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by p14175
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Versatile economical RV recommendations for a frugal retiree?
Replies: 53
Views: 2957

Re: Versatile economical RV recommendations for a frugal retiree?

How about a Casita fiberglass trailer? They make 13, 16, and 17 ft models. New ones are pretty pricey, but used ones can be found. The 17ft DH and I own has been taken on mild 4x4 trails without any problems.
by p14175
Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rule of Thumb for Getting Rid of Car
Replies: 51
Views: 5335

Re: Rule of Thumb for Getting Rid of Car

Do the repairs that will make it attractive to potential buyers then take it to a detailer. In selling or even trading in a used vehicle, the better it looks the higher the price. Perception is everything.
by p14175
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vegetable Gardening - seeds vs seedlings?
Replies: 29
Views: 2257

Re: Vegetable Gardening - seeds vs seedlings?

I have been square foot gardening for several years and have about 200 sq ft in beds. You need about 100 sq ft per person. My garden feeds me and my husband with some left over for the neighbors. I followed Mel B's instructions for the first season but quickly discovered some of his gardening advice...
by p14175
Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Starting a company for first time at age 50
Replies: 14
Views: 1347

Re: Starting a company for first time at age 50

You might see if there are some entrepreneurial or small business meet-ups in your area. Some community colleges and universities have startup programs that help people find the resources they need. 'Startup Weeks' are starting to become popular for aspiring small business owners. ref: https://start...
by p14175
Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Organic Alternatives for Lawn and Garden Care
Replies: 35
Views: 2005

Re: Organic Alternatives for Lawn and Garden Care

If you have big swatches of weeds you might consider laying down plastic over the area and "cooking them" for a few months.
by p14175
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal fulfillment in retirement
Replies: 37
Views: 5320

Re: Personal fulfillment in retirement

I was forced into retirement in 2012 at 52. Health issues. But it has turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me. After a couple of years of trying to figure out what I could do with reduced mobility I decided to start a solo software company. I utilize meetups to communicate with peop...
by p14175
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC replacement time
Replies: 30
Views: 2627

Re: PC replacement time

The only thing I can add is to save the hard drive so when you get your new computer you can recover your data. If you have another computer, you can just plug in the disk drive as secondary and check it out. If the hard drive is still good, you can mount it as the primary in your new computer and b...
by p14175
Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Documentaries to recommend?
Replies: 138
Views: 20854

Re: Documentaries to recommend?

Dust to Glory (2005) - A documentary on the Baja 1000, an annual off-road race held in Baja, Mexico that attracts hundreds of racers, their souped-up machines, and thousands of fans. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386423/
by p14175
Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone here been to the Super Bowl?
Replies: 23
Views: 3165

Re: anyone here been to the Super Bowl?

Uhm.. I'd give yourself more like 2 hrs to get to go from Florence to Glendale. On Super Bowl day you might want to give yourself even more time to get there. I hear that the NFL experience is in downtown Phoenix this year. If you go you might want to take the light rail into the city instead of dri...
by p14175
Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen "Backsplash" question
Replies: 14
Views: 2365

Re: Kitchen "Backsplash" question

We used a custom made brushed stainless sheet steel panel when we replaced our range.
I think this was the place we used https://www.stainlesssupply.com
by p14175
Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: medical insurance as contract employee
Replies: 1
Views: 347

Re: medical insurance as contract employee

It's up to you whether you want to buy health insurance through Aerotek. I know a lot of contractors who purchase their own insurance in order to cover down times between jobs and to keep the payments consistent.
by p14175
Sat Jul 19, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Driving from Rockford, il to Mesa AZ....best route.
Replies: 16
Views: 2548

Re: Driving from Rockford, il to Mesa AZ....best route.

If your destination in Mesa is east of Power Rd or Usery Pass Rd (Ellsworth Rd) and you are taking 87 into Mesa instead of I-17, take the Saquaro Lake turn-off (Bush Highway) and get off the Beeline (87) early.

Google Map "Bush Highway, Maricopa County, AZ"
by p14175
Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: water bottles and road trip
Replies: 32
Views: 2478

Re: water bottles and road trip

Buy a 5-gal water cooler (for example: http://www.igloocoolers.com/Coolers/Ind ... Industrial ), pack it with block ice, and drink it as it melts.
by p14175
Fri May 16, 2014 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden 2014
Replies: 46
Views: 5480

Re: Garden 2014

Here in AZ I have summer squash, melons, okra, and marigolds started. As soon as the garlic and onions are harvested I'll be planting tepary beans.

Daytime temps have finally made it into the 100s. Pretty soon it will be just plain hot.
by p14175
Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Partials vs implants
Replies: 29
Views: 3967

Re: Partials vs implants

I just got 2 implants. The cost was about $3000 each and I don't have insurance.
by p14175
Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wanted: Travel Trailer Recommenations
Replies: 23
Views: 2451

Re: Wanted: Travel Trailer Recommenations

We are on our 4th TT. The first was a stick-built Nomad. I think it was 20ft. It was a really uncomfortable trailer and it didn't hold up well. When we sold it, the door frames had skewed so badly you could see daylight around the doors. That's not to say all Nomad TTs are like this, but we have bee...
by p14175
Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1437883

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing.
by p14175
Sun Oct 06, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shutdown is affecting my Grand Canyon trip! Backup plan??
Replies: 35
Views: 3836

Re: Shutdown is affecting my Grand Canyon trip! Backup plan?

You might check out sections of the Arizona Trail located outside the national parks and monuments in AZ or maybe some of the hikes highlighted in AZ Highways magazine http://www.arizonahighways.com/
by p14175
Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heat Pump
Replies: 19
Views: 2570

Re: Heat Pump

Ductless mini split heat pump systems are a great way to retrofit an older building. Maybe that's what they used.
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/ ... heat-pumps
by p14175
Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Jeep enthusiasts? They seem to retain their value
Replies: 27
Views: 4498

Re: Any Jeep enthusiasts? They seem to retain their value

In 1999 I bought a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo for $13,500. I drove it pretty heavily, and took it from 60,000 miles to about 225,000, when I finally sold it in 2007 for $1,500. I had a lot of very expensive repairs that started to hit my jeep at about the 150,000 mile marker on a regular basis...
by p14175
Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weight Loss Plans?
Replies: 178
Views: 15735

Re: Weight Loss Plans?

Any Bogleheads out there try the weight loss plans of Medifast or Nutrisystems? Non-insulin dependent diabetic lost 40 lbs on Medifast (Take Shape for Life) diet. Got A1C down to a good level then started to go off the diet a little and experienced "weight creep". Thinking of going on Nut...
by p14175
Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Object oriented programming for a high school junior
Replies: 84
Views: 8044

Re: Object oriented programming for a high school junior

I just purchased the Arduino starter kit and we hope to work on that in the fall. Has anyone had any experience with Arduino? I scanned through one of their books yesterday and the language they use is C and it seems to be similar to Python, but I have zero programming knowledge so I could be way o...
by p14175
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Math degrees
Replies: 70
Views: 6671

Re: Math degrees

From experience, I usually tell kids who are considering majoring in mathematics not to bother unless they plan on getting an advanced degree in some other subject. My BS Math (Computational option) never helped me find work.
by p14175
Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Round-up and mulching.
Replies: 22
Views: 5995

Re: Round-up and mulching.

I looked up Bishop's Weed. They say it's edible with the leaves and stems tasting like a mild, tangy melding of cilantro, parsley, celery and carrot. It sounds like a great thing to have in the garden .

If you don't like it you could try solarizing the area.
by p14175
Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Dilemma About Waist Sizes For Pants
Replies: 79
Views: 11681

Re: A Dilemma About Waist Sizes For Pants

I don't know if it was mentioned but zappos.com is a great place to shop online for clothes, shoes, etc. if you can't find the brand locally. They have free shipping and returns. So if you don't know exactly what size will fit you can order a few different sizes and send back the ones that don't fit...
by p14175
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: kitchen faucets
Replies: 25
Views: 3281

Re: kitchen faucets

We currently have this one http://www.amazon.com/Delta-470-DST-Signature-Pull-Out-Kitchen/dp/B001F7FAUC/ref=sr_1_38?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1364924016&sr=1-38&keywords=delta+kitchen+faucet but it has problems. 1) The main post rusted and doesn't swivel anymore and 2) one of the stream/showe...
by p14175
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Minimalists on here?
Replies: 93
Views: 10857

Re: Any Minimalists on here?

I was looking to buy a pair of minimalist shoes, but they cost too much. I settled for a pair of generic (very inexpensive) water shoes from a well-known big box retailer instead. They are exactly what I wanted.
by p14175
Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Never Want To Take Out A Loan Again.
Replies: 110
Views: 8597

Re: Never Want To Take Out A Loan Again.

My sister and her husband were (are) in a similar situation. A few years ago I fully expected them to be permanently living in an RV somewhere out in the desert. Anyway, my sister moved all their loans and credit cards to a local credit union to reduce the rates. They are living off her husband's in...
by p14175
Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Women's Work Clothing Recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 2556

Re: Women's Work Clothing Recommendations

Try http://corporette.com/ Most of the stuff is pretty pricey, but they regularly post discount codes and information on sales.
by p14175
Sat Dec 29, 2012 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for recommendations on electric stove
Replies: 7
Views: 847

Re: Looking for recommendations on electric stove

I like the "stove top" idea in this video (at the 10:55 mark).
6 rooms into 1
by p14175
Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Advice for those of us hit by Sandy? [Damaged Home]
Replies: 10
Views: 1137

Re: Any Advice for those of us hit by Sandy? [Damaged Home]

You might want to get an engineer (building inspector?) out at the site as soon as possible and have them put together a report on what needs to be fixed to make the houses habitable. Due to the age of the homes, that may include bringing them up to code (wiring, plumbing, structural) even if there ...
by p14175
Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Different home replacement value between insurance carriers.
Replies: 1
Views: 311

Re: Different home replacement value between insurance carri

The quote should be based on what it would cost to build a similar home (cost per sq ft) in today's economy. A lot of people mistake property value for rebuild cost and pay more for insurance than they need to. At least that's what an insurance agent told me years ago. I guess it's reversed in an un...
by p14175
Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Canister Vacuum?
Replies: 33
Views: 2841

Re: Good Canister Vacuum?

I have been thinking about a backpack vacuum. Several companies make them. The link below is an example.
http://www.amazon.com/ProTeam-Super-HEP ... m_sbs_hg_2
by p14175
Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Percent of gross income on hobbies
Replies: 26
Views: 3376

Re: Percent of gross income on hobbies

I used to consider going to college and learning new things to be my hobby, but the cost has gone through the roof and I can no longer afford it. :(
by p14175
Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nasty Job (Yellow Jackets)
Replies: 31
Views: 4149

Re: Nasty Job (Yellow Jackets)

Soapy water does a pretty good job too!
by p14175
Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any classic car horror stories to share?
Replies: 12
Views: 1495

Re: Any classic car horror stories to share?

If you plan on restoring the car yourself one thing you really need is a place where you can keep the car long term and not have to move it -- and also a place to store parts.
by p14175
Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you live your life?
Replies: 94
Views: 44337

Re: How do you live your life?

I make way too many mistakes so I try to learn from them and move on.
by p14175
Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A really wonderful tablet if you carry a purse
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: A really wonderful tablet if you carry a purse

That's a big step up from the Barbie Computer (aka Motorola Pagewriter) I used when I worked in IT (1995-2004).
by p14175
Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Car Security Device
Replies: 39
Views: 2827

Re: Best Car Security Device

A steering wheel quick disconnect?
by p14175
Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using LinkedIn during career change?
Replies: 7
Views: 1830

Re: Using LinkedIn during career change?

What you need is a good transitional title. In my case I made a career change to Mfg engineering, but have since branched out in electromechanical machine design and fabrication. Now I identify myself simply as an engineer since I can work as a mfg engineer, mechanical engineer/designer, circuit des...
by p14175
Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with Acoustiblok or similar products?
Replies: 12
Views: 3579

Re: Experience with Acoustiblok or similar products?

I had a neighbor who did the same thing. One night I got sick and tired of it and went over to his house and explained to him that I start work early in the morning and need my sleep. Never had a problem with him after that. If you are annoyed by your neighbor's loud music, chances are other neighbo...
by p14175
Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal student loan payment strategy
Replies: 7
Views: 1222

Re: Federal student loan payment strategy

I would contact the DOE Student Loans and get them to take the loan off deferment, if you can make the payments.
If you can't do that, make sure you at least make the interest payments while the loans are deferred.
Finding work at a "qualified non-profit" can reduce your loans to 10 years.
by p14175
Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reading Glasses-Have a question
Replies: 19
Views: 1786

Re: Reading Glasses-Have a question

I started wearing glasses at the beginning of the year and I am still trying to find the style that works for me. Right now I use prescription reading glasses (good for about 5ft) at the computer at work, but if I have to go out on the shop floor I wear my bifocal safety glasses. I dislike the bifoc...
by p14175
Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many different foods a day do you eat?
Replies: 40
Views: 4348

Re: How many different foods a day do you eat?

B: 2-egg omelet with ham, chicken and cheese and cooked in butter, Coffee with full fat 1/2&1/2 L: Meatballs with spaghetti sauce, gazpacho (onions. sweet peppers, cucumbers, cilantro, tomatoes), water to drink D: grilled Italian sausage and grilled cauliflower coated with butter and parmesan ch...
by p14175
Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gadgets you use, gadgets you don't, etc.
Replies: 50
Views: 5160

Re: Gadgets you use, gadgets you don't, etc.

A pizza stone. I quit eating grains so it doesn't get used any more.
by p14175
Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: putting microwave over stove (?!)
Replies: 17
Views: 10935

Re: putting microwave over stove (?!)

We have a range with an overhead oven (1969 GE Americana). At 5'3" I find lifting hot pans and casseroles out the oven to be a bit dangerous. That has kept me from putting a microwave on a high shelf over the stove. When (if) we get around to remodeling our kitchen, the microwave will get its o...
by p14175
Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how many bogleheads drive jeep wranglers?
Replies: 40
Views: 3375

Re: how many bogleheads drive jeep wranglers?

I had a 1993 Grand Cherokee. It was an amazing 4x4 and it performed well on the hardcore 4x4 trails here in AZ. I literally paid for the vehicle 2x in repairs before I sold it. Would I buy another one? Nope. It cost way too much to keep alive.
by p14175
Wed May 30, 2012 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Putting a mattress directly on the floor
Replies: 22
Views: 60901

Re: Putting a mattress directly on the floor

You might check with the tempurpedic mattress company about temperature ranges. My FIL discovered that they don't do well with electric blankets.
by p14175
Sat May 19, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Redoing Floors - Tile
Replies: 12
Views: 1643

Re: Redoing Floors - Tile

I had a coworker at one time who was buying rental properties. The first thing he would do was strip the floors of everything (carpeting, ceramic tile, wood, etc.) and replace it with linoleum or vinyl flooring with a simple neutral pattern. He even did this in his high-end properties. He said his t...
by p14175
Sat May 05, 2012 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retiring to Arizona....somewhere in the valley.
Replies: 18
Views: 3020

Re: Retiring to Arizona....somewhere in the valley.

I live in north-central Mesa, about a mile south of the Salt River Indian Reservation, in an older neighborhood with big trees and flood irrigation. It's a pretty nice place.

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