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by egrets
Wed May 05, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toilet Bids
Replies: 48
Views: 3516

Re: Toilet Bids

Lowes and Home depot have independent contractors that they use to install appliances and things like water heaters and likely toilets. Check with them. Likely $200-250 for the install, and maybe 200-250 for a good quality the toilet. Both Lowes and HD will stand behind their services so if you are...
by egrets
Tue May 04, 2021 2:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Filing state taxes by mail
Replies: 32
Views: 1723

Re: Filing state taxes by mail

Metsfan91 wrote: Tue May 04, 2021 2:00 am
I have always paper filed, USPS mailed, both federal and state return. Never lost sleep over it. I've got full faith and confidence on USPS.
+1 Been doing this for over fifty years with no problem.
by egrets
Sun May 02, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Have Credit Card Limits Dropped?
Replies: 44
Views: 4060

Re: Have Credit Card Limits Dropped?

If you have a credit score in the 800s and pay your balance every month then you are probably not Capital One’s target customer. I fit that profile and I've had a Capital One card for several years. I think the original credit limit was maybe $3000 and after awhile I asked for an increase and they ...
by egrets
Sun May 02, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice needed with Ashley Furniture
Replies: 18
Views: 2297

Re: Advice needed with Ashley Furniture

I would call your credit card company and see if you can reverse the charges. Then have Ashley come pick up the junk. The only instance where I devoted that much time to a purchase problem was when Lowe's messed up the installation of a screen door (hint: they use fly by night contractors and the st...
by egrets
Sun Apr 25, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laundry Detergent Small Packets
Replies: 17
Views: 1147

Re: Laundry Detergent Small Packets

Quite some time ago I read that the recommended amounts of dishwasher and washing machine detergents were about 2-3 times more than necessary, so I have been using less since then with good results. With the packets, you don't have that choice unless you save half in a dish or something.
by egrets
Sun Apr 25, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Chrome switch to get around bogus clock error?
Replies: 13
Views: 692

Re: A Chrome switch to get around bogus clock error?

Whoa, it let me in. I set use daylight savings time and when that adjusted the clock to be an hour too early, I set the clock back and now things work. Thank you!
by egrets
Sun Apr 25, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Chrome switch to get around bogus clock error?
Replies: 13
Views: 692

Re: A Chrome switch to get around bogus clock error?

The date and time displayed appear superficially correct as they match my phone, currently Apr 25, 2021 12:44pm. I don't know about time zone stuff, the set date and time says Eastern time GMT--05:00 Eastern time US and Canada. Update the web thinks currently eastern time is GMT - 4. Does anyone kno...
by egrets
Sun Apr 25, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Chrome switch to get around bogus clock error?
Replies: 13
Views: 692

Re: A Chrome switch to get around bogus clock error?

dukeblue219 wrote: Sun Apr 25, 2021 8:37 am Be careful blindly clicking through certificate errors. They're presented for good reason.
Yes, but I don't have crucial information on this laptop and the clock stuff is bogus for at least two trusted sites I would normally use.
by egrets
Sun Apr 25, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Chrome switch to get around bogus clock error?
Replies: 13
Views: 692

Re: A Chrome switch to get around bogus clock error?

tiburblium wrote: Sun Apr 25, 2021 8:36 am Have you tried replacing your CMOS battery?
Would that fix this? The time and date displayed is correct. I can't imagine taking my laptop apart, but it would be interesting to know whether or not this is the problem.
by egrets
Sun Apr 25, 2021 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Chrome switch to get around bogus clock error?
Replies: 13
Views: 692

Re: A Chrome switch to get around bogus clock error?

I also tried the ignore certificate errors switch, no luck with that either.
by egrets
Sun Apr 25, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Chrome switch to get around bogus clock error?
Replies: 13
Views: 692

Re: A Chrome switch to get around bogus clock error?

I had a problem with this with Firefox. At the time there wasnt any other fix other than resetting the clock. It eventually went away. My immediate fix was to use another browser for the sites that were an issue .Not quite a fix but a workaround. I get this with both firefox and chrome. I tried set...
by egrets
Sun Apr 25, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Chrome switch to get around bogus clock error?
Replies: 13
Views: 692

A Chrome switch to get around bogus clock error?

Is there a Chrome command line switch to get around the bogus your system clock is wrong error that prevents access to some sites? Or some other way to do this? My system clock is NOT wrong. I did search for an answer but all I got were directions to reset the clock. Thanks.
by egrets
Fri Apr 23, 2021 3:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IRS tax return mail lost / identity theft?
Replies: 23
Views: 1912

Re: IRS tax return mail lost / identity theft?

The IRS website says to allow six weeks for paper returns.
by egrets
Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Crazy Situation - Acura Dealer Gave Me Car With Wrong VIN Number - Wants to Swap Cars?
Replies: 115
Views: 8687

Re: Crazy Situation - Acura Dealer Gave Me Car With Wrong VIN Number - Wants to Swap Cars?

I would have them deliver the new car to you and not drive the other car since you do not have car insurance on it. Get a rental car until then if you need to, the dealership should reimburse you for that. ^This. Don't drive that car again. My insurance covers in the case of a “non-owned” car. Othe...
by egrets
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bad Work Situation - Can I Retire Leave/Retire
Replies: 27
Views: 5021

Re: Bad Work Situation - Can I Retire Leave/Retire

So we are on COBRA from my old employer for now and then will investigate some short term policies that exclude pre-existing conditions but have good networks. I thought some law passed around the time Obamacare came into existence prohibited health insurance companies from taking preexisting condi...
by egrets
Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vinyl Fence
Replies: 45
Views: 3181

Re: Vinyl Fence

Ugh, vinyl. Have pity on your neighbors and use wood instead of a material Not Found in Nature that they'll have to look at all the time.
by egrets
Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How would you handle this? -- big utility company problem!
Replies: 68
Views: 4941

Re: How would you handle this? -- big utility company problem!

I haven't had time to read all the replies. I worry about your elderly neighbors if the utility company comes after them for the back payments. Also, old people are very sensitive to temperature. i am in my late 70s and I keep my house at 78 degrees because otherwise i am miserable and will perhaps ...
by egrets
Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacement battery for solar landscape lights?
Replies: 10
Views: 554

Re: Replacement battery for solar landscape lights?

quantAndHold wrote: Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:06 pm I’d probably get the Duracells. Have you checked Batteries + Bulbs?
I always buy Duracells. They seem to be much better than the other brands I've used.
by egrets
Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hoover Vacuum Problem (Mystery Solved)
Replies: 21
Views: 1285

Re: Hoover Vacuum Problem

There's a vacuum repair place near where I live. If I were in your situation, I'd take it in and talk to the old gentleman who runs it. You may have to hunt around to find someone like that.

The trouble with replacing old things is most new things are crap.
by egrets
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: In-Laws' HOA demanding $8000 lumpsum payment
Replies: 91
Views: 10600

Re: In-Laws' HOA demanding $8000 lumpsum payment

I'll never understand why anyone would want to buy property under the thumb of an HOA. Perhaps to ensure that their neighbor doesn't paint their house orange, turn the grass yard into a meadow, and decide to house 9 dogs? Just a guess.. It;s their house, they can paint it any color they want. There...
by egrets
Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing 20yrs old wooden fence and situation with neighbors
Replies: 38
Views: 5127

Re: Replacing 20yrs old wooden fence and situation with neighbors

oldfatguy wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:13 pm I have to admit I am confused by this thread. Everywhere that I've lived before, a fence is owned by whoever's property it is on. Never heard of negotiating with neighbors about replacing fences or slitting costs before.
Some fences sit in the property line.
by egrets
Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing 20yrs old wooden fence and situation with neighbors
Replies: 38
Views: 5127

Re: Replacing 20yrs old wooden fence and situation with neighbors

I haven't had time to read everything, but be sure your zoning allows the higher fence.
by egrets
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refilling printer cartridge with ink from another cartridge
Replies: 10
Views: 475

Re: Refilling printer cartridge with ink from another cartridge

I looked up Staple's refund policies for ink and toner Unopened, unexpired items may be returned at any time. Opened or expired items cannot be refunded. I'm not sure what expired means, but it looks like I'm out of luck since it's opened. I supposed I could try and return it and see if they'll giv...
by egrets
Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: big box stores for fruit trees?
Replies: 10
Views: 1087

Re: big box stores for fruit trees?

I don't buy plants from big box stores because some are treated with the stuff that kills bees. Maybe not all of them, but who knows which and why take a chance.
by egrets
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pedestal Sink - Disposal?
Replies: 15
Views: 926

Re: Pedestal Sink - Disposal?

Any chance that there is a non profit building group? Someone that rehabs homes? When we bought our property we tore down two homes and had them done in such a way that many of the doors, windows, lots of things could be reused...was pretty cool to see how much they could use...then we had a contro...
by egrets
Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long should an air conditioner run after reaching desired temperature?
Replies: 9
Views: 630

Re: How long should an air conditioner run after reaching desired temperature?

There's an air conditioning system in my house that for 15 years of so has functioned as follows: If it's running and I move the desired temp setting to higher than the actual temp, or switch from AC to heat (for example at night), the AC runs for 2-3 minutes more and then shuts off. Years ago an A...
by egrets
Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long should an air conditioner run after reaching desired temperature?
Replies: 9
Views: 630

Re: How long should an air conditioner run after reaching desired temperature?

Any idea what should be happening? Thanks. Are you referring to the condenser or the fan? The condenser is controlled by a thermistor most likely if you have a new thermostat and a bimetalic strip of metal if it is old. Both of those have some degree of error built into them and may not respond exa...
by egrets
Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long should an air conditioner run after reaching desired temperature?
Replies: 9
Views: 630

How long should an air conditioner run after reaching desired temperature?

There's an air conditioning system in my house that for 15 years of so has functioned as follows: If it's running and I move the desired temp setting to higher than the actual temp, or switch from AC to heat (for example at night), the AC runs for 2-3 minutes more and then shuts off. Years ago an AC...
by egrets
Sun Mar 21, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Romaine Lettuce & bagged salads - concerns
Replies: 45
Views: 4478

Re: Romaine Lettuce & bagged salads - concerns

As long as you wear your mask as you eat your unwashed bagged romaine you'll be fine. DA Would it be OK if you boiled it? The mask or the romaine? I don't buy bagged salad stuff. Every time I've looked at it, the chances are high some of it is already turning brown. I wash the veggies i buy (which ...
by egrets
Sat Mar 20, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: People with Covid-19 vaccination record cards: where are you keeping them?
Replies: 179
Views: 16172

Re: People with Covid-19 vaccination record cards: where are you keeping them?

My state has a database of coronavirus vaccinations for people who got vaccinated in the state. Given the variety of vaccination sources I'd expect potential for significant data quality issues (possibly with no way to fix an error). It may work for some but not those whose data is incorrect in the...
by egrets
Sat Mar 20, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 gallon water heater questions
Replies: 70
Views: 4338

Re: 50 gallon water heater questions

I've had two start leaking at ten years so now I have them replaced at eight years.
by egrets
Sat Mar 20, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: People with Covid-19 vaccination record cards: where are you keeping them?
Replies: 179
Views: 16172

Re: People with Covid-19 vaccination record cards: where are you keeping them?

In my pocketbook just in case I need it. Scanned into my flip phone. No idea how I will handle the apparently upcoming stuff about it being required on smart phones for use in travel. Copy with my records at home. Send a copy to my internist. I read Staples is offering free lamination, but there are...
by egrets
Fri Mar 19, 2021 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Third stimulus payment - mega-thread]
Replies: 368
Views: 26824

Re: status of $1400 check Get My Payment

[Thread merged into here --admin LadyGeek] The Get My Payment IRS webtool says: "Payment Status Not Available - we don't have enough information yet (we're working on this) or you're not eligible for a payment." I think I'm eligible, as my total income and AGI for the most recent (tax yea...
by egrets
Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Third stimulus payment - mega-thread]
Replies: 368
Views: 26824

status of $1400 check Get My Payment

[Thread merged into here --admin LadyGeek] The Get My Payment IRS webtool says: "Payment Status Not Available - we don't have enough information yet (we're working on this) or you're not eligible for a payment." I think I'm eligible, as my total income and AGI for the most recent (tax yea...
by egrets
Wed Mar 17, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Parking RV In Driveway
Replies: 60
Views: 4608

Re: Parking RV In Driveway

On a side note, be mindful of your neighbors too. Is the RV hidden enough on your driveway that it’s not an eyesore for the neighborhood. Sorry to be blunt but I think an RV (especially an older model) or large boat looks awful in most neighborhoods. I would be very annoyed if my next door neighbor...
by egrets
Sun Mar 14, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Happy Pi Day! (And what pie?)
Replies: 36
Views: 2153

Re: Happy Pi Day! (And what pie?)

Strange but true story... I bought a roll of fencing yesterday which I plan to make round cages with to go around plants in the garden. This morning I used pi to determine how long a piece of fence I would need to create a 24” round cage. I’ve known of pi since my school days and can recite it to a...
by egrets
Sun Mar 14, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to recover from fullscreen without rebooting.
Replies: 7
Views: 548

Re: how to recover from fullscreen without rebooting.

A web search has a posslbe answer: https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+leave+full+screen+windows&oq=how+to+leave+full+screen+windows Whenever I have a question, I just type it in to a web search and usually get a good answer quickly. Thanks. I had tried Esc as it suggests, and that did zip, ...
by egrets
Sun Mar 14, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to recover from fullscreen without rebooting.
Replies: 7
Views: 548

how to recover from fullscreen without rebooting.

Every so often when my cat is walking on my Windows laptop keyboard, he steps on something that makes a window take up the entire screen. No borders, no way to say minimize, nothing. I wind up rebooting. Does anyone know how to get out of this mode without rebooting and, out of curiosity, what is th...
by egrets
Sun Mar 14, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wife just crashed her car into mine. Tips on handling insurance?
Replies: 55
Views: 6907

Re: Wife just crashed her car into mine. Tips on handling insurance?

May be better to pay out of pocket. Your insurance will skyrocket for multiple years if you go through them. Not sure how to calculate what's worse. I guess you don't have Amica ("It's like your Mother was the CEO."). I am baffled by the don't use your insurance advice that floats around,...
by egrets
Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me fix my toilet flush handle - it's too LIGHT!
Replies: 26
Views: 1855

Re: Help me fix my toilet flush handle - it's too LIGHT!

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Not sure why you care.
by egrets
Sun Mar 07, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mulch From Shingle Oak and Pine Needles
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: Mulch From Shingle Oak and Pine Needles

No garden or shrubs to mulch? I actually buy pine straw every couple of years to mulch my gardens. Maybe your neighbors would like free mulch.
by egrets
Sat Mar 06, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a trickle car battery charger for garage queen...
Replies: 84
Views: 5234

Re: I need a trickle car battery charger for garage queen...

This is the type I have. The Lexus dealer installed it at my request so that the plug sticks out of the grill so I don't even have to open the hood. So far (several months) so good. I'm not suggesting you buy it on ebay, this was the only photo I could find: https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Lexus-Deltra...
by egrets
Fri Mar 05, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who's responsible for lost shipment?
Replies: 33
Views: 1814

Re: Who's responsible for lost shipment?

It's only a week. Check a week from now. The USPS is still being repaired, and that's going to take time.
by egrets
Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone ever tired of managing hair and consider shaving to go bald
Replies: 107
Views: 9088

Re: Anyone ever tired of managing hair and consider shaving to go bald

Katietsu wrote: Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:02 pm
toofache32 wrote: Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:44 am My wife rejected my idea of getting a Flowbee.
Show her the article about George Clooney regularly using a FlowBee. Maybe that will be enough to change her mind.
I read that. I was amazed, because his hair looks really good.
by egrets
Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone employ personal assistants? House managers?
Replies: 49
Views: 4208

Re: Anyone employ personal assistants? House managers?

Ok, at the risk of sounding completely out of touch, I'm going to ask anyhow: Curious if any single high earners employ personal assistants or "household managers"? My thinking here is somebody who can take on a bunch of household duties, creating a better work-life balance for myself. In...
by egrets
Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all master gardeners/market gardeners!
Replies: 11
Views: 1195

Re: Calling all master gardeners/market gardeners!

Another Master Gardener here... First off, you are too late to do anything this year,if that was your goal. Seed companies are restricting sales and have run out of many varieties. OP, I wouldn't assume this is correct, but would instead check around. You can also stock up on seeds now for next yea...
by egrets
Mon Mar 01, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USPS tracking info never updates
Replies: 35
Views: 2455

Re: USPS tracking info never updates

I'm still amazed how behind they've been on something basic like tracking. Places like UPS and FedEx had it figured out like 20 years ago. I can order something from Amazon and get how many stops is next on the route and even a picture of the item on my door step. Maybe in another 20 years the post...
by egrets
Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Helping mom with late father's finances
Replies: 29
Views: 2950

Re: Helping mom with late father's finances

Any thought given to mom selling her house and moving into family or an independent living apartment or a condo? Does she need a house to ramble around in, clean, maintain and pay a mortgage? I would love for her to sell the house and move into something smaller or with someone else. She seems pret...
by egrets
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USPS Postmarks on Envelopes
Replies: 38
Views: 3471

Re: USPS Postmarks on Envelopes

I think I can make this comment without it actually being political, but given the general concern about mail-in ballots being received on time last year I'm amazed there weren't more issues. Most people we know had their ballots received on time and confirmed. The mail since November, on the other...
by egrets
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stolen car while in repair shop & my options
Replies: 37
Views: 3931

Re: Stolen car while in repair shop & my options

I tell my insurance company everything.