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by egrets
Fri May 14, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are some places where I can work 1-day per week on the weekends?
Replies: 39
Views: 5467

Re: What are some places where I can work 1-day per week on the weekends?

Perhaps advertise on NextDoor or similar. I have often wished I could find people to do ad hoc outdoor tasks than I just don't feel like doing. Once upon a time, you could count on a neighborhood teen looking to earn a few extra bucks so not so much these days. How is it that kids looking for neigh...
by egrets
Fri May 14, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Penfed Credit Union Website Not Working Since Last Update ??
Replies: 26
Views: 1525

Re: Penfed Credit Union Website Not Working Since Last Update ??

I see this got solved, but I thought I would note that a couple of times a website has stopped working for me I was able to call up and do the transaction/get the information by phone.
by egrets
Fri May 14, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are some places where I can work 1-day per week on the weekends?
Replies: 39
Views: 5467

Re: What are some places where I can work 1-day per week on the weekends?

I'm a gardener, decades ago, I would work for $10 an hour in a wealthy neighborhood pulling weeds. That was it - I just pulled weeds. There are 2-3 businesses where I live that basically do that - pull weeds, prune, tidy up gardens. It doesn't have to be in a wealthy neighborhood, some customers li...
by egrets
Thu May 13, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Seller wants to back out contract
Replies: 46
Views: 5277

Re: Seller wants to back out contract

I’m having trouble envisioning what type of surgery that one “might” need would require them to stay at their current residence for a year or two. Possible cancer surgery. I would be inclined to cancel the transaction provided the seller returned the earnest money and paid all expenses like realtor...
by egrets
Wed May 12, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving with 2 cats
Replies: 46
Views: 2542

Re: Moving with 2 cats

If traveling with them is causing you too much stress, look into a pet shipping service. The cats could be kenneled for a couple of days and then arrive in FL when you want them to. That's how we managed the Germany to Midwest trip; a driver picked up the cat kennel and drove our "baby" t...
by egrets
Wed May 12, 2021 5:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I tear down my house?
Replies: 57
Views: 5782

Re: Should I tear down my house?

Don't destroy an old house and all the irreplaceable character and features it has. Sell it to someone who will respect it and get a new house somewhere else for yourselves.
by egrets
Tue May 11, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are some places where I can work 1-day per week on the weekends?
Replies: 39
Views: 5467

Re: What are some places where I can work 1-day per week on the weekends?

I'm a gardener, decades ago, I would work for $10 an hour in a wealthy neighborhood pulling weeds. That was it - I just pulled weeds. There are 2-3 businesses where I live that basically do that - pull weeds, prune, tidy up gardens. It doesn't have to be in a wealthy neighborhood, some customers li...
by egrets
Tue May 11, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are some places where I can work 1-day per week on the weekends?
Replies: 39
Views: 5467

Re: What are some places where I can work 1-day per week on the weekends?

I work a full-time job as 100% remote during the week but just get so bored and depressed during the weekend. Sure I have hobbies but I wouldn't mind an easy job one day on Sat or Sun if any place allows that. It seems like most places want more availability commitment. Pay is not a factor. Only on...
by egrets
Tue May 11, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Charitable contribution to India
Replies: 6
Views: 769

Re: Charitable contribution to India

The Times does a good job of listing reputable charities that help when a foreign country is in a disaster. Here is their article for India, scroll down for the list:

https://www.nytimes.com/article/india-c ... -help.html
by egrets
Sun May 09, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare - just A + B?
Replies: 76
Views: 5718

Re: Medicare - just A + B?

I am not on Medicare yet but my big concern would be that there are no upper limits / out of pocket maximums as there are with private or ACA plans. If you have a major medical incident like cancer or a major heart issue, you are responsible for 20% of the cost, with no limit. So a $1,000,000 cance...
by egrets
Sun May 09, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare - just A + B?
Replies: 76
Views: 5718

Re: Medicare - just A + B?

Thanks for the answers all. One more medicare question .... I've heard that some docs will not take medicare patients due to the lower compensation. Has anyone found this to be true? If so I suppose that would be a huge advantage for an HMO type advantage plan. I've been on Medicare for nearly twen...
by egrets
Sun May 09, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare - just A + B?
Replies: 76
Views: 5718

Re: Medicare - just A + B?

The time has come when I will be applying for Medicare soon. After reading about the various advantage, medigaps, etc. plans I am curious if many folk just do A + B and self insure for the rest? I'm in decent health, have way more $$ than I need and am currently insured with Kaiser via a bronze HSA...
by egrets
Fri May 07, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for Leaf Blower
Replies: 58
Views: 2791

Re: Recommendation for Leaf Blower

Hello, Can anyone recommend a leaf blower? I am buying for the first time so not sure what to look for. Any recommendations is appreciated. Don't buy one. They're terrible for the environment, destroying beneficial insects, habitat, drive your neighbors and wildlife crazy with noise. If you have so...
by egrets
Wed May 05, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toilet Bids
Replies: 53
Views: 4196

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: 1752

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: 45
Views: 4426

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: 2356

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: 21
Views: 1621

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: 709

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: 709

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: 709

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: 709

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: 709

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: 709

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: 709

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: 25
Views: 2174

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: 8859

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: 5037

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: 3241

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: 4986

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: 559

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: 1315

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: 10627

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: 5157

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: 5157

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: 1100

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: 934

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: 633

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: 633

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: 633

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: 4487

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: 16425

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: 4357

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: 16425

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: 372
Views: 27405

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: 372
Views: 27405

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: 4624

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: 2158

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, ...