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by meebers
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Invited to join HOA board. Pros/cons?
Replies: 58
Views: 4657

Re: Invited to join HOA board. Pros/cons?

After most, and finally all left the HOA board (moving away, etc) I ended up being the President, VP, Secretary, ACC and Treasurer for 13 years total. Nobody wanted to be a member, let alone help, comment etc. All of our meetings had less than 25% attendance. Our HOA Lawyers secretary commented to m...
by meebers
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Error OL-221-A
Replies: 13
Views: 1112

Re: Quicken Error OL-221-A

Been working for me the past 2 days. (Knocking on wood) Wife's account from VG never had the problem, my account had the problem?
by meebers
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Concerned I may have somehow gotten scammed on Craigslist (as a seller)...
Replies: 28
Views: 4065

Re: Concerned I may have somehow gotten scammed on Craigslist (as a seller)...

I just backed off on one of my listings. Person was not from the US and wanted me to ship it to them. Their email name and email that they were using were not the same. Would deposit :moneybag in my PP account for the item and the postage. After a while they offered to use a US address for shipment....
by meebers
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar Installation - 0.75 Year Later
Replies: 72
Views: 9701

Re: Solar Installation - 0.75 Year Later

Has there been a calculation (cost/benefit) of a "fixed" solar array on a roof vrs a platform mounted in the yard which has the ability to "follow" the sun during the day as well as the season? Info on the web suggests 25-30% more for a single axis and an additional 10% for dual axis, but at what co...
by meebers
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a house with in slab copper piping
Replies: 34
Views: 4023

Re: Buying a house with in slab copper piping

It was a problem for me here in Florida. House was 19 years old when I discovered that the water supply copper pipes were eaten away from inside and became razor thin. I had to do a re-piping with the new lines in the attic. Plumber told me he did plumbing and not drywall. Drywall had to have slots ...
by meebers
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning up a Windows 10 PC [Removing unwanted features]
Replies: 13
Views: 1175

Re: Cleaning up a Windows 10 PC

I would suggest here. Many experienced W10 users, lots of tutorials etc. https://www.tenforums.com/
by meebers
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you trust Microsoft updating your Windows 7 machine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6547

Re: Do you trust Microsoft updating your Windows 7 machine?

I always create a free Macrium image of my W7 machine before I accept any MS updates just in case it does not go as planned. I am also running W10 on 2 other computers without any issues.
by meebers
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Equifax breach settlement update?
Replies: 49
Views: 4426

Re: Equifax breach settlement update?

The funny thing is that if everyone ends up getting $0.25 a piece, the COST of sending everyone that quarter will be triple to quadruple the payout per person. Check, signature, envelope, mail. I have been successfully getting rebates (check) via email. Have not had any trouble with them yet. So co...
by meebers
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: semi-DIY solar panels
Replies: 39
Views: 3260

Re: semi-DIY solar panels

I'd like to get roof solar panels but I've seen a couple instances where solar panel installs cause massive roof leakage. It seems they drill holes into the roof, put a pseudo-flashing on for the many screws, then squirt silicone goop in . As someone who has replaced too many roofs, to me it doesn'...
by meebers
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can an employee join back as a Consultant?
Replies: 14
Views: 1124

Re: Can an employee join back as a Consultant?

I retired from a company and was recruited about 2 months later by the same company just another department for a 60 day commitment. I now wore a contractor badge rather than a company badge. About 2 weeks in, 2 security guards showed up at my office door and escorted me to HR. HR removed my contrac...
by meebers
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole-house generators - Generac, Kohler, or Briggs?
Replies: 145
Views: 7469

Re: Whole-house generators - Generac, Kohler, or Briggs?

House across the street from me had a 20kw Generac NG generator installed about 6 months ago. During scheduled start up etc, I can hear it very well in my house. Talked to the installer guy, Generac on his truck but does all brands, suggested for me to take a look at Briggs. I have not decided yet m...
by meebers
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What companies provide the best customer service
Replies: 58
Views: 4099

Re: What companies provide the best customer service

Moen, lifetime support and replacement parts, No question :P
by meebers
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want a 2 in 1 laptop
Replies: 28
Views: 2761

Re: Want a 2 in 1 laptop

I have an ASUS 10" 2 in 1 that when used on the couch, my legs go up, and I use a couch pillow on lap to put my computer on. It is just used for surfing, email etc. It is small enough to just store on end table.
by meebers
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Standard Car Key Battery Life for Late Model Vehicles
Replies: 40
Views: 3026

Re: Standard Car Key Battery Life for Late Model Vehicles

My 2007 GMC truck, I have yet to replace it. My 2013 Kia Sorento, both wife and my Key Fob about 3-4 months.
by meebers
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: No more print Money magazine
Replies: 109
Views: 15416

Re: No more print Money magazine

RE: previous post. Well I did not get my refund as promised in 2-3 weeks. Called the Phone #, just rang busy, no reply via email either. I had just renewed Money and Kiplinger for 3 years each, now Kiplinger said they were extending and did so until 2015. :annoyed I still want my refund for Money $3...
by meebers
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who cuts your hair? And for how much?
Replies: 153
Views: 10197

Re: Who cuts your hair? And for how much?

I cut all my kids hair until they were about 12 yr old. Now the wife does mine and I appreciate it, however she will not let me do hers :D
by meebers
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone buy Security Cams from Costco?
Replies: 60
Views: 5318

Re: Anyone buy Security Cams from Costco?

I have a general question about these systems that maybe someone can help with. We own an old family homestead with other family members that has scenic views. Can these types of systems be activated remotely to view real-time scenery, weather conditions, etc. or are they strictly automatic motion ...
by meebers
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winning $0.99 bid items on eBay
Replies: 10
Views: 2390

Re: Winning $0.99 bid items on eBay

I am just guessing...but maybe the seller "bumps" the price or sets a limit that out bids you. I have only had one problem with a seller, the item was inoperative and the seller offered me half of what I paid to just forget it? Promised he was sending a replacement which never showed up. Ebay eventu...
by meebers
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it a waste of money having heat pump checked every year?
Replies: 7
Views: 1173

Re: Is it a waste of money having heat pump checked every year?

I get marketing mail from the guy who has been my Heat pump repairman. He is a good honest guy, but he says that any manufacturers warranty, in the case of a problem, relies on minimal annual maintenance. He is suggesting semi=annual @ $95 a pop. It has been 3 years since he installed my latest heat...
by meebers
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone buy Security Cams from Costco?
Replies: 60
Views: 5318

Re: Anyone buy Security Cams from Costco?

I bought a Q-See NVR from Costco, 16 chnl, 4k Cameras, POE. This replace an Q-See analog system also from Costco that was ok but I had to constantly "jiffle" the video cable and sometimes remove and insert the power connector to various cameras to have them return from loss of video. The zoom capabi...
by meebers
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how is Home Depot's contractor service (for a water heater)?
Replies: 53
Views: 4605

Re: how is Home Depot's contractor service (for a water heater)?

I have natural gas at my house. We only use it for water heater year round and fireplace in the winter. The monthly bill is usually $32.00 of which $10 is gas charge and the remaining is assorted fee's etc. If a tank-less water heater was installed and my bill was reduced by half, [not the fee's] pa...
by meebers
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: (Water Filtration System) Miracle we are all not dead
Replies: 61
Views: 5937

Re: (Water Filtration System) Miracle we are all not dead

I installed a water softener system [city water] about 10 yrs ago which for all practical purposes is low maintenance. Over the years when something seems to be off, I have to clean out all the lines/orifice's in the system. I believe it is sediment that was causing that so installed a whole house s...
by meebers
Wed May 29, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: No more print Money magazine
Replies: 109
Views: 15416

Re: No more print Money magazine

Just renewed for 3 yrs about 2 weeks ago. Called and was promptly answered without any hassle when I asked for refund. In my case, the check is in the mail :( 2-3 weeks. Got a confirmation # if that will mean anything.
by meebers
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is ACH Billpay risky?
Replies: 47
Views: 4285

Re: Is ACH Billpay risky?

I have been doing ACH for +20 years without a problem. (knock, knock) Some utilities will only take payments from checking, while others will charge to credit cards without a fee, while others will charge a fee for CC's. I get at least one activity email per day from each financial bank/CU's. Almost...
by meebers
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: French Door Refrigerator Recommendations?
Replies: 65
Views: 5512

Re: French Door Refrigerator Recommendations?

No matter what fridge, check the price of water filters for it. Mine expire every 6 months and cost $54.00 each and the fridge will not allow you to reset/reuse them. I have found a hack that keeps my sanity. :D
by meebers
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with replacing heat pump - Carrier or Lennox?
Replies: 16
Views: 1016

Re: Experience with replacing heat pump - Carrier or Lennox?

I replaced our 15 YR old Bryant(Carrier) HP about 2 years ago which I had minimal trouble with and then one day compressor died. :( I have always favored Trane and so replaced it with a HP with variable speed compressor and air handler. This thing is working just great. On normal load, you have to g...
by meebers
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: lawn care cost
Replies: 70
Views: 6520

Re: lawn care cost

I live in Central Florida and hire a guy for June/July/Aug when it is very hot and humid. Cost is $110/month. We had friendly discussions about that price as he said some months have 5 weeks of cutting and some 4 weeks, I agreed. The remaining months I do it my self starting @ 7AM, usually done @ 9A...
by meebers
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: when Spectrum internet promo rate expires
Replies: 7
Views: 1141

Re: when Spectrum internet promo rate expires

I think you should get a landline. This is a bundle and will cost you less overall. Check it out with CS. Nobody says you have to plug a phone into it.
by meebers
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Short term reinvestment clarification
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: Short term reinvestment clarification

It is item 1b (Date acquired) on the 1099-B form. It is looking for MM/DD/YYYY. I tried "various" and it would not let me past "var" but an info message came up and said use VAR-L for long term and VAR-S for short term. Item 2 (Type of gain or loss) lets you tell it again, Short Term, Long-Term etc....
by meebers
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wells Fargo Alternatives for free trades?
Replies: 6
Views: 573

Re: Wells Fargo Alternatives for free trades?

merrill edge with over 50k. good signup bonus too https://www.merrilledge.com/zero-dollar-trades?cm_mmc=GWM-SelfDirectedBrokerage-_-Google-PS-_-free%20trades-_-Trading%20Phrase%20Free%20Phrase&ds_rl=8411&gclid=CjwKCAiAy-_iBRAaEiwAYhSlA_K6KD_afrwQTbAKzp6s0HoHDjJpeymONWWBxDXFY7lwnn2gK11_FhoC7HEQAvD_B...
by meebers
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Short term reinvestment clarification
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: Short term reinvestment clarification

You tell us. Your account should show when all the purchases were made. Likely there was a distribution and subsequent purchase in December. In my original post, there are dividends/reinvestment's every month from the very beginning for the last 17 months. When filling out the 1099-B on the tax sof...
by meebers
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Veteran Obtain Military ID
Replies: 23
Views: 1537

Re: Veteran Obtain Military ID

On my last drivers license renewal, the agent mentioned the below reference. Not sure if the veteran status on the DL would be of any significance to TSA when going thru airports etc. Beginning on January 22, 2018, residents of several US states may not be able to use their driver license to get thr...
by meebers
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Short term reinvestment clarification
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Short term reinvestment clarification

I bought some stock about 18 months ago and each month the dividends were reinvested. I then sold that stock and got a 1099-B that shows both Long Term and Short Term gains. The question is: when is the acquisition date of the Short Term gain? I take it to mean the date of the last dividend reinvest...
by meebers
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Veteran Obtain Military ID
Replies: 23
Views: 1537

Re: Veteran Obtain Military ID

dm200 wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:20 pm
In Virginia, at least, a veteran can get the Veteran designation on the drivers license.
Same in Florida :D
by meebers
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Desktop Computer (home): Do you leave it "On" or turn "off" after using?
Replies: 77
Views: 5102

Re: Desktop Computer (home): Do you leave it "On" or turn "off" after using?

My computers are plugged into a UPS. I shut down my computers/monitors when I am done using them. I also shut down the UPS via 120 vAC socket controlled by the wall switch. There is absolutely no power to the computer(s). That wall switch also controls the ethernet switch. Been doing that for 20+ ye...
by meebers
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Opinions on Computational Engineering Undergraduate Major
Replies: 91
Views: 3734

Re: Opinions on Computational Engineering Undergraduate Major

Here is Embry Riddle's take. https://erau.edu/degrees/bachelor/compu ... thematics/ My grandson just graduated from ER with a Masters in Aero Space engineering, his friend did her Masters in computational-mathematics from ER and was hired way before she finished her schooling.
by meebers
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Company relocating and not interested - next steps ?
Replies: 48
Views: 3955

Re: Company relocating and not interested - next steps ?

From a Military perspective. We moved quite a lot in 20 years, most times you cannot take your spouse with you when it is outside the U.S. Spouse is left home with the kids.
by meebers
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Diagnosing Knee Problems over the Phone - Medicare
Replies: 119
Views: 5532

Re: Diagnosing Knee Problems over the Phone - Medicare

It was a 2 year "grind" for me. X-ray's MRI's, shots, partial clean out and finally the fix, total knee replacement. :(
by meebers
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question on dryer vent cleaning
Replies: 33
Views: 3648

Re: Question on dryer vent cleaning

It is an adventure when I clean mine. W/D in small space between kitchen and door to the garage. My vent goes thru the roof. On the roof is a "J" type vent that has screen over the end to prevent critters from visiting. No matter what, I have to go on the roof because the warm air from the dryer mix...
by meebers
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 119742

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Skipped lunch today and saved $1.00 :dollar
by meebers
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quality Kitchen Faucet Recommendations?
Replies: 36
Views: 3091

Re: Quality Kitchen Faucet Recommendations?

We are currently using (builder supplied) Moen. Yes, free parts and I have had Moen send me plenty of stuff over the 18 years that we have been in this house. (5 bathroom faucets, 3 shower contol valves and 1 kitchen faucet) and a most ordered and troublesome soap dispenser. The kitchen faucet is in...
by meebers
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Negotiation on MSRP?
Replies: 26
Views: 2417

Re: Car Negotiation on MSRP?

I did what the OP was suggesting. I looked at the car on Sunday, noted the vin and sticker price, dealer was closed so called first thing on Monday morning right as they opened. I did mandate to the dealer that I would pay the sticker price on the window from the factory as an out the door price. Th...
by meebers
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why you might want to reconsider buying a vehicle with direct fuel injection
Replies: 48
Views: 5444

Re: Why you might want to reconsider buying a vehicle with direct fuel injection

Daughter with her 2016 chevy V6 31k miles had her purge valve stick open due to gunk build up. New purge valve cost $35 and the dealer charged her "only" $350 to clean it because it was still under warranty and was part of the 30K mile checkup. :( Maintenance on new cars are painful.
by meebers
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken 2019 and forward
Replies: 141
Views: 12225

Re: Quicken 2019 and forward

I just might have a go at Microsoft Access data base. I believe Q is a data base anyway. Perhaps a weekly entry would keep track of what is going on and easy to recall. Excel might be an easier solution for some. Of all the MS programs, Excel is my favorite and I do so many things using it most of w...
by meebers
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10 October Update (1809)
Replies: 34
Views: 3250

Re: Windows 10 October Update (1809)

I D/L'd 1809 when first released, no problems and very stable. Today it was updated to 1809 17763.134 .
by meebers
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block 2018 Tax Software Deluxe $18.00 - Black Friday sale
Replies: 316
Views: 28706

Re: H&R Block 2018 Tax Software Deluxe Federal + State $29.95

Yeah!! Got the D/L today from H&R Block. Stored it in 4 different locations just because :D
by meebers
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block 2018 Tax Software Deluxe $18.00 - Black Friday sale
Replies: 316
Views: 28706

Re: H&R Block 2018 Tax Software Deluxe Federal + State $29.95

If I could post a picture, it would show $19.95 for me 2018 Deluxe (Fed) (copied from my purchase Order)
"Price: $19.95
Sales tax: $1.30
Total: $21.25



Thanks for choosing H&R Block. We appreciate your business. :)
by meebers
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block 2018 Tax Software Deluxe $18.00 - Black Friday sale
Replies: 316
Views: 28706

Re: H+R Block Deluxe Fed and State $35. Questions.

I just did a preorder for Deluxe, Fed only @ 19.95. Fl does not do state tax. 11/9/18 for DL
by meebers
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY air purifier for $25
Replies: 16
Views: 2131

Re: DIY air purifier for $25

knightrider wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:36 pm
How does one know when it's time to change the filter? Or do I need to invest in of those particulate counters?
I look at mine and can tell by the accumulation on the input side of the filter, its surprising in such a short time.
by meebers
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Excel File Save Question - Running Windows 10
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: Excel File Save Question - Running Windows 10

I get that usually after an update. What I have been doing is to save as to another drive, close excel, open it back up and save as to the desired location then it works for me. Then go back to the other drive and delete it...Irritating I know :x