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by Teague
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Great Swing Set Dilemma
Replies: 53
Views: 4285

Re: The Great Swing Set Dilemma

We decided to make things simple and almost ever-lasting. Benefitting from a couple of well-situated trees, we used a 20' section of 3.5 inch schedule 40 galvanized pipe, and purchased commercial hardware and chain and swing seats from a playground supplier. It's just a swing set, no playhouse, no p...
by Teague
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2021
Replies: 30
Views: 2449

Re: Gardening 2021

I've got 6 tomato plants in the ground so far, using large amounts of straw as mulch this year. Planting some corn is next.
by Teague
Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco organic chicken / eggs
Replies: 23
Views: 2265

Re: Costco organic chicken / eggs

Only the chickens know for sure, and they're not talking.
by Teague
Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best nonstick pans?
Replies: 65
Views: 5157

Re: Best nonstick pans?

This pops up here from time to time. I'm in the "treat it as disposable" camp, replace every 2 years approx. Votes for cast iron and carbon steel often appear, but I think for eggs or fish nothing works as well as PTFE and its cousins. Just don't have your parakeet near the pan when you se...
by Teague
Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mulch from Costco or Lowes
Replies: 41
Views: 4158

Re: Mulch from Costco or Lowes

This talk of $30/cubic yard for compost has me recalling about 4 years ago when I got my last delivery, $6.25/cubic yard, dairy compost, well-cooked. Of course, you need a certain amount of room for that kind of delivery, which was about 110 cubic yards.
by Teague
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Received Stimulus Check - Not Eligible, Free Lunch?
Replies: 17
Views: 1994

Re: Received Stimulus Check - Not Eligible, Free Lunch?

To the extent that it could be a "free lunch," you could think of it as a rebate from a lunch money system you have most likely paid into for many years.
by Teague
Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retire vs resign - Is there a difference?
Replies: 81
Views: 8134

Re: Retire vs resign - Is there a difference?

For me it was important that I noted that I was "resigning for the purpose of retirement." If that wasn't made clear the HR wheels got all gummed up and, worst case, important benefits might be forfeited, eventually.
by Teague
Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [On-going Scams - Post them here]
Replies: 452
Views: 32978

Re: So how exactly would this text message scam work?

Instead of a scam, maybe someone just sent their message to the wrong number (yours)? With the recipients name and address correct? Doubtful. I don't think this is a scam in the sense of stealing your bank account, but more likely a scam in the sense of a bad business deal. Sounds to me like someon...
by Teague
Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [On-going Scams - Post them here]
Replies: 452
Views: 32978

Re: So how exactly would this text message scam work?

Instead of a scam, maybe someone just sent their message to the wrong number (yours)? I've gotten all sorts of misdirected messages. Once I was included in a family group closely tracking the labor and delivery of their newest member. Minute by minute updates. I eventually sent my congratulations al...
by Teague
Thu Mar 18, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 gallon water heater questions
Replies: 70
Views: 4272

Re: 50 gallon water heater questions

My 11 year old gas water heater has a leaking pressure release valve. I wonder if I should replace the water heater or just replace the valve? One plumber said that it means that the water heater is going. Friend who does plumbing said to just replace the valve. Amanda I think it indicates plumber ...
by Teague
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me with downhill backyard soil erosion
Replies: 10
Views: 841

Re: Help me with downhill backyard soil erosion

Do you have neighbors that have had the same problem fixed? That's where I always start. Good idea. I will post in my neighborhood FB group and ask the same. Hopefully, someone had a similar issue resolved. Thank you! The downslope neighbor may see that post and feel especially motivated to provide...
by Teague
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me with downhill backyard soil erosion
Replies: 10
Views: 841

Re: Help me with downhill backyard soil erosion

These folks shouldn't be hard to find, they are used in all sorts of projects. As far as I know they are all required to be licensed by the state so should have a minimum competency assured. This is the kind of thing they do. Ever see a majestic house sitting on top of a hill thinking "gee, tha...
by Teague
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me with downhill backyard soil erosion
Replies: 10
Views: 841

Re: Help me with downhill backyard soil erosion

I think I'd look for a soil engineer, or a landscape architect could be consulted. Note that a landscape architect is completely different than a landscaper or gardener. Landscapers plant flowers and put in sprinklers, landscape architects do calculations and have lots of education and dictate how a...
by Teague
Tue Mar 16, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Parking RV In Driveway
Replies: 60
Views: 4588

Re: Parking RV In Driveway

I parked a 2100 pound double axle car trailer with a 1600 pound racecar on my relatively new asphalt driveway for a few weeks. One wheel was near the edge. It was during the middle of the summer in New England. When I moved the trailer, the tire had sunk in about an inch and a half. I have a neighb...
by Teague
Mon Mar 15, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trustee is refusing to give me an annual statement
Replies: 39
Views: 3762

Re: Trustee is refusing to give me an annual statement

Please don't take the wrong way, but by any chance are you under a conservatorship?
by Teague
Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Fridge
Replies: 22
Views: 1363

Re: New Fridge

Maybe someone can help me find the exact dimensions, I want to make sure the Cubic footage of the inside of any new fridge is not any smaller. Over time energy efficiency standards have changed. One part of this is the amount of insulation has increased on such things. Water heaters have gotten fat...
by Teague
Sun Mar 14, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What is this "bonus" gray bar?
Replies: 21
Views: 1627

Re: What is this "bonus" gray bar?

^^^ Agreed, now that I know the matter is of no practical consequence I will treat it as such.
by Teague
Sun Mar 14, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What is this "bonus" gray bar?
Replies: 21
Views: 1627

Re: What is this "bonus" gray bar?

GrowthSeeker wrote: Sun Mar 14, 2021 8:20 pm Try zooming in and out.
Ding ding ding! I was zoomed to 110% without being aware. Apparently zooming to anything other than 110%, or 90%, fixes it in my case. In other words, it only happens at 90% or 110% zoom. Even then, only quite rarely. :happy
by Teague
Sun Mar 14, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What is this "bonus" gray bar?
Replies: 21
Views: 1627

Re: What is this "bonus" gray bar?

I tried clearing my cache but no difference. I'm using Windows 10 and Chrome. It occurs pretty rarely for me, and I haven't been able to relate it to any particular action, inaction, pattern, barometric pressure, St. Swithin's day forecast, etc. It does indeed appear to be a scrollbar, (thanks!) and...
by Teague
Sun Mar 14, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What is this "bonus" gray bar?
Replies: 21
Views: 1627

Re: What is this "bonus" gray bar?

Below is a screenshot. Notice at the bottom of the first post there is a gray line, similar to the signature separator line, but thicker. (If no one can see it this time I'm blaming the cumulative effects from the indiscretions of my youth, particularly the 80's.) https://i.ibb.co/6By0sgM/Hallucinat...
by Teague
Sun Mar 14, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What is this "bonus" gray bar?
Replies: 21
Views: 1627

Re: What is this "bonus" gray bar?

What "gray bar" are you talking about? Are you talking about the break that appears above your signature block "Semper Augustus" :confused Uh-oh, I was afraid of this. No, not the signature separator line, which appears as a thin line, but similar. More pixels high, maybe oh, I ...
by Teague
Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What is this "bonus" gray bar?
Replies: 21
Views: 1627

What is this "bonus" gray bar?

Greetings all, Occasionally I've noticed a grayish bar at the bottom of a post. A recent example may be seen at the bottom of the first post, here: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=343126&newpost=5881411 At least I see one there, perhaps others do too? I once saw this app...
by Teague
Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton purchase inquiry
Replies: 27
Views: 2514

Re: Peloton purchase inquiry

Personally I plan to wait for an improved version of these things. I'm hoping that someday someone can come up with a similar experience, but more immersive. For example, you would see the environment on more than a smallish screen, so it could be much more surrounding. Maybe with a breeze and smel...
by Teague
Tue Mar 09, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton purchase inquiry
Replies: 27
Views: 2514

Re: Peloton purchase inquiry

Personally I plan to wait for an improved version of these things. I'm hoping that someday someone can come up with a similar experience, but more immersive. For example, you would see the environment on more than a smallish screen, so it could be much more surrounding. Maybe with a breeze and smell...
by Teague
Tue Mar 09, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast iron cooking tips
Replies: 59
Views: 4429

Re: Cast iron cooking tips

edgeagg wrote: Tue Mar 09, 2021 1:11 pm
csmath wrote: Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:49 pm So... bacon is one of the 3 magical ingredients for me. Cheese and chocolate are the other two! I joke that 100% of all dishes in the world can be improved with at least one of them.
:beer . Is there anything that bacon cannot improve!..
A pig's life expectancy?
by Teague
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 172
Views: 22632

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

And then some smart aleck will chime in and say there are no such things as motor oil weights, but there are different viscosities. Usually the same guy who says the "W" in 10W-30 doesn't stand for weight. Don't you hate guys like that? :wink: I'm the smart aleck who says that the "w...
by Teague
Sun Mar 07, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 172
Views: 22632

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

Oh no, another oil thread, that will go nowhere. What does the manufactures manual say? Oh you stated it. Why not just follow that??? Half the people think that is too soon, the other half, too early. :D While we are at it we should ask people their favorite oil filter and watch this thread explode...
by Teague
Sun Mar 07, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast iron cooking tips
Replies: 59
Views: 4429

Re: Cast iron cooking tips

Next time with the steaks do not add any oil. I know that sounds odd at first. With no oil you are "pan broiling" and that's not a term I just invented; go ahead and look it up. Hot is good but you can get these things too hot and vaporize all your hard-won pan seasoning, practice makes pe...
by Teague
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 172
Views: 22632

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

2 years seems like a long time for synthetic oil change. But for a car that is hardly driven except warmed up once in a while it's hard to believe it is harmful to the engine. Can anyone comment what can happen to the oil itself after 2 years in the vehicle. Do they spoiled or stale? Maybe grow mol...
by Teague
Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slight Sewer Gas smell coming from bathroom - Problem solved -maybe!
Replies: 25
Views: 3707

Re: Slight Sewer Gas smell coming from bathroom

Thank you all for the replies and suggestions! Once the weather warms a little I plan to check the vent stack first, then the duct tape around the base :D. I have a feeling it could be a cracked flange but hopefully maybe it will only need a new wax ring or double wax ring! Thanks guys :sharebeer I...
by Teague
Sat Mar 06, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Becoming a Plumber
Replies: 72
Views: 7141

Re: Becoming a Plumber

I should add my goal is to have my own company. I enjoy this type of work and love being hands on, but I would like to have my own shop. Not to belabor the issue, but know that tradesman type work when you feel like doing it is completely different than having to wake up at 05:30 5-7 days per week,...
by Teague
Sat Mar 06, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Becoming a Plumber
Replies: 72
Views: 7141

Re: Becoming a Plumber

Not in the trades now but was for about 15 years before changing to a white collar job. The trades get physically harder as you get older, a main reason I switched. Even when young expect to finish the day somewhat to very sore and physically worn out, maybe with a few more cuts/bruises and cracks o...
by Teague
Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can Subaru Outback cabin and air filters get really dirty in just 3500 miles?
Replies: 77
Views: 3845

Re: Can Subaru Outback cabin and air filters get really dirty in just 3500 miles?

No point in raising a stink with the shop, you have no proof as the old filter is in a landfill by now. On a related note, and counterintuitively to some, know that these filters do a better job of filtering as they get older and dirtier. Of course eventually you will reach a state where not enough ...
by Teague
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slight Sewer Gas smell coming from bathroom - Problem solved -maybe!
Replies: 25
Views: 3707

Re: Slight Sewer Gas smell coming from bathroom

Depending on the type of flooring, and the toilet installation, could be a leaky wax ring with some foul water hidden under the vinyl or other flooring material. For this reason, when installing a toilet I leave a 1 inch gap at the back side when caulking around the base. That way a water leak is m...
by Teague
Fri Mar 05, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slight Sewer Gas smell coming from bathroom - Problem solved -maybe!
Replies: 25
Views: 3707

Re: Slight Sewer Gas smell coming from bathroom

Depending on the type of flooring, and the toilet installation, could be a leaky wax ring with some foul water hidden under the vinyl or other flooring material. For this reason, when installing a toilet I leave a 1 inch gap at the back side when caulking around the base. That way a water leak is mo...
by Teague
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Soresto flea and tick collar safety
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Soresto flea and tick collar safety

Holy mother of all hit pieces, what an article.

Correlation does not equal causation.

"Linked to" has no scientific meaning.

The "Midwest Center for Investigative Journalism," is apparently responsible for this story. Feel free to look them up.
by Teague
Tue Mar 02, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Schwab customer service completely swamped?
Replies: 29
Views: 2775

Re: Schwab customer service completely swamped?

As many of us subscribe to doing little to nothing for decades on end, investment-wise, we may not be the ideal judges of speedy service.
by Teague
Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What is the deal with "DW"?
Replies: 104
Views: 5406

Re: What is the deal with "DW"?

Beware, I got put on "warning level 1" for making a snarky post about a poster who used too many/unknown acronyms. TMI But seriously folks, specialized shorthand can be a real timesaver in many situations, not just here. For example... A young first timer was confused by what he saw at th...
by Teague
Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation
Replies: 162
Views: 8710

Re: Venerators/ supplemental power generation

Well, the thread title says you're looking for Venerators, so I'd always suggest a dog as the best bet. But as far as generators (to keep the dog warm maybe) how often do you experience outages, and how long do they typically last? I know you said they're rare, but if rare and brief it seems hard to...
by Teague
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zero Water TDS Meter
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Re: Zero Water TDS Meter

What's wrong with dissolved solids in drinking water? I'm not talking about arsenic or nitrates or PCBs or known toxins that are obviously harmful. But why try to get rid of dissolved solids in general? Many people pay good money for bottled water which has specific dissolved solids added for that r...
by Teague
Fri Feb 12, 2021 12:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help find an unbiased news source...
Replies: 90
Views: 4614

Re: Help find an unbiased news source...

I've had the best luck by looking at certain foreign press, e.g. BBC. Another strategy is reading both sides, i.e. both liberal and conservative sources. Even sources I have little regard for sometimes provide a useful check on other news providers. The problem I think stems from the fact that there...
by Teague
Sat Feb 06, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you plan for retirement if all the sims are wrong?
Replies: 123
Views: 8012

Re: How do you plan for retirement if all the sims are wrong?

The results of the simulations tend to imply a false sense of precision. True dat. My Monte Carlo sim shows this for my ending balance in year 35 of its calculations: 3,946,131 Median 5,906,428 Standard Deviation I'm no statistics whiz, but that doesn't give me a warm fuzzy. The dreaded Monte Carlo...
by Teague
Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling house: Do water softener and reverse osmosis pump Convey?
Replies: 12
Views: 1008

Re: Selling house: Do water softener and reverse osmosis pump Convey?

Here it would go to the buyer along with the house. All that and the kitchen sink.
by Teague
Thu Feb 04, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Camping Stove - Upgrade?
Replies: 32
Views: 1778

Re: Camping Stove - Upgrade?

Can you tell me where you found the parts? Amazon for starters https://www.amazon.com/coleman-stove-parts/s?k=coleman+stove+parts You likely won't need to go further than that. But if you do... There's Coleman https://www.coleman.com/camp-kitchen/camp-kitchen-parts There's also a site run by a seri...
by Teague
Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Copyright Infringement (Visual Arts)
Replies: 75
Views: 2833

Re: Copyright Infringement (Visual Arts)

It sounds like you are just now becoming more accepted in the local art community. The suspected violator (but not for sure a violator) is an officer of the local arts organization. You sent them your application and money to join the organization. You plan to accuse this person of some form of unet...
by Teague
Thu Feb 04, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using an unlicensed painting contractor? (California)
Replies: 49
Views: 2114

Re: Using an unlicensed painting contractor? (California)

When a license is required for any occupation or profession, NEVER use an unlicensed person/firm. What??? You would only let a licensed hair stylist/barber cut your hair (assuming they cleaned their equipment after each client)? What’s the worst that can happen? You would only watch movies shown by...
by Teague
Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Camping Stove - Upgrade?
Replies: 32
Views: 1778

Re: Camping Stove - Upgrade?

Last summer I cleaned and touched up the paint on a 1940's Coleman 2 burner white gas stove that I inherited. I also replaced the old leather pump cup and a deteriorated seal for the fuel cap. Parts were readily available, and it works flawlessly.
by Teague
Sat Jan 30, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Electric vehicle stock
Replies: 31
Views: 1827

Re: Electric vehicle stock

mtnhawg wrote: Sat Jan 30, 2021 2:43 pm Can't argue with success, lots of fun.
Actually, one can argue with success. Often effectively. Particularly when it can be ascribed to chance.

I'm afraid this isn't a forum very receptive to aggressive chance taking, or speculation. But, good luck, bonne chance.
by Teague
Sat Jan 30, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shower Knob Screw Rusted
Replies: 17
Views: 1278

Re: Shower Knob Screw Rusted

I see no reason for concern about a leak. The knobs and their screws are in a shower. They are wet a lot of the time, maybe constantly. One is rusted, one is not. Rust is not surprising given the environment. Probably one screw is different metal than the other. Or one valve is a different alloy and...