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by lazydavid
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vegas - Any Kid friendly inexpensive shows ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1746

Re: Vegas - Any Kid friendly in-expesive shows ?

I will second Mystere. We've seen it three times, my son was probably 7 or 8 the first time. He laughed so hard at certain sequences that I thought he was going to pass out. I'm sure we're going to wind up seeing it a 4th time when we're there next month. O is also a great show, but probably doesn't...
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help with car decision
Replies: 31
Views: 1969

Re: Help with car decision

I would keep the Accord. I have a much smaller car than you do (E90 3-series, which is shorter than a Civic), and on Friday I'll be taking my son to an out-of state lacrosse tournament, which I also did several times last year in the same car. We will be bringing a canopy tent (1' x 1' x 5.5' broken...
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental Cars and Teenagers
Replies: 7
Views: 488

Re: Rental Cars and Teenagers

Most won't allow it at all. Those that do will have a "young renter fee" of around $50/day, and limit the classes that can be rented.

One loophole: Avis will waive the fee for USAA members: https://www.avis.com/en/association/A177232
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for light beer.
Replies: 41
Views: 2552

Re: Recommendation for light beer.

spitty wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:50 am
We tried the Kirkland light beer once and thought it was terrible...YMMV
Yeah that one is beyond horrible. Tastes like beer-flavored kool aid.
by lazydavid
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it a waste of money having your furnace checked every year?
Replies: 75
Views: 10754

Re: Is it a waste of money having your furnace checked every year?

Are you in a state that now requires ultra low sulfur diesel? If so, I’ve looked at some research from NYSERDA/Brookhaven National Lab that ULSD burns as cleanly as natural gas, reducing particulate matter (soot) deposits. I don't buy this. My car runs on ULSD, and the particulate filter still fill...
by lazydavid
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car cylinder ignition coil - replace only nonfunctional one or all of them?
Replies: 22
Views: 977

Re: car cylinder ignition coil - replace only nonfunctional one or all of them?

On your car, which has the engine mounted the way god intended (longitudinally), replace only the failed one. If another one fails down the line, replace at that time. Quick, easy repair that should only take a few minutes. For engines mounted the wrong way (transverse), replace just the failed one...
by lazydavid
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car cylinder ignition coil - replace only nonfunctional one or all of them?
Replies: 22
Views: 977

Re: car cylinder ignition coil - replace only nonfunctional one or all of them?

On your car, which has the engine mounted the way god intended (longitudinally), replace only the failed one. If another one fails down the line, replace at that time. Quick, easy repair that should only take a few minutes. For engines mounted the wrong way (transverse), replace just the failed one ...
by lazydavid
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Durable non-stick cookware suggestions?
Replies: 30
Views: 2682

Re: Durable non-stick cookware suggestions?

For the skillet, get a commercial nonstick, like this one from Sam's Club . They're cheap and perform well. We take one with us when we travel, because the condos we stay in always have horrible cookware. For the pot, I would actually suggest a enameled cast iron dutch oven . Way more versatile. Act...
by lazydavid
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles
Replies: 72
Views: 3904

Re: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles

My 1998 Camry has two close to new Michelin Defenders on the rear, but the front ones are older Yokohama radials. There seems to be sufficient tread on the front ones for a while. I bought the car 3 1/2 years ago and have put about 18,000 miles on those tires. I plan to get two Michelin defenders w...
by lazydavid
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone buy Security Cams from Costco?
Replies: 59
Views: 4471

Re: Anyone buy Security Cams from Costco?

I have a switch already with some extra slots, so no further investment. Running ethernet seems much easier than figuring out a power source for each camera. KF was asking if your switch was POE. That's a separate feature that is not on all or even most switches. Between the one Cisco (real Cisco, ...
by lazydavid
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?
Replies: 67
Views: 4080

Re: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?

Twin 50 gal in series is the answer Unlimited hot when you want it Throttle back to one on when you don’t In parallel is even better. You get to take full advantage of the recovery of both units, and if you ever have a problem with one, it can be completely isolated and repaired or replaced without...
by lazydavid
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What lifestyle creep made you happier?
Replies: 347
Views: 35287

Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

I can somewhat relate. I used to put in as little gas as possible to lighten the weight of the vehicle, to increase fuel efficiency. This sometimes resulted in a trip to the Costco gas station twice a day. I can now afford to treasure my time more and fill up once a week. Still go to Costco though....
by lazydavid
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which shaving cream / oil?
Replies: 58
Views: 3502

Re: Which shaving cream / oil?

I switched from canned cream to canned gel, to cream in a tub, to soap, and I'm sticking with soap. My favorite is Panna Crema, a tallow-based soap from Italy that is sadly no longer made.
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of leasing bmw 3 series
Replies: 56
Views: 4240

Re: Thinking of leasing bmw 3 series

Is it true that you want to go into a dealership and negotiate a sale price first and then tell them you want to lease? As long as you negotiate the sale price and understand the lease terms, it doesn't matter when you tell them you want to lease. What you don't want to do is tell them up front you...
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 15K CAR with comfortable seats and quiet
Replies: 51
Views: 3983

Re: 15K CAR with comfortable seats and quiet

However old Lexus RL to get to your price. While I find Lexus to be the Japanese version of "your father's Oldsmobile", it will certainly be both quiet and reliable. There is no Lexus RL. There was an Acura RL which was discontinued roughly a decade ago. You should be able to get about four of them...
by lazydavid
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Camry Owners What Fluids do you flush if any on your car and how often
Replies: 11
Views: 1570

Re: Camry Owners What Fluids do you flush if any on your car and how often

Long term Toyota guy here. I have friends that own a transmission only shop. Change tranny fluid about every 75-100K. Doesnt have to be Toyota fluid. Toyota doesnt make their own tranny fluid. It doesn't have to be Toyota-branded, but it does have to be Toyota WS compatible. The list of WS-certifie...
by lazydavid
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 240v inverter generator?
Replies: 9
Views: 843

Re: 240v inverter generator?

Having been though multi-day power failures in the dead of winter, I can't imagine why anyone would want a generator they have to keep getting gasoline for, driving through partly plowed roads looking for a gas station that has power, etc. unless a natural gas generator is not affordable. OP has a ...
by lazydavid
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nest Smoke/CO Detectors
Replies: 17
Views: 1254

Re: Nest Smoke/CO Detectors

Does FirstAlert make a ROR detector that is compatible with other smoke detectors with the interconnect wire? I don't have any First Alert products, so I cannot confirm, but this one: https://www.firstalertstore.com/store/products/brk-brands-hardwire-heat-alarm-with-battery-backup-hd6135fb.htm Says...
by lazydavid
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 240v inverter generator?
Replies: 9
Views: 843

Re: 240v inverter generator?

I have been running a 13hp Honda engine generator I got from Sam's Club years ago. This is definitely not an inverter generator, as the largest Honda inverter is 3000w, and that generator costs $2,349. That said, I can't imagine a use case for a 7000w inverter generator. The primary advantages of i...
by lazydavid
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nest Smoke/CO Detectors
Replies: 17
Views: 1254

Re: Nest Smoke/CO Detectors

How long do the batteries last on the non-wired version? Can you disable the CO monitor? One of our wired detectors is in the garage. If I place a Nest there, the CO would go off a lot when starting a car. If you can't disable it, I may have to put a traditional one there and put a traditional one ...
by lazydavid
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does a big family need 2 big cars? Question for 3 kid+ families
Replies: 58
Views: 3666

Re: Does a big family need 2 big cars? Question for 3 kid+ families

Cruze is tempting based just on the financial numbers. My goodness, cheap car. I would definitely get the extended warranty, too. The Mazda3 is 10k-12k more for less MPG but more comfort and AWD. Chicago has some snowy winters, too. That must be a pre-owned. I think new they are still in the 21k ra...
by lazydavid
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does a big family need 2 big cars? Question for 3 kid+ families
Replies: 58
Views: 3666

Re: Does a big family need 2 big cars? Question for 3 kid+ families

I only have one kid (well 2, but the other one is 78 :) ), but one of my employees has five and was in this exact predicament a little over a month ago. His Equinox with 285k miles finally bit the dust, so he needed a new car for his 56 mile (each way) commute in the Chicago suburbs. He finally sett...
by lazydavid
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toaster ovens - safe? better alternative?
Replies: 50
Views: 3573

Re: Toaster ovens - safe? better alternative?

Yesterday I toasted a bagel, and a couple of pieces of leftover pizza. Can't toast pizza in a regular toaster. And a bagel or pizza wouldn't be as good if reheated/heated in a microwave. I agree pizza reheated in a toaster oven is much better than a microwave. French Fries even more so. But my son ...
by lazydavid
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toaster ovens - safe? better alternative?
Replies: 50
Views: 3573

Re: Toaster ovens - safe? better alternative?

We used a non-stainless Cusinart otherwise like this one for about 13 years: https://smile.amazon.com/Cuisinart-TOB-195-Toaster-Broiler-Stainless/dp/B000PYF768/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=cuisinart+toaster+oven&qid=1559919578&s=gateway&sr=8-5 It was great, but was starting to not cook as evenly and the pain...
by lazydavid
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gillette Fusion razors
Replies: 57
Views: 4903

Re: Gillette Fusion razors

As far as time, everything I've read before indicated you really want to be more careful with safety razors than cartridges. I'm already a bit prone to nicking myself, and shaving cuts take forever to stop bleeding. It's all a matter of finding the technique that works for your combination of face,...
by lazydavid
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What flagship (even used) item is better than a budget new item?
Replies: 131
Views: 7721

Re: What flagship (even used) item is better than a budget new item?

Cooking efficiently in a house does not require expensive knifes. But expensive knives are very dangerous and slow down many operations. I cut myself periodically, and i am very happy I don't have an expensive knife. Now if you take cooking at a passion level the conclusion is very different. But a...
by lazydavid
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smoke Alarms - Individual Battery Operated vs. Hard-Wired Linked
Replies: 28
Views: 1216

Re: Smoke Alarms - Individual Battery Operated vs. Hard-Wired Linked

The WIFI detectors soiund pretty cool. I'll look into that. Also, a 15% failure rate (5 years x. 3%) doesn't sound acceptable to me!! It's a balancing act. You don't want to have to replace them every year, so there has to be some threshold. For the Nest Protects that I use, they've set that thresh...
by lazydavid
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gillette Fusion razors
Replies: 57
Views: 4903

Re: Gillette Fusion razors

ThankYouJack wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:35 pm
And if I decide to try something else, any recommendations?
Traditional DE razor and soap or shaving cream. Way better shave and costs just a few dollars a year.
by lazydavid
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it Wise to Remove Escrow if Bank Allows it?
Replies: 87
Views: 5514

Re: Is it Wise to Remove Escrow if Bank Allows it?

Never had escrow, never wanted it. I see no advantage to handing someone my money in order for them to screw up a payment. I'll pay myself, thank you very much. This. I think I'm on my fifth (likely final) mortgage, and have never had escrow ever. They always ask, and I always politely decline.
by lazydavid
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smoke Alarms - Individual Battery Operated vs. Hard-Wired Linked
Replies: 28
Views: 1216

Re: Smoke Alarms - Individual Battery Operated vs. Hard-Wired Linked

"They" say you're supposed to replace them every 10 years but they don't explain why. My existing Honeywells were all added 16 years ago, and 2 of them seem to eat batteries so replacing all of them is OK if needed. Extensive testing by government agencies has shown that on average, the failure rat...
by lazydavid
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What flagship (even used) item is better than a budget new item?
Replies: 131
Views: 7721

Re: What flagship (even used) item is better than a budget new item?

jebmke wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:50 am
I never skimp on shoes.
A great rule of life that I think I read here is never skimp on anything that goes in between you and the ground:

shoes
chairs
mattress
tires
by lazydavid
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reliable Wireless Mouse?
Replies: 31
Views: 1432

Re: Reliable Wireless Mouse?

Very much Logitech. I've been using them almost exclusively for close to 30 years now. I tend to buy the higher-end ones for myself--currently using an MX Master both at work (4 years old) and home (3 years old). But I issue the midrange M705 "marathon mouse" to all my users, probably have about 130...
by lazydavid
Fri May 31, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Pool Vacuum for the $$
Replies: 12
Views: 809

Re: Best Pool Vacuum for the $$

Also big +1 on troublefreepool for pool chemistry. I have the recommended test kit and use liquid bleach and muriatic acid - that's it. Okay, a few chlorine pucks for when I'm away from the pool for a few days. Interesting how different pools are. My pool takes just liquid chlorine and Borax. I bou...
by lazydavid
Wed May 29, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Double ovens, please advise on these options, have gone through 2 ovens in under 10 years.!
Replies: 49
Views: 3109

Re: Double ovens, please advise on these options, have gone through 2 ovens in under 10 years.!

I would avoid the "household" brands, and go with one of the higher-end ones:

Wolf
Miele
Bluestar
American Range

But I would avoid Viking, as their reliability in no way lives up to their price.
by lazydavid
Wed May 29, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weber vs Broil King Grills
Replies: 25
Views: 2162

Re: Weber vs Broil King Grills

We moved around from grilling on the bbq after the American Cancer Society warnings came out. We're getting sidetracked, but those "warnings" are some of the weakest-worded ones I've ever seen: How does cooking meat affect cancer risk? Adequate cooking is needed to kill harmful germs in meat. But s...
by lazydavid
Wed May 29, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Miata as a daily driver, terrible idea?
Replies: 44
Views: 2313

Re: Used Miata as a daily driver, terrible idea?

I've owned a convertible. Some things to consider: - Will you have covered parking at work and at home? I have neither, so I didn't always take the 2-3 minutes each to put the top down at home, up at work, down after work, up again at home. When I was working at a location with covered parking, it ...
by lazydavid
Tue May 28, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Miata as a daily driver, terrible idea?
Replies: 44
Views: 2313

Re: Used Miata as a daily driver, terrible idea?

Financial background is useful for determining if this makes sense, but you have left out the most important properties to this decision: your physical dimensions. I would 100% daily a Miata. But unfortunately I can only get one knee into it, and can't get my [posterior -- mod oldcomputerguy] much b...
by lazydavid
Mon May 27, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?
Replies: 44
Views: 3585

Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Trism wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 8:46 am
stlutz wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 10:16 pm
The car will not run w/o a working battery. It would also be woefully underpowered even if it did.
Then how would you describe a Prius with a working battery? :shock:

Can't wait to get rid of ours...
"Adequate for basic transportation. Driver engagement neither required nor encouraged."
by lazydavid
Mon May 27, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Basement flooded, insurance not wanting pay
Replies: 13
Views: 2281

Re: Basement flooded, insurance not wanting pay

That is one reason why I would never finish a basement, eventually most of them have water issues. I live on the side of a hill and if the water gets to the side of the house it will easily flow down the hill. I've had issues with the back of the house where the power went out for an extended perio...
by lazydavid
Sun May 26, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 4M 70K expenses would you stop?
Replies: 105
Views: 10769

Re: 4M 70K expenses would you stop?

Retire and double your annual expenses.
by lazydavid
Sun May 26, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy products at TRUE wholesale prices?
Replies: 51
Views: 3914

Re: Where to buy products at TRUE wholesale prices?

How can Costco stay in business if they are purchasing *and* selling at the same "TRUE wholesale prices"? RM Costco's profit is roughly 100% from membership fees. This. Their business model is designed so the small markup on product (I think 10% is typical, though they pledge nothing exceeds 14%), ...
by lazydavid
Wed May 22, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive front load washer/dryer worth it?
Replies: 53
Views: 3295

Re: Expensive front load washer/dryer worth it?

I hate my high-end front loading washer (Whirlpool's 2nd highest model--didn't want liquid detergent dispenser on the top model) and can't wait for it to die. Unfortunately it's less than 4 years old, so it'll probably be a while. Has been repaired several times already though.
by lazydavid
Wed May 22, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best small AWD to 'drive into the ground'
Replies: 87
Views: 6127

Re: Best small AWD to 'drive into the ground'

These systems have really gotten a lot better than older Haldex systems were. Haldex can also transfer 100% of the torque to the rear in a situation when the front is slipping (like a locked differential), something a Torsen and most other limited slip differentials cannot do. This is not true, exc...
by lazydavid
Wed May 22, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best small AWD to 'drive into the ground'
Replies: 87
Views: 6127

Re: Best small AWD to 'drive into the ground'

Ok, so basically, the new Quattro is also a Haldex system, but just one that Audi claims to be more effective than old versions. It's a little bit different, in that there's no fluid involved--the clutches engage mechanically--and the driveshaft doesn't turn at all in FWD mode. This is because ther...
by lazydavid
Wed May 22, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best small AWD to 'drive into the ground'
Replies: 87
Views: 6127

Re: Best small AWD to 'drive into the ground'

Audi "Quattro" is not the same for all models. Small cars with transverse mounted engines actually use Haldex part time AWD (same as VW "4Motion"). However, they still brand it as Quattro, which usually refers to the Torsen based system for larger vehicles with longitudinal mounted engines. Quattro...
by lazydavid
Wed May 22, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda CRV or Toyota RAV4 ?
Replies: 82
Views: 6891

Re: Honda CRV or Toyota RAV4 ?

I disagree about good infotainment integration. I can’t understand why they won’t just use a touch screen. It seems so outdated to have a separate wheel controlling an iOS or Android interface. Their infotainment has been the one thing keeping me out of a Mazda for years now. If you have that hangu...
by lazydavid
Tue May 21, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tired of gas grills rusting out...
Replies: 120
Views: 14542

Re: Tired of gas grills rusting out...

Here's an example of the deals out there https://boston.craigslist.org/nos/zip/d/middleton-free-weber-grillworks-perfect/6892771049.html Weber Genesis Gold - excellent grill. This one looks to just need some spit and shine for the most part, maybe max $40 in parts. That is exactly the model I put o...
by lazydavid
Tue May 21, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer speed question which computer is faster and why?
Replies: 22
Views: 1521

Re: Computer speed question which computer is faster and why?

In most general use, the first one would be faster because general computing tasks are more likely to be IO bound than CPU-bound. For CPU or graphics-intensive (assuming neither has discrete graphics) tasks, the second will usually be faster. I would buy the second one, add an SSD (and possibly anot...
by lazydavid
Tue May 21, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 217
Views: 14947

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

Congrats! Our General Manager has a 2018 GLC Coupe, and he loves it.
by lazydavid
Tue May 21, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Specific earbud recommendation
Replies: 10
Views: 1120

Re: Specific earbud recommendation

I bought these last year on a lightning deal: https://smile.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Headphones-Waterproof-Earphones-Cancelling/dp/B07H92ZDZL/ref=sr_1_4?crid=26TM3N5W5G986&keywords=geekee+wireless+earbuds&qid=1558451683&s=gateway&sprefix=geekee%2Caps%2C159&sr=8-4 Currently $31 with coupon, so just barel...