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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: 10511

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: 4961

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: 4961

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: 469

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: 1012

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: 894

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: 619

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: 619

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: 619

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: 4370

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: 163
Views: 13955

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: 4279

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: 163
Views: 13955

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: 363
Views: 25981

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: 363
Views: 25981

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: 4590

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: 2129

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: 543

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: 543

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: 6815

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: 1841

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: 273

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: 5115

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: 1802

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: 9068

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: 4184

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: 1190

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: 2343

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: 2931

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: 3446

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: 3918

Re: Stolen car while in repair shop & my options

I tell my insurance company everything.
by egrets
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Plumbers (or anyone who has bought a toilet).
Replies: 76
Views: 6350

Re: Calling all Plumbers (or anyone who has bought a toilet).

Really? I would think the opposite. A short toilet will work for just about anyone. A high seat can be easily added in your home if applicable . There isn’t a good inoffensive solution for a toilet that is too high. Anecdotally (very vocal anecdotally), based on my SO, it seems ADA toilets are unco...
by egrets
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Plumbers (or anyone who has bought a toilet).
Replies: 76
Views: 6350

Re: Calling all Plumbers (or anyone who has bought a toilet).

Oh man was I a jerk in this thread. I apologize for that. Times are hard for me because of Covid worries and my eyes are getting infected again from wearing a mask and huffing and puffing around a construction site. And fatigue from overtime. But that’s no excuse. Sorry OP. I’ll try and do better. ...
by egrets
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: So... are people getting a letter from the IRS as a FYI that you got your second stimulus?
Replies: 41
Views: 3536

Re: So... are people getting a letter from the IRS as a FYI that you got your second stimulus?

Come on guys, this is why you don’t do informed delivery. Is it worth it for all the anxiety during that work day? Absolutely not. I did informed delivery a few years ago. A few weeks in, I saw a letter from IRS on the email. I got so anxious, when I got home I couldn’t tear that letter open fast e...
by egrets
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: So... are people getting a letter from the IRS as a FYI that you got your second stimulus?
Replies: 41
Views: 3536

Re: So... are people getting a letter from the IRS as a FYI that you got your second stimulus?

runner3081 wrote: Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:12 am The downside of Informed Delivery. Early AM email showing an envelope from the IRS. Anxiety ensues throughout the workday, haha!
Yes :-)
by egrets
Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Plumbers (or anyone who has bought a toilet).
Replies: 76
Views: 6350

Re: Calling all Plumbers (or anyone who has bought a toilet).

Really? I would think the opposite. A short toilet will work for just about anyone. A high seat can be easily added in your home if applicable . There isn’t a good inoffensive solution for a toilet that is too high. Anecdotally (very vocal anecdotally), based on my SO, it seems ADA toilets are unco...
by egrets
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dead tree removal
Replies: 17
Views: 1361

Re: Dead tree removal

However there is a padlock on it, so I have a bolt cutter in my trunk. I am not strong enough to use it, but if there were a bunch of cars queued up trying to flee, I imagine some of the cars would contain strong guys who could. I wouldn’t be too worried if you have a reasonably sized vehicle. Unle...
by egrets
Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dead tree removal
Replies: 17
Views: 1361

Re: Dead tree removal

I would have contacted the previous owner promptly. So, now I would kindly talk to the new owners and offer to split the cost. If they say no, I'd offer to pay for the whole thing (expensive, but better than being trapped.) If they still say no, I'd ask the local authorities if they have any power t...
by egrets
Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Closing on a house and frost damaged shrubs
Replies: 26
Views: 1979

Re: Closing on a house and frost damaged shrubs

I would be more worried about pipes having been damaged. In the area where I live there is a little gizmo on the water meter that will tell you if a small amount of water is being used even when you have everything turned off.
by egrets
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A boat for old knees
Replies: 46
Views: 3540

Re: A boat for old knees

Thank you for this post. So you had knee replacement, but can not do all movements afterwards. I have a problem right knee and a severe arthritis on the right hip. My doctor told me I should get a hip replacement, but I still can do all movements, mow the lawn, shovel snow, limp a little, so will w...
by egrets
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Traditionalists on here? (in terms of their home interior)
Replies: 32
Views: 3356

Re: Any Traditionalists on here? (in terms of their home interior)

Me! Me! We have a 100+ year old house with oak beamed ceilings, built in buffet, huge oak floorboards, chair rails, a dark staircase and maple floors. I love it. It's very cozy during our long dark winters. When we bought the house years ago, everything was painted white and I stripped all the wood...
by egrets
Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Still waiting on 2019 paper tax return?
Replies: 38
Views: 1951

Re: Still waiting on 2019 paper tax return?

What amazes me is that folks are still planning to file paper this year, even though they could file online. I'm planning to file paper again this year, and likely many years to come. Other than convenience of viewing my transcript on the IRS website, why else do I care when they enter it into thei...
by egrets
Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Plumbers (or anyone who has bought a toilet).
Replies: 76
Views: 6350

Re: Calling all Plumbers (or anyone who has bought a toilet).

I've never seen a "significant" cost difference between standard and ADA height. Furthermore, once you go ADA, you never go back. And yes, the plumber was correct to slightly badger you over the answer since this is something I'd venture to guess nobody ever thinks about, but would prefer...
by egrets
Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Boglehead Lessons From the Texas Winter Storm?
Replies: 226
Views: 18524

Re: Any Boglehead Lessons From the Texas Winter Storm?

The best strategy might be to drive your RV to Mexico during winter storms. This weather went WAY down. Monterrey, Mexico had low temp of 19 on Monday (if I'm reading right). Monterrey is on about same latitude as Brownsville, TX. I don't want to go into Mexico period - any time. https://www.timean...
by egrets
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Boglehead Lessons From the Texas Winter Storm?
Replies: 226
Views: 18524

Re: Any Boglehead Lessons From the Texas Winter Storm?

I live in Houston, south near the space center. Very blest to not have lost power at all. Still, I keep a 1.0/1.2KW portable generator in the garage just in case. I added a natural gas converter kit to it 6 months ago, so it can run on tri fuels (gasoline, propane, NG). Entire investment was $1,100...
by egrets
Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: replacement ink cartridges for HPphotosmart 3210
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: replacement ink cartridges for HPphotosmart 3210

I'd take a sledge hammer to it. Looks like an inkjet - just a waste of money. I've been through so many of those and now I have a Brother black and white laserjet - and the cartridge is huge and cheap and lasts forever. Best printer I've ever had - always on and online - always reliable from any de...
by egrets
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: replacement ink cartridges for HPphotosmart 3210
Replies: 5
Views: 273

replacement ink cartridges for HPphotosmart 3210

I have old HP photosmart 3210s all-in-ones. I have always bought HP ink cartridges for them but now hp has discontinued all but buying all six in one pack, so I see the handwriting on the wall. What can you tell me about buying substitute cartridges, is there some reputable online source? What about...
by egrets
Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window screen mending, fixing, patching
Replies: 16
Views: 999

Re: Window screen mending, fixing, patching

I replaced the screens in wooden frame screens years ago. Carefully, so they don't break, pry off the wooden pieces that hold the screening in, remove the old screening, cut the new screening to fit, etc. The directions I had made a big deal about installing the new screening so it is taut, but I ju...
by egrets
Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco rotisserie chicken
Replies: 183
Views: 34531

Re: Costco rotisserie chicken

Incredibly cheap loss leader food product of highly questionable origin and supply chain pumped full of stuff that isn’t good for you! Alternate headline: American poultry industry full of Machiavellian villains who don’t care for the welfare of the birds they raise, much less their consumers. Alte...
by egrets
Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Family Finances After Recent Loss
Replies: 15
Views: 1679

Re: Family Finances After Recent Loss

I do not wish to hijack this thread.... but have any of the children considered the option of joining the military? I enlisted into active duty and was then educated by the military in a career field that allowed an easy transition to civilian life. I was also well paid and enjoyed excellent benefi...