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Ask Me Anything: Best Chromebook, Granite Stains, Estate Planning, and More

 

What’s inside? Here are the questions I’m answering from my bulging reader mailbag. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. Or just scroll through to read all. Enjoy!

Contents

1. Best Inexpensive Chromebook Computer 

2. White, filmy, hard water stains on granite

3. Help me overcome impulse buying, please?!

4. Is there any way to remove a Super Glue spill?!

5. Which is the best iron for quilters? 

6. Downloadable software for Estate Planning

7. Homemade Almond Extract, please!

 

Q1: Our son, in his first year of college, has asked for a Chromebook computer for Christmas. Can you point me to the Best Inexpensive option? I don’t know a lot about this and trust your recommendation. Thanks! Barb

Smart kid you have there! Chromebook continues to be a mind-blowing option when it comes to laptop computers. My choice as of today (things change so quickly in the world of computers) is the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA, which comes with an Intel Core Processor with 64GB flash storage and 4GB RAM, and up to 10 hours of battery life. All of that means it’s fast and efficient.

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Preventive Maintenance is Cheap Insurance

It was a Sunday night and the house felt cold. The only way for the Doloski family to keep their Illinois house warm and cozy in December is with a working furnace. One look at the thermostat told them that clearly, theirs was not.

 

Furnace repairman peering into furnace

 

Within minutes of arriving, the service technician diagnosed the problem. They needed a new igniter. At least the problem was one they could not have resolved themselves.

Then the technician opened the side panel of the furnace. Filthy. Neglected. He said the igniter failed because the furnace filter hadn’t been cleaned. What would have taken five minutes to vacuum or replace, cost hundreds in “after hours” fees, parts, and labor. They know the furnace filter needs to be changed regularly, and usually, they do. But this year they simply forgot.

When it comes to forgetting about routine maintenance issues, the Doloski’s are not alone. Take automobiles, for example. A National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) survey showed that while 48 percent of its certified technicians always tell customers about the importance of routine vehicle maintenance, only 2 percent routinely follow that advice.

If you own a home, a car, or simply a human body, the words routine maintenance should be part of your vocabulary. Safety and good health are, of course, the most important reasons to keep what we’ve got in good working order. But the financial benefits are significant, too.

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