• Do I buy these if I want to change the color of my light switches?

    My light switches control overhead lights without dimmers -- they are simple on and off switches. The ones up now are ivory and were painted over. I want to replace them with white ones. Would these work? They are the same size as the ones that are up there now. Decora 15 Amp Single Pole AC Quiet Switch, White. I am not doing the installation --... show more
    My light switches control overhead lights without dimmers -- they are simple on and off switches. The ones up now are ivory and were painted over. I want to replace them with white ones. Would these work? They are the same size as the ones that are up there now. Decora 15 Amp Single Pole AC Quiet Switch, White. I am not doing the installation -- but i want to make sure I am buying the right thing from Home Depot.
    5 answers · Do It Yourself (DIY) · 1 month ago
  • Stinky feet when wearing sandals?

    I live in Florida and wear sandals all the time. I do not know how to put this delicately. It has gotten to the point where I cannot stand the way my own feel smell in sandals. I bathe every day, do not have fungus in my feet (I asked the doctor yesterday), and do not think I have particularly bad personal hygiene. But lately I am very conscientious... show more
    I live in Florida and wear sandals all the time. I do not know how to put this delicately. It has gotten to the point where I cannot stand the way my own feel smell in sandals. I bathe every day, do not have fungus in my feet (I asked the doctor yesterday), and do not think I have particularly bad personal hygiene. But lately I am very conscientious of foot smell. Here are some steps I am taking. 1. I am making sure I am letting my ecco sandals dry out between wearings (they are the only kind I wear). 2. I using medicated powder on my feet after showers to see if this will help 3. I am even putting my sandals in the freezer in bags to see if that will make them fresher. Does anyone else have any ideas how to make your feet smell wonderful -- without wearing socks -- when living in a hot tropical climate such as Florida year round and only wearing sandals all the time?
    4 answers · Other - Health · 1 month ago
  • New dishwasher will not drain?

    I just had a new Maytag dishwasher installed by the Loewes contractor this week. The dishwasher will not drain. I think the problem may be that the plastic pin in the garbage disposal has not been removed. I have no experience with plumbing, and I just went through a house flood. Is this a repair I could attempt on my tonight, or should I call a... show more
    I just had a new Maytag dishwasher installed by the Loewes contractor this week. The dishwasher will not drain. I think the problem may be that the plastic pin in the garbage disposal has not been removed. I have no experience with plumbing, and I just went through a house flood. Is this a repair I could attempt on my tonight, or should I call a handyman in on Monday to attempt to fix it? I would like to get the Lowes installer back here but that might be a chore and a half.
    9 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 1 month ago
  • Should I replace my kitchen GFCI outlet with an AFCI/GFCI combination outlet?

    I am in the process of buying a new GFCI outlet for the kitchen. Should I also get one with AFCI included- or is it necessary? My condo was built in 1990 and I am updating the color of the outlets. Note that I live in Florida and we get frequent lightning storms here. See my choices below.
    I am in the process of buying a new GFCI outlet for the kitchen. Should I also get one with AFCI included- or is it necessary? My condo was built in 1990 and I am updating the color of the outlets. Note that I live in Florida and we get frequent lightning storms here. See my choices below.
    3 answers · Do It Yourself (DIY) · 2 months ago
  • Which electrical outlets do I need to purchase for my kitchen -- with or without NEMA 5?

    I need to purchase three replacement 15 amp self-grounding "leviton duplex outlets" for the electrician to install in my kitchen for the kitchen counter area. There are two that match the description exactly and are identical at Home Depot The only difference is that one has a "NEMA 5" configuration. The other is slightly more... show more
    I need to purchase three replacement 15 amp self-grounding "leviton duplex outlets" for the electrician to install in my kitchen for the kitchen counter area. There are two that match the description exactly and are identical at Home Depot The only difference is that one has a "NEMA 5" configuration. The other is slightly more expensive and is described as "tamper-resistant". There replace existing outlets in a different color that are already up. Which do I need to get? See choices below.
    6 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 2 months ago
  • Advice on purchasing queen size sheet sets for about $50?

    I want to purchase a new Queen Size sheets set. I would like a set that has one fitted sheet (for a 15 inch mattress) and at least 2, preferably 4 pillow cases. I live in Florida and ideally want an all-cotton, preferably Egyptian Cotton 1000 count sheet set. The problem is the beginning price on Amazon for a 4 sheet set is about $95.00. If my... show more
    I want to purchase a new Queen Size sheets set. I would like a set that has one fitted sheet (for a 15 inch mattress) and at least 2, preferably 4 pillow cases. I live in Florida and ideally want an all-cotton, preferably Egyptian Cotton 1000 count sheet set. The problem is the beginning price on Amazon for a 4 sheet set is about $95.00. If my budget is $50.00, what should I buy? Note -- I do get hot here, so microfiber (polyester) which is cheaper is probably not a good idea. Should I go for a lower fiber count? 400 or 600 instead of 1000? Does a polyester/cotton mix make a difference if I get hot in the summer?
    Decorating & Remodeling · 2 months ago
  • Coax Wall Plate Replacement?

    I am having a Granite backsplash cut for the kitchen tomorrow. There is an old cable coax plate that is in the corner of the kitchen that is no longer operable. Our homeowners association switched to Wifi routers a few years ago. I need to tell the remodeling company where I want openings cut in the backsplash tomorrow -- for outlets and a light... show more
    I am having a Granite backsplash cut for the kitchen tomorrow. There is an old cable coax plate that is in the corner of the kitchen that is no longer operable. Our homeowners association switched to Wifi routers a few years ago. I need to tell the remodeling company where I want openings cut in the backsplash tomorrow -- for outlets and a light switch. Should I plan on having a new coax cable outlet installed (there is cable in the walls) even though there is no working cable service, or just cover it up with a blank plate in case I sell my condo in a few years?
    5 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 2 months ago
  • Are white kitchen appliances out of date? What about resale value?

    I am redoing my kitchen. I have selected white modern kitchen cabinets with a marble top. There is a white tile floor, and my walls are neutral silver. The room is rather dark -- and I like the bright white space. I want to pick white appliances (kitchen, range, dishwasher) to go along with the cabinets. But it seems everywhere I look stainless... show more
    I am redoing my kitchen. I have selected white modern kitchen cabinets with a marble top. There is a white tile floor, and my walls are neutral silver. The room is rather dark -- and I like the bright white space. I want to pick white appliances (kitchen, range, dishwasher) to go along with the cabinets. But it seems everywhere I look stainless steel in in vogue. I really do not like stainless much (it looks cold to me) but there is no price difference these days between the two finishes -- and white is harder to get. I think I will end up selling my condo in about two years. Would I be better off going with stainless even though white appliances match the room better now?
    11 answers · Decorating & Remodeling · 2 months ago
  • IRS CP-12 Adjusted Refund Notice - They sent it dated 10/29/2018 and I still do not have the check?

    On 10/29/2018, which is coming up to 10 weeks, the IRS sent me a notice that I was due back a check for almost $200 due to some miscalculations on my 2016 tax returns. They said if I agreed with this, I did not have to do anything, and that the check would be mailed to me in 4-6 weeks. I think I actually got this letter in mid November. I have not... show more
    On 10/29/2018, which is coming up to 10 weeks, the IRS sent me a notice that I was due back a check for almost $200 due to some miscalculations on my 2016 tax returns. They said if I agreed with this, I did not have to do anything, and that the check would be mailed to me in 4-6 weeks. I think I actually got this letter in mid November. I have not received this check yet. I do not feel like calling the IRS, it is not that great an amount, and there is a government shutdown. I do not think I owe anything for 2017, I filed on time and did not hear from them. Do I need to be concerned? Could the check have been lost? Should I just forget about this for now? (today is 1/12/19)
    1 answer · United States · 2 months ago
  • How do I tell my aging mother she can no longer handle her job as association treasurer without causing a fight?

    My aging mother lives in an assisted living facility. She is the association treasurer. No one else wants the postion- there are about 300 residents. My mother does not want to lose control of her postion and is becoming more and more forgetful. She just told me she cannot find over $500 of cash gifts (we counted the money together this week) for... show more
    My aging mother lives in an assisted living facility. She is the association treasurer. No one else wants the postion- there are about 300 residents. My mother does not want to lose control of her postion and is becoming more and more forgetful. She just told me she cannot find over $500 of cash gifts (we counted the money together this week) for the staff. I have to go over and search for the money tomorrow. My mother also told me we would have to go into her savings account to make up the difference if the money is lost (or stolen). I keep on asking her to resign the postion, and she refuses. There is a bank account involved that she has signature authority over. She was supposed to resign the postion this month, and she apparently has not done so. She is now fighting with the executive director. How do I convince my mother -- or demand that she give up this postion -- without causing a huge fight? I am worried that they are going to hold me accountable for the cash (I am her guarantor). or accuse me of stealing the cash, or even worst determine that my mom is alzheimer's (she is showing signs of early dementia) and move her into the memory care unit. What do I do here?
    1 answer · Family · 3 months ago
  • Is this inappropriate behavior?

    Is this inappropriate behavior? You are sitting on a long distance bus in Spain. There is an empty seat next to you. A mother with two children, a young boy (say 7 years old) and a young girl (say 6) eyes the empty seat and sits the young girl next to you (you are sitting by the window). You (a middle aged male) say hello to the young girl and her... show more
    Is this inappropriate behavior? You are sitting on a long distance bus in Spain. There is an empty seat next to you. A mother with two children, a young boy (say 7 years old) and a young girl (say 6) eyes the empty seat and sits the young girl next to you (you are sitting by the window). You (a middle aged male) say hello to the young girl and her mother. The mother looks annoyed, rudely seizes the young girl away from the seat, and seats the young boy next to you instead. You start looking out the window and laugh loudly at this incident. When I told my Spanish friend about this I said that I found the mother's behavior rude, and he said that "in Spain, one never speaks to anyone's children like this". Was I innapropriate in giving a brief greeting here? I was not leering at the child as I remember.
    8 answers · Etiquette · 3 months ago
  • Cleaning dried mud compound sanded "powder"?

    There is dried mud compound sanded "powder" all over my white tiled living room floor from a sloppy repair drywall project. The maintenance people left this. All they did after installed new drywall - include sanding the new mud -- is sweep the old stuff up. My vacuum cleaner will not get it all off. Can I mop this up or will it cake up?... show more
    There is dried mud compound sanded "powder" all over my white tiled living room floor from a sloppy repair drywall project. The maintenance people left this. All they did after installed new drywall - include sanding the new mud -- is sweep the old stuff up. My vacuum cleaner will not get it all off. Can I mop this up or will it cake up? How do I completely get rid of the very fine powder all over my living room? Is there some sort of cleaner that makes this process easier? Are drywall installers expected to vacuum up after themselves?
    4 answers · Decorating & Remodeling · 3 months ago
  • Correct Drywall Repair Question- Is this a good job?

    My condo association is repairing drywall today after a kitchen flood. They are responsible for the drywall, I am responsible for the paint and the baseboard trim. I am concerned that the worker is doing a substandard job. After cutting out the new drywall and drilling it in the wall the workers are mixing up alot of "mud spackle" and... show more
    My condo association is repairing drywall today after a kitchen flood. They are responsible for the drywall, I am responsible for the paint and the baseboard trim. I am concerned that the worker is doing a substandard job. After cutting out the new drywall and drilling it in the wall the workers are mixing up alot of "mud spackle" and just laying it in the sheetrock cracks. There is no tape that I can see, some sanding, and little smoothing. Check the photo out-- is this a good job (they say they will finish in one day). More importantly, will I be able to bring my own workers in and clean up after them and salvage this? I read that any job without tape will result in cracking in the future.
    1 answer · Maintenance & Repairs · 3 months ago
  • Drywall Repair - does this look like a good job is underway?

    My homeowners association is repairing the drywall in my condo after a kitchen flood. The bottom part of the drywall and the baseboard had to be torn out. Two workers have come in and put in new drywall, and nailed it in. They then "splatched on" something that look like plaster mud and told me that they will sand it on Monday. I did not... show more
    My homeowners association is repairing the drywall in my condo after a kitchen flood. The bottom part of the drywall and the baseboard had to be torn out. Two workers have come in and put in new drywall, and nailed it in. They then "splatched on" something that look like plaster mud and told me that they will sand it on Monday. I did not see them taping the joints or spending much time applying coats of plaster. When I asked them if the final work will be smooth, they said "well, smoother than this, but you will know where we applied the repair when you pait". Please see the photo. My question is this -- is this an acceptable repair job? How much better will it look after they sand the compound they put on?
    6 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 3 months ago
  • Am I becoming a diabetic?

    I am worried about becoming a diabetic. I cannot figure something out. My A1C levels have been stable at 5.2 for the past 2 years. But I just got my lab report back and my fasting blood glucose is now 165! Also my triglycerides have increased to over 613 in my latest report. I am overweight -- and have started exercising, and have even been... show more
    I am worried about becoming a diabetic. I cannot figure something out. My A1C levels have been stable at 5.2 for the past 2 years. But I just got my lab report back and my fasting blood glucose is now 165! Also my triglycerides have increased to over 613 in my latest report. I am overweight -- and have started exercising, and have even been reducing weight. But why would my glucose and triglycerides increase so much in the past 6 months? I meet with the doctor on Friday. My health is fine, and this is after starting an exercise routine.
    3 answers · Diabetes · 5 months ago
  • How long should it take a home insurance company to pay an water damage restoration company for emergency service?

    How long should it take my home insurance company to pay a water damage restoration company for 5 days of emergency service in late August? The invoice for clean up and tear down (which is apparently justified) is $15,000 and was sent to the insurance company for a kitchen flood immediately after the work was performed. It has not yet been paid. I... show more
    How long should it take my home insurance company to pay a water damage restoration company for 5 days of emergency service in late August? The invoice for clean up and tear down (which is apparently justified) is $15,000 and was sent to the insurance company for a kitchen flood immediately after the work was performed. It has not yet been paid. I have not paid anything -- they were hired on an assignment of benefits, and I had to bring them in immediately to clean up the water. I had to do so according to my insurance policy to "secure the property". I now have a larger restoration claim that I am in negotiation for repairs with the insurance company that is not yet settled. I have not begun any of the repair work. Is this emergency service paid separately? The restoration company has not yet sent me a direct bill. Do I need to start being proactive?
    7 answers · Insurance · 6 months ago
  • Is $15,000 too high a bill for a mitigation company to charge to take care of a kitchen flood in my house?

    In August I had a bad kitchen flood. There was water damage not only in the kitchen -- but throughout the villa, which was submerged in several inches of water. I had to get a mitigation company in (I am in Florida) to immediately dry the house out. It was a well known restoration company, they had to remove kitchen kitchen cabinets, take down part... show more
    In August I had a bad kitchen flood. There was water damage not only in the kitchen -- but throughout the villa, which was submerged in several inches of water. I had to get a mitigation company in (I am in Florida) to immediately dry the house out. It was a well known restoration company, they had to remove kitchen kitchen cabinets, take down part of my dry walls in four rooms, move furniture, -- and billed my insurance company directly. They set up drying equipment for 5 days. The insurance company has still not paid the invoice, they are negotiating a settlement with my public adjuster. I am responsible for their bill of $15,000 it seems - even though I never saw the final bill. I am getting nervous about this. Is this a ridiculous invoice for this amount of work?
    7 answers · Insurance · 6 months ago
  • Should you ever make contact with your insurance company directly if you have hired a public adjuster?

    This is for a large home water damage claim in Florida (over $50,000 from a kitchen flood). The date of the incident was mid August 2018. I hired a public adjuster to submit the claim -- they did a very good job of documenting everything, and have been responsive. However, the insurance company just sent me a letter -- copying the public adjuster --... show more
    This is for a large home water damage claim in Florida (over $50,000 from a kitchen flood). The date of the incident was mid August 2018. I hired a public adjuster to submit the claim -- they did a very good job of documenting everything, and have been responsive. However, the insurance company just sent me a letter -- copying the public adjuster -- saying that they need three minor pieces of information and they they may deny my claim unless they get the information in 15 days. They also say they need a recorded statement from me. The public adjuster told me that they sent all information, and that the recorded statement is a phone call that the insurance company has to set up with me --- and that they have not yet returned the public adjusters phone call and that they are on top of things. They also said that this letter from my insurance company (which was sent to me 10 days after it is dated) is simply to "rattle me up" and for me to let the public adjuster handle it. My question is this. Should I reply to the insurance company directly by phone --- I have the adjuster's name at the insurance company and telephone number -- and circumvent my own public adjuster to make sure they are getting the information they need, or listen to my public adjuster and let them handle all contact? I think my public adjuster has done a very good job to date -- but why is the insurance company complaining to me that they are not getting some information.
    3 answers · Insurance · 6 months ago
  • Water damage claim -- leaking kitchen faucet and valves on invoice.?

    I currently have a major water damage claim in progress due to a burst kitchen faucet which caused my villa to be covered in two inches of water due to flooding water . The insurance company has asking for all plumbing invoices. I just read the invoice for a new kitchen faucet and it says "payment for replacing a leaking kitchen faucet and hot... show more
    I currently have a major water damage claim in progress due to a burst kitchen faucet which caused my villa to be covered in two inches of water due to flooding water . The insurance company has asking for all plumbing invoices. I just read the invoice for a new kitchen faucet and it says "payment for replacing a leaking kitchen faucet and hot and cold water valves". The damage I have is due to a sudden faucet break, and not slow water leaks and damage. My question is this -- if I send the insurance the insurance company the invoice as it, can they deny the claim since they do not cover damage due to slow water leakage? This is a major water claim due to a huge accident which flooded my entire house. I am worried about the term "leak".
    5 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 6 months ago
  • Kitchen overflow water damage / insurance company in Florida?

    Late Saturday night my kitchen sink valves broke and flooded my Florida villa with about 1 inch of standing water. I was able to get the standing water out in about 5 hours - damage exists to the carpeting (which is still drying) and to two kitchen cabinets. Here is my question. I contacted my homeowners insurance company and they seemed... show more
    Late Saturday night my kitchen sink valves broke and flooded my Florida villa with about 1 inch of standing water. I was able to get the standing water out in about 5 hours - damage exists to the carpeting (which is still drying) and to two kitchen cabinets. Here is my question. I contacted my homeowners insurance company and they seemed lackadaisical. They told me an adjuster would contact me within three business days, did not send over anyone to help dry my place out, and merely sent a letter saying to take all measures "to prevent further damage to my home". They did tell me I was covered. They have made no commitment to pay for anything so far, and I have not hired any service -- I do not see any standing water, and I have my fans blowing. I have been taking photos. Should I be concerned that they are not being cooperative so far?
    5 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 7 months ago