DEAR READERS: Today's Sound Off is about taking advantage of the public:
DEAR HELOISE: I had a repairman out to inspect my heating system, and he came back with an estimate a little over $1,200. I said I was going to get a second opinion, which he didn't like, and he told me the price was good for only 24 hours, then it would go up.
I got a second opinion, and yes, there were some repairs needed that would cost me about $89. My system is only 6 years old. Turns out, there was no need to replace so many parts.
Why do some repair people want to take advantage of people? I know they aren't all like that. Tell your readers to get a second opinion if the price seems too high.
-- Tanya L., Michigan
DEAR READERS: Here are some additional uses for mayonnaise:
• Remove sticker residue. Rub in a circular motion.
• Conditioner: Rub a little on your hair and leave for 30 minutes, then shampoo as usual.
• Erase water stains on wood by rubbing a small amount on the stain and letting sit overnight, then wiping up with a clean cloth.
• Rub into cuticles to soften and moisturize them.
DEAR READERS: A new scam is hitting homes all over America. Your phone rings once or twice and the caller hangs up. It may have a number with your area code on your phone. Whatever you do, do not call back.
These robocalls connect you to an overseas premium-rate number that keeps you on the line with long holds and other tactics, which are designed to increase your bill. If you get scammed, call your service provider and ask that the charges be removed.
DEAR HELOISE: What is considered a moderate drinker of alcohol as compared with an excessive drinker?
-- Pamela D., Tennessee
DEAR READER: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that moderate drinking for women is up to one drink per day, and up to two drinks per day for men. A drink is defined by the following:
• 12 ounces of beer
• 8 ounces of malt liquor
• 5 ounces of wine
• 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled liquor such as whiskey, gin, rum or vodka.
Excessive drinking for women is having eight or more drinks a week. For men, it's 15 or more.
Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email
ActiveStyle on 10/07/2019