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by neilpilot
Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I use my pressure washer compressor for a pneumatic nail gun?
Replies: 21
Views: 1351

Re: Can I use my pressure washer compressor for a pneumatic nail gun?

I have no qualms buying a compressor other than it is one time use tool which will just take up space in the garage. I've never needed one before. Though I suppose if I were to have one I would need to come up with uses for it. Renting is out of the question because two days of rental is more than ...
by neilpilot
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much is your cell phone bill?
Replies: 274
Views: 36733

Re: How much is your cell phone bill?

Xfinity 2 lines
$6 per line ($8 including tax & fees)
Unlimited calls and texting
1 GB/month - more than we typically use
by neilpilot
Sun May 31, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I use my pressure washer compressor for a pneumatic nail gun?
Replies: 21
Views: 1351

Re: Can I use my pressure washer compressor for a pneumatic nail gun?

new2bogle wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 3:25 pm


Is it possible to use this as the air compressor for a pneumatic nail gun such as this: nail gun at Home Depot?

Not possible. The nail gun needs pressurized air (or another gas), not water
by neilpilot
Fri May 29, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What will you NOT buy online?
Replies: 94
Views: 5934

Re: What will you NOT buy online?

squirm wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 9:38 pm
I was probably one of the first ones here to buy a car online, back in 1999. Worked like a charm.
You beat me....bought my almost new C240 in 2002, and was great until I sold it in 2018.
by neilpilot
Thu May 28, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The "Best of" for Aldi?
Replies: 93
Views: 6429

Re: The "Best of" for Aldi?

Going to different Aldis lately, some have stopped the quarter for the cart and some have not. Imagine they will get more consistent soon. The ones without the quarter have nicely requested that you bring the cart back so it can be cleaned after you are finished. Yes, but they tend to still load yo...
by neilpilot
Mon May 25, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What will you NOT buy online?
Replies: 94
Views: 5934

Re: What will you NOT buy online?

I may soften my stance, but I don't like buying a big screen television online. I've had 3 TVs right out of the box be defective, I just like the piece of mind of taking to take it back to a Costco or Best Buy and buying another one. Sometimes packing them back up perfectly back to reship can be di...
by neilpilot
Mon May 25, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I pay $1,600 for this lawn care fix?
Replies: 55
Views: 5124

Re: Should I pay $1,600 for this lawn care fix?

Put less air in the lawn mower tires. Drive lawn mower slower. Problem solved! LOL the lawn mower tires are plastic, no air! But I like this line of thinking... I cut in a different pattern every time which has helped to smooth out ruts that started to develop from repeatedly going over the same ar...
by neilpilot
Mon May 25, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Tires or New Car?
Replies: 56
Views: 3333

Re: New Tires or New Car?

central-pa wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 11:18 pm
OP - I would (a) put the two best tires (most remaining tread) of the current set on the back, and (b) get two new tires and put them on the front. No shaving required, and you only pay for 2 tires instead of 4.
Would I be correct in assuming you're unfamiliar with AWD tire limitations?
by neilpilot
Mon May 25, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Health Savings Account (HSA) investments
Replies: 10
Views: 958

Re: Health Savings Account (HSA) investments

Actually, HSA withdrawals can be used to pay health insurance premiums, or anything else (even a new car) so long as you have records and/or receipts from qualified medical expenses that you paid out of pocket in all the years since you starting funding your HSA to offset your HSA withdrawal. This ...
by neilpilot
Mon May 25, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Health Savings Account (HSA) investments
Replies: 10
Views: 958

Re: Health Savings Account (HSA) investments

Thank you to all for your responses. @Flobes HSA cannot be used to pay health insurance premiums. Note: There is exception if you are collecting state or federal unemployment benefits or utilizing COBRA coverage. Got it, clearly I wasn't aware of that. So assuming that I take COBRA when I leave Big...
by neilpilot
Sat May 23, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your most luxury/expensive hobby.
Replies: 264
Views: 19432

Re: What is your most luxury/expensive hobby.

I haven't indulged in a couple of decades, but I'd have to say that the most expensive "hobby" (if you will) I've ever indulged in was flying. I spent several thousand dollars on flying lessons, then several more on instrument training. Then I bought a house, and all that came to an end. :( Nowaday...
by neilpilot
Fri May 22, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your most luxury/expensive hobby.
Replies: 264
Views: 19432

Re: What is your most luxury/expensive hobby.

Flying. I retired last year, and have decided to become a private pilot. I'm attending ground school now, and will start taking flying lessons soon. Not a cheap hobby by any means, but it is great to finally have the time (and funds) to pursue this. I just got my private pilot license. Best decisio...
by neilpilot
Wed May 20, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Some possible luxury SUV choices to buy: Opinions?
Replies: 188
Views: 13951

Re: Some possible luxury SUV choices to buy: Opinions?

Last September we spent a couple weeks down the road from the Rolls Royce auto factory, and would occasionally see a Cullinan on the road. Surprised that a Bogelhead hasn't considered it as an (extreme) luxury SUV option. With the recent drop in gas prices, it's 14 mpg rating no longer sounds so bad...
by neilpilot
Wed May 20, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your most luxury/expensive hobby.
Replies: 264
Views: 19432

Re: What is your most luxury/expensive hobby.

Raising three little children in a major metro area. I'm pretty sure this is actually among the more expensive hobbies on this thread. +1. We're raising 3 daughters, in a moderately HCOL area (not a city, but still expensive). Our grocery bill is frightening.. Sign of the times? Children are now vi...
by neilpilot
Tue May 19, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your most luxury/expensive hobby.
Replies: 264
Views: 19432

Re: What is your most luxury/expensive hobby.

For 30 years ending in the spring of 2019 I owned a high performance 4-seat airplane, sometimes outright and other times in a 50% partnership. The purchase price of this used aircraft was only about $40k-$50k. The real expense was in gas, maintenance, hangar rent and other recurring costs (in that o...
by neilpilot
Mon May 18, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator Malfunction
Replies: 20
Views: 1444

Re: Refrigerator Malfunction

Some icemakers have a little plastic arm next to the ice cube tray that attempts to swing down every couple of hours to determine if the ice bin is full. A small motor tries to swing the arm down and if it goes all the way down, that means the bin is not full and then it empties the frozen ice cube...
by neilpilot
Mon May 18, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator Malfunction
Replies: 20
Views: 1444

Re: Refrigerator Malfunction

Intermittent problems are difficult to pin down. It started making that sound again today, so we turned off the ice-maker. The sound persisted. So, we turned it back on. It seemed to stop when the compressor started. Any other ideas? Badbreath suggested that the noise was related to the auto defros...
by neilpilot
Mon May 18, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lowes vs Home Depot
Replies: 97
Views: 14236

Re: Lowes vs Home Depot

But I get frustrated sometimes because Lowe’s website does not give a aisle location and Home Depot’s does. That's weird. I shop Lowes and almost always check online before I go. The items that show as in store stock online always show Aisle & Bin numbers. That's true for my local Lowes, as well as...
by neilpilot
Mon May 18, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security Issue
Replies: 13
Views: 1105

Re: Social Security Issue

I'll let others attempt to answer your various questions, but regarding: 3. Is DW or BIL obligated to pay off the balance of the money owed SSA? I can't see any basis whereby either would have any liability for their sister's debts. The sister's estate would be liable, but why would liability extend...
by neilpilot
Fri May 15, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Brake Pads
Replies: 87
Views: 4071

Re: New Brake Pads

I’m not sure what point you are trying to make here. I’ve owned many brands on your list that had drum-inside the disc parking brakes, operated by a cable (including one of the specific models on your list)... I never said all of the years of all of the models of the brands listed used integral par...
by neilpilot
Thu May 14, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1474
Views: 169669

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

@Zeal LOL, prompts so many questions. But to limit a to a few: 1. Do you limit 1 square per visit? 2. Do you use both sides? 3. Could you accelerate "winning the game" if you installed a bidet? May benefit by International Diversification of at least partial bidet use. 4. Do you include TP in your ...
by neilpilot
Thu May 14, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Brake Pads
Replies: 87
Views: 4071

Re: New Brake Pads

I'm mostly concerned at barrelling into something at high speed with no brakes. Umm, that's what the emergency brake is for, unless of course you worked on that too. When you replace the pads or shoes on your rear brakes, in many cases "you worked on that too". The emergency brake is frequently not...
by neilpilot
Thu May 14, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Brake Pads
Replies: 87
Views: 4071

Re: New Brake Pads

Aside from allowing a jacked up car to fall on me, are there any other safety issues I should be concerned about in doing this myself that a basic YouTube video may miss? I'm mostly concerned at barrelling into something at high speed with no brakes. Safety first, always: Place automatic transmissi...
by neilpilot
Wed May 13, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Deferring medical expenses to allow HSA investments to compound.
Replies: 9
Views: 449

Re: Deferring medical expenses to allow HSA investments to compound.

Welcome to the forum! It only makes sense to leave money to compound in your HSA if you are maxing out your other retirement accounts. If you have a $1000 medical bill and $1000 in cash, you can take $1000 out of your HSA to pay it and put the $1000 in cash in your Roth IRA if it is not maxed out. ...
by neilpilot
Sat May 09, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on tree removal
Replies: 43
Views: 2495

Re: Thoughts on tree removal

We will soon be engaging them about their fence which encroached on our property by a not insignificant amount. Hopefully the fence hasn't been up, or replaced an older fence that was in place, for many years. My sister tried to correct a neighbor's fence about 2 feet into her property when she pre...
by neilpilot
Sat May 09, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon issues - cannot even cancel Prime really
Replies: 59
Views: 3738

Re: Amazon issues - cannot even cancel Prime really

It is easy to oversimplify things and incorrectly portray them. I was eligible as it says "Offer only valid for invited Amazon customers who have received this offer directly from Amazon through email or online display advertisements ." I saw the online display advertisement. It also accepted the p...
by neilpilot
Fri May 08, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon issues - cannot even cancel Prime really
Replies: 59
Views: 3738

Re: Amazon issues - cannot even cancel Prime really

If that is true, they can wait 6 months to ship and I'll get it in 6 months and two days. That is useless. A bunch of Prime items I looked at today would not be here until Wed. Previously almost everything came within 2-3 days. I didn't mention it above, but I also don't think they are the most eth...
by neilpilot
Fri May 08, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Brake Pads
Replies: 87
Views: 4071

Re: New Brake Pads

I am sorry, but that does not qualify as an answer to the poster who asked if there is anything he can screw up by just watching YT videos. Common sense, as well as YT videos, will tell him that if he unscrewed 4 screws, he will need to screw them back on and tighten appropriately. If we went by yo...
by neilpilot
Thu May 07, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Brake Pads
Replies: 87
Views: 4071

Re: New Brake Pads

A few comments regarding rotors; these may have already been covered. [1] Warn pads do not automatically require resurfaced rotors. Inspect your old pads and rotors for irregular wear, before deciding to resurface. [2] Rotors have a minimum service thickness, typically stamped somewhere on the rotor...
by neilpilot
Thu May 07, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there anything more environmentally friendly than Drano for unclogging a drain?
Replies: 80
Views: 4790

Re: Is there anything more environmentally friendly than Drano for unclogging a drain?

To be clear, I don't use Drano and I'm not suggesting you should. My comment is directed on your implied comments that it could harm the environment. While Drano in large quantity is a hazardous waste when included in your trash pickup, it is not an environmental hazard when discharged in household...
by neilpilot
Thu May 07, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there anything more environmentally friendly than Drano for unclogging a drain?
Replies: 80
Views: 4790

Re: Is there anything more environmentally friendly than Drano for unclogging a drain?

What's so environmentally unfriendly about Drano? "It’s dangerous for you, harsh on your plumbing system, and bad for the environment." https://blog.jiffyondemand.com/why-plumbers-advise-against-drano/ I once had to replace a drain that was damaged by Draino. It is easier to just use a drain snake....
by neilpilot
Thu May 07, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Membership Question
Replies: 84
Views: 6246

Re: Amazon Prime Membership Question

We never watched much tv and never bothered to cut the cable cord. The time has come. First we need a smart TV....what do people recommend? Secondly for people who watch very little it doesn’t seem worth it to buy amazon prime...for 125 / month that will bring us right back to the cost of cable tv....
by neilpilot
Wed May 06, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1474
Views: 169669

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

FrankTheViking wrote:
Wed May 06, 2020 7:34 pm
Didn't mow the lawn.
That's funny.....since my frugal thing today was that I DID mow the lawn.
by neilpilot
Tue May 05, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there anything more environmentally friendly than Drano for unclogging a drain?
Replies: 80
Views: 4790

Re: Is there anything more environmentally friendly than Drano for unclogging a drain?

Is there anything more environmentally friendly than Drano for unclogging a drain? This is a shower drain and I can see there is a buildup of old hair and soap scum in it. My kids are forever plugging up their bathroom sink with gobs of toothpaste and hair. I usually boil a couple large pots of wat...
by neilpilot
Tue May 05, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there anything more environmentally friendly than Drano for unclogging a drain?
Replies: 80
Views: 4790

Re: Is there anything more environmentally friendly than Drano for unclogging a drain?

Is there anything more environmentally friendly than Drano for unclogging a drain? This is a shower drain and I can see there is a buildup of old hair and soap scum in it. My kids are forever plugging up their bathroom sink with gobs of toothpaste and hair. I usually boil a couple large pots of wat...
by neilpilot
Tue May 05, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there anything more environmentally friendly than Drano for unclogging a drain?
Replies: 80
Views: 4790

Re: Is there anything more environmentally friendly than Drano for unclogging a drain?

livesoft wrote:
Tue May 05, 2020 11:37 am
Drano will not harm standard PVC pipe found in homes.
Depends. If the clog isn't totally stopped up or clears quickly, so that flow occurs, then I agree. However if Drano sits in PVC piping for an extended time and generates heat it can soften PVC and attack PVC glued joints.
by neilpilot
Mon May 04, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Use basement air to cool 2nd floor?]
Replies: 18
Views: 1180

Re: [Use basement air to cool 2nd floor?]

An energy efficient alternative to A/C when the weather is borderline hot is to run a whole house fan in the evening, exhausting the air from the top floor into the attic. Keep the downstairs (not basement) windows open to inflow outside air, typically cooler in the evening, bring downstairs air up....
by neilpilot
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boat club - liability insurance
Replies: 8
Views: 662

Re: Boat club - liability insurance

With the obvious caveat to talk to your agent, or read your policy, umbrella coverage rarely provides first dollar coverage for anything. I'm willing to bet you would need to buy boat insurance and then your umbrella policy would pay after the underlying limits of your boat insurance were exhausted...
by neilpilot
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: eBay, PayPal, or Mastercard for resolution?
Replies: 12
Views: 524

Re: eBay, PayPal, or Mastercard for resolution?

HawkeyePierce wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:06 am
Mastercard has nothing to do with dispute resolution.
Even if Trapper pays the PayPal balance using their MC?
by neilpilot
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Auto Detailing Products
Replies: 29
Views: 1445

Re: DIY Auto Detailing Products

ClevrChico wrote:
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:23 am
As far as wash, I've had amazing results with Tide on my daily driver. It's readily available and inexpensive.
Laundry detergent will work to wash an auto's finish, but will also remove any previously applied wax finish.
by neilpilot
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zoom meetings
Replies: 39
Views: 3139

Re: Zoom meetings

Are the meeting IDs the same from week to week? With the Paid-For version I can either use the same ID week-to-week (My Personal-Room) or set up a new one. So it can work either way. Not sure if the free version is any different. The paid version has been well worth it for 1 or 2 virtual happy hour...
by neilpilot
Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zoom meetings
Replies: 39
Views: 3139

Re: Zoom meetings

I have a related Q - for those of us who do not have a mic and camera installed on our desk top computer, what do you recommend we purchase to add to our computer so we have zoom access via mic and camera? We are able to hear what's on zoom via our computer speakers, and we can type into zoom to pa...
by neilpilot
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zoom meetings
Replies: 39
Views: 3139

Re: Zoom meetings

How can I change my name that appears on zoom when I log in? I participate in an event on zoom with my name, then my husband recently used zoom on our same computer (desk top) for an unrelated event, different log-in number, and the screen used my name, not his. We were unable to change it and they...
by neilpilot
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zoom meetings
Replies: 39
Views: 3139

Re: Zoom meetings

Is the organizer the only person who can open "the room" used for the meeting? Or can anyone go into the "room" if they have the Meeting # ? If the latter is the case then the timer started at 9:40 am today. . When the organizer sets up the meeting they specify if there will be a waiting room or no...
by neilpilot
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zoom meetings
Replies: 39
Views: 3139

Re: Zoom meetings

Are the meeting IDs the same from week to week? With the Paid-For version I can either use the same ID week-to-week (My Personal-Room) or set up a new one. So it can work either way. Not sure if the free version is any different. The paid version has been well worth it for 1 or 2 virtual happy hour...
by neilpilot
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zoom meetings
Replies: 39
Views: 3139

Re: Zoom meetings

DaftInvestor wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:10 am
go_mets wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:05 am

Are the meeting IDs the same from week to week?
With the Paid-For version I can either use the same ID week-to-week (My Personal-Room) or set up a new one. So it can work either way.
Not sure if the free version is any different.
same for free version.
by neilpilot
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zoom meetings
Replies: 39
Views: 3139

Re: Zoom meetings

The instructor did mention something about 40 minutes. 40 minutes is the limit for "free" accounts if you have >2 people connected. Yes I understand, but when does the 40 minute start? When the participants are able to log into the room? I have a free account and I'm a new user. For my first meetin...
by neilpilot
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issues with face masks?
Replies: 92
Views: 5961

Re: Issues with face masks?

I wouldn't wear a mask and just make sure you don't touch your face. Frankly I think masks and gloves hurt more people than they help since it gives a false sense of security. Based on everything I've read, potential c19 transmission via airborne exposure is orders of magnitude greater than skin co...
by neilpilot
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issues with face masks?
Replies: 92
Views: 5961

Re: Issues with face masks?

I wouldn't wear a mask and just make sure you don't touch your face. Frankly I think masks and gloves hurt more people than they help since it gives a false sense of security. Based on everything I've read, potential c19 transmission via airborne exposure is orders of magnitude greater than skin co...
by neilpilot
Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128996

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

For the past 3 weeks my only travel outside my subdivision as been 2 trips to buy food. Yesterday I had to complete a plumbing repair, and used my local Lowe's internet order & curbside pickup. Other than a delay in getting them to answer the phone when I arrived, the entire process worked fine with...