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by lazydavid
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning gas grill
Replies: 40
Views: 3110

Re: Cleaning gas grill

One reason I ended up using a cover was after reading some other forums in which people had rain get into their grill and overflow the grease pan creating a huge mess. I'm sure Weber does a great job keeping rain out without a cover and I'm sure that everybody keeps the interior of their grills spo...
by lazydavid
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning gas grill
Replies: 40
Views: 3110

Re: Cleaning gas grill

I use a wooden scrapper I got at Costco to clean the grates after the grill has heated up. Once every two years I will take the grill apart entirely and clean out grease using degreaser and steel wool. Grills don't take a whole lot of maintenance in my opinion. The most important thing has been cov...
by lazydavid
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I pay 6000.00 to repair wife's car....
Replies: 77
Views: 4509

Re: Should I pay 6000.00 to repair wife's car....

The stop strap idea is brilliant.
by lazydavid
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I pay 6000.00 to repair wife's car....
Replies: 77
Views: 4509

Re: Should I pay 6000.00 to repair wife's car....

chevca wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:45 pm
What are the issues... why so secretive?
Agreed, it's strange that more detail isn't provided. Most vehicular problems are nothing to be ashamed of. Does the car randomly kill puppies or something?
by lazydavid
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone familiar with attic fans?
Replies: 32
Views: 1931

Re: Anyone familiar with attic fans?

Be aware that if you do try to walk through the attic you must [/u] carefully feel through the insulation and step only on the wood rafters, which can support your weight. This is important! I have known of several people who are not familiar with construction who did not realize that the sheetrock...
by lazydavid
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Counter Depth Side by Side refrigerator
Replies: 24
Views: 2080

Re: Best Counter Depth Side by Side refrigerator

It isn't quite what you're looking for, but my wife and I have been happy with this refrigerator so far. https://www.lg.com/us/refrigerators/lg-LFXC24726S-french-3-door-refrigerator It is our first French door fridge and we won't ever go back to a side-by-side. Hey that's my fridge! Our first Frenc...
by lazydavid
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: whole house generator different questions
Replies: 21
Views: 1558

Re: whole house generator different questions

Apparently it is not as effortless as I would like. As I understand it, there is some control so that if the AC is on when I ask for too much power, the AC shuts off, but comes back on automatically when I turn off enough other stuff. Has anyone had a problem with this feature? This feature is call...
by lazydavid
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 68
Views: 5333

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

I buy all my herbs and spices in 1-pound packages on Amazon. I select organic versions, with many reviews and mostly positive reviews; I read selected reviews to understand the nuances. The Amazon prices for the things I buy range from $11 to $25 per pound, which is far less expensive than buying s...
by lazydavid
Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone using a Dolby Atmos-capable sound bar?
Replies: 4
Views: 238

Re: Anyone using a Dolby Atmos-capable sound bar?

I am highly skeptical that a soundbar with X number of speakers (the $1,200 Integra has five) in a single location even occupies the same universe as a reference Atmos setup with 11 speakers in 7-11 locations (ignoring subwoofer in both cases). I personally wouldn't bother.
by lazydavid
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I roast my own coffee?
Replies: 43
Views: 2612

Re: Should I roast my own coffee?

I've pondered trying roasting coffee beans more than once, but I can't see why I could do better than professional roasters with pro equipment doing smaller batches. And it's quite easy nowdays to get freshly roasted coffee beans (within a week of roasting). This is all true. But "better" is somewh...
by lazydavid
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Counter Depth Side by Side refrigerator
Replies: 24
Views: 2080

Re: Best Counter Depth Side by Side refrigerator

Like your friend, we had to have our LG serviced relatively soon after purchase, but it's been good for 5+ years since. Ours is a counter-depth French-door model, which is a really practical formfactor if you haven't considered it. You get about 15% more interior volume than a similarly-sized side-b...
by lazydavid
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 48" Range - Recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 395

Re: 48" Range - Recommendations

We have had the 48" All-gas Wolf with a 12" griddle ( model GR48G ) for almost 6 years. Love love love it. My wife is a baker, and has had much more success with it than any previous oven. We use the 18" oven WAY more than the 30" (It preheats incredibly fast and is big enough for much of our cookin...
by lazydavid
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch winder that does not require strap?
Replies: 3
Views: 337

Watch winder that does not require strap?

Since there are a decent number of BHs that are watch fans, this seemed to be the right place to ask. I've had the Tag Huer Connected Modular 45 smart watch (Google Wear) for a little over a year and love it. Recently I acquired the mechanical module, which swaps in for the head to convert it into s...
by lazydavid
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I roast my own coffee?
Replies: 43
Views: 2612

Re: Should I roast my own coffee?

I misunderstood. I assumed to get maximum freshness, you were roasting before you drank. If you roast once a week -- probably what I'd do -- you don't have much of a freshness advantage over some options, but you do have the ability to roast a given bean exactly the way you want. And I'd think it w...
by lazydavid
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I roast my own coffee?
Replies: 43
Views: 2612

Re: Should I roast my own coffee?

OK I am interested. Can someone recommend a "roaster" if I would like to roast say about 1/2 lb each time? Is there a website to read further? TIA. I use and love the Gene Cafe--have put several hundred pounds through it. The Behmor is definitely the most popular at the lower end of the price spect...
by lazydavid
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What’s your Value Colombian coffee?
Replies: 51
Views: 3184

Re: What’s your Value Colombian coffee?

What do you use for a grinder? I too have been put off by the extra work, but if it’s as easy as you say, I might change to beans from ground coffee. I use a Bunn LPG-1: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41yFQpGorDL.jpg It holds 6lbs of beans (but is rarely that full for freshness re...
by lazydavid
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What’s your Value Colombian coffee?
Replies: 51
Views: 3184

Re: What’s your Value Colombian coffee?

Doesn't a dark roast ruin high quality coffee beans by destroying any subtle flavors and making the coffee taste bitter and burnt? Seems like a waste of money and good coffee beans. BItterness and acidity are actually enhanced by a lighter roast, as they are the flavors particular to the bean. Gene...
by lazydavid
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk to me about Le Creuset
Replies: 53
Views: 5929

Re: Talk to me about Le Creuset

maybe, but wouldn't heat retention on cast iron be superior to regular cookware? Would be interesting to see if anyone has measured energy efficiency. Heat retention IS better--there's no room for debate on that. But it's better because it has a higher thermal mass. That means it takes a LOT more e...
by lazydavid
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk to me about Le Creuset
Replies: 53
Views: 5929

Re: Talk to me about Le Creuset

I like this brand because I can turn the heat off before cooking is finished, and the residual heat in the cookware completes the job. This saves a little money, and it’s nice in summer as the kitchen doesn’t get as hot. False economy--there is no free lunch. It takes longer to heat cast iron, so t...
by lazydavid
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk to me about Le Creuset
Replies: 53
Views: 5929

Re: Talk to me about Le Creuset

Being a boglehead, I tried two cheaper brands and they delaminated within a year. I use the 5 quart dutch oven weekly. Other pieces are sale items in mismatched colors. Interesting. We have had several knockoffs for 10+ years, and other than a slight chip in one (due to an impact), the finishes are...
by lazydavid
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What’s your Value Colombian coffee?
Replies: 51
Views: 3184

Re: What’s your Value Colombian coffee?

I'm always impressed by other peoples' ambition. I don't even like to buy whole beans because grinding it myself seems like a huge waste of my time. And if you don't appreciate fresh coffee, that's fine--pre-ground coffee is stale by definition. I press one button on my grinder and 7 seconds later ...
by lazydavid
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Older Camrys - Hybrid vs regular?
Replies: 25
Views: 1553

Re: Older Camrys - Hybrid vs regular?

are any hybrid cars designed to simply bypass the battery once it dies? I don't believe so, but if that were the case you would wind up with a car that was the ideal combination of slow and horribly inefficient. Atkinson-cycle engines are great at powering a generator at a constant engine speed and...
by lazydavid
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What’s your Value Colombian coffee?
Replies: 51
Views: 3184

Re: What’s your Value Colombian coffee?

Do you have a roaster? I was using a Whirley-Pop for a couple years but I have burned out on it. It just kind of became a pain to drag the equipment out and stand in front of my grill for an hour each week. My mother uses a Behmor roaster and though it doesn't do a large quantity at a time, it requ...
by lazydavid
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What’s your Value Colombian coffee?
Replies: 51
Views: 3184

Re: What’s your Value Colombian coffee?

I buy green coffee beans and roast them myself. It's always fresh, and the cost is cheaper. It's not difficult to do. This. I probably average $5-6/lb (pre-roast weight, it does lose about 18% during the roast, so it's a little more expensive than that) for super-fresh coffee that is roasted exactl...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Families - What's your total annual credit card spend?
Replies: 92
Views: 6865

Re: Families - What's your total annual credit card spend?

$126k on the primary Citi card in 2017, and another $41k on my corporate AmEx, so $167k total. A minority chunk of the former and 100% of the latter is reimbursed expenses. Everything that can be charged is, always paid off every month of course.

Family of 3 plus a live-in FIL, MCOL area.
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 35 minute connection for flight, long enough?
Replies: 65
Views: 3629

Re: 35 minute connection for flight, long enough?

You're trading one risk for another. For a 35 minute connection, even if you make it, sometimes your checked luggage might not, so that's something to consider if you're trying a tight connection. It's possible Denver gets snowed in, but I've heard of numerous ORD closures during the winter season,...
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any luck Unlocking Sprint iPhone 5?
Replies: 7
Views: 604

Re: Any luck Unlocking Sprint iPhone 5?

A440 wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:06 am
I was trying to use it on T-Mobile.
Yup, won't work. You have a CDMA phone, and T-Mobile uses GSM.
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any luck Unlocking Sprint iPhone 5?
Replies: 7
Views: 604

Re: Any luck Unlocking Sprint iPhone 5?

This may be a fool's errand. What carrier are you trying to use it with? Unless the answer is Verizon, it doesn't matter if they unlock it for you. Your device will only function on two domestic carriers, and you're already using one of them.
by lazydavid
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why own a bed?
Replies: 140
Views: 9702

Re: Why own a bed?

This. Buy good mattresses and good shoes. You spent a lot of time on/in both. Agreed. Someone once gave me the very solid advice to never cheap out on anything that goes between you and the ground. And sure enough, I've found that money is well spent on quality shoes, beds, chairs, tires, etc. 1.) ...
by lazydavid
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why own a bed?
Replies: 140
Views: 9702

Re: Why own a bed?

The trend around me is heavy duty boxsprings and extra thick mattresses. We got rid of the box springs on my kids beds and replaced them with 2x4s cut to the exact needed length at the local Home Depot (cut for free). The 2x4s rest on the edges of the frame. (That's why the cut has to be near-perfe...
by lazydavid
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are Credit Cards Actually Convenient?
Replies: 91
Views: 6759

Re: Are Credit Cards Actually Convenient?

You likely have a bad/twitchy issuer. We go to Las Vegas on vacation most years, and before last year's trip, most of the resorts started charging for parking, unless you had status. Then MGM launched a branded Mastercard issued by First Bankcard (First National Bank of Omaha) that granted "Pearl" s...
by lazydavid
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which minivan?
Replies: 56
Views: 5586

Re: Which minivan?

By the way, as a dad, you'll like this - death rate for Odyssey? Zero. Incorrect, on two counts: A) IIHS statistics only catalog driver death rates. As a dad, presumably he cares about passenger deaths also, which are not tracked in the same way. B) The Odyssey was indeed one of nine vehicles that ...
by lazydavid
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is expensive olive oil worth it?
Replies: 59
Views: 5721

Re: Is expensive olive oil worth it?

Our go-to for general cooking is either Costco or Sam's club house-brand EVOO. Good quality for the price. For dishes where the olive oil's taste is prominent, we have a few better ones. The Trader Joe's Tunisian in a greenish-blue can has an outstanding flavor and is very reasonably priced. We have...
by lazydavid
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tool cabinets?
Replies: 32
Views: 2161

Re: Tool cabinets?

Just go to Sears or Lowe's and get a Craftsman model. Most of them are still made in the US and priced competitively. No need to over complicate this. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read the reviews in the post above yours. Here's the Craftsman summary: All the floor models are overpriced...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surge protector for new refrigerator?
Replies: 10
Views: 743

Re: Surge protector for new refrigerator?

My current house has power problems all the time. You think living in a very desirable, high income (well by averages in the US, not by this board) area, power would be more reliable Yup, I work in one of the more affluent suburbs of Chicago and the power there is awful. Wound up spending over a qu...
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Tariffs: time to buy?
Replies: 63
Views: 3830

Re: Auto Tariffs: time to buy?

I see what you did there. I've not spent the time to fully educate myself on this, but I did hear something about foreign car prices could increase 25%!? I'm not sure if the source was exaggerating or if that is accurate, but that would spur me to also think about buying now before prices rise. I'm...
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your property taxes?
Replies: 212
Views: 13526

Re: What are your property taxes?

Illinois is truly an outlier on property taxes. We have a friend that lives in Glencoe (North suburb of Chicago) in a beautiful home on the lakeshore. Taxes were $144,000/year a couple of years ago. Outrageous. This home, based on Cook Co tax rates, is likely assessed just over $7M. Maybe outrageou...
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Options - Honda Accord Incredibly Uncomfortable Seats
Replies: 110
Views: 16462

Re: Need Options - Honda Accord Incredibly Uncomfortable Seats

Read somewhere that Honda and Saturn were collaborating to make a new vehicle. They were going to combine the Honda Accord and the Saturn Ion to make a car called the Accordion . They thought it might appeal to the somewhat elderly polka crowd. _ This might have been funny a decade ago before Satur...
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your property taxes?
Replies: 212
Views: 13526

Re: What are your property taxes?

Our home in IL is valued at $470,000 (which is $50,000 more than the realtor valued it) and we pay $12,000 including a $6,000 exemption. We have been here a little less than 10 years and the taxes have increased over $4,0000 and the value dropped by $50,000. Our IN house is about $2,300 for a $250,...
by lazydavid
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace car battery after X years or wait till it dies?
Replies: 162
Views: 19732

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

That makes no sense whatsoever. If the reason you have to use the battery jumper is because you've had cell reversal, then by definition that problem will happen to you. I am driving a car with 390k miles, I know what I am doing and do not replace stuffs randomly without checking. But, thanks for y...
by lazydavid
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Ascent owners out there?
Replies: 17
Views: 1895

Re: Subaru Ascent owners out there?

The Outback has a V6 option (3.6R Limited and 3.6R Touring) As others have mentioned, all Subaru engines are horizontally opposed, which they and BMW call "boxer" and Porsche calls "flat". The 3.6R you reference has an H6. Still 6 cylinders, but a very different layout. V6s usually have the banks o...
by lazydavid
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Ascent owners out there?
Replies: 17
Views: 1895

Re: Subaru Ascent owners out there?

capitalG wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:40 pm
Also unfortunate is they only offer the single 2.4T H4 engine and no other options - could see a loaded car straining without a V6.
Small correction...Subaru has never in its history sold a car with a V6.
by lazydavid
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace car battery after X years or wait till it dies?
Replies: 162
Views: 19732

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

A home user can't. A shop once informed me that is what happened, I'm not sure how they tested it. The best you can do is to test the battery as a whole and then do some math. For example, if after charging a battery reads 10.3V, that's a little low to just be a dead cell. a 5-cell battery should re...
by lazydavid
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace car battery after X years or wait till it dies?
Replies: 162
Views: 19732

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

Help me to understand what you mean by "cell reversal". I fully understand how internal damage can short one or more of the 6 cells in the typical 12v auto battery, but have no idea what you mean by "cell reversal". Can you possibly link to a reference that actually describes such an incident? Brie...
by lazydavid
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace car battery after X years or wait till it dies?
Replies: 162
Views: 19732

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

I only replace car battery when it is dead. But I always have battery jumper, which is the insurance, in my car. If you ever have the battery discharge completely and a couple of the cells reverse polarity, this won't help you. You'll be able to start the car, and it will die the second you unclip ...
by lazydavid
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace car battery after X years or wait till it dies?
Replies: 162
Views: 19732

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

As a European, one thing that strikes me about Americans is their obsession with very frequent oil changes and religiously changing car batteries every 3-5 years. Simple explanations for both. Oil changes: European cars in general have deeper sumps than American cars do, so the oil doesn't wear as ...
by lazydavid
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bike helmets
Replies: 82
Views: 4751

Re: bike helmets

MIPS technology hopefully helps more than it hurts, so given the option.... As motorcyclists say, "$50 helmet, $50 brain." :twisted: As a former motorcyclist, I agree with the sentiment, but not the way it was stated. I'm sure prices have changed, but when I last bought a motorcycle helmet, spendin...
by lazydavid
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace car battery after X years or wait till it dies?
Replies: 162
Views: 19732

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

Most auto parts stores test those for free. I would test it at regular intervals after a certain number of years. Probably in spring and fall before the extreme seasons. (In my part of the country). Definitely don't do nothing until it dies, best case you waste part of a weekend or have to use part...
by lazydavid
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace car battery after X years or wait till it dies?
Replies: 162
Views: 19732

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

Yes....it sounds like maybe the shop that cynmarq used pulled a fast one. It's usually not the generator (motor) part of the alternator that fails when you have a weak battery. It's the Voltage regulator. On a few cars, this is a module that "plugs into" or attaches to the cap of the alternator, an...
by lazydavid
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace car battery after X years or wait till it dies?
Replies: 162
Views: 19732

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

I only replace car battery when it is dead. But I always have battery jumper, which is the insurance, in my car. If you ever have the battery discharge completely and a couple of the cells reverse polarity, this won't help you. You'll be able to start the car, and it will die the second you unclip ...