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by queso
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 974
Views: 105249

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Dontwasteit wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:16 pm
Vikings... Can't get enough!
I'm starting that next. Went through Breaking Bad, then on to Narcos Mexico, then finished The Last Kingdom (forgot how good that one was) and am about halfway through Haunting of Hill House. Unless something else grabs my eye Vikings is next.
by queso
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: portable jump starters
Replies: 58
Views: 3935

Re: portable jump starters

I have an Antigravity XP1. I carry it on long motorcycle trips and just used it last week to jump my wife's Accord. Works flawlessly so far and it doubles as a large powerbank for charging stuff when traveling. https://www.amazon.com/Antigravity-XP-1-Micro-Start-ANTIGRAVITY/dp/B01N7IWXVJ/ref=sr_1_1?...
by queso
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Robot Vacuum Cleaner?
Replies: 62
Views: 4797

Re: Robot Vacuum Cleaner?

Do any of you have motion detectors in your homes? Just wondering if the robot vacs fly low enough under the radar to avoid setting them off.
by queso
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crawl Space Fixin's - Do you really need it?
Replies: 20
Views: 2146

Re: Crawl Space Fixin's - Do you really need it?

Working on this now, but not in quite as bad a place as you are since the previous owner had already encapsulated the crawlspace and added a crawlspace dehumidifier. I don't have standing water, but am redoing everything myself since the barrier is showing its age and the prior contractor made some ...
by queso
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Robot Vacuum Cleaner?
Replies: 62
Views: 4797

Re: Robot Vacuum Cleaner?

I caved and ordered one too (a Roomba variant from Costco). Will report back once I get it and fiddle around with it a bit. Planning to let it run in the main entrance areas of our house since those get the most traffic/dirt and are also the most visible. Not sure how it would work in other areas si...
by queso
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Broken Sewer pipe - $10,000-$20,000 to fix
Replies: 58
Views: 6219

Re: Broken Sewer pipe - $10,000 to fix

Went through this a year or so ago. Sewer line broke where it exits the house (PVC) and joins the main sewer line in the yard (cast iron). Common break as houses settle over the years, etc. Total cost for DIY wouldn't have been much (a couple sections of PVC, a couple Fernco connectors, SS hose clam...
by queso
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 974
Views: 105249

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Thanks for the recommendations. I'm into BB now so will pick one of these others up next. The Night Manager -- fantastic, but a limited series The Killing - horribly fantastic...so depressing. Vikings - fantastic Finished BB a week or two ago. It sure went fast. Had to jump over to Narcos Mexico si...
by queso
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mice [updated - not a mouse]
Replies: 54
Views: 4158

Re: Mice

I have had good luck with these snap traps. https://www.amazon.com/Snap-E-102-0-019-Mouse-Trap-6-Pack/dp/B004B9XPOO/ They are easy to set up. The cheap wood ones from Lowes were trickier to arm and I kept snapping my fingers. I put a couple each in my garage and shed with some peanut butter and tha...
by queso
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IT Career Advancement-What path?
Replies: 37
Views: 2769

Re: IT Career Advancement-What path?

Second technical sales or pre-sales if you have the temperament for us. Can be lucrative and satisfying. Some love it, some hate it. Are you in technical sales now? Did you have more of sales or tech background? I am not, but I have a lot of friends who are. I'm in engineering management with a tec...
by queso
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The most you ever paid for a prescription
Replies: 80
Views: 3629

Re: The most you ever paid for a prescription

Went to pick up heartburn/ulcer medication the other day and they wanted something like $510 for it (out of pocket). Darn this HDHP.. Left without the meds, but hit my out of pocket max when I had an endoscopy so had them call back in the script and now it is $50. Guess I'll go get it tonight. :hap...
by queso
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The most you ever paid for a prescription
Replies: 80
Views: 3629

Re: The most you ever paid for a prescription

Went to pick up heartburn/ulcer medication the other day and they wanted something like $510 for it (out of pocket). Darn this HDHP.. Left without the meds, but hit my out of pocket max when I had an endoscopy so had them call back in the script and now it is $50. Guess I'll go get it tonight. :happ...
by queso
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 974
Views: 105249

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Thanks for the recommendations. I'm into BB now so will pick one of these others up next.

The Night Manager -- fantastic, but a limited series
The Killing - horribly fantastic...so depressing.
Vikings - fantastic
by queso
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 974
Views: 105249

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

^^^ No question - Breaking Bad. +1 Far better than Ozark (or anything else for that matter.) I was originally intimidated by how many seasons it is, but so many people have recommended it that I guess I have to try it. See you in a couple years.. :D It's only about 60 episodes. Traditional TV shows...
by queso
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 60
Views: 4313

Re: noisy generator

I've seen them done on framed out gravel pads and concrete, but not in the dirt. Seems like that would not be stable enough over the long run given all the connections into and out of that generator.
by queso
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 60
Views: 4313

Re: noisy generator

That's a pretty cool solution. Looks like they did the lattice on the exhaust side. IMHO, that's an attractive and, I assume, functional solution to the problem. Also keeps people from fiddling with your generator as much if you make the gate lockable.
by queso
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 60
Views: 4313

Re: noisy generator

The guy was here, but I was going crazy talking to people doing another project also. My take away is the 100/200/400 whatever hours for an oil change is too long and he prefers to do that sooner. Of course he does. Just like the Quick Lube places want you to change your oil every 3000 miles. There...
by queso
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 60
Views: 4313

Re: noisy generator

I didn't read every post so may have missed something. Anyhoo. I have a 20kw Kohler and it doesn't seem to me to be as loud as you are describing. The previously posted noise figures rate the units as being around the same volume so I wonder if maybe I am partially deaf or if you are sensitive to lo...
by queso
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet Insurance company recommendation
Replies: 23
Views: 2148

Re: Pet Insurance company recommendation

Just out of curiosity, what made you folks seek out pet insurance? I was always of the opinion not to insure against things I can afford. Do you envision extremely large vet bills in the future? I think the most expensive one I've ever seen was $3,000 which was a lot, but I could certainly afford t...
by queso
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 974
Views: 105249

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

^^^ No question - Breaking Bad. When someone reviews a show and says "It's as good as Breaking Bad", there's a reason. Then, Better Call Saul . I was originally intimidated by how many seasons it is, but so many people have recommended it that I guess I have to try it. See you in a couple years.. :D
by queso
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 974
Views: 105249

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Just finished Ozark, Jack Ryan and The Expanse (finished Expanse yesterday). These are going to be tough to follow. I have a number of things in my list, but can't help but think I'll be let down after The Expanse. I might try one of the following next: Carnivale, Sharp Objects, Killing Eve, Silicon...
by queso
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kirkland (Costco) Razor
Replies: 31
Views: 3227

Re: Kirkland (Costco) Razor

+1 to all the Gillette posters. I looked at this razor really closely the last time the Fusion 5 blades were on sale and almost went for it, but my Dorco experience has left me jaded (Dorco is also rebranded/sold as "Dollar Shave Club" and others). I tried so hard to like the Dorco blades and went t...
by queso
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 8116

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

I've seen some mention of WYZE cameras so I bought a couple. I have it looking outside a window at the front door however I am having trouble with it reflecting off of the window. Is there any way to fix this? It was super easy to set up and the app as well. I feel like this would be a cheaper way ...
by queso
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humidity in basement
Replies: 65
Views: 4238

Re: Humidity in basement

I'm getting ready to start the same project. I decided on 10mm vapor barrier laid over the top of what was used by the previous owner (looks like 6mm to me, but not sure). I'm on the fence between drilling and using the Christmas tree fasteners or using a Ramset. Ramset concrete gun :shock: what ma...
by queso
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humidity in basement
Replies: 65
Views: 4238

Re: Humidity in basement

I'm getting ready to start the same project. I decided on 10mm vapor barrier laid over the top of what was used by the previous owner (looks like 6mm to me, but not sure). I'm on the fence between drilling and using the Christmas tree fasteners or using a Ramset.
by queso
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Losing Passion for Hobbies. Cheap or normal aging?
Replies: 71
Views: 9116

Re: Losing Passion for Hobbies. Cheap or normal aging?

Prob both. Same thing here. Spent almost all my 20s and early 30s running all over the place doing nothing but hobbies/sports, but now it seems I spend a lot of my free time working on the house/yard/vehicles so my hobbies are becoming more sedate, less frequent and less time/travel intensive. I thi...
by queso
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bathroom and Basement Remodel Costs
Replies: 56
Views: 3821

Re: Bathroom and Basement Remodel Costs

We did a basement remodel, but not as fancy as the one you are proposing. We use the space a lot (main TV room, exercise room, aquarium/fish room are all down there now) so it was worth it to us. One thing I will comment on is the ceiling. Others have already commented so I'll just throw a +1 their ...
by queso
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humidity in basement
Replies: 65
Views: 4238

Re: Humidity in basement

I don't know if the AC is oversized. It usually runs for 30 minutes or so. Is there a good for this if it is? If the AC is cooling but not dropping the humidity to 50%, it almost surely is oversized IMHO. There is no fix for it (short of replacing the system, which would be crazy IMHO). It'll proba...
by queso
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humidity in basement
Replies: 65
Views: 4238

Re: Humidity in basement

I have an encapsulated crawlspace and run a crawl space dehumidifier (I think it's a Santa Fe, but would have to double check) to keep it around 50%. I am going to re-encapsulate the crawlspace later this year since the original job has deteriorated a bit and am going with 10 mil this time to make i...
by queso
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bike computer or Apple Watch?
Replies: 49
Views: 3704

Re: Bike computer or Apple Watch?

How quickly this has escalated from replacing an old cyclemeter to $750 pedals that require changing before a ride and charging :-) As long as we are making things way too complicated, there may be a triathlete watch out there that would work for scuba and biking :beer Good luck Texasdiver! There a...
by queso
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone into Essential Oils?
Replies: 40
Views: 2661

Re: Anyone into Essential Oils?

I like Mountain Rose Herbs and run those through a pureguardian spa diffuser (Costco) in my office. My favorite is peppermint to wake me up in the morning, but I have played with a lot of blends. Lavender is nice on a stressful day and you can never go wrong with eucalyptus. I get a lot of complimen...
by queso
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Florence - survival guide
Replies: 87
Views: 6726

Re: Hurricane Florence - survival guide

Where do you live that Natural gas is assured in any case? It's not "assured in any case" it's just that an outage is highly unlikely. We don't really get tornadoes, hurricanes or earthquakes here or, when we do, they are extremely minor. I've never lost NG service in the 22 years I have lived here...
by queso
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Florence - survival guide
Replies: 87
Views: 6726

Re: Hurricane Florence - survival guide

I think it depends on where you live. In my area the probability of a natural gas interruption isn't worth insuring against so my whole house generator is NG only even though it is dual fuel capable and I could have buried a propane tank as a backup. If I lived in New Orleans I'd probably have a ba...
by queso
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Florence - survival guide
Replies: 87
Views: 6726

Re: Hurricane Florence - survival guide

I think it depends on where you live. In my area the probability of a natural gas interruption isn't worth insuring against so my whole house generator is NG only even though it is dual fuel capable and I could have buried a propane tank as a backup. If I lived in New Orleans I'd probably have a ba...
by queso
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Florence - survival guide
Replies: 87
Views: 6726

Re: Hurricane Florence - survival guide

I think it depends on where you live. In my area the probability of a natural gas interruption isn't worth insuring against so my whole house generator is NG only even though it is dual fuel capable and I could have buried a propane tank as a backup. If I lived in New Orleans I'd probably have a bac...
by queso
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bike computer or Apple Watch?
Replies: 49
Views: 3704

Re: Bike computer or Apple Watch?

How quickly this has escalated from replacing an old cyclemeter to $750 pedals that require changing before a ride and charging :-) As long as we are making things way too complicated, there may be a triathlete watch out there that would work for scuba and biking :beer Good luck Texasdiver! While I...
by queso
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone else not save for cars?
Replies: 113
Views: 10395

Re: Anyone else not save for cars?

Cycle wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:31 pm
As with everyone else, we plan on paying to get rid of it in 5 years when everyone switches to the autonomous ride sharing fleets.
lol.. if that happens in 5 years your next bike is on me.
by queso
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Florence - survival guide
Replies: 87
Views: 6726

Re: Hurricane Florence - survival guide

Aside from the usual supply of preps (I'm pretty far down the paranoid spectrum so won't list those here) a few other things I keep on hand that haven't been mentioned yet are: - 100' x 20' 10 mil plastic sheeting (burly stuff...roll weighs 100 lbs. can be used to cover broken windows, holes in roof...
by queso
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone else not save for cars?
Replies: 113
Views: 10395

Re: Anyone else not save for cars?

Pardon the hijack, but here you go Earl :)

https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/f ... r-details/
by queso
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone else not save for cars?
Replies: 113
Views: 10395

Re: Anyone else not save for cars?

Same boat as you. 13 year old car that I'd love to keep running for another 10 years, but who knows what will happen. I am handy and fix minor things myself, but have a low tolerance threshold if vehicles become unreliable or leave me stranded. If the day comes when it lets me down one too many time...
by queso
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric dryers more efficient than gas?!?!?!?
Replies: 22
Views: 2775

Re: Electric dryers more efficient than gas?!?!?!?

No efficiency math to add, but if you already have the hookups for an existing gas dryer you do not need an installer. You can buy the connection kit at any big box store or from the place that you buy the dryer from. Install takes all of 5 minutes longer than an electric dryer.
by queso
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flight cancelled. Entitle to any compensation?
Replies: 44
Views: 7993

Re: Flight cancelled. Entitle to any compensation?

Just an update. They emailed me today and said they are sending a check within 10 business days. Barring some snafu with the check it looks like it was just a matter of filing the claim on their website, waiting it out and occasionally nagging them. Claim was filed on 6/5 so 3 months to the day to g...
by queso
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home-spun Weed Killers
Replies: 21
Views: 1637

Re: Home-spun Weed Killers

Acclaim Extra - only stuff I have found that can kill Japanese Stiltgrass Japanese stiltgrass is an annual. So a home-spun way to kill it is to wait until winter. You should not let it seed. If it does spread seeds, then a pre-emergement applied in the right amount and at the right time in the righ...
by queso
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nest vs Arlo (or other) security camera & system
Replies: 16
Views: 1278

Re: Nest vs Arlo (or other) security camera & system

I have 6 Arlos (and also some older Netgear cameras and an ADT camera) and am pretty happy with the system. Battery life is good and I didn't mount them in ridiculously hard to reach places so changing the batteries is easy enough since I only have to do it a few times a year. Your high traffic came...
by queso
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gentlemen: underwear shopping question
Replies: 35
Views: 4122

Re: Gentlemen: underwear shopping question

Ex-officio here too, but of the 4 pairs I had for international travel and overnight trips on boats only 1 of them still has any elastic in the waistband. Granted, I have had them for years, but the waistband wearing out is a "thing". I will likely buy more for the next adventure travel type trip I...
by queso
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home-spun Weed Killers
Replies: 21
Views: 1637

Re: Home-spun Weed Killers

Subscribed. Tired of maintaining my poison collection and would love some alternatives. Currently using: Round Up for Lawns (Northern) - crabgrass and other broadleaf stuff that grows in grass I don't want to kill 24D Amine - same as above, but doesn't seem to work as well or on as many types of wee...
by queso
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gentlemen: underwear shopping question
Replies: 35
Views: 4122

Re: Gentlemen: underwear shopping question

Ex-officio here too, but of the 4 pairs I had for international travel and overnight trips on boats only 1 of them still has any elastic in the waistband. Granted, I have had them for years, but the waistband wearing out is a "thing". I will likely buy more for the next adventure travel type trip I ...
by queso
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men’s Underwear recommendation
Replies: 67
Views: 7081

Re: Men’s Underwear recommendation

This is the kind of thread that makes me weep for mankind....how can anyone honestly need recommendations on freaking underwear? Have we become that un self reliant? Sigh...ex officio's are really good. Edit - I completely blame the internet for this ... can you imagine a guy going up to another gu...
by queso
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 2-stage early retirement plan
Replies: 12
Views: 2021

Re: 2-stage early retirement plan

I have been mulling this over myself this weekend since I am home alone for 3 days (last night over Oban and today over French Roast :happy ). You've got a few years on me (mid 40s), but we're similar in that I don't plan/need to leave a legacy. DW works for the federal government so I'll just jump ...
by queso
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mega Downsize....
Replies: 91
Views: 8647

Re: Mega Downsize....

I've had pretty good luck getting rid of weird larger stuff on Freecycle (rabbit hutch, tires, etc.).
by queso
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chipotle question
Replies: 73
Views: 4590

Re: Chipotle question

Wow, lots of good tips here! I may try a few. I always eat vegetarian at Chipotle since they stopped serving Chorizo (the only meat I liked). I go back and forth between bowls and burritos, but when I get a burrito the guac and other runny ingredients (salsa, sour cream) almost always cause a blowou...