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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: 2152

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: 2152

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: 2527

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: 1796

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: 3311

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: 7324

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: 2872

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: 4408

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: .
Replies: 100
Views: 10994

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...
by BIGal
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House water detection and alert system?
Replies: 41
Views: 4094

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: 920

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: 3022

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: 6699

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: 6745

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 recommen...
by BIGal
Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: macOS Sierra
Replies: 25
Views: 4202

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: 1432

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: 2623

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: 10002

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 "vinta...
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: 4315

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 ...
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: 4265

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: 6777

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 ...
by BIGal
Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth it to attempt repair on A/C condenser?
Replies: 33
Views: 3924

Re: Worth it to attemp repair on A/C condenser?

...Be careful - if the capacitor is working it will be charged and careless tinkering will discharge it, with potentially unfortunate results for adjacent electronic circuitry and humans. ... Very important point above, and just to emphasize, if the capacitor is working at all , even not well enoug...
by BIGal
Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Roof - Questions
Replies: 16
Views: 2621

Re: New Roof - Questions

The proper method is to call your homeowners insurance company and request someone to inspect the roof and other possible damage to your property for the hail loss. Once this is completed the insurance company will tell you how much they will cover....based on several factors...age/type of roof and ...
by BIGal
Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black and white laser printers
Replies: 43
Views: 3985

Re: Black and white laser printers

I am looking for an all in one laser printer. After reading all of the recommendations for Brother printers I started looking at them. However, I keep seeing reviews that say they are difficult to get to work for apple products and they drop the wifi connection and need to be reset. Does anyone hav...
by BIGal
Wed May 31, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda mulching mower clumping
Replies: 15
Views: 4923

Re: Honda mulching mower clumping

I believe most of the issues have been covered...You may remove the blade and take it somewhere to be sharpened if it is dull. If the top of your grass is brown it is a good indication that the blade is dull. Be sure to disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting when working on th...
by BIGal
Thu May 25, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plumbing issue
Replies: 6
Views: 1516

Re: Plumbing issue

Did it begin after the PEX was installed? I would do some online research and maybe call the plumber who installed the PEX...Most critical is to determine if you have a leak somewhere that you may not be able to see....will eventually cause mold...check your water bills to see if the usage has gone ...
by BIGal
Sat May 20, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: garage door problem
Replies: 25
Views: 2699

Re: garage door problem

You did the correct thing by contacting a professional. Garage doors are extremely heavy and springs can present extreme hazards if inexperienced homeowners attempt to make repairs. Like everything else "nothing lasts forever", garage doors included.
by BIGal
Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building a Deck this Summer
Replies: 48
Views: 5343

Re: Building a Deck this Summer

Anyone out there have any experience with aluminum decks. After 20 years it is time to replace our cedar deck and have been searching for something that requires no or minimum upkeep....CR gives high marks to aluminum....Since we have steel siding and a metal roof...it may be the ticket. Any thoughts?
by BIGal
Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is ideal master bedroom size?
Replies: 30
Views: 17892

Re: What is ideal master bedroom size?

Guess it does depend on size of bed and how much furniture...You may be interested to learn of a new trend in housing:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-secret ... 1489672201
by BIGal
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple TV free content suggestions
Replies: 10
Views: 1342

Re: Apple TV free content suggestions

Do you have a smart TV....if so, I believe you have many other options....Amazon Prime can be accessed without the need to buy another device. Do some research on smart TVs...it may be something to consider if you do not currently own one.
by BIGal
Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: storm/screen door
Replies: 16
Views: 1963

Re: storm/screen door

800-1000 may be a little hight...but, Larson is one of the better storm doors on the market IMO....I would think 500- 750 would be closer...depending on a few factors......I have installed a couple myself and it isn't rocket science.....but, it may be better to have it done professionally.
by BIGal
Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Biting the bullet and getting off the roof.
Replies: 41
Views: 7488

Re: Biting the bullet and getting off the roof.

Our roof pitch is 7/12...3 years ago we had our asphalt shingles removed after a hail storm and replaced with steel shingles...and hadhttp://leafproof.com system installed. I no longer get on our roof for any reason...too dangerous. You are on the right track...decide on a system and have it install...
by BIGal
Sat Jan 21, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uneven patio drainage
Replies: 3
Views: 733

Re: Uneven patio drainage

Try a floor squeegee if the surface is pretty smooth or a gas leaf blower: https://www.stihlusa.com/products/blowers-and-shredder-vacs/ I have and use both....the blower works well for many tasks...from blowing grass off the walks to blowing dust and dirt out of our garage....I even use it to pre dr...
by BIGal
Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting my electricity usage under control
Replies: 34
Views: 5385

Re: Getting my electricity usage under control

Does your utility offer an energy audit? If they do, sign up for one asap. You may reduce somewhat by changing to all LED lighting, however, the electric heat and electric water heater are definitely "the elephants in the room".....Certainly, the amount of insulation in you home has a big ...
by BIGal
Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for home paper shredder
Replies: 81
Views: 8369

Re: Recommendations for home paper shredder

I agree to avoid cheap shredders....unless you like to replace them often. I bought a Fellows cross cut shredder at Staples several years ago and have been very satisfied with the performance....if I recall, it was around $200....I maintain it with the recommended lubrication as needed. I scan almos...
by BIGal
Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reverting to a Wood Burning Fireplace from Gas
Replies: 37
Views: 5910

Re: Reverting to a Wood Burning Fireplace from Gas

I would recommend having the fireplace inspected by someone who knows gas and wood burning fireplaces. I agree with an earlier post suggesting an insert...one that is sealed and uses outside air for combustion....Heat N Glo makes several inserts that you may want to take a look at. You most likely d...
by BIGal
Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gas cooktop question
Replies: 12
Views: 1735

Re: gas cooktop question

You say there was a loud pop from the burner behind the one you normally use....was that burner...the one behind...also where the flame shot up from?....If that was the case, that burner is most likely allowing gas to escape through the burner with the valve shut off and was ignited from the flame o...
by BIGal
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Remove a Broken Screw from Mailbox?
Replies: 19
Views: 2603

Re: How to Remove a Broken Screw from Mailbox?

it is really difficult to suggest a resolution with just one picture...if you had shown a couple of more if may have helped. Is it possible to drill through from the opposite side?....It looks like the box is aluminum...if you drill it out slightly larger you could use a stainless steel bolt with lo...
by BIGal
Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: In search of weak LED lights
Replies: 12
Views: 1864

Re: In search of weak LED lights

We have 3 can lights in our garage soffits that I have installed dimmable 65 watt output LEDs Similar to the ones on this link....the LEDs bulbs HAVE to be dimmable. https://www.amazon.com/Philips-459552-Dimmable-Equivalent-White/dp/B017RX1JNY/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1480555329&sr=8-5&key...
by BIGal
Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Battery Tender Vs. Trickle Charger
Replies: 11
Views: 3739

Re: Battery Tender Vs. Trickle Charger

A second on the Deltran tender. I have two that I connect to two vehicle batteries while we are gone for three months over the winter....They work great and I believe prolong the life of the battery.
by BIGal
Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What happens to social security benefits on death of spouse?
Replies: 24
Views: 7146

Re: What happens to social security benefits on death of spouse?

My condolences on your loss. Agree with the need to get an attorney involved....I would think your father probably had one and I would use him/her if possible. I would not rush to make such big decisions...go to the bank or wherever the loans are held and explain the situation. Again, do not feel pr...
by BIGal
Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AppleCare on MacBook Pro?
Replies: 40
Views: 7115

Re: AppleCare on MacBook Pro?

Apple Care is terrific....their customer service representatives do an excellent job....Our first computer was a Commodore 64 and now use Apple products.....I highly recommend AppleCare, worth every penny.
by BIGal
Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: .
Replies: 22
Views: 2352

Re: Home shopping, Potential roof leaking despite new roof

All real estate agents work for the seller (the seller pays both agents in typical transactions). People work for the person who forks over the money. You may want to do a little research on this question. http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/32307/home_improvement/who_does_your_real_estate_...
by BIGal
Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two Plumbing Tools
Replies: 13
Views: 2591

Re: Two Plumbing Tools

Yes and Yes...a basin wrench in many cases is not much easier than a "regular" wrench...it is the ONLY wrench that will work because of the small area you have to work with.....also, for corroded parts LW is superior to WD40 in my opinion.
by BIGal
Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: .
Replies: 22
Views: 2352

Re: Home shopping, Potential roof leaking despite new roof

Assuming the realtor you are referring to is the sellers...and not one working for you. If he/she is your realtor, you may want to reassess that decision as well. Good luck.
by BIGal
Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which New Thermostat?
Replies: 15
Views: 3001

Re: Which New Thermostat?

I think you are focusing on the wrong thing if you want to reduce your energy (heating) bill. You should be looking at improving the insulation and making sure that the windows and doors are not letting in cold air. It doesn't make much sense to have a 95% furnace and a setback thermostat if you hav...
by BIGal
Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Dryer - Wiring
Replies: 9
Views: 1497

Re: Electric Dryer - Wiring

Second the label ....another tip....I use my iPhone to take a photo of devices that I need to disassemble and reassemble....Saves a lot of time and makes projects go much smoother......
by BIGal
Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two stage Snowblowers -- 22" or 28+"?
Replies: 40
Views: 4160

Re: Two stage Snowblowers -- 22" or 28+"?

Second on the quote from a snow removal service for deep snow...use the Toto when you can on light snow....Save yourself the blood, sweat and tears.
by BIGal
Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New furnace part or new furnace?
Replies: 23
Views: 2848

Re: New furnace part or new furnace?

Maybe you should consider a second opinion and along with it another repair estimate. A furnace isn't something a novice should attempt to repair since doing something incorrectly may lead to additional problems or something much worse like a gas leak or fire.
by BIGal
Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Bogleheads' "100 Things Worth Every Penny" List
Replies: 275
Views: 52342

Re: The Bogleheads' "100 Things Worth Every Penny" List

Epoxy garage floor
Big Green Egg ceramic grill
John Deere lawn tractor
DeWalt hand tools
Stihl blower
LED under cabinet lights with dimmer
Tempurpedic mattress
Mac computers
Good wife of 44 years