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by forgeblast
Tue Apr 20, 2021 6:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Raised Garden Beds - Building Material
Replies: 62
Views: 4055

Re: Raised Garden Beds - Building Material

Looking to kill some time this upcoming weekend and build a couple raised beds. My 9 yo daughter has a growing greenthumb. Wondering what the best material is to use? I've read cedar in the past, but in my experience 2x6 of cedar are very hard to find. Is pressure treated out of the question due to...
by forgeblast
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I redo my front yard and backyard landscaping?
Replies: 30
Views: 2470

Re: Should I redo my front yard and backyard landscaping?

I don't reveal where I live on Bogleheads, please don't ask. I do agree that we need to ensure that our yard is nicely maintained after putting a chunk of change into it. And I just assumed that you lived in FL; well done :sharebeer I don’t know how you or your neighbors would feel about it, but we...
by forgeblast
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: shiplap for bathroom accent wall (what type of board?)
Replies: 9
Views: 879

Re: shiplap for bathroom accent wall (what type of board?)

If your going to use pine, and it has knots you want to seal it with bullseye sealer. But not too much as it will cause the knots to be raised. Two coats with a foam brush are perfect. We just did two of our bedroom walls in knotty pine, not ship lap but tongue and groove. After we sealed we used a ...
by forgeblast
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheapest mat boards
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Re: Cheapest mat boards

I'm shopping around for archival-quality mat boards and haven't found anything cheaper than those at www.redimat.com, but if anyone has any recommendations for places you've used, please do let me know. My specifications are simple: they have to be museum rag board (100% cotton), acid-free and lign...
by forgeblast
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of DIY Yard drain project.....
Replies: 37
Views: 3020

Re: Talk me out of DIY Yard drain project.....

always over engineer water. If four is recommended go with 6 or 8, 100 year floods and rain events are more common. Anytime we did water mitigation work (when i was working part time with a landscaper) we made it larger then it needed to be.
by forgeblast
Tue Mar 30, 2021 6:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Battling basement humidity
Replies: 26
Views: 1608

Re: Battling basement humidity

We used drylok and noticed an improvement, we also have a humidifier running year round next to our well. The well bladder tank has condensation on it due to the cold water vs warmer air, so the humidifier just helps a lot. we also used https://www.rhinohide.com/ultramean2 they have a mold treatment...
by forgeblast
Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement: Pension or lump sum ?
Replies: 30
Views: 3057

Re: Retirement: Pension or lump sum ?

Just wondering if you could defer your guaranteed pension, until the tax hit was better. I have a person I work with who is doing this, retiring early but not getting his pension and holding off for 5 years.
by forgeblast
Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I redo my front yard and backyard landscaping?
Replies: 30
Views: 2470

Re: Should I redo my front yard and backyard landscaping?

I think it all depends on what it does to your space. Are you going to add outdoor living features like patio, walkways, walls, fire features, built in outdoor kitchen etc. If your doing that kind of landscaping then I see a big return on investment. We do our own landscaping but I worked a second j...
by forgeblast
Mon Mar 15, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best fencing for a dog
Replies: 53
Views: 4766

Re: Best fencing for a dog

Seems like everyone's getting a dog these days! We're looking for the best way to contain our yet to be acquired dog, and here's our scenario: - Golden doodle puppy to be received in late March. - We have a 9 and 11 year old who should hopefully be playing outside a lot with the dog. - We live in t...
by forgeblast
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardeners - any online shopping recommendations?
Replies: 6
Views: 635

Re: Gardeners - any online shopping recommendations?

some places will have live plants but most online will be seed. I love baker creek, and johnny seed co. For plants it all depends on what your after. A place to check that people often forget is etsy. I was able to buy a lot of native medicinal plants to start patches in the woods around our house.
by forgeblast
Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A boat for old knees
Replies: 46
Views: 3546

Re: A boat for old knees

Vested1 thats awesome!! My daughter always out catches me, lol. From trout to bluegill she hammers them. We were supposed to take a fly fishing class last may, and well we all know how 2020 went. Hopefully sometime this year we can get out fly fishing. 2020 was the first time we missed an opening da...
by forgeblast
Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A boat for old knees
Replies: 46
Views: 3546

Re: A boat for old knees

elcadarj wrote: Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:18 am Wenonah Fisherman in Kevlar: https://www.wenonah.com/Canoes.aspx?id=109
36 lbs. stable.
I can say that kingfisher is awesome. It will go when paddled, and lets you fish at ease. I felt 100% comfortable in it when my daughter was younger. 36lbs is awesome!!
by forgeblast
Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A boat for old knees
Replies: 46
Views: 3546

Re: A boat for old knees

"We have a Old Town Camper canoe, 16' Royalex which is about 20 years old. The canoe weighs about 60 lbs and is infused with a lot of good memories. I installed longer dowels on the cane seats to lower them in order to add stability. I also added a strip of Kevlar at the bow and stern with a re...
by forgeblast
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A boat for old knees
Replies: 46
Views: 3546

Re: A boat for old knees

I really like my wenowah canoe. Its a royalex model so a bit heavier then the kevlar. https://wenonah.com/Default.aspx But they do have single and canoes. Their kevlar ones are super light. Their website is helpful, so is their customer service. I have the kingfisher, as I wanted a nontippy one for ...
by forgeblast
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Short/dwarf corn
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Re: Short/dwarf corn

Not sure about the corn varieties you could try seeing what baker creek seed co has in stock. We have very bad groundhogs. So we trap, snare, and use a battery powered electric fence, on top of other fencing. I wish you good luck, its frustrating when your trying to grow something and it keeps getti...
by forgeblast
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite non fiction book?
Replies: 142
Views: 8514

Re: What is your favorite non fiction book?

Just read Frozen Hell about the The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940 which was really well done. There was a lot of political maneuvering going on along with the fighting. And the Guns of August about the first 30 days of WW1, probably the best book I have ever read on the subject. In school a ...
by forgeblast
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question on life insurance settlement
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Re: Question on life insurance settlement

Thank you all appreciate the information. I will definitely look into it. Thank you so much.
by forgeblast
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question on life insurance settlement
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Question on life insurance settlement

Hi all I was contacted that my father who passed away left us about 35k in insurance. I want to use it as our emergency fund but I am not sure where to place it. I looked at short term cd's they were giving .03%-.05% and my savings is giving .05% Is there a better place to put it so that I can gain ...
by forgeblast
Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your staple healthy meals?
Replies: 122
Views: 10060

Re: What are your staple healthy meals?

look up Forks over Knives, a ton of great recipes.
by forgeblast
Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Space X Starlink Internet
Replies: 118
Views: 8165

Re: Space X Starlink Internet

Signed up yesterday, my 2mbps down and .5 up is brutal. Very rural, no cell phone signal at home. This will save us so much money as we can dump direct tv and our phone/dsl. Rural internet is poor, and getting worse as frontier went bankrupt and was bought out no way they were spending $$ to put in ...
by forgeblast
Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Greenhouse or sunroom related questions
Replies: 5
Views: 657

Re: Greenhouse or sunroom related questions

Probably put windows that open on each end for ventilation. In the summer it will get hot. In the winter it will still be cold in there ie it will not be tropical so a space heater if you plan on growing year round. I have a winter greenhouse that is not attached to the house I use Elliot Coleman (w...
by forgeblast
Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building our retirement home
Replies: 102
Views: 7168

Re: Building our retirement home

I would watch the tv show "Building off the Grid" it goes over many situations that arise when building a grid free home. It will also give you ideas. I would look at a solar roof (probably a-frame) to allow snow to slide off, with a powerwall or battery back up. Not sure that you need two...
by forgeblast
Fri Jan 29, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: patio renovation project - is this a fair price?
Replies: 15
Views: 1377

Re: patio renovation project - is this a fair price?

Just throwing it out there what about stamped and stained concrete vs tile on there. Might save some $$
by forgeblast
Fri Jan 29, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: patio renovation project - is this a fair price?
Replies: 15
Views: 1377

Re: patio renovation project - is this a fair price?

Just throwing it out there what about stamped and stained concrete vs tile on there. Might save some $$
by forgeblast
Mon Jan 25, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing my first smartwatch or fitness tracker
Replies: 27
Views: 2043

Re: Purchasing my first smartwatch or fitness tracker

I really like my suunto traverse, great battery life and I like the app much better then fitbit.
by forgeblast
Mon Jan 25, 2021 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to sell Tractor and vintage (1920s) Truck?
Replies: 9
Views: 845

Re: Best way to sell Tractor and vintage (1920s) Truck?

Try facebook marketplace. It has a lot of traffic. You could also try iron planet. There are a lot of tractor forums out there, if you find one dedicated to your make/model etc you could see if they have a classified there. Tractor by net is a friendly site but there are a lot of other ones too.
by forgeblast
Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Investment in Mobile Home Park
Replies: 93
Views: 6740

Re: Investment in Mobile Home Park

Hi All! i have an opportunity to invest in Mobile Home Park. Wondering if anybody had any experience with such investment. What are the pitfalls & what to look for. There are few homes that need some attention. Current owner did not invest much into. It seems there is a space to add additional ...
by forgeblast
Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engagement Ring
Replies: 140
Views: 7917

Re: Engagement Ring

Hey everyone, Looking to buy an engagement ring for the future wife. Wondering if any of you more experienced Bogleheads have any advice. Went to Tiffany and found a nice 1.5 ct engagement ring with a round diamond in 18K rose gold. Carat: 1.53, Color: E, Clarity VVS1, Cut: excellent. Price: 45K Ch...
by forgeblast
Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Preparing for 2021 Garden - Seed Suppliers
Replies: 19
Views: 1410

Re: Preparing for 2021 Garden - Seed Suppliers

Baker creek for seeds, and johnny seed company.
for plants I had great luck with blackberries from nourse farms
Pense berry farm for elderberry
by forgeblast
Fri Jan 15, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cross country move.....
Replies: 15
Views: 1012

Re: Cross country move.....

We will be moving in July from Nevada to South Florida and are weighing the alternatives for moving our stuff. PODS get some bad reviews from several years ago but compared to their competitors they may be an alternative to truck hire and driving ourselves. Commercial moving companies are too expen...
by forgeblast
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should priority always be control of your life?
Replies: 33
Views: 2534

Re: Should priority always be control of your life?

A book that helped me, a lot, is Can't Hurt Me" by David Goggins. It helped with priority's, it also helped with rewarding yourself, finding ways around roadblocks etc. Do the exercises that he has listed (mental exercises). Then reread the book. And if needed do a follow up set. For example, I...
by forgeblast
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to do the Boundary Waters?
Replies: 30
Views: 3060

Re: How to do the Boundary Waters?

Go to the forum bushcraftusa (.com) a lot of people have done that trip and have listed everything you might need. From what i understand its an awesome trip.
by forgeblast
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Solar Land Lease
Replies: 13
Views: 966

Re: Solar Land Lease

Go talk to a lawyer. They might be able to see what types of other leases are being offered in your area.
by forgeblast
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shoes for winter walks
Replies: 39
Views: 2759

Re: Shoes for winter walks

Try a sock liner. I use them when running during the winter as they come up higher and I can still wear my running socks. Smartwool is the one I use. Also found a hack to make shoes with grip. Use #8 1/2' hex head metal screws and screw them into the bottom of an old pair of shoes. I use them when t...
by forgeblast
Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?
Replies: 331
Views: 23176

Re: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?

The issue is you want to loose weight but still feel full. The way I did this, I lost 30# in two months and have kept it off for 3 years while having no inflammation. Forks over knives. Its plant based eating (not vegan because you can be an overweight and unhealty vegan). the FOK (forks over knives...
by forgeblast
Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Convert open deck into a sun room
Replies: 5
Views: 493

Re: Convert open deck into a sun room

This is something we have been thinking of for a while. We wanted someone to come in to look at the deck before we did anymore planning. I have seen a lot of prefab kits on amazon, and there are companies that specialize in sunrooms. My wife's uncle has a great sunroom, with heat and ac (mini split).
by forgeblast
Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buildings burned by Sherman
Replies: 14
Views: 2803

Re: Buildings burned by Sherman

Maybe find a map showing his march and contact visitor centers along his pathway.
by forgeblast
Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow shovel \ snow sled shovel recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1565

Re: Snow shovel \ snow sled shovel recommendations

I use something similar to radio wave. We have a long gravel driveway. With a small amount of snow the longer handle and wide blade let me just push the snow instead of lifting. With the snow forecast for tomorrow into Thursday ill be using the tractor mounted snowblower.
by forgeblast
Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: home security camera
Replies: 56
Views: 4697

Re: home security camera

There has been a recent uptick in the theft in and especially around our neighborhood to the extent that I believe I need surveillance cameras in the front of my house. My initial thought is to get one of the camera systems sold at costco (like Swann I think) that come with a set of cameras and plu...
by forgeblast
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $100 Cash for Teachers - Issues?
Replies: 92
Views: 5279

Re: $100 Cash for Teachers - Issues?

Teacher here that is an awesome gift. If you cannot give 100 due to laws etc, give gift cards. There are so many consumables that we spend out of pocket that anything is appreciated. I commend you for personally funding the many purchases you feel you need in your role as a teacher, it's really unf...
by forgeblast
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $100 Cash for Teachers - Issues?
Replies: 92
Views: 5279

Re: $100 Cash for Teachers - Issues?

Teacher here that is an awesome gift. If you cannot give 100 due to laws etc, give gift cards. There are so many consumables that we spend out of pocket that anything is appreciated.
by forgeblast
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm coat recommendations
Replies: 93
Views: 5134

Re: Warm coat recommendations

Eddie Bauer, first ascent series. Lifetime warranty. I love them. Find an outlet store near you and sign up for their rewards program. Lot of great deals.
by forgeblast
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does a cheap road bike really exist?
Replies: 171
Views: 12143

Re: Does a cheap road bike really exist?

I bought an older cannondale. I love it the only problem for me is it has a triple. I hate the triple crankset. I am now going to spend more money to make it a double. But the bike takes off, it was a 2004-5 model that was in a local bike shop for years and I got a great deal on it. Once things calm...
by forgeblast
Tue Dec 08, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Career planning - Therapist/psychologist?
Replies: 27
Views: 1640

Re: Career planning - Therapist/psychologist?

I wanted to be an art therapist when I was in high school. I loved art and psychology. I went and got a bs in art ed, and then a masters in art therapy. Once i started working in the art therapy field I realized I was not going to be able to do it. There is a lot of burn out. Out of the 12 art thera...
by forgeblast
Tue Dec 01, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you getting your s/o for the holidays?
Replies: 123
Views: 9270

Re: What are you getting your s/o for the holidays?

Building a walnut slab table, and chairs for the kitchen table. (the chairs will take a longer time). Also getting a family gift of an outdoor movie projector and speaker so we can have friends over and use the outdoor pizza oven.
by forgeblast
Tue Dec 01, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question For Bread Bakers About Wheat Flour
Replies: 23
Views: 1664

Re: Question For Bread Bakers About Wheat Flour

einkhorn is the variety i think your talking about. I have baked with it. It does not develop as much gluten on its own so I normally mix in whole wheat and bread four with it. I like the taste of it. Its better for free form loaves vs pan loaves. check out theperfectloaf.com it is a great resource.
by forgeblast
Mon Nov 30, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fitness Rowers: Hydrow vs Concept 2
Replies: 34
Views: 2477

Re: Fitness Rowers: Hydrow vs Concept 2

Concept 2 is a work of art. Love it. I row at least once a week along with running, and kettlebell workouts. Its a quality machine that you can get your money back easily. Just look at facebook marketplace they are always going for the same price you paid for them. They are also used in most gyms an...
by forgeblast
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas meter below grade
Replies: 12
Views: 1076

Re: Gas meter below grade

You want to check to see who owns the equipment, I know our electrical meter and everything that runs into the house from the meter is our responsibility. I am guessing its the same with your gas meter.
by forgeblast
Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help...we're getting a dog!
Replies: 157
Views: 8872

Re: Help...we're getting a dog!

So after years of pleading, we finally caved in to our daughter's request and decided to get a Goldendoodle. We found a reputable breeder and got on a waitlist and was just informed a puppy will be ready on Thanksgiving Day. [*Please note...I'm hoping this doesn't become a discussion that I should'...
by forgeblast
Tue Oct 27, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spray Foam
Replies: 24
Views: 2174

Re: Spray Foam

I have used foam it green kits before. I will say make sure you wear the suit and gloves. I had the suit slide up and lost a lot of hair off my arm when a piece fell on it. My buddy was helping his friend spray under a cabin and is missing half an eyebrow now.