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by lthenderson
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I got a Roomba and think you should too
Replies: 41
Views: 3289

Re: I got a Roomba and think you should too

jebmke wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:28 pm
A lawn Roomba that runs around and constantly trims the grass would be good too.
There is something like this. I saw one up the street last summer running around the lawn randomly.
by lthenderson
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you adjust side mirrors in a car?
Replies: 51
Views: 2222

Re: How do you adjust side mirrors in a car?

When you flare out/adjust side mirrors to eliminate blind spots completely, you render them useless for other functions—such as using them to back out of parking spaces while avoiding support pillars and other parked cars/obstacles, aligning car to curb when parallel parking, etc. I already know ho...
by lthenderson
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning Swimming @ 40+
Replies: 29
Views: 953

Re: Learning Swimming @ 40+

My kids attend private swimming lessons because they didn't get along well in group classes. Their instructor however teaches lots of adults to swim, some of them that I have seen are retirement age. The one-on-one lessons help because the adults learn at a faster pace than kids and also makes the e...
by lthenderson
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family Balance and Children's Athletics
Replies: 33
Views: 1796

Re: Family Balance and Children's Athletics

How can a family keep balance while doing this with multiple children? Also while trying to maintain a successful marriage? Our two kids aren't into sports but they are in plenty of activities. We balance ourselves by limiting the activities they can participate in. We have family night which nothi...
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Premium gas at BJ's for Mercedes
Replies: 41
Views: 1657

Re: Premium gas at BJ's for Mercedes

the dealer who mentioned that I should not use gasoline at BJ's Warehouse because it has higher quantities of water and alcohol. I have no experience with Mercedes or BJ's gasoline but I used to have lots of problems with check engine lights on two of my vehicles when using ethanol blended gasoline...
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: To the doctors on the forum
Replies: 88
Views: 4814

Re: To the doctors on the forum

Why, in this day and age of HDHP, is it still so difficult to get a Dr, or the office, to tell you what a procedure will cost? As others have pointed out, they don't for many reasons. However, there are some doctors that have cash only businesses and they are well versed in the costs and are extrem...
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Range Hood Blower Sizing
Replies: 16
Views: 526

Re: Range Hood Blower Sizing

Electrical motors are designed to run between 50% and 100% of their rated load with peak efficiency somewhere around 75% of the rated load. When you fall below 50% of the rated load, most motor efficiency curves drop off dramatically. Running significant amounts of time off the peak efficiency can e...
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London/Paris Trip Questions
Replies: 41
Views: 1509

Re: London/Paris Trip Questions

Hi there! I have a few questions that I hope you can help me with. I am planning a 10-day trip to London and Paris this June with my family (2 adults & a 6 year old). We will split the time equally between the two locations. I have never been to Europe and literally know nothing about it. I did som...
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car/Motorcycle Jump Starter?
Replies: 17
Views: 707

Re: Car/Motorcycle Jump Starter?

I carry a set of jumper cables in all my cars and they have worked flawlessly despite being over 25 years old. I've never had to worry that they were dead when I needed to use them and they are much much cheaper than portable chargers. I have never had any problems finding someone willing to let me ...
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Short Commute or Nicer House?
Replies: 118
Views: 4760

Re: Short Commute or Nicer House?

My husband and I are moving with two small kids to a new city. We've narrowed down where to live to 2 possible neighborhoods: Option #1: in the city but we'll likely have to deal with more maintenance issues because of the older construction. This seems like your only real con to Option 1 and it is...
by lthenderson
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: three/four season room addition
Replies: 4
Views: 323

Re: three/four season room addition

Can you be more specific on what type of advice you are looking for?
by lthenderson
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Over-the-range Microwave recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 352

Re: Over-the-range Microwave recommendations

I replaced our old microwave with a stainless GE about two years ago and it has worked perfectly since though I'm pretty sure it was north of $200 in cost. When I bought this house, the installed microwave had broken trim pieces on the door as well as a broken handle. I found all those parts online ...
by lthenderson
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How can I become a better consumer?
Replies: 18
Views: 1502

Re: How can I become a better consumer?

I am wondering what others do to help make better purchases, with less buyers regret. 1. Wait awhile before making the purchase. Spur of the minute purchases are almost never ideal. If you had waited a month before buying the palm pilot, the "need it" feeling might have gone away. 2. Like someone m...
by lthenderson
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AJ Madison?
Replies: 11
Views: 1031

Re: AJ Madison?

I always buy my appliances local and verify that they can be serviced locally as well so that if they break down, I can readily get a service person usually within the day to come take a look at things. I made the mistake of buying from a large box store once and only learned a few years later when ...
by lthenderson
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Scratch Removal
Replies: 13
Views: 1080

Re: Car Scratch Removal

If the scratches go through the topcoat and into the paint, I always buy a touchup paint kit for my particular make and model of vehicle and touch them up so they don't rust later on in life.
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to buy new printer. Suggestions for best value?
Replies: 30
Views: 1834

Re: Need to buy new printer. Suggestions for best value?

We gave up on color printing at home years ago because we realized very little of what we need to print needs to be in color, and ink is ridiculously expensive, and doesn't hold up well when it sits idle for weeks or months. We did the same mostly because you can print color photos online mailed to...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Weighing the value of a fixed-rate mortgage
Replies: 4
Views: 547

Re: Weighing the value of a fixed-rate mortgage

I can't predict what will happen in my life in the next five years much less thirty years so I have always gotten the mortgage that gives me the greatest flexibility, i.e. 30 year fixed. I can pay it off early, make excessive payments anytime or just pay the minimum, depending on what else is going ...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling one owner car. Give new owner service records?
Replies: 15
Views: 1170

Re: Selling one owner car. Give new owner service records?

I have always kept a little notebook in my vehicles where I write down the date, mileage and what service action was performed and give this to the next owner. It provides them with the service information without any potential information such as credit card numbers, account numbers, address, phone...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to buy new printer. Suggestions for best value?
Replies: 30
Views: 1834

Re: Need to buy new printer. Suggestions for best value?

There are literally dozens of threads on this subject if you use the search tool. Most say Brother printers. I have always used Canon laser printers because they last forever and the laser cartridge also lasts forever. I will never go back to ink printers again.
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best flooring for a basement wood shop?
Replies: 27
Views: 1399

Re: best flooring for a basement wood shop?

[I'm more into boat building than traditional woodworking so not so heavy into the machinery and more into the open work space and hand-tools. Having built boats in my woodshop, I would say that probably the only option would be hardwood flooring in this situation since concrete is not an option. T...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FlipPhone
Replies: 18
Views: 1467

Re: FlipPhone

I have a flip phone, or rather I have one that my oldest daughter uses for now. It cost around $100 to purchase outright and then $10 a month for unlimited calling. I don't know if that was the only phone on our plan if they would charge more or not. We use Verizon.
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A "Home" cell phone?
Replies: 46
Views: 3799

Re: A "Home" cell phone?

I’ve never had a landline and I don’t really get the point of them. If you’re trying to avoid telemarketers by giving them a landline, don’t you still have to deal with those calls to your landline? If you really want a decoy number you can ignore, why not just give out a fake one? My landline's ri...
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TSA locks for luggage
Replies: 18
Views: 1295

Re: TSA locks for luggage

I'm always worried about people simply taking the entire bag and cutting the locks off at leisure than them riffling the contents and zipping it back up for me to get. With that thought in mind, I never put anything in my checked luggage that I couldn't afford to part ways with. Another option is to...
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A "Home" cell phone?
Replies: 46
Views: 3799

Re: A "Home" cell phone?

Some of my friends still have a home number (land line) but I don't dial those numbers anymore. I dial their mobile numbers. I don't see a need for a home number. TravelforFun I see a need for a land line phone number just so that I don't have to give out my cellphone number to every business that ...
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PTO policy after international business travel
Replies: 53
Views: 3023

Re: PTO policy after international business travel

I cross 12 time zones fairly regularly. 9 days is excessive. If I didn't have the following day off, I might consider asking but anymore than that expect to be laughed out of the office.
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hydronic fireplace home heating
Replies: 6
Views: 647

Re: Hydronic fireplace home heating

We are buying a house with hydronic heating, I.e. radiator heating. It also has a wood burning fireplace. I'm thinking of buying a pellet or wood burning insert that will heat water within the existing boiler-radiator system. Here's an (expensive) example: It doesn't have to be a fireplace insert. ...
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend an A.C. powered auto tire inflator
Replies: 35
Views: 1741

Re: Recommend an A.C. powered auto tire inflator

I fall in the camp of getting a good pancake compressor for your garage. It takes me less than 30 seconds to air up a tire plus it has the advantage of being able to run a wide variety of pneumatic actuated tools and is light enough to move around the house for those DIY projects.
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone 5 storage space question
Replies: 5
Views: 478

Re: iPhone 5 storage space question

I download all my pictures and videos to my computer hard drive several times a year. Completely free this way and easy to do. The alternative is to store on iCloud but after you run out of free space there, you have to pay for additional space.
by lthenderson
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wireless dead again - router suggestions?
Replies: 35
Views: 1688

Re: wireless dead again - router suggestions?

So that's about 6 dead Netgear routers for us. I think they crap out from overheating but DH wants to leave it running all the time. Maybe I should try something besides Netgear? Does anyone have any suggestions? I would have tried something other than Netgear four routers ago. For what it is worth...
by lthenderson
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Insurance: Who do you use? (Auto/Home)
Replies: 32
Views: 1752

Re: Insurance: Who do you use? (Auto/Home)

I use Farm Bureau for both. I like it because it is regional and doesn't serve any states where natural disasters tend to be more prevalent and thus has remained very steady with premium rates. I've had lots of quotes over the years from national chains but never have found one that could beat what ...
by lthenderson
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storing Important Documents Online
Replies: 27
Views: 1211

Re: Storing Important Documents Online

Would never store those documents online and I've never had a need to access them online.
by lthenderson
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Lightning rods for my house? Or too "old fashioned"?
Replies: 32
Views: 1961

Re: [Lightning rods for my house? Or too "old fashioned"?

I live in the midwest and still see lightening rods installed but they aren't like the 3 to 4 feet tall poles at the highest point of the house like the houses used to have when I was a kid. These days they are less than a foot tall and you see them spaced out every 10 to 15 feet along the ridge of ...
by lthenderson
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Washer - Frontload or HE Top Load
Replies: 57
Views: 7085

Re: New Washer - Frontload or HE Top Load

Front load washers are mechanically much simpler, which should translate to fewer repairs and increased longevity. This is how a HE Top Load works, make note of all the different axis of motion in the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5so5DyopIRI As someone who designed washing machines for ove...
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Antarctica [anyone traveled there?]
Replies: 34
Views: 2743

Re: Antarctica [anyone traveled there?]

I've been there through the words of Shackleton, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, Amundsen and others.
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trying to downsize but still too much stuff
Replies: 59
Views: 5481

Re: Trying to downsize but still too much stuff

If I had that little of stuff and it all meant something to me, I would leave a box or two with a personal friend for the time being and get it later. (I'm assuming someone else is limiting you to 18 boxes.)
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car accident - was directed to sign release
Replies: 71
Views: 4685

Re: Car accident - was directed to sign release

Had the same thing occur to me a year and a half ago. I just threw the check they sent in a drawer until all my medical bills were over with and the car had been repaired. Once I was satisfied that I would have no more bills, I signed the paper, mailed it back and cashed the check even though it was...
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with what to do with drafty fireplace
Replies: 26
Views: 1306

Re: Help with what to do with drafty fireplace

Option 2: Get a small flush insert for the fireplace. I realize that flush inserts are not as effective as inserts that stick out but we have a small room as it is and I am not willing to use up any more real estate for a stove. We went with option 2 at our current house and option 1 at our previou...
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to Do and See on Kauai, Hawaii
Replies: 75
Views: 7378

Re: Things to Do and See on Kauai, Hawaii

Poke was excellent and the best I had was from a food truck in Hanalei on the north side. It was so good that after trying it at a number of places, we went back there just for the Poke towards the end of our trip. I also tried spam musubi, plate lunch and Puko dogs, all recommended by Bogelheads. ...
by lthenderson
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did I need a lawyer after an accident?
Replies: 29
Views: 2598

Re: Did I need a lawyer after an accident?

It happened in early November 2017 They lawyer said it can take some time For what it is worth, I had someone run a red stoplight and nail me nearly head on almost two years ago. It took nearly 8 months before all the bills and settlement checks were finished. When dealing with lawyers and insuranc...
by lthenderson
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cars in college
Replies: 33
Views: 1447

Re: Cars in college

I had a car all four years of college and looking back it definitely wasn't necessary and actually quite a bit of a hassle. When I went, anybody living on campus had to park their vehicle in the various stadium parking lots which not only were a long ways away but had to be moved fairly regularly fo...
by lthenderson
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noise in my attic
Replies: 307
Views: 77429

Re: Noise in my attic

OP here. OMG - I was so surprised to see that this post still has legs. If you check other later cody posts you will see I resolved the problem. It was an eletro magnetic short in a stereo that was throwing the sound off the ceiling (every one thought it was a noise from the attic). So we were read...
by lthenderson
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kenmore Washer Dryer
Replies: 29
Views: 1497

Re: Kenmore Washer Dryer

My only complaint is that LG parts are non-existent in my part of the country. Had an LG appliance totaled due to not being able to get a control board for it. Worst part is insurance made me buy another LG to replace it since they were still being made. In general when looking into any major applia...
by lthenderson
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did I need a lawyer after an accident?
Replies: 29
Views: 2598

Re: Did I need a lawyer after an accident?

It happened in early November 2017 They lawyer said it can take some time For what it is worth, I had someone run a red stoplight and nail me nearly head on almost two years ago. It took nearly 8 months before all the bills and settlement checks were finished. When dealing with lawyers and insuranc...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: home inspection on house I already live in?
Replies: 22
Views: 1904

Re: home inspection on house I already live in?

Another person who has found home inspection reports to be worthless. On my last house, they mentioned three lightbulbs that were burnt out and two outlets missing covers. They didn't tell me that the sump pump wasn't installed to code or that the kitchen sink was leaking and had rotted out the bott...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men's no iron dress shirt recommendations
Replies: 66
Views: 3958

Re: Men's no iron dress shirt recommendations

I buy shirts from Paul Frederick and have never ironed any of them in all these years. The oldest shirt is probably close to eight or nine years old.
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question regarding forced hot water system
Replies: 19
Views: 905

Re: Question regarding forced hot water system

I'm not familiar with forced water systems so I can't comment on whether or not they need a water supply. However, if I were in your shoes, I would get a thermostat that monitors the air temps inside the house and notifies me if they get lower than set limits. They I would have a list of people to c...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car recommendations needed for growing family
Replies: 34
Views: 1966

Re: Car recommendations needed for growing family

We're a family of 4 with a toddler and baby. Our parents are also likely to visit often. Therefore, we're thinking about getting one bigger car for hauling the whole family around (perhaps a 7-seater?), and another smaller car to use for daily commuting (sedan or coupe). Priorities: 1) fuel efficie...
by lthenderson
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The "Forever Home" Myth: Should I Plan on Buying 2 Homes?
Replies: 36
Views: 3277

Re: The "Forever Home" Myth: Should I Plan on Buying 2 Homes?

I've had to change homes several times over jobs, some lost, some offers I couldn't refuse. I married someone whose idea of a perfect home was much different than mine. Another change. I decided to cash out of a lucrative industry and focus on family while the getting was good so we moved yet again ...
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you buy your ostrich meat (mail order)?
Replies: 3
Views: 626

Re: Where do you buy your ostrich meat (mail order)?

Funny but I was just reading about a Ostrich Coop up the road that sells meat and leather products. They have their ground ostrich meat listed for $10.35/lb. Shipping depends on location but here is their link.

http://www.iowaostrichcoop.com/orders.html
by lthenderson
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hot Water Delay at faucet/shower far from water heater
Replies: 100
Views: 6264

Re: Hot Water Delay at faucet/shower far from water heater

it takes 4 minutes of running hot water from the shower and 10 minutes from the faucet to get hot water. (These are slightly low flow faucet/shower heads.) You have other issues if it takes this long. Most likely a poorly designed system, i.e. oversized pipes for your low flow fixtures. If it were ...