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by meebers
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel to Vietnam, Thailand, or India
Replies: 58
Views: 4995

Re: Travel to Vietnam, Thailand, or India

Someone mentioned that there isn't much adventure in either Thailand or Vietnam anymore....eh, whatever. Yea, it's too bad I didn't travel the hippie trail in the late 60's / early 70's, but I was a toddler then. Heh, I don't think any Americans were "backpacking" on a hippie trail in Vie...
by meebers
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flooring decisions for whole house - tile vs laminate
Replies: 31
Views: 2889

Re: Flooring decisions for whole house - tile vs laminate

Just a short point. Over a year or so, I replaced the carpet in bedrooms with laminate. The last one I did, I used 12mm, nearly quiet compared to the 8, 9 mm one's I used previous. Live and learn. :shock:
by meebers
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would (did) you preemptively replace your Roof Shingles
Replies: 51
Views: 3480

Re: Would you preemptively replace your Roof

Changed insurance companies, they wanted an inspection of the roof. (Fl Wind Mitigation) before they would write the policy. The roof inspection came out as superior after being 21 years old. (asphalt) and received the maximum discount on my homeowners insurance. About 3 months later we had a heavy ...
by meebers
Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block Tax Software Frustrations
Replies: 12
Views: 2905

Re: H&R Block Tax Software Frustrations

I was ready to file my taxes and was near the signing point with H&R Block. Next screen came up and stated "Getting ready to sign your Federal Return." The next sentence ended with... "but first we need some additional information for the IRS" Did xxx(my wife) file a return l...
by meebers
Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Sprikler Backflow Valve
Replies: 13
Views: 805

Re: Replacing Sprikler Backflow Valve

It used to be a required inspection from a licensed inspector hired by the city to do this every 6 months. Cost was $35 per inspection. The BF valves had all kinds of adjustments on them which the inspector would watch them with some kind of meter tool. New ones were in the neighborhood of $500, the...
by meebers
Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ?? Letter from VG
Replies: 5
Views: 795

?? Letter from VG

Both the wife and I received a postage letter from VG with the initial sentence "Thank you for restoring access on xx/xx/2021" We have made no changes etc in a very long time. I am in and out of the VG site 4-5 times a week. ??
by meebers
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New refrigerator - warranties
Replies: 3
Views: 468

Re: New refrigerator - warranties

Lowes came thru for me when my 5 yr old GE Profile range lost one of its burners. Tried simple fixes/troubleshooting myself and determined that the circuit board behind the touch screen control panel was the problem. Was finally directed to corporate parts department at lowes in which I told the CS ...
by meebers
Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radio Frequency Interference Issue
Replies: 25
Views: 1777

Re: Radio Frequency Interference Issue

From Wiki description of the station. 7000 watts. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WJAS. KDKA AM is showing 50,000 watts.
by meebers
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Waste collection (trash) prices
Replies: 56
Views: 2414

Re: Waste collection (trash) prices

Trash is from our local city $17/month [Central Florida] Garbage, twice a week pickup Yard waste and bulk waste, once per week. Grapple truck for large items, furniture, remodeling debris etc Once per week pickup for appliances and electronics. (must be scheduled) Recycling, every other Wednesday.
by meebers
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Improving Wi-Fi coverage: Use existing Cat5e and MoCA? [Solved]
Replies: 87
Views: 6248

Re: Improving Wi-Fi coverage: Use existing Cat5e and MoCA? [Solved]

Over the next couple of days I am going to try and improve my either net connection. Modem is in the laundry room, office is in the furthest bedroom away approximately 65 ft LOS. Modem connects to Router WAN, one port from the router runs the length (via cat 5e) to the office wall connection, patch ...
by meebers
Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Better to pay contractors for free estimates?
Replies: 17
Views: 1844

Re: Better to pay contractors for free estimates?

I changed from a non vented NG fire place insert to a direct vent. The seller of the insert was local and he delivered it and connected the gas line, cut a hole in the drywall and the roof and installed the double wall vent and top. I built a steel angle frame around it, covered it with cement board...
by meebers
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Just got my Wells Fargo settlement check
Replies: 2
Views: 1378

Re: Just got my Wells Fargo settlement check

Take it to a Wells Fargo Bank and ask them to verify/cash.
by meebers
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole House Surge Protector
Replies: 26
Views: 2088

Re: Whole House Surge Protector

This is the one I self installed on my house. EATON CHSPT2ULTRA Ultimate Surge Protection 3rd Edition. This does require 2 ea 50 amp Breakers to be installed within the box. My previous one was recalled by Mfg for catching on fire all by itself. :shock: It was installed on my HVAC disconnect box at ...
by meebers
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone log into Vanguard web site successfully? [Antivirus software compatibility concerns]
Replies: 66
Views: 5047

Re: Anyone log into Vanguard web site successfully? [Antivirus software compatibility concerns]

I have been having trouble logging in for the past week. Using FF, get to the sign in page, input UN/PW and then a blank screen. Use ME Dev and have no problems. Not figured out why yet. Can log into wife's account using FF no problems. :( Sorry forgot to add, I am using Quicken when this happens. G...
by meebers
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Costco worth the $120 membership?
Replies: 267
Views: 20239

Re: Is Costco worth the $120 membership?

I have Costco and Sams club both. I prefer Costco, but Sams has improved quite a lot. Costco for me is worth it for the price of gas and rebates, almost 10 cents cheaper. Three instances out of many their customer service went above and beyond. IMHO. Walked past the jewelry counter and this one part...
by meebers
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HOA stopping my rental
Replies: 80
Views: 8267

Re: HOA stopping my rental

My neighbor, unknowingly, sold her house to what became an assisted living center. (Perhaps this could be called a business). The State of Florida allows this no matter what the HOA says. :( Our lawyers said nothing can be done.
by meebers
Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Share you advice: has anybody spray painted an old outdoor fan?
Replies: 7
Views: 585

Re: Share you advice: has anybody spray painted an old outdoor fan?

I need to just paint the blades on my back porch fans. The fans are still nice and white, but the blades are turning yellow. 10 blades off, clean, paint (probably 2 coats) and reinstall. Been on the wife's list for quite a while. :mrgreen:
by meebers
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Running Linux vs Other OS?
Replies: 94
Views: 6557

Re: Running Linux vs Other OS?

W10 main system with insider version on separate SSD. Two other SSD's that I swap in/out contain Chrome OS and the other one is Mint v 20 (Linux). Swap those SSD's thru front panel of the same computer. Thoughts, the chrome OS basically is just a browser system, while Mint has a lots of potential, b...
by meebers
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block 2020 software offer
Replies: 426
Views: 33479

Re: H&R Block 2020 software offer

I got the offer today as well for $25. Went thru the form, there is a space (XXXX-XXX) to apply coupon code, have not found one yet
by meebers
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime - Value?
Replies: 146
Views: 15528

Re: Amazon Prime - Value?

As a side note, the Amazon delivery emails with a photo of where the heck the package was delivered are very useful as if I recognize the door I know which neighbor's house to look for my package at. I am amazed at the ability to track your package and it will show where the delivery van is and how...
by meebers
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Military FIRE; 7 years to go & losing motivation--HELP!
Replies: 49
Views: 7287

Re: Military FIRE; 7 years to go & losing motivation--HELP!

I will keep mine short. It was tough, all my overseas assignments were non accompanied. That in itself was not good, but the wife and 3 kids were left to themselves, tough on her as well. (My years of Service were 1959-1979, no email, no cell phones, no internet etc., all our correspondence was via ...
by meebers
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cool roof paint for S. Florida
Replies: 11
Views: 1067

Re: cool roof paint for S. Florida

I have a 4" foam encased with white aluminum roof over my back porch. Was playing with the idea to cover it with solar panels to both hide the sun on that roof and power some undetermined cooling device. :mrgreen:
by meebers
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [On-going Scams - Post them here]
Replies: 452
Views: 33164

Re: [On-going Scams - Post them here]

Some of these pandemic scams are hilarious, they are turning into a pundemic :D
by meebers
Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will I have any issue with I bonds as emergency fund?
Replies: 47
Views: 3858

Re: Will I have any issue with I bonds as emergency fund?

As a result of this thread, I decided to log into my account and see what has happened. The keyboard password is still a PITA, but probably better than the "Captain Marvel" decoder board we had to use at one time. Still trying to figure out an E Bond that was deposited into my account. Wif...
by meebers
Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worthwhile to correct doctor's visit notes?
Replies: 20
Views: 2233

Re: Worthwhile to correct doctor's visit notes?

I went in for a [LEFT] knee total replacement. About a month later I asked for my records to review etc. No one, my PC doctor, his staff even me had noticed an error on the follow up radiology report except my wife. The radiologist report was about 4 paragraphs long and he kept referencing my [RIGH...
by meebers
Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worthwhile to correct doctor's visit notes?
Replies: 20
Views: 2233

Re: Worthwhile to correct doctor's visit notes?

I went in for a [LEFT] knee total replacement. About a month later I asked for my records to review etc. No one, my PC doctor, his staff even me had noticed an error on the follow up radiology report except my wife. The radiologist report was about 4 paragraphs long and he kept referencing my [RIGH...
by meebers
Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone replace/upgrade their fireplace?
Replies: 7
Views: 1070

Re: Anyone replace/upgrade their fireplace?

My house when build had a NG NON-vented insert fireplace. I never liked the idea even thought the manufacturer said it was safe :shock:. It had a burnt NG odor. I change it out for a vented NG fireplace with a sealed glass front. Chimney (stainless steel) had a tube within a tube. Outer tube was fre...
by meebers
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worthwhile to correct doctor's visit notes?
Replies: 20
Views: 2233

Re: Worthwhile to correct doctor's visit notes?

I went in for a [LEFT] knee total replacement. About a month later I asked for my records to review etc. No one, my PC doctor, his staff even me had noticed an error on the follow up radiology report except my wife. The radiologist report was about 4 paragraphs long and he kept referencing my [RIGHT...
by meebers
Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New refrigerator
Replies: 36
Views: 2792

Re: New refrigerator

I have a GE french door fridge. Had some problems, but was covered by the warranty. Mostly ice maker, weird buzzing noises and loss of the "chime feature" Chime feature dings when the door is left open more than 30 sec and other such things. First time the tech had to replace the motherboa...
by meebers
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Modem and Router (C4000XG vs Asus RT-AC68U)
Replies: 10
Views: 1318

Re: Modem and Router (C4000XG vs Asus RT-AC68U)

Hey Everybody, I just switched over to Centurylink from Comcast and got a C4000XG (modem and router) in one. Thoughts on using it for my router or should I use my previous router Asus RT-AC68U with dd-wrt which has been a solid router for me. Thanks You need some sort of modem so you probably need ...
by meebers
Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying a property in central Florida a good idea or not
Replies: 49
Views: 4948

Re: Buying a property in central Florida a good idea or not

I first moved to Orlando (Longwood) in 1963BD ? (Before Disney) loved it. Moved away and had a job chance to move back 15 years later and I took it. Worked for 15 years and retired from my job and moved to Apopka. Then it was like Mayberry, one main intersection, the mayor had been reelected forever...
by meebers
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paver installation cost
Replies: 27
Views: 2580

Re: Paver installation cost

I paid $5/sf. 1$/sf was for tearing up the concrete driveway and sidewalk and hauling it away. the remainder was for the cost of pavers and installation, which included crushed concrete for foundation, sand to fill in the cracks, concrete edges etc.
by meebers
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Much Does a Car Salesperson Make on a New Car Sale?
Replies: 102
Views: 11725

Re: How Much Does a Car Salesperson Make on a New Car Sale?

Several years ago I bought a car where the first oil change was free. When the time came and the service was completed, I was presented with a bill for $30 dollars and I stated the first one was free. They agreed with me, the change was free, however the oil, filter and shop supplies were not. :shoc...
by meebers
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security extra earnings credit for military service
Replies: 28
Views: 2170

Re: Social Security extra earnings credit for military service

I retired from the military after 20 years, 1959-1979. If I remember correctly, SS was taken out of my pay during this time. Not sure where to begin and would it be worthwhile? :greedy
by meebers
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirees wanting to move back home..
Replies: 28
Views: 3569

Re: Retirees wanting to move back home..

This was several years ago. The house I sold had no mortgage and I was buying a new house. The first month of mortgage was paid as part of the closing/negotiations with the builder. I was able to get a bridge loan which I never had to use. The buyers wanted possession in 30 days. Moved everything to...
by meebers
Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken 2019 and forward
Replies: 500
Views: 44108

Re: Quicken 2019 and forward

I have trouble with 4 of my accounts (non-VG)that just don't want to download as a group, but when I pull up each one of them and do it by itself, it works :shock:
by meebers
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lost my job yesterday
Replies: 70
Views: 13679

Re: Lost my job yesterday

[/quote] I feel eventually there will only be 3 pharmacy chains, walmart, CVS, Walgreens. There will still be independents and possibly Publix but most pharmacies will be bought out. Walgreens bought Fred's and now my company out in a 2 year span. [/quote] I have been dealing with Express Scripts. F...
by meebers
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To what Broadband Speeds do you Subscribe and Why?
Replies: 123
Views: 6253

Re: To what Broadband Speeds do you Subscribe and Why?

We have 100/100 which is the lowest tier Verizon offers in my area. There are also 300/300 and 1000/1000 tiers. I'm curious what folks are doing where they think they need so much more bandwidth. I suppose if you are regularly downloading or uploading very large files 1000/1000 is good, but we regu...
by meebers
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Navy Federal CU Certificate Rate Drops
Replies: 3
Views: 802

Re: Navy Federal CU Certificate Rate Drops

I have 2 17 mo, 3.25% 50K accounts @ NFCU, 1 ending late this month and 1 ending mid July. Transfer as much as I can into a 17mo 2.25 account that has maturity in about 11 months. Not sure what I will do with the balances. Thought I would do the 1.5/12mo until this morning when I seen the drop. :(
by meebers
Tue May 26, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Switching Insurance
Replies: 40
Views: 2181

Re: Switching Insurance

I am in that process at the moment. I have until June 30 to decide. I made copies of my present coverage less the $$ amounts as hand outs. I had been a SF customer ever since I can remember, but about 9 years ago, SF more than doubled my Home insurance. I shopped around and chose another company tha...
by meebers
Wed May 06, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One 360 Savings Promo
Replies: 123
Views: 16458

Re: Capital One 360 Savings Promo

I have a GM card called "Buy Power Card" that has the CapitalOne logo on it. (I believe they just administer it??) Don't know if this makes me an official CapitalOne member or not?? :shock:
by meebers
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Poor Publix employee seeking 401k investment advice
Replies: 169
Views: 12766

Re: Poor Publix employee seeking 401k investment advice

All of my kids and their future wives/husbands as well as all my grand kids have worked for Publix in their lives. One SIL still works there and is getting ready to retire. I will say that they all have come out of there for the better. All have bought Publix stock and most still hold on to it. At o...
by meebers
Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody here pay less than $40 a month for home internet and with what company?
Replies: 62
Views: 4574

Re: Anybody here pay less than $40 a month for home internet and with what company?

Impossible here in the north east. Cable internet speeds of 100 - 300 mbps is minimum $60-$80/month and I refuse to downgrade to DSL to save a buck a day. Might as well have no internet than super slow internet. I have DSL 50 mb/sec. not slow at all. can't get fios, so it's dsl or cable modem for u...
by meebers
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody here pay less than $40 a month for home internet and with what company?
Replies: 62
Views: 4574

Re: Anybody here pay less than $40 a month for home internet and with what company?

I am grandfathered in to BHN (now Spectrum) My speed is listed as 60/5 and due to overprovisioning I am getting 85/7. The latest billing change has the internet broken out as $20 month. Understand, that price is no longer available, but some time in the near future, the grandfathering price may diss...
by meebers
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying a New Car in Current Market Conditions
Replies: 17
Views: 2035

Re: Buying a New Car in Current Market Conditions

I need to go thru the trade in process at least for a couple of hours. Selling it myself is out of the question now that we are "locked" down. They need to look at and "test "my car. I absolutely expect them to low ball more so without it being there. ?? :mrgreen:
by meebers
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody here go all-Linux for personal computing?
Replies: 117
Views: 9635

Re: Anybody here go all-Linux for personal computing?

I interchange 3ea 120GB SSD's on one computer (front panel access). 1 SSD is Windows 10 insider, 1 is ChromeOS and the third one I updated to Mint 19.3 Linux yesterday. Mint is fairly easy to use but I still feel behind in doing so. 8-)
by meebers
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taxact deluxe and higher = $5 federal and $5 additional states
Replies: 20
Views: 2722

Re: Taxact deluxe and higher = $5 federal and $5 additional states

I already have my taxes done, just have not filed it yet. Tried Tax Act today as a verification/check with same numbers etc, they both agree. Two different styles of interview just in case I missed something :D
by meebers
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Perform own oil change pros & cons?
Replies: 224
Views: 11681

Re: Perform own oil change pros & cons?

I do most of the work on my vehicles except warranty items. To me one important thing is to exam the magnetic drain plug and clean it every time. It tells a story of what is going on in the engine. If you don't pull it, you will never know. :P My local auto parts store lets me bring in the used oil ...