above. Be sure to get the one for the current year. If you don't have the time or desire to read it, don't. Go to the back and look for the "touring plans". Pick one you like. Mark out the rides/attractions that you don't want to do. Do the rest in the order the touring plan s...
by wageoghe
Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Programable thermostat for gas water heater?
Replies: 19
Views: 2015

Re: Programable thermostat for gas water heater?

Some people set their water heater to a higher temperature and use a mixing/tempering valve on the tank output to bring the water back down to a safe temperature (normal hot water temperature). The end result is an increase in your hot water capacity. It takes less of the hot water from the tank to ...
by wageoghe
Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gutter Replacement
Replies: 17
Views: 2410

Re: Gutter Replacement

You will typically pay by the foot. I would recommend seamless gutters fabricated on site, not sections. If you are getting 6" gutters, be sure to get 3'x4' downspouts. When we replaced our gutters, we did it at the same time that we got a new roof and had some other repairs done, so we had a GC han...
by wageoghe
Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What bulk nuts do you buy and from where?
Replies: 26
Views: 4354

Re: What bulk nuts do you buy and from where?

www.nuts.com I've always had excellent service. They also sell candy and snacks.
by wageoghe
Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for small e-gift card for Brno, Czech Republic
Replies: 1
Views: 298

Re: Suggestions for small e-gift card for Brno, Czech Republic

I would try Amazon or I would just put $20-10 cash inside a card and mail it to the intended recipient.
by wageoghe
Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Christmas Gift to my boss. What book?
Replies: 17
Views: 1717

Re: Christmas Gift to my boss. What book?

I once gave my boss Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time. He loved it. https://www.amazon.com/Longitude-Genius-Greatest-Scientific-Problem/dp/080271529X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481319175&sr=8-1&keywords=longitude Anyone alive in the eight...
by wageoghe
Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smartphone for a low techie
Replies: 18
Views: 2301

Re: Smartphone for a low techie

Why not get an iPhone? I have always had one, so I can't really compare to Android, but they are pretty similar in what they can do and how easy/hard they are to use. One big benefit to getting an iPhone is that you already have one and know how to use it and the Apple ecosystem. If he has any quest...
by wageoghe
Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transferring Files - Macbook
Replies: 3
Views: 527

Re: Transferring Files - Macbook

Here's another link that describes how to do this:

http://www.imore.com/how-to-transfer-ol ... ta-new-mac

Looks like it is mostly a rehash of the Apple link posted earlier, but you might find a useful nugget or two.