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by BIGal
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New thermostat for mid-late 70’s parents?
Replies: 27
Views: 1614

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 if n...
by BIGal
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Website for Honeywell Thermostat parts?
Replies: 13
Views: 421

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 "n...
by BIGal
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get quicker hot water
Replies: 45
Views: 2485

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: 3735

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: 5439

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: 26
Views: 1759

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: 1434

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: 8297

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 "gray" areas...
by BIGal
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bathtub Mat Recommendation
Replies: 17
Views: 1250

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: 2165

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: 14751

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: 786

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: 1548

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: 16590

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: 2853

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: 1086

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: 3482

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 part. To purc...
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: 1667

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: 825

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: 837

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: 2871

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: 1456

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: 1076

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: 716

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: 1289

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: 1118

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: 906

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: 2033

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: 6064

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: 2090

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: 2090

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 didn't br...
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: 2454

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: 1622

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: 3054

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: 6704

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...
by BIGal
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Mac Pro has gotten gigantically slow online: meltdown $ spectre?
Replies: 19
Views: 2797

Re: My Mac Pro has gotten gigantically slow online: meltdown $ spectre?

Reboot router (unplug for 2 minutes) if that doesn't help call 1 800 MYAPPLE. I have had issues with my MacBook Pro and Apple has helped solve the problem every time.
by BIGal
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Humidifier input please
Replies: 48
Views: 4019

Re: Home Humidifier input please

I installed this unit 4 or 5 years ago and have been very satisfied with the performance. We have a natural gas, forced air furnace. Cold weather=more furnace runs=dryer air. Low humidity, in addition to health and comfort issues, also damages wood furniture as well as flooring. https://www.honeywel...
by BIGal
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hot Water Delay at faucet/shower far from water heater
Replies: 100
Views: 10227

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

I installed a recirculating pump in July of 2013. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000E78XHG/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 This unit has done exactly what I expected and is something I always recommend to friends who have the same problems. Ours it set from 7 to 10am and from 9 to 11p...
by BIGal
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House water detection and alert system?
Replies: 41
Views: 3834

Re: House water detection and alert system?

We live in the Midwest where they are experiencing below zero weather right now. I ALWAYS turn off the water to our house. That said, I do have a Freeze Alarm set at 40 that will call two designated numbers should the home temperature fall below that setting. I also installed a WiFi thermostat so I ...
by BIGal
Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new dehumidifier?
Replies: 9
Views: 884

Re: new dehumidifier?

I am on my second Frigidaire, 70 pint unit. I believe that they have a 5 year warranty...when my last one stopped working I called and they authorized a replacement immediately, no questions asked. Even though the first failed, I was so impressed with their customer service that I would recommend th...
by BIGal
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storing Lawn Tractor over the Winter
Replies: 36
Views: 2974

Re: Storing Lawn Tractor over the Winter

I have a JD lawn tractor and always change the oil and filter at the end of the season...I make sure it had run long enough to warm up the engine before the change. I fill up the tank with gas treated with Sta Bil or Seafoam and run the engine a while. I also take off the deck and sharpen the blades...
by BIGal
Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exhaust Fan for the bathroom
Replies: 59
Views: 6387

Re: Exhaust Fan for the bathroom

We swapped out a noisy, 20 year old Broan with the same size Delta brand. Much quieter and moves more air. And by much quieter, I thought it wasn't working at first when I tested it after the install. It was a drop-in installation I did myself. Second on the Delta. Built in humidity sensor so it ru...
by BIGal
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What home task(s) are worth learning to do yourself?
Replies: 46
Views: 6520

Re: What home task(s) are worth learning to do yourself?

You have an excellent "teacher" right at your fingertips. I use Youtube to show me how to do just about any home project. It doesn't mean that you CAN but it will show you how ..then you decide if you would be comfortable doing it or better served by hiring a professional. Also, I recommend purchasi...
by BIGal
Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: macOS Sierra
Replies: 25
Views: 4104

Re: macOS Sierra

I'm waiting for a fix from Fuji before upgrading - right now Sierra isn't compatible with the ScanSnap software. I'm glad you posted this. I really want a Fuji scanner, and I also want to upgrade to Sierra. My Mac mini has an SSD inside and I've read that MacOS is optimized for that. I've been usin...
by BIGal
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Dishwasher Repairs
Replies: 9
Views: 1377

Re: DIY Dishwasher Repairs

Maybe, just maybe you are asking the wrong folks for advice. Unless you get a kick out of repairing things and crawling around in the "bowels" by no means invest in a new one that would last a number of years.
by BIGal
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage Remodeling
Replies: 14
Views: 2496

Re: Garage Remodeling

Epoxy the floor. I had mine done professionally. I have had friends do theirs themselves and believe me, the difference is striking. I would compare it to repainting your vehicle.....can a person do it on their own....sure....what will it look like....what do you think. Our garage was already insula...
by BIGal
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much electricity are you using and how expensive it is?
Replies: 93
Views: 9088

Re: How much electricity are you using and how expensive it is?

You can only lower your bill by reducing your consumption. Call your utility company first to see if they offer energy audits and even if they charger for them I would suggest having one done. Heating, cooling and water heating are your BIG three electric consumers. A frame homes of your "vintage" t...
by BIGal
Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Am I getting good advice - replace the AC, not the 21 year old furnace
Replies: 33
Views: 4101

Re: Am I getting good advice - replace the AC, not the 21 year old furnace

I would get a couple of more quotes and also discuss with friends/family in the area for recommendations on who they have used. 7.5 to 8k seems quite high....but then again, I don't have the details (nor want them) but you really need to "shop around" with that kind of estimate. Replacing a 21 YO sy...
by BIGal
Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time replace washer and dryer [back of dryer so hot it burnt me]?
Replies: 21
Views: 2685

Re: Time replace washer and dryer [back of dryer so hot it burnt me]?

I would stop using it immediately. If your breakers are labeled and you can identify the one for the dryer, I would flip it to off. From the picture I can see there is lint built up on the inlet vent and the outlet vent is the flexible hose type. I would not use the flexible vent because they do cat...
by BIGal
Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Etiquette regarding fence on my property (adverse possession)
Replies: 28
Views: 6113

Re: Etiquette regarding fence on my property (adverse possession)

When we bought our lot to build our home the seller told us that a neighbor had a fence on a 10ft x 80ft section and that he (the seller) would remove the fence. The individual we purchased the lot from removed the split rail fence. Long story short...ended up in court...lost the adverse possession ...