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by CountryBoy
Sun Oct 25, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning French online with Skype
Replies: 13
Views: 2062

Re: Learning French online with Skype

Am still reading the responses and learning; thanks.
by CountryBoy
Sat Oct 24, 2015 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning French online with Skype
Replies: 13
Views: 2062

Re: Learning French online with Skype

Many thanks; most grateful for everyone's guidance. We are reviewing the suggestions carefully.
by CountryBoy
Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning French online with Skype
Replies: 13
Views: 2062

Re: Learning French online with Skype

nisiprius

Many thanks for the comprehensive answer.

cb
by CountryBoy
Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning French online with Skype
Replies: 13
Views: 2062

Learning French online with Skype

My wife and I are learning French evenings once a week in a Continuing Education class. We are not beginners. I am retired and my wife is about to retire. We would enjoy pursuing this study at a more serious level than the Continuing Education class. We live about two hours north of NYC. No one here...
by CountryBoy
Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calcium, Lime, Rust build up solutions
Replies: 9
Views: 1156

Re: Calcium, Lime, Rust build up solutions

So I ended up with Muriatic Acid; scary stuff. It did the job, but .........buyer beware; it takes no prisoners; scorched earth policy only.
by CountryBoy
Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calcium, Lime, Rust build up solutions
Replies: 9
Views: 1156

Re: Calcium, Lime, Rust build up solutions

I "use CLR at a stronger mix than what was recommend" but it was useless.

I will try muriatic acid......with hopes..
by CountryBoy
Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calcium, Lime, Rust build up solutions
Replies: 9
Views: 1156

Calcium, Lime, Rust build up solutions

Does anyone have answers as to Calcium, Lime, Rust build up solutions? We have hard water and are not able to install a water softener for several reasons. I have tried pumice stone plus the CLR and Lime Away products to no avail. Is there a solution to this or do I have to have a new bathtub put in...
by CountryBoy
Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to avoid losing a cell phone
Replies: 57
Views: 5170

Re: How to avoid losing a cell phone

Someone I know suggests putting a thick rubber band around the phone to keep it from sliding out of your pocket.
I was surprised that someone else came up with the same solution.

The local hardware stores sell the super, very big rubber bands.
by CountryBoy
Sat Sep 05, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Classical Music
Replies: 31
Views: 2801

Re: Classical Music

I have lots to learn about when it comes to sources for Classical music for which I don't have to pay. I thought Spotify had commercials if one did not pay; possibly I don't understand it. I do regularly listen to: http://www.radioswissclassic.ch/en/ or http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/bbc_radio_th...
by CountryBoy
Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Classical Music
Replies: 31
Views: 2801

Re: Classical Music

This approach sounds like an excellent one: To answer your question, listening is not the same as hearing. You 'hear' music while driving, reading or doing something else. To 'listen' to music, you really need to put attention, especially in Classical music. I do listen to music completely immerse i...
by CountryBoy
Sat Sep 05, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Classical Music
Replies: 31
Views: 2801

Re: Classical Music

OK folks, I apparently have poor communication skills; I will try again. What I meant to ask is: -do you usually use Classical Music for background music while reading a book or doing home work or highly concentrated work or housework or something else? -do you usually just sit down and just focus o...
by CountryBoy
Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Classical Music
Replies: 31
Views: 2801

Re: Classical Music

My question is not how you get your Classical Music but how do you listen to it? Some people buy Classical Music to listen to in the car while driving. Others like to read while listening to the music. Some people even play the music and sit/or lie down and focus on just the music. What works for yo...
by CountryBoy
Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Classical Music
Replies: 31
Views: 2801

Classical Music

Am curious how you listen to Classical Music. At college they had a large listening room where people went to study and listen to classical music. Some people buy Classical Music to listen to in the car while driving. Others like to read while listening to the music. Some people even play the music ...
by CountryBoy
Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Used Compact Discs from Amazon
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Re: Buying Used Compact Discs from Amazon

get the streaming for free from google for up to 50,000 songs
How?
by CountryBoy
Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Used Compact Discs from Amazon
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Buying Used Compact Discs from Amazon

I buy all my books used from Amazon and find that they arrive in excellent condition. I am really consistantly surprised. Does anyone have experience buying used Compact Discs from Amazon or anywhere else? I plan to buy used classical music CDs if people's experience is positive. Thanks but I choose...
by CountryBoy
Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to avoid losing a cell phone
Replies: 57
Views: 5170

Re: How to avoid losing a cell phone

Put it in a cargo shorts pocket or other pocket that buttons? Put it in a purse/satchel/handbag/messengerbag? Check your pockets every time you go to your car?
and check when you leave the car. It frequently slips out. So, yes, get deeper pockets :D
by CountryBoy
Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lost Cell Phone
Replies: 12
Views: 1351

Re: Lost Cell Phone

So I called my Verizon store and asked them to block my cell phone account from further calls; right?

So I have found my cell phone and used it this morning and my account was not blocked or turned off; right?
by CountryBoy
Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to avoid losing a cell phone
Replies: 57
Views: 5170

How to avoid losing a cell phone

My wife the librarian is always telling me how many cell phones are left behind by patrons. My own experience is that I find them to have a very smooth finish and so can slip out of a pants pocket, anytime I sit down. Since I put mine in a case for my glasses I have less chance of loss but it is sti...
by CountryBoy
Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lost Cell Phone
Replies: 12
Views: 1351

Re: Lost Cell Phone

When I leave the house every day I sit on a small stool and change my shoes (and vice versa) and have been doing this for past 5 yrs. but today apparently the cell phone slipped out of my pocket when I sat down to change my shoes. I have no idea how to prevent a cell phone from slipping from my pock...
by CountryBoy
Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lost Cell Phone
Replies: 12
Views: 1351

Re: Lost Cell Phone

Never mind.......I found it.

Many thanks.
by CountryBoy
Thu Sep 03, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lost Cell Phone
Replies: 12
Views: 1351

Re: Lost Cell Phone

Did you try calling the number and see if anyone answered?

Yes I have tried that.
by CountryBoy
Thu Sep 03, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lost Cell Phone
Replies: 12
Views: 1351

Lost Cell Phone

I just lost my cell phone. It was in a separate case for my glasses and I put it there with the hopes that it wouldn't slip out out of my pocket as easily. Also included was my home phone number, in case someone wishes to call me to advise me of it being found. It is a Pay As You Go phone with $200 ...
by CountryBoy
Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Google Type Face
Replies: 12
Views: 1967

New Google Type Face

Heads up to computer people who are aware of and care about type fonts. Google has come out with Product Sans. More info here: https://storage.googleapis.com/g-design/static/product-sans-specimen.pdf It can be downloaded here: http://www.xamphyx.com/product-sans-download.html I like it, downloaded i...
by CountryBoy
Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air Conditioner Maintenance
Replies: 13
Views: 2617

Re: Air Conditioner Maintenance

Greatly appreciated...........
by CountryBoy
Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air Conditioner Maintenance
Replies: 13
Views: 2617

Re: Air Conditioner Maintenance

Could someone possibly list those items that need to be checked and what should be done?

I will have people do it in another 3 weeks.
by CountryBoy
Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Hot Water [Pressure] Tank Values
Replies: 36
Views: 3522

Re: Best Hot Water [Pressure] Tank Values

justfrank many thanks for the patient guidance. just for the record I plan to: 1-replace the Amtrol heater 2-replace the ceramic firing chamber in the furnace that has a little crack 3-and add the expansion tank, if needed at the same time. for the record, should i be draining this system on a regul...
by CountryBoy
Sat Aug 08, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Hot Water [Pressure] Tank Values
Replies: 36
Views: 3522

Re: Best Hot Water Tank Values

justfrank If you have an oil boiler, you would usually have hot water radiators.....do you? Then you would need an expansion tank. Yes I have an oil boiler with hot water radiators and an Amtrol Indirect Fired Water heater that is currently leaking badly and which I will replace with another Amtrol...
by CountryBoy
Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Hot Water [Pressure] Tank Values
Replies: 36
Views: 3522

Re: Best Hot Water Tank Values

Can you tell us if you: --have a well or city water? --have a back-flow preventer on your water supply? --have hydronic heat radiation? --what kind of boiler you have? 1-We have our own well water 2-Don't believe I have a back-flow preventer on our water supply? Never heard of it. 3-Don't have hydr...
by CountryBoy
Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Hot Water [Pressure] Tank Values
Replies: 36
Views: 3522

Re: Best Hot Water Tank Values

I have decided on getting this: Amtrol BoilerMate WH-41Z Indirect-Fired Hot Water Heater, Gray, 41 Gal, 3/4" NPT http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Amtrol+Indirect+Fired+Water+Heater Can anyone tell me whether the following is correct? I am told by ...
by CountryBoy
Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Hot Water [Pressure] Tank Values
Replies: 36
Views: 3522

Re: Best Hot Water Tank Values

Our water heater runs off of our oil run furnace.
by CountryBoy
Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Hot Water [Pressure] Tank Values
Replies: 36
Views: 3522

Re: Best Hot Water Tank Values

I don't know the company HTP; does anyone?

Is Amtrol better than HTP?
by CountryBoy
Thu Aug 06, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Hot Water [Pressure] Tank Values
Replies: 36
Views: 3522

Re: Best Hot Water Tank Values

The sales guy was here and says we have: -Amtrol Indirect Fired Water Heater, 41 gals. -that he can replace for $1500 The S/N on it is inaccessible at this time due to the tank being so close to the wall. but he suggests: -this one instead by HTP http://www.htproducts.com/superstor-ultra-waterheater...
by CountryBoy
Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Hot Water [Pressure] Tank Values
Replies: 36
Views: 3522

Re: Best Hot Water Tank Values

Dee Forgot to mention that there is no serial number on it. I really looked hard. So I guess it is between the two brands you list. He is coming between 5-6pm this evening and is bringing all the info I need to decide and I can post more at that time. Can you sign on later this evening and tell me w...
by CountryBoy
Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Hot Water [Pressure] Tank Values
Replies: 36
Views: 3522

Re: Best Hot Water Tank Values

Dee Stroir » Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:06 pm The tank you have probably serves as a thermal buffer for expansion of the hot water. There is a rubber diaphragm in it that allows the water to expand without hurting the pipes. Sometimes the rubber leaks are the tank rusts through over time and you need to re...
by CountryBoy
Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Hot Water [Pressure] Tank Values
Replies: 36
Views: 3522

Re: Best Hot Water Tank Values

Dee Stroir » Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:56 pm You are talking about a hot water tank, but showed a picture of a tank for keeping your well pressurized? These are two separate things. I am confused. Please elaborate more about what is leaking. I am in plumbing distribution and can point you in the right di...
by CountryBoy
Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Hot Water [Pressure] Tank Values
Replies: 36
Views: 3522

Re: Best Hot Water Tank Values

I never heard of an anode before but I looked it up and don't feel much the wiser. Anode | The positively charged element of an electrical device, such as a vacuum tube or a diode, to which electrons are attracted. The negative electrode of a voltaic cell, such as a battery. The anode gets its negat...
by CountryBoy
Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Hot Water [Pressure] Tank Values
Replies: 36
Views: 3522

Best Hot Water [Pressure] Tank Values

I currently have a 10 yr old hot water tank that is leaking...... Amtrol-Well-X-Trol 34 Gallon Water System Pressure Tank - WX-205 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0088I6X1G It has a lifetime free replacement warranty but does not cover labor costs which are $1500...!!! We have hard water in our area so th...
by CountryBoy
Sat Jun 27, 2015 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier for the laundry, furnace room
Replies: 22
Views: 5747

Re: Dehumidifier for the laundry, furnace room

You are probably right.
by CountryBoy
Fri Jun 26, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Squirrel nemesis
Replies: 60
Views: 17149

Re: Squirrel nemesis

When I asked a similar question in a local hardware store I was told not to take it personally:

They have more time to think on the problem than you do.
by CountryBoy
Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winterizing my deck above my driveway
Replies: 6
Views: 916

Re: Winterizing my deck above my driveway

Most grateful for people's answers. Yes, the snow melts off the A-frame roof on to the deck which in winter usually has 2-3 ft. of snow that melts slowly over time dropping water on to the driveway below. Salt, sand, and shoveling are not enough to really address the problem. The suggested dektrain ...
by CountryBoy
Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winterizing my deck above my driveway
Replies: 6
Views: 916

Winterizing my deck above my driveway

Does someone have an idea as to how to winterize my deck above my driveway? I live 1 hour north of NYC. My deck is on the north side of my house. In the winter, the snow melts off the roof on my A-frame then down onto the deck, then through the deck onto my driveway in front of my garage. Last winte...
by CountryBoy
Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier for the laundry, furnace room
Replies: 22
Views: 5747

Re: Dehumidifier for the laundry, furnace room

Wow, that was one comprehensive response.
Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier for the laundry, furnace room
Replies: 22
Views: 5747

Re: Dehumidifier for the laundry, furnace room

I was talking with a salesman at Home Depot and he suggested I get one of these units.

http://www.wavehomesolutions.com/ventilation/landing/

Does anyone out there have experience with it?

Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best window treatment or shades for large windows
Replies: 10
Views: 3930

Re: Best window treatment or shades for large windows

The stores around here suggest "the honey comb blinds" but it just does not look as if it would work in practice.
by CountryBoy
Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best window treatment or shades for large windows
Replies: 10
Views: 3930

Re: Best window treatment or shades for large windows

Many thanks for your suggestions.
by CountryBoy
Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best window treatment or shades for large windows
Replies: 10
Views: 3930

Best window treatment or shades for large windows

What are the Best window treatment or shades for large windows to help conserve heat for winter?

We have a big deck with two large 8 ft. wide sliding doors. In winter we obviously lose a lot of heat. Do people have suggestions?
by CountryBoy
Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier for the laundry, furnace room
Replies: 22
Views: 5747

Re: Dehumidifier for the laundry, furnace room

Could people tell me what KIND of vapor barrier to use?

Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier for the laundry, furnace room
Replies: 22
Views: 5747

Re: Dehumidifier for the laundry, furnace room

I already have "the foam tubes" around the pipes on the cold water as well as the hot water.

I guess I am trying.