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by p14175
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help to repair a 1975 Maytag dryer Need some folks that are dryer pro's here
Replies: 11
Views: 856

Re: Need help to repair a 1975 Maytag dryer Need some folks that are dryer pro's here

I did a quick search on '1975 Maytag dryer felt band' and came up with this. I don't know if this is the correct felt seal, but also listed is a high temp adhesive for attaching felt seals. https://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Felt-Seal/WP37001132/1063784?TLSID=1779&Ref=611198&gclid=Cj0KCQiApaXxB...
by p14175
Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cosmetology School vs Traditional College
Replies: 99
Views: 5251

Re: Cosmetology School vs Traditional College

If she wants to go to cosmetology school, support her. But also suggest studies in business ownership and management. Cosmetology schools (just like medical schools) don't teach the business aspect. There's more money made in owning and operating a beauty salon then there is in renting a chair in one.
by p14175
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternative to stairs?
Replies: 38
Views: 3176

Re: Alternative to stairs?

I agree with moving to a one story house. But also, look at outdoor stairs as well.
by p14175
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spin Cycle or Upright Bike?
Replies: 56
Views: 3021

Re: Spin Cycle or Upright Bike?

Here are 50 exercises you can do with a Schwinn Airdyne.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyhTm-7_bGU
by p14175
Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best thing you have ever bought?
Replies: 151
Views: 13398

Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

The space heater for my workshop.
by p14175
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cricut Maker Machine questions
Replies: 8
Views: 919

Re: Cricut Maker Machine questions

I have a Silhouette paper cutter. I don't know how it compares to a Cricut, but it doesn't require special paper or materials. I have cut light sheet metal and plastics along with different types of paper with mine. I have also used CAD programs like SolidWorks and AutoCAD to create 3D designs thoug...
by p14175
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bigger car for baby?
Replies: 62
Views: 3053

Re: Bigger car for baby?

How about a Ford Crown Victoria? Big, body on frame, huge trunk, safe, reliable... the Police Interceptor models come with a fire suppression system. You can get a great one for way less than $10k and it will easily last 300,000 miles if you take care of it.
by p14175
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blankets/Bedding for Cold Winter Nights
Replies: 56
Views: 3779

Re: Blankets/Bedding for Cold Winter Nights

I made some personal sized flannel 'blankets' 2.5 yards of 44" wide flannel from Walmart. They are great for layering without adding too much weight.
You can get flannel for about $3.50/yd so $8.75.
by p14175
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: benefit enrollment - medical insurance premium change
Replies: 5
Views: 619

Re: benefit enrollment - medical insurance premium change

My Obamacare plan doubled in price for 2020, from $50 to $100, but the deductible was decreased to $5600 to $5000. So I am paying the same price.
by p14175
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have an issue with Corelle plates?
Replies: 38
Views: 3871

Re: Anyone have an issue with Corelle plates?

Nope. I just replaced my hand-me-down clunky grocery store dinnerware with basic frosty white Corelle. My hands were damaged by recent chemo. The Corelle is so much easier for me to handle.
by p14175
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1 week camping tour, Phoenix-El Paso, suggestions?
Replies: 21
Views: 1388

Re: 1 week camping tour, Phoenix-El Paso, suggestions?

Mount Graham (one of the taller mountains in AZ at 10,700 ft.) and the Mount Graham International Observatory. The Vatican also has a telescope up there. The road going to the top is just outside Safford, AZ. There are established and primitive campgrounds along the road. Food? The last Waffle House...
by p14175
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What workout equipment to get?
Replies: 63
Views: 5139

Re: What workout equipment to get?

I have a basic CAP power rack and found it will move when doing Australian pull ups. It is now secured to the wall. The CAP rack needs 4' x 6' space if using it for the chin up bar only. If you are using it with bar bells, probably an 8' x 6' space.
by p14175
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most economical way to move small load 1000 miles
Replies: 40
Views: 3466

Re: Most economical way to move small load 1000 miles

Have you priced out Greyhound for shipping?
by p14175
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Bath Tub Install $$$
Replies: 22
Views: 1799

Re: New Bath Tub Install $$$

If the crack isn't bad there are some fiberglass shower/tub fixit products that will work short time. We have a crack in our one-piece shower stall and used a piece of Gorilla waterproof patch & Seal tape to repair it until we are ready to fix it. The shower gets used every day and the tape has held...
by p14175
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ethernet, MoCA, House Wiring
Replies: 24
Views: 2193

Re: Ethernet, MoCA, House Wiring

I wanted to get internet access in my workshop. My workshop is a steel building about 100 ft. from the house. I looked at all the options available and settled for a powerline network adapter. It uses your existing electrical wiring to extend your Internet access to any room in your house. It works ...
by p14175
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Activity tracking- Fitbit charge versus Apple Watch 3
Replies: 7
Views: 755

Re: Activity tracking- Fitbit charge versus Apple Watch 3

I settled on a fitbit because my computers operate on Windows 7 Pro and 8.1. Some fitbits still work with those operating systems. Fitbit support recommended the following:
The devices that can be connected to windows 7, windows 8 are:
Alta HR
Charge 2
Flex 2
Blaze
Alta
Charge HR
Zip
by p14175
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hybrid Water Heater
Replies: 22
Views: 1821

Re: Hybrid Water Heater

Instead of a water heater replacement, perhaps a mini-split, through-wall air conditioner, or small swamp cooler in the garage will work.

Oops! All that was already mentioned. Do you have room for quick growing trees to shade your garage and driveway?
by p14175
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bike for 79 year old man
Replies: 26
Views: 2528

Re: bike for 79 year old man

Many years ago I found that I couldn't keep my balance on a bike, plus my hands kept going to sleep so I bought a recumbent.
They can be pricey, but are a lot of fun to ride.
FWIW, I have an older Catrike Pocket https://www.catrike.com/pocket
by p14175
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep garage 'cooler' during summer
Replies: 31
Views: 3939

Re: Keep garage 'cooler' during summer

When we lived in the Phoenix AZ metro area we had a vent in the ceiling of the garage and turbines on the roof. It helped a bit in reducing temperature. Big trees shading the garage in the afternoon helped the most. Where we are at now, in southern AZ, our two garages are detached. One garage has a ...
by p14175
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Company requiring salaried employees to clock in?
Replies: 92
Views: 5351

Re: Company requiring salaried employees to clock in?

Sometimes contracts require exact hours/minutes worked.
by p14175
Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iTunes replacement for Windows?
Replies: 14
Views: 1163

Re: iTunes replacement for Windows?

The first replacement I found was Foobar2000. It's free and it works.
by p14175
Sun May 05, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bare root trees - best place or website to purchase from?
Replies: 54
Views: 4124

Re: bare root trees - best place or website to purchase from?

I do not recommend Tennessee Wholesale Nursery. I ordered 5 bare root fruit trees from them and only received 3 of them. One was unmarked so I have no idea what it is. They offered a in-store credit for the missing trees, but I have a feeling that by the time November rolls around, that in-store cre...
by p14175
Wed May 01, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Off Road Driving Schools
Replies: 7
Views: 845

Re: Off Road Driving Schools

As a long-time 4-wheeler (in Az) I would recommend joining a 4x4 club to gain experience. Check out the Virigina 4 Wheel Drive Association for a club in your area. http://www.va4wda.org Also, check out the Expedition Portal ( https://expeditionportal.com/forum/ ) This forum contains a lot of informa...
by p14175
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best pillow under $50?
Replies: 33
Views: 2851

Re: Best pillow under $50?

I have a cluster poly fill pillow from 'A Little Pillow Company'. I believe they are less than $50.
by p14175
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you have a serious health problem, do you retire or?
Replies: 50
Views: 7087

Re: If you have a serious health problem, do you retire or?

I was forced to retire due to serious health issues including cancer. My career, manufacturing, was physically demanding and I had hard time moving without pain. So I decided to start a software development company. I feel sorry for Mr. Trebeck regardless of his income. Pancreatic cancer is one of t...
by p14175
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2019
Replies: 121
Views: 12469

Re: Gardening 2019

by p14175
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2019
Replies: 121
Views: 12469

Re: Gardening 2019

I moved to SE AZ 1.5 years ago and am finally getting around to setting up my garden. This time, instead of raised beds like I had when I lived in the Phoenix metro area I am going to try the "Weedless Gardening" method.
by p14175
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a new microwave
Replies: 29
Views: 2247

Re: Need a new microwave

Look for a microwave (or Faraday box) with inverter technology. Internet explanation of how they work: A microwave with inverter technology relies on inverters as the main power supply instead of magnetic coils or transformers. Inverter technology operates steadily at 50% power throughout the cook t...
by p14175
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a used car..how many owners is too many owners?
Replies: 24
Views: 6478

Re: Buying a used car..how many owners is too many owners?

We recently purchased a 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. It spent most of its life in the Denver Co area. It went through 6-7 owners because they couldn't get it to pass emissions testing. It spent most of its life in a garage with very low mileage. It's a real gas hog, 10mpg on a good day. It has an AMC 3...
by p14175
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to stay for 3 nights in Phoenix
Replies: 6
Views: 789

Re: Where to stay for 3 nights in Phoenix

The Valley Ho in Scottsdale.
by p14175
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disciplined with finances, but not so with diet
Replies: 242
Views: 14712

Re: Disciplined with finances, but not so with diet

Teamwork! Having a weight loss buddy (my DH in this case) was the key to me losing over 100 pounds. We used a combo of Paleo, Keto, and intermittent fasting. We do a lot of cooking at home. I can't wait to get back to after the chemo is done.
by p14175
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best town I've never heard of [for relocating]
Replies: 137
Views: 22050

Re: Best town I've never heard of [for relocating]

Sierra Vista, AZ * Within an hour of a "big" city, with 500K + population - Tucson is about an hour away, but Sierra Vista has pretty good shopping. * 4 distinct seasons, bearable winter - yes. It snows and there are palm trees that somehow manage to survive. * excellent public school system - don't...
by p14175
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to save on prescription drug costs?
Replies: 60
Views: 5148

Re: How to save on prescription drug costs?

bryansmile wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:46 pm
People, can you share the names of the Canadian pharmacies you use?
http://planetdrugsdirect.com
by p14175
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV antennas...
Replies: 35
Views: 3054

Re: TV antennas...

Over the air TV stations are all now digital. The good news with this is that instead of their signal being required to reach 50 miles, they now have to reach 75 miles. A simple analog antenna of old will work for digital signals just fine. The bigger and higher it is, the better. We thought the sa...
by p14175
Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hughes internet
Replies: 16
Views: 1094

Re: Hughes internet

We use Wi-Power (another rural internet service). The cell tower is 1.5 miles away in direct line of sight. Up and down times are pretty good.
by p14175
Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your ideal home size
Replies: 130
Views: 9229

Re: Your ideal home size

My ideal home would be about 1000-1200 sq ft, 2-3 bed, 2 bath with at least 2000 sq ft of workshop and storage space. That's what I have now. Plus 360-degree panoramic mountain views and farms all around so the view will never be blocked by other houses.
by p14175
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: University Alumni Associations—Any Value?
Replies: 19
Views: 1941

Re: University Alumni Associations—Any Value?

I have never paid for my almuni magazine, but they keep sending it to me with hopes I'll actually give them money. Sorry! That will never happen. Regardless, the magazine focuses on student projects. Some of them are quite interesting.
by p14175
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Involuntary retirement - stories and strategies?
Replies: 32
Views: 3854

Re: Involuntary retirement - stories and strategies?

I was forced to retire because of health problems when I was 52. I am 59 now. I fumbled around for a few years and then decided to re-invent myself. The local library was offering business classes for startups and entrepreneurs. That got me interested in starting my own business. With my background ...
by p14175
Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Obamacare (ACA) Ruled Unconstitutional by Texas Federal Court
Replies: 190
Views: 15475

Re: Obamacare (ACA) Ruled Unconstitutional by Texas Federal Court

The preexisting health issues is a big deal for me. My health has been great (except for mild arthritis) so I have been cash pay for several years. Then all of a sudden I get a cancer diagnosis. My DH and I make too much in retirement income by just a few dollars to qualify for hardship grants and g...
by p14175
Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a car that can handle a long commute, any suggestions?
Replies: 74
Views: 5700

Re: Looking for a car that can handle a long commute, any suggestions?

My Jeep Grand Cherokee was a great long distance commuter. I called it a touring car with 4x4 capablities.
by p14175
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: sell current home before buying new home?
Replies: 17
Views: 1626

Re: sell current home before buying new home?

We purchased our current home before selling our old one. One issue we ran into was the insurance company for the old house forced us to keep it 'owner occupied' until it sold. Our new home is 200 miles away so we ended up parking the camp trailer in the driveway of the old house and maintaining a p...
by p14175
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cash compensation for swapped furnace and coil
Replies: 11
Views: 1450

Re: cash compensation for swapped furnace and coil

Our old home was 1600 sq ft with 8 ft ceilings throughout. A 4-ton heat pump was plenty for heating and cooling, but that was in the Phoenix, Az area. If you are in a more temperate climate, 3 tons may be enough. Do some research.
by p14175
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do older 4x4 vehicles hold higher salvage value?
Replies: 14
Views: 1364

Re: Do older 4x4 vehicles hold higher salvage value?

It all depends on the market and what someone is willing to pay for it.

I would gladly pay more for a full-size Jeep truck or Wagoneer or even a Grand Cherokee (ZJ only) than I would for a MB/CJ/YJ/TJ/KJ/whatever. They are just more comfortable in bad weather.
by p14175
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: People with older car, share your unusual repairs
Replies: 84
Views: 5710

Re: People with older car, share your unusual repairs

I have a 1994 Dodge 2500 Diesel 4x4. The most unusual repair was replacing the fuel shutoff solenoid with a push-pull cable. Other than that, the truck has been completely reliable since I bought it used in 2003. I had a 93 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The battery would drain erratically. It turned out that...
by p14175
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Making loose leaf tea
Replies: 32
Views: 1850

Re: Making loose leaf tea

I have a cheap infuser for holding the tea and a 24 oz. Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Food Jar for steeping.
My favorite tea is Lapsang Souchong loose tea. It smells like a campfire, but is really smooth.
by p14175
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best/worst flavors of Gatorade/Powerade
Replies: 25
Views: 2619

Re: Best/worst flavors of Gatorade/Powerade

Taz wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:23 pm
Limon Pepino (cucumber lime). Seriously.
+1 My favorite flavor!
by p14175
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adult piggy bank
Replies: 54
Views: 5333

Re: Adult piggy bank

FWIW, we used coffee cans for years and when they filled up I would set them aside. When we sold our house last year I took them to the Walmart (they had a coin counting machine there). Had about $167 in change.