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Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 03-30-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 314
Posted By zuren
Savings of DIY gutter install vs. pro install?

I have 20'x24', 1-story pole building on my property that lacks gutters, and desperately needs them.

I'm debating between gutters you buy from the likes of Home Depot, vs. finding a place that...
Forum: Coronavirus 03-16-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 729
Posted By zuren
CANCEL. Are you prepared to self-quarantine for...

CANCEL. Are you prepared to self-quarantine for 14 days after you're done seeing them? Just because they don't have symptoms, doesn't mean they aren't infected. They would be high-risk considering...
Forum: Coronavirus 03-16-2020, 11:02 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,625
Posted By zuren
This^^^^. We already had one bidet attached to a...

This^^^^. We already had one bidet attached to a toilet, and bought a 2nd (we have 2.5 baths) when the TP hysteria started. I was a "Never Bidet" follower, but it actually isn't too bad. I haven't...
Forum: Financial Forum 02-14-2020, 01:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,505
Posted By zuren
$10k is small peanuts to the IRS. You're below...

$10k is small peanuts to the IRS. You're below the limit...you won't even be a blip on the radar.
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 02-12-2020, 12:52 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,303
Posted By zuren
What he said...not going to happen in MOST...

What he said...not going to happen in MOST conditions.

There is an entire sub-forum dedicated to this topic (comms):

https://www.survivalistboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=55

You may want to...
Forum: Financial Forum 02-10-2020, 02:13 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,959
Posted By zuren
Agree 100%. According to a few articles I've...

Agree 100%. According to a few articles I've read, personal, credit card, and auto loan debt are at historic highs. Example:
...
Forum: Communications 02-05-2020, 09:40 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 200
Posted By zuren
Good source for i355 batteries?

I have 4 of the Motorola i355 phones for simple comms around my property but the OEM battery packs are getting long in the tooth. I know a number of people have these, so wanted to know if there is...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 01-31-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 279
Posted By zuren
Making an ALICE frame taller?

I have an ALICE HELLCAT setup and "mostly" like it. It now tends to be my hunting/"bang around the woods" setup. For hunting, I have removed the medium ALICE pack (too big for day trips) and just...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 01-30-2020, 07:10 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 257
Posted By zuren
Mystery Ranch Guide Lite frame?

Anyone have experience with the Mystery Ranch Guide Lite frame?

https://www.mysteryranch.com/guide-light-frame?quantity=1&color=Foliage&size=M

I'm taking inventory of all my backpacks and...
Forum: Financial Forum 01-29-2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,424
Posted By zuren
I set aside cash every payday for "cash on hand"...

I set aside cash every payday for "cash on hand" savings. This goes into a physical envelope.

Beyond my retirement savings to get my company's 401k match, I divert another percentage to a ROTH...
Forum: Financial Forum 01-29-2020, 12:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,505
Posted By zuren
If it were me (since you're asking), considering...

If it were me (since you're asking), considering you say you have no retirement savings at 45 y/o, I read that as no stocks or bonds, so I would open a ROTH IRA (Fidelity, Schwab,...doesn't really...
Forum: Health, Fitness and First Aid 01-09-2020, 02:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 16,462
Posted By zuren
I know I'm reviving an old thread, but being a...

I know I'm reviving an old thread, but being a couple years later and with more experimentation, I've have some info to share...

I continue to enjoy relatively few sinus issues. I still do the...
Forum: Health, Fitness and First Aid 01-09-2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,711
Posted By zuren
I worked in oncology research for a while. I...

I worked in oncology research for a while. I think the immunotherapies (like CAR T-cell therapy) hold a lot of promise:

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/research/car-t-cells

I'm...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 01-08-2020, 08:03 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 13,268
Posted By zuren
One of the first dates with my wife (when we...

One of the first dates with my wife (when we lived in the Boston area), we were going to the Boston Public Library. I walked in the door and was faced with a metal detector and 2 security guards. I...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 01-08-2020, 07:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 721
Posted By zuren
I would not limit yourself to a "waterproof"...

I would not limit yourself to a "waterproof" pack; they are actually few and far between. If you need the interior contents to stay dry, get a plastic liner bag that fits whatever pack you get.
...
Forum: Health, Fitness and First Aid 01-06-2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,522
Posted By zuren
Sorry to reboot this thread, but I'm looking to...

Sorry to reboot this thread, but I'm looking to add a tourniquet to my kit. Initially, I was looking at these:
...
Forum: Financial Forum 01-02-2020, 10:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,021
Posted By zuren
Competing offers on platforms like Craigslist and FB Marketplace?

This involves money, so figured the Financial forum is the best place...

I'm selling an item (garage heater - for parts or repair) on Facebook Marketplace and I've never had this level of interest...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-02-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,088
Posted By zuren
I didn't read through 3 pages of replies, but add...

I didn't read through 3 pages of replies, but add a vote for solar showers. My parents have one of the commercial camping showers (forget which brand) and it works; needs to sit out for a long time...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 12-30-2019, 03:04 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,650
Posted By zuren
Drop them off at the local Trex Decking recycling...

Drop them off at the local Trex Decking recycling collection:

https://www.trex.com/recycling/recycling-programs/
...
Forum: Financial Forum 12-13-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 11,531
Posted By zuren
RobinHood in the news: ...

RobinHood in the news:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/13/investing/robinhood-free-trading-fractional-shares/index.html
Forum: Pistol and Revolver Forum 12-10-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 520
Posted By zuren
Pics uploaded...

Pics uploaded...
Forum: Pistol and Revolver Forum 12-10-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 520
Posted By zuren
S&W Top Break Revolvers?

I'm helping my MIL find out more information on the revolver she inherited from her grandmother. Anyone here knowledgeable about these? Here is what I know:

-Purchased around 1895
-No markings...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 12-04-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,367
Posted By zuren
Batteries for your small outdoor electronics?

I would be curious to know if anyone has gone to the length of standardizing to a specific battery type (AA, AAA, etc.) across all of their battery powered gadgets, especially when you may be...
Forum: Financial Forum 11-13-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,180
Posted By zuren
Part of my underlying reason for posting is...

Part of my underlying reason for posting is because I have the exact same thoughts! With globalization, all the markets seem to move in response to each other anyway. I have looked at other...
Forum: Financial Forum 11-12-2019, 03:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,180
Posted By zuren
Retirement portfolio - Foreign stocks?

I'm reallocating funds in my retirement accounts and trying to select a foreign stock fund. All the advisors/experts say you should have a percentage (for me at my age, 12-15%) in their portfolio. ...
Forum: Financial Forum 11-12-2019, 02:50 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 8,353
Posted By zuren
My pension was not union, but every time I see a...

My pension was not union, but every time I see a report/headline of pensions continuing to be in trouble, the better I feel that I took a buyout when I was given the opportunity and invested the cash.
Forum: Financial Forum 11-12-2019, 12:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,061
Posted By zuren
Another approach is the rigid foam insulation...

Another approach is the rigid foam insulation (the pink "XPS" type), a few cans of the expanding foam, and some painters caulk. I cut the rigid foam insulation about 1" smaller than the "boxes" I'm...
Forum: Financial Forum 11-08-2019, 10:18 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,876
Posted By zuren
Pfizer (PFE) currently has a yield of 3.84%: ...

Pfizer (PFE) currently has a yield of 3.84%:

https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/PFE/pfizer/dividend-yield-history
https://www.morningstar.com/stocks/xnys/pfe/quote

That being said, I am...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 10-29-2019, 09:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,624
Posted By zuren
On most USA made/based engines, I would agree. ...

On most USA made/based engines, I would agree. Both my tractor (Kohler engine) and another Kohler engine I own, it was an easy trip to the hardware store to get a NPT pipe nipple with fittings.
...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 10-28-2019, 02:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,624
Posted By zuren
Looks like I got lucky! I just drained the oil...

Looks like I got lucky! I just drained the oil and it neither smells like, nor looks like there is gas in it.

I'm letting it have a good long drain, and need to come up with a better drain...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 10-28-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,624
Posted By zuren
Thanks for the replies. Is $30 for a needle...

Thanks for the replies.

Is $30 for a needle valve a typical price? Seems high - https://www.jackssmallengines.com/jacks-parts-lookup/part/robin/2246231218

A new float is $24.

I'll have to...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 10-28-2019, 10:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,624
Posted By zuren
The fuel line is good...I replaced that when I...

The fuel line is good...I replaced that when I first acquired it. Sounds like I need to pull the carb and soak it in some cleaner? I have some carb dip. This being said, I always run ethanol-free...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 10-28-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,624
Posted By zuren
Generator began spontaneously leaking gas?

I have a fairly standard work-site generator that I keep in my pole building. It gets used infrequently but I try to run for a bit each month. Its a Robin Subaru EY28 engine...if that matters. It...
Forum: Communications 10-25-2019, 08:50 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,175
Posted By zuren
It was my understanding that the FT-4XR was...

It was my understanding that the FT-4XR was Yaesu's answer to the cheap Baofengs flooding the market, and made in China. Despite the low price point, the reviewers over at Eham.net seem to like, so...
Forum: Health, Fitness and First Aid 10-15-2019, 09:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 965
Posted By zuren
What RR said! I'm a trained first responder....

What RR said!

I'm a trained first responder. Between the shelf life issue and the potential for latex allergies, I don't use latex anymore. I keep a couple boxes of medical grade nitrile gloves...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 10-14-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,478
Posted By zuren
Our 40+ yr. old well failed last year and could...

Our 40+ yr. old well failed last year and could not be repaired. Cost $5462 in 8/2019 for a 40 ft. well, and I'm in SE MI where it's mostly clay and gravel under me. I could have saved a couple...
Forum: Financial Forum 10-11-2019, 12:05 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,346
Posted By zuren
I looked up the blue book on my 2005 Chevy...

I looked up the blue book on my 2005 Chevy Express van and was shocked (in a good way) that it is worth $6000+ in "fair" condition! I bought it for $8000 in 2010.

On the flip side, I'm looking...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 10-07-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,347
Posted By zuren
Thanks for the continued responses. So I did...

Thanks for the continued responses.

So I did sell the old tablesaw. As mentioned above, my shop space is tight, I didn't have room for 2 saws. The good news is I got more than I expected...I...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 10-02-2019, 01:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,347
Posted By zuren
I do have a small benchtop router table with...

I do have a small benchtop router table with router (Skil). It was given to me and only played with it briefly a couple years ago. I remember the table/fence not being that accurate.



I'm...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 10-02-2019, 09:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,347
Posted By zuren
Dado blades for table saw?

Any wood workers on the forum?

I have encountered the rather fortunate problem of having too many table saws. I had a very cheap, consumer level saw that has worked okay for the projects I used it...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 10-01-2019, 04:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,735
Posted By zuren
Related to food - avoid any mixes (pancakes,...

Related to food - avoid any mixes (pancakes, etc.) that require anything but water. Nothing worse than pulling out a packet of something that needs eggs, milk, and butter. :xeye:
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 10-01-2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,837
Posted By zuren
This ^. You may be able to have your cake and...

This ^. You may be able to have your cake and eat it too if you shop places like:

Sierra Trading Post - https://www.sierra.com/
Steep-n-Cheap - https://www.steepandcheap.com/
REI sales

You...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 10-01-2019, 03:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,486
Posted By zuren
I have a pair of tall Muck Boots and a pair of...

I have a pair of tall Muck Boots and a pair of tall pack boots. For me, one does not replace the other. My feet get pretty sweaty in the Muck boots since the neoprene doesn't breathe. My Muck's...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 09-30-2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 994
Posted By zuren
I'm 6'2", 170 lbs. and have moved my 500ish pound...

I'm 6'2", 170 lbs. and have moved my 500ish pound Cannon safe a number of times with an appliance dolly and a helper. The door is not removable. Get one of the dolly's with the tilt-out wheels so...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 09-25-2019, 12:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,248
Posted By zuren
Thanks for all of the replies! I'm...

Thanks for all of the replies!



I'm beginning to lean this direction. I have poked around the opener a little, but haven't found anything glaring. But, the opener for the other garage bay is...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 09-20-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,248
Posted By zuren
When I release the emergency cord, the door is...

When I release the emergency cord, the door is about as smooth as I would expect. Nothing for me to think there is a binding issue.


I tried different searches for my issues but did not find...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 09-20-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,248
Posted By zuren
I will look closer at this. It worked normally...

I will look closer at this. It worked normally when we bought the house 5 years ago, then something changed.



Nope. I thought of this as well, but me helping does nothing.
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 09-20-2019, 09:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,248
Posted By zuren
Repairing a garage door opener?

Anyone have experience working on garage door openers?

I have a Wayne Dalton 3018 opener on an overhead door that has been having issues for a long time. I'm finally tired of it not working. The...
Forum: Communications 09-19-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,123
Posted By zuren
This thread is a little long in the tooth, but...

This thread is a little long in the tooth, but thought I would bring it to the top to see if there has been any increased experience with the brands I mentioned up top.
Forum: Health, Fitness and First Aid 09-18-2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,523
Posted By zuren
+1. I had it done a couple years ago due to some...

+1. I had it done a couple years ago due to some gum pockets that were deeper than should have been. I was a little sore after the topical wore off, but no big deal. After that procedure and...
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