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Re: Consumer Research

Post by Bertogliat » Sun Jan 03 6:46 pm

Jupiter wrote:
Sun Jan 03 5:49 pm
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My wife thinks nothing is wrong with the sound coming from the TV so she said I could buy a lower cost one.
It amazes me how many females in my life have said they do not notice the difference between the TV speakers and everything else. The difference is stark for me.
That would be my wife.

She also likes nice vehicles but physically can’t see a difference between stock rims and high profile tires of our Tahoe LT and the larger rim/lower profile of the premier.

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Re: Consumer Research

Post by davescharf » Sun Jan 03 7:16 pm

HockeyBum wrote:
Sun Jan 03 5:59 pm
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Does anyone have a good suggestion for a low cost sound bar for a 4K TV? It’s for a basement television where we aren’t looking for top of the line, just something with good sound and ARC and Bluetooth support

My wife thinks nothing is wrong with the sound coming from the TV so she said I could buy a lower cost one. As a result I’m looking at a Bose one, a Yamaha, a Vizio, and a Samsung. All of them are under $250.
I bought a Bose Solo Soundbar Series II at Costco a month ago. It was $139 when I bought it during their month long black Friday sale. Regular price is $179.
I’m looking at the Bose TV speaker which is a little more expensive but I’ll have to look at this one more. I really want the HDMI eARC feature though so I don’t need a bunch of remotes in the basement.
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Re: Consumer Research

Post by davescharf » Sun Jan 03 7:19 pm

Jupiter wrote:
Sun Jan 03 5:49 pm
davescharf wrote:
Sun Jan 03 5:08 pm
My wife thinks nothing is wrong with the sound coming from the TV so she said I could buy a lower cost one.
It amazes me how many females in my life have said they do not notice the difference between the TV speakers and everything else. The difference is stark for me.
It is for me too. I told her when we finally splurge on a new living room TV we will also be getting a Dolby Atmos sound setup. My 5.1 system works really well but I’ll be ready for an upgrade by then.
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Re: Consumer Research

Post by gopherguy06 » Sun Jan 03 7:24 pm

We just bought a decent one with a sub from Costco too.

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Re: Consumer Research

Post by gopherguy06 » Sun Jan 03 7:26 pm

MNGophers29 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:45 pm
Orion wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:28 pm
gopherguy06 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:12 pm
Anyone have a recommendation for a good entry skate for adults? Nothing fancy and just looking to skate at the park rink with the kids.
Seems like the major brands all fit a bit different. Getting a good fitting and comfortable skate is more important than a particular brand. Personally I would try and find a used pair first at a local skate shop. If that doesn't work is go to a store and try on different brands and see what you like. CCM and Bauer both have lower end skates that are perfect for what you need
I agreed with the used skate idea.

I bought a pair a couple years ago, first since HS and was shocked at how much they have changed in options, fit, etc.

I have wide feet so I learned that Bauer Vapor is the narrow one, Supreme is a bit wider and Nexus are the wide ones. I found a pair of Nexus ones that were used for a month and returned during a trial period, I think normally they are $599 new, they were on the shelf for $400 and Scheels was running a 50% off used skates sale. They were able to bake them for my foot and they are the best skates I have ever owned.
Thanks! I will heck out the used stores first. I stopped at the Bauer experience or whatever in Bloomington and was overwhelmed and out of my element. Ha

The S35 were like $100-200 and labeled as recreational.

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Re: Consumer Research

Post by Cowgirl » Sun Jan 03 7:59 pm

Our TV speakers are fine as long as there’s no other noise in the house - I have to crank the volume every time the furnace runs. There seems to be no difference between 30 and 80 in the volume either. I’d love a sound bar.

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Re: Consumer Research

Post by Orion » Sun Jan 03 8:23 pm

gopherguy06 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 7:26 pm
MNGophers29 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:45 pm
Orion wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:28 pm
gopherguy06 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:12 pm
Anyone have a recommendation for a good entry skate for adults? Nothing fancy and just looking to skate at the park rink with the kids.
Seems like the major brands all fit a bit different. Getting a good fitting and comfortable skate is more important than a particular brand. Personally I would try and find a used pair first at a local skate shop. If that doesn't work is go to a store and try on different brands and see what you like. CCM and Bauer both have lower end skates that are perfect for what you need
I agreed with the used skate idea.

I bought a pair a couple years ago, first since HS and was shocked at how much they have changed in options, fit, etc.

I have wide feet so I learned that Bauer Vapor is the narrow one, Supreme is a bit wider and Nexus are the wide ones. I found a pair of Nexus ones that were used for a month and returned during a trial period, I think normally they are $599 new, they were on the shelf for $400 and Scheels was running a 50% off used skates sale. They were able to bake them for my foot and they are the best skates I have ever owned.
Thanks! I will heck out the used stores first. I stopped at the Bauer experience or whatever in Bloomington and was overwhelmed and out of my element. Ha

The S35 were like $100-200 and labeled as recreational.
Don't listen to the hype. No 12 year old could skate without $500 skates according to that store.

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Re: Consumer Research

Post by Greyeagle » Sun Jan 03 8:35 pm

Jupiter wrote:
Sun Jan 03 5:49 pm
davescharf wrote:
Sun Jan 03 5:08 pm
My wife thinks nothing is wrong with the sound coming from the TV so she said I could buy a lower cost one.
It amazes me how many females in my life have said they do not notice the difference between the TV speakers and everything else. The difference is stark for me.
Funny...was thinking this same thing while perusing the comments. It's not about the volume, it's about the sound and the experience it creates.
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Re: Consumer Research

Post by MNGophers29 » Sun Jan 03 8:48 pm

Orion wrote:
Sun Jan 03 8:23 pm
gopherguy06 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 7:26 pm
MNGophers29 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:45 pm
Orion wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:28 pm
gopherguy06 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:12 pm
Anyone have a recommendation for a good entry skate for adults? Nothing fancy and just looking to skate at the park rink with the kids.
Seems like the major brands all fit a bit different. Getting a good fitting and comfortable skate is more important than a particular brand. Personally I would try and find a used pair first at a local skate shop. If that doesn't work is go to a store and try on different brands and see what you like. CCM and Bauer both have lower end skates that are perfect for what you need
I agreed with the used skate idea.

I bought a pair a couple years ago, first since HS and was shocked at how much they have changed in options, fit, etc.

I have wide feet so I learned that Bauer Vapor is the narrow one, Supreme is a bit wider and Nexus are the wide ones. I found a pair of Nexus ones that were used for a month and returned during a trial period, I think normally they are $599 new, they were on the shelf for $400 and Scheels was running a 50% off used skates sale. They were able to bake them for my foot and they are the best skates I have ever owned.
Thanks! I will heck out the used stores first. I stopped at the Bauer experience or whatever in Bloomington and was overwhelmed and out of my element. Ha

The S35 were like $100-200 and labeled as recreational.
Don't listen to the hype. No 12 year old could skate without $500 skates according to that store.
:lol: :lol:
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Re: Consumer Research

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Jupiter wrote:
Sun Jan 03 5:49 pm
davescharf wrote:
Sun Jan 03 5:08 pm
My wife thinks nothing is wrong with the sound coming from the TV so she said I could buy a lower cost one.
It amazes me how many females in my life have said they do not notice the difference between the TV speakers and everything else. The difference is stark for me.
This will date me, but the difference in sound between 24K Gold discs and regular cds was astounding.
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Re: Consumer Research

Post by gopherguy06 » Mon Jan 04 5:55 am

Orion wrote:
Sun Jan 03 8:23 pm
gopherguy06 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 7:26 pm
MNGophers29 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:45 pm
Orion wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:28 pm
gopherguy06 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:12 pm
Anyone have a recommendation for a good entry skate for adults? Nothing fancy and just looking to skate at the park rink with the kids.
Seems like the major brands all fit a bit different. Getting a good fitting and comfortable skate is more important than a particular brand. Personally I would try and find a used pair first at a local skate shop. If that doesn't work is go to a store and try on different brands and see what you like. CCM and Bauer both have lower end skates that are perfect for what you need
I agreed with the used skate idea.

I bought a pair a couple years ago, first since HS and was shocked at how much they have changed in options, fit, etc.

I have wide feet so I learned that Bauer Vapor is the narrow one, Supreme is a bit wider and Nexus are the wide ones. I found a pair of Nexus ones that were used for a month and returned during a trial period, I think normally they are $599 new, they were on the shelf for $400 and Scheels was running a 50% off used skates sale. They were able to bake them for my foot and they are the best skates I have ever owned.
Thanks! I will heck out the used stores first. I stopped at the Bauer experience or whatever in Bloomington and was overwhelmed and out of my element. Ha

The S35 were like $100-200 and labeled as recreational.
Don't listen to the hype. No 12 year old could skate without $500 skates according to that store.
Yeah I didn't even ask to try any on. Felt out of place ha

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Re: Consumer Research

Post by gopherguy06 » Mon Jan 25 4:34 pm

gopherguy06 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 7:26 pm
MNGophers29 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:45 pm
Orion wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:28 pm
gopherguy06 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:12 pm
Anyone have a recommendation for a good entry skate for adults? Nothing fancy and just looking to skate at the park rink with the kids.
Seems like the major brands all fit a bit different. Getting a good fitting and comfortable skate is more important than a particular brand. Personally I would try and find a used pair first at a local skate shop. If that doesn't work is go to a store and try on different brands and see what you like. CCM and Bauer both have lower end skates that are perfect for what you need
I agreed with the used skate idea.

I bought a pair a couple years ago, first since HS and was shocked at how much they have changed in options, fit, etc.

I have wide feet so I learned that Bauer Vapor is the narrow one, Supreme is a bit wider and Nexus are the wide ones. I found a pair of Nexus ones that were used for a month and returned during a trial period, I think normally they are $599 new, they were on the shelf for $400 and Scheels was running a 50% off used skates sale. They were able to bake them for my foot and they are the best skates I have ever owned.
Thanks! I will heck out the used stores first. I stopped at the Bauer experience or whatever in Bloomington and was overwhelmed and out of my element. Ha

The S35 were like $100-200 and labeled as recreational.
Anyone ever hear of the website Ice Warehouse? They have in stock of the size I need as Scheel's, Pure Hockey and what not don't carry half sizes. Same price, but wasnt sure if anyone used it.

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Re: Consumer Research

Post by fightclub30 » Mon Jan 25 7:36 pm

gopherguy06 wrote:
Mon Jan 25 4:34 pm
gopherguy06 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 7:26 pm
MNGophers29 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:45 pm
Orion wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:28 pm
gopherguy06 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:12 pm
Anyone have a recommendation for a good entry skate for adults? Nothing fancy and just looking to skate at the park rink with the kids.
Seems like the major brands all fit a bit different. Getting a good fitting and comfortable skate is more important than a particular brand. Personally I would try and find a used pair first at a local skate shop. If that doesn't work is go to a store and try on different brands and see what you like. CCM and Bauer both have lower end skates that are perfect for what you need
I agreed with the used skate idea.

I bought a pair a couple years ago, first since HS and was shocked at how much they have changed in options, fit, etc.

I have wide feet so I learned that Bauer Vapor is the narrow one, Supreme is a bit wider and Nexus are the wide ones. I found a pair of Nexus ones that were used for a month and returned during a trial period, I think normally they are $599 new, they were on the shelf for $400 and Scheels was running a 50% off used skates sale. They were able to bake them for my foot and they are the best skates I have ever owned.
Thanks! I will heck out the used stores first. I stopped at the Bauer experience or whatever in Bloomington and was overwhelmed and out of my element. Ha

The S35 were like $100-200 and labeled as recreational.
Anyone ever hear of the website Ice Warehouse? They have in stock of the size I need as Scheel's, Pure Hockey and what not don't carry half sizes. Same price, but wasnt sure if anyone used it.
Used both icewarehouse and inlinewarehouse before (same company I believe). Not for skates, but never had any issues with them. If you know what size you need already, I don't think it would be an issue.

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Re: Consumer Research

Post by Butters Stotch » Mon Jan 25 7:40 pm

gopherguy06 wrote:
Mon Jan 25 4:34 pm
gopherguy06 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 7:26 pm
MNGophers29 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:45 pm
Orion wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:28 pm
gopherguy06 wrote:
Sun Jan 03 4:12 pm
Anyone have a recommendation for a good entry skate for adults? Nothing fancy and just looking to skate at the park rink with the kids.
Seems like the major brands all fit a bit different. Getting a good fitting and comfortable skate is more important than a particular brand. Personally I would try and find a used pair first at a local skate shop. If that doesn't work is go to a store and try on different brands and see what you like. CCM and Bauer both have lower end skates that are perfect for what you need
I agreed with the used skate idea.

I bought a pair a couple years ago, first since HS and was shocked at how much they have changed in options, fit, etc.

I have wide feet so I learned that Bauer Vapor is the narrow one, Supreme is a bit wider and Nexus are the wide ones. I found a pair of Nexus ones that were used for a month and returned during a trial period, I think normally they are $599 new, they were on the shelf for $400 and Scheels was running a 50% off used skates sale. They were able to bake them for my foot and they are the best skates I have ever owned.
Thanks! I will heck out the used stores first. I stopped at the Bauer experience or whatever in Bloomington and was overwhelmed and out of my element. Ha

The S35 were like $100-200 and labeled as recreational.
Anyone ever hear of the website Ice Warehouse? They have in stock of the size I need as Scheel's, Pure Hockey and what not don't carry half sizes. Same price, but wasnt sure if anyone used it.
Ice Warehouse is legit. I've purchased from them a few times over the past five years.

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Re: Consumer Research

Post by J22 » Mon Jan 25 7:44 pm

I agree with the posts above and will add that icewarehouse is by far the best online hockey store that I ever dealt with.

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Re: Consumer Research

Post by Bertogliat » Fri Feb 12 7:29 pm

I am not sure where to put this but I am tech illiterate and need help.

My son’s iPad is getting bombarded with FaceTime requests from people he doesn’t know (all over the Us and in Africa). Is this weird for an iPad since it doesn’t have a phone number associated with it?

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Post by MNGophers29 » Fri Feb 12 8:26 pm

Yes, super odd. I never get them. Neither do my kids.
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Re: Consumer Research

Post by Kelly Red » Fri Feb 12 8:49 pm

Bertogliat wrote:
Fri Feb 12 7:29 pm
I am not sure where to put this but I am tech illiterate and need help.

My son’s iPad is getting bombarded with FaceTime requests from people he doesn’t know (all over the Us and in Africa). Is this weird for an iPad since it doesn’t have a phone number associated with it?
How old is he? Does he use the iPad for school? As in, does he do any sort of group chat for school? If not, just go into Settings and just turn it off. Do not engage with the requests. You do not need a phone number to FaceTime, you only need internet connection.
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Re: Consumer Research

Post by Cowgirl » Fri Feb 12 9:11 pm

Kelly Red wrote:
Fri Feb 12 8:49 pm
Bertogliat wrote:
Fri Feb 12 7:29 pm
I am not sure where to put this but I am tech illiterate and need help.

My son’s iPad is getting bombarded with FaceTime requests from people he doesn’t know (all over the Us and in Africa). Is this weird for an iPad since it doesn’t have a phone number associated with it?
How old is he? Does he use the iPad for school? As in, does he do any sort of group chat for school? If not, just go into Settings and just turn it off. Do not engage with the requests. You do not need a phone number to FaceTime, you only need internet connection.
Yeah, I don’t use FaceTime but I would suspect this is a setting you need to fix in the app itself. Or just don’t let your kid use Facebook. ;)

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Re: Consumer Research

Post by Kelly Red » Fri Feb 12 9:20 pm

Cowgirl wrote:
Fri Feb 12 9:11 pm
Kelly Red wrote:
Fri Feb 12 8:49 pm
Bertogliat wrote:
Fri Feb 12 7:29 pm
I am not sure where to put this but I am tech illiterate and need help.

My son’s iPad is getting bombarded with FaceTime requests from people he doesn’t know (all over the Us and in Africa). Is this weird for an iPad since it doesn’t have a phone number associated with it?
How old is he? Does he use the iPad for school? As in, does he do any sort of group chat for school? If not, just go into Settings and just turn it off. Do not engage with the requests. You do not need a phone number to FaceTime, you only need internet connection.
Yeah, I don’t use FaceTime but I would suspect this is a setting you need to fix in the app itself. Or just don’t let your kid use Facebook. ;)
It’s not an app you download. iPad come with FaceTime pre-installed. Just go to Settings, scroll down and you’ll see FaceTime. Turn it off. And FaceTime isn’t FaceBook, two completely different things. :biggrin2:
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Post by Bertogliat » Fri Feb 12 9:34 pm

He Facetimes with friends daily. But I can see he gets many calls to FaceTime that he doesn’t answer from unknown numbers.

I’ll have to figure out a way to block unknown numbers.

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Post by Cowgirl » Fri Feb 12 9:55 pm

Kelly Red wrote:
Fri Feb 12 9:20 pm
Cowgirl wrote:
Fri Feb 12 9:11 pm
Kelly Red wrote:
Fri Feb 12 8:49 pm
Bertogliat wrote:
Fri Feb 12 7:29 pm
I am not sure where to put this but I am tech illiterate and need help.

My son’s iPad is getting bombarded with FaceTime requests from people he doesn’t know (all over the Us and in Africa). Is this weird for an iPad since it doesn’t have a phone number associated with it?
How old is he? Does he use the iPad for school? As in, does he do any sort of group chat for school? If not, just go into Settings and just turn it off. Do not engage with the requests. You do not need a phone number to FaceTime, you only need internet connection.
Yeah, I don’t use FaceTime but I would suspect this is a setting you need to fix in the app itself. Or just don’t let your kid use Facebook. ;)
It’s not an app you download. iPad come with FaceTime pre-installed. Just go to Settings, scroll down and you’ll see FaceTime. Turn it off. And FaceTime isn’t FaceBook, two completely different things. :biggrin2:
That latter was a mis-type, but still, my technology illiteracy showing. 😂

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Re: Consumer Research

Post by Cowgirl » Fri Feb 12 9:56 pm

Bertogliat wrote:
Fri Feb 12 9:34 pm
He Facetimes with friends daily. But I can see he gets many calls to FaceTime that he doesn’t answer from unknown numbers.

I’ll have to figure out a way to block unknown numbers.
Can FaceTime be spammed like any other number?

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Re: Consumer Research

Post by Kelly Red » Fri Feb 12 10:02 pm

Bertogliat wrote:
Fri Feb 12 9:34 pm
He Facetimes with friends daily. But I can see he gets many calls to FaceTime that he doesn’t answer from unknown numbers.

I’ll have to figure out a way to block unknown numbers.
I just searched “spam FaceTime calls”. There’s instructions for going in and blocking numbers for FaceTime. Looks slightly tedious, but might work. Is there any possibility he’s clicked on something while in chat? They got into his FaceTime somehow, even through one of his friends.
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Re: Consumer Research

Post by davescharf » Tue Feb 23 2:36 pm

For you creative/design types of people, where do you go to find accessories and artwork for a space? We're going to go shopping on Friday to try and find things for our new basement, but I wanted to see where people might suggest going.

We're likely going to end up looking at Homegoods and some of the chain furniture stores on the lower end. We're also going to look at some of the shops at IMS to see what's available on the higher end, but are there other places that would have a good selection of things that you'd suggest going to check out?

We only have some very vague ideas of what we want to do down there so some of the trip is just to try and get some ideas of how to fill the space. Our belief is we're willing to spend a decent chunk of money if we see something we really like, but we're also not afraid to buy some cheaper things that will work until we're able to visit some of the art fairs this summer.
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davescharf wrote:
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For you creative/design types of people, where do you go to find accessories and artwork for a space? We're going to go shopping on Friday to try and find things for our new basement, but I wanted to see where people might suggest going.

We're likely going to end up looking at Homegoods and some of the chain furniture stores on the lower end. We're also going to look at some of the shops at IMS to see what's available on the higher end, but are there other places that would have a good selection of things that you'd suggest going to check out?

We only have some very vague ideas of what we want to do down there so some of the trip is just to try and get some ideas of how to fill the space. Our belief is we're willing to spend a decent chunk of money if we see something we really like, but we're also not afraid to buy some cheaper things that will work until we're able to visit some of the art fairs this summer.
Im afraid I’m not much help since most anything on our walls is made by Karl Jaeger or Terrence Fogarty. And as for accessories? We obtain them at breweries and hockey rinks. (Growlers and pucks).

Needless to say, do not take decorating advice from us. 😂

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Cowgirl wrote:
Tue Feb 23 8:38 pm
davescharf wrote:
Tue Feb 23 2:36 pm
For you creative/design types of people, where do you go to find accessories and artwork for a space? We're going to go shopping on Friday to try and find things for our new basement, but I wanted to see where people might suggest going.

We're likely going to end up looking at Homegoods and some of the chain furniture stores on the lower end. We're also going to look at some of the shops at IMS to see what's available on the higher end, but are there other places that would have a good selection of things that you'd suggest going to check out?

We only have some very vague ideas of what we want to do down there so some of the trip is just to try and get some ideas of how to fill the space. Our belief is we're willing to spend a decent chunk of money if we see something we really like, but we're also not afraid to buy some cheaper things that will work until we're able to visit some of the art fairs this summer.
Im afraid I’m not much help since most anything on our walls is made by Karl Jaeger or Terrence Fogarty. And as for accessories? We obtain them at breweries and hockey rinks. (Growlers and pucks).

Needless to say, do not take decorating advice from us. 😂
Ditto. I go for kitsch (I have a Dogs Playing Poker tapestry), or special interest (have a 3'x5' canvass of the 4 main stars of Goodfellas, and a 3'x2' of Pacino from Scarface) hanging in my living room. Have a couple framed pics from the Plymouth OC also. My decor is very much pop culture. I do have one spot on my walls, if I ever find the right Velvet Elvis (size is key, here).
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The Rube wrote:
Wed Feb 24 9:20 pm
Cowgirl wrote:
Tue Feb 23 8:38 pm
davescharf wrote:
Tue Feb 23 2:36 pm
For you creative/design types of people, where do you go to find accessories and artwork for a space? We're going to go shopping on Friday to try and find things for our new basement, but I wanted to see where people might suggest going.

We're likely going to end up looking at Homegoods and some of the chain furniture stores on the lower end. We're also going to look at some of the shops at IMS to see what's available on the higher end, but are there other places that would have a good selection of things that you'd suggest going to check out?

We only have some very vague ideas of what we want to do down there so some of the trip is just to try and get some ideas of how to fill the space. Our belief is we're willing to spend a decent chunk of money if we see something we really like, but we're also not afraid to buy some cheaper things that will work until we're able to visit some of the art fairs this summer.
Im afraid I’m not much help since most anything on our walls is made by Karl Jaeger or Terrence Fogarty. And as for accessories? We obtain them at breweries and hockey rinks. (Growlers and pucks).

Needless to say, do not take decorating advice from us. 😂
Ditto. I go for kitsch (I have a Dogs Playing Poker tapestry), or special interest (have a 3'x5' canvass of the 4 main stars of Goodfellas, and a 3'x2' of Pacino from Scarface) hanging in my living room. Have a couple framed pics from the Plymouth OC also. My decor is very much pop culture. I do have one spot on my walls, if I ever find the right Velvet Elvis (size is key, here).
Zwak hooked me up with one of the buildings in NE that has a ton of artist studios so we're going to look at some of the artist's websites and see if anything jumps out at us.
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Post by Bertogliat » Thu Feb 25 8:06 am

The Rube wrote:
Wed Feb 24 9:20 pm
Cowgirl wrote:
Tue Feb 23 8:38 pm
davescharf wrote:
Tue Feb 23 2:36 pm
For you creative/design types of people, where do you go to find accessories and artwork for a space? We're going to go shopping on Friday to try and find things for our new basement, but I wanted to see where people might suggest going.

We're likely going to end up looking at Homegoods and some of the chain furniture stores on the lower end. We're also going to look at some of the shops at IMS to see what's available on the higher end, but are there other places that would have a good selection of things that you'd suggest going to check out?

We only have some very vague ideas of what we want to do down there so some of the trip is just to try and get some ideas of how to fill the space. Our belief is we're willing to spend a decent chunk of money if we see something we really like, but we're also not afraid to buy some cheaper things that will work until we're able to visit some of the art fairs this summer.
Im afraid I’m not much help since most anything on our walls is made by Karl Jaeger or Terrence Fogarty. And as for accessories? We obtain them at breweries and hockey rinks. (Growlers and pucks).

Needless to say, do not take decorating advice from us. 😂
Ditto. I go for kitsch (I have a Dogs Playing Poker tapestry), or special interest (have a 3'x5' canvass of the 4 main stars of Goodfellas, and a 3'x2' of Pacino from Scarface) hanging in my living room. Have a couple framed pics from the Plymouth OC also. My decor is very much pop culture. I do have one spot on my walls, if I ever find the right Velvet Elvis (size is key, here).
A little masculine? :lol:

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Post by Zwak » Thu Feb 25 8:31 am

davescharf wrote:
Wed Feb 24 9:23 pm
The Rube wrote:
Wed Feb 24 9:20 pm
Cowgirl wrote:
Tue Feb 23 8:38 pm
davescharf wrote:
Tue Feb 23 2:36 pm
For you creative/design types of people, where do you go to find accessories and artwork for a space? We're going to go shopping on Friday to try and find things for our new basement, but I wanted to see where people might suggest going.

We're likely going to end up looking at Homegoods and some of the chain furniture stores on the lower end. We're also going to look at some of the shops at IMS to see what's available on the higher end, but are there other places that would have a good selection of things that you'd suggest going to check out?

We only have some very vague ideas of what we want to do down there so some of the trip is just to try and get some ideas of how to fill the space. Our belief is we're willing to spend a decent chunk of money if we see something we really like, but we're also not afraid to buy some cheaper things that will work until we're able to visit some of the art fairs this summer.
Im afraid I’m not much help since most anything on our walls is made by Karl Jaeger or Terrence Fogarty. And as for accessories? We obtain them at breweries and hockey rinks. (Growlers and pucks).

Needless to say, do not take decorating advice from us. 😂
Ditto. I go for kitsch (I have a Dogs Playing Poker tapestry), or special interest (have a 3'x5' canvass of the 4 main stars of Goodfellas, and a 3'x2' of Pacino from Scarface) hanging in my living room. Have a couple framed pics from the Plymouth OC also. My decor is very much pop culture. I do have one spot on my walls, if I ever find the right Velvet Elvis (size is key, here).
Zwak hooked me up with one of the buildings in NE that has a ton of artist studios so we're going to look at some of the artist's websites and see if anything jumps out at us.
If you can wait, this is always a great time to visit that building. The event was cancelled last year but as of right now it scheduled for 2021.

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Post by davescharf » Thu Feb 25 11:38 am

Yeah - we have gone to Art a Whirl before we had kids. I’d like to go back this year depending on the situation for sure

I appreciate you looking this up for me. I didn’t realize that complex had a full website with links to a bunch of the artists who work out of it. Searching Google randomly for local artists doesnt give you anything as robust as what that one site does
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Bertogliat wrote:
Thu Feb 25 8:06 am
The Rube wrote:
Wed Feb 24 9:20 pm
Cowgirl wrote:
Tue Feb 23 8:38 pm
davescharf wrote:
Tue Feb 23 2:36 pm
For you creative/design types of people, where do you go to find accessories and artwork for a space? We're going to go shopping on Friday to try and find things for our new basement, but I wanted to see where people might suggest going.

We're likely going to end up looking at Homegoods and some of the chain furniture stores on the lower end. We're also going to look at some of the shops at IMS to see what's available on the higher end, but are there other places that would have a good selection of things that you'd suggest going to check out?

We only have some very vague ideas of what we want to do down there so some of the trip is just to try and get some ideas of how to fill the space. Our belief is we're willing to spend a decent chunk of money if we see something we really like, but we're also not afraid to buy some cheaper things that will work until we're able to visit some of the art fairs this summer.
Im afraid I’m not much help since most anything on our walls is made by Karl Jaeger or Terrence Fogarty. And as for accessories? We obtain them at breweries and hockey rinks. (Growlers and pucks).

Needless to say, do not take decorating advice from us. 😂
Ditto. I go for kitsch (I have a Dogs Playing Poker tapestry), or special interest (have a 3'x5' canvass of the 4 main stars of Goodfellas, and a 3'x2' of Pacino from Scarface) hanging in my living room. Have a couple framed pics from the Plymouth OC also. My decor is very much pop culture. I do have one spot on my walls, if I ever find the right Velvet Elvis (size is key, here).
A little masculine? :lol:
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Our house has very little carpet as it is mostly hardwood. We have some cheap carpet in our finished basement that has never been cleaned. This weekend I rented a Bissel Big Green from Lowes. Normally I rent a Rug Doctor. After this weekend I will not be going back to Rug Doctor. The Bissel Big Green was $10 cheaper than Rug Doctor and was much easier to use. With the Rug Doctor it only cleans if you pull it backwards. The Big Green cleans both forwards and backwards and is much more maneuverable.

The down side is that it holds about half as much fresh water as the Rug Doctor but this also makes it lighter.

Anyway, if you are looking to rent a carpet cleaner, Bissel Big Green gets my vote. There's also a $7 off coupon on their website so the cost was $22.99 for 24 hours.
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I'm looking to buy a webcam. Any recommendations? Features to aim for, or avoid?

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I'm looking to buy a webcam. Any recommendations? Features to aim for, or avoid?
If this is for zoom/teams/whatever calls, I just recommend looking at the field of view. A lot of the webcams have wider angles than what’s built into a laptop so others see more of the room around you.

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Zwak wrote:
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Our house has very little carpet as it is mostly hardwood. We have some cheap carpet in our finished basement that has never been cleaned. This weekend I rented a Bissel Big Green from Lowes. Normally I rent a Rug Doctor. After this weekend I will not be going back to Rug Doctor. The Bissel Big Green was $10 cheaper than Rug Doctor and was much easier to use. With the Rug Doctor it only cleans if you pull it backwards. The Big Green cleans both forwards and backwards and is much more maneuverable.

The down side is that it holds about half as much fresh water as the Rug Doctor but this also makes it lighter.

Anyway, if you are looking to rent a carpet cleaner, Bissel Big Green gets my vote. There's also a $7 off coupon on their website so the cost was $22.99 for 24 hours.
Half the water would drive me nuts though. I'd be filling that thing constantly.

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I was looking into home carpet cleaners, the big green seemed to be one of the best but due to cost I went with their pet model. Not impressed.

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OkComputer wrote:
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Composer wrote:
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I'm looking to buy a webcam. Any recommendations? Features to aim for, or avoid?
If this is for zoom/teams/whatever calls, I just recommend looking at the field of view. A lot of the webcams have wider angles than what’s built into a laptop so others see more of the room around you.
Thanks, I got a logitech C920s PRO. It had 78 degree FoV. I didn't want the super wide angle. I'll check it out today and can return it to Target if there's any other problem. I'm a little worried about the autofocus being too sensitive and adjusting too often.

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Composer wrote:
Thu Mar 25 10:48 am
OkComputer wrote:
Thu Mar 25 8:11 am
Composer wrote:
Thu Mar 25 8:00 am
I'm looking to buy a webcam. Any recommendations? Features to aim for, or avoid?
If this is for zoom/teams/whatever calls, I just recommend looking at the field of view. A lot of the webcams have wider angles than what’s built into a laptop so others see more of the room around you.
Thanks, I got a logitech C920s PRO. It had 78 degree FoV. I didn't want the super wide angle. I'll check it out today and can return it to Target if there's any other problem. I'm a little worried about the autofocus being too sensitive and adjusting too often.
Looks like I am using the same one. I use it for the GPL Podcast and it works well.
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Bertogliat wrote:
Thu Mar 25 8:15 am
Zwak wrote:
Mon Mar 22 10:16 am
Our house has very little carpet as it is mostly hardwood. We have some cheap carpet in our finished basement that has never been cleaned. This weekend I rented a Bissel Big Green from Lowes. Normally I rent a Rug Doctor. After this weekend I will not be going back to Rug Doctor. The Bissel Big Green was $10 cheaper than Rug Doctor and was much easier to use. With the Rug Doctor it only cleans if you pull it backwards. The Big Green cleans both forwards and backwards and is much more maneuverable.

The down side is that it holds about half as much fresh water as the Rug Doctor but this also makes it lighter.

Anyway, if you are looking to rent a carpet cleaner, Bissel Big Green gets my vote. There's also a $7 off coupon on their website so the cost was $22.99 for 24 hours.
Half the water would drive me nuts though. I'd be filling that thing constantly.
Just fair warning, if your carpet still has warranty left, don't use either of them. It will void the warranty. You need hot water extraction done every 12-18 months to maintain carpet warranty.
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Post by Bertogliat » Thu Mar 25 5:12 pm

MNGophers29 wrote:
Thu Mar 25 4:20 pm
Bertogliat wrote:
Thu Mar 25 8:15 am
Zwak wrote:
Mon Mar 22 10:16 am
Our house has very little carpet as it is mostly hardwood. We have some cheap carpet in our finished basement that has never been cleaned. This weekend I rented a Bissel Big Green from Lowes. Normally I rent a Rug Doctor. After this weekend I will not be going back to Rug Doctor. The Bissel Big Green was $10 cheaper than Rug Doctor and was much easier to use. With the Rug Doctor it only cleans if you pull it backwards. The Big Green cleans both forwards and backwards and is much more maneuverable.

The down side is that it holds about half as much fresh water as the Rug Doctor but this also makes it lighter.

Anyway, if you are looking to rent a carpet cleaner, Bissel Big Green gets my vote. There's also a $7 off coupon on their website so the cost was $22.99 for 24 hours.
Half the water would drive me nuts though. I'd be filling that thing constantly.
Just fair warning, if your carpet still has warranty left, don't use either of them. It will void the warranty. You need hot water extraction done every 12-18 months to maintain carpet warranty.
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Bertogliat wrote:
Thu Mar 25 5:12 pm
MNGophers29 wrote:
Thu Mar 25 4:20 pm
Bertogliat wrote:
Thu Mar 25 8:15 am
Zwak wrote:
Mon Mar 22 10:16 am
Our house has very little carpet as it is mostly hardwood. We have some cheap carpet in our finished basement that has never been cleaned. This weekend I rented a Bissel Big Green from Lowes. Normally I rent a Rug Doctor. After this weekend I will not be going back to Rug Doctor. The Bissel Big Green was $10 cheaper than Rug Doctor and was much easier to use. With the Rug Doctor it only cleans if you pull it backwards. The Big Green cleans both forwards and backwards and is much more maneuverable.

The down side is that it holds about half as much fresh water as the Rug Doctor but this also makes it lighter.

Anyway, if you are looking to rent a carpet cleaner, Bissel Big Green gets my vote. There's also a $7 off coupon on their website so the cost was $22.99 for 24 hours.
Half the water would drive me nuts though. I'd be filling that thing constantly.
Just fair warning, if your carpet still has warranty left, don't use either of them. It will void the warranty. You need hot water extraction done every 12-18 months to maintain carpet warranty.
WTF? Really?
Yes, really. A carpet warranty is no different then one for your car or your computer. Do it yourself almost always voids the manufacturer warranty.
Doing it yourself can go wrong several ways...poor rinsing leaves shampoo and that attracts even more dirt, too hot water loosens carpet glue/backing, too much water makes backing buckle. Or the pad gets too wet and now you have mold.
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Jupiter wrote:
Thu Mar 25 10:59 am
Composer wrote:
Thu Mar 25 10:48 am
OkComputer wrote:
Thu Mar 25 8:11 am
Composer wrote:
Thu Mar 25 8:00 am
I'm looking to buy a webcam. Any recommendations? Features to aim for, or avoid?
If this is for zoom/teams/whatever calls, I just recommend looking at the field of view. A lot of the webcams have wider angles than what’s built into a laptop so others see more of the room around you.
Thanks, I got a logitech C920s PRO. It had 78 degree FoV. I didn't want the super wide angle. I'll check it out today and can return it to Target if there's any other problem. I'm a little worried about the autofocus being too sensitive and adjusting too often.
Looks like I am using the same one. I use it for the GPL Podcast and it works well.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/products ... 00764.html
Excellent! We set it up and it looked and sounded great. But we did get an issue with the computer response. After the camera was connected, both mousing and typing response was real bad (typed a password and it took 5+ seconds for the computer to display it.) Did you encounter anything like this?

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Post by Bertogliat » Thu Mar 25 7:44 pm

Composer wrote:
Thu Mar 25 6:43 pm
Jupiter wrote:
Thu Mar 25 10:59 am
Composer wrote:
Thu Mar 25 10:48 am
OkComputer wrote:
Thu Mar 25 8:11 am
Composer wrote:
Thu Mar 25 8:00 am
I'm looking to buy a webcam. Any recommendations? Features to aim for, or avoid?
If this is for zoom/teams/whatever calls, I just recommend looking at the field of view. A lot of the webcams have wider angles than what’s built into a laptop so others see more of the room around you.
Thanks, I got a logitech C920s PRO. It had 78 degree FoV. I didn't want the super wide angle. I'll check it out today and can return it to Target if there's any other problem. I'm a little worried about the autofocus being too sensitive and adjusting too often.
Looks like I am using the same one. I use it for the GPL Podcast and it works well.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/products ... 00764.html
Excellent! We set it up and it looked and sounded great. But we did get an issue with the computer response. After the camera was connected, both mousing and typing response was real bad (typed a password and it took 5+ seconds for the computer to display it.) Did you encounter anything like this?
Did you reboot?

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Composer wrote:
Thu Mar 25 6:43 pm
Jupiter wrote:
Thu Mar 25 10:59 am
Composer wrote:
Thu Mar 25 10:48 am
OkComputer wrote:
Thu Mar 25 8:11 am
Composer wrote:
Thu Mar 25 8:00 am
I'm looking to buy a webcam. Any recommendations? Features to aim for, or avoid?
If this is for zoom/teams/whatever calls, I just recommend looking at the field of view. A lot of the webcams have wider angles than what’s built into a laptop so others see more of the room around you.
Thanks, I got a logitech C920s PRO. It had 78 degree FoV. I didn't want the super wide angle. I'll check it out today and can return it to Target if there's any other problem. I'm a little worried about the autofocus being too sensitive and adjusting too often.
Looks like I am using the same one. I use it for the GPL Podcast and it works well.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/products ... 00764.html
Excellent! We set it up and it looked and sounded great. But we did get an issue with the computer response. After the camera was connected, both mousing and typing response was real bad (typed a password and it took 5+ seconds for the computer to display it.) Did you encounter anything like this?
Nope... I only use it for video. The audio is through my Blue Yeti via USB. I am also on a Mac.

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Post by MNGophers29 » Thu Mar 25 8:16 pm

Kelly Red wrote:
Thu Mar 25 5:51 pm
Bertogliat wrote:
Thu Mar 25 5:12 pm
MNGophers29 wrote:
Thu Mar 25 4:20 pm
Bertogliat wrote:
Thu Mar 25 8:15 am
Zwak wrote:
Mon Mar 22 10:16 am
Our house has very little carpet as it is mostly hardwood. We have some cheap carpet in our finished basement that has never been cleaned. This weekend I rented a Bissel Big Green from Lowes. Normally I rent a Rug Doctor. After this weekend I will not be going back to Rug Doctor. The Bissel Big Green was $10 cheaper than Rug Doctor and was much easier to use. With the Rug Doctor it only cleans if you pull it backwards. The Big Green cleans both forwards and backwards and is much more maneuverable.

The down side is that it holds about half as much fresh water as the Rug Doctor but this also makes it lighter.

Anyway, if you are looking to rent a carpet cleaner, Bissel Big Green gets my vote. There's also a $7 off coupon on their website so the cost was $22.99 for 24 hours.
Half the water would drive me nuts though. I'd be filling that thing constantly.
Just fair warning, if your carpet still has warranty left, don't use either of them. It will void the warranty. You need hot water extraction done every 12-18 months to maintain carpet warranty.
WTF? Really?
Yes, really. A carpet warranty is no different then one for your car or your computer. Do it yourself almost always voids the manufacturer warranty.
Doing it yourself can go wrong several ways...poor rinsing leaves shampoo and that attracts even more dirt, too hot water loosens carpet glue/backing, too much water makes backing buckle. Or the pad gets too wet and now you have mold.
This. The only one they can really test for is soap in the fibers. They spray distilled water on it and if it bubbles, they know there is detergent in the carpet.

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On the carpet topic we just got the pads we wanted for the rugs in our basement. It was then that we discovered the 8x11 carpet we bought is actually 7'9 x 10'6 and the pad is a little too big, so we'll have to get it trimmed a few inches in each direction. I'm annoyed at myself for not double checking the measurements since we didn't think about a pad for this particular rug but I'm also annoyed that the company selling the rug (which is a stock size for them) couldn't be more specific in their sizing.

At least we know the 2nd rug and pad should be fine because we had to have the rug cut down to a specific size for our space and the same people cut the pad.
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davescharf wrote:
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On the carpet topic we just got the pads we wanted for the rugs in our basement. It was then that we discovered the 8x11 carpet we bought is actually 7'9 x 10'6 and the pad is a little too big, so we'll have to get it trimmed a few inches in each direction. I'm annoyed at myself for not double checking the measurements since we didn't think about a pad for this particular rug but I'm also annoyed that the company selling the rug (which is a stock size for them) couldn't be more specific in their sizing.

At least we know the 2nd rug and pad should be fine because we had to have the rug cut down to a specific size for our space and the same people cut the pad.
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davescharf wrote:
Thu Mar 25 9:24 pm
On the carpet topic we just got the pads we wanted for the rugs in our basement. It was then that we discovered the 8x11 carpet we bought is actually 7'9 x 10'6 and the pad is a little too big, so we'll have to get it trimmed a few inches in each direction. I'm annoyed at myself for not double checking the measurements since we didn't think about a pad for this particular rug but I'm also annoyed that the company selling the rug (which is a stock size for them) couldn't be more specific in their sizing.

At least we know the 2nd rug and pad should be fine because we had to have the rug cut down to a specific size for our space and the same people cut the pad.
I am really surprised they didn’t have the actual size. I have sold rugs for 20 years and they all fall into a 8x10, 6x9, 5x8 category or whatever but the label always says the exact size.
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MNGophers29 wrote:
Thu Mar 25 9:39 pm
davescharf wrote:
Thu Mar 25 9:24 pm
On the carpet topic we just got the pads we wanted for the rugs in our basement. It was then that we discovered the 8x11 carpet we bought is actually 7'9 x 10'6 and the pad is a little too big, so we'll have to get it trimmed a few inches in each direction. I'm annoyed at myself for not double checking the measurements since we didn't think about a pad for this particular rug but I'm also annoyed that the company selling the rug (which is a stock size for them) couldn't be more specific in their sizing.

At least we know the 2nd rug and pad should be fine because we had to have the rug cut down to a specific size for our space and the same people cut the pad.
I am really surprised they didn’t have the actual size. I have sold rugs for 20 years and they all fall into a 8x10, 6x9, 5x8 category or whatever but the label always says the exact size.
Yep - label even says 8x11. The other one we bought was to the inch so I wrongly assumed this was the case on the other.

At least getting a pad cut down isn’t a huge deal other than costing a little more money
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Post by MNGophers29 » Thu Mar 25 9:51 pm

davescharf wrote:
Thu Mar 25 9:41 pm
MNGophers29 wrote:
Thu Mar 25 9:39 pm
davescharf wrote:
Thu Mar 25 9:24 pm
On the carpet topic we just got the pads we wanted for the rugs in our basement. It was then that we discovered the 8x11 carpet we bought is actually 7'9 x 10'6 and the pad is a little too big, so we'll have to get it trimmed a few inches in each direction. I'm annoyed at myself for not double checking the measurements since we didn't think about a pad for this particular rug but I'm also annoyed that the company selling the rug (which is a stock size for them) couldn't be more specific in their sizing.

At least we know the 2nd rug and pad should be fine because we had to have the rug cut down to a specific size for our space and the same people cut the pad.
I am really surprised they didn’t have the actual size. I have sold rugs for 20 years and they all fall into a 8x10, 6x9, 5x8 category or whatever but the label always says the exact size.
Yep - label even says 8x11. The other one we bought was to the inch so I wrongly assumed this was the case on the other.

At least getting a pad cut down isn’t a huge deal other than costing a little more money
It’s also odd to find a finished rug at a round measurement too. At least the pads are easy to trim!
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And I shall call it, "Peepsi!!"

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Coke > Pepsi
Basically anything in the world > Peeps

Basically any drink in the world > Peepsi
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Post by Greyeagle » Fri Mar 26 9:23 am

Slap Shot wrote:
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And I shall call it, "Peepsi!!"

Hard to believe pepsi has less than half the market share of Coke. :lol:
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Post by Slap Shot » Fri Mar 26 9:33 am

Bonin21 wrote:
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Coke > Pepsi
Basically anything in the world > Peeps

Basically any drink in the world > Peepsi
You must be fun at parties.

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Post by Chris83 » Fri Mar 26 10:14 am

To be honest, I'm fine with either Coke or Pepsi, particularly the "cherry" versions. But a very big :yikes: on Marshmallow Soda. Yucky. Orange Crush should come out with "Circus Peanut Soda" :puke: :lol:
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I will never try it I just laughed at the idea of calling it, 'Peepsi'.
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What a disgrace to Peeps.

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What a disgrace to Peeps.
Peeps ARE a disgrace.
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And I shall call it, "Peepsi!!"

I haven’t needed insulin for my type 2 diabetes in over a year. Just looking at that picture makes my blood sugar go up.

Speaking of pop, I don’t like diet pops like Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, etc. however I do really like the Zero Sugar forms of Coke, Pepsi, Cherry Coke, Wild Cherry Pepsi, Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Dr. Pepper. They all taste almost like the real thing.
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acesulfame potassium. Doesn't exactly roll of the tongue, but it does sweeten much better than aspartame (NutraSweet).

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I understand there’s a lot of variables in asking this question but I’m going to ask it anyways

If you think about a normal suburban sized two level house what would you ballpark the cost of replacing all the windows to be? Since I know it makes a difference we will likely do fiberglass ones and not wood.

We are going to contact a few people about quotes in the coming months but I’m trying to get an extremely basic idea so I can spit out my Diet Coke in the privacy of my own house.
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I understand there’s a lot of variables in asking this question but I’m going to ask it anyways

If you think about a normal suburban sized two level house what would you ballpark the cost of replacing all the windows to be? Since I know it makes a difference we will likely do fiberglass ones and not wood.

We are going to contact a few people about quotes in the coming months but I’m trying to get an extremely basic idea so I can spit out my Diet Coke in the privacy of my own house.
I do not like the PVC/Fiberglass/Vinyl/Whatever windows. There is a LOT of expansion and contraction going on in those products.

We went with Marvin Aluminum Clad, Wood windows a few years ago. We have a Suburban, 2200 Sq Ft, 3 level split (1.5 levels). It was $34,000 to do them all, we opted to do half then and half sometime in the future TBD.

Renewal by Anderson has awful, high pressure sales in our experience. They would only meet when both you and your partner were home... They flat out said "We don't want the excuse - I need to talk to my wife/husband." Then they had pricing of This is the price if you sign today, this is the price if you sign later this week once I walk out the door, this is the price after this week. Their cheapest price was also $10,000 more than anyone else we looked at; Pella and Anderson (non-renewal). We also had Sela and Rusco come out, and I could've built a cabin or bought a new BMW for the price they wanted.

The typical problems of wood windows have been fixed by modern improvements. Low-E coatings on glass, higher U-value glass, Aluminum clad exteriors, etc. I have seen some of those PVC windows on South facades in direct sun all day literally blow apart due to expansion.

FWIW, I am an Architect and do some residential. We specify Aluminum (full) or Aluminum-clad wood windows in our residential projects.

I am sure you will find lots of opinions though, and people who do enjoy their "non-maintenance" Vinyl/whatever windows.

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I understand there’s a lot of variables in asking this question but I’m going to ask it anyways

If you think about a normal suburban sized two level house what would you ballpark the cost of replacing all the windows to be? Since I know it makes a difference we will likely do fiberglass ones and not wood.

We are going to contact a few people about quotes in the coming months but I’m trying to get an extremely basic idea so I can spit out my Diet Coke in the privacy of my own house.
It's been quite a while since we quoted these, but $1k power window might be fair?

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fightclub30 wrote:
Fri Apr 09 11:12 am
davescharf wrote:
Fri Apr 09 10:58 am
I understand there’s a lot of variables in asking this question but I’m going to ask it anyways

If you think about a normal suburban sized two level house what would you ballpark the cost of replacing all the windows to be? Since I know it makes a difference we will likely do fiberglass ones and not wood.

We are going to contact a few people about quotes in the coming months but I’m trying to get an extremely basic idea so I can spit out my Diet Coke in the privacy of my own house.
I do not like the PVC/Fiberglass/Vinyl/Whatever windows. There is a LOT of expansion and contraction going on in those products.

We went with Marvin Aluminum Clad, Wood windows a few years ago. We have a Suburban, 2200 Sq Ft, 3 level split (1.5 levels). It was $34,000 to do them all, we opted to do half then and half sometime in the future TBD.

Renewal by Anderson has awful, high pressure sales in our experience. They would only meet when both you and your partner were home... They flat out said "We don't want the excuse - I need to talk to my wife/husband." Then they had pricing of This is the price if you sign today, this is the price if you sign later this week once I walk out the door, this is the price after this week. Their cheapest price was also $10,000 more than anyone else we looked at; Pella and Anderson (non-renewal). We also had Sela and Rusco come out, and I could've built a cabin or bought a new BMW for the price they wanted.

The typical problems of wood windows have been fixed by modern improvements. Low-E coatings on glass, higher U-value glass, Aluminum clad exteriors, etc. I have seen some of those PVC windows on South facades in direct sun all day literally blow apart due to expansion.

FWIW, I am an Architect and do some residential. We specify Aluminum (full) or Aluminum-clad wood windows in our residential projects.

I am sure you will find lots of opinions though, and people who do enjoy their "non-maintenance" Vinyl/whatever windows.
I guess I didn’t even know aluminum was an option. We get a ton of sun facing south so that’s something I’ll really want to look at

Thanks for the info. These types of perspectives are really helpful to me
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I guess I didn’t even know aluminum was an option. We get a ton of sun facing south so that’s something I’ll really want to look at

Thanks for the info. These types of perspectives are really helpful to me
One more thing to consider, that is worth asking, triple pane glazing (now a requirement in Canada) has really come down in pricing and is becoming more common. Next code adoption for Minnesota, it will likely be a requirement (for prescriptive approach) in commercial buildings.

We had a recent project where the estimate payback was less than 3 years. Although part of that was due to propane heat in this remote area of Northern MN, but still something to at least ask about.

It provides 2 "air" spaces, and extra surfaces to put high performance films/layers on. U-value performance gets a nice boost from that extra layer.

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davescharf wrote:
Fri Apr 09 10:58 am
I understand there’s a lot of variables in asking this question but I’m going to ask it anyways

If you think about a normal suburban sized two level house what would you ballpark the cost of replacing all the windows to be? Since I know it makes a difference we will likely do fiberglass ones and not wood.

We are going to contact a few people about quotes in the coming months but I’m trying to get an extremely basic idea so I can spit out my Diet Coke in the privacy of my own house.
We replaced windows a while back on my old house going through Sela. It’s probably been 8 years.


I HATE vinyl (which I unfortunately have now) so we chose wood windows in the main living areas and fiberglass for the bathroom and bedrooms. Pela make a very nice fiberglass window. They were solid and more expensive than the wood, which I was not expecting. We had problems with frost on windows in that house and the fiberglass was a perfect choice. I would 100% do fiberglass again.

Our L shaped rambler cost about $26k to replace all the windows (8 years ago). That included a sliding glass door with blinds in the glass and two large (11 ft and 8 ft wide). We did not go cheap.

Hopefully Pela changed the design of their sliding doors because they had the screen on the inside which sucked. Having to open the screen to shut the door let ALL the bugs in.

My parents are in the process of replacing windows now. They bought triple pane. And standard sized windows were about $2k per window and they took a looong time to get delivered. I think COVID is impacting price and delivery times.

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Bertogliat wrote:
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We replaced windows a while back on my old house going through Sela. It’s probably been 8 years.

I HATE vinyl (which I unfortunately have now) so we chose wood windows in the main living areas and fiberglass for the bathroom and bedrooms. Pela make a very nice fiberglass window. They were solid and more expensive than the wood, which I was not expecting. We had problems with frost on windows in that house and the fiberglass was a perfect choice. I would 100% do fiberglass again.

Our L shaped rambler cost about $26k to replace all the windows (8 years ago). That included a sliding glass door with blinds in the glass and two large (11 ft and 8 ft wide). We did not go cheap.

Hopefully Pela changed the design of their sliding doors because they had the screen on the inside which sucked. Having to open the screen to shut the door let ALL the bugs in.

My parents are in the process of replacing windows now. They bought triple pane. And standard sized windows were about $2k per window and they took a looong time to get delivered. I think COVID is impacting price and delivery times.
As of earlier this year, Pella has NOT changed that design. Makes it a no-deal for our clients typically.

Lead times on windows is a factor for residential and commercial. Glass itself seems to be more of the problem. Concrete and Steel have once again become problems. Reminds me of a few years ago when US Bank Stadium and, I want to say, Wells Fargo Tower were being built downtown and Glass, Concrete, and Steel prices all skyrocketed locally and lead times were crazy.

At least it is a sign there is some demand and people are spending money/building. If lead times weren't a problem that would mean there is no demand...

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fightclub30 wrote:
Fri Apr 09 1:38 pm
Bertogliat wrote:
Fri Apr 09 1:34 pm
We replaced windows a while back on my old house going through Sela. It’s probably been 8 years.

I HATE vinyl (which I unfortunately have now) so we chose wood windows in the main living areas and fiberglass for the bathroom and bedrooms. Pela make a very nice fiberglass window. They were solid and more expensive than the wood, which I was not expecting. We had problems with frost on windows in that house and the fiberglass was a perfect choice. I would 100% do fiberglass again.

Our L shaped rambler cost about $26k to replace all the windows (8 years ago). That included a sliding glass door with blinds in the glass and two large (11 ft and 8 ft wide). We did not go cheap.

Hopefully Pela changed the design of their sliding doors because they had the screen on the inside which sucked. Having to open the screen to shut the door let ALL the bugs in.

My parents are in the process of replacing windows now. They bought triple pane. And standard sized windows were about $2k per window and they took a looong time to get delivered. I think COVID is impacting price and delivery times.
As of earlier this year, Pella has NOT changed that design. Makes it a no-deal for our clients typically.

Lead times on windows is a factor for residential and commercial. Glass itself seems to be more of the problem. Concrete and Steel have once again become problems. Reminds me of a few years ago when US Bank Stadium and, I want to say, Wells Fargo Tower were being built downtown and Glass, Concrete, and Steel prices all skyrocketed locally and lead times were crazy.

At least it is a sign there is some demand and people are spending money/building. If lead times weren't a problem that would mean there is no demand...
If I were to buy windows now I would absolutely go with Pella again but I would choose a different manufacturer for the door. The door itself was very high quality but the screen on the inside is one of the dumbest design features I’ve ever seen. The engineers who come up with the idea must spend half their day trying to lick their own ears..... Iowegians.

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Post by Bladepuller » Fri Apr 09 8:07 pm

Back in around 2003 the old cabin had Pinecraft (Scherer Bros. Lumber private label) windows that some frames and pretty much all the sash were rotting. Walls also. For me Pella ( I can't remember the line) made sense since the options for STOCK rough openings were such that I was able to not have any ROs that were more than an inch or so than the stock units. I did cut out some framed sills to use a taller stock unit. I do all my own carpentry as a UBC member.

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Has ANYONE heard of, or done so themselves, ordered a Rum And Pepsi? Didn't think so. ;)

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Post by davescharf » Wed Apr 21 10:21 pm

Are Zagg screens worth the money for your newer mobile devices. I just bought an iPhone 12 Pro and am wondering if they’re worth the cost now that they seem to be $50
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Post by Bonin21 » Wed Apr 21 10:50 pm

If you are clumsy I think they are worth it. I know someone that has gone through two on an iPhone 11 and now on the third. Really no damage to the screen thanks to the screen protectors.

I've never used one because I am careful with my phone.
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Post by Zwak » Thu Apr 22 9:25 am

davescharf wrote:
Wed Apr 21 10:21 pm
Are Zagg screens worth the money for your newer mobile devices. I just bought an iPhone 12 Pro and am wondering if they’re worth the cost now that they seem to be $50
I much prefer the tempered glass screen protectors. If there is a Five Below store near you check them out. That’s where I get my tempered glass protectors and have had great luck with them.
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