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by p14175
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does it make sense to buy new appliances when there's a good sale before you need them?
Replies: 28
Views: 1678

Re: Does it make sense to buy new appliances when there's a good sale before you need them?

I would say no. In 1998 we purchased a high-end slide-in Jenn-Air range on sale with good intentions of replacing our old GE Americana. We didn't get around to making the replacement for about 15 years. That was a big mistake. Within the first year after installing it we had the printed circuit card...
by p14175
Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want/need some income in semi-retirement
Replies: 90
Views: 6268

Re: Want/need some income in semi-retirement

I was forced into early retirement due to health issues. It hasn't been much fun. So I looked at my skill set and decided that I could write software. I spent many years programming for a living so it was an easy choice. I figured if I spent a year or two getting up to speed on the most popular pro...
by p14175
Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College freshman shopping—what don’t we need?
Replies: 45
Views: 2771

Re: College freshman shopping—what don’t we need?

I never lived in a dorm when I was in college, but I had a lot of classmates that did. Several of them were veterans, so a bit older and wiser. One problem with dorms is that the rooms people will be coming in and out of the room so not much is private or safe (think jewelry, money, credit cards, et...
by p14175
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want/need some income in semi-retirement
Replies: 90
Views: 6268

Re: Want/need some income in semi-retirement

I was forced into early retirement due to health issues. It hasn't been much fun. So I looked at my skill set and decided that I could write software. I spent many years programming for a living so it was an easy choice. I figured if I spent a year or two getting up to speed on the most popular prog...
by p14175
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Options - Honda Accord Incredibly Uncomfortable Seats
Replies: 101
Views: 11954

Re: Need Options - Honda Accord Incredibly Uncomfortable Seats

Have you considered after-market seats?
by p14175
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Testing: At-Home Kit vs. Mail-In
Replies: 4
Views: 348

Re: Water Testing: At-Home Kit vs. Mail-In

The previous owners of our home installed an RO system. That got us thinking that there might be something wrong with the water from our well. Our property is right next to a large farming area. So we used a certified lab in Tucson to do the testing. The lab gave us the option of shipping the sample...
by p14175
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you pay for your phone/cable/internet? REAL total with tax?
Replies: 48
Views: 2732

Re: What do you pay for your phone/cable/internet? REAL total with tax?

Wi-Power for Internet $54.99/month
Tracfone for cell, $10/month
Television is over the air antenna - $0
Total: about $65
by p14175
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wide ankle high comfy walking shoes for @@ Hawaiian Feet???
Replies: 42
Views: 2202

Re: Wide ankle high comfy walking shoes for @@ Hawaiian Feet???

I live in high desert in southern Az. My property is covered with sharp rocks and spiky plants. The snakes and venomous insects will be coming out of hibernation soon. Anyway, I needed a pair of ankle high boots to replace my minimalist sandals. I chose New Balance Men's MW1400v1 Walking Shoe, which...
by p14175
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $12,000 Refrigerator? [Looking in $7k price range]
Replies: 71
Views: 8293

Re: $12,000 Refrigerator? [Looking in $7k price range]

I am in the market for a new appliance package. My loca store has a 1600 rebate on select, upscale Kitchen Aid appliances and I am leaning in that direction. I am look at ~ $7k approx for DW, Fridge, Micro, Stove before rebate But I saw a Viking refrigerator for $12,000. Some of their other applian...
by p14175
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Digital alarm clock suggestions?
Replies: 38
Views: 2916

Re: Digital alarm clock suggestions?

Look for one with a red display. It won't mess up your night vision. If you find one you like, but it isn't red, cover the display with automotive Tail/Parking Light Repair Tape.
by p14175
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me help my niece (College costs, financial aid, etc)
Replies: 41
Views: 2714

Re: Help me help my niece (College costs, financial aid, etc)

Great! You have (maybe?) $50k for the first year, but what about the next 3-4 years? Scholarship hunting isn't a lot of fun, but it's better than taking out student loans.
by p14175
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 374
Views: 46147

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

1994 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 Diesel - 270,000 miles
Recently replaced the original TPS. Now the truck acts like a teenager. No more bogging down on the hills.
by p14175
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV
Replies: 104
Views: 7945

Re: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV

We have never owned a motorhome only camp trailers. Our first camp trailer was a 22ft stick built Nomad with so many defects it spent more than 6 months at the dealer getting fixed. Later, the body started twisting after driving down a couple of forest roads and the doors got tweaked. We knew it was...
by p14175
Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question on wildlife trail cameras
Replies: 9
Views: 1264

Re: Question on wildlife trail cameras

I expect to use it for both wildlife and for surveillance of property, especially when we are not there, as there’s been enough reports of those casing properties in the area We thought about using our trail cam for keeping tabs on our property but decided against it since there are camera systems ...
by p14175
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is middle initial important? [How to title a legal document]
Replies: 11
Views: 1505

Re: Is middle initial important?

A couple of months ago when we sold our house the title agency discovered a judgment against someone with the same first and last name as mine, no middle initial or name was included. If there was one it would have made things a lot easier. The judgment was recorded a few years ago in the public rec...
by p14175
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question on wildlife trail cameras
Replies: 9
Views: 1264

Re: Question on wildlife trail cameras

I’ll check out the Stealth cam G42 {did you find you needed to use lithium batteries, i’d like not to have to use them, or can good manufacturers batteries (durocell, etc) be used?} I knew that Moultrie was one of the earliest... but some reviews didn’t have them rated very high I’ve also heard eno...
by p14175
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question on wildlife trail cameras
Replies: 9
Views: 1264

Re: Question on wildlife trail cameras

I expect to use it for both wildlife and for surveillance of property, especially when we are not there, as there’s been enough reports of those casing properties in the area We thought about using our trail cam for keeping tabs on our property but decided against it since there are camera systems ...
by p14175
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor recently burglarized- Suggestions for home security
Replies: 101
Views: 8614

Re: Neighbor recently burgalerized - Suggestions for home security

1. Don't have any tall shrubs, fences or walls criminals can hide behind. 2. Grow spiky thorny plants under the windows. 3. Have a gravel strip with loose sharp rocks around the perimeter of the house. Noisy! especially at night. 4. If you use outdoor lighting to deter crime, point the lights toward...
by p14175
Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question on wildlife trail cameras
Replies: 9
Views: 1264

Re: Question on wildlife trail cameras

We have a Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo Trail Game Camera STC-G42NG about $100 on Amazon. It might be a little more expensive than the ones you are looking at, but it has been completely reliable for us. We used it to figure out what critter was eating our watermelons. It was a coyote. We have also taken i...
by p14175
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting cable
Replies: 51
Views: 2757

Re: Cutting cable

We tried cable back in the 1980s and quickly found out that we didn't like it. Plus, it was expensive. We have been OTA ever since. When HDTV came about, we upgraded the TV and antenna. In our latest home we bought a 60-mile deep fringe antenna and have a pretty good channel selection though PBS and...
by p14175
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling one owner car. Give new owner service records?
Replies: 15
Views: 1289

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

I bought my 2010 Prius brand new. All service had been done exclusively at the Toyota dealer. I have a folder that contains copies of every service and repair from day one. A CarFax report for your Prius will probably show all the dealership service information so even if you don't give the buyer a...
by p14175
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Early Retirement Incentive Plan is generating paranoia in a co-worker
Replies: 47
Views: 5777

Re: Early Retirement Incentive Plan is generating paranoia in a co-worker

Ask about taxes when deciding whether to take a package.
by p14175
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?
Replies: 184
Views: 20475

Re: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?

I was forced into retirement at 52 in 2012 due to health issues. But after working for 35 years and investing I don't feel bad about it. It's kind of nice not having to wake up to an alarm clock. Anyway, last year I started getting bored so I started a software development company. Because it's just...
by p14175
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water filtration system - worth it?
Replies: 37
Views: 2949

Re: Water filtration system - worth it?

Is there any health concern if minerals are removed by such filtration? Of course, if the water is obviously bad to begin with like foul smell or off color... but what if the tap water is as clean as the city can provide? Thanks If you do a little research on RO systems, you will find that they cla...
by p14175
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Downsizing - How much to invest in a house before selling?
Replies: 41
Views: 5097

Re: Downsizing - How much to invest in a house before selling?

Before putting your house up for sale, get a home inspection and an independent appraisal. Between the two reports you should be able to figure out what you need to do to sell it for the best price. I wouldn't rely on a real estate agent's opinion of what should be done, but you may have to ask one ...
by p14175
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please suggest a dry hands product
Replies: 82
Views: 4228

Re: Please suggest a dry hands product

I use coconut oil and olive oil mostly, but Alba Botanica Un-Petroleum, Multi-Purpose Jelly also works pretty good.
by p14175
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Security Camera: Post a Warning Sign or Not?
Replies: 20
Views: 2742

Re: Home Security Camera: Post a Warning Sign or Not?

For years we had a large dog house in our backyard. No dog. It worked pretty good as a deterrent.
by p14175
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Basic DESKTOP?
Replies: 77
Views: 6239

Re: Best Basic DESKTOP?

My last desktop came from CyberPowerPC. I bought a middle of the road gaming machine and it has been awesome.
by p14175
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 572
Views: 218957

Re: TV show recommendations?

American Ninja Warriors -- those people are amazing!
by p14175
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Price of haircut?
Replies: 194
Views: 11831

Re: Price of haircut?

I used to go to a beauty school to get my hair cut, so did my DH. They changed $7.50 for a shampoo & cut. If you were 'elderly' (over 55), it was $5.50. The students always did a great job. Unfortunately the school moved to the other side of town and it wasn't worth driving there. I went there for a...
by p14175
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washer/dryer suggestions?
Replies: 43
Views: 4527

Re: Washer/dryer suggestions?

I was going to start a new thread but I found this one, and decided to add to it/revive it. I'm planning on buying a Whirlpool W&D set and the washer is a top-loading HE unit. I used a similar LG model at an AirBnB recently and liked it, once I got used to seeing how little water they use. I've not...
by p14175
Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying cash for medical care - best practice?
Replies: 27
Views: 2117

Re: Paying cash for medical care - best practice?

I have been a cash paying customer for several years. I see the doctor 2x year for blood pressure and pain issues. If something comes up, I make an appointment. The visits cost me less than $100 each. I don't take any prescription drugs. I acknowledge that anything can happen. If something happens I...
by p14175
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Heater Install $1,800!
Replies: 84
Views: 13779

Re: Water Heater Install $1,800!

My DH noticed a puddle under the electric hot water heater when he was showing the buyer where the tank was located. We spent $1100 on a 40 gal water heater that the buyer didn't want but the mortgage company demanded as a condition of sale.
by p14175
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to sell house contents
Replies: 19
Views: 2835

Re: Best way to sell house contents

We recently downsized, but not by much 1600 sq ft plus a packed workshop to 1200 sq ft and a slightly smaller pole barn. We moved from the Phoenix AZ area to southeast AZ, about 200 miles one way. My husband, being an Army and Air Force brat needed to take almost every he acquired since childhood (y...
by p14175
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Creating External Exhaust for Microwave over Range - Need Reality Check
Replies: 26
Views: 2380

Re: Creating External Exhaust for Microwave over Range - Need Reality Check

We had a GE Americana range in our old house. An avocado one just like in the ad below. The oven was over the range. Ours didn't have the bottom oven. The model in the picture is probably 5'10" (or taller) w/heels so she makes it look like the top oven is okay. The Americana had a built in exhaust u...
by p14175
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm Shirt for Winter
Replies: 41
Views: 4658

Re: Warm Shirt for Winter

You might also consider flannel lined pants to keep the rest of you warm.
by p14175
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Septic tank - deal killer?
Replies: 47
Views: 4481

Re: Septic tank - deal killer?

In a house sale, the seller usually pays for septic inspection, pumping, and any necessary repairs unless otherwise specified. The house we just sold has a septic tank. We lived in the house for 33 years and never got around to pumping. There was only the two of us living in the house so we weren't ...
by p14175
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vague Small Claims Court Judgement Issues
Replies: 3
Views: 620

Re: Can a judgement against me keep me from finding a job?

I would suggest you research the judgement (find out the jurisdiction, etc.) and be up front in any job search that your name has a claim against it, but it is not you (and be prepared with the documentation you have to demonstrate that). Getting those details will likely require a good well done b...
by p14175
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vague Small Claims Court Judgement Issues
Replies: 3
Views: 620

Vague Small Claims Court Judgement Issues

We are in the process of selling our house. The title company called and said there was a judgement against me and stopped the sale of the house. The judgement is for someone with the same first and last name as mine, no middle initial. It also contains no clues as to what it is about. I can't find ...
by p14175
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Obtaining a mortgage in retirement
Replies: 6
Views: 925

Re: Obtaining a mortgage in retirement

My DH and I just sold the house we owned for 33 years. The buyers were a retired couple. They chose to get a loan. The real estate purchase agreement had us and them jumping through hoops, but we made it to the finish line and closed today. I don't know what the buyers went through to get their loan...
by p14175
Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you driving? And would you buy your current ride again?
Replies: 130
Views: 8715

Re: What are you driving? And would you buy your current ride again?

1994 Dodge 2500 diesel 4x4 conventional cab truck. 270k miles on it now. I just replaced the TPS and now it acts like it's brand new.
I would buy another one in a heartbeat, but I expect this truck to last at least another 300k miles.
by p14175
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you outfit your feet?
Replies: 27
Views: 2861

Re: How do you outfit your feet?

I just moved to a different part of Arizona. My new home is surrounded by spiky plants, sharp rocks, and snakes. At my old home I could wear minimalist footwear and sandals year round. While packing for the move I inadvertently tossed out too many of the types of shoes that I could have used at my n...
by p14175
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New mattress
Replies: 75
Views: 8340

Re: New mattress

A couple of years ago we purchased a hotel firm innerspring mattress then topped it with 2" memory foam and then a 1.5" fiber topper on top of that. The two different densities work really well together. In fact, we did the same thing to the mattress in our RV.
by p14175
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bed Pillows
Replies: 15
Views: 2148

Re: Bed Pillows

I found that a pillow with polyester cluster fiber worked best for me. I bought mine from a Little Pillow Shop.
by p14175
Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Propane Stove For Earthquake Kit
Replies: 24
Views: 1741

Re: Propane Stove For Earthquake Kit

Thanks for all the great info, folks. This has really been a help, and I will check this all out and buy one very soon! With respect to the solar cooker, p14175, my understanding is that it takes many hours to cook food this way. Have you used it? If so, for what, and how long did it take? Thanks a...
by p14175
Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Propane Stove For Earthquake Kit
Replies: 24
Views: 1741

Re: Propane Stove For Earthquake Kit

A solar oven is a good alternative to a propane stove. You don't have to stockpile fuel. Include a WAPI (Water Pasteurization Indicator) in your kit so you can pasteurize water.
by p14175
Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lifestyle Creep
Replies: 142
Views: 13304

Re: Lifestyle Creep

We recently sold our house in the city (lived in that house for 33 years) and moved to a smaller house in a rural area. All of our previous moves were DIY. This time we splurged and hired a mover to move the heavy stuff. What a treat!
by p14175
Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on Barefoot/Minimalist Running
Replies: 55
Views: 4805

Re: Thoughts on Barefoot/Minimalist Running

I wear Walmart water shoes. They cost around $5-$10 a pair. I don't run. Arthritis. I do use them for walking. A pair lasts me about 6 months. :D
by p14175
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy glasses for eclipse viewing ?
Replies: 70
Views: 7214

Re: Where to buy glasses for eclipse viewing ?

For the last solar eclipse I watched (it wasn't a total eclipse) I put a pin hole in a aluminum pie plate and observed it on a piece of white paper.
The coolest part about a solar eclipse is the uniform dimming of light.
by p14175
Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads - how about an outdoor chair recommendation!
Replies: 18
Views: 2819

Re: Bogleheads - how about an outdoor chair recommendation!

Harbor Freight sells a folding director-style chair with a side table and pockets that would probably meet your needs.
https://www.harborfreight.com/foldable- ... 62314.html