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by lthenderson
Thu May 28, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Face mask recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1664

Re: Face mask recommendations

I need to get some face masks for a public outdoor event coming up soon. We’ve been using a headband and painter mask for the rare outings but am looking for something better. Any recommendations? At least in my town, there seems to be signs on just about every major intersection advertising homema...
by lthenderson
Thu May 28, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiring a handyman
Replies: 23
Views: 1288

Re: Hiring a handyman

Triple digit golfer wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 9:41 am
Is it insulting to ask a handyman to go to Home Depot and pick up all of the items needed, including a new front screen door?
It isn't insulting as long as the time for them to go get the materials is "on the clock" and you are reimbursing them for the time and materials to do the project.
by lthenderson
Wed May 27, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird Nest Forming Under Deck
Replies: 27
Views: 1410

Re: Bird Nest Forming Under Deck

I have gone the route of providing nesting boxes for various birds around our house so they build their nests in more convenient locations. I have five bluebirds that will probably fledge by this weekend.
by lthenderson
Wed May 27, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What will you NOT buy online?
Replies: 92
Views: 5638

Re: What will you NOT buy online?

Besides a lot of the things mentioned above, I wouldn't buy fuel for my car online. I can't imagine hiring or paying for a contractor online for home renovations or remodels.
by lthenderson
Wed May 27, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How can I use 6 weeks of vacation in the next 6 months in the Covid era?
Replies: 37
Views: 3164

Re: How can I use 6 weeks of vacation in the next 6 months in the Covid era?

I would start by taking days off at the beginning or end of the week. I prefer to take Monday's off over Fridays because less people do. At least in our area, many restaurants, museums, attractions and such aren't fully open or not at all. Sometimes we do staycations at nearby hotels or resorts with...
by lthenderson
Tue May 26, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Painting the house//estimates and experiences
Replies: 20
Views: 1429

Re: Painting the house//estimates and experiences

Have you painted trim work? Over time the wood has bled through my white paint in spots and I'm not sure how to fix it now. Yes. What is probably going on is that you have softwood trim and some resin within the lumber is bleeding through. In that situation, you need to prime with a good quality st...
by lthenderson
Tue May 26, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Painting the house//estimates and experiences
Replies: 20
Views: 1429

Re: Painting the house//estimates and experiences

Have you painted trim work? Over time the wood has bled through my white paint in spots and I'm not sure how to fix it now. Yes. What is probably going on is that you have softwood trim and some resin within the lumber is bleeding through. In that situation, you need to prime with a good quality st...
by lthenderson
Tue May 26, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Painting the house//estimates and experiences
Replies: 20
Views: 1429

Re: Painting the house//estimates and experiences

I just did my bathroom and it really wasnt that bad. Sure it took me a weekend and some spots still need to be touched up, but it was a great skill to learn and saved me probably $600 What were some lessons you learned and do differently for your next room when needed? I've always done all my own i...
by lthenderson
Sun May 24, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on Pillows
Replies: 9
Views: 884

Re: Advice on Pillows

Word of advice since you are new to the forum. Check out the search box first before posting a new thread. Pillow threads already done, two very recently: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=314196 https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=228741 https://www.bogleheads....
by lthenderson
Sat May 23, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do people spend money on?
Replies: 52
Views: 4972

Re: What do people spend money on?

We are putting everything excess into a trust for future generations to use down the road. Instead of making one generation wealthy, we are trying to give several (or more) generations a nice supplemental income stream that they don't have to worry about. We are also increasing our charitable giving...
by lthenderson
Sat May 23, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I pay $1,600 for this lawn care fix?
Replies: 55
Views: 5086

Re: Should I pay $1,600 for this lawn care fix?

For $250 one time investment, you can maintain your flat lawn for life. https://www.ruralking.com/36-inch-drum-spike-275-lb-capacity-aerator?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=shopping&utm_content=66290184&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpb7M1YLJ6QIVDtbACh0nLgxPEAQYBSABEgKfefD_BwE I've aerated almost ...
by lthenderson
Fri May 22, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I pay $1,600 for this lawn care fix?
Replies: 55
Views: 5086

Re: Should I pay $1,600 for this lawn care fix?

For $250 one time investment, you can maintain your flat lawn for life.

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by lthenderson
Fri May 22, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thin, long lasting athletic socks?
Replies: 16
Views: 1152

Re: Thin, long lasting athletic socks?

+4 or 5 for Darn Tough Socks
by lthenderson
Fri May 22, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shed Foundation: Flat Concrete Blocks or Deck Piers?
Replies: 18
Views: 1325

Re: Shed Foundation: Flat Concrete Blocks or Deck Piers?

Thanks! No frost line and no high winds. We get some winds here in Texas but anything that needs anchors. In that case, probably the most cost effective way is to set it on a pad of leveled crushed gravel with some lawn edging around the perimeter to keep the gravel from spilling out into your lawn...
by lthenderson
Fri May 22, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shed Foundation: Flat Concrete Blocks or Deck Piers?
Replies: 18
Views: 1325

Re: Shed Foundation: Flat Concrete Blocks or Deck Piers?

Any DIY'ers or Construction Gurus Out There? I'm planning on building a 12x12 or 12x16 shed soon, but going back and forth on foundation options. I was going to spring for a concrete pad, but I've decided to go the easier route with this size of shed. I'm trying to decide between Flat Concrete Bloc...
by lthenderson
Fri May 22, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discarding Music CDs
Replies: 97
Views: 6419

Re: Discarding Music CDs

im sure you can find any of the songs on youtube. even the most rare and esoteric. Yes buy you need to be sitting at a computer and perhaps clicking several videos after every search to find the version that you were wanting to hear. Not really how I prefer to listen to music. I like being able to ...
by lthenderson
Fri May 22, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to look for when buying a table saw?
Replies: 52
Views: 2411

Re: What to look for when buying a table saw?

I do not have any experience in wood-working projects, but there are a few things I would like to try. For example, I've watched some youtube videos on simple upper cabinet making, and I think it's something I could do. I've thought about just having Home Depot make the cuts for me. Alternatively, ...
by lthenderson
Thu May 21, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please recommend a comfortable sofa bed
Replies: 19
Views: 1004

Re: Please recommend a comfortable sofa bed

I have never found a comfortable couch that was also a comfortable fold out bed. In my office/spare bedroom, I have a murphy bed built in on one wall to look like cabinets that match the rest of the office cabinets. It folds down with a queen size bed and you can make it as comfortable as you want b...
by lthenderson
Wed May 20, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tomato plant arrived before planter!
Replies: 7
Views: 671

Re: Tomato plant arrived before planter!

Unless it is still pretty small, I would transplant it to a bigger pot. It will make it much easier to water adequately without it drying out so fast. Tomatoes handle transplanting well.
by lthenderson
Wed May 20, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Safely disinfecting frozen food packages from corona virus?
Replies: 51
Views: 3573

Re: Safely disinfecting frozen food packages from corona virus?

I have done absolutely nothing other than putting the groceries away when I get home.
by lthenderson
Tue May 19, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hot Tub hard water
Replies: 8
Views: 566

Re: Hot Tub hard water

If your water is too hard, the scaling can cause damage to the hot tub. If it is too soft, it can cause corrosion problems on some parts. This is the same for just about any water using appliance in your house so if you don't have problems elsewhere, the water is probably safe for your hot tub.
by lthenderson
Tue May 19, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engagement Ring Help
Replies: 68
Views: 2929

Re: Engagement Ring Help

I went the local jeweler route mostly because they would resize it or mount it differently free of charge if my then girlfriend didn't like it. Even back then, I spent a tiny fraction of what some people "recommend" you spend and she still said yes. These days it sees daylight maybe once a year and ...
by lthenderson
Tue May 19, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vault Safe in the attic; welded, anyone ?
Replies: 78
Views: 4039

Re: Vault Safe in the attic; welded, anyone ?

Another thing to consider is that safes are typically only fireproof for a certain amount of time. Due to the nature of houses, a safe in an attic is probably going to see longer periods of flame during a house fire than say a basement. A friend of mine lost his house to a fire. Nothing in the "fir...
by lthenderson
Tue May 19, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Discarding old tax returns
Replies: 62
Views: 5481

Re: Discarding old tax returns

Did it used to be seven years? If you claim a loss on your taxes, you must keep records for seven years. If not, three years. Thanks. For covered shares, am I correct in assuming that the borkerage's 1099 showing the capital loss(es) would be sufficient? I think my brokerage makes electronic copies...
by lthenderson
Tue May 19, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discarding Music CDs
Replies: 97
Views: 6419

Re: Discarding Music CDs

That is a good point. Most of my 600+ CD collection comes from buying them at garage sales and such for pennies. If you are looking to get an appreciable amount of money by selling them, I might reconsider.
by lthenderson
Tue May 19, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discarding Music CDs
Replies: 97
Views: 6419

Re: Discarding Music CDs

I have some 600+ CD's ripped onto my computer. I discarded the jewel cases and liners and put the CD's themselves in archival sleeves and stacked in two shoe boxes. Since they barely take up much room at this point, I'm hanging onto them just in case one of my kids would like to have them someday.
by lthenderson
Tue May 19, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vault Safe in the attic; welded, anyone ?
Replies: 78
Views: 4039

Re: Vault Safe in the attic; welded, anyone ?

Another thing to consider is that safes are typically only fireproof for a certain amount of time. Due to the nature of houses, a safe in an attic is probably going to see longer periods of flame during a house fire than say a basement.
by lthenderson
Tue May 19, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Discarding old tax returns
Replies: 62
Views: 5481

Re: Discarding old tax returns

FIREchief wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 7:00 pm
Did it used to be seven years?
If you claim a loss on your taxes, you must keep records for seven years. If not, three years.
by lthenderson
Tue May 19, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vault Safe in the attic; welded, anyone ?
Replies: 78
Views: 4039

Re: Vault Safe in the attic; welded, anyone ?

I just learnt from these answers that it is relatively easy to hack saw a metal bar. A cordless reciprocating saw with a metal blade will make it even easier, seconds per welded on leg. They also make quick work of door hinges too which makes entering deadbolted doors easy at least if noise isn't a...
by lthenderson
Mon May 18, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Choosing Kayak Paddles
Replies: 9
Views: 611

Re: Choosing Kayak Paddles

Sizing a kayak paddle is a lot about personal preference but there are some charts online to get you started in the right direction. Normally they go by height and width of the boat right in front of your torso to recommend a length of paddle. But a lot also depends on your style of paddling. If you...
by lthenderson
Mon May 18, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sources for N95 masks
Replies: 44
Views: 3427

Re: Sources for N95 masks

OP, Depending on where you are, we could find the KN95 masks in our local oriental supermarket. KlangFool +1 Surprisingly, I've been able to stock up on disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and toilet paper at our local asian supermarket where all that stuff is still out of stock in the other four gr...
by lthenderson
Mon May 18, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I work remote: Is buying a home away from a major city a major risk?
Replies: 39
Views: 4288

Re: I work remote: Is buying a home away from a major city a major risk?

All that to say, we love the area but if something happens with my job, unless I were to get another remote job, I would have zero chance of getting a job within driving distance of where we are thinking of living. I get that this is a risk and so far my job is going well, but I wanted everyone's p...
by lthenderson
Mon May 18, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stinkbug screened in deck problem
Replies: 25
Views: 2217

Re: Stinkbug screened in deck problem

I've seen stink bugs in the best of sealed houses so I'm guessing your screened in porch doesn't meet those qualifications and you will probably have stink bugs unless you meticulously seal every crack and crevice. Lots of screens are merely stapled in place along one side of an opening but this isn...
by lthenderson
Sun May 17, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator Malfunction
Replies: 20
Views: 1442

Re: Refrigerator Malfunction

Every refrigerator with an ice maker that I've ever had also had a button somewhere on the ice maker assembly where you could manually turn it off and on and thus triggering whatever symptom you are hearing while you are standing there watching it happen. Much easier to diagnose that way.
by lthenderson
Sat May 16, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a Cable Guy in the House?
Replies: 42
Views: 3547

Re: Is there a Cable Guy in the House?

We use an eero mesh wifi system and view things over the Roku wifi just fine. Never any buffering issues.
by lthenderson
Fri May 15, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who needs a firewall and who doesn't?
Replies: 18
Views: 1306

Re: Who needs a firewall and who doesn't?

I've never felt the need to go to such measures. All my data is backed up to the cloud behind the scenes with Carbonite and I use Lastpass and regularly update all my passwords to the hardest settings possible with two factor authentication so if someone were to take over my computer, they would get...
by lthenderson
Fri May 15, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Must carry more than one credit card
Replies: 53
Views: 3408

Re: Must carry more than one credit card

I always carry two credit cards because it seems like having to cancel one due to a fraudulent charge always happens the night before I'm leaving on vacation. My main card is a citicard doublecash which has had charges rejected on rare occasions as suspicious but generally I can resolve it with a le...
by lthenderson
Fri May 15, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flag Pole Light
Replies: 16
Views: 1135

Re: Flag Pole Light

In my experience, almost all solar lighting is temporary at best. The solar cells used to power the lights are low grade and wear out after a number of years, so you have to end up replacing them. You are generally money ahead running a new hard wire circuit out to your pole and never having to worr...
by lthenderson
Wed May 13, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Discarding old tax returns
Replies: 62
Views: 5481

Re: Discarding old tax returns

Toss after three years old unless you claim a loss and then toss after seven years.
by lthenderson
Wed May 13, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: COVID - 19 things to do
Replies: 51
Views: 4125

Re: COVID - 19 things to do

Also, watch or re-watch "The Goonies" Spielberg 1985. But first, watch the 2020 "Covid" reunion video on YouTube. A must see for Goonies fans. So amazing to see the cast and how they got everyone together in a Zoom meeting. https://youtu.be/-SF_VyXQpyo Dang there is 25 minutes I'll never get back a...
by lthenderson
Wed May 13, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is anyone on the road?
Replies: 35
Views: 4042

Re: Is anyone on the road?

I am not sure how helpful the now situation is for assessing the mid June situation. The situation could change pretty drastically for the better or the worse in a month. +1 Yes with hotspots cropping up in many countries that released their restrictions earlier than us, I would start doing researc...
by lthenderson
Tue May 12, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55553

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

MadHungarian wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 4:08 pm
lthenderson wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 2:51 pm
... and just as we start getting toilet paper, the meat runs out. Fortunately I get meat directly from farmers. Too bad I couldn't get toilet paper directly from trees.
People used to use leaves...
That is probably the origin of the saying, "leaves of three... let them be!"
by lthenderson
Tue May 12, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55553

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

... and just as we start getting toilet paper, the meat runs out. Fortunately I get meat directly from farmers. Too bad I couldn't get toilet paper directly from trees.
by lthenderson
Tue May 12, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using the iCloud or similar services for iPhone videos?
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: Using the iCloud or similar services for iPhone videos?

My phone is synced to my computer which is backed up to the cloud using Carbonite. Carbonite has an app for my phone so once logged in, I can view any picture, video or file from anywhere in the world in its native format/resolution without using up my phones storage. I have over 500 GB backed up.
by lthenderson
Tue May 12, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to visit all the US national parks
Replies: 19
Views: 2108

Re: How to visit all the US national parks

How do you define famous? General admission numbers? If so you are missing out on some spectacular national parks that don't have as much of an advertising budget. If I had your goal, I would get a book that describes all of our national parks and just pick a few whenever you are in the vicinity. Ev...
by lthenderson
Mon May 11, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Covid-19 Customer Service, buying experiences
Replies: 3
Views: 461

Re: Covid-19 Customer Service, buying experiences

Locally it has all been good. Dealing with Expedia.com to cancel a trip for reasons other than COVID-19 has been impossible. I can't get through despite buying trip insurance when I purchased the tickets. Pretty much seems like an excellent way to hold onto my money as long as possible before having...
by lthenderson
Mon May 11, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on tree removal
Replies: 43
Views: 2492

Re: Thoughts on tree removal

I have a full woodworking shop (complete with tablesaw, jointer, bandsaw, drill press, crosscut saw, dozens of power tools, racks of clamps, etc), stack of lumber, seven bicycles, dozens of garden tools, a snowblower, tiller, wheelbarrow, four ladders, garden potting bench and several storage racks ...
by lthenderson
Sat May 09, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on tree removal
Replies: 43
Views: 2492

Re: Thoughts on tree removal

Big cottonwood trees, 25+ feet high, about a dozen of them. Not sure where you are located but here in the Midwest, them were baby cottonwoods. Here, they are considered mature at 100+ feet. Out east, they can get as big as 190 feet tall. They are fast growers which make them weak limbed and not go...
by lthenderson
Sat May 09, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on tree removal
Replies: 43
Views: 2492

Re: Thoughts on tree removal

1) I have 2 cars and a 1 car garage 2) I use my garage for storage 3) Branches overhang power lines 4) It makes a mess I have to clean up every autumn If getting rid of the tree doesn't work out, I would consider a carport with a metal roof to shed all the debris off into a pile on either side to m...
by lthenderson
Thu May 07, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: keep emergency cash at local bank?
Replies: 26
Views: 1226

Re: keep emergency cash at local bank?

mervinj7 wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 1:30 pm
When does one ever need $5k in hard cash immediately within minutes outside of normal banking hours? I can't think of a single situation that's within reason.
As someone who frequents Saturday afternoon auctions that are cash only, it has happened to me plenty of times.