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by BIGal
Thu Nov 26, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I would like to leave my deck board unnailed so I can get varmints out from under my deck. Would it hurt the wood any?
Replies: 28
Views: 1872

Re: I would like to leave my deck board unnailed so I can get varmints out from under my deck. Would it hurt the wood a

+1 for addressing the varmint issue. If you can't handle it, hire a professional. If that doesn't work, remove the deck and have a concrete pad poured, and put steps into the house.
by BIGal
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Car Tire Enthusiasts Out There?
Replies: 21
Views: 1723

Re: Any Car Tire Enthusiasts Out There?

We just replaced our Toyo tires on our 2017 Toyota Highlander with Michelin CrossClimate2 and love them. Smooth quiet ride and performed well in our first snow. If you have access to Consumer Reports you will find that the CrossClimate rates higher than the Defender 74 to 62 in the overall score.
by BIGal
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smart thermostat for a small 2 bdr apt?
Replies: 12
Views: 986

Re: Smart thermostat for a small 2 bdr apt?

Why even consider purchasing something that you obviously don't need for a place you don't own?
by BIGal
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WIFI mesh - Orbi or Google
Replies: 42
Views: 2572

Re: WIFI mesh - Orbi or Google

I decided it was time to move to a mesh system from my Apple Airport Extreme. I chose the Eero and have been "extremely" satisfied.
https://eero.com/shop/eero-pro-6

May want to expand your search to include this system.

Good Luck with whatever decision you make!!
by BIGal
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long-Life Flashlight
Replies: 52
Views: 3485

Re: Long-Life Flashlight

By far the absolute best that I have found. In fact,when I did experience a problem after several years, I sent it in and they refurbished it for NO cost. I have a few Maglights but I can't say they are even in the same league as the Streamlight. https://www.streamlight.com/products/detail/index/4aa...
by BIGal
Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time homebuyer. Just got the inspection report on a 100-year-old house. Advice requested...
Replies: 113
Views: 7554

Re: First time homebuyer. Just got the inspection report on a 100-year-old house. Advice requested...

Regarding the boiler, do you have steam or how water? I have lived in a home with a boiler and steam for the radiators. My guess is that since you have a boiler you don't have ductwork meaning that you also don't have central air OR the ability to install it unless you install ductwork and that will...
by BIGal
Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heat - What do you set your temps to in Winter?
Replies: 136
Views: 8273

Re: Heat - What do you set your temps to in Winter?

NW Iowa. 70 during day and 66 at night. Have Honeywell setback thermostat I have this: https://www.amazon.com/DeLonghi-EW7707CM-ComforTemp-Portable-Oil-Filled/dp/B000TGDGLU/ref=sr_1_2?crid=17V9CFO9QE0R5&dchild=1&keywords=delonghi+oil+filled+radiator&qid=1604191228&sprefix=Delonghi+o%...
by BIGal
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Epoxy Garage Floors
Replies: 11
Views: 1522

Re: Epoxy Garage Floors

Makes no sense at all to base the safe time to car miles instead of time. Like saying don't touch that fresh house paint until you've been to the grocery store 14 times. Was this work done on April 1? BTW, We had our garage floor done a few years ago (think it was about 4 days wait to park car on) a...
by BIGal
Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1087
Views: 65547

Re: What are you listening to now

Watched The Accountant the other night and now I'm "hooked" on this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSgnC5e ... rt_radio=1
by BIGal
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cats and Sunbrella-covered sofas
Replies: 11
Views: 938

Re: Cats and Sunbrella-covered sofas

Sounds like you have already made your choice. New furniture every few years.
by BIGal
Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Property line issue
Replies: 24
Views: 1987

Re: Property line issue

I would recommend taking care of the issue NOW. I experienced the adverse possession nightmare and lost the case. Long story. Either resolve the issue now or you will regret it I can almost guarantee it. See an attorney, pay the price, and get it done.
by BIGal
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I coat my new garage floor with something?
Replies: 27
Views: 3131

Re: Should I coat my new garage floor with something?

Epoxy garage coatings are popular in my area. It's easy to clean, durable, it protects from oil and road salt and it looks good. For best results let a pro do it. BIG second on this one, especially letting a pro do it. Had ours done about 5 years ago and it completely changed the look and feel of o...
by BIGal
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you organize and manage your paper bills, statements, and other financial documents?
Replies: 18
Views: 1233

Re: How do you organize and manage your paper bills, statements, and other financial documents?

Scan then shred existing paper documents. Opt for paperless statements. Much easier to organize digital documents. I don't think I actually receive paper statements for anything any more. That. I think most financial institutions keep at least a couple years of financial statements that you can dow...
by BIGal
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Birds Making Mess on Deck —- Solutions?
Replies: 7
Views: 488

Re: Birds Making Mess on Deck —- Solutions?

We had same problem so we use an aluminum pie pan with a hole for a string and tied it on the railing and it has helped take care of the problem.
by BIGal
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apps or structured program for reading the Bible?
Replies: 36
Views: 2253

Re: Apps or structured program for reading the Bible?

I have used this site and it will have you through the entire Bible in a year. Will begin again for the third time through in January.
https://www.biblegateway.com/reading-plans/
by BIGal
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New thermostat for mid-late 70’s parents?
Replies: 28
Views: 2057

Re: New thermostat for mid-late 70’s parents?

We have a Honeywell https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FLZEQH2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 is wifi and we like it a lot. I am wondering why the 30 yo thermostat wasn't replaced when the new system was installed. Normally it isn't that difficult to run a new thermostat wire ...
by BIGal
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Website for Honeywell Thermostat parts?
Replies: 13
Views: 534

Re: Website for Honeywell Thermostat parts?

Just a guess...but if you could figure out what part of the thermostat failed and you actually did find a place to get that part....I would still bet that it is much easier to replace the thermostat than to try to repair an old one. If you can get a rebate from your utility company it should be a &q...
by BIGal
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get quicker hot water
Replies: 45
Views: 2750

Re: How to get quicker hot water

Installing a hot water recirculating pump on your water heater would be the least expensive option. Obtain quotes from a reputable local plumber for cost. My FIL had one of those on his house. It was a $$$$ hog. Your basically recirculating hot water throughout the house. He shut it off after about...
by BIGal
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Document Storage: what format? (paper, fiche, scan,..?)
Replies: 43
Views: 4311

Re: Document Storage: what format? (paper, fiche, scan,..?)

ScanSnap iX500 is, without a doubt, the absolute best way to go. Then get yourself a good cross-cut shredder and your filing days will be over.
by BIGal
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirees: Ever feel really lazy?
Replies: 42
Views: 5814

Re: Retirees: Ever feel really lazy?

I'd like to recommend this site for retirees. I go there occasionally and have found it worthwhile.
https://slowdownnow.org/
by BIGal
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microwave keeps tripping circuit breaker
Replies: 34
Views: 5063

Re: Microwave keeps tripping circuit breaker

Stop using it immediately. Electrical equipment with a fault will not get better. Buy a new on and move on.
by BIGal
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worthwhile to repair Honda Push Mower or buy new?
Replies: 28
Views: 1796

Re: Worthwhile to repair Honda Push Mower or buy new?

I would agree with those that suggest replacement with a new Honda mower. If you are not comfortable with doing the repairs yourself and may not have the necessary tools to do the job, buy a new one an be done with it.
by BIGal
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tenant turned off all utilities advice please!!
Replies: 85
Views: 8769

Re: Tenant turned off all utilities advice please!!

Isn't the security deposit created for exactly situations like this? When I was a tenant, that is what I believed. I suggest that any and all such issues be very detailed as to the "cost" of each item. Start with the biggest issue and work down to the smaller ones. Try to leave out any &q...
by BIGal
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bathtub Mat Recommendation
Replies: 17
Views: 1454

Re: Bathtub Mat Recommendation

I have thought more about finding something to reduce how slippery our tub/shower (fiberglass) is. One thing that I do think has promoted our safety is the suction cup grab bars that we have installed. I always felt that the greatest falling hazard is getting in and out of the tub/shower and the gra...
by BIGal
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scanning photos yourself
Replies: 19
Views: 2309

Re: Scanning photos yourself

Bought an Epson V600 back in 2013....great scanner, haven't used in a while. I bought it to scan old photos AND negatives. It is a great machine but takes a while since it is a flatbed. I also have a ScanSnap iX500 that I use almost daily...but not for pictures. As long as you are okay with investin...
by BIGal
Sun May 26, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Air Filters
Replies: 65
Views: 16294

Re: Home Air Filters

Every 6 months. MERV 11, 20x25x5. Buy 3 for $68 (last cost). All is well with furnace/AC and most importantly our health.
by BIGal
Sat May 18, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Covering outdoor patio furniture
Replies: 9
Views: 880

Re: Covering outdoor patio furniture

We cover everything daily to avoid getting cushions soaked. Covers are relatively inexpensive and have straps that secure them in case of high winds. We also have a plastic storage box to keep the covers inside during the day. We live in the midwest where the snowfall is heavy so I move our furnitur...
by BIGal
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Metal roof- anyone switch from asphalt to metal?
Replies: 12
Views: 1678

Re: Metal roof- anyone switch from asphalt to metal?

We switched out our black (hot attic in summer) asphalt shingles after a hail storm claim helped fund. We went with steel shingles not the long sheets. Since we have a 7/12 pitch I also added a gutter helmet type of covering on our gutters as my days on the roof have come to a close since the steel ...
by BIGal
Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tired of gas grills rusting out...
Replies: 120
Views: 20132

Re: Tired of gas grills rusting out...

Sandi_k wrote: Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:22 am Big Green Egg. It's ceramic. :D

Second on BGE....best grill ever...Get one and don't look back.
by BIGal
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: separate computers for specific purposes--how many and for what?
Replies: 35
Views: 3035

Re: separate computers for specific purposes--how many and for what?

I have 3 computers. A Mac desktop for most everyday use. A MacBook Air for travel. A PC laptop that I only use for Quicken. I could eliminate the PC if/when Quicken for Mac program is improved. Recently purchased a VPN (virtual private network) that I run on all machines to protect when accessing an...
by BIGal
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas / Electric Fireplace only produces a low flame
Replies: 13
Views: 1183

Re: Gas / Electric Fireplace only produces a low flame

There are several things that could be causing this problem. Most likely the valve is not operating as it should. Several years ago I sold Heat -N-Glo fireplaces so I am somewhat familiar with them. If the general cleaning did not work I would recommend calling a professional to check it out. Please...
by BIGal
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water in Basement... $11k to fix... Need advice!!!
Replies: 35
Views: 3623

Re: Water in Basement... $11k to fix... Need advice!!!

My first thought is, did you have any kind of building inspection done prior to purchasing the home? If not, why not?....I know it is "water under the bridge" no pun intended. If there are issues that the seller was aware of at the time of the sale, there may be some liability on their par...
by BIGal
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would a heat pump or gas furnace help?
Replies: 19
Views: 1726

Re: Would a heat pump or gas furnace help?

I would suggest that you hire a professional to analyze and recommend what corrective actions could be taken.
by BIGal
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: kitchen faucet supply lines - flexible stainless steel vs chrome plated brass, or?
Replies: 10
Views: 867

Re: kitchen faucet supply lines - flexible stainless steel vs chrome plated brass, or?

I would go with the braided stainless steel cover. They come in various lengths and are MUCH easier to install than the solid brass or copper lines....and they are better than the plastic because they have the cover which should prevent ruptures. I also use a similar line for our washing machine wit...
by BIGal
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoiding Dealership for Replacement Honda Pilot Key
Replies: 6
Views: 895

Re: Avoiding Dealership for Replacement Honda Pilot Key

Do you still have the valet key? If you just need another to unlock and start I am quite sure that will work. I believe the key will NOT unlock the glove box and you may want to check your manual to find out exactly what it can be used for. I have a Tile on both of our keys and while I don't have to...
by BIGal
Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Annoyingly Expensive HP Ink Cartridges
Replies: 34
Views: 3052

Re: Annoyingly Expensive HP Ink Cartridges

I have been using laser printers for the last several years. My current is a Brother HL-2270DW that has been exceptional. Just ordered a Brother color laser HL-3230CDW as a gift for our daughter who had the same complaint about ink cartridges. Suggest you do some research on laser printers and you m...
by BIGal
Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Space needed small bathroom 1st floor?
Replies: 15
Views: 1494

Re: Space needed small bathroom 1st floor?

Your initial concern needs to be the plumbing. Obviously a bathroom needs water (hot and cold) and a drain for the sink as well as a drain for the toilet. Agree that you will want to make the room wheelchair accessible which will mean a somewhat larger space. You probably should contact a contractor...
by BIGal
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LibraryThing, Libib, or Goodreads?
Replies: 5
Views: 1464

Re: LibraryThing, Libib, or Goodreads?

I downloaded LibraryThing a couple of weeks ago. I've started adding my books but haven't completed. So far I am satisfied with LT, however, probably not enough experience to really recommend it. I am not familiar with Libib or Goodreads.... Our city library director is who suggested LT to me.
by BIGal
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: electric pencil sharpener
Replies: 5
Views: 776

Re: electric pencil sharpener

I purchased a Panasonic KP 380 several years ago and have been very pleased with how well it has performed. I am not sure the same model is still available, however, I recommend research expect to pay for a quality device. https://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-KP380-BK-Classic-Electric-Sharpener/dp/B0000...
by BIGal
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding lawn mower repair help?
Replies: 8
Views: 1335

Re: Riding lawn mower repair help?

I would recommend calling the dealer or a repair shop to determine what is the matter and to repair. There are some things a user can repair and others that require a professional. In my opinion, this is the latter. Good luck
by BIGal
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Concrete sealers
Replies: 9
Views: 1151

Re: Concrete sealers

Live in the midwest so we have the snow and ice and salted roadways. Built our home in 1996. Had our garage floor done with epoxy 2 years ago and it is fantastic. Don't think you need to be in a huge hurry to get this done. I would strongly suggest having it done professionally rather than trying to...
by BIGal
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cost basis on inherited farmland
Replies: 5
Views: 1002

Re: Cost basis on inherited farmland

I believe that you should involve an attorney and possibly a CPA to help assess your situation. The cost may be offset by the tax savings. This suggestion depends on the amount of property you are talking about, is it 10 acres or 640? I would think professional advice would be better than depending ...
by BIGal
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is President Jimmy Carter a Boglehead?
Replies: 22
Views: 2102

Re: Is President Jimmy Carter a Boglehead?

I thought politics was a no, no in this forum??
by BIGal
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need help to sell family farm.
Replies: 41
Views: 6261

Re: Need help to sell family farm.

I inherited some farmland in IA and SD. I cash rent without any problems. It may take some research and investigation to manage the property from a distance but it isn't impossible by any means. Maybe you should consider buying out the other 50%. Once the golden goose is gone, so are the golden eggs...
by BIGal
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $4,400 Chimney Repair - Does This Make Sense?
Replies: 24
Views: 2144

Re: $4,400 Chimney Repair - Does This Makes Sense?

One additional suggestion. Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
by BIGal
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $4,400 Chimney Repair - Does This Make Sense?
Replies: 24
Views: 2144

Re: $4,400 Chimney Repair - Does This Makes Sense?

The "urgency rating" may indeed be that high WHEN you are using your chimney for heating OR if you have another gas appliance (water heater) that vents into the same flue. My suggestion would be to get a second and maybe a third estimate. I too would find it curious that your chimney sweep...
by BIGal
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace water heater at end of warranty or repair?
Replies: 31
Views: 2508

Re: Replace water heater at end of warranty or repair?

Nothing lasts forever. I've yet to have anyone tell me they flush their WH annually or ever. Unless it is a bad thermocouple that can be replaced there is not much that can be repaired on a WH. Unless you don't mind waking up to a cold shower some morning, replace it.
by BIGal
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good scanner for paperless (or less paper) office?
Replies: 30
Views: 1786

Re: Good scanner for paperless (or less paper) office?

By far THE BEST is a ScanSnap ix500 by Fujitsu.
http://www.fujitsu.com/us/products/comp ... nap/ix500/

You won't be sorry you chose the best, believe me.

No, I am not an employee of Fujitsu, just a well satisfied customer.

Al
by BIGal
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: glass cancer?( watermark etching)
Replies: 24
Views: 3260

Re: glass cancer?( watermark etching)

I use steel wool, you can get different grits, to clean the glass on our fireplace. I may just squirt on a little windex first and just scrub it with the steel wool. Always works for me....and the fireplace glass stains are usually baked on. Second also the use of CLR, that is a great product. Good ...
by BIGal
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: re-siding house - vinyl or hardiplank?
Replies: 54
Views: 7265

Re: re-siding house - vinyl or hardiplank?

Why limit yourself to only those two? We also live in the midwest and had steel (continuous) installed when the house was built in 1997. My opinion, steel is the better choice unless you want an inferior product. Why not get an estimate? Since you are in the midwest, we used ABC Siding and would rec...