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by BIGal
Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sawzall and Batt Operated tools questions?
Replies: 25
Views: 2503

Re: Sawzall and Batt Opertated tools questions?

You could use a Sawsall but why in the world would you want to?....Get the right tool for the job.. the link to the Stihl pole saw is worth checking out. Maybe you could rent something if you would rather not own it and you don't expect to have to do the trimming very often....Sawzalls are handy too...
by BIGal
Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gutters and gutter guards
Replies: 64
Views: 12689

Re: Gutters and gutter guards

Many good suggestions to choose from.....I would ask some of the neighbors what they use and what is effective...since weather does have an impact on how they perform over time. When we had a new steel shingle roof installed on our 7/12 pitch I decided (at age 60+) that having gutter guards professi...
by BIGal
Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole House Humidifier
Replies: 11
Views: 1484

Re: Whole House Humidifier

Honeywell HE360A Whole House Powered Humidifier is what I ordered from Amazon and installed on our heating system to put moisture back into our home in the winter. Works fine and would recommend it for people with forced air systems who want to regulate humidity in their homes. Heat dries air and as...
by BIGal
Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home inspection items for repair
Replies: 32
Views: 3458

Re: Home inspection items for repair

These are serious issues, except perhaps the gas leaks. I would consider backing out of the purchase. Ralph A gas leak is a serious issue. As someone who has experience in this field, I can tell you for certain that a GAS LEAK no matter how small, is the MOST serious issue, period. Mold is also ver...
by BIGal
Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mice in my grill
Replies: 49
Views: 30270

Re: Mice in my grill

You may want to consider a charcoal grill....perhaps a Big Green Egg...or even a Weber. If you don't bbq often, using charcoal would be a great option since these grills can be closed of completely with little effort. Good Luck
by BIGal
Sun Jun 26, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: paint exterior of house white?
Replies: 55
Views: 13241

Re: paint exterior of house white?

When we built our home nearly 20 years ago we chose a brick front and seamless steel siding for sides and back. It is white and the real beauty is that it has never and will never see a paint brush. A few years ago when the asphalt shingles needed to be replaced....we put on steel shingles too...alo...
by BIGal
Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Does a Password Manager Impact Day to Day (IOS and Mac)
Replies: 48
Views: 10983

Re: How Does a Password Manager Impact Day to Day (IOS and Mac)

1Password works for me. iMac, iPhone, iPad...also use it on a PC that I run Quicken on... Has made my life a lot easier and more secure...no duplicate passwords EVER.....You won't be disappointed.
by BIGal
Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Problems with Exterior Paint Job on Home
Replies: 13
Views: 1728

Re: Problems with Exterior Paint Job on Home

Get a good attorney and take them to court. Hindsight....check reference of contractors...I would imagine you are not the first one they have screwed.
by BIGal
Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 954
Views: 178914

Re: Boglehead Beer

Dos Equis Lager in a glass with a salted rim and a slice of lime
Yuengling when we are in Florida....
Still choke down Coors Lite when I have to.
by BIGal
Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: all-in-one? (printer, scanner, copier.)
Replies: 29
Views: 3401

Re: all-in-one? (printer, scanner, copier.)

Brother Laser wireless printer...I have a Fujitsu scanner, expensive but worth it if you want to digitize your files....Why would anyone need to make a copy of anything?? Scan it or use one of the scanning apps for a smart phone...I've never owned a multi-function machine and never intend to...Belie...
by BIGal
Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Keeping the Farm Books with Quickbooks or ...
Replies: 5
Views: 736

Re: Keeping the Farm Books with Quickbooks or ...

You may want to explore other leasing methods...as you know, share crop results in a lot of bookkeeping. We have gone to cash rent with the total due March first annually. It will take some research to find out an equitable rate per acre. Why the 70/30 USDAsplit when everything else is 50/50? I curr...
by BIGal
Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is Your Plan B if Quicken dies? [Intuit selling Quicken unit]
Replies: 105
Views: 18959

Re: What is Your Plan B if Quicken dies? [Intuit selling Quicken unit]

Tried and still trying to convert to Quickbooks...difficult at best.
by BIGal
Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: improper furnace install from previous homeowner, what now?
Replies: 19
Views: 2868

Re: improper furnace install from previous homeowner, what now?

Agree with those who recommend having it checked by a professional. Vents in the door provide air for combustion. CO doesn't "leak" it is the result of incomplete combustion and will be disbursed through the vents...assume you have forced air. CO is NOT something to mess around with....it ...
by BIGal
Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pizza Stone / Homemade Pizza Advice
Replies: 58
Views: 7365

Re: Pizza Stone / Homemade Pizza Advice

Big Green Egg (large). Plate setter (ceramic addition to purchase with BGE). Warm up to 550 or 600. Betty Crocker dough that you mix up. Pepperoni and hamburger (our favorite). Spread dough on parchment paper (a must so it will not stick to the plate setter) trim edges of parchment slightly. Open BG...
by BIGal
Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas fireplace for heat
Replies: 26
Views: 4386

Re: Gas fireplace for heat

The batteries are for ignition only on fireplaces without a standing pilot. Gas fireplaces that have a standing pilot rely on millivolts to operate the valve so that it will ignite. They do provide heat through convection only without the fan and are good sources of back up heat in the event of an e...
by BIGal
Fri Dec 25, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Imac retina
Replies: 7
Views: 1240

Re: Imac retina

yes on the Airport Extreme...I've had mine a couple of years and it has been great.....you will like the iMac no matter what size. Enjoy!!
by BIGal
Tue Dec 01, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gun Safe Purchase
Replies: 14
Views: 2613

Re: Gun Safe Purchase

You may want to consider adding a dehumidifier to the safe as well. This would require having an electric outlet nearby or a new one if necessary. Probably best to inventory what you intend to keep in the safe besides firearms such as ammo and documents etc to determine the size of safe you will pur...
by BIGal
Thu Nov 05, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: electric outlet and conduit placement in custom home
Replies: 19
Views: 2295

Re: electric outlet and conduit placement in custom home

Many good ideas presented...Let me just add a few things to consider: Exterior outlets are very important. I have several, however, they are so low that I have to get on hands and knees to plug into them...keep them up if you can. If you will have a deck try to imagine where things will be placed......
by BIGal
Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Steel vs Fiberglass [entry door] - which is stronger?
Replies: 35
Views: 6907

Re: Steel vs Fiberglass [entry door] - which is stronger?

I opted for steel on all exterior doors...but I agree that the dead bolts are most important...and as someone said, if it is a security issue, install a monitored security system. One more note....I had our doors primed and painted at a local auto body shop back in 1996...other than a few waxing no ...
by BIGal
Sun Oct 04, 2015 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need help on Social Security calculations
Replies: 10
Views: 1055

Re: Need help on Social Security calculations

Why in the world would you want to work another 4 years??...So what if you pick up a few hundred a month...those 4 years will NEVER be replaced...This community baffles me....to say the least. Why not work right up until 70...good luck.
by BIGal
Tue Sep 15, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your best time-savers?
Replies: 108
Views: 16795

Re: What are your best time-savers?

Even though I have been retired for 4+ years I still spend a lot of time in my home office. I agree that setting up auto pay for most bills and auto deposit is a huge time saver. I also get almost all of my bills emailed to eliminate paper. Here are a couple more suggestions that I believe save time...
by BIGal
Sun Sep 13, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Laser Printer - Recommendations?
Replies: 24
Views: 3113

Re: Wifi Laser Printer - Recommendations?

I have the Brother 2270DW..excellent printer....a little tricky for envelopes...but once you figure it out it works great. Can be somewhat difficult to configure initially. This replaced HP Laserjet 5L and 6L both great printers but no longer supported..wifi is nice feature...
by BIGal
Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Leaking Dishwasher
Replies: 20
Views: 2093

Re: Leaking Dishwasher

Whatever you decide, do it soon because a leak is a serious problem that needs immediate attention. Everyone has different "comfort levels" and abilities for various situations...from the way you describe things it would be my suggestion to call an appliance repairman specific to your bran...
by BIGal
Sat Aug 29, 2015 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 954
Views: 178914

Re: Boglehead Beer

1. Yuengling Lager when we are in Florida or on the east coast since it isn't available in the midwest.
2. Dos Equis, dressed..that is, in a glass with salt around the rim and a slice of lime..can't be beat.
3. Pacifico
by BIGal
Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2008 Honda Accord with only 10K miles. Any major service needed?
Replies: 56
Views: 12236

Re: 2008 Honda Accord with only 10K miles. Any major service needed?

Personally, I would take it in to a Honda dealer and have it inspected. You may want to call and ask the cost for an inspection. They will then be able to tell you what they recommend. I have driven Hondas for years and they are excellent vehicles. I trust my Honda dealership to keep my vehicle safe...
by BIGal
Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 533
Views: 93589

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Upgraded from Win7 on a laptop that I use exclusively to run Quicken. Did have to reload Kaspersky, anti-virus...but other than that, everything seems to be just fine. I believe the machine is running faster than before the upgrade. I run an iMac for everything else.
by BIGal
Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do I fix a hole in this wooden door?
Replies: 42
Views: 8174

Re: How do I fix a hole in this wooden door?

I vote for the replacement....and a new lock set may also not be a bad idea.
by BIGal
Wed May 06, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Aging parent not interested in setting up POA etc
Replies: 26
Views: 6413

Re: Aging parent not interested in setting up POA etc

The next best thing you can do is monitor her mail.
by BIGal
Wed May 06, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying off student loans by selling house
Replies: 43
Views: 6251

Re: Paying off student loans by selling house

I really believe you should give this some serious thought before you proceed. Think of the worst case scenario....the marriage not working out....you have no home and she has no debt.....if you don't do this you would still have 50% of each..... I just don't think it is a good idea.

Good luck
by BIGal
Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a recommendation for a pressure washer.
Replies: 26
Views: 9504

Re: I need a recommendation for a pressure washer.

Check out the current edition of The Family Handyman....for a good synopsis of pressure washers.
by BIGal
Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humidifiers
Replies: 25
Views: 5136

Re: Humidifiers

You are on the right track by doing the research....I installed a Honeywell HE360A on my furnace about 2 months ago. This unit has a built in fan which means that you do not have to run a duct from the cold air return to the warm air plenum. I did the majority of the installation myself. I did have ...
by BIGal
Thu Dec 25, 2014 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Leaf blower (& Gutter cleaner) recommendations
Replies: 18
Views: 5790

Re: Leaf blower (& Gutter cleaner) recommendations

Stihl leaf blower, they are the best. Get a good gutter cover....Gutter Helmet is very expensive so I have something similar by another name. Stay off your roof, it is not worth it to take the chance of a fall. Another alternative is to hire someone else to do the gutters. I use my Stihl almost dail...
by BIGal
Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow Blower
Replies: 49
Views: 7631

Re: Snow Blower

I have an Ariens with electric start 7 Hp, 2 stage...there are many good machines on the market....One accessory that I would highly recommend for any machine you choose is a snow thrower cab..for less than $100 this is one of the absolute best additions you can add. Believe me, when you are out in ...
by BIGal
Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New hardwood floor
Replies: 13
Views: 2216

Re: New hardwood floor

You may want to consider pre finished wood flooring. We had our living room carpet removed and replaced with pre finished and it is very nice. Depending on room size, I would guess that it could be done in a weeks time. The thickness of the wood will be the determining factor when it comes to your p...
by BIGal
Sat Sep 20, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: You may want to rethink the odds of ever needing LTCi
Replies: 89
Views: 12306

Re: You may want to rethink the odds of ever needing LTCi

I handled my bachelor Uncle's finances for the last 9 years while he was in a nursing home sans LTC insurance.....he passed in April of this year....how does 425k in expenses over a 9 year period sound. Do my wife and I have a policy......what do you think?
by BIGal
Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backyard Shed
Replies: 21
Views: 4057

Re: Backyard Shed

I purchased a 12 x 24 shed a year ago. I would opt for the larger size as you will always use the additional space. I have a single garage door at one end and added an opener. I store lawn mowers, snow blower etc and have an 8 ft workbench on one side. Definitely need electricity....Mine is not insu...
by BIGal
Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gutter Strainer - Is this worth it?
Replies: 14
Views: 4863

Re: Gutter Strainer - Is this worth it?

We had a new steel shingle roof installed two years ago. I opted for a "gutter helmet" like cover for ours.....Roof pitch 7/12, metal roofs are extremely slippery...neighbor has maple tree and I know what the seeds (helicopters) do to gutters. I am 65 and considered it a safety expense wor...
by BIGal
Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip advice?
Replies: 35
Views: 4154

Re: Road trip advice?

Keep a small cooler with water and soft drinks that you can reach from the passenger seat. Take some snack foods...Ritz crackers etc. Pack a small bag with your overnight needs for the motels..that way you don't have to drag in a large suitcase. We always keep a travel log...so we can look back at p...
by BIGal
Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used filing cabinet came without rails for file folders
Replies: 14
Views: 12924

Re: Used filing cabinet came without rails for file folders

The rails work...but the secret is to get them absolutley as tight as you can....to avoid them coming apart when you have the hanging files installed. My efforts have been to eliminate as many files as possible ...with the exception of copies of taxes etc that must be kept. Otherwise, I scan everyth...
by BIGal
Tue Dec 24, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grilling: Propane, natural gas, and electric?
Replies: 65
Views: 19194

Re: Grilling: Propane, natural gas, and electric?

Second on the Big Green Egg....I converted from NG and never looked back. Gas dries food out....Ceramic BGE with lump charcoal is fantastic. We roast our turkey for Thanksgiving, make the best pizza and needless to say the steaks and burgers are far better on this grill..check out http://www.nakedwh...
by BIGal
Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anna Maria Island, Anyone?
Replies: 13
Views: 1913

Re: Anna Maria Island, Anyone?

Have lunch (fresh fish) at the Rod and Reel Pier on the north and east end of the island. Everything else on the list too.... We've stayed (and visited) AMI several times and have always had a wonderful time there.
by BIGal
Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you keep all your important documents?
Replies: 43
Views: 5397

Re: How do you keep all your important documents?

I second the Fujitsu ScanSnap. I still use an old S510M but plan on an upgrade next year....This is a must tool for anyone seriously considering going "paperless".....Speaking of paperless, I also recommend David Sparks book Paperless...excellent resource that will answer most questions an...
by BIGal
Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help for cleaning my windshield, please!
Replies: 29
Views: 7731

Re: Help for cleaning my windshield, please!

You might try 000 steel wool...I would try it in a small out of the way spot...maybe use it with vinegar or just water....I have cleaned our fireplace glass of nasty stains using this method and it works great...on glass only, do NOT use it on plastic windshields (boats) or any screens made of plast...
by BIGal
Wed May 22, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Automatic ice maker -- no ice!
Replies: 10
Views: 1885

Re: Automatic ice maker -- no ice!

I had a similar problem and resolved by using a hair dryer to thaw out the frozen water tube. I had turned off the water while we were gone for 2 months and when we returned I found our ice make would not work once the water was turned back on. After some research I found that water had frozen in th...
by BIGal
Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your top companies for customer service?
Replies: 76
Views: 6443

Re: What are your top companies for customer service?

Moen....guaranteed for life products. Built our home in 1997 and have replaced several plumbing fixtures without question. The water in our community is so bad it destroys fixtures.
Amazon....replaced a Kindle twice....
by BIGal
Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much is included in my dad's taxable estate?
Replies: 7
Views: 1388

Re: How much is included in my dad's taxable estate?

My experience is to get everything in writing as it pertains to fees, up front. We experienced an attorney changing his verbal fee agreement when all was said and done
by BIGal
Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Estate Tax Changes
Replies: 46
Views: 3636

Re: Estate Tax Changes

The estate-tax proposal released on Tuesday was signed by 36 people, including Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.; John Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group Inc.; Abigail Disney, a filmmaker and scion of the entertainment family; Bill Gates Sr., founder of Presto...
by BIGal
Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 8: Are you upgrading?
Replies: 67
Views: 6412

Re: Windows 8: Are you upgrading?

We have converted to the Mac too. I did the Parallels/Quicken thing for a while...but then found out the new Mac OS (for around $30) required a Parallels upgrade (around 60) too...So, I picked up a Toshiba laptop and now do Quicken on it...too bad Quicken for Mac is so inferior. I have no intention ...
by BIGal
Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gutter cleaning
Replies: 35
Views: 3717

Re: gutter cleaning

We had new steel shingles installed last fall. 7/12 pitch....walk out basement in rear...had a product similar to "gutter helmet" registered trademark....installed at the time the shingles went on. I don't intend to get up on my (or any other) roofs any longer. I am 63...and I think the in...