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by iamlucky13
Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 40
Views: 2089

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

The slightly longer, lower cargo area of the Outback has some occasional advantages for fitting stuff in, I think, but in general, I think the CR-V has a better thought out interior. The Outback also has a higher towing rating, if that matters, although it's still relatively small. We have occasiona...
by iamlucky13
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Strategy for smartphones.
Replies: 31
Views: 2399

Re: Strategy for smartphones.

Are mid-range phones good enough? It seems that except for the camera quality the mid-range phones may be adequate. I'm interested in your thoughts as I hate the idea of spending what will be $1,000 after the next upgrade level for something that could break in a year and a day. You're the one who ...
by iamlucky13
Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8377

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Both hazards have over a century of consumer experience in understanding the conditions under which each hazard arises and mitigating them. On the electrical side, even after all that experience, items used by the general public at more than 240V and 50A, which aren't simply hard-wired by professio...
by iamlucky13
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another battery question
Replies: 25
Views: 2127

Re: Another battery question

I also have a Battery Tender Junior, mainly for my riding mower. It seems to do the job fine, and is basically the benchmark for battery maintainers. Harbor Freight has similar products for cheaper, but their long term reliability is hard to guess at. I also left it plugged into a Kill-A-Watt power ...
by iamlucky13
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is tall Fescue really tall?
Replies: 12
Views: 1317

Re: Is tall Fescue really tall?

It's not particularly tall, but is taller than other fescue varieties. Most of what you'll see these days has been bred as a turf type with moderate texture that does just fine mowed 3-4 niches. I'm on an acre+ lot that needed some grading in order to be maintainable, so I planted a mix that was mos...
by iamlucky13
Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Luxury" Vinyl vs Laminate flooring?
Replies: 35
Views: 2598

Re: "Luxury" Vinyl vs Laminate flooring?

I see it as a matter of choosing between prioritizing appearance and feel (laminate) vs. water resistance and resilience (vinyl). Do not make your final pattern choice until you've seen actual sample pieces. At best, colors will look different on your monitor or in print than in real life. At worst,...
by iamlucky13
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8377

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

That means a 15 minute charge takes 600 kW - a power level at the high end of commercial service. For a gas station-style business, locations would be limited to where the power company can provide industrial service. Even the 120 kW system Tesla uses operates at voltage and current levels that pre...
by iamlucky13
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8377

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Basically the same things were all being said 10-15 year ago when Tesla was first starting to get noticed. I've seen more battery "breakthroughs" announced over that time than I can count - probably about every six months on average. New variations on lithium-ion batteries, several types of air bat...
by iamlucky13
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8377

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

It won't be long? I find that hard to believe. .... To summarize, I suppose, the finite limited range of EVs make them impractical for most people. We're talking 10-15 years from now. Yes, currently EVs are not practical for people with driving habits like yours. However, the technology is moving i...
by iamlucky13
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Flood Insurance when not in flood plain?
Replies: 39
Views: 3224

Re: Flood Insurance when not in flood plain?

But be aware that this could mean nothing if creeks upstream of you have no history of flooding because maybe they will flood. That is, it is helpful to have a history of so-called "signature events." My understanding is the FEMA maps are largely based on hydrology modelling rather than past events.
by iamlucky13
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury car: perception vs reality
Replies: 118
Views: 5948

Re: Luxury car: perception vs reality

Another point that many people may not realize is that Americans LOVE trucks! And they don't love them in their spartan form, they love them loaded. Those trucks are now pushing $70K new! So when The Millionaire Next Door (fine book) talks about F-150 being preferred choice over BMW or Mercedes for...
by iamlucky13
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury car: perception vs reality
Replies: 118
Views: 5948

Re: Luxury car: perception vs reality

This isn't a direct answer, but the IRS has some statistical data online, and it could shed some light on the question of how many people can actually afford luxury cars, via the 6 months rule or some other metric. For 2014, there were (each bin including the counts for the higher income bins): 23.6...
by iamlucky13
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8377

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

To keep this actionable, my question is, should I replace my Prius for "fun" with an updated BEV or PHEV? When and what type. Should I replace my wife's 17year old luxury SUV and if so, when and what type. Requirements: We do 3-4 long 6-12hr roadtrips each year for the in laws and safety is vital. ...
by iamlucky13
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8377

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

jump ship and go for a tesla! you have to look at an EV as more of an investment than anything. check this out, https://www.autolist.com/tesla-model+s-san+francisco-ca#section=news&s=a , teslas depreciate way lover than other electric cars. it says they only lose 48% of their value after 100k miles...
by iamlucky13
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?
Replies: 257
Views: 21109

Re: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?

Airline tickets to Miami so I could go diving in the Keys from Friday - Wednesday. The car rental and the hotel both refunded my money with no hassle but the airlines are insisting on a $200 penalty for each way. Neither direction cost $200. Similar thing happened to me. It may be about 12 yrs ago,...
by iamlucky13
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HVAC AC and furnace replacement quandary
Replies: 21
Views: 2374

Re: HVAC AC and furnace replacement quandary

You want to be sure the quotes are for the exact same work and equipment. I.e., replace all lines or not, replace all ductwork or not, new thermostat and type or not, same seer, same tonnage, variable or constant speed fan, refrigerant type, quality of brand,duct leak test, manual j calculation, et...
by iamlucky13
Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wanting a Portable Auto GPS
Replies: 65
Views: 3331

Re: Wanting a Portable Auto GPS

I used the paper map just this week to plan a route around traffic, which reminded me, it might be worthwhile to try to get higher resolution copies of areas I drive regularly. BTW, I hate entering addresses on a standalone GPS now. Even when I'm the passenger, I've never really enjoyed entering th...
by iamlucky13
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Waterproof container for documents-pending Florida hurricane
Replies: 29
Views: 2285

Re: Waterproof container for documents-pending Florida hurricane

You could scan most documents and never have to worry about loosing them, and then send the rest to someone to get back later. I have everything digital and all the passports and so forth off site. My living space is in constant risk of sinking, if you know what I mean! Hopefully the offsite part i...
by iamlucky13
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wanting a Portable Auto GPS
Replies: 65
Views: 3331

Re: Wanting a Portable Auto GPS

Do you still keep paper maps in the car as backup? I did that for a while after getting a GPS. Then the cell phone took over and I kept the GPS as backup. I do actually. I have neither a smartphone, nor a dedicated GPS. I plan my trips before leaving (usually on the computer), and generally have le...
by iamlucky13
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 61
Views: 5052

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

If you really want to save some money just wait a few years. Can this car ever live up to all the hype ? Not entirely. Even Musk has publicly tried to temper the hype. I got the impression they saw a falloff in Model S interest they attributed to unrealistic expectations that the 3 will be a near e...
by iamlucky13
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wanting a Portable Auto GPS
Replies: 65
Views: 3331

Re: Wanting a Portable Auto GPS

Consensus doesn't matter. Don't just follow the herd. Use your needs/wants to find a solution suited to your requirements, priorities and preferences. If you want a dedicated GPS then get a dedicated GPS. People tend to assume that their preferred solution on any topic is the only option or best fo...
by iamlucky13
Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 61
Views: 5052

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Did you think for $35K you could have all the goodies? All car manufacturers show their base price. BTW, if your remove the "dorky" wheel cover you get a better looking wheel. It will just lower your mileage a bit since it is less aerodynamic. All manufacturers don't have such a huge difference bet...
by iamlucky13
Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Waterproof container for documents-pending Florida hurricane
Replies: 29
Views: 2285

Re: Waterproof container for documents-pending Florida hurricane

For cheap and quick, double bag them in ziplocks and protect them from puncture inside a notebook, between a couple pieces of cardboard, or stuck in a 3-ring binder (obviously you're not going to want to hole punch them and actually attach them to the rings ;) ) You could scan most documents and nev...
by iamlucky13
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 61
Views: 5052

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I gotta say that I'm impressed with Musk. We all knew that he is good at separating governments and consumers from their money, but this scheme to up-sell after a long-anticipated wait on a $35k Tesla is truly genius. The dude ain't dumb. I've had doubts since before it was even officially announce...
by iamlucky13
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations on voice recorder?
Replies: 11
Views: 594

Re: Recommendations on voice recorder?

Zoom is a popular brand in this context. The entry-level H1 is pretty simple and $100 new. I don't know what you were expecting on price. Actually, this kind of gear can be rented in general, I would think. Also not sure how it would pick up a large room. I have a Zoom H1. It has very good basic so...
by iamlucky13
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 61
Views: 5052

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

You don't seem eager to buy a $60,000 car, much less an early production copy of a new model. I'd suggest you let them work out any bugs that crop up, and get their full production system running smoothly and producing the full range of options. One wrinkle is Tesla is expected to use up their quota...
by iamlucky13
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: taking probiotics anyone
Replies: 10
Views: 954

Re: taking probiotics anyone

I agree with the suggestion to ask your doctor for followup advice via phone or email. Shouldn't need to go in. Are you certain it's the probiotic capsules upsetting your stomach, and not the antibiotics themselves? Last time I had to go on antibiotics, it was a couple days after completing the regi...
by iamlucky13
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wine in laptop
Replies: 33
Views: 2278

Re: Wine in laptop

Basically what the local shop said. You might be able to find videos on Youtube or wikihow, etc articles showing how to change out components from your model of laptop, or dig around on HP's support site for a hardware service manual or some similar terms that can help you figure out how to open the...
by iamlucky13
Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seattle in 3 days
Replies: 27
Views: 1574

Re: Seattle in 3 days

The usual list of recommendations includes the Pike Place Market and the rest of the Elliot Bay water front, the Space Needle, Ballard Locks, and Gasworks Park, all of which can fit into the same day if you're on a fast pace. Because aerospace has been a big part of Seattle's economy historically, a...
by iamlucky13
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop: 2-in-1 vs. Detachable?
Replies: 21
Views: 1525

Re: Laptop: 2-in-1 vs. Detachable?

I checked the full price match policy before buying my own. They will match all "local" brick and mortar store prices. They will only match a few specific online retailers: Amazon, B&H, Crutchfield, Newegg, Tigerdirect, Dell, and HP. For Amazon, it has to be listed as actually sold by Amazon. They w...
by iamlucky13
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Roomba's effective?
Replies: 45
Views: 2995

Re: Are Roomba's effective?

We just remodeled, have nice looking dark wood floors in almost entire house. The downside is dog's yellowish dog hair and other debris shows up quickly. Almost need a quick vacuum daily. Do Roomba's (or other brands) actually work? We also have a yellow dog that sheds a lot. I've never seen a dog ...
by iamlucky13
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop: 2-in-1 vs. Detachable?
Replies: 21
Views: 1525

Re: Laptop: 2-in-1 vs. Detachable?

I think sometimes gadgets that try to combine two different functions don't do either very well and that this is one of those instances. I would decide between a tablet or a laptop. There doesn't really seem to be a significant downside to a Surface or similar compared to a dedicated tablet of the ...
by iamlucky13
Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas shortage
Replies: 7
Views: 919

Re: Gas shortage

A lot of your region's refineries, storage, and distribution infrastructure were in the path of the hurricane. Nationally, leading up to Harvey's landfall, gasoline stocks were just shy of 230 million barrels - at the high end of the normal range. We consume about 10 million barrels a day, so that's...
by iamlucky13
Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop: 2-in-1 vs. Detachable?
Replies: 21
Views: 1525

Re: Laptop: 2-in-1 vs. Detachable?

I don't have a smart phone, so the laptop will be the main way I access the internet while traveling. All the individual words in your last sentence make sense to me but reading the actual sentence doesn't make sense. I'm not sure what you mean (since everyone has a smart phone). :happy Crazy, righ...
by iamlucky13
Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop: 2-in-1 vs. Detachable?
Replies: 21
Views: 1525

Re: Laptop: 2-in-1 vs. Detachable?

Personally I use a laptop and a Smartphone. I don't personally have a need for a 2-in-1 nor for a tablet/detachable. 2-in-1 isn't actually a requirement either. It just seems like as the manufacturers have gotten their double hinge designs ironed out, the price premium has dropped to almost nothing...
by iamlucky13
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coyote Defense
Replies: 69
Views: 5004

Re: Coyote Defense

What are my best options? Presumably the village would frown upon firearms. I'm not sure how seriously you were considering a firearm and if you're committed to learning about safely carrying and storing one, and learning your local laws. However, for the last point in particular - it is a very com...
by iamlucky13
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop: 2-in-1 vs. Detachable?
Replies: 21
Views: 1525

Re: Laptop: 2-in-1 vs. Detachable?

Thanks for the input everyone. In light of the feedback and more thinking about how often I even would use a detachable as a tablet, this feature now seems largely unimportant for my needs. A detachable is not out as an option though, because I've found the Lenovo Miix 510 and Acer Switch Alpha 12 a...
by iamlucky13
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Struggling with "Live like a Resident" versus "Keeping up with the Joneses"
Replies: 139
Views: 21838

Re: Struggling with "Live like a Resident" versus "Keeping up with the Joneses"

Philip_Marlowe wrote:
Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:02 pm
By largely staying focused and not upping our lifestyle much we've managed to improve our net worth by approximately $100k since last Oct.
It sounds like another response, if not out loud and least to yourself might be, "In the last year, I got 2 years closer to retirement."

:beer
by iamlucky13
Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop: 2-in-1 vs. Detachable?
Replies: 21
Views: 1525

Re: Laptop: 2-in-1 vs. Detachable?

So it sounds like 2 votes so far finding 2-in-1's work acceptably as tablets. I appreciate the feedback, but still wouldn't mind hearing opinions from other users. I guess it's technically a good thing they are competent in this role, but I was half hoping I'd hear some negative opinions on 2-in-1's...
by iamlucky13
Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop: 2-in-1 vs. Detachable?
Replies: 21
Views: 1525

Re: Laptop: 2-in-1 vs. Detachable?

consumer reports does not recommend the microsoft surface becasue of poor reliabilty. The Surface is more than I'd really like to spend, so that's probably not a direct concern for me. Also, Consumer Reports wasn't very clear what failures their subscribers were encountering. I'm under the impressi...
by iamlucky13
Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop: 2-in-1 vs. Detachable?
Replies: 21
Views: 1525

Laptop: 2-in-1 vs. Detachable?

Do you have a 2-in-1 (laptop with 360 degree hinge for use like a tablet or self-standing in "tented" orientation)? Do you actually find yourself using it in these other ways, or do you just use it like a conventional laptop? Even better, if you've got both a 2-in-1 and a detachable-style like the M...
by iamlucky13
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SUV thread (with a twist)
Replies: 44
Views: 4107

Re: SUV thread (with a twist)

Minivans are way cheaper and more practical than SUVs. If you don't care about your image, you don't need to tow, and you don't need 4WD, you'll almost surely come out ahead with a minivan. Not sure it qualifies as small for you, but it is smaller than the largest SUVs. Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna...
by iamlucky13
Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storing a push lawn mower
Replies: 21
Views: 1823

Re: Storing a push lawn mower

Completely sideways suggestion here. Sorry for not answering the question you asked, but have you considered buying a battery powered mower. If your yard isn't too big it might be a more satisfactory solution. The one I have folds up and stands on edge, taking up very little space, and of course it...
by iamlucky13
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SUV thread (with a twist)
Replies: 44
Views: 4107

Re: SUV thread (with a twist)

Leasing doesn't make sense to me unless you're the sort who wants a new car every time your lease expires, and even then I'm not so sure about it. The CR-V is a very good family car, in my opinion. The latest version is not exactly small, though, so you might also take a look at other options like t...
by iamlucky13
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Charles Schwab example portfolio question
Replies: 8
Views: 748

Re: Charles Schwab example portfolio question

There's nothing wrong with keeping the money in a target date fund if it is well-diversified, has low expenses, and doesn't take unusual risks or get carried away with frequent trading. Especially as a starting investor without a lot of savings to invest yet, I consider a target date fund a very goo...
by iamlucky13
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru - One tire bad replace all four?
Replies: 31
Views: 1808

Re: Subaru - One tire bad replace all four?

Subaru recommends the tires be within 1/4" circumference of each other. TireRack can shave tires I believe. At 7 years old, replace all 4. And a tire halfway through it's tread like I presume the OP's 31,000 mile tires are will likely be in the ballpark of 3/8" smaller in circumference, assuming th...
by iamlucky13
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ramp for a dog to get into a SUV
Replies: 13
Views: 1007

Re: Ramp for a dog to get into a SUV

We used a bi-fold, reinforced plastic ramp when our 70 pound labrador had knee surgery. We've also loaned it to friends, I think including the friend with a Great Dane that had trouble getting into her Nissan XTerra. If it's not this one, it is very similar: https://www.amazon.com/Solvit-UltraLite-B...
by iamlucky13
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storing a push lawn mower
Replies: 21
Views: 1823

Re: Storing a push lawn mower

Is it the mower that smells, or your gas can? Either one should actually have a cap designed to minimize evaporation unless they're fairly old. If you're interested in a small project and can squeeze it in the space available, perhaps build yourself a "shed" where you store it under the porch curren...
by iamlucky13
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eclipse Traffic: predictions vs reality?
Replies: 64
Views: 4742

Re: Eclipse Traffic: predictions vs reality?

I drove from north of Seattle to south of Madras to visit family in Bend. We had a good drive. Honestly, better than usual for north-south trips. Two really big caveats though: 1.) I drove down 2 days before the eclipse (but after the start of the big festival in Ochoco National Forest that had the ...
by iamlucky13
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 109
Views: 8904

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

In college I read a fascinating book on the history of science, recommended by a physics Prof who was frustrated that the study of history did not typically include the study of the history of science. I'm sorry to say I don't remember the title. Perhaps another boglehead knows a good title on hist...