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by General Disarray
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cashier's check or money order for apt. move-in (Ally)
Replies: 19
Views: 786

Re: Cashier's check or money order for apt. move-in (Ally)

It takes 7-10 days before getting the cashier's check from Ally. But it is free.

In contrast, at my local Bank of America, it costs $15 to get a cashier's check.
by General Disarray
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS Refund
Replies: 5
Views: 300

Re: IRS Refund

Oops. I didn't realize this is a duplicate thread. Sorry about that. And thank you, goodenyou.
by General Disarray
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS Refund
Replies: 5
Views: 300

IRS Refund

Is anyone still waiting for their IRS refund? A friend of mine filed his taxes in March. He's called the IRS many times, but keeps getting the runaround. He had to file additional paperwork at one point (sometime in late spring or early summer), which delayed things even more, but even in mid-Novemb...
by General Disarray
Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cardio alternatives to treadmills?
Replies: 107
Views: 7496

Re: Cardio alternatives to treadmills?

It may not be the treadmill that is causing your back issues, but your running form, sneakers, underlying issues, or something else. For me, I notice that my back tends to hurt more if I run on a decline (downhill). Instead of giving up the treadmill, can't you just throw in some yoga and other stre...
by General Disarray
Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I afford a new car?
Replies: 79
Views: 5435

Re: Can I afford a new car?

I'm looking at a Toyota RAV4 hybrid myself. The one I want is $40,000. Toyota RAV4s have about ten different models, I believe, ranging from basic (LE) to the top of the line. I'm guessing the OP and I share the same preference for RAV4 model: The Limited AWD Hybrid, which is at the other end of the...
by General Disarray
Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long to keep a car
Replies: 110
Views: 9002

Re: How long to keep a car

An internet search of the parts indicate that the parts are actually $100-350. One site indicated that the cost to replace one arm can range from $160 to $390. There is a lower and upper arm connected to each front wheel. If a wheel alignment must be performed afterwards, that is additional $.
by General Disarray
Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long to keep a car
Replies: 110
Views: 9002

Re: How long to keep a car

Control arms for a 2000 Camry cost about $60 each, and it would take me (an advanced amateur mechanic at best) about an hour to replace them. A real mechanic with a lift should be able to do it in about 25-30 minutes. Should not be a super-expensive repair, unless you and I have very different defi...
by General Disarray
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long to keep a car
Replies: 110
Views: 9002

Re: How long to keep a car

The current car I drive, a 2000 Toyota Camry, just passed its 20-year birthday. I am the original owner and have kept the car in very good condition. In fact, mechanics always tell me that they are shocked the car looks so good. The car is showing signs of age, however. In the past two years I have ...
by General Disarray
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota RAV4 Gas vs Hybrid?
Replies: 64
Views: 3572

Re: Toyota RAV4 Gas vs Hybrid?

Are there special service needs that the hybrid RAV4 might have? Would a hybrid RAV4 owner need to service at a dealer primarily? (And that would mean higher costs.)
by General Disarray
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota RAV4 Gas vs Hybrid?
Replies: 64
Views: 3572

Re: Toyota RAV4 Gas vs Hybrid?

I'm also looking at a Toyta RAV4 and likely will opt for the full gas version.

Is hybrid not an issue in cold weather climates? Doesn't the battery discharge quicker in cold weather?
by General Disarray
Mon May 11, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Laptop Monitor
Replies: 11
Views: 426

Re: Portable Laptop Monitor

Air travel and lots of walking.

I would consider a screen that is 12-13" if it means it is considerably lighter-weight.
by General Disarray
Mon May 11, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Laptop Monitor
Replies: 11
Views: 426

Re: Portable Laptop Monitor

I use a Dell laptop for work and travel. I have second monitors at home and at work. This second monitor that I am asking about is for traveling; it needs to be portable and lightweight.
by General Disarray
Mon May 11, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Laptop Monitor
Replies: 11
Views: 426

Re: Portable Laptop Monitor

Have you considered just getting a long cable that goes from your laptop's video out (I'm guessing DisplayPort) to HDMI...And then just using the TV (presuming most have an HDMI input) wherever you're staying. I didn't think of this, BUT I have plugged in a laptop to a television before. The locati...
by General Disarray
Mon May 11, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Laptop Monitor
Replies: 11
Views: 426

Portable Laptop Monitor

When I travel, I often have to bring my laptop with me, but the laptop screen is insufficient. I need a second screen. I am looking for recommendations for a portable laptop monitor. Must be durable, preferably 15" or larger, and as light as possible. (My laptop is already heavy enough.) Thank ...
by General Disarray
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time traveling to Seattle this weekend. Advice?
Replies: 35
Views: 2270

Re: First time traveling to Seattle this weekend. Advice?

I would wait until Saturday or, better yet, Sunday to go to Alki Beach. Take the water taxi and then head to Salty's for their famous buffet brunch. The brunch is wonderful, and the view is spectacular. You probably won't need to eat anything for the rest of the day after that. A wonderful little br...
by General Disarray
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: We should not buy a condo in the Boston area, right?
Replies: 9
Views: 1386

Re: We should not buy a condo in the Boston area, right?

For many of the reasons you have listed, NO, you definitely should NOT buy a condo in the Boston area. Your price for a 3-bedroom condo is unrealistically low....unless it is a duplex type of place, but there doesn't seem to be too many duplexes with 3 bedrooms. The closer you are to Boston city pro...
by General Disarray
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mosquitos
Replies: 45
Views: 4426

Re: Mosquitos

Lavender oil also is said to repel mosquitos. Trader Joe's use to sell lavender oil in a spray, but I haven't seen it in quite some time.
by General Disarray
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mosquitos
Replies: 45
Views: 4426

Re: Mosquitos

I use a homemade mosquito spray consisting of: pure peppermint oil, vodka, and water. I spray it on myself using a nozzle spray in a glass amber jar. For spraying around the house and around the windows to prevent pests and rodents, I use the same, but instead of vodka I will use a few drops of dish...
by General Disarray
Mon May 06, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ants - aargh
Replies: 69
Views: 4859

Re: ants - aargh

Peppermint oil. Last year was the first time I used the peppermint oil remedy to ward off ants, other insects, and mice. Using a solution of pure peppermint oil, water, and a few drops of dishwashing soap, I sprayed outside of the house, around the foundation and door and window frames. Inside the ...
by General Disarray
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mini Portable Cool-Mist Humidifier
Replies: 5
Views: 422

Mini Portable Cool-Mist Humidifier

Looking for recommendations for a mini , portable cool-mist humidifier to use at the office. Likely these will operate using a USB cable, since they tend to sit on an office desk. I plan to buy two: one for a friend who has bloody noses when the air is too dry, and one for myself (I suffer from asth...
by General Disarray
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often does Costco have the deals on 4 Michelin tires?
Replies: 36
Views: 26126

Re: How often does Costco have the deals on 4 Michelin tires?

Costco seems to have sales on the Michelin tires every other month, although this is my estimate. (There is a sale going on now through October 28--$70 off four Michelin tires.) The sales seem to alterate monthly between Michelin and Bridgestone tires.
by General Disarray
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shipping Fresh Fruit - Packaging Materials
Replies: 4
Views: 256

Shipping Fresh Fruit - Packaging Materials

I plan to handpick apples and ship them to another state. (I've already checked, and shipping fresh fruit to this state is permissible.) The challenge now is how to package the apples. I’ve searched on the internet, and only one company sells apple boxes with the foam inserts with the individual hol...
by General Disarray
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood pad for garage door separating from wall: Who is responsible?
Replies: 9
Views: 1736

Re: Wood pad for garage door separating from wall: Who is responsible?

The "wood pad" (the garage door contractor's terminology) is the vertical wood beam to which the garage door track is attached. I would attach pictures here, but the site does not allow for personal photos. I contacted the garage door company that installed my garage door back at the end o...
by General Disarray
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood pad for garage door separating from wall: Who is responsible?
Replies: 9
Views: 1736

Wood pad for garage door separating from wall: Who is responsible?

At the end of March 2018, I replaced my garage door. After the installation, I was puzzled by why certain things were not replaced, including the wood anchor pads in which the garage door track is installed. Today, I noticed that on one side of the garage door, the wood anchor pad (on which the gara...
by General Disarray
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best place to hide a key
Replies: 63
Views: 5488

Re: best place to hide a key

Do you (or anyone in your travel group) not have pockets? Do you have any idea how often women's clothing does not have *any* pockets? (I'm referring to regular clothing, not just things like evening "gowns".) Even some jackets meant for outerwear have no pockets. Yes, very annoying. That...
by General Disarray
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best place to hide a key
Replies: 63
Views: 5488

Re: best place to hide a key

Do you (or anyone in your travel group) not have pockets?
by General Disarray
Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy essential oils in bulk - peppermint oil specifically
Replies: 6
Views: 1022

Re: Where to buy essential oils in bulk - peppermint oil specifically

Thank you very much for the suggestions! I will look into Lebermuth.
by General Disarray
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy essential oils in bulk - peppermint oil specifically
Replies: 6
Views: 1022

Where to buy essential oils in bulk - peppermint oil specifically

Where might I buy essential oils in bulk (16 oz or larger)? Specifically, I am looking for pure peppermint oil and not a diluted version or a fake version of it. Apparently, they have different types of peppermint oil, including Japanese peppermint oil, which is said to be very strong. I intend to a...
by General Disarray
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recourse for Unhonored Warranty on Labor
Replies: 5
Views: 601

Re: Recourse for Unhonored Warranty on Labor

Issue resolved...sort of. Yes, it really vexes me that the installer wouldn't even respond to my emails. All he needed to do was to tell me to contact the manufacturer. Anyhow, I went to the manufacturer website and looked at the warranty pages and contacted them. They will come and replace the part...
by General Disarray
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recourse for Unhonored Warranty on Labor
Replies: 5
Views: 601

Recourse for Unhonored Warranty on Labor

I replaced four sliding glass patio doors (Harvey) and six windows (also Harvey) recently. I used the same installer for the doors and windows The patio doors were installed in April, and the windows were installed in June. There is a one year warranty on both for the labor and something like 20+ ye...
by General Disarray
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 1797

Re: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues

SUMMARY OF VISUAL FIREPLACE/CHIMNEY INSPECTION (INSPECTION OCCURRED FROM INSIDE THE UNIT). * We inspected a single fireplace at [address] on [date]. * This fireplace and flue, as well as all the masonry chimneys in [the specific area] area, are some of the most poorly planned and constructed firepl...
by General Disarray
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 1797

Re: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues

I actually have had the chimney inspected twice (visually, from the inside). Both times I used a highly rated, reputable chimney sweeper. Both got extremely high consumer reviews, but I was disappointed with both. First chimney guy: I requested a sweep, seeing how I did not know the history of the f...
by General Disarray
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 1797

Re: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues

Luke Duke wrote: Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:26 am Do you currently have gas running to your fireplace?
My heat (forced air) uses natural gas, but there is no gas running to the fireplace. The fireplace is strictly wood burning.
by General Disarray
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 1797

Re: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues

I'm curious why a gas fireplace insert is not allowed by the HOA in an existing masonry wood-burning fireplace. We had a gas fireplace insert installed in a masonry fireplace a few years back and couldn't be happier with it. The disadvantages were primarily cost (about $5 - $6,000 including unit, i...
by General Disarray
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 1797

Re: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues

Why do you want to burn wood in this fireplace? I would use the fireplace rarely, for ambiance purposes only. I know fireplaces are extremely energy inefficient (not to mention not environmentally sound), BUT I figure since I have one, it at least should be functioning. The alternative is to not us...
by General Disarray
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 1797

Re: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues

I think the major concern that the chimney guy expressed has to do with the materials they used to construct the chimney. Apparently, they used pieces of terra cotta and basically adhered these pieces to the chimney. I guess it's not a whole piece of terra cotta. I just did a quick internet search o...
by General Disarray
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 1797

Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues

I have a masonry wood-burning fireplace in my condo. I have yet to use the fireplace. I recently had an inspection and the chimney guy said that the chimneys in my area were notorious, as the saps who constructed the chimneys did a half-ass job in the 1980s. Based on a visual inspection of the soot ...
by General Disarray
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attic Mice and Insulation Issues
Replies: 21
Views: 3147

Re: Attic Mice and Insulation Issues

MICE UPDATE: Five consecutive days of mice trappings (one mouse per day), followed by three consecutive days of no mice. Today, I put fresh peanut butter on the traps (on top of the old one--not sure if mice will try to eat old, dried peanut butter or not) and again sprayed peppermint oil around the...
by General Disarray
Tue May 29, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 days in Boston with an 8 year old
Replies: 32
Views: 3064

Re: 3 days in Boston with an 8 year old

1. The Children's Museum (8 years old is not too old for the children's museum. I took my 7-year-old niece there last month, and there were kids older than her there.) 2. Science Museum 3. New England Aquarium 4. Faneuil Hall Marketplace Take the T if you can; if the walking distance is too far, tak...
by General Disarray
Tue May 29, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best retirement places for shy senior singles
Replies: 32
Views: 4503

Re: Best retirement places for shy senior singles

Some of you underestimate how debilitating shyness is. It does undermine a person's social life, but it is not the person's fault. On the other hand, even shy people have to reach out to others and try to form relationships. Some of the suggestions below might be particularly feasible for shy people...
by General Disarray
Tue May 29, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on neighbor not keeping up his property...
Replies: 103
Views: 8745

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

Sounds like a combination of bad taste + possibly blighted property, rather than not keeping up his property. There may be local ordinances that prohibit properties that create a danger to others (for instance, the presence of hazardous materials in the yard) OR is such an eyesore (which seems to be...
by General Disarray
Tue May 29, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attic Mice and Insulation Issues
Replies: 21
Views: 3147

Re: Attic Mice and Insulation Issues

livesoft wrote: Tue May 29, 2018 2:54 pm I have 2 HVAX systems in my attic. What's the worry?
The worry is that the poison will get into the living areas through the heating and cooling system.
by General Disarray
Tue May 29, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attic Mice and Insulation Issues
Replies: 21
Views: 3147

Re: Attic Mice and Insulation Issues

For those of you who are using poison/poison pellets, what brand/type are you using? I am reluctant to use poison, including moth balls, because the HVAC ducts are in the attic, and I fear the smell and poison associated with any chemical repellants will be directly transmitted into the living space...
by General Disarray
Tue May 29, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attic Mice and Insulation Issues
Replies: 21
Views: 3147

Re: Attic Mice and Insulation Issues

I have two attic spaces. I have multiple traps in each attic area. Probably there are at least ten traps in the bigger attic space.
by General Disarray
Tue May 29, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attic Mice and Insulation Issues
Replies: 21
Views: 3147

Re: Attic Mice and Insulation Issues

Have you actually seen a nest there? No, but I have seen lots of mice droppings, so I can only assume the mice are making a nest inside the insulation somewhere. Some of the insulation in the rafters look like they were disturbed (pulled out and/or torn). I also saw torn pieces of insulation on the...
by General Disarray
Tue May 29, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attic Mice and Insulation Issues
Replies: 21
Views: 3147

Attic Mice and Insulation Issues

I live in a large-ish condo association (over 100 units), in a unit attached to three other units. The contractors recently repaired some of the siding and painted the buildings. The siding job destroyed my lawn, unsettling the ground. It was after that when I noticed mice activity. Although one mou...
by General Disarray
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Los Angeles a good place long term to live financially?
Replies: 198
Views: 30747

Re: Is Los Angeles a good place long term to live financially?

If you achieve #2 and #4, and also offer some other things of more substance (and I'm not talking about a luxury car either), perhaps you will then attain #3. Do you have any intrinsic goals? The goals you have listed are all extrinsic ones, motivated by outward appearance/external rewards (such as ...
by General Disarray
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Free Screenings
Replies: 25
Views: 9124

Re: Costco Free Screenings

Forgot to mention: There were no lines when I went, but that may have been because I was in Costco around the time the diabetes testing was about to wrap up.