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by squirm
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bath soap that doesn't leave soap scum?
Replies: 11
Views: 831

bath soap that doesn't leave soap scum?

Does such a soap exist, at say, Wally World?
by squirm
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: thoughts on in-ceiling speakers?
Replies: 44
Views: 2143

Re: thoughts on in-ceiling speakers?

pileitup wrote:We only use our Sonos speakers now (have three so far) . Ceiling speakers not hooked up to anything anymore.

We have Sonos too, wouldn't go back to anything else. Easy and decent sound quality. In ceiling speakers reminds me of the 80's.
by squirm
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can a cell phone get hacked?
Replies: 20
Views: 1702

Re: Can a cell phone get hacked?

Just block it.
by squirm
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: John Deere 1025R with Mower
Replies: 10
Views: 631

Re: John Deere 1025R with Mower

I have a Kubota with a MMM. We have lots of hills, trees and slopes. The MMM works well for that, but sometimes a Bush-hog would work better in thick brush.
by squirm
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can a massage chair favorably compare to mediocre budget massages from Groupon?
Replies: 4
Views: 661

Re: Can a massage chair favorably compare to mediocre budget massages from Groupon?

If you go the inversion table route be careful, I screwed up my back with one of those tables, I ended up donating it. I also had a fancy massage chair, takes up way too much room, wasn't worth it. Bought a$200 massager from Kohl's that you put on a table, works good enough, doesn't eat up room. Don...
by squirm
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where's the sweet spot in the cost/benefit curve for floor speakers?
Replies: 37
Views: 2202

Re: Where's the sweet spot in the cost/benefit curve for floor speakers?

I bought a pair of NHT speakers ten years ago that I liked, about$200 each. I was once big into speakers and fidelity, as you get older though, you start not to care about it, or maybe it's from having kids. $200/speaker would be my limit. Watch your ears with the loudness, I have permanent tinnitus...
by squirm
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with $100???
Replies: 78
Views: 4921

Re: What to do with $100???

Pay a utility bill with it and move on.
by squirm
Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: After years of iron in well water, all of a sudden no iron
Replies: 5
Views: 837

After years of iron in well water, all of a sudden no iron

So this morning I went out to clean out the water filter that is in series to our water softner. Our house water is from a well that is almost 600 foot deep. For years, every time I have changed it or rinsed it off, it's been coated with iron. This morning I went out to rinse it off (it's been sever...
by squirm
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prius Prime Looks Interesting...Price is Very Attractive
Replies: 21
Views: 3482

Re: Prius Prime Looks Interesting...Price is Very Attractive

do you get the full $7500 federal tax credit and state credits with the Prime?
by squirm
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dispute with neighborhood association
Replies: 37
Views: 4087

Re: Dispute with neighborhood association

Thanks guys. I did what was suggested here and wrote a nicely worded letter to the association (I was going to write a hate letter, but switched my mind after reading these replies). All was good, they waived the $100 fee and apologized for not being able to get back to me earlier. They said their ...
by squirm
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dispute with neighborhood association
Replies: 37
Views: 4087

Re: Dispute with neighborhood association

Good that it worked out for the OP. But, this, and some of the comments is why I have told my wife that if we move, we will try to avoid a house in a HOA area. It's just for the roads. We're glad for that as I'd rather not drive on gravel roads. We're in the boonies, there's no rules on what you ca...
by squirm
Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dispute with neighborhood association
Replies: 37
Views: 4087

Re: Dispute with neighborhood association

Thanks guys. I did what was suggested here and wrote a nicely worded letter to the association (I was going to write a hate letter, but switched my mind after reading these replies). All was good, they waived the $100 fee and apologized for not being able to get back to me earlier. They said their k...
by squirm
Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cost of Solar Power
Replies: 95
Views: 6240

Re: cost of Solar Power

Average person won't need nite than 5kw system. Expect about $3/watt. Pay outright. Solar makes since in solar friendly states with high electric cost. First button up your house and add insulation if needed. Then do solar if needed.
We paid $15k. Our bills are zero.
by squirm
Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Do You Share Expenses?
Replies: 52
Views: 3928

Re: How Do You Share Expenses?

Everything goes in one pot marriage here. Wouldn't have it any other way, it's not a business agreement. We leave work antics at work.
by squirm
Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: can you recommend good tires
Replies: 50
Views: 2262

Re: can you recommend good tires

I bought Michelin premier AS at discount tire. very good wet braking distance...overall great tire.
by squirm
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surface 3 - plugged in, not charging
Replies: 8
Views: 613

Re: Surface 3 - plugged in, not charging

It's the surface 3 with the atom processor. No I don't have original charger, sent it back to softy with first return didn't get one back. I'll stop at their store and see if their original charger will work. But the chargers I've been using all worked at one point with it.
by squirm
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dispute with neighborhood association
Replies: 37
Views: 4087

Re: Dispute with neighborhood association

Hi guys,
To be brief, I mailed the payment minus the late fee, told them I'd want to be in good standing. Was polite, as recommended here but did mention to be waived of the late fee.
Don't get what's up with the no return contact though.
We'll see what happens.
by squirm
Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dispute with neighborhood association
Replies: 37
Views: 4087

Dispute with neighborhood association

Our neighborhood association (actually they just maintain the roads, but I'll refer to them as a association) sent us a late payment notice a few weeks ago. They stated we didn't pay our annual bill and charged us the original amount + a 25% "late fee". While I don't dispute the original a...
by squirm
Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surface 3 - plugged in, not charging
Replies: 8
Views: 613

Surface 3 - plugged in, not charging

That's the message I get again. First Happened several months ago, Microsoft exchange my surface for a new one. The new one is now saying this message. Called sorry, but they won't exchange it, state it's out of warranty. Tried all sorts of different chargers, reinstalled battery driveer, did all up...
by squirm
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you discuss finances and spending with your spouse?
Replies: 60
Views: 3291

Re: How often do you discuss finances and spending with your spouse?

I tend the finances, wife is fine with that. Money and investments bore her. Happy wife, happy life. My situation exactly. Though I recently went over our IPS before having her put a copy in the safety deposit box. Like me, she has an engineering background so the math is fully within her capabilit...
by squirm
Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you discuss finances and spending with your spouse?
Replies: 60
Views: 3291

Re: How often do you discuss finances and spending with your spouse?

I tend the finances, wife is fine with that. Money and investments bore her.
Happy wife, happy life.
by squirm
Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: By how much to 9 foot ceiling add to house price?
Replies: 15
Views: 1945

Re: By how much to 9 foot ceiling add to house price?

Do 9 foot ceilings. When we bought our house one of the big draws was 9 foot ceilings.. If it was 8 foot, I doubt we'd purchase.
by squirm
Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car windshield wipers - go cheap or better?
Replies: 42
Views: 3954

Re: Car windshield wipers - go cheap or better?

Bosch Icons. They last a long time and work great. Just buy them at Wally World.
by squirm
Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: mom wants smart phone, are there classes on how to use?
Replies: 40
Views: 2374

Re: mom wants smart phone, are there classes on how to use?

The problem is, I'm already her geek squad and have been for 20 years. Last visit I had to reinstall the Bluetooth mouse driver. I don't have time and patience to go down that road. Don't get me wrong, I'd do anything for mom.... But have to keep my sanity. Team viewer saves my sanity on the compute...
by squirm
Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: mom wants smart phone, are there classes on how to use?
Replies: 40
Views: 2374

Re: mom wants smart phone, are there classes on how to use?

Check Apple store for classes. My parents have used for their desktops, phones and iPads. The Apple "geniuses" are very patient and helpful. [url]http://www.apple.com/retail/learn//url] I'll probably push her to an android, cause when my Windows Phone craps out, that's what I'll get, sinc...
by squirm
Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: mom wants smart phone, are there classes on how to use?
Replies: 40
Views: 2374

Re: mom wants smart phone, are there classes on how to use?

Mom wants to get a smart phone, not sure which yet. But are there classes in how to use? She's 80. Also can android or iPhone upload photos automatically to OneDrive like my Windows Phone does? Does you mom have any grandkids? One of them could probably teach her everything she needs to know in 15 ...
by squirm
Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone else have (possibly too much) fun dealing with finances?
Replies: 69
Views: 4920

Re: Does anyone else have (possibly too much) fun dealing with finances?

Most like it watching their investment grow in bull market. I sorta like bear markets as it keeps things fun.

There's more talk about investing at work, I'd say this bull market is getting tired. Maybe the big bad bear is coming out of hibernation.
by squirm
Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: mom wants smart phone, are there classes on how to use?
Replies: 40
Views: 2374

mom wants smart phone, are there classes on how to use?

Mom wants to get a smart phone, not sure which yet. But are there classes in how to use? She's 80. Also can android or iPhone upload photos automatically to OneDrive like my Windows Phone does?
by squirm
Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model X Review, 2 Months In
Replies: 42
Views: 5106

Re: Tesla Model X Review, 2 Months In

Excellent detailed write up. Personally I wouldn't buy the model x, too many silly gadgets that can malfunction or fail. The Falcon doors look neat but I also sense a nightmare of failures over time.

I'll give Tesla a pass since their so new to this. Hope the model 3 does well in all aspects.
by squirm
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel Reservations
Replies: 18
Views: 1623

Re: Hotel Reservations

We hate hotels, too noisy, etc. We usually do the vrbo route, unless it's a one night stay, which is rare.
by squirm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Utility Bills - How do ours compare?
Replies: 44
Views: 3468

Re: Utility Bills - How do ours compare?

Have solar, septic, and well. Just pay for garbage.
by squirm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: asphalt floor inside steel shed?
Replies: 3
Views: 341

Re: asphalt floor inside steel shed?

Good points. I'll go with concrete.
by squirm
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: asphalt floor inside steel shed?
Replies: 3
Views: 341

asphalt floor inside steel shed?

I have a 20x30 steel shed that is used for storage, (boxes, appliances, etc). We don't use it much. Currently it's just a crushed limestone floor. I'm getting asphalt installed around the shed (it's also crushed limestone) and was thinking perhaps they should also do inside the shed. What are your t...
by squirm
Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: EPA MPG estimates then vs now
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Re: EPA MPG estimates then vs now

I wonder if the average actual freeway speeds changed, rather then using just the posted.

My friend had a CRX, that thing seemed to get excellent mileage. Probably a deathbox.
by squirm
Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC replacement time
Replies: 30
Views: 2620

Re: PC replacement time

You can wait a little bit and get one with and AMD Ryzen chip, more bang for the buck. I suggest to get one with an SSD.
by squirm
Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: EPA MPG estimates then vs now
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Re: EPA MPG estimates then vs now

Sorry guys, I found it. It looks like they list their updated methodology. There's a link that list the old and new. What a difference. Feel sorry for people who bought cars back then based on those old stats. Almost 10mpg difference for fwy mileage!
by squirm
Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sears maintenance/extended service agreement?
Replies: 13
Views: 952

Re: Sears maintenance/extended service agreement?

cheese_breath wrote:That water softener could last longer than Sears does.


LOL!!
Sears sold off Craftsman, I assume Kenmore will be next on their list to liquidate.
by squirm
Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sears maintenance/extended service agreement?
Replies: 13
Views: 952

Re: Sears maintenance/extended service agreement?

Water softners are pretty passive, I couldn't think what would break, at least on ours. No motors, electronics etc. Never had a problem with ours, I just fill it with rock salt once in while.

Can you get your money back?
by squirm
Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long Day Trip: Drive Old Car or Rent Car?
Replies: 59
Views: 3562

Re: Long Day Trip: Drive Old Car or Rent Car?

Rent, it will be funner and you'll have a better time. enjoy.
by squirm
Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: EPA MPG estimates then vs now
Replies: 6
Views: 528

EPA MPG estimates then vs now

So out of nostalgia I looked up the EPA MPG of a 1984 Pontiac 6000 6cyl that my family had. It rated it as 19mpg combined. My question is, is the methodology the EPA uses the same as they are using now? I *sorta* remember seeing ads for cars with the mileage fine print saying "actual freeway mi...
by squirm
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 121
Views: 8457

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

Sorry for the post with little detail. My bad. About two years, his interest in ev is increasing. We're in ca. He wants to go the pure ev route and not a plugin hybrid. I still say charging stations is the biggest issue even if there are more ev choices in the near future. Look how long its taken te...
by squirm
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 121
Views: 8457

Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

Neighbor is asking. 50 mile commute and will probably do some road trips. Two year time frame. I'm suggesting Model 3, because of access to Superchargers. Superchargers work, are relatively fast, are rarely iced, and in many locations unlike public chargers. That alone i think is a huge advantage, w...
by squirm
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why do you go to restaurants?
Replies: 229
Views: 15433

Re: Why do you go to restaurants?

We watch house hunters. It seems most people like to live near restaurants... Really? That's the least reason why I'd want to live somewhere.
by squirm
Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can you hear me scam
Replies: 13
Views: 1790

Can you hear me scam

Can someone please explain how this scam works? I heard about it on the news, but the explanation how the scamsters make out was terrible. Don't they need to know your credit card info if their buying something with a verbal yes?
by squirm
Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I pay off my house?
Replies: 23
Views: 2685

Re: Should I pay off my house?

Just pay it off, I had $25k left on our first house, I paid it off, felt good too.
by squirm
Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone drop out of school in 30's or 40's?
Replies: 34
Views: 3196

Re: Anyone drop out of school in 30's or 40's?

Graduated with bs in EE when I was 35. I was ALWAYS cranky and stressed out. Didn't have kids then either.
If you're not stressed everyone would be doing it.

Good for you, keep moving ahead. You'll adjust to the stress and manage it better.
by squirm
Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: American Express didn't waive annual fee, next step?
Replies: 22
Views: 2436

Re: American Express didn't waive annual fee, next step?

No luck with AE on the second try. Just called chase, they gave me $60 statement credit. Last year they gave me 10,000 points. I told them merchants always ask about the weight of the card which breaks the ice, and I recommend to the merchant person to apply as I like the card and it has a nice sign...
by squirm
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time Maui vacation - where to stay?
Replies: 70
Views: 6338

Re: First time Maui vacation - where to stay?

Sounds good!
Just came from Maui myself. Will be going to kuai later this year.
by squirm
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: American Express didn't waive annual fee, next step?
Replies: 22
Views: 2436

Re: American Express didn't waive annual fee, next step?

Tomorrow I have to work on my chase preferred cards.

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