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by Yooper
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Great Swing Set Dilemma
Replies: 56
Views: 4579

Re: The Great Swing Set Dilemma

It's not what you're looking for, but it's worked fantastically for us. Kids started using it back in 2015 and still use it today. Got two brackets (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005KUL00O/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1), popped a pressure treated 4x6 for the top beam and ...
by Yooper
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Great Swing Set Dilemma
Replies: 56
Views: 4579

Re: The Great Swing Set Dilemma

It's not what you're looking for, but it's worked fantastically for us. Kids started using it back in 2015 and still use it today. Got two brackets (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005KUL00O/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1), popped a pressure treated 4x6 for the top beam and ...
by Yooper
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Great Swing Set Dilemma
Replies: 56
Views: 4579

Re: The Great Swing Set Dilemma

It's not what you're looking for, but it's worked fantastically for us. Kids started using it back in 2015 and still use it today. Got two brackets (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005KUL00O/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1), popped a pressure treated 4x6 for the top beam and 4...
by Yooper
Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Tool Suggestions
Replies: 31
Views: 2196

Re: New Tool Suggestions

I always wait to buy new tools until I need them - it only takes a couple days for them to arrive after I order. I'm afraid if I bought what I thought I'd need ahead of time I might find out I could have done without it. Replacement tools are whenever the primary begins to fail. Another vote for an ...
by Yooper
Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Battling basement humidity
Replies: 26
Views: 1608

Re: Battling basement humidity

We have poured (ICF) basement walls. I did use rigid insulation and foam to insulate the rim joist. Late fall to early spring I turn our dehumidifier off and the humidity runs in the lower to mid 40's. I attribute that to lower humidity in the winter and the furnace running. Any time now I'll see th...
by Yooper
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax update unemployment
Replies: 25
Views: 1901

Re: TurboTax update unemployment

I filed in late February. With the new TT update it shows that I'm due money back on both Federal and State taxes. The current guidance from the IRS is to NOT file an amended return, they'll sort it out and issue a payment. My question for any tax experts out there is what to do about my Michigan st...
by Yooper
Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax update unemployment
Replies: 25
Views: 1901

Re: TurboTax update unemployment

Atilla wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:47 am Got an email from TurboTax this morning.

If you have already filed, IRS is saying they will handle the change with no action needed.

TurboTax says NOT to amend your tax return as it will delay the process.
Thanks Atilla, THAT was the question I was afraid to ask.
by Yooper
Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone with experience removing pipe plugs
Replies: 61
Views: 4804

Re: Anyone with experience removing pipe plugs

I saw one removed with large pliers and a mullet. Spray head with lube, tap down a couple times and grip with pliers and pound loose with mullet. That made in china scares me a bit. I don't remember anything but made in the usa. This made me laugh out loud. Thanks for that. Pliers and a 70s hairdo....
by Yooper
Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Youtube converter
Replies: 15
Views: 1320

Re: Youtube converter

If you're talking about a video downloader, Ant Video downloader for Firefox works alright. No, no, no, no, I recommend you stay far away from Ant. That extension is like inviting an East German spy over for tea and a nice warm spot at the foot of your bed! I'm a long-time lurker who finally made a...
by Yooper
Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Youtube converter
Replies: 15
Views: 1320

Re: Youtube converter

If you're talking about a video downloader, Ant Video downloader for Firefox works alright.
by Yooper
Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: water pipe leaking
Replies: 51
Views: 3509

Re: water pipe leaking

Call a plumber and pay whatever they ask - it'll be money well spent. If your luck is anything like mine (and I'm a DIY kind of guy) all sorts of crap will go wrong addressing that nightmare. It looks absolutely malevolent - just waiting for some innocent soul to come by and decide to tackle it. The...
by Yooper
Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to deposit a check without endorsing it in the back?
Replies: 31
Views: 3737

Re: How to deposit a check without endorsing it in the back?

Can't you simply write "For Deposit Only" on the the back and then deposit it to her account? It's worked for me in the past.
by Yooper
Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast iron cooking tips
Replies: 59
Views: 4434

Re: Cast iron cooking tips

It's cast iron, not fine china. I have a round griddle that I use for pancakes/roti/grilled cheese/etc. After years and years of use I had an excess of carbon buildup on the outside edges that was driving me nuts. Took it out to the garage, put a wire brush into a drill and cleaned everything down t...
by Yooper
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Becoming a Plumber
Replies: 72
Views: 7146

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 Yooper
Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: water softener for whole house?
Replies: 94
Views: 11032

Re: water softener for whole house?

Cause any power outage/blurp requires a electric timer set/setup, it regens on a fixed schedule whether need or not(waste/salt usage), and Electric timer gear driven valves mechanisms anywhere a BrineTank has limited life (especially those timers on top the the fliptop brinetank lid![a formula for ...
by Yooper
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Urgent passport issue
Replies: 42
Views: 7086

Re: Urgent passport issue

OP here: Went on a wonderful vacation to Jamaica with the passport issue resolved. Just getting the appointment was hard, VERY HARD, but my state senator office was able to help me. It did cost me in higher fees for the kids and I, one day lost work to drive 3 hours one way to the passport agency, ...
by Yooper
Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: which snow blower ?
Replies: 103
Views: 7575

Re: which snow blower ?

This thread is perplexing. Do people really spend $1000 on a snowblower? As a born and raised Alaskan we just used snow shovels. The primary shovel was wide (for pushing), large, and deep. I don’t live in Alaska anymore, but my mother still is and in her mid sixties continues to use a shovel. Snowb...
by Yooper
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: which snow blower ?
Replies: 103
Views: 7575

Re: which snow blower ?

This thread is perplexing. Do people really spend $1000 on a snowblower? As a born and raised Alaskan we just used snow shovels. The primary shovel was wide (for pushing), large, and deep. I don’t live in Alaska anymore, but my mother still is and in her mid sixties continues to use a shovel. Snowb...
by Yooper
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: which snow blower ?
Replies: 103
Views: 7575

Re: which snow blower ?

Given the cost and headaches I hear about snowblowers, I don't get the appeal. Too many times I hear about someone with a broken snow blower with 1-2 ft on the way. Just get a good shovel, either the large wheel type like the wovel/snow wolf or try the pushing/scoop type. If you get the occasional ...
by Yooper
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: which snow blower ?
Replies: 103
Views: 7575

Re: which snow blower ?

Happy with the Ariens Platinum 30 SHO I picked up last year. It is currently their largest/most powerful non commercial blower. I've used it about eight times so far this winter with the only modification being a set of tire chains. It really didn't need the chains, but they really help on my uneve...
by Yooper
Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost to build a southern home like you are in Minnesota with pipe protection for freezes
Replies: 95
Views: 6713

Re: Cost to build a southern home like you are in Minnesota with pipe protection for freezes

Basement temps stay around 50F all year. Thanks to all for the interesting replies. It sounds like it is definitely possible in the planning stages of building a house to minimize this risk and wouldn't cost an arm and a leg to do so. As for the basement temps, I know may people who would pay very ...
by Yooper
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost to build a southern home like you are in Minnesota with pipe protection for freezes
Replies: 95
Views: 6713

Re: Cost to build a southern home like you are in Minnesota with pipe protection for freezes

The following is only from my perspective/experience. If you can't keep the house warm, your inside pipes will freeze. Period. There's no special "pipe protection" inside the home. If some of your pipes are beneath your home (i.e. in the crawl space) you'd have to figure out some way to ke...
by Yooper
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Busted water pipe, now what? Help a Texan out.
Replies: 187
Views: 14203

Re: Busted water pipe, now what? Help a Texan out.

Why do I need to shut off the gas water heater? I will, just want to learn why. You said you emptied your water lines - which would draw down the water inside the water heater tank. My understanding is with electric you can burn out the heating element if there's no water to dissipate the heat bein...
by Yooper
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Busted water pipe, now what? Help a Texan out.
Replies: 187
Views: 14203

Re: Busted water pipe, now what? Help a Texan out.

chickadee wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:31 pm Clean off the cut and then pop on the shark bite connector?

Sharkbite will not work on galvanized pipe.
by Yooper
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Busted water pipe, now what? Help a Texan out.
Replies: 187
Views: 14203

Re: Busted water pipe, now what? Help a Texan out.

chickadee wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:44 pm Then I shut it back off and drained all the lines as best I could.

PLEASE don't forget to turn off your water heater!!!
by Yooper
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What was the Dot-Com bubble like?
Replies: 167
Views: 11536

Re: What was the Dot-Com bubble like?

1. Not to me. But I had no idea what I was doing other than saving. 2. Same as above. 3. Here's where it gets amusing. All my "investments" were set up via monthly allotments. All I had was dialup modem for internet and it was deadly slow, consequently about all I did was email and read th...
by Yooper
Sun Feb 14, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbo tax will not e-file
Replies: 15
Views: 1448

Re: Turbo tax will not e-file

Try closing the application, rebooting the computer, opening the application (ensuring it processes any updates), then try again. Just a stab in the dark.
by Yooper
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Urgent passport issue
Replies: 42
Views: 7086

Re: Urgent passport issue

This doesn't help the OP, but I maintain a document that lists expirations (in addition to annual/monthly "to do" things). I.e. passports of my wife and I, passports of our minor children, State ID cards, drivers licenses, ham radio license, concealed carry license, etc. The beginning of e...
by Yooper
Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Metal Ducts - insulate, seal, or replace
Replies: 28
Views: 2360

Re: Metal Ducts - insulate, seal, or replace

Use this and an old paintbrush and brush onto all seams, cracks, etc. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Design-Polymerics-64-fl-oz-Gray-Duct-Sealant/3736193 This stuff works. And is easy to use. I used a different brand (RCD #6 mastic) but it worked fantastic on my fiberglass ducts and there's no reason it ...
by Yooper
Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dash cams?
Replies: 36
Views: 3479

Re: Dash cams?

I think the main reason is to act as proof that you weren't at fault in an accident. Or so you have things to post on https://www.reddit.com/r/IdiotsInCars/ They are also a double edged sword since they can also prove that you were at fault. True! If you're a bad driver, don't install one. If know ...
by Yooper
Sat Jan 30, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone prefer their old golf clubs?
Replies: 54
Views: 4226

Re: Anyone prefer their old golf clubs?

I remember when I had my Ping Eye2 clubs and Big Bertha drivers decades ago (and was a reasonable golfer). Went out with my brother-in-law and his (very old) father. The old man had a small bag of assorted clubs - I swear none of them matched, one even had some sort wooden shaft - might've been his ...
by Yooper
Wed Jan 27, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Starting a Christmas Tree Farm?
Replies: 17
Views: 1550

Re: Starting a Christmas Tree Farm?

Some of it is location dependent. What grows in Florida might not grow in Maine. Another angle is what is your main objective? Simply keep a lower tax rate? Or keep a lower tax rate and possibly make a small amount of money to cover your time and effort? What does your city/county consider as qualif...
by Yooper
Wed Jan 27, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Investment Advice for Son
Replies: 19
Views: 1276

Re: Investment Advice for Son

If your son already makes enough money to have purchased a car and a townhouse at the age of 24, he doesn't need to spend any of this windfall. Tell him to go to https://www.dinkytown.net/java/lump-sum-future-value-calculator.html or similar site, enter 500K, a date in the future (i.e. when he's 65...
by Yooper
Wed Jan 27, 2021 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What to do about Grandma and her house
Replies: 29
Views: 3300

Re: What to do about Grandma and her house

Could the beneficiaries of her estate kick in enough to pay off the mortgage? Agreed. Simple conversation with 7 children. "Mom, you want to continue living in the house?" If the answer is yes, the next statement should be, "OK gang, each of you pony up about 7,500 and let's get this...
by Yooper
Wed Jan 27, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What to do about Grandma and her house
Replies: 29
Views: 3300

Re: What to do about Grandma and her house

Could the beneficiaries of her estate kick in enough to pay off the mortgage? Agreed. Simple conversation with 7 children. "Mom, you want to continue living in the house?" If the answer is yes, the next statement should be, "OK gang, each of you pony up about 7,500 and let's get this...
by Yooper
Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you want a sidewalk or no?
Replies: 47
Views: 3593

Re: Would you want a sidewalk or no?

I live on one of these streets that they are considering putting a sidewalk in. If you live in an area that gets a substantial amount of snow, my input would be to ask for a generous amount of space between the sidewalk and the road. My parents only have about 3' and the snow from the plows fill up...
by Yooper
Sat Jan 23, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slippers with support
Replies: 29
Views: 1742

Re: Slippers with support

I went with a pair of Skechers walking shoes and added plantar fasciitis inserts. This, along with regular stretching has gone a long way to alleviating my foot pain. Now I'm afraid of going back to my normal barefoot or regular slip on slippers...
by Yooper
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: good duct tape
Replies: 32
Views: 1905

Re: good duct tape

I like "Sticky A** Tape", no kidding - it's a thing, but it doesn't come in white.
by Yooper
Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Causes Burnout at Work?
Replies: 124
Views: 10153

Re: What Causes Burnout at Work?

Not being appreciated for a job well done. For me, that sums it up. I can and have given 110% day in and day out - personal pride and wanting to excel are the motivating factors. And that works for a very long time. But eventually, lacking appreciation, true heartfelt appreciation, a feeling of &qu...
by Yooper
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Investment in Mobile Home Park
Replies: 93
Views: 6740

Re: Investment in Mobile Home Park

How are the utilities billed (master or individually)? This is actually quite important. I personally know of a mobile home park that was well established (been there forever). For whatever reason the owners of the park began having trouble paying the water bill(s). Kept telling the city they would...
by Yooper
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Questions about making a will
Replies: 59
Views: 3436

Re: Questions about making a will

Just as an aside, nobody has really taken the time to answer my questions that I posted in the first post. For example, for those with attorney-drafted wills, are they complex? Hard to read? Or are they simple as well. No. No. Yes. In my opinion, whether you need a will prepared by a lawyer depends...
by Yooper
Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Kind of Generator Do you Use for your Home Backup?
Replies: 139
Views: 8883

Re: What Kind of Generator Do you Use for your Home Backup?

Briggs & Stratton 7500 - gasoline. I needed one that also had 220v output for my well. Initially I planned on just running the well (natural gas furnace in the winter) and a few lights, but it runs almost everything. Had to run 4.5 days straight a year ago and she just merrily chugged along with...
by Yooper
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Power is Out - Do you Know How Long Food Lasts in Fridge?
Replies: 39
Views: 2215

Re: Power is Out - Do you Know How Long Food Lasts in Fridge?

In fact, when I was a child eggs were normally kept unrefrigerated in the store, although most people refrigerated them when they brought them home. Different times . . . A bit off topic, but I stumbled across this video a while back, fascinating. I always wondered why eggs weren't refrigerated whe...
by Yooper
Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone use ID.me?
Replies: 18
Views: 2067

Re: Anyone use ID.me?

I had to use ID.me for California DMV. My primary issue with it, is it required me to link a phone#, and it would not accept my Google-Voice number (which is my primary phone). I was able to get through it, but I had to link a different phone that's not mine. They did provide me with a code to rega...
by Yooper
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS Identity Protection PIN
Replies: 100
Views: 6183

Re: IRS Identity Protection PIN

123 wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:35 pm
Tommy wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:07 pm How it work with file jointly? Both spouses should have PIN or one sufficient?
On a joint return Turbo Tax asks for the PIN of each.
Tommy/123, Thanks for addressing this, I hadn't thought of that. Now I need to decide if it's too many moving parts to be worthwhile.
by Yooper
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Products to remove grime from metal
Replies: 27
Views: 1538

Re: Products to remove grime from metal

Try some Brasso. Regardless of the name, it's not for brass only.
by Yooper
Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Temporary school absences for travel
Replies: 29
Views: 1602

Re: Temporary school absences for travel

Any tips of how to propose these trips to the school? If it matters, the kids attend private school, though I haven't approached the school yet. Does the private school get any state funding? I know our public school has "count days" where they count the number of students actually attend...
by Yooper
Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fair estimate for replacing hose bib?
Replies: 28
Views: 2131

Re: Fair estimate for replacing hose bib?

There are some detractors for using SharkBite fittings in non-exposed interior locations because of lack of access if they fail. But, that's out to lunch. Some plumbers/contractors have confidence it it for that, some don't. j :D I've used SharkBite fittings in the past and will continue to do so, ...
by Yooper
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Can I create generational wealth?
Replies: 193
Views: 19406

Re: Can I create generational wealth?

If you feel strongly about it, just do it. Set up an account, contribute $500 a month, and in 40 years (you'll be in your 80's and your daughter in her 40's), decide if it still makes sense. If so, you're well on your way. If not, well you'll be a legend in your family with the party you could throw...
by Yooper
Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Very very warm Men’s Winter Coat
Replies: 67
Views: 5437

Re: Very very warm Men’s Winter Coat

Don't forget a "neck gator". I got this recently (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M04G4VF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and wondered how in the world I ever lived without one. It's not bulky, but stays up under your chin without you even realizing it's there. M...