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by squirm
Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10 Anniversary Update is an improvement for me
Replies: 23
Views: 1259

Re: Windows 10 Anniversary Update is an improvement for me

You have to go to learn more and click the link to get the update. I just installed it. No issues, the start menu is better too.
by squirm
Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 33
Views: 2970

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

I have a lifetime subscription with my XM to go, portable player. It's old, but still works fine. The lifetime fee was $300 back then, around 2005. I feel old.
by squirm
Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 33
Views: 2970

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

I've gotten the $25-$30 for 5-6 months (+$5 for taxes) deal each renewal for the past 2 years. If you call and say "I saw an ad online for $30 for 6 months" they might find it, but you have to ask for it. When I renewed 2 months ago, they couldn't find this offer and offered me the $110 f...
by squirm
Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 33
Views: 2970

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

How much longer is SiriusXM going to keep doing this? Every year it's the same thing, you call them and negotiate a better deal, at point I would think they would stop. AT&T seems to be going that direction.
by squirm
Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking advice on what to do about recent property survey/neighbor's driveway
Replies: 34
Views: 3045

Re: Seeking advice on what to do about recent property survey/neighbor's driveway

If the driveway has been there for decades, it may be considered an easement that they have on your property at this point in time. It may even be a recorded easement, although that should have shown up in property searches. You should consult a lawyer who specializes in real estate law if you want...
by squirm
Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new potential tenants negotiating on rent
Replies: 72
Views: 6478

Re: new potential tenants negotiating on rent

Could you please clarify what you meant by this: (wasn't interested reading the replies). I'm not sure how that got there. I wrote most of that while waiting for my son in the parking lot on my phone, it's usually a pain from the phone. Sorry about that, it's tough to proofread from the phone. That...
by squirm
Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new potential tenants negotiating on rent
Replies: 72
Views: 6478

Re: new potential tenants negotiating on rent

develop wrote:Could you please clarify what you meant by this:

squirm wrote:(wasn't interested reading the replies).


I'm not sure how that got there. I wrote most of that while waiting for my son in the parking lot on my phone, it's usually a pain from the phone. Sorry about that, it's tough to proofread from the phone.
by squirm
Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honeymoon - Alaska or Greece
Replies: 22
Views: 1555

Re: Honeymoon - Alaska or Greece

btenny wrote:Neither. I suggest Hawaii. Warm, fun great beaches. Easy.
Good luck


agree.
by squirm
Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hardwood Flooring: Floating vs. Glue
Replies: 34
Views: 10612

Re: Hardwood Flooring: Floating vs. Glue

Hi. I'm a newbie here and have gained a lot of useful info from posters to this forum. Thanks for that. Now, my question: In a few months I will be moving into a seniors co-op (now under construction) in a suburb of Minneapolis. I have a choice of vinyl plank, laminate or engineered flooring by Moh...
by squirm
Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new potential tenants negotiating on rent
Replies: 72
Views: 6478

Re: new potential tenants negotiating on rent

Thanks for this thread and the insight into the "other side" on a negotiation. As posters have mentioned, many things, even rent, are negotiable much of the time. But sometimes the other party can easily find someone easier to deal with than you are, and you could miss out by trying to sw...
by squirm
Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new potential tenants negotiating on rent
Replies: 72
Views: 6478

Re: new potential tenants negotiating on rent

Lease says they do mowing, watering m, etc. Manager does fertilize, trim and pruning.
by squirm
Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new potential tenants negotiating on rent
Replies: 72
Views: 6478

Re: new potential tenants negotiating on rent

I received some letters from people almost pleading. I received about 100 leads in 5 days from Zillow and their affiliates, not sure if that normal or not.
by squirm
Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new potential tenants negotiating on rent
Replies: 72
Views: 6478

Re: new potential tenants negotiating on rent

Yes i did, and a little more as she is moving in 10 days earlier, otherwise it was going to sit vacant.
The manager will come by once a month to do yard maintenance.
by squirm
Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new potential tenants negotiating on rent
Replies: 72
Views: 6478

Re: new potential tenants negotiating on rent

Just to bring you up to date, I rejected the potential tenants offer (wasn't interested reading the replies). I Put the house up for rent on Zillow, got tons of leads just in five days. Signed a new lease with the new tenant last Saturday.

Thank you everyone.
by squirm
Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend Ad Blockers
Replies: 54
Views: 3564

Re: Recommend Ad Blockers

I use AdBlock ( https://getadblock.com/ ). I only use Google Chrome for a browser, and although it installs easily as an extension on Chrome, I'm not sure how it works with other browsers. It doesn't surprise me if there is some malware in ads now. One thing though: Many news sites (Forbes for inst...
by squirm
Sun Aug 21, 2016 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips for a 1000 miles car trip with toddler and baby
Replies: 100
Views: 3717

Re: Tips for a 1000 miles car trip with toddler and baby

Our kids travel well too, but it depends who else is in the car. If it's dad (me), they're good. If it's grandma, they're terrible. If it's mom, they're okay. They know dad means business. I don't do electronics, unless I need to keep them awake.
by squirm
Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips for a 1000 miles car trip with toddler and baby
Replies: 100
Views: 3717

Re: Tips for a 1000 miles car trip with toddler and baby

Rent a car, that way if it was the worst trip ever, leave the car and fly back.
by squirm
Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slightly Overwhelmed on Home Maintenance Issues
Replies: 45
Views: 4486

Re: Slightly Overwhelmed on Home Maintenance Issues

Gas fired heating equipment only needs to be serviced every 2-3 years and the service is mostly a safety check. There is nothing to clean and not much to adjust other than the pressure regulator (which should be a set and forget unless it breaks). The last time I had my gas boiler "serviced&qu...
by squirm
Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Restaurant Stop on Road Trips
Replies: 141
Views: 8864

Re: Favorite Restaurant Stop on Road Trips

Random Poster wrote:Trader Joe's, a well-stocked deli/salad area of a decent grocery store, or a Whole Foods.

After a long drive, I'd rather have some fruit and a salad than anything else.


Me too. We recently went on a trip and had to do fast food. Next time, we're bringing our food in a cooler.
by squirm
Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Cars and Safety upgrades
Replies: 31
Views: 1621

Re: New Cars and Safety upgrades

Our Honda has that little light that flashes if you approach someone too fast. Frankly, it seems to just barely function, and that's set on long. I usually leave a good amount of room in front, and study the person behind to see if they're texting. Unbelievably seems like half the people text. I usu...
by squirm
Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has a SUV helped anyone's back?
Replies: 22
Views: 1344

Re: Has a SUV helped anyone's back?

Seat comfort is my main priority when buying, that's why it's very important to test drive the car, instead of doing hours upon research. I'd rather have comfortable car with bad ergonomics, if that makes sense. Unfortunately for me, I have to spend an hour in the seat before I can determine if it's...
by squirm
Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slightly Overwhelmed on Home Maintenance Issues
Replies: 45
Views: 4486

Re: Slightly Overwhelmed on Home Maintenance Issues

Given all the great financial advice in this forum, I'm coming back for more on what are probably some basic questions about home maintenance costs/issues. Full disclosure, I'm close to being a complete novice at this stuff. I'm not particular handy (and due to some health issues I pay for yard-wor...
by squirm
Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you wash your car yourself, or have it done?
Replies: 96
Views: 5326

Re: Do you wash your car yourself, or have it done?

The American way is to hire people to do all your car washing, yard maintenance, house cleaning, and other manual labor for you while you go to the gym and run on a hamster wheel to stay in shape. You aren't some kind of communist, are you? :wink: I must be. I do everything myself. I hate sitting a...
by squirm
Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has a SUV helped anyone's back?
Replies: 22
Views: 1344

Re: Has a SUV helped anyone's back?

Just remember what works for someone's back might not work for someone elses. We have $700 ergo chairs at work, that always make my back hurt. I sit in a old pile of junk chair, no problems with the back. Go figure.
by squirm
Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has a SUV helped anyone's back?
Replies: 22
Views: 1344

Re: Has a SUV helped anyone's back?

I drive a lot of miles and have a Honda sedan. It's in great shape and I place a lot of miles annually. However, I think the low seat is hurting my back. I am overweight, dieting and working out hard to strengthen my core, however I still have back issues when I get out of my car after an hour driv...
by squirm
Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: credit score hit when closing cc accounts?
Replies: 11
Views: 628

credit score hit when closing cc accounts?

I'd like to close two credit card accounts. I don't know what the credit limit is, but i have a total of 7 cards. I have very good credit. I never use the cards, and would rather get rid of them instead of sock drawering them.
Advice?
by squirm
Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2017 Chevy Volt - Buy vs Lease
Replies: 22
Views: 1651

Re: 2017 Chevy Volt - Buy vs Lease

We test drove the Volt multiple times (2015), I couldn't get used to the funky dash and tiny buttons. I'm sure I'd like the 2016, but with gas/oil being cheap, it doesn't seem financially sound at this point, esp since we carpool. Agree the tiny buttons on the dash are a pain, and there are just to...
by squirm
Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2017 Chevy Volt - Buy vs Lease
Replies: 22
Views: 1651

Re: 2017 Chevy Volt - Buy vs Lease

You'll probably just see an increase in distance travel on battery alone. Battery technology doesn't change too fast as it's limited to the number of Earth elements vs size of transistors in electronics. In addition, GM targets the Volt for local travel on battery alone, so I doubt even if there wa...
by squirm
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What "business" shows do you like?
Replies: 13
Views: 1392

Re: What "business" shows do you like?

I use to listen to Bruce Williams on Talknet. Anyone remember him?
by squirm
Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changing Rental Lease info on the fly
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Re: Changing Rental Lease info on the fly

Thank you!
by squirm
Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2017 Chevy Volt - Buy vs Lease
Replies: 22
Views: 1651

Re: 2017 Chevy Volt - Buy vs Lease

You'll probably just see an increase in distance travel on battery alone. Battery technology doesn't change too fast as it's limited to the number of Earth elements vs size of transistors in electronics. In addition, GM targets the Volt for local travel on battery alone, so I doubt even if there was...
by squirm
Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What "business" shows do you like?
Replies: 13
Views: 1392

What "business" shows do you like?

I've always enjoyed watching The Profit with Marcus Lemonis on CNBC. I have watched it since the beginning. I like to think I learn something from it, although I hate it when they focus on the drama instead of the numbers. Nevertheless, some shows are educational and interesting. I like Marcus's cha...
by squirm
Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has your workplace transitioned to "open/collaborative space?"
Replies: 85
Views: 7317

Re: Has your workplace transitioned to "open/collaborative space?"

This is like comparing when trying to study for physics and calculus exams in the school cafeteria versus the library. Which do you think will result in a better outcome?
by squirm
Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has your workplace transitioned to "open/collaborative space?"
Replies: 85
Views: 7317

Re: Has your workplace transitioned to "open/collaborative space?"

Yeah, I have heard this is all the rage at some private companies. My understanding is the younger people are okay with it, but then again, maybe not. If you're okay with this arrangement you should state your age. People need a little privacy once in a while, we're all humans. Maybe a few minutes t...
by squirm
Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changing Rental Lease info on the fly
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Changing Rental Lease info on the fly

My rental house manager wants to make some minor changes on the fly to the rental lease as he goes over the details with the tenant. For example, the rental lease when printed out says "one pet is allowed", he would like to be able to cross that out in ink and write in "two pets are a...
by squirm
Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cordless battery powered yard tools?
Replies: 21
Views: 1555

Re: Cordless battery powered yard tools?

without getting into a electrical math lessons, just look on the battery somewhere, is should give your watthours, the more the better. I would seriously look at the Kobalt 80v tools. I have those. I've beaten the crap out of them, and they keep running. The batteries charge quick. Kobalt take their...
by squirm
Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suppose one has been rear ended...
Replies: 33
Views: 2322

Re: Suppose one has been rear ended...

I was rear ended last night. I would not have called the police. However, it was a rental and the AMEX insurance claim form said it was to be reported to the police. The police came and yelled at us for calling. We were told that there was no need to call since there were no injuries. We were told ...
by squirm
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you protect your kids while their online?
Replies: 12
Views: 1048

Re: How do you protect your kids while their online?

I'll try out OpenDNS, but I'll also try out the Windows 10 parental controls.
I'm not worried about them trying to sabotage my settings or circumventing, they wouldn't try doing that.
by squirm
Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you wash your car yourself, or have it done?
Replies: 96
Views: 5326

Re: Do you wash your car yourself, or have it done?

The cars we have at work get washed. Although they don't dry them and end up worse because of really bad hard water stains.
by squirm
Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 7898

Re: Are you on Facebook?

Computers were rarely used when I was growing up, i turned out just fine. I doubt my kids will need Facebook to have friends. If so, there's a bigger problem needs solving.
by squirm
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you wash your car yourself, or have it done?
Replies: 96
Views: 5326

Re: Do you wash your car yourself, or have it done?

I find turtle wax black trim dressing works best. Best when applied in full sun.
by squirm
Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you protect your kids while their online?
Replies: 12
Views: 1048

How do you protect your kids while their online?

With all the garbage that is available online, what software/filters can you get that prevents them from going to bad sites online? I'm only interested in the online stuff, not local computer files. If it helps, we mainly use Firefox, and IE on Windows 10.
by squirm
Sun Aug 14, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can landlord specify 6 month inspection in California?
Replies: 16
Views: 1535

Re: Can landlord specify 6 month inspection in California?

That's my question, can it just be written into the lease. The reason why i haven't contacted an attorney, from the standpoint that there are millions of rental units in ca and similar termed states, I thought this must be common or semi common knowledge. I appreciate the replies, i really do. I've ...
by squirm
Sun Aug 14, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can landlord specify 6 month inspection in California?
Replies: 16
Views: 1535

Re: Can landlord specify 6 month inspection in California?

My only real concern is the floor. If that is damaged from water, it's a real real pain to fix. Can the floor be in the lease?
by squirm
Sun Aug 14, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you wash your car yourself, or have it done?
Replies: 96
Views: 5326

Re: Do you wash your car yourself, or have it done?

rgs92 wrote:The problem is the thick black layer of brake dust on the wheels that's hard work to clean by yourself.


I put on ceramic pads when I do a brake job just to avoid the brake dust issue all over the rims.
by squirm
Sun Aug 14, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you wash your car yourself, or have it done?
Replies: 96
Views: 5326

Re: Do you wash your car yourself, or have it done?

Just washed our car this morning. We're on a well, the water is pretty hard so I always use soap that prevents spots and always dry. I wash it on the lawn. It's peaceful and quiet, it's only me, the trees and the wildlife.
by squirm
Sun Aug 14, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can landlord specify 6 month inspection in California?
Replies: 16
Views: 1535

Re: Can landlord specify 6 month inspection in California?

Really easy to generate a reason to inspect every 6 month. Ca law now requires landlords inspect, every 6 months, that smoke & carbon monoxide detectors work. Just give your tenants written notice that you'll be entering the unit on a given date, between the hours of ... to verify all smoke &am...
by squirm
Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can landlord specify 6 month inspection in California?
Replies: 16
Views: 1535

Re: Can landlord specify 6 month inspection in California?

Hello Yes, I have read these handbooks, but still unclear. It might fall under this sentence "To make necessary or agreed repairs, decorations, alterations or improvements, supply necessary or agreed services,", but again, maybe not. I'm sure this isn't an unusual request for landlords to ...
by squirm
Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you wash your car yourself, or have it done?
Replies: 96
Views: 5326

Re: Do you wash your car yourself, or have it done?

midareff wrote:Always did it myself until age and arthritis caught me later 40's.

That stinks about getting arthritis at a young age.
by squirm
Sat Aug 13, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can landlord specify 6 month inspection in California?
Replies: 16
Views: 1535

Can landlord specify 6 month inspection in California?

We'd like to specify 6 month inspections in our rental agreements, would this be legal in CA? If not, how are you assured your property isn't getting trashed?

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