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by likegarden
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rain shower
Replies: 24
Views: 2107

Re: Rain shower

Some here talked about taking cold showers. I take those outside sometimes after yard and lawn work on a hot steamy day. A fan type hose nozzle does it beautifully.
by likegarden
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage door experts
Replies: 19
Views: 1254

Re: Garage door experts

This is a good time now to have that heavy wooden door replaced with a lightweight door. I did that years ago via Home Depot, and now when a spring is broken I can move the door myself easier and replace the lighter spring myself. All springs should have a safety wire through the center to contain a...
by likegarden
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Telemarketing calls from my own prefix
Replies: 57
Views: 4897

Re: Telemarketing calls from my own prefix

We thought to call (same prefix) back a guy who left a message swearing at us because he thought we kept calling him for his car, but we did not. I thought first that his was a scheme to get us to respond to his call and then get pressed by him to buy something. But then we thought he simply typed i...
by likegarden
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fake IRS calls - anybody care?
Replies: 59
Views: 2799

Re: Fake IRS calls - anybody care?

Reading all these stories, we do not answer phone calls with numbers and names we do not recognize. It's a pity they no longer leave messages with these threats for us because that was always entertaining.
by likegarden
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bears!!!
Replies: 59
Views: 4574

Re: Bears!!!

Some bears will not attack a garbage can when there is a paper towel drenched in Ammonia in it, Google for it. Or spray the garbage with Ammonia.
by likegarden
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walking Coast-to-Coast
Replies: 86
Views: 6572

Re: Walking Coast-to-Coast

Congratulations! You might consider that you wore down parts of your body most involved in this long walk. You might want to spare those parts further stress in the future. I am 78, and my doctor just told me that my right leg is more worn because I am right handed, so wear counts.
by likegarden
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: garden hose
Replies: 46
Views: 4690

Re: garden hose

You might not roll them up and unroll them properly after and before use. Obviously you have to do that without kinking, have to learn that. My hoses wear out after 8 years or more. I live in the Northeast with -20 drgrs days in winter and have then the hoses nicely rolled up without water in my gar...
by likegarden
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What I spent in 6 months on medicare
Replies: 148
Views: 10463

Re: What I spent in 6 months on medicare

I did not read all comments, but in respect to some comments Medicare paid our colonoscopies and cataract eye surgeries.
by likegarden
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing dead poison ivy
Replies: 24
Views: 1321

Re: Removing dead poison ivy

You need to give the poison ivy plant some time to transport the weed killer into its roots, so there will be a chance to kill the roots. I would not remove the above-ground poison ivy until it seems to be dried up. I would remove all dropped leaves though, because they contain poison.
by likegarden
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Older Women Lifting Weights
Replies: 87
Views: 6216

Re: Older Women Lifting Weights

Older people do not have those young bodies younger people have, so be careful that you do not hurt yourself. I am an older man and do not lift weights as a sport. But working in my yard I damaged a knee, then started a limp, and that limp seemed to have created arthritis in my right hip, and doctor...
by likegarden
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Not to be a Slave to my Wood Deck?
Replies: 37
Views: 2842

Re: How Not to be a Slave to my Wood Deck?

This seems to be a good title, especially for older retired folks for which any extra work feels like too much effort. Reading this thread and trying to limit my work around the house, replacing wood to be painted with no-paint decking goes that way. A friend of mine did that when he was in the mid-...
by likegarden
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Not to be a Slave to my Wood Deck?
Replies: 37
Views: 2842

Re: How Not to be a Slave to my Wood Deck?

I once was told that wood should be protected against sun damaging the wood by painting it with a solid stain. I always used solid stains for 32 years.
by likegarden
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor's drainage issue causing problems
Replies: 54
Views: 3795

Re: Neighbor's drainage issue causing problems

A berm is an easy solution for the op. On one site of my property neighbors were letting their water from roof gutters freely flow onto my property not far from my basement which already has 2 sump pumps. They could have drained that water underground to a location far away. I bought bags of top soi...
by likegarden
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Not to be a Slave to my Wood Deck?
Replies: 37
Views: 2842

Re: How Not to be a Slave to my Wood Deck?

We have a 400 sqft pressure treated pine deck for 32 years. I painted horizontal wood last year with a Behr Premium Solid Color Waterproofing Stain & Sealer bought at Home Depot, guaranteed for 10 years on decks. I notice no peeling, but a blister here and there, consider that due to poor preparatio...
by likegarden
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chipmunk problem
Replies: 61
Views: 5024

Re: Chipmunk problem

In the good old times I could buy sulfur bombs, lit them and pushed them into their holes. It worked every times. I believe my roses liked the added sulfur, I think it increased acidity in the soil, plus chipmunks became fertilizer.
by likegarden
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considerations in selecting a hearing aid
Replies: 21
Views: 1269

Re: Considerations in selecting a hearing aid

I wear Siemens hearing aids for 5 years now. It was a great improvement, though I think I should upgrade now. My medical insurance has a program which lets me buy the best for not much more than $2k for 2 ears. One great thing about hearing aids is that you can take them off, i.e. when a teenager in...
by likegarden
Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your property taxes?
Replies: 212
Views: 12888

Re: What are your property taxes?

New York State. Sales tax is 7%, we pay state tax.
School tax is $2,700, is reduced from 4,300 or so because we are retired.
Town Property Tax $1,400.
Property is worth around $300,000. for a 2500 sqft house on 0.45 acres.
by likegarden
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Senior discounts to look out for
Replies: 12
Views: 1617

Re: Senior discounts to look out for

Hotels also give a discount when you have an AARP card.
by likegarden
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is technology the reason for low inflation?
Replies: 57
Views: 3327

Re: Is technology the reason for low inflation?

I like this low inflation very much, whatever its reason, because my company pension is not inflation adjusted as Social Security is and would otherwise lose in value.
by likegarden
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New refrigerator issues
Replies: 18
Views: 1716

Re: New refrigerator issues

Perhaps 10 years ago we replaced a still-perfect 29 year old GE refrigerator with a new energy efficient GE one and did not notice any change in noise. But we noticed that our kitchen now was cooler in summer.
by likegarden
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I take possession of a certified mail?
Replies: 151
Views: 16717

Re: Should I take possession of a certified mail?

He asked us that question, we gave our comments, and we should get a final reply.
by likegarden
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Supermarket are you?
Replies: 155
Views: 8412

Re: Which Supermarket are you?

This question seems familiar, there must have been a similar post. Years ago I did some comparative shopping using our weekly grocery list and found out that Walmart was by far the least expensive store. Quality was about equal between stores, most items were national brands anyway or regulated by t...
by likegarden
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I take possession of a certified mail?
Replies: 151
Views: 16717

Re: Should I take possession of a certified mail?

We missed a certified letter 2 days ago, nobody was home. So I signed the note left at the door and wrote that the carrier should leave the letter in the mail box, left note in the mail box. She did next day, and nobody had to go to the post office. The next person asked what was in my Certified let...
by likegarden
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I take possession of a certified mail?
Replies: 151
Views: 16717

Re: Should I take possession of a certified mail?

So what's the resolution of this thread?
by likegarden
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bumper Repair
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Re: Bumper Repair

Same here with us. Our Camry's rear (plastic) bumper got pushed in by a fence post. So I went to U-tube and learned that repair. It took me only 5 minutes using my wife's hair dryer, piece of wood and my fingers. Then I used polishing compound to remove scratches and a left-over silver paint for tou...
by likegarden
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?
Replies: 179
Views: 37630

Re: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?

That was an exciting time at work, was developing new controls equipment. Within 2 years we had to move and buy a house north of Boston and move back. There was a lot of traveling, also several times to Asia. But I had little knowledge of investing, though did enough. In !989 there was no internet y...
by likegarden
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Forbes: Millennials Aren't Having Kids Heres Why That's a Problem for Baby Boomer Real Estate and Retirement
Replies: 74
Views: 7273

Re: Forbes: Millennials Aren't Having Kids Heres Why That's a Problem for Baby Boomer Real Estate and Retirement

This article seems to relate to big cities like Chicago and NY City. I live in an area with smaller cities and smaller towns acting like suburbs to the cities. Young couples still buy houses and have kids. We still have a boom in building $350,000 houses. We have city water and sewer, also have a ve...
by likegarden
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: “Day to kill” in Venice Italy
Replies: 51
Views: 3471

Re: “Day to kill” in Venice Italy

We went there 1980 on a tour from Meran with our 4 years old son and my parents, we loved it. On the way back to the parked bus we decided to take the Express boat, found out that it stopped everywhere, and people waiting in the bus did not like that.
by likegarden
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life in retirement - what did you do today?
Replies: 194
Views: 17464

Re: Life in retirement - what did you do today?

Life got exciting for me today. While figuring out the budget for our 10 days vacation on Cape Cod and moving around a sprinkler to water some of my many hostas in the backyard, our clothes washer broke. That GE washer lasted 7 years doing 4 washes a day approximately. So I bought a Speed Queen TR5....
by likegarden
Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Foreign language immersion daycare
Replies: 50
Views: 2733

Re: Foreign language immersion daycare

We did not want our son to spent much time on a foreign language and not enough on other important school subjects. There is only so much time available for learning. I was born and studied in Germany, speak German, but not at home here in the US. My wife learned how to speak German after our weddin...
by likegarden
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying a house in Florida but you are hundreds of miles away
Replies: 33
Views: 2799

Re: Buying a house in Florida but you are hundreds of miles away

We knew people who first bought a trailer in a retiree community, for about $25k 20 years ago. They lived there 4 months a year for 10 years, then had figured out where to live all year and permanently, and built a house 10 years later in a new community.
by likegarden
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Death - Prediction
Replies: 63
Views: 3964

Re: Death - Prediction

Those data are interesting - as a white male at 78 I have the lowest average life expectancy compared to any other group in above data, and at the same age as my father lived to. Being healthy and having healthy habits I could perhaps gain a little though.
by likegarden
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Medicare card
Replies: 28
Views: 1806

Re: New Medicare card

We in NY state have not received new Medicare cards as I read in a recent posting here. We have our SS cards locked away. I do not know where our (old) Medicare cards are. Since we have a Medicare supplemental medical plan we never use the SS number, never fill out that part in questionnaires at off...
by likegarden
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't make the mistake I made (Telemarketing hell)
Replies: 67
Views: 8782

Re: Don't make the mistake I made (Telemarketing hell)

We also get probably Telemarketing phone calls, do not see a need for signing up with Nomorobo, we simply do not participate.
We only pick up phone calls when we know the caller ID and/or phone number.
by likegarden
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tool board for basement - plywood or pegboard?
Replies: 30
Views: 1914

Re: Tool board for basement - plywood or pegboard?

I brought old kitchen cabinets into my basement, put them against one wall and keep large tools and plumbing/electrical supplies in there. On the wall above I have 2 shelves with small supplies and spray cans. All my small tools are in a tool box plus a spare one. I found out that it is not desirabl...
by likegarden
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier for humid basement. I want one that lasts.
Replies: 37
Views: 9384

Re: Dehumidifier for humid basement. I want one that lasts.

We buy a GE dehumidifier approximately every 10 years for our basement, are happy with that.
by likegarden
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Grandparent-Owned 529's a bad idea?
Replies: 27
Views: 2956

Re: Grandparent-Owned 529's a bad idea?

Grandparents' owned 529s are accessible by Medicaid should they ever need it, may get drained quickly by Long Term Care.
by likegarden
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Advice You Never Took
Replies: 100
Views: 13704

Re: Best Advice You Never Took

I did not take the 'WORST advice I never took'. People told me in 1966 when I complained that money goes fast (I had to furnish a small apartment and buy a used car right after college) that I should get whole life insurance for retirement. I did not buy that. My savings only started after I got mar...
by likegarden
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New roof - does this ridge vent look right?
Replies: 40
Views: 3621

Re: New roof - does this ridge vent look right?

No roof ridge vent should ever look like that. Here in my town in the Northeast every house seems to have ridge vents, and I have never seen such a thing like in OP's picture.
by likegarden
Thu May 31, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cars in college
Replies: 34
Views: 1950

Re: Cars in college

Our son decided to go to a local college while living at home, needed to drive an expressway, so years ago we gave him a new Chevy Beretta 6 cyl for the reason of surviving a crash on that expressway (extra HP to get away and extra steel as protection). Our 15 year old grandson now thinks about driv...
by likegarden
Thu May 31, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: get sued for posting nagative online review?
Replies: 64
Views: 7081

Re: get sued for posting nagative online review?

You have to be very careful when complaining in general. I am presently complaining to my insurance about a hospital not telling my insurance that they required $200 copay from me when there should be none - is hot water.
by likegarden
Wed May 30, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: get sued for posting nagative online review?
Replies: 64
Views: 7081

Re: get sued for posting nagative online review?

Any negative comments given at Yelp might not be the truth. I.e. when looking at reviews of a heating and AC business some looked like written by the competition. I have had very good experience with that business over the last 10 years and which is well known in my area since the 1970s.
by likegarden
Wed May 30, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on neighbor not keeping up his property...
Replies: 103
Views: 7527

Re: Advice on neighbor not keeping up his property...

dodecahedron, You wrote : I have a (mostly) heavily wooded backyard with old growth forest and a ravine and stream running through it, close to 2 acres. That sounds great, always wanted to have a stream, only got a dry creek to lead rain water to a safe point at the back fence. I have only 0.4 acres...
by likegarden
Tue May 29, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on neighbor not keeping up his property...
Replies: 103
Views: 7527

Re: Advice on neighbor not keeping up his property...

Years ago I bought this book from NOLO : Neighbor Law. I learned what my rights are. In spite a neighbor being nice, don't let him park anything on your property more than 7 years (in NY) or that neighbor owns the right to park there. You are the master of your property and its air space. Anything t...
by likegarden
Tue May 29, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on neighbor not keeping up his property...
Replies: 103
Views: 7527

Re: Advice on neighbor not keeping up his property...

Your neighbors do not seem to realize that not maintaining a house will lead to a lower future sales price. We have people like that in our neighborhood. They are probably new home owners, never had a house, need to learn a lot. In one house the black asphalt driveway cracked at the road, so new peo...
by likegarden
Sun May 27, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reducing mosquitos by pool
Replies: 14
Views: 1498

Re: Reducing mosquitos by pool

Why do you not spray some repellent on you. I have a little pond and had to spray myself. Putting gold fish in your standing water will help against mosquitoes because fish like to eat their larvae.
by likegarden
Sun May 27, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: electrical outlet dead; fuse not tripped
Replies: 23
Views: 1576

Re: electrical outlet dead; fuse not tripped

I have a broken wire in an outlet, also in the basement as OP, need to add a short new wire in that box.
by likegarden
Sat May 26, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Misuse of the word "technology" in finance
Replies: 19
Views: 1264

Re: Misuse of the word "technology" in finance

I agree with the OP. I am a mechanical engineer and found it strange when my grandson's middle school offered a course in technology and it only was about computers. I worked with steam and gas turbines, especially in controls, now that and my car are technology!
by likegarden
Sat May 26, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is having insurance from 5 different companies normal?
Replies: 15
Views: 1672

Re: Is having insurance from 5 different companies normal?

We have auto, home and umbrella from the same insurance for 30 years, makes sense to us.
by likegarden
Wed May 23, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I spend $1,500 on getting some rust repaired on a 15 year old Buick
Replies: 36
Views: 2676

Re: Should I spend $1,500 on getting some rust repaired on a 15 year old Buick

I had a 2004 Buick Century with 110,000 miles. That car was great, interior was still perfect after driving it all those miles, until some of the dash board instruments malfunctioned and the dealer's people did not know exactly how to put it back in. That car was too old for them. Finally I noticed ...