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by squirm
Tue Sep 27, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace car battery after X years or wait till it dies?
Replies: 59
Views: 3561

Re: Replace car battery after X years or wait till it dies?

I replace mine when needed. Just listen to how your car starts, you'll know when its time.
by squirm
Sun Sep 25, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Timing Belt Change - Months or Miles if car is old?
Replies: 104
Views: 21892

Re: Timing Belt Change - Months or Miles if car is old?

I had a Honda timing belt change at the dealer. Call different dealers, I was quoted from $440 to $800. I chose the $440 dealer and then negotiated down another $25.
by squirm
Sun Sep 25, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Timing Belt Change - Months or Miles if car is old?
Replies: 104
Views: 21892

Re: Timing Belt Change - Months or Miles if car is old?

All of my cars have always gone way over the recommended mileage. I had a Maximum that had 275k on it without a new timing belt. It's a game of risk.
by squirm
Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stain Our Deck Before Winter - $3,000 or DIY?
Replies: 41
Views: 3146

Re: Stain Our Deck Before Winter - $3,000 or DIY?

My mother was going to do that. I've done it several times for others. Frankly I think the look of weathered wood is better, esp redwood. Staining wears off unevenly and looks terrible. IMO it's not worth it, even though it's a relatively easy job.
by squirm
Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you have a "his car" and "her car" in your household?
Replies: 8
Views: 1080

Do you have a "his car" and "her car" in your household?

If your married, do you have a his car and her car? When I was growing up, dad and mom always shared everything. Never were the cars referred to as "dad's car" or a "mom's car". They were always referenced by their make or manufacturer, such as "the Pontiac" or "th...
by squirm
Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hawaii anniversary trip suggestions
Replies: 32
Views: 2554

Re: Hawaii anniversary trip suggestions

Kauai or Maui.
doubt you'll be fighting crowds with school in session.
by squirm
Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fuel eco tires
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Fuel eco tires

Our Honda has Goodyear Assurance tires. Their close to needing a replacement. We've gotten about 60k miles out of them. Don't have much to complain about except their louder than I would like.

Anyone have a recommendation for fuel eco tires?
by squirm
Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you buy this house in a flood zone? HELP!
Replies: 63
Views: 3288

Re: Would you buy this house in a flood zone? HELP!

Look at it this way, if you're in a flood zone, the pool of buyers is smaller, so I bet home prices reflect that. I'd say, go for it. Just make sure you have good flood insurance and the mindset that everything could be wiped out, depending on the water levels. I don't see it much different then liv...
by squirm
Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tenant responsible for appliances?
Replies: 20
Views: 1172

Re: Tenant responsible for appliances?

My last tenant had high water bills, he said they do a lot of laundry. I told him I'd buy some slightly used front load washer, dryer that use less water if he picked it up and installed it.
Both of us were very pleased.
by squirm
Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tenant responsible for appliances?
Replies: 20
Views: 1172

Re: Tenant responsible for appliances?

I provide my tenants washer, dryer, fridge, etc. If something goes wrong, I'll fix it. Washer had a bad gasket, I replaced that last weekend. Took me 2 hours. What is included in "etc."? Does that mean anything that happens to be left around in the apartment, such as a blender, a room deh...
by squirm
Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tenant responsible for appliances?
Replies: 20
Views: 1172

Re: Tenant responsible for appliances?

I provide my tenants washer, dryer, fridge, etc. If something goes wrong, I'll fix it. Washer had a bad gasket, I replaced that last weekend. Took me 2 hours.
by squirm
Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time negotiating for a car. Have questions
Replies: 27
Views: 1974

Re: First time negotiating for a car. Have questions

Just go to truecar to get a range, then offer a grand or so below it. First try and talk your girlfriend out of buying a new car if she has to finance it. Save then purchase outright. You need to be careful in that truecars is a bit of trailing indictor. Last time I bought a car, I mailed 3 dealers...
by squirm
Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [500 million Yahoo accounts hacked, what should you do?]
Replies: 79
Views: 4606

Re: Yahoo says hackers stole info in 500 million user accounts

I have had *.yahoo.com blocked on my email for years.
by squirm
Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time negotiating for a car. Have questions
Replies: 27
Views: 1974

Re: First time negotiating for a car. Have questions

Just go to truecar to get a range, then offer a grand or so below it.
First try and talk your girlfriend out of buying a new car if she has to finance it. Save then purchase outright.
by squirm
Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [500 million Yahoo accounts hacked, what should you do?]
Replies: 79
Views: 4606

Re: Yahoo says hackers stole info in 500 million user accounts

Half a billion is a lot of accounts, didn't know they even had that many users, unless maybe wells Fargo was handling their accounts :mrgreen:
by squirm
Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideas for adult brothers vacation
Replies: 24
Views: 1720

Re: Ideas for adult brothers vacation

Bungie jump the bridge to nowhere in ca.
by squirm
Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: removing door dings
Replies: 3
Views: 447

removing door dings

I can't stand door dings on our cars. We have about 5 of these on two cars. Was thinking of farming this out to a ding remover. Has anyone done this? There all your typical sized door dings. About what cost should I expect?
by squirm
Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: avalon hybrid
Replies: 32
Views: 1961

Re: avalon hybrid

Why would anyone ask how comfortable car seats are? To me it's very subjective. For example, My office chair is old and would probably hurt or cause discomfort for many other, but not me.
by squirm
Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: avalon hybrid
Replies: 32
Views: 1961

Re: avalon hybrid


The hybrid only makes sense at $5-ish gas prices

Sure when everyone else is buying them and dealers are getting premium pricing for them.
by squirm
Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I upgrade my 6 year old plasma TV?
Replies: 81
Views: 5057

Re: Should I upgrade my 6 year old plasma TV?

Those plasma TVs are like space heaters. If you can afford it, go for it. Then again, I'm not one that gets excited about televisions.
by squirm
Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Put SSN on internet?
Replies: 17
Views: 2116

Re: Put SSN on internet?

Your subject line makes it sound like your SSN will be shown out in the open. See no problem what you're describing.
by squirm
Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you block numbers on land line?
Replies: 9
Views: 974

How do you block numbers on land line?

We have a land line with DSL from att. We also have a answering machine on it, nothing fancy. I'd like to block phone calls, how Can I go about doing that? If I have to get a new answering machine, I'd be fine with that too.
by squirm
Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So being 40 is "old" in the high tech business?
Replies: 129
Views: 9232

Re: So being 40 is "old" in the high tech business?

It's considered old because they expect you to work 80+ hours per week. When your young you probably don't have to many other obligations like family, kids, wife, etc. When your younger, you can eat garbage and still sleep just fine, stay up late and get thru the next day on energy drinks. I can't d...
by squirm
Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attic Fan for Ventilation
Replies: 11
Views: 870

Re: Attic Fan for Ventilation

I added one on our previous house. It worked at least for us. Installation wasn't a big deal, although climbing around in the attic isn't fun.
While your to there, when your done installing it, why not blow in some extra insulation.
by squirm
Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with my CD collection
Replies: 35
Views: 2641

Re: What to do with my CD collection

Just sell them. I've lost music, but it wasn't like I missed it anyways. I hate junk in the house that never gets used.
by squirm
Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are LED bulbs getting more efficient?
Replies: 34
Views: 3534

Re: Are LED bulbs getting more efficient?

I was just watching an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that dates from 2002. There's a scene where one of the characters walks into a dark room and flips the light switch, and the light takes a couple of seconds to come all the way on. I'd forgotten how annoying that was. I like CFL's on our ni...
by squirm
Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are LED bulbs getting more efficient?
Replies: 34
Views: 3534

Re: Are LED bulbs getting more efficient?

They are getting better all the time. One big tell is that the weight of the bulbs is going down since they no longer need the massive heatsinks to keep the electronics cool from all the waste heat. I still have 2 of the original Phillips L-Prize bulbs that i got just out of curiosity when they whe...
by squirm
Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood Chipper -- Harbor Freight?
Replies: 40
Views: 2936

Re: Wood Chipper -- Harbor Freight?

For a joke, my friend bought their Harbor Freight 10" compound miter saw as gift to his friend for his birthday. With the sale, and coupons it was close to like $50. What a pile.
by squirm
Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are LED bulbs getting more efficient?
Replies: 34
Views: 3534

Re: Are LED bulbs getting more efficient?

hicabob wrote:They certainly are getting more efficient. I just bought some 22 watt/2310 lumen fluorescent tube replacements (6 tubes for $50). I've read 10 lumens per watt is considered good nowadays.

Think you meant 100lumens/w
by squirm
Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood Chipper -- Harbor Freight?
Replies: 40
Views: 2936

Re: Wood Chipper -- Harbor Freight?

No experience with their wood chipper. I do have their log splitter for fire wood. No problems, and that is with abusing the snot out if it and feeding it logs that are way too big for it.
by squirm
Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are LED bulbs getting more efficient?
Replies: 34
Views: 3534

Are LED bulbs getting more efficient?

I was at Home Depot the other day and purchased a set of 8 LED bulbs (don't remember the price, but I think it was about a buck a bulb). They were about 650 lumens, dimmable, 2700 temperature and used 9.5 watts . Last time I purchased LED bulbs was a few years ago which were about 14 watts, for roug...
by squirm
Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJ $99 for 6 months -- worth it?
Replies: 54
Views: 3222

Re: WSJ $99 for 6 months -- worth it?

I'd comment that the WSJ has a brutal "retention" policy towards subscribers. After my discount period was over, they appropriately sent me a bill for the regular rate. But they don't let you cancel without talking to their Retention Specialists, who are clearly paid by their success rate...
by squirm
Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you factor mandatory surcharges into gratuity?
Replies: 52
Views: 3091

Re: Do you factor mandatory surcharges into gratuity?

I couldn't be on my feet all day like they are. I certainly couldn't be nice to people like they are. I'm sure they hear people complain about their food all day.
I make sure to tip them well. I usually tell them to put it in their pocket.
by squirm
Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJ $99 for 6 months -- worth it?
Replies: 54
Views: 3222

Re: WSJ $99 for 6 months -- worth it?

OP--We live in the boonies also and looked into subscribing about 8-10 years ago; they offered no doorstep delivery, saying our daily would be a day late via snail mail. That was before good online access. We live in the boonies too. Fortunately we can get the paper, although even if it was a day l...
by squirm
Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJ $99 for 6 months -- worth it?
Replies: 54
Views: 3222

Re: WSJ $99 for 6 months -- worth it?

Yes it's worth it. Been reading wsj for 20 years. Blows our local paper away. I like reading the hard print, no dancing ads, I can read it anywhere.
by squirm
Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a new laptop with 3:2 screen
Replies: 2
Views: 394

Looking for a new laptop with 3:2 screen

I'd like to replace my existing laptop. It's a Yoga Pro with a 16:9 screen. I noticed most websites are adding a bunch of menus, etc on top and bottom that leaves very little useful screen real estate (annoying). Nevertheless, I know Microsoft uses 3:2, but don't really want to spend $1100 on a lapt...
by squirm
Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10 Anniversary Update is an improvement for me
Replies: 34
Views: 2496

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: 3220

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: 3220

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: 3220

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: 3186

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: 6782

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: 6782

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: 1649

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: 35
Views: 11915

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: 6782

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: 6782

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: 6782

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: 6782

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: 6782

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.

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