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by lthenderson
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to buy new printer. Suggestions for best value?
Replies: 9
Views: 267

Re: Need to buy new printer. Suggestions for best value?

We gave up on color printing at home years ago because we realized very little of what we need to print needs to be in color, and ink is ridiculously expensive, and doesn't hold up well when it sits idle for weeks or months. We did the same mostly because you can print color photos online mailed to...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Weighing the value of a fixed-rate mortgage
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Re: Weighing the value of a fixed-rate mortgage

I can't predict what will happen in my life in the next five years much less thirty years so I have always gotten the mortgage that gives me the greatest flexibility, i.e. 30 year fixed. I can pay it off early, make excessive payments anytime or just pay the minimum, depending on what else is going ...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling one owner car. Give new owner service records?
Replies: 12
Views: 765

Re: Selling one owner car. Give new owner service records?

I have always kept a little notebook in my vehicles where I write down the date, mileage and what service action was performed and give this to the next owner. It provides them with the service information without any potential information such as credit card numbers, account numbers, address, phone...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to buy new printer. Suggestions for best value?
Replies: 9
Views: 267

Re: Need to buy new printer. Suggestions for best value?

There are literally dozens of threads on this subject if you use the search tool. Most say Brother printers. I have always used Canon laser printers because they last forever and the laser cartridge also lasts forever. I will never go back to ink printers again.
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best flooring for a basement wood shop?
Replies: 19
Views: 894

Re: best flooring for a basement wood shop?

[I'm more into boat building than traditional woodworking so not so heavy into the machinery and more into the open work space and hand-tools. Having built boats in my woodshop, I would say that probably the only option would be hardwood flooring in this situation since concrete is not an option. T...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FlipPhone
Replies: 17
Views: 1166

Re: FlipPhone

I have a flip phone, or rather I have one that my oldest daughter uses for now. It cost around $100 to purchase outright and then $10 a month for unlimited calling. I don't know if that was the only phone on our plan if they would charge more or not. We use Verizon.
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A "Home" cell phone?
Replies: 24
Views: 1621

Re: A "Home" cell phone?

I’ve never had a landline and I don’t really get the point of them. If you’re trying to avoid telemarketers by giving them a landline, don’t you still have to deal with those calls to your landline? If you really want a decoy number you can ignore, why not just give out a fake one? My landline's ri...
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TSA locks for luggage
Replies: 17
Views: 1027

Re: TSA locks for luggage

I'm always worried about people simply taking the entire bag and cutting the locks off at leisure than them riffling the contents and zipping it back up for me to get. With that thought in mind, I never put anything in my checked luggage that I couldn't afford to part ways with. Another option is to...
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A "Home" cell phone?
Replies: 24
Views: 1621

Re: A "Home" cell phone?

Some of my friends still have a home number (land line) but I don't dial those numbers anymore. I dial their mobile numbers. I don't see a need for a home number. TravelforFun I see a need for a land line phone number just so that I don't have to give out my cellphone number to every business that ...
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PTO policy after international business travel
Replies: 48
Views: 2267

Re: PTO policy after international business travel

I cross 12 time zones fairly regularly. 9 days is excessive. If I didn't have the following day off, I might consider asking but anymore than that expect to be laughed out of the office.
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hydronic fireplace home heating
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Re: Hydronic fireplace home heating

We are buying a house with hydronic heating, I.e. radiator heating. It also has a wood burning fireplace. I'm thinking of buying a pellet or wood burning insert that will heat water within the existing boiler-radiator system. Here's an (expensive) example: It doesn't have to be a fireplace insert. ...
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend an A.C. powered auto tire inflator
Replies: 28
Views: 1273

Re: Recommend an A.C. powered auto tire inflator

I fall in the camp of getting a good pancake compressor for your garage. It takes me less than 30 seconds to air up a tire plus it has the advantage of being able to run a wide variety of pneumatic actuated tools and is light enough to move around the house for those DIY projects.
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone 5 storage space question
Replies: 4
Views: 332

Re: iPhone 5 storage space question

I download all my pictures and videos to my computer hard drive several times a year. Completely free this way and easy to do. The alternative is to store on iCloud but after you run out of free space there, you have to pay for additional space.
by lthenderson
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wireless dead again - router suggestions?
Replies: 35
Views: 1625

Re: wireless dead again - router suggestions?

So that's about 6 dead Netgear routers for us. I think they crap out from overheating but DH wants to leave it running all the time. Maybe I should try something besides Netgear? Does anyone have any suggestions? I would have tried something other than Netgear four routers ago. For what it is worth...
by lthenderson
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Insurance: Who do you use? (Auto/Home)
Replies: 32
Views: 1633

Re: Insurance: Who do you use? (Auto/Home)

I use Farm Bureau for both. I like it because it is regional and doesn't serve any states where natural disasters tend to be more prevalent and thus has remained very steady with premium rates. I've had lots of quotes over the years from national chains but never have found one that could beat what ...
by lthenderson
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storing Important Documents Online
Replies: 27
Views: 1167

Re: Storing Important Documents Online

Would never store those documents online and I've never had a need to access them online.
by lthenderson
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Lightning rods for my house? Or too "old fashioned"?
Replies: 32
Views: 1907

Re: [Lightning rods for my house? Or too "old fashioned"?

I live in the midwest and still see lightening rods installed but they aren't like the 3 to 4 feet tall poles at the highest point of the house like the houses used to have when I was a kid. These days they are less than a foot tall and you see them spaced out every 10 to 15 feet along the ridge of ...
by lthenderson
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Washer - Frontload or HE Top Load
Replies: 57
Views: 7070

Re: New Washer - Frontload or HE Top Load

Front load washers are mechanically much simpler, which should translate to fewer repairs and increased longevity. This is how a HE Top Load works, make note of all the different axis of motion in the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5so5DyopIRI As someone who designed washing machines for ove...
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Antarctica [anyone traveled there?]
Replies: 34
Views: 2678

Re: Antarctica [anyone traveled there?]

I've been there through the words of Shackleton, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, Amundsen and others.
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trying to downsize but still too much stuff
Replies: 49
Views: 4382

Re: Trying to downsize but still too much stuff

If I had that little of stuff and it all meant something to me, I would leave a box or two with a personal friend for the time being and get it later. (I'm assuming someone else is limiting you to 18 boxes.)
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car accident - was directed to sign release
Replies: 41
Views: 1882

Re: Car accident - was directed to sign release

Had the same thing occur to me a year and a half ago. I just threw the check they sent in a drawer until all my medical bills were over with and the car had been repaired. Once I was satisfied that I would have no more bills, I signed the paper, mailed it back and cashed the check even though it was...
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with what to do with drafty fireplace
Replies: 26
Views: 1266

Re: Help with what to do with drafty fireplace

Option 2: Get a small flush insert for the fireplace. I realize that flush inserts are not as effective as inserts that stick out but we have a small room as it is and I am not willing to use up any more real estate for a stove. We went with option 2 at our current house and option 1 at our previou...
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to Do and See on Kauai, Hawaii
Replies: 75
Views: 7363

Re: Things to Do and See on Kauai, Hawaii

Poke was excellent and the best I had was from a food truck in Hanalei on the north side. It was so good that after trying it at a number of places, we went back there just for the Poke towards the end of our trip. I also tried spam musubi, plate lunch and Puko dogs, all recommended by Bogelheads. ...
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did I need a lawyer after an accident?
Replies: 29
Views: 2577

Re: Did I need a lawyer after an accident?

It happened in early November 2017 They lawyer said it can take some time For what it is worth, I had someone run a red stoplight and nail me nearly head on almost two years ago. It took nearly 8 months before all the bills and settlement checks were finished. When dealing with lawyers and insuranc...
by lthenderson
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cars in college
Replies: 33
Views: 1390

Re: Cars in college

I had a car all four years of college and looking back it definitely wasn't necessary and actually quite a bit of a hassle. When I went, anybody living on campus had to park their vehicle in the various stadium parking lots which not only were a long ways away but had to be moved fairly regularly fo...
by lthenderson
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noise in my attic
Replies: 307
Views: 77317

Re: Noise in my attic

OP here. OMG - I was so surprised to see that this post still has legs. If you check other later cody posts you will see I resolved the problem. It was an eletro magnetic short in a stereo that was throwing the sound off the ceiling (every one thought it was a noise from the attic). So we were read...
by lthenderson
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kenmore Washer Dryer
Replies: 29
Views: 1450

Re: Kenmore Washer Dryer

My only complaint is that LG parts are non-existent in my part of the country. Had an LG appliance totaled due to not being able to get a control board for it. Worst part is insurance made me buy another LG to replace it since they were still being made. In general when looking into any major applia...
by lthenderson
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did I need a lawyer after an accident?
Replies: 29
Views: 2577

Re: Did I need a lawyer after an accident?

It happened in early November 2017 They lawyer said it can take some time For what it is worth, I had someone run a red stoplight and nail me nearly head on almost two years ago. It took nearly 8 months before all the bills and settlement checks were finished. When dealing with lawyers and insuranc...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: home inspection on house I already live in?
Replies: 22
Views: 1893

Re: home inspection on house I already live in?

Another person who has found home inspection reports to be worthless. On my last house, they mentioned three lightbulbs that were burnt out and two outlets missing covers. They didn't tell me that the sump pump wasn't installed to code or that the kitchen sink was leaking and had rotted out the bott...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men's no iron dress shirt recommendations
Replies: 66
Views: 3918

Re: Men's no iron dress shirt recommendations

I buy shirts from Paul Frederick and have never ironed any of them in all these years. The oldest shirt is probably close to eight or nine years old.
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question regarding forced hot water system
Replies: 19
Views: 876

Re: Question regarding forced hot water system

I'm not familiar with forced water systems so I can't comment on whether or not they need a water supply. However, if I were in your shoes, I would get a thermostat that monitors the air temps inside the house and notifies me if they get lower than set limits. They I would have a list of people to c...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car recommendations needed for growing family
Replies: 34
Views: 1948

Re: Car recommendations needed for growing family

We're a family of 4 with a toddler and baby. Our parents are also likely to visit often. Therefore, we're thinking about getting one bigger car for hauling the whole family around (perhaps a 7-seater?), and another smaller car to use for daily commuting (sedan or coupe). Priorities: 1) fuel efficie...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The "Forever Home" Myth: Should I Plan on Buying 2 Homes?
Replies: 36
Views: 3264

Re: The "Forever Home" Myth: Should I Plan on Buying 2 Homes?

I've had to change homes several times over jobs, some lost, some offers I couldn't refuse. I married someone whose idea of a perfect home was much different than mine. Another change. I decided to cash out of a lucrative industry and focus on family while the getting was good so we moved yet again ...
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you buy your ostrich meat (mail order)?
Replies: 3
Views: 625

Re: Where do you buy your ostrich meat (mail order)?

Funny but I was just reading about a Ostrich Coop up the road that sells meat and leather products. They have their ground ostrich meat listed for $10.35/lb. Shipping depends on location but here is their link.

http://www.iowaostrichcoop.com/orders.html
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hot Water Delay at faucet/shower far from water heater
Replies: 85
Views: 4794

Re: Hot Water Delay at faucet/shower far from water heater

it takes 4 minutes of running hot water from the shower and 10 minutes from the faucet to get hot water. (These are slightly low flow faucet/shower heads.) You have other issues if it takes this long. Most likely a poorly designed system, i.e. oversized pipes for your low flow fixtures. If it were ...
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Password Managers Really Necessary?
Replies: 94
Views: 3921

Re: Are Password Managers Really Necessary?

For just the amount of time I save not having to "retrieve" forgotten passwords and being able to easily change a password with every institution that is hacked that I have used in my past, it is most definitely worth it!
by lthenderson
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a car?
Replies: 27
Views: 2815

Re: Buying a car?

Once I win the bid, I hop the flight, take a test drive, hand over the check and drive it home. What would you do if you won the bid and the test drive went poorly? Not exactly falsely advertised but you just really didn't like it for some reason. Both times I called the dealerships before bidding ...
by lthenderson
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a car?
Replies: 27
Views: 2815

Re: Buying a car?

Some of my best deals on used cars have been done through eBay. I typically limit myself to a large urban city that I can get a cheap direct flight too, sort through the ads and buy one through eBay. Almost all have been used cars of different makes on a new car lot, i.e. somebody traded it in for a...
by lthenderson
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Remodeling?
Replies: 14
Views: 1305

Re: Home Remodeling?

No building permits?? Certainly would be required where I live. This is quite common especially outside of city limits. In my area, there are no required permits needed for new building or remodeling in unincorporated areas. To the OP, I've done all those things mostly because I have the time, pref...
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Effects of extreme cold weather
Replies: 107
Views: 9585

Re: Effects of extreme cold weather

Many years ago living up north in the land of the frozen tundra, I drove to work and parked my car in the open parking lot covered in ice. At quitting time it started up grudgingly because of the cold but when I put it in gear and let off the clutch, the car would only stall. I did this repeatedly g...
by lthenderson
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frozen Pipes
Replies: 30
Views: 3386

Re: Frozen Pipes

What to do? I don't know the precise geography of pipes entering the house and connecting to the dishwasher. I'm pretty sure they can be accessed via a crawlspace - there is a window to the crawlspace in the basement. Every dishwasher I have ever installed gets it water supply underneath your kitch...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation, cabin, snowmobile & keeping warm
Replies: 25
Views: 2533

Re: A cabin in the snow

Still, even with my own boots my toes got cold, my feet may have been sweating or maybe I should have bought wool socks. I'm thinking Packer fans watching a Green Bay game must know a lot of stuff about keeping warm that I never learned. For the coldest snowiest weather, I always wear my Sorel boot...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aprilaire Humidifier
Replies: 29
Views: 2111

Re: Aprilaire Humidifier

The issue I'm having now is that it has done absolutely nothing over the last 4 days to actually raise the humidity in my home. Like nothing at all. Humidity is still at 23%. I have a feeling I'm going to wind up turning it off because all it's doing is costing me money in wasted water. By chance a...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wells Fargo mobile app question
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: Wells Fargo mobile app question

When done using the app, I tap the three horizontal bars in the upper right of the screen and select sign-off. If done using the phone altogether, I just press the home button twice (iphone) and swipe up.
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation, cabin, snowmobile & keeping warm
Replies: 25
Views: 2533

Re: A cabin in the snow

Second question for those in the north who spend serious time outside in the cold. I was born in Jersey buy lived my entire life in the south and I remember freezing waiting for the bus in southern Georgia in the winter. You couldn't find good warm clothing back then in our area. I inherited an LL ...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aprilaire Humidifier
Replies: 29
Views: 2111

Re: Aprilaire Humidifier

Does changing the desired humidity actually change anything? I have a Honeywell Humidistat and nothing I do can get the humidity up above about 30 or 35. And it is often lower if it is cold. I'm wondering if the thing is wired wrong. Mine does and it is easy to verify using a Nest Thermostat which ...
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Sleeps Ocean-Front Outdoors: Possible To Delay Deterioration?
Replies: 11
Views: 1128

Re: Car Sleeps Ocean-Front Outdoors: Possible To Delay Down Deterioration?

I've read air can carry salt spray five miles inland from the ocean. I don't live near an ocean but when I rent an ocean side home, I've noticed everyone nearby either covers their car or parks it in a garage.
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are you generous? If so, why?
Replies: 7
Views: 1153

Re: Are you generous? If so, why?

I started off keeping every cent I earned after taxes but as I got older, I began to give some of it away. Not only did I feel good giving the money away, but it always seemed as if the more I gave, the more I got back through other ways. These days, we aim to give away around 10% every year since w...
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car headlights or Daytime Running Lights - what do you do?
Replies: 62
Views: 3698

Re: Car headlights or Daytime Running Lights - what do you do?

Unfortunately, lots of people drive with their fog lights on and they do create problems for a lot of drivers -including me. I drive all the time at night with my fog lights on to help illuminate the eyes of deer in the ditches. Living in the state with the highest rate of deer/vehicle collisions, ...
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Under Tile floor heating
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: Tell me about Under Tile floor heating

https://www.thermosoft.com/en-US/radiant-under-floor-heating/mats-cable-on-mesh/TT5-120?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4bXGxoS32AIVCLbACh1eXAsXEAYYASABEgKyn_D_BwE This is a common option. My brother, who lives in the midwest installed something like this in a basement bath. It feels nice. Just do some research ...