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by aquaman
Wed May 05, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Hayward/Goldline Pool Automation?
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: Alternatives to Hayward/Goldline Pool Automation?

I've had the same problems with pool automation to where I have just embraced a real old school approach. Basically a breaker box. I'm not sure why pool automation is this way, combination of high price and crazy reliability issues, but after putting in several new circuit boards that were obscenel...
by aquaman
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Typical Lifespan of Generac Propane-Powered, Standby Generator
Replies: 46
Views: 3396

Re: Typical Lifespan of Generac Propane-Powered, Standby Generator

As others have noted, most of the engines used in standby generators are rated for 2,000 hours of use. The engines used in standby generators are rated for 3,000 hours of use, not 2,000. I've often heard 2,000, but it does seem that most of the documentation online for Generac at least indicates 3,...
by aquaman
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Typical Lifespan of Generac Propane-Powered, Standby Generator
Replies: 46
Views: 3396

Re: Typical Lifespan of Generac Propane-Powered, Standby Generator

willthrill81 wrote: Sat Feb 20, 2021 4:39 pm As others have noted, most of the engines used in standby generators are rated for 2,000 hours of use.
The engines used in standby generators are rated for 3,000 hours of use, not 2,000.
by aquaman
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Typical Lifespan of Generac Propane-Powered, Standby Generator
Replies: 46
Views: 3396

Re: Typical Lifespan of Generac Propane-Powered, Standby Generator

My questions: What is the typical lifespan for such generators? Should we be looking to purchase a replacement unit? If so, what features (and manufacturers) should we be looking at? Does your generator show you its total hours? A properly maintained generator generally lasts 2,000 - 3,000 hours, w...
by aquaman
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation
Replies: 162
Views: 8741

Re: Generators/ supplemental power generation

Our plan for a larger calamity like this is to leave and travel at least a few hundred miles to an unafected area. I 100% agree. It doesn't sound like the roads were passable for the first couple of days, but if several days into the outage there were issues with water, food, etc..., our plan would...
by aquaman
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation
Replies: 162
Views: 8741

Re: Generators/ supplemental power generation

Based on previous posts on this site, you are going to get all sorts of answers from permanently installed expensive units that provide enough power to run everything at one time if you so desire down to portable generators that you have to move outside, hook up, and run on gasoline to provide enou...
by aquaman
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Typical Lifespan of Generac Propane-Powered, Standby Generator
Replies: 46
Views: 3396

Re: Typical Lifespan of Generac Propane-Powered, Standby Generator

My questions: What is the typical lifespan for such generators? Should we be looking to purchase a replacement unit? If so, what features (and manufacturers) should we be looking at? Does your generator show you its total hours? A properly maintained generator generally lasts 2,000 - 3,000 hours, w...
by aquaman
Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation
Replies: 162
Views: 8741

Re: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation

"With a portable generator, you have to make sure that you have a good plan in place for exercising and storing it. Exercising it from time to time won't get rid of all the gas in it, and for infrequently used ones, you should plan on completely draining it (not just the tank, but the entire p...
by aquaman
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation
Replies: 162
Views: 8741

Re: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation

Get a dual-fuel generator. The most expensive one you can afford. You probably need at least 4500 watts minimum. Ideally in the 8,000 to 10,000 though. Just remember that a 10K or so portable generator is likely to be about 200lbs (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Green-Power-Atlas-Series-13000-10000-Wa...
by aquaman
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Boglehead Lessons From the Texas Winter Storm?
Replies: 226
Views: 18610

Re: Any Boglehead Lessons From the Texas Winter Storm?

I really hope that the events of the last 12 months create a lasting change in many people's mindset, mainly that it is not wise to be wholly dependent on the electrical grid, natural gas system , grocery stores being open and having food and other items, someone else being there to keep your famil...
by aquaman
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation
Replies: 162
Views: 8741

Re: Generators/ supplemental power generation

Based on previous posts on this site, you are going to get all sorts of answers from permanently installed expensive units that provide enough power to run everything at one time if you so desire down to portable generators that you have to move outside, hook up, and run on gasoline to provide enou...
by aquaman
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Typical Lifespan of Generac Propane-Powered, Standby Generator
Replies: 46
Views: 3396

Re: Typical Lifespan of Generac Propane-Powered, Standby Generator

If you need bulletproof, you've likely exceeded the age and perhaps also the operational hours (typically 1,000 - 2,000)) for warranty coverage which means you are currently accepting a failure risk the manufacturer was unwilling to cover. Most standby generator warranty is 3-5 years or 2K hours, w...
by aquaman
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Typical Lifespan of Generac Propane-Powered, Standby Generator
Replies: 46
Views: 3396

Re: Typical Lifespan of Generac Propane-Powered, Standby Generator

My questions: What is the typical lifespan for such generators? Should we be looking to purchase a replacement unit? If so, what features (and manufacturers) should we be looking at? Does your generator show you its total hours? A properly maintained generator generally lasts 2,000 - 3,000 hours, w...
by aquaman
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation
Replies: 162
Views: 8741

Re: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation

And a question about 'yes, this to code'. A couple of years ago I mentioned doing this here, and someone quoted an NEC section requiring furnaces to be hardwired. Has that changed? And I'll ask what I asked then, without getting a good answer - why would the NEC object to a furnace plug in this con...
by aquaman
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation
Replies: 162
Views: 8741

Re: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation

If you want to run AC etc you can do a full house backup generator, probably you need about 20kW, cost about 15-20k$. It depends on the area, the dealer and the installation complexity, but here the entire setup runs about $8K to $10K. Where I live, standby generators are a sought after high end fe...
by aquaman
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation
Replies: 162
Views: 8741

Re: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation

I do not know where you live or why you seem very concerned abouty Texas but here is a few thoughts.... Here are some real life experiences when the outage crosses more than a couple of days - the gas infrastucture losses a number of its draw and pumping stations affecting line pressure and dryers....
by aquaman
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation
Replies: 162
Views: 8741

Re: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation

If you really want to know then keep searching , I do not live there.... You won't know the numbers for weeks if at all - its only been cold for a few days so far and they do not collect these figures as a general rule. With Sandy all of this data was suppressed for quite some time , similar to the...
by aquaman
Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation
Replies: 162
Views: 8741

Re: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation

Why natural gas lines have gone offline in Texas this week.... https://www.texastribune.org/2021/02/16/natural-gas-power-storm/ Similar to what happened near us in the NE during Sandy. Have any residential customers lost natural gas in Texas? Natural gas run power plants have experienced issues, bu...
by aquaman
Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation
Replies: 162
Views: 8741

Re: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation

[*] How much will you spend to maintain it? A whole-house generator is expensive to install, and somewhat expensive to maintain. Another neighbor has one, they are very convenient, but you pay for it. Standby generators require service every 100 to 150 hours, which for most homeowners means once a ...
by aquaman
Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation
Replies: 162
Views: 8741

Re: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation

We just installed a natural gas 16kW Generac whole house generator. it cost 10k installed in the Boston area. It is expensive, but in our town pretty common. We have a lot of trees in town that overhang the powerlines. Any time it is windy you might lose power. It is a pain to lose heat, water and ...
by aquaman
Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation
Replies: 162
Views: 8741

Re: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation

We just installed a natural gas 16kW Generac whole house generator. it cost 10k installed in the Boston area. It is expensive, but in our town pretty common. We have a lot of trees in town that overhang the powerlines. Any time it is windy you might lose power. It is a pain to lose heat, water and ...
by aquaman
Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco rotisserie chicken
Replies: 195
Views: 37888

Re: Costco rotisserie chicken

Costco is one of the last companies left that people actually feel blessed to have needlessly drain them of their hard earned money. As if somehow Costco is on their side. Lol At least everyone knows Amazon is evil. Oh, wait. Every single company's objective is to maximize profits, so I don't think...
by aquaman
Wed Feb 03, 2021 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When is buying a home generator worth it?
Replies: 63
Views: 5695

Re: When is buying a home generator worth it?

As others have correctly pointed out in this and prior threads, you first have to more precisely identify the specific risks that you're trying to guard against. For instance, if your area only experiences power outages once or twice a year, they tend to only last a few hours and, while inconvenient...
by aquaman
Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fair price for all inclusive and family of 5?
Replies: 21
Views: 2488

Re: Fair price for all inclusive and family of 5?

My wife and I have been talking about taking our kids on a trip for a while now. I found a trip for almost exactly $2,700 to the northern part of Cancun, all inclusive, which includes flight, stay, and transfer from airport. It would be for two adults and 3 kids, ages 7, 6, and 2. Does this seem re...
by aquaman
Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Kind of Generator Do you Use for your Home Backup?
Replies: 139
Views: 8944

Re: What Kind of Generator Do you Use for your Home Backup?

This is back-of-the-envelope math, but a 1/4 HP sump pump running for 1/3 of the time will draw about 1,600 watt hours of power per day. Running a generator 24/7 to mainly keep such a load going isn't a great use of fuel, especially if your fuel source is finite. That's a situation where a battery ...
by aquaman
Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Kind of Generator Do you Use for your Home Backup?
Replies: 139
Views: 8944

Re: What Kind of Generator Do you Use for your Home Backup?

In any case, I'd expect it to be rare for a whole-house generator user to see fuel being the dominant cost instead of purchase and installation, probably followed by maintenance if done under a service contract. That's exactly right. Given the fact that we are talking about backup generators, fuel ...
by aquaman
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Kind of Generator Do you Use for your Home Backup?
Replies: 139
Views: 8944

Re: What Kind of Generator Do you Use for your Home Backup?

In any case, I'd expect it to be rare for a whole-house generator user to see fuel being the dominant cost instead of purchase and installation, probably followed by maintenance if done under a service contract. That's exactly right. Given the fact that we are talking about backup generators, fuel ...
by aquaman
Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Kind of Generator Do you Use for your Home Backup?
Replies: 139
Views: 8944

Re: What Kind of Generator Do you Use for your Home Backup?

Regardless, the generator noise levels tend to be such a minor issue during a power outage that I'm not even sure why you're talking about it. Just because the aspects I've mentioned aren't important to you doesn't mean that they aren't important to others. The affirmations of many in this thread r...
by aquaman
Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Kind of Generator Do you Use for your Home Backup?
Replies: 139
Views: 8944

Re: What Kind of Generator Do you Use for your Home Backup?

Inverter generators are far quieter. Primarily because you're talking about much, much smaller and less powerful ones. Regardless, the generator noise levels tend to be such a minor issue during a power outage that I'm not even sure why you're talking about it. In most areas, it's not possible to g...
by aquaman
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Kind of Generator Do you Use for your Home Backup?
Replies: 139
Views: 8944

Re: What Kind of Generator Do you Use for your Home Backup?

- They are usually very loud. This is annoying to you unless you can position it where you won't hear the sound much, and it will be even more annoying to your neighbors, especially since they aren't benefiting from the power. They are definitely not quiet, but are designed for emergency backup pow...
by aquaman
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: home insurance if you wouldn't rebuild identical house
Replies: 19
Views: 1886

Re: home insurance if you wouldn't rebuild identical house

You do not need a high-end company. You just need to avoid the large insurance companies. The standard ISO HO-3 policy allows you to walk away and still get paid the replacement cost. It does? Here's a link to the HO-3 form: https://www.iii.org/sites/default/files/docs/pdf/HO3_sample.pdf Take a loo...
by aquaman
Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sports drink preferences
Replies: 61
Views: 3136

Re: Sports drink preferences

I’ve only ever heard of indoor courts in places with long winters. It doesn’t sound like OP lives in one of those places. My son worked for high schools that had indoor training fields because it was so hot outside otherwise. Also they were used when it was raining and snowing throughout the year a...
by aquaman
Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sports drink preferences
Replies: 61
Views: 3136

Re: Sports drink preferences

Nuun tablets are my preference for true endurance activities, think half Ironman+. Playing tennis for a few hours on hot day just stick with water, your just paying for expensive pee and extra calories with most “sports” drinks. It depends. If the person is talking about recreationally playing doub...
by aquaman
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sports drink preferences
Replies: 61
Views: 3136

Re: Sports drink preferences

Performance/endurance in what way? Either one needs electrolytes or they don't. If you are sweating a lot, but on a low salt diet, maybe. Added sugar, glucose, fructose will provide calories for your muscles, but is that what you really want? Or would you rather express the enzymes that catabolize ...
by aquaman
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sports drink preferences
Replies: 61
Views: 3136

Re: Sports drink preferences

You may wish to play on indoor courts or after dark or very early in the morning. I am guessing you aren't a tennis player :sharebeer Indoor tennis is very different, as there's limited overhead (so, you can't roll the ball the same way), different lighting (which affects your perception), differen...
by aquaman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 121
Views: 7792

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

I tend to overbuy and keep my sets a long time. So, this used to be a very common strategy, which used to work very well. Now, one of the issues is the fact that the main boards in modern tv's are exceptionally sensitive, such that even a tiny surge takes them out, and they're quite expensive to fi...
by aquaman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 121
Views: 7792

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

Streaming services are where all the action is at today, and my comments still apply. Most all high profile streaming series are going to be UHD/4K now or they need a really good reason to not have it. And any movie that's not limited viewing (low budget) almost always has a UHD version. And if it ...
by aquaman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 121
Views: 7792

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

Here's the question OP asked in the very first post: "What technology would need to go to to get a picture quality equivalent to an old Plasma TV?" The answer is OLED, particularly in the specific areas where OP found the HiSense lacking. LEDs/QLEDs can of course provide perfectly accepta...
by aquaman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 121
Views: 7792

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

65-inch LG OLED (B9) is $1900 from Best Buy - that's not even "on sale." And OP is a member of Costco, which almost certainly has the OLED for less than $1900. A 65" tv is roughly 15% smaller than the OP's 70" tv. At Costco, a 65" B9 is also $1,900 (the warranty is longer) ...
by aquaman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 121
Views: 7792

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

For new stuff coming out (including both movies and top tier streaming series) 4K is the norm, not the exception now. I use Netflix mostly with 4K support, so yeah the new stuff is usually UHD, and also even Atmos sound a lot of the time. Or more specifically, my particular streamer will say "...
by aquaman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 121
Views: 7792

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

Comparisons of OLED vs. Plasma aren't really possible anymore anyway, since to my knowledge, a 4K plasma was never made. I have a flagship Panasonic 65" plasma that was made one year before they weren't made at all anymore, and it's just 1080p. It is 2020 and there's still very little 4K conte...
by aquaman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 121
Views: 7792

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

It will vary by TV, but there's definitely a "diminishing returns" with tweaking the settings. Much of the time, switching from say "demo mode" to "cinema mode" will get you 70-80% of the gains you'd get from a custom calibration. Right, there is no tv out there that s...
by aquaman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 121
Views: 7792

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

HiSense is a value brand, but they have actually been rated highly for picture quality. If you're not satisfied with it (and it's not a defect, settings, or content issue), you're probably not going to be happy with most other LCDs/QLEDs. I would very seriously look into the content and the setting...
by aquaman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 121
Views: 7792

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

You may be handicapped in evaluating these in stores. Costco's lighting is so bright it is hard to determine difference in TVs. Best Buy is by appointment only in our area, so may be harder to evaluate. I spent a lot of hours in Best Buy looking at TVs because they had the best selection. Evaluatin...
by aquaman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 121
Views: 7792

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

HiSense is a value brand, but they have actually been rated highly for picture quality. If you're not satisfied with it (and it's not a defect, settings, or content issue), you're probably not going to be happy with most other LCDs/QLEDs. I would very seriously look into the content and the setting...
by aquaman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 121
Views: 7792

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

+1 for rtings.com. Very helpful. Allows one to compare apples to apples. Provides not just review but also pros cons to nearby competitors. I also really like rtings.com, but just like every other independent review, in order for the findings to be meaningful, you need to have proper context. A lot...
by aquaman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 121
Views: 7792

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

For people with dedicated home theaters who like watching in the dark, the LG OLEDs are going to have unbeatable blacks and dark scenes. Just keep in mind most movie and TV show scenes are going to be well-lit. People with dedicated movie theaters typically have projectors, as their screen sizes ar...
by aquaman
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking at buying house with in-ground pool. What questions should we ask?
Replies: 62
Views: 4006

Re: Looking at buying house with in-ground pool. What questions should we ask?

I was not aware of any of this - "Thanks, Aquaman!" Agreed to dig our own pool (I'm trying to be happily married) and the contractor sold us on the ozone. It wasn't an expensive add-on, and he made it sound good, so we went for it. Whether imagined or completely unrelated, a few years lat...
by aquaman
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking at buying house with in-ground pool. What questions should we ask?
Replies: 62
Views: 4006

Re: Looking at buying house with in-ground pool. What questions should we ask?

Here’s what I’ve experienced over the years with our house purchasing with pool: - cover replacement every 6 year, repairs every 2-3’years -weekly pool maintenance fees - leaks at skimmers resulting in 1-2” water loss weekly, resolved with epoxy repair - water to keep pool filled, less of cover emp...
by aquaman
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking at buying house with in-ground pool. What questions should we ask?
Replies: 62
Views: 4006

Re: Looking at buying house with in-ground pool. What questions should we ask?

Make sure the pool has pebbletec and that the pebbletec is in good shape. Pebble Tec and similar products (Pebble Sheen, which is similar, but uses smaller pebbles, which makes for a smoother surface that's less likely to scrape your skin, but is more expensive) are great, highly durable products, ...